Best Picture 1903

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1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western

7.3
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 13,588

2. The Passion Play (1903)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.6
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1. THE ANNUNCIATION. The Angel of the Lord appears to Mary, announcing the birth of a child, which shall be called the "Son of God." 2. THE STRANGE STAR. Led by the light of the strange new... See full summary »

Directors: Lucien Nonguet, Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Madame Moreau, Monsieur Moreau

Votes: 316

3. Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903)

16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Marguerite Thévenard, Bleuette Bernon

Votes: 826

4. The Music Lover (1903)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.9
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The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,402

5. The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903)

5 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk." He has brought back with him two noted well-known dancers, who start their ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 721

6. Alice in Wonderland (1903)

8 min | Fantasy, Short

6.3
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Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »

Directors: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow | Stars: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth, Blair, Geoffrey Faithfull

Votes: 1,968

7. Uncle Tom's Cabin (I) (1903)

13 min | Short, Drama

5.2
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Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave, to escape with her. Tom does not leave, but Eliza flees with her child. ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 318

8. The Enchanted Well (1903)

4 min | Fantasy, Drama, Short

6.1
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Denied a handout, a witch exacts vengeance by cursing the village well.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 292

9. Faust in Hell (1903)

6 min | Short, Fantasy

6.3
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Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 187

10. The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

2 min | Short, Horror

6.7
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Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 928

11. Daylight Burglary (1903)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.2
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A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank S. Mottershaw

Votes: 300

12. Jupiter's Thunderballs (1903)

4 min | Short, Fantasy

5.7
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Brief "trick film" in which Zeus and two other gods romp with dancing girls on Olympian clouds.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 298

13. Mary Jane's Mishap (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy

6.7
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Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin.

Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 570

14. The Magic Lantern (1903)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 499

15. The Monster (1903)

3 min | Short, Fantasy

6.4
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An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 836

16. Misfortune Never Comes Alone (1903)

3 min | Short, Comedy

5.5
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The scene takes place in front of a barrack, where a young soldier is on duty --most laughable and comical.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 162

17. Extraordinary Illusions (1903)

2 min | Short

5.8
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Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès performs his cine-magic act.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 238

18. The Poachers (1903)

3 min | Drama, Short

6.0
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Three hunters surprise two poachers in the act. The hunters take umbrage and give chase over fences and through fields. The hunters fire away, but the poachers have guns as well, and a ... See full summary »

Director: William Haggar | Stars: Sid Griffiths, Will Haggar Jr., Walter Haggar

Votes: 291

19. A Chess Dispute (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.0
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A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 501

20. Prolific Magic Egg (1903)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

5.8
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A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton begins kicking his legs and throwing his arms about and suddenly turns into a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 135

21. What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Bertha Regustus

Votes: 237

22. Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Action

6.4
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Vivian Vaughan, Arthur White, James H. White

Votes: 1,585

23. Ten Ladies in One Umbrella (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

5.6
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The scene is similar to that seen at Coney Island, where a number of shows are constantly going on. A Juggler enters, dressed in promenade costume, with an overcoat hanging over his arm, a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 218

24. An Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.4
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A man and a woman talk beside a street near a corner where a cop stands. Just as a horse-drawn cart rounds the corner, the man backs off the sidewalk saying good-by to his companion. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Walter R. Booth, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 364

25. New York City 'Ghetto' Fish Market (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are passing along the stands and making their purchases of fish. A great character-study. - from the Edison Catalog

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 188

26. Rube and Mandy at Coney Island (1903)

12 min | Comedy, Short

5.1
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The first scene shows a country couple entering Steeplechase Park. They proceed to amuse themselves on the steeplechase, rope bridge, the "Down and Out" and riding the bulls. The scene then... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 79

27. Down the Hudson (1903)

3 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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Film taken from a boat heading down the Hudson is shown at varying speeds, often giving a sense of rapid transit. We see empty hills sweeping by, then a steamboat passes. A few houses ... See full summary »

Directors: Frederick S. Armitage, A.E. Weed

Votes: 159

28. The Sick Kitten (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Family

5.8
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A girl gives a spoonful of medicine to a kitten.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 704

29. Robinson Crusoe (1903)

1 min | Drama, Short

4.8
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Robinson Crusoe and Friday fight with hostile natives, and eventually retire to their jungle cottage to relax.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 162

30. Subub Surprises the Burglar (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.0
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Shows a bedroom and a man asleep in bed. A burglar cautiously raises the window, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes. The man awakes, pulls a lever, which closes him up ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 202

31. Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River (1903)

3 min | Short, Documentary

6.0
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This short film shows a panoramic view of Manhattan Island, as it appeared in 1903. The island is viewed from the North River (Hudson River), and the view moves down the west side of the ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Smith

Votes: 459

32. Comment monsieur prend son bain (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.7
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Director: Alice Guy | Star: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 127

33. At the Foot of the Flatiron (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Documentary

5.6
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It's a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by the Flatiron Building are having considerable difficulty in keeping their hats from flying off.

Director: A.E. Weed

Votes: 138

34. Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903)

2 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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Shows a large open barge loaded with people of every nationality, disembarking at Ellis Island, N. Y. A most interesting and typical scene.

Votes: 80

35. The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A woman being fitted for shoes exposes her ankle to the shoe clerk, who is intrigued. He kisses her, but her chaperone hits him with her umbrella.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Edward Boulden

Votes: 845

36. The Mystical Flame (1903)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

5.3
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A juggler enters upon the scene, picks up a skull, throws it into the air, catches it in his hands, where it is transformed into a handkerchief. The handkerchief, after being twirled about ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 97

37. Move On (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Short

4.9
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Push-cart vendors are told to move on by a policeman.

Director: A.C. Abadie

Votes: 190

38. Panorama of Blackwell's Island (1903)

Documentary, Short

4.8
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Votes: 35

39. Street Car Chivalry (I) (1903)

Comedy, Short

5.1
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Men on the streetcar offer their seats to pretty women, but not to an ugly woman.

Votes: 53

40. Ameta (1903)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Votes: 80

41. From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen (1903)

1 min | Short

5.0
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A woman in fancy dress enters a dressing room and begins to disrobe. She removes a coat, a top, and her skirt. As she starts to remove her chemise in front of the camera, she thinks the ... See full summary »

Votes: 251

42. A Romance of the Rail (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

4.8
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An engaged couple, dressed in white, meet each other at a train station. When the train arrives, they get on board, and they enjoy the sights from the platform on the last car. The workers ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Marie Murray

Votes: 270

43. Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)

1 min | Documentary, Short

3.1
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The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island. Topsy was originally owned by Forepaugh Circus where she killed a ... See full summary »

Star: Topsy

Votes: 1,191