Most Voted Titles Released 1896-01-01 to 1896-12-31


1. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière

Votes: 6,460

2. The Kiss (1896)

1 min | Short, Romance

5.9
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Two people kiss.

Director: William Heise | Stars: May Irwin, John C. Rice

Votes: 2,047

3. Démolition d'un mur (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 1,531

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, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,496

5. The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Two men play cards, as a third watches and a waiter brings drinks. The third man pours drinks as the waiter laughs.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Antoine Féraud, Antoine Lumière, Félicien Trewey, Alphonse Winckler

Votes: 907

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

1 min | Short

6.3
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A woman disappears on stage.

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

Votes: 873

7. 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: 692

8. Feeding the Doves (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.0
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A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 621

9. Childish Quarrel (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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"Two babies are shown seated in high chairs and apparently enjoying themselves. Suddenly one snatches a toy from the other, and they indulge in hair-pulling."

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 607

10. A Terrible Night (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 580

11. La fée aux choux (1896)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

5.2
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The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving a strange fairy who can produce and deliver babies coming out of cabbages. Gently ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Alice Guy, Germaine Serand, Yvonne Serand

Votes: 545

12. Une partie de cartes (1896)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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Three friends are playing cards in a beer garden. One of them orders drinks. The waitress comes back with a bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray. The man serves his friends. They ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 519

13. Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.4
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Carmaux is in south-central France, near the Tarn River. As a brick of coke, about four feet high and three feet wide, is gradually pushed out of a smelter into a yard, one worker sprays it... See full summary »

Votes: 509

14. Sandow (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Sport

5.5
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Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals. He begins with his arms folded against his ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Eugen Sandow

Votes: 488

15. New York: Broadway at Union Square (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.7
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A stationary camera captures the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on Broadway at Union Square in Greenwich Village. As streetcars pass with rapid regularity, two police officers make sure ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 470

16. Rough Sea at Dover (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank.

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 469

17. Lion, London Zoological Garden (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.4
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A male lion, right next to bars that are about 6 or 8 inches apart, keenly watches a uniformed zoo attendant toss small morsels of food into the cage. The lion alternates between finding ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 458

18. Dragoons Crossing the Sâone (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.4
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A stationary camera looks across Burgundy's River Sâone toward a small military encampment. Four horsemen enter the water in the foreground, each riding his horse as it swims across toward ... See full summary »

Votes: 427

19. Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.7
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Fin de siécle elegance. A parade of sorts passes in front of a stationary camera. An ostrich pulls a cart in which two well-dressed girls sit, two mules pull a large cart full of children, ... See full summary »

Votes: 411

20. Poultry-Yard (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

4.8
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Two girls do one of their chores. Standing alongside a tree-lined farmhouse, two children who are about ten and four years old toss grain to a flock of about 50 domesticated ducks. A woman ... See full summary »

Votes: 394

21. Danse serpentine (II) (1896)

1 min | Short

6.8
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Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Loie Fuller

Votes: 369

22. William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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"This view was taken upon Mr. McKinley's lawn at his home in Canton, Ohio. Mr. McKinley appears walking across the lawn in company with his Secretary, who hands him a telegram, which he ... See full summary »

Stars: William McKinley, George B. Cortelyou, Ida McKinley

Votes: 367

23. Awakening of Rip (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.5
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 343

24. Arroseur et arrosé (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Doublier

Votes: 335

25. Rip's Toast (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.5
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"Here the celebrated actor Joseph Jefferson is shown giving his famous toast. Mr. Jefferson's features distinctly show on this picture that by watching the motion of his lips one could ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 327

26. Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.4
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 323

27. Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896)

Not Rated | | Short

4.4
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 323

28. Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | | Short

4.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 322

29. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.5
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 322

30. Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896)

Not Rated | | Short

4.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 315

31. Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.5
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 314

32. A Morning Bath (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

4.4
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"Mammy is washing her little pickaninny. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub full of foaming suds." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White

Votes: 307

33. Arrivée d'un train à Perrache (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 300

34. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera. Two horses draw each wagon, and each wagon carries from two to eight ... See full summary »

Votes: 277

35. Amy Muller (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.7
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Vaudeville dancer Amy Muller performs a portion of her stage routine, which features dancing on her toes. She dances on one toe for part of the performance. Later, she also twirls and does cartwheels.

Director: William Heise | Star: Amy Muller

Votes: 244

36. Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 243

37. Concours de boules (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 240

38. Children Digging for Clams (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.5
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One toddler and about ten children, not yet adolescents, use a shovel, rakes, and nets to scour an eddy by the sea as fully-dressed women (hats and all) and a few men look on and give ... See full summary »

Votes: 236

39. Premiers pas de bébé (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 233

40. Partie de boules (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 233

41. Course en sacs (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Several competitors take part in a friendly sack race, with widely varying degrees of success.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 229

42. Cock Fight (1896)

Documentary, Short

4.8
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Votes: 228

43. The Burning Stable (1896)

1 min | Short

5.2
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"A burning wagon is dragged from the barn by the firemen, and four horses are rescued from the flames by the stablemen. Thick volumes of smoke pour from the doors and windows." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White

Votes: 228

44. Arab Cortege, Geneva (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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A stationary camera looks across a busy corner toward a store front marked "The Divan." The words "des fees" are beneath. A cortege of Arabs, about 20 persons in the party, walk past; the ... See full summary »

Votes: 227

45. New York, Brooklyn Bridge (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.4
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A stationary camera is set at a curve in the train tracks, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. From the bridge, a four-car streetcar approaches and turns to he viewer's left. As it ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 225

46. Panorama de l'arrivée en gare de Perrache pris du train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 221

47. Ateliers de La Ciotat (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 219

48. Londres, Entrée du cinématographe (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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The facade and the traffic in front of the Cinematographe in London, close to the large ensign of the historical Empire Theatre, in London.

Directors: Louis Lumière, Charles Moisson

Votes: 204

49. Interrupted Lover (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

4.8
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A pair of bucolic lovers discovered by the wrathful father, who teaches the gallant a lesson.

Votes: 202

50. Loading a Boiler (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

4.6
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A stationary camera placed amidships looks toward the round end of a 10- or 12-foot boiler that's been loaded onto the open deck. Three men climb down from atop the boiler and then remove ... See full summary »

Votes: 200