Pre-1920s films

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1. Za schastem (1917)

40 min | Short, Drama

7.0
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Since Zoya Verenskaya's husband passed away ten years ago, she has been devoted to her daughter Lee. At present, Lee is in poor health, and she is in danger of losing her eyesight. Zoya's ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Emma Bauer, Tasya Borman, N. Dennitsyna, Aleksandr Kheruvimov

Votes: 71

2. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard

Votes: 7,817

3. The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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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. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Votes: 2,019

4. Behind the Screen (1916)

TV-G | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

7.0
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Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 1,852

5. Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)

Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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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.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Curt Goetz, Ferry Sikla, Margarete Kupfer

Votes: 916

6. L'enfant de Paris (1913)

100 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: Léonce Perret, Louis Leubas, Maurice Lagrenée, Émile Keppens

Votes: 226

7. 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: 13,451

8. Tram Ride Into Halifax (1902)

2 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Votes: 82

9. Suspense (1913)

10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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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, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Douglas Gerrard, Sam Kaufman

Votes: 767

10. Posle smerti (1915)

46 min | Drama

6.9
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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, and tries to get Andrei to accompany him to social events. ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Vitold Polonsky, Olga Rakhmanova, Vera Karalli, Mariya Khalatova

Votes: 645

11. New York Subway (1905)

Unrated | 6 min | Short, Documentary

5.8
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Starting at Union Square, we are taken for an underground excursion, following the path of a subway train as it makes its way through New York City subway tunnels on its journey to the old ... See full summary »

Director: G.W. Bitzer

Votes: 538

12. The '?' Motorist (1906)

3 min | Fantasy, Short, Comedy

6.7
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A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn.

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 692

13. Les vampires (1915)

Not Rated | 421 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.9
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

Director: Louis Feuillade | Stars: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé

Votes: 3,470

14. Panoramic View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901)

3 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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This film is part of the Mitchell and Kenyon collection - an amazing visual record of everyday life in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wave to Morecambe's seasiders in ... See full summary »

Votes: 100

15. The Birth of a Flower (1910)

6 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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"Percy Smith (1880-1944) was world famous as a photographer of plant life. Probably the first British example of time-lapse photography as applied to the growth of plants." Montly Film Bulletin, November 1955

Director: F. Percy Smith

Votes: 59

16. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, History

8.0
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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.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 11,753

17. Scene from the Elevator Ascending Eiffel Tower (1900)

Documentary, Short

6.0
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A marvelously clear picture taken from the top of the elevator of the Eiffel Tower during going up and coming down of the car. This wonderful tower is 1,000 feet in height, and the picture ... See full summary »

Director: James H. White

Votes: 170

18. When the Clouds Roll by (1919)

85 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

7.0
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Psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempts to drive Daniel Brown to suicide.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Albert MacQuarrie, Kathleen Clifford, Frank Campeau

Votes: 640

19. Easy Street (1917)

Unrated | 24 min | Short, Comedy

7.6
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A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 3,835

20. Daydreams (1915)

37 min | Drama, Short

7.0
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Sergei's beloved wife Yelena has passed away, and the bereaved husband is inconsolable. He remains obsessed with pictures of Yelena and with a braid of her hair that he has saved. One day, ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Alexander Wyrubow, F. Werchowzewa, Viktor Arens, N. Tschernobajewa

Votes: 179

21. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 7,870

22. Die Austernprinzessin (1919)

58 min | Comedy

7.1
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An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke, Julius Falkenstein

Votes: 1,267

23. Blind Husbands (1919)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim, Gibson Gowland

Votes: 1,100

24. Grandma's Reading Glass (1900)

2 min | Short

6.0
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A boy looks through glasses at various objects, seen magnified.

Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Harold Smith

Votes: 754

25. The Whispering Chorus (1918)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

6.6
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John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Raymond Hatton, Kathlyn Williams, Edythe Chapman, Elliott Dexter

Votes: 203 | Gross: $0.24M

26. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

8.2
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 34,112

27. Kitchener's Great Army in the Battle of the Somme (1916)

74 min | Documentary, War

6.7
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Documentary (with some re-enacted footage) of the British army's participation in the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

Director: Geoffrey Malins | Star: General Beauvoir De Lisle

Votes: 288

28. Child of the Big City (1914)

37 min | Drama, Short

6.8
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Seamstress Mary dreams of a better life in luxury instead of her badly paid job in a sweatshop. Her dreams come true, when she draws the attention of Victor, a burgeoise, who invites her ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Elena P. Smirnova, Nina Kosljaninowa, Michael Salarow, Arsenii Bibikov

Votes: 248

29. Let Me Dream Again (1900)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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A man dreams he is flirting with an attractive young lady, then he wakes up in bed next to his wife.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Tom Green

Votes: 525

30. The Doll (1919)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.3
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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. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson, Max Kronert

Votes: 1,280

31. Le mystère des roches de Kador (1912)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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The action takes place in Brittany .Fernand De Keranic wants to latch on to his niece and ward Suzanne's fortune.He tries to do away with her and her lover when she goes for a sail with ... See full summary »

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: Suzanne Grandais, Émile Keppens, Léonce Perret, Max Dhartigny

Votes: 212

32. 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: 1,570

33. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

7 min | Short, Fantasy

6.7
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The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Jack Brawn

Votes: 1,368

34. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 5,928

35. History of a Crime (1901)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

6.2
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La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Jean Liézer, Bretteau, Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 455

36. 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: 499

37. Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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A train is leaving a railway station at the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the very end of the train a barren, rocky landscape is seen, and some ruins of very old buildings,. Five men walk ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Alexandre Promio

Votes: 630

38. South (1919)

TV-G | 88 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.4
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The story of the 1914-1916 Antarctic exploration mission of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The ship sails south, breaking the ice, and ultimately getting trapped by the fast-changing weather. The ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Hurley | Stars: Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, J. Stenhouse, L. Hussey

Votes: 425

39. Magical Sword (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 75

40. A Kiss in the Tunnel (I) (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

5.9
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A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, George Albert Smith

Votes: 966

41. 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: 1,401

42. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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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.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 18,715 | Gross: $10.00M

43. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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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.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 1,503

44. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)

Not Rated | 54 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas.

Director: Louis Feuillade | Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior, Renée Carl

Votes: 1,601

45. Strekoza i muravey (1913)

5 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

6.9
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Based on a fable by Krylov, and other sources: All summer, the grasshopper sings, plays music, and visits with it's friends. Meanwhile, the ant works hard collecting food and building a ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Votes: 242

46. Panorama of Eiffel Tower (1900)

2 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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Showing the entire height of this wonderful structure from the base of the dome and return, with the great Paris Exposition in the background, looking down Champs de Mars. A most realistic picture.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 207

47. J'accuse! (1919)

166 min | Drama, Horror, War

7.3
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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.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Romuald Joubé, Maxime Desjardins, Séverin-Mars, Angèle Guys

Votes: 1,038

48. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.8
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,466

49. Le voyage à travers l'impossible (1904)

Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

7.7
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jeanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 2,537

50. A Fool There Was (1915)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama

5.9
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A married diplomat falls hopelessly under the spell of a predatory woman.

Director: Frank Powell | Stars: Runa Hodges, Mabel Frenyear, Edward José, May Allison

Votes: 624