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1. 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 | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,011

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: 2,405

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: 2,435

4. 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: 1,775

5. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

17 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

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: 621

6. Cinderella (1899)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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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: 927

7. 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: 581

8. 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: 1,817

9. 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: 807

10. 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: 2,180

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

1 min | Short

6.4
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A woman disappears on stage.

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

Votes: 1,005

12. 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: 806

13. 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: 758

14. 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: 252

15. 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: 1,548

16. The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

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: 878

17. Santa Claus (1898)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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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: 500

18. 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: 284

19. 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: 465

20. 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: 190

21. Mary Jane's Mishap (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy

6.8
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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: 527

22. The X-Ray Fiend (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy

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

Votes: 324

23. Méliès, los Orígenes (1996 Video)

45 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

6.6
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Directors: Georges Méliès, Segundo de Chomón | Stars: Sergio Capelo, Rafael Ordóñez Arrieta

Votes: 5

24. 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: 504

25. 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: 62

26. 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

27. The Mystery Film (1924)

Short

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A magician comes from Bagdad in a sack and reads the minds of the cinema audience.

28. 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

29. 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: 229

30. 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

31. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

1 min | Short

6.1
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Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 298

32. The Clown Barber (1898)

Short, Comedy

6.4
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Clown cuts off customer's head and replaces it.

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 11

33. An Extraordinary Dislocation (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

6.6
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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: 243

34. 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: 477

35. The Death Ray (1924)

24 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Gaston Quiribet | Star: Harry Grindell Matthews

36. Cinderella (1898)

Short, Fantasy

8.0
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Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 22

37. The Wandering Jew (1905)

3 min | Short, Drama

5.0
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Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 118

38. 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: 29

39. 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: 159

40. 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: 91

41. 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: 211

42. 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

43. Ally Sloper (1898)

Short, Comedy

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Man dresses up as a woman, and the film is reversed.

Director: George Albert Smith

44. 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: 27

45. 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: 25

46. The Fugitive Futurist (1924)

10 min | Comedy, Short

6.7
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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: 59

47. If a Picture Tells a Story (1924)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Gaston Quiribet

48. The Tangram (1914)

Short

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Pieces of a Chinese puzzle form Henry VIII, Lloyd George and a Chinese love drama.

Director: Walter R. Booth

49. 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

50. Wand-erful Will (1916)

Short, Comedy

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A penniless man shares lodgings with a professor whose magic wand makes furniture move.

Director: Toby Cooper | Star: Jack Jarman