2018: A MOVIE ODYSSEYby Dr-Faustus | created - 16 May 2011 | updated - 8 hours ago | Public
1878-2018 - For the love of film: A personal choice of the greatest movies of all-time. An ever-evolving, lifetime quest of an endless journey. This list is purely subjective and in chronological order.
"Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls." Ingmar Bergman
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1. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,318,384 | Gross: $134.97M
An introductory film: Francis Ford Coppola's epic crime film is generally accepted by critics and audiences, alike, as one of the greatest movies of all time. A perfect example of all facets of the movie-making process working in perfect harmony with one another - from the iconic score and performances, right down to the final edit that appears on screen.
Chronological order follows >>>
2. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878)
1 min | Short
The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
Included for it's historical significance. A precursor to the development of the motion picture.
3. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)
Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short
In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.
Recorded at 12 frames per second and running for 2.11 seconds, 'Roundhay Garden Scene' is the oldest surviving film in existence.
4. Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)
A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.
Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince
5. The House of the Devil (1896)
3 min | Short, Horror
With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.
6. A Trip to the Moon (1902)
TV-G | 13 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.
IMDb Link: Most Popular Feature Films Released 1900 to 1919.
IMDb Link: National Film Preservation Board, USA. IMDb Link: National Film Board Preserved Titles.
IMDb Link: All Events (film award ceremonies and festivals across the globe) - Alphabetically Listed.
Amazon Video Link: Movies Up to 1960.
Amazon Blu-ray Link: Blu-ray Movies Up to 1960.
Amazon.com International Sites: Amazon International - Around the World.
7. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.
8. Le voyage à travers l'impossible (1904)
Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.
9. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).
10. Frankenstein (1910)
Unrated | 16 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »
11. Dante's Inferno (1911)
68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.
7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style.
Link://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Nemo_(1911_film). Aka: Little Nemo.
13. The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
17 min | Short, Crime, Drama
A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the ... See full summary »
14. The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912)
Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic ... See full summary »
Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz
15. Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles.
16. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
Not Rated | 54 min | Crime, Drama
Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas.
17. Fantômas: Juve versus Fantômas (1913)
Not Rated | 61 min | Crime, Drama
In Part Two of Louis Feuillade's 5 1/2-hour epic follows FantÃ'mas, the criminal lord of Paris, master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black, as he is pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve.
18. Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed (1913)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After a body disappears from inside the prison, a series of crimes take place, all seemingly by the dead man. With Juve presumed dead, Fandor must investigate alone. Will Fantomas finally be brought to justice?
19. Fantomas: The Mysterious Finger Print (1914)
Not Rated | 59 min | Crime, Drama
The mystery of the drama is the appearance of the finger-print of a dead artist upon the neck of Princess Sonia Danidoff, whom Fantomas, as Nanteuil, relieves of her pearl necklace, and ... See full summary »
20. Fantômas: The False Magistrate (1914)
Not Rated | 70 min | Crime, Drama
Fantômas has been arrested and is jailed in Brussels, but inspector Juve wants him arrested and sentenced for all his crimes in France. Thus Juve settles Fantômas' escape so he can be ... See full summary »
21. Cabiria (1914)
Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »
22. Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)
12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur.
23. Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy
A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.
24. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War
The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
Votes: 19,029 | Gross: $10.00M
25. Les vampires (1915)
Not Rated | 421 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.
Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, History
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
Votes: 11,923 | Gross: $2.18M
27. Judex (1916)
300 min | Adventure, Crime
A twelve part serial following the adventures of the masked vigilante Judex as he fights against criminals led by the corrupt banker Favrauxom.
28. Easy Street (1917)
Unrated | 24 min | Short, Comedy
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.
29. The Immigrant (1917)
Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
30. Shoulder Arms (1918)
Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, War
Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.
31. The Sinking of the 'Lusitania' (1918)
TV-PG | 12 min | Animation, Short
An animated dramatization of the notorious World War I German torpedoing of the ocean liner, Lusitania.
Director: Winsor McCay
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.
33. J'accuse! (1919)
166 min | Drama, Horror, War
The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.
34. True Heart Susie (1919)
87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »
35. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
IMDb Link: IMDb "Top 1000" Released 1920 to 1929.
IMDb Link: Most Popular Feature Films Released 1920 to 1929.
36. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1920)
Unrated | 49 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.
37. The Golem (1920)
Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.
38. Leaves From Satan's Book (1920)
TV-14 | 167 min | Drama
In 4 episodic tales of human suffering; the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918, Satan attempts to win God's favor.
39. The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Not Rated | 107 min | Adventure, Romance, Western
A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.
40. Neighbors (1920)
18 min | Short, Comedy, Romance
A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together despite of their feuding families.
41. One Week (1920)
TV-G | 25 min | Short, Comedy
A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.
42. The Parson's Widow (1920)
TV-14 | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »
43. The Penalty (1920)
Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.
44. The Scarecrow (1920)
Not Rated | 19 min | Comedy, Short, Family
Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.
45. Way Down East (1920)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.
Votes: 4,250 | Gross: $4.50M
46. The Ace of Hearts (1921)
Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.
47. Der müde Tod (1921)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.
Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $0.01M
48. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Passed | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War
An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.
Votes: 2,762 | Gross: $9.20M
49. The Goat (1921)
23 min | Comedy, Short
A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy.
50. The Kid (1921)
Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
Votes: 84,383 | Gross: $5.45M
51. Never Weaken (1921)
Passed | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Thriller
Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", ... See full summary »
52. Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, History, Romance
Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.
Votes: 4,121 | Gross: $0.79M
53. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.
54. Blood and Sand (1922)
PG | 80 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A toreador's familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair.
55. Cops (1922)
Unrated | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Family
A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.
56. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.
57. Foolish Wives (1922)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Thriller
A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.
Votes: 2,386 | Gross: $0.40M
58. Häxan (1922)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.
59. Nanook of the North (1922)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.
60. Nosferatu (1922)
Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
61. Phantom (1922)
TV-PG | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A shiftless young man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman and yearns to find her again.
62. Robin Hood (1922)
PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Romance
A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John.
Votes: 1,712 | Gross: $2.50M
63. The Faithful Heart (1923)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance
Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean, a dockworker. The two men quarrel and fight over Marie on two ... See full summary »
64. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I) (1923)
Unrated | 133 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.
Votes: 3,963 | Gross: $1.02M
Link: The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
65. Our Hospitality (1923)
Not Rated | 65 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.
66. The Pilgrim (1923)
TV-G | 47 min | Comedy
The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.
Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $0.28M
67. Safety Last! (1923)
Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Thriller
When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.
Votes: 14,834 | Gross: $0.62M
68. La souriante Madame Beudet (1923)
26 min | Drama
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in ... See full summary »
69. Souls for Sale (1923)
Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.
70. La roue (1923)
273 min | Drama
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally ... See full summary »
71. Why Worry? (1923)
TV-G | 63 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A hypochondriac vacations in the tropics for the fresh air - and finds himself in the middle of a revolution instead.
Votes: 1,264 | Gross: $0.45M
72. A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)
TV-PG | 82 min | Drama, Romance
A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort.
Votes: 3,974 | Gross: $0.39M
73. Aelita (1924)
Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the... See full summary »
74. Entr'acte (1924)
22 min | Short
An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.
75. Girl Shy (1924)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Romance
A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend.
Votes: 2,583 | Gross: $0.63M
76. Greed (1924)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.
Votes: 7,747 | Gross: $0.16M
77. The Hands of Orlac (1924)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.
78. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him.
Votes: 2,432 | Gross: $0.19M
79. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »
80. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »
81. The Last Laugh (1924)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.
Votes: 10,290 | Gross: $0.09M
82. The Navigator (1924)
Unrated | 59 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.
Votes: 7,333 | Gross: $0.30M
83. Peter Pan (1924)
105 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Peter Pan enters the nursery of the Darling children and, with the help of fairy dust, leads them off to Never Never Land, where they meet the nefarious Captain Hook.
Votes: 689 | Gross: $0.29M
84. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Not Rated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
85. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Approved | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.
Votes: 4,619 | Gross: $1.59M
86. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Votes: 45,060 | Gross: $0.05M
87. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.
Votes: 6,511 | Gross: $12.45M
88. The Big Parade (1925)
Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, Romance, War
A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War.
Votes: 5,380 | Gross: $11.00M
89. The Freshman (1925)
Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Family, Sport
Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.
Votes: 4,142 | Gross: $0.00M
90. The Gold Rush (1925)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.
Votes: 80,323 | Gross: $5.45M
91. The Lost World (1925)
Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.
Votes: 3,784 | Gross: $0.55M
92. Master of the House (1925)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama
When a man becomes tyrannical towards his family, the women of the house decide to teach him a lesson in gratitude.
93. The Merry Widow (1925)
Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, Romance
A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.
Votes: 1,906 | Gross: $0.88M
94. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Not Rated | 93 min | Horror
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
Votes: 13,836 | Gross: $0.72M
95. Seven Chances (1925)
Passed | 56 min | Comedy, Romance
A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7 p.m. that same day.
Votes: 7,263 | Gross: $0.21M
96. Stage Struck (1925)
70 min | Comedy
A young woman dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend starts to flirt with an actual actress, she becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival.
Votes: 712 | Gross: $0.24M
97. Stachka (1925)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama
A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.
98. Tartuffe (1925)
Not Rated | 70 min | Drama
Young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance.
99. The Unholy Three (1925)
Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.
Votes: 1,358 | Gross: $0.70M