100 Great Movies (1878-1930)by framptonhollis | created - 11 Jan 2016 | updated - 22 Sep 2017 | Public
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1. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878)
1 min | Documentary, Short
The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
8/10 Sure, there isn't much to it, but this could be the first of all films!
2. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)
Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short
In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.
8/10 This is another a film without much to it, but it is very important to the history of film and filmmaking.
3. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
1 min | Documentary, Short
8/10 An early, amusing record of a sneeze.
4. Exiting the Factory (1895)
Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short
A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »
Director: Louis Lumière
8/10 Funny, interesting, important, and historical.
5. The Arrival of a Train (1896)
Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Action
A train arrives at La Ciotat station.
8/10 AGAIN, a film without much substance, but it is a truly important work of art.
6. The Kiss (1900)
Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Romance
Nothing new, but an old thing done over again and done well. Some one has attempted to describe a kiss as "something made of nothing," but this is not one of that kind, but one of those old... See full summary »
8/10 The first truly romantic and controversial film.
7. Gulliver's Travels (1902)
Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Fantasy
Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput, the inhabitants of which are no more than six inches tall. He later travels to Brobdingnag, a country populated by giants.
8/10 While Melies' film "A Trip to the Moon", this early Jonathan Swift adaptation shouldn't be ignored. It's truly a special effects triumph!
8. A Trip to the Moon (1902)
TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.
10/10 The earliest science fiction classic includes marvelous visual effects, a simple, but fun and intriguing, story and some subtle, but smart, satire.
9. The Great Train Robbery (I) (1903)
TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.
9/10 One of the earliest westerns, and possibly the MOST influential western.
10. The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ (1906)
Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Biography, Drama
The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.
Director: Alice Guy
9/10 An amazing, experimental, and early film portrayal of Jesus Christ.
11. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War
The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
Votes: 20,532 | Gross: $10.00M
10/10 An influential (yet horribly racist) classic. Griffith is one of the most important directors of all time, pioneering techniques such as use of the dramatic close up and tracking shot.
12. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
8/10 While a little slow, "Caligari" may be the most important of all horror films. Using beautiful set design, brilliant storytelling techniques, and a classic concept.
13. The Kid (1921)
Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
Votes: 98,821 | Gross: $5.45M
10/10 A truly brilliant film, and one of Chaplin's best. It is both hilarious and emotional.
14. Nanook of the North (1922)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.
10/10 Maybe the most influential and important documentary film of all time.
15. Nosferatu (1922)
Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
10/10 If "Caligari" manages to be the most important silent horror film, "Nosferatu" is certainly the creepiest out of all of them. Max Schreck's legendary performance is one for the ages, and F.W. Murnau's film making is nightmarish.
16. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Not Rated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
Votes: 33,547 | Gross: $0.98M
10/10 My favorite Buster Keaton film is really creative, action-packed, and hilarious, and it's only about 40 minutes!
17. The Eagle (1925)
Unrated | 73 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A wanted Russian lieutenant becomes a masked vigilante seeking vengeance upon the man who stole his family's land, only to fall for his charming daughter.
Votes: 1,557 | Gross: $0.32M
10/10 Full of romance, action, drama, comedy, and thrills!
18. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.
19. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.
20. Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror
10/10 *Tied with "L'age d'Or"*
21. L'Age d'Or (1930)
Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Drama
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman who are passionately in love with each other, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.
Votes: 11,549 | Gross: $0.03M
10/10 *Tied with "Un Chien Andalou"*
22. À Propos de Nice (1930)
Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy
What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.
9/10 A creative and well-made avant garde satire.
Passed | 197 min | Drama, History
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
Votes: 12,889 | Gross: $2.18M
96 min | Documentary
This documentary tries to unravel the various mysteries around the identity, life and work of the reclusive author.