Greed (1924)

Greed is a 1924 American dramatic silent film. It was directed by Erich von Stroheim and starring Gibson GowlandZasu PittsJean HersholtDale FullerTempe PigottSylvia AshtonChester ConklinJoan Standing and Jack Curtis.

The plot follows a dentist whose wife wins a lottery ticket, only to become obsessed with money. When her former lover betrays the dentist as a fraud, all of their lives are destroyed. The movie was adapted by von Stroheim (shooting screenplay) andJoseph Farnham (titles) from the 1899 novel McTeague by Frank Norris. (The onscreen writing credit for June Mathis was strictly a contractual obligation to her on the part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (the parent studio), as she was not actually involved in the production.) Originally over ten hours long, Greed was ultimately edited against von Stroheim’s permission to about two and a half hours, and the full-length version is a lost filmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greed_(film)

IMDB Ratings: 8.1/10, The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015881/