CriterionForum Lists Project - The Pre-1920s (Version 3.0)

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1.
Sir Arne's Treasure (1919)
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Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with gold... (122 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
2.
After Death (1915)
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Andrei lives a secluded life with his aunt, studying and thinking about his now-deceased mother. His friend Tsenin is concerned... (46 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
3.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
4.
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
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A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind... (136 mins.)
 
5.
Les vampires (1915)
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (399 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
6.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
7.
The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918 Short Film)
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An animated dramatization of the notorious World War I German torpedoing of the ocean liner, Lusitania. (12 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
8.
Umirayushchii lebed (1917)
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A grief-stricken ballerina becomes the obsession of an increasingly unhinged artist. (49 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
9.
Regeneration (1915)
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A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster. (72 mins.)
Director: R.A. Walsh
 
10.
The President (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child... (75 mins.)
 
11.
Suspense (1913 Short Film)
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An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door... (10 mins.)
 
12.
The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema... (12 mins.)
 
13.
Blind Husbands (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife. (99 mins.)
Director: Erich Stroheim
 
14.
J'accuse! (1919)
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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. (166 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
15.
Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
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Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas. (54 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
16.
Fantômas: Juve versus Fantômas (1913)
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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. (61 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
17.
Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed (1913)
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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? (90 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
18.
Fantômas: Fantômas versus Fantômas (1914)
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As inspector Juve seems to be unable to put Fantômas behind bars the Press comes up with the idea Juve must be Fantômas himself... (59 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
19.
Fantômas: The False Magistrate (1914)
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Fantômas has been arrested and is jailed in Brussels, but inspector Juve wants him arrested and sentenced for all his crimes in France... (70 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
20.
Panoramic View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901 Documentary)
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21.
The Oyster Princess (1919)
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An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince. (58 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
22.
A Man There Was (1917)
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Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later... (48 mins.)
 
23.
Cabiria (1914)
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
24.
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
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Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles. (96 mins.)
 
25.
Hell's Hinges (1916)
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In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman. (64 mins.)
 
26.
The Mysterious X (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
On the brink of war, Lt. van Hauen is summoned to take command of the cruiser, but due to unforeseen events, he is wrongfully convicted as a traitor. (84 mins.)
 
27.
The Blue Bird (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness... (75 mins.)
 
28.
Hypocrites (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The parallel stories of a modern preacher and a medieval monk, Gabriel the Ascetic, who is killed by an ignorant mob for making a nude statue representing Truth, which is also represented by a ghostly naked girl who flits throughout the film. (54 mins.)
 
29.
Easy Street (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street. (24 mins.)
 
30.
The Fire (1916)
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(45 mins.)
Director: Piero Fosco
 
31.
When the Clouds Roll by (1919)
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Psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempts to drive Daniel Brown to suicide. (85 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
32.
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
 
33.
Blind Justice (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A criminal escapes from prison, however a betrayal leads to his second arrest. (100 mins.)
 
34.
Child of the Big City (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Seamstress Mary dreams of a better life in luxury instead of her badly paid job in a sweatshop. Her dreams come true... (37 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
35.
The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young boy, opressed by his mother, goes on an outing in the country with a social welfare group where he dares to dream of a land where the cares of his ordinary life fade. (14 mins.)
Director: Harold M. Shaw
 
36.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
37.
The Doll (1919)
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Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed... (48 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
38.
Daydreams (1915 Short Film)
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Sergei's beloved wife Yelena has passed away, and the bereaved husband is inconsolable. He remains obsessed... (37 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
39.
The '?' Motorist (1906 Short Film)
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A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn. (3 mins.)
Director: Walter R. Booth
 
40.
The Italian (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York... (78 mins.)
 
41.
New York Subway (1905 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Starting at Union Square, we are taken for an underground excursion, following the path of a subway... (6 mins.)
Director: G.W. Bitzer
 
42.
Za schastem (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Since Zoya Verenskaya's husband passed away ten years ago, she has been devoted to her daughter Lee... (40 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
43.
Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913)
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A young, rich woman decides to dedicate her life to helping the poor, but a tragic incident changes her life. (48 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
44.
The Passerby (1913 Short Film)
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Director: James Neill
 
45.
L'enfant de Paris (1913)
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The young daughter of an army captain missing in action runs away from school and is kidnapped by Parisian lowlifes. When the kidnapper flees to Nice with the child, the kind-hearted employee of one of his accomplices sets off in pursuit. (100 mins.)
Director: Léonce Perret
 
46.
The Immigrant (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America. (30 mins.)
 
47.
Laveuses sur la rivière (1897 Documentary)
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Women washing their clothes by the river. (1 mins.)
 
48.
A Photographic Contortion (1901 Short Film)
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A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins. (1 mins.)
Stars: Sam Dalton
 
49.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
50.
Bucking Broadway (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A ranch foreman battles a rich stockbroker for the affections of a beautiful young woman. (53 mins.)
Director: Jack Ford
 
51.
Homunculus, 1. Teil (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Part of the artificial-creature series encompassing Der Golem (1914 and 1920), Alraune (1918, 1928, 1930) and Metropolis (1926)... (69 mins.)
Director: Otto Rippert
 
57.
A Fantasy (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other. (2 mins.)
Director: Émile Cohl
 
58.
The 'Teddy' Bears (1907 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Seven toy teddy bears of varying sizes suddenly come to life, getting in all sorts of merry misadventures. (13 mins.)
 
59.
A Day in the Life of a Coal Miner (1910 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A coal miner says good-bye to his wife and children, and heads off to work. He reaches the mine, prepares his lamp... (9 mins.)
 
60.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
61.
I Don't Want to Be a Man (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped. (45 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
62.
The Invaders (1912 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty... (41 mins.)
 
63.
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Objected to date his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder. (78 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
64.
South (1919 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of the 1914-1916 Antarctic exploration mission of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The ship sails south... (88 mins.)
 
65.
A Dog's Life (1918 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city. (33 mins.)
 
66.
The Automatic Moving Company (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Furniture moves itself into a new house, without human intervention. No people appear in this stop-motion short by animation pioneer Émile Cohl. (6 mins.)
Director: Émile Cohl
 
67.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
 
68.
Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Kay Hoog finds a message that indicates that some Incas are still alive, but the secret organisation "Die Spinnen" wants the Incas' gold.... (81 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
69.
Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Kay Hoog wants to stop the organisation "Die Spinnen" to get a certain diamond, that will give the owning woman the crown of Asia... (104 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
70.
House Furnishing Made Easy (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A conjurer makes furniture return from the bailiff's. (5 mins.)
Director: J.H. Martin
 
71.
Coney Island at Night (1905 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park. (4 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
72.
The Whispering Chorus (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place... (86 mins.)
 
73.
Cenere (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son... (30 mins.)
Director: Febo Mari
 
74.
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
 
75.
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur. (12 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
76.
 
77.
The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After being expelled from college, Giles runs away from home and meets a young lady who he falls for. (54 mins.)
 
78.
A Chess Dispute (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away... (1 mins.)
Director: Robert W. Paul
 
79.
Life of an American Fireman (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire... (6 mins.)
 
80.
Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A kindly Dutch immigrant and her bumbling father are blackmailed by a gang of counterfeiters. (58 mins.)
 
81.
Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.
 
82.
Judex (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A twelve part serial following the adventures of the masked vigilante Judex as he fights against criminals led by the corrupt banker Favrauxom. (300 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
83.
Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1897 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A train, with a camera mounted near the front, pulls out of the Jerusalem station. It passes groups... (1 mins.)
 
84.
Where Are My Children? (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A District Attorney's outspoken stand on abortion gets him in trouble with the local community. (62 mins.)
 
85.
From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
From the point of view of the front end of a train, a group of robbers on a handcar rob the train and murder one of its crew. (8 mins.)
 
86.
A Corner in Wheat (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread... (14 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
87.
Civilization (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Christ takes on the form of a pacifist count to end a senseless war. (78 mins.)
 
88.
Spring (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Nymphs and cupids dance in celebration of the arrival of Spring. (2 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
89.
Tram Ride Into Halifax (1902 Documentary)
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(2 mins.)
 
90.
Danse serpentine (1896 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
91.
The Abyss (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
 
92.
Satan's Rhapsody (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth, in return she must stay away from love. After the deal she meets two brothers who fall in love with her. (55 mins.)
Director: Nino Oxilia
 
93.
One A.M. (1916 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night. (24 mins.)
 
94.
The Man with Wax Faces (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(11 mins.)
 
95.
The Student of Prague (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... (85 mins.)
 
96.
The Courage of the Commonplace (1913 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(13 mins.)
 
97.
The Cook (1918 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Cooks make hovoc in seaside resort hotel. (22 mins.)
 
98.
Mary Jane's Mishap (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin. (4 mins.)
 
99.
The Painted Lady (1912 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social... (12 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
100.
The Battle in the Clouds (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships. (11 mins.)
Director: Walter R. Booth