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1. 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: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,289

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: 2,435

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: 2,535

4. 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: Jeanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,934

5. Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903)

16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

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

Votes: 813

6. 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: 530

7. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

17 min | Short, Fantasy

6.8
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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: 675

8. 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: 996

9. 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: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 878

10. 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: 1,904

11. 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: 631

12. 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: 921

13. The Christmas Dream (1901)

4 min | Short, Fantasy

5.8
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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: 231

14. 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: Jeanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,077

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: 1,620

16. 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: 2,284

17. 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: 822

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: 309

19. 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: 496

20. 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: 523

21. 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: 565

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

18 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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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: 49

23. The Palace of Arabian Knights (1905)

14 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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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 | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 265

24. 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: 64

25. Méliès, los Orígenes (1996 Video)

45 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

7.0
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Directors: Georges Méliès, Segundo de Chomón | Stars: Sergio Capelo, Rafael Ordóñez Arrieta

Votes: 7

26. 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: 201

27. 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, Antonich, Blondet, Séverin Cafferra

Votes: 170

28. 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

29. Cinderella (1898)

Short, Fantasy

7.8
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Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 25

30. 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: 354

31. 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: 494

32. The Famous Box Trick (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

6.2
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From the depths of a plain wooden box, a skilful conjurer materializes a lively boy in a clown suit. Next, he takes a heavy battle-axe. What are his intentions?

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 337

33. 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

34. Dreams of Toyland (1908)

7 min | Animation, Short

5.9
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A boy dreams toys come to life.

Director: Arthur Melbourne Cooper

Votes: 83

35. The Blunders of Mr. Butterbun: Trips and Tribunals (1918)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Fred Rains | Stars: Lupino Lane, Judd Green, Fred Rains

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

3 min | Short

5.6
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Pierrot comes to a miser's house to serenade his lover but he kicks him out. The lady on the moon offers him her hand. He serenades her till the greedy miser comes out and attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 134

37. 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

38. 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

39. 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: 30

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: 65

41. 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

42. 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: 260

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. Use Your Imagination (1933)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Musical, Romance

6.3
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The story of a likable young man can't hold a job because he is always daydreaming usually about girlfriend Mitzi.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Mitzi Mayfair, Pat Rooney Jr., Robert Pitkin

Votes: 64

45. 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: 247

46. 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: 323

47. The Death Ray (1924)

24 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Gaston Quiribet | Star: Harry Grindell Matthews

48. An Eccentric Sportsman (1912)

Short, Comedy

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A magical sportsman's troubles with an artist, a fish and a dog.

Director: Walter R. Booth

49. 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: 32

50. His Busy Day (I) (1918)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Fred Rains | Star: Lupino Lane