Movies and TV shows that Revolutionized special effects

These are the movies that originated or revolutionized effects or methods that had not been used effectively before.
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1.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ Most successful early film and was innovative for its time. ” - pgrass13
 
2.
The Passion Play (1903 Short Film)
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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... (44 mins.)
“ Earliest know color short ” - pgrass13
 
3.
A Sculptor's Welsh Rabbit Dream (1908 Short Film)
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Sculptor dreams of fantastic dream in which the genie of the lamp appears to him .
“ First clay animation short ” - pgrass13
 
4.
With Our King and Queen Through India (1912 Documentary)
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This early color film records the Indian celebrations relating to the coronation of King George V. (126 mins.)
“ First color film (documentary) ” - pgrass13
 
5.
The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1914)
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A crooked lawyer schemes to dispossess the heir to a baronetcy. (50 mins.)
“ First color fiction film ” - pgrass13
 
6.
The Photo-Drama of Creation (1914 Documentary)
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(480 mins.)
“ First major film to incorporate sound. ” - pgrass13
 
7.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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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. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ While mostly known for its racist theme, it was revolutionary for the time. ” - pgrass13
 
8.
The Power of Love (1922)
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Because of his financial trouble, Don Almeda (Noah Beery) promises his daughter, Maria (Barbara Bedford)...
“ First 3D film ” - pgrass13
 
9.
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" ” - pgrass13
 
10.
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.)
“ The first film to use the three color technicolor process. ” - pgrass13
 
11.
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 live action three layer technicolor film ” - pgrass13
 
12.
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.)
“ The first full length color movie (animated) and the first full length animated film. Disney made a big risk in making the film. ” - pgrass13
 
13.
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
“ One of the first full length color movie (live action) however it is book ended in Black and White. Revolutionized a number of special effects. ” - pgrass13
 
14.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ One of the first full length color movie (live action) that is entirely in color, came out a few months after the Wizard of Oz. The longest film up to that point (almost 4 hours) ” - pgrass13
 
15.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ Used many new techniques ” - pgrass13
 
16.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ Used a number of techniques to increase the spectacle ” - pgrass13
 
17.
Futureworld (1976)
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Upon uncovering the dirty secret of futuristic theme-park Futureworld, an ex employee is killed after he tips-off 2 other reporters who decide to do an undercover investigation. (108 mins.)
“ First film to incorporate CGI. ” - pgrass13
 
18.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ ILM had to create a bunch of new effects ” - pgrass13
 
19.
Babylon 5 (1994 TV Series)
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A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. (45 mins.)
“ First TV show to make extensive use of CGI ” - pgrass13
 
20.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ The effects used in this movie (ie inserting him into historic footage) had not been used effectively before then. ” - pgrass13
 
21.
Toy Story (1995)
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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 full length fully CGI animated movie ” - pgrass13
 
22.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ In the same way Forrest Gump utilized effects that hadn't been used as successfully before. ” - pgrass13