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: 7,616

2. The Kiss (1896)

1 min | Short, Romance

5.8
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Two people kiss.

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

Votes: 2,299

3. 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: 1,867

4. 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: 1,744

5. 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: 1,035

6. 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: 1,030

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: 834

8. Une nuit terrible (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

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: 688

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: 674

10. 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: 673

11. 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: 658

12. 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: 620

13. 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: 617

14. Carmaux, défournage du 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: 554

15. Rough Sea at Dover (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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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: 532

16. 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: 516

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: 492

18. Danse serpentine (II) (1896)

1 min | Short

6.8
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Angelic and demonic serpentine dances from dawn of cinema by the Lumière Brothers film, called the Serpentine Dance. The dancer is Loie Fuller; the pioneer modern dancer. Recorded in 1896 in Paris, and hand-colored frame by frame.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Loie Fuller

Votes: 479

19. 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: 458

20. 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: 444

21. 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: 428

22. 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: 409

23. William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.8
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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: 405

24. Awakening of Rip (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.5
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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

Votes: 382

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

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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A train arrives at the Perrache station.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 367

26. Rip's Toast (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | 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: 361

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

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

4.4
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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

Votes: 360

28. Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

4.4
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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

Votes: 354

29. Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

4.5
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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

Votes: 352

30. Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

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

Votes: 352

31. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

4.5
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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

Votes: 350

32. Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

4.6
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A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

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

Votes: 349

33. 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: 343

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

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France).

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 317

35. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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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: 312

36. Concours de boules (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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A short black and white film which documents an outdoor bowling game.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 297

37. Premiers pas de bébé (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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A short black and white film which documents a mother taking her children out for a walk.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 293

38. Partie de boules (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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A short black and white film documenting a group of gentleman engaged in lawn bowling.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 289

39. 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: 288

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

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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A short black and white film which captures the arrival of a train at the Perrache station.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 278

41. Children Digging for Clams (1896)

1 min | Short, Documentary

5.6
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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: 273

42. Ateliers de La Ciotat (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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A short black and white film which documents the workday of shipbuilders.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 270

43. Amy Muller (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.6
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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: 263

44. 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: 256

45. The Burning Stable (1896)

1 min | Short

5.1
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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: 251

46. 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: 249

47. 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: 249

48. Cock Fight (1896)

Documentary, Short

4.8
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Votes: 242

49. Post No Bills (1896)

1 min | Short

4.8
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Two bill posters argue as an incompetent guard patrols the area.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 237

50. The Derby (I) (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.0
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The Derby is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's Kinetoscopes, featuring the end of the 29 ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 233