Best films, pre-1915

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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.)
 
2.
The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912 Short Film)
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A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema... (12 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
“ the full serial ” - Poisonthewell
 
5.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
6.
Quo Vadis? (1913)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Enrico Guazzoni
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
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Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles. (96 mins.)
 
9.
The Woman Always Pays (1910 Short Film)
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At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her... (38 mins.)
Director: Urban Gad
 
10.
Mary Jane's Mishap (1903 Short Film)
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Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin. (4 mins.)
 
11.
The Conquest of the Pole (1912 Short Film)
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Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor... (33 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
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A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
14.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
15.
The Student of Prague (1913)
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A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... (85 mins.)
 
16.
That Fatal Sneeze (1907 Short Film)
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As an older man and a youth are eating at the table, the older man decides to amuse himself by using pepper to make the boy sneeze... (6 mins.)
Director: Lewin Fitzhamon
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
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A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage. (82 mins.)
Director: Mack Sennett
 
19.
The Delights of Automobiling (1900 Short Film)
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This is altogether a remarkable picture and of very fine photographic value. It shows a picturesque country road... (1 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
An Interesting Story (1904 Short Film)
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The adventures of an inattentive man. He's at his kitchen table, reading. A woman brings his hat and points to the clock... (4 mins.)
 
22.
Démolition d'un mur (1896 Documentary)
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Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
23.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
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A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
24.
Alice in Wonderland (1903 Short Film)
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Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows... (8 mins.)
 
25.
Judith of Bethulia (1914)
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A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him. (61 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
26.
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906 Short Film)
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A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life. (3 mins.)
 
27.
The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)
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Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei. (88 mins.)
 
28.
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912 Short Film)
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A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days... (17 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
29.
Life of an American Fireman (1903 Short Film)
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire... (6 mins.)
 
30.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1902 Short Film)
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk... (10 mins.)
 
31.
Dough and Dynamite (1914 Short Film)
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Charlie and another waiter must become bakers when the regular bakers go out on strike. The strikers put dynamite in a piece of bread which is delivered to the cake counter. It winds up in the oven and explodes. (33 mins.)
 
32.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
 
33.
The Battle in the Clouds (1909 Short Film)
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An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships. (11 mins.)
Director: Walter R. Booth
 
34.
Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895 Short Film)
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A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
35.
The Rounders (1914 Short Film)
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Two drunks live in the same hotel. One beats his wife, the other is beaten by his. They go off and get drunk together... (16 mins.)
 
36.
The Night Before Christmas (1905 Short Film)
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It's December 24th, and 'Santa Claus' is busy feeding his reindeer and finishing up the toys that he will soon deliver... (9 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
37.
A Corner in Wheat (1909 Short Film)
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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
 
38.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
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One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
39.
The Insects' Christmas (1913 Short Film)
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A Father Christmas ornament climbs down from a decorated tree, and goes to the forest. There he creates... (7 mins.)
 
40.
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906 Short Film)
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The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge. (7 mins.)
Stars: Jack Brawn
 
41.
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914 Short Film)
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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
 
42.
The Automatic Moving Company (1910 Short Film)
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A film of more than unusual interest. Those who are familiar with the length of time it takes to make a picture wherein oil the furniture in the house moves out automatically, will appreciate the great labor of making this film. (4 mins.)
 
43.
The Masquerader (1914 Short Film)
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Charlie is an actor in a film studio. He messes up several scenes and is tossed out. Returning dressed as a lady, he charms the director. Even so, Charlie never makes it into film, winding up at the bottom of a well. (9 mins.)
 
44.
The Knockout (1914 Short Film)
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To show his girl how brave he is Fatty challenges the champion to a fight. Charlie referees, trying to avoid contact with the two monsters. (27 mins.)
 
45.
De molens die juichen en weenen (1912 Short Film)
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A hobo takes revenge to a miller who didn't give him something to eat. (7 mins.)
Director: Alfred Machin
 
46.
Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914 Short Film)
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The Tramp wanders into and disrupts the filming of a go-kart race. (11 mins.)
Director: Henry Lehrman
 
47.
Bluebeard (1901 Short Film)
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A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances. (12 mins.)
 
48.
De mésaventure van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon aan het strand te Zandvoort (1905 Short Film)
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A gentleman on a beach-chair is surprised by the high tide, and takes his trousers off to keep them dry. A policeman chases him across the beach and through the village of Zandvoort, until he is arrested. (6 mins.)
 
49.
From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912)
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An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents... (60 mins.)
Director: Sidney Olcott
 
50.
The New Janitor (1914 Short Film)
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Charlie is janitor for a firm the manager of which receives a threatening note about his gambling debts... (16 mins.)
 
51.
Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911 Short Film)
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Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style. (7 mins.)
 
52.
His Musical Career (1914 Short Film)
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Charlie and his partner are to deliver a piano to 666 Prospect St. and repossess one from 999 Prospect St... (16 mins.)
 
53.
The Golden Beetle (1907 Short Film)
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A conjurer with white beard and turban moves about in front of a building with an elaborate facade. He spies a golden beetle... (3 mins.)
 
54.
Caught in a Cabaret (1914 Short Film)
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Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret and must endure the strict orders from his boss. He meets a pretty girl in the park and pretends to be a fancy ambassador but must contend with the jealousy of her fiancé. (30 mins.)
 
55.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910 Short Film)
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An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel. (13 mins.)
Director: Otis Turner
 
56.
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.)
 
57.
The Electric Hotel (1908 Short Film)
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According to the rapid strides that electricity is making in this wonderful age we are not surprised... (8 mins.)
 
58.
Mabel's Married Life (1914 Short Film)
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Accosted by a masher in the park and unable to motivate husband Charlie into taking action, Mabel gets him a boxing mannequin to sharpen his fighting skills. (17 mins.)
Director: Mack Sennett
 
59.
The Squaw Man (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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.)
 
60.
The Black Imp (1905 Short Film)
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A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room. (4 mins.)
 
61.
His Trysting Place (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Charlie's wife sends him to the store for a baby bottle with milk. Elsewhere, Ambrose offers to post a love letter for a woman in his boarding house... (32 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
62.
L'affaire Dreyfus (1899 Short Film)
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Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899. (13 mins.)
 
63.
Cinderella (1899 Short Film)
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A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out? (6 mins.)
 
64.
A Fantasy (1908 Short Film)
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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
 
65.
In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)
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In 1911, as part of his massive undertaking, famed Northwest photographer Edward S. Curtis travelled to Vancouver Island... (65 mins.)
 
66.
Joan of Arc (1900 Short Film)
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A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured. (10 mins.)
 
67.
The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901 Short Film)
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This film is a winner, it being one of the most laughable of mysterious picture ever made. An extremely... (2 mins.)
 
68.
Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903 Short Film)
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At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears... (16 mins.)
 
69.
De wigwam (1911 Short Film)
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Black Eagle, a renegade Indian, kidnaps the young daughter of a white farming family. Indian warrior Flaming Arrow sets out to rescue the young girl and punish the renegade. (8 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens