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1. The House of the Devil (1896)

3 min | Short, Horror

6.7
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,965

2. The Astronomer's Dream; or, The Man in the Moon (1898)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,328

3. The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short, Horror

6.4
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As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,095

4. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy

7.6
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Much to our amazement, an elegant and masterful illusionist detaches his own head effortlessly from his shoulders for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,309

5. A Nightmare (1896)

1 min | Short

6.6
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In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 887

6. L'homme à la tête en caoutchouc (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy

7.2
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A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,922

7. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

17 min | Short, Fantasy

6.9
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Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to Hell and roasts him... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 684

8. The X-Ray Fiend (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

6.1
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A man and woman are flirting when a professor turns on an X-ray machine, revealing their insides. After turning it off again the two have a dispute and break up.

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

Votes: 364

9. A Trip to Mars (1910)

5 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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A scientist discovers reverse gravity and goes to Mars in the process.

Director: Ashley Miller

Votes: 315

10. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short

6.4
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Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 637

11. The Bewitched Inn (1897)

2 min | Short, Comedy

6.5
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At a solitary cheap inn, a distant traveller overcome with fatigue has a close encounter with the supernatural.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 546

12. The One-Man Band (1900)

2 min | Short, Comedy

7.1
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A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,631

13. Santa Claus (1898)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree. He then fills the stockings that were previously hung on the mantle by the children. ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 540

14. The Mermaid (1904)

4 min | Short, Fantasy

6.2
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A magician conjures up a mermaid while fishing.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 704

15. Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900)

2 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

6.8
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As if by magic, a weary traveller trying to undress, is foiled by his mutinous clothes as they teleport and multiply before his eyes, refusing to stay on the clothing rack.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 426

16. 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: 929

17. The Magician (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

6.5
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In a traditional "magician" attire, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words and conjures up wonders from a plain wooden box.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 502

18. The Devil's Laboratory (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

5.5
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"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 31

19. Cinderella (1898)

Short, Fantasy

7.7
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Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 26

20. The Corsican Brothers (1898)

Short, Drama

6.7
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The ghost of a man's twin shows him a vision of how he was killed in a duel.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 10

21. An Extraordinary Dislocation (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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The funniest of all mystical pictures yet produced. Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: André Deed

Votes: 267

22. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

1 min | Short

6.0
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A magician has a picture frame set up. He then proceeds to make a second version of himself appear inside it.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 327

23. Photographing a Ghost (1898)

Short, Horror

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Photographer tries to take a picture of a ghost, but it won't keep still and then vanishes.

Director: George Albert Smith

24. Willie's Magic Wand (1907)

3 min | Short, Comedy

5.6
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A magician's son plays tricks with his father's magic wand.

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 29

25. The Spiritualist Photographer (1903)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

5.8
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A magician transforms a woman into a portrait of herself, then restores her to life.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 252

26. Faust and Mephistopheles (1898)

Short, Fantasy

5.5
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Satan conjures a vision of a girl, for whom an old man signs a pact and is made young.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 8

27. 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: 500

28. Le barbier fin de siècle (1896)

1 min | Short

5.8
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Votes: 41

29. The Tulips (1907)

4 min | Short, Fantasy

5.3
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In a bower of giant tulips a boy and girl practice flower magic. They cause flowers and birds to open and human forms to issue therefrom, and on the black background of the wonderful garden... See full summary »

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 100

30. City Hall to Harlem in 15 Seconds, Via the Subway Route (1904)

2 min | Short, Comedy

4.8
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Votes: 9

31. The Mesmerist (1898)

Short

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Professor draws the spirit from a girl's body, and restores it.

Director: George Albert Smith