1900's - 1910's

View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
The Enchanted Drawing (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad. (2 mins.)
 
2.
How It Feels to Be Run Over (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
As the camera looks down an open road, a horse and carriage approaches, and passes by to one side of the field of view... (1 mins.)
 
3.
The Professor and His Field Glass (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An elderly gentleman in a silk hat sits on a stool in front of a store on the main street of town. He... (1 mins.)
 
4.
Grandma's Reading Glass (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A boy looks through glasses at various objects, seen magnified. (2 mins.)
 
5.
Let Me Dream Again (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A man dreams he is flirting with an attractive young lady, then he wakes up in bed next to his wife. (1 mins.)
 
6.
Joan of Arc (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured. (10 mins.)
 
7.
The Delights of Automobiling (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This is altogether a remarkable picture and of very fine photographic value. It shows a picturesque country road... (1 mins.)
 
8.
The Kiss (1900 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Nothing new, but an old thing done over again and done well. Some one has attempted to describe a kiss... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Fred Ott
 
9.
The One-Man Band (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means. (2 mins.)
 
10.
Soldiers of the Cross (1900)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The plot outlined the story of the early Christian martyrs with a compendium of horrors guaranteed to...
 
11.
Romeo and Juliet (1900 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Emilio Cossira singing a tenor aria from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, probably 'Ah. Lève-toi soleil'.
 
12.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
 
13.
History of a Crime (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica... (5 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Zecca
 
14.
President McKinley Taking the Oath (1901 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Short film which documents William McKinley's presidential inauguration. (1 mins.)
 
15.
Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (1901 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days. (2 mins.)
 
16.
A Photographic Contortion (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
17.
Bluebeard (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances. (12 mins.)
 
18.
Fire! (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first... (5 mins.)
 
19.
What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through... (1 mins.)
 
20.
The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This film is a winner, it being one of the most laughable of mysterious picture ever made. An extremely... (2 mins.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
Gulliver's Travels (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Of all the beautiful stories ever told none are more interesting than Gulliver's Travels. How Gulliver... (4 mins.)
 
23.
Fun in a Butcher Shop (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Two enterprising Dutchmen are at work at their sausage mill. A constant stream of boys and men are coming...
 
24.
Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene. (2 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
25.
What Is Seen Through a Keyhole (1901 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A hotel porter tries in his spare time to find out the secrets of the guests in looking through the keyholes of the different rooms. He must see very funny things, judging from his facial expressions. (2 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Zecca
 
26.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An early adaptation of the Ali Baba tale. (9 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Zecca
 
27.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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.)
 
28.
The Human Fly (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This is a moving picture that moves. Positively the greatest magical picture ever offered. A Hindoo... (2 mins.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
The Music Lover (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music. (3 mins.)
 
32.
The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits. (2 mins.)
 
33.
The Passion Play (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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.)
 
34.
Alice in Wonderland (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows... (8 mins.)
 
35.
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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. (1 mins.)
 
36.
The Monster (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx... (3 mins.)
 
37.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
38.
The Untamable Whiskers (1904 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The background of this picture represents a scene along the beautiful river Seine in Paris. A gentleman enters... (3 mins.)
 
39.
The Living Playing Cards (1904 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen... (3 mins.)
 
40.
The Black Imp (1905 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room. (4 mins.)
 
41.
Rescued by Rover (1905 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby. (7 mins.)
 
42.
The Scheming Gambler's Paradise (1905 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the... (3 mins.)
 
43.
The '?' Motorist (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn. (3 mins.)
Director: Walter R. Booth
 
44.
The Hilarious Posters (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A wall full of advertising posters comes to life. (3 mins.)
 
45.
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge. (7 mins.)
Stars: Jack Brawn
 
46.
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life. (3 mins.)
 
47.
Ben Hur (1907 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
The scene opens with an assembly of citizens who are harangued by one of their number, whose words have great weight with the crowd... (15 mins.)
 
48.
The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful... (9 mins.)
 
49.
The Dog and His Various Merits (1908 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
We see a working dog, a beggar's dog, a shepherd's dog, and a milkman's dog. The working dog is locked... (2 mins.)
 
50.
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
 
51.
The Electric Hotel (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
According to the rapid strides that electricity is making in this wonderful age we are not surprised... (8 mins.)
 
52.
Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A family is terrified when an eagle carries off its young child. (8 mins.)
 
53.
The Devilish Tenant (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion. (6 mins.)
 
54.
A Corner in Wheat (1909 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 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
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
Fighting Blood (1911 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An old soldier on the frontier, the father of a dozen children, a staunch patriot himself, brings these children up with rigid military training... (18 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
57.
Le mystère des roches de Kador (1912)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The action takes place in Brittany .Fernand De Keranic wants to latch on to his niece and ward Suzanne's... (45 mins.)
Director: Léonce Perret
 
58.
The Independence of Romania (1912)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The movie depicts the Romanian War of Independence (1877-1878). (120 mins.)
 
59.
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
60.
L'enfant de Paris (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
61.
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles. (96 mins.)
 
62.
Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas. (54 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
63.
Cabiria (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
64.
Cinderella (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on the fairy tale: Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but is able to go to the royal ball through the help of the Fairy Godmother. (52 mins.)
Director: James Kirkwood
 
65.
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
 
66.
The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After being expelled from college, Giles runs away from home and meets a young lady who he falls for. (54 mins.)
 
67.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (195 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
68.
A Burlesque on Carmen (1915 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A gypsy seductress is sent to sway a goofy officer to allow a smuggling run. (31 mins.)
 
69.
Les vampires (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (421 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
70.
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.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
71.
Judex (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 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
 
72.
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.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
73.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
74.
A Man There Was (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later... (48 mins.)
 
75.
Easy Street (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street. (24 mins.)
 
76.
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
 
77.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
78.
Blind Husbands (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife. (99 mins.)
Director: Erich Stroheim
 
79.
True Heart Susie (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices... (87 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
80.
Sir Arne's Treasure (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with gold... (122 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
81.
Victory (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Axel Heyst, an uncommitted wanderer, has settled on an island in the South Seas. He takes pity on a troubled young woman... (62 mins.)
 
82.
J'accuse! (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
83.
The Oyster Princess (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince. (58 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch