History of Movie Firstsby wunderdunder | created - 23 Jun 2011 | updated - 13 Apr 2012 | Public
All of these were the first to accomplish something in the flim world.
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1. 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.
First feautre length film shown in its entirety in the US.
2. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).
First feature length film ever.
3. Oliver Twist (I) (1912)
An orphan in early 19th century England escapes the poorhouse only to fall among a gang of pickpockets in London.
First US produced film shown in its entirety.
4. Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy
A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.
First feature length American Comedy.
5. The Squaw Man (1914)
Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.
Votes: 732 | Gross: $0.53M
First feature length western.
6. 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: 18,713 | Gross: $10.00M
First Controversial Film
7. 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: 1,692 | Gross: $2.50M
First movie to have a Hollywood Premiere.
8. The Toll of the Sea (1922)
Unrated | 54 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
While visiting China, an American man falls in love with a young Chinese woman, but he then has second thoughts about the relationship.
First feature length film released that used two strip Technicolor
9. 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: 3,713 | Gross: $0.55M
First feature length Sci-Fi
Also the first "in flight" movie. Shown by Imperial Airways.
10. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)
Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.
First feature length (surviving) animated film.
11. The Jazz Singer (1927)
Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
Votes: 7,542 | Gross: $7.63M
First feature length "talkie" film.
12. Steamboat Willie (1928)
8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.
First sound animated flim.
First Mickey Mouse cartoon released.
13. On with the Show! (1929)
Passed | 104 min | Musical, Romance
A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star.
The first all talkie all color film released.
14. The Big Trail (1930)
Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance
Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.
First movie to use a swear word.
15. Flowers and Trees (1932)
Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
An evil tree stump, jealous of two trees in love, starts a forest fire.
First generally released 3 Strip Technicolor film.
16. It Happened One Night (1934)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
First film to win all major Oscars. (Best picture, director, actor, and actress.)
17. Becky Sharp (1935)
Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Romance, War
Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" ... See full summary »
First feature length 3 strip Technicolor film released.
18. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
Votes: 149,111 | Gross: $184.93M
First cel-animated feature length film along with the first movie released that grossed over $100,000,000 in the box office. (multiple rleases)
19. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 320,908 | Gross: $22.20M
First feature length film broadcast on TV. (1956)
20. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney
Votes: 77,017 | Gross: $76.41M
First film with stereo sound.
21. Bwana Devil (1952)
Not Rated | 79 min | Adventure
British railway workers in Kenya are becoming the favorite snack of two man-eating lions. Head engineer Bob Hayward becomes obsessed with trying to kill the beasts before they maul everyone on his crew.
First 3-D feature length film.
22. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Not Rated | 131 min | Drama
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.
First PG-rated film.
23. Ulysses (1967)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a ... See full summary »
First major movie to use the F-word.
24. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.
Votes: 83,200 | Gross: $44.79M
First X-rated movie to win a Best Picture Oscar.
25. Tiger Child (1970)
17 min | Short
Through the use of multi-image compositions and giant IMAX format full-frame shots, Tiger Child expresses a poetic vision of civilization at the dawn of the 1970s, filmed on locations around the world as a travelogue of the human spirit.
Director: Donald Brittain
First IMAX format flim.
26. Carnal Knowledge (1971)
R | 98 min | Drama
Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.
Votes: 9,293 | Gross: $28.62M
First movie to show a condom.
27. Fritz the Cat (1972)
Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.
Votes: 9,122 | Gross: $25.00M
First X-Rated cartoon.
28. Cheongchun gyosa (1972)
90 min | Drama, Family
A new teacher organizes a volleyball game to boost school spirit and self confidence while fighting with the conservative school board and chauvanistic principal. Two of her students run ... See full summary »
First movie released on VHS.
The last was: A History of Violence
29. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 461,259 | Gross: $260.00M
First movie to break $100,000,000 box office in a single release.
Also first to collect over $100,000,000 in rentals.
30. Looker (1981)
PG | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,653 | Gross: $3.28M
First movie to have a CGI character.
31. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 773,832 | Gross: $309.13M
First film shown in THX certified auditorium.
32. Red Dawn (1984)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Votes: 44,543 | Gross: $38.38M
First PG-13 rated film.
33. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 823,808 | Gross: $204.84M
First film with a $100,000,000 dollar budget.
34. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
Votes: 350,542 | Gross: $218.97M
First animated film to be nominated for best picture.
35. Batman Returns (1992)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
Votes: 234,699 | Gross: $162.83M
First film using Dolby Digital Sound.
36. Death Becomes Her (1992)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.
Votes: 86,629 | Gross: $58.42M
First human skin CGI software.
37. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 695,450 | Gross: $402.45M
First movie using DTS digital sound.
38. The Flintstones (1994)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In this live-action feature of the cartoon show, Fred Flintstone finally gets the job he's always wanted, but it may just come at a price.
Votes: 65,006 | Gross: $130.51M
First CGI-rendered fur.
39. Casper (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.
Votes: 96,372 | Gross: $100.33M
First CGI lead character.
40. Toy Story (1995)
G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.
Votes: 704,280 | Gross: $191.80M
First fully CGI animated movie.
41. Twister (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Votes: 153,559 | Gross: $241.72M
First movie released on DVD.
42. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 465,118 | Gross: $306.17M
First movie to make $100,000,000 in it's first week.
43. The Cable Guy (1996)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.
Votes: 131,972 | Gross: $60.24M
First time an actor recieves a $20,000,000 salary for a role.
44. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.
Votes: 519,094 | Gross: $310.68M
First major movie shot entirely on digital film.