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1. The House of the Devil (1896)

3 min | Short, Horror

6.8
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

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

Votes: 1,846

2. Photographing Fairies (1997)

R | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.9
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Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Toby Stephens, Emily Woof, Ben Kingsley, Frances Barber

Votes: 2,417

3. 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: 2,460

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

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: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,115

5. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

17 min | Short, Fantasy

6.9
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Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly 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: 637

6. Cinderella (1899)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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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?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmely, Jeanne d'Alcy

Votes: 949

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

1 min | Short, Horror

6.4
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A woman disappears on stage.

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

Votes: 1,023

8. Pool Sharks (1915)

TV-G | 10 min | Comedy, Short

5.7
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Two romantic rivals play a game of pool for the hand of their lady love.

Director: Edwin Middleton | Stars: W.C. Fields, Marian West, Larry Westford, Bud Ross

Votes: 815

9. A Nightmare (1896)

1 min | Short

6.6
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A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 827

10. The Palace of Arabian Knights (1905)

14 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 255

11. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy

7.6
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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. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,210

12. Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903)

16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

7.3
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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. Though driven off, the witch soon returns, summons some of her servants, ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Bleuette Bernon, Georges Méliès

Votes: 779

13. 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: 1,842

14. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short

6.4
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A man dressed in red is ushered into an antechamber in a Castle and offered a seat. When he tried to sit down the chair moves to the other side of the room causing the man to fall on the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 593

15. The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

2 min | Short

6.8
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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: 891

16. 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: 1,570

17. The Haunted Castle (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

5.7
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A King (played by Georges Méliès) shows up at his new castle where he is haunted.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 194

18. The X-Ray Fiend (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

6.1
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Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Tom Green

Votes: 337

19. Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

10 min | Short, Fantasy

6.2
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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. Borrowing on cinematographic methods ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Thomas White

Votes: 508

20. Mary Jane's Mishap (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy

6.7
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Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin.

Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 538

21. Méliès, los Orígenes (1996 Video)

45 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

6.8
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Directors: Georges Méliès, Segundo de Chomón | Stars: Sergio Capelo, Rafael Ordóñez Arrieta

Votes: 6

22. Les casse-pieds (1948)

Approved | 71 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

6.8
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A series of vignettes, in which Noel-Noel appears as the moderator, lecturer, commentator and leading actor, that examine the bores and pests of everyday life much like Pete Smith and ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Dréville | Stars: Noël-Noël, Bernard Blier, Jean Tissier, Henri Crémieux

Votes: 63

23. The Men Behind the Mayhem: The Special Effects of James Bond (2000 Video)

18 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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From Dr. No (1962) to The World is Not Enough (1999), a look at the special effects in the James Bond films, and the wizardry that made them possible and some of the best in the business.

Director: John Cork | Stars: Marie Clairu, Maud Adams, Tanya Roberts, Jill St. John

Votes: 47

24. 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: 508

25. Cinderella (1898)

Short, Fantasy

7.9
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Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 23

26. The Magician (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

6.6
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In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 475

27. Dreams of Toyland (1908)

7 min | Animation, Short

5.8
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A boy dreams toys come to life.

Director: Arthur Melbourne Cooper

Votes: 79

28. 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: 483

29. 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 | Star: John Barrymore

Votes: 294

30. A Moonlight Serenade; or, The Miser Punished (1904)

3 min | Short

5.6
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Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 126

31. The Clown Barber (1898)

Short, Comedy

6.7
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Clown cuts off customer's head and replaces it.

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 12

32. The Christmas Dream (1901)

4 min | Short, Fantasy

5.9
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The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home. His children, assisted by their governess, are about to retire. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 218

33. Paris to Monte Carlo (1905)

10 min | Adventure, Short

6.1
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A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Fernande Albany, Harry Fragson, Félix Galipaux, Jane Ivon

Votes: 162

34. The Haunted Hotel (1918)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Fred Rains | Stars: Will Asher, Marion Peake, Lupino Lane

35. The Corsican Brothers (1898)

Short, Drama

7.0
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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: 9

36. 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: 248

37. A Case of Comfort (1918)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Fred Rains | Star: Will Asher

38. 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

39. The Devil's Laboratory (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

5.3
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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: 28

40. The Fugitive Futurist (1924)

10 min | Comedy, Short

6.6
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A habitual loser at the race-track is approached by a man who claims to be an inventor with a machine that can see into the future; but can it predict the winner of tomorrow's race? And just whom is the 'inventor' trying to escape anyway?

Director: Gaston Quiribet

Votes: 62

41. Mr. Isaacs and the Mice (1909)

Animation, Short

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A silhouette film of acrobatic mice.

Director: Charles Armstrong

42. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

1 min | Short

6.1
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Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 301

43. On the Farm (2003 Video)

7 min | Short, Comedy

6.6
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Stop-motion, pixillation and other trick photography methods are used to depict situations on a farm.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 16

44. 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: 234

45. Le barbier fin de siècle (1896)

1 min | Short

5.7
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Votes: 39

46. Tipsy-Topsy-Turvy (1897)

Short, Comedy

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Drunk returns from club, undresses and the film is reversed.

Director: George Albert Smith

47. Le nouveau seigneur du village (1908)

9 min | Short, Fantasy

5.4
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A rich lord is led by a gypsy to a cave, where a spirit makes him poor and the two poor men that accompanied him are made rich. Later the lord is spared and turned back to his former rich self.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Fernande Albany, Mlle. Bodson, Georges Méliès

Votes: 77

48. Die Another Day: From Script to Screen (2002 Video)

52 min

7.2
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Director: Rob Done | Stars: G.A. Aguilar, Bob Anderson, Vic Armstrong, Martin Asbury

Votes: 31

49. Making Sausages (1897)

Short, Comedy

5.3
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Four cooks make sausages from cats, dogs, ducks and old boots.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 15

50. The Tulips (1907)

4 min | Short, Fantasy

5.2
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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: 94