History of Movie Firsts

All of these were the first to accomplish something in the flim world.
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1.
Dante's Inferno (1911)
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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. (68 mins.)
“ First feautre length film shown in its entirety in the US. ” - wunderdunder
 
2.
The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
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True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80). (70 mins.)
Director: Charles Tait
“ First feature length film ever. ” - wunderdunder
 
3.
Oliver Twist (1912)
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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. ” - wunderdunder
 
4.
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
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Charlie talks wealthy farmer's daughter Tillie into eloping with him (and taking her father's money)... (82 mins.)
Director: Mack Sennett
“ First feature length American Comedy. ” - wunderdunder
 
5.
The Squaw Man (1914)
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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. (74 mins.)
“ First feature length western. ” - wunderdunder
 
6.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ First Controversial Film ” - wunderdunder
 
7.
Robin Hood (1922)
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A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John. (143 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
“ First movie to have a Hollywood Premiere. ” - wunderdunder
 
8.
The Toll of the Sea (1922)
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While visiting China, an American man falls in love with a young Chinese woman, but he then has second thoughts about the relationship. (54 mins.)
“ First feature length film released that used two strip Technicolor ” - wunderdunder
 
9.
The Lost World (1925)
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. (106 mins.)
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
“ First feature length Sci-Fi

Also the first "in flight" movie. Shown by Imperial Airways. ” - wunderdunder
 
10.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
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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. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
“ First feature length (surviving) animated film. ” - wunderdunder
 
11.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
“ First feature length "talkie" film. ” - wunderdunder
 
12.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
“ First sound animated flim.

First Mickey Mouse cartoon released. ” - wunderdunder
 
13.
On with the Show! (1929)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
“ The first all talkie all color film released. ” - wunderdunder
 
14.
The Big Trail (1930)
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Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West. (125 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ First movie to use a swear word. ” - wunderdunder
 
15.
Flowers and Trees (1932 Short Film)
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An evil tree stump, jealous of two trees in love, starts a forest fire. (8 mins.)
“ First generally released 3 Strip Technicolor film. ” - wunderdunder
 
16.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ First film to win all major Oscars. (Best picture, director, actor, and actress.) ” - wunderdunder
 
17.
Becky Sharp (1935)
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Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray... (84 mins.)
“ First feature length 3 strip Technicolor film released. ” - wunderdunder
 
18.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
“ First cel-animated feature length film along with the first movie released that grossed over $100,000,000 in the box office. (multiple rleases) ” - wunderdunder
 
19.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ First feature length film broadcast on TV. (1956) ” - wunderdunder
 
20.
Fantasia (1940)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
“ First film with stereo sound. ” - wunderdunder
 
21.
Bwana Devil (1952)
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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. (79 mins.)
Director: Arch Oboler
“ First 3-D feature length film. ” - wunderdunder
 
22.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ First PG-rated film. ” - wunderdunder
 
23.
Ulysses (1967)
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Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering... (132 mins.)
Director: Joseph Strick
“ First major movie to use the F-word. ” - wunderdunder
 
24.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ First X-rated movie to win a Best Picture Oscar. ” - wunderdunder
 
25.
Tiger Child (1970 Short Film)
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It was the time when fire got stolen by tigers so uncle tiger gets his sisters son to get back the fire... (17 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
“ First IMAX format flim. ” - wunderdunder
 
26.
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
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The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are... (98 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ First movie to show a condom. ” - wunderdunder
 
27.
Fritz the Cat (1972)
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A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s. (78 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
“ First X-Rated cartoon. ” - wunderdunder
 
28.
Cheongchun gyosa (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A new teacher organizes a volleyball game to boost school spirit and self confidence while fighting... (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ First movie released on VHS.

The last was: A History of Violence ” - wunderdunder
 
29.
Jaws (1975)
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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
“ First movie to break $100,000,000 box office in a single release.

Also first to collect over $100,000,000 in rentals. ” - wunderdunder
 
30.
Looker (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection... (93 mins.)
“ First movie to have a CGI character. ” - wunderdunder
 
31.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ First film shown in THX certified auditorium. ” - wunderdunder
 
32.
Red Dawn (1984)
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It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (114 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ First PG-13 rated film. ” - wunderdunder
 
33.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ First film with a $100,000,000 dollar budget. ” - wunderdunder
 
34.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince. (84 mins.)
“ First animated film to be nominated for best picture. ” - wunderdunder
 
35.
Batman Returns (1992)
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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. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ First film using Dolby Digital Sound. ” - wunderdunder
 
36.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ First human skin CGI software. ” - wunderdunder
 
37.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ First movie using DTS digital sound. ” - wunderdunder
 
38.
The Flintstones (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
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. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
“ First CGI-rendered fur. ” - wunderdunder
 
39.
Casper (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
“ First CGI lead character. ” - wunderdunder
 
40.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ First fully CGI animated movie. ” - wunderdunder
 
41.
Twister (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ First movie released on DVD. ” - wunderdunder
 
42.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ First movie to make $100,000,000 in it's first week. ” - wunderdunder
 
43.
The Cable Guy (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences. (96 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ First time an actor recieves a $20,000,000 salary for a role. ” - wunderdunder
 
44.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (142 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ First major movie shot entirely on digital film. ” - wunderdunder