Pioneerism Classics until 1913

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1. The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913)

Not Rated | 29 min | Short, Action, Western

The fact that an Indian tribe is eating puppies starts an action packed battle in a western town.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mae Marsh, Leslie Loveridge, Alfred Paget, Robert Harron

Votes: 689

2. Suspense (1913)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Douglas Gerrard, Sam Kaufman

Votes: 1,126

3. Granddad (1913)

29 min | Short, Drama

Mildred loves her grandfather, Civil War veteran Jabez Burr, but her new stepmother wants her to be rid of his influence, because of his drinking.

Director: Jay Hunt | Stars: J. Barney Sherry, Mildred Harris, Frank Borzage, William Desmond Taylor

Votes: 61

4. The Pony Express Girl (1912)

Short, Western

Two desperadoes plan to rob the pony express and their plot is overheard by May, the girl at the station. May rides after her sweetheart, the express rider, and overtakes him just as he is ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Hartigan | Stars: Marin Sais, Edward Coxen

Votes: 5

5. Lady Audley's Secret (1912)

Drama, Short

Sir Robert Audley, while a good and honorable man, has no social ambitions, and after a time Lady Audley's life becomes monotonous, so she devises a scheme which she believes will be of ... See full summary »

Directors: Herbert Brenon, Otis Turner | Stars: King Baggot, Jane Fearnley, William E. Shay, William Welsh

Votes: 5

6. The Conquest of the Pole (1912)

Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Adventure, Horror

Aboard the futuristic flying machine of his own invention, Professor Mabouloff and his team of intercultural explorers set off on yet another impossible expedition to North Pole's vast landscapes. What wonders await the bold adventurers?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany

Votes: 735

7. The Mystery of the Kador Cliffs (1912)

Not Rated | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The action takes place in Brittany .Fernand De Keranic wants to latch on to his niece and ward Suzanne's fortune.He tries to do away with her and her lover when she goes for a sail with ... See full summary »

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: Suzanne Grandais, Émile Keppens, Léonce Perret, Max Dhartigny

Votes: 272

8. The Grit of the Girl Telegrapher (1912)

12 min | Drama, Short

Betty is the telegraph operator at the railway station in the small town of Oreland. She realizes that the new guest at the local boarding house is "Smoke Up Smith, a notorious car thief". ... See full summary »

Director: J.P. McGowan | Stars: Anna Q. Nilsson, Guy Coombs, Hal Clements, Henry Hallam

Votes: 9

9. Le chrysanthème rouge (1912)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A woman tells her two competing suitors she will marry the one who brings her her favourite flowers. When she reveals that these are red chrysanthemums, one of the competitors resorts to desperate measures.

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: Suzanne Grandais, Léonce Perret, Émile Keppens

Votes: 48

10. The Girl and Her Trust (1912)

17 min | Short, Drama

Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Dorothy Bernard, Wilfred Lucas, Alfred Paget, Charles Hill Mailes

Votes: 1,032

11. The Sunbeam (1912)

Not Rated | 17 min | Drama, Short, Romance

Set in a tenement boarding house, a lonely confirmed bachelor occupies a room across the hall from a dour spinster. Children run amok in the hallways playing pranks. Believing the bachelor ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Ynez Seabury, Kate Bruce, Claire McDowell, Dell Henderson

Votes: 316

13. The Springtime of Life (1912)

54 min | Drama

Little Gerta, when her mother dies. is brought to her father, Carl Von Seydling, a government official, who deserted his wife and child a few years before. Councilor Van Seydling found the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Garbagni | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Mauritz Stiller, Georg af Klercker, Selma Wiklund af Klercker

Votes: 74

14. The Heart of an Indian (1912)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Western

When Indians attack a white settlement, a brave kidnaps a white baby to give to his wife as a replacement for their dead baby. The white mother goes to the Indian camp to look for her child... See full summary »

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Francis Ford, Ann Little, J. Barney Sherry, Art Acord

Votes: 72

15. From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912)

TV-PG | 71 min | Biography, Drama

An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents, he is born in Bethlehem, and is visited by shepherds and wise... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: R. Henderson Bland, Percy Dyer, Gene Gauntier, Alice Hollister

Votes: 436

16. In Night and Ice (1912)

30 min | Short, Action, Drama

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Mime Misu | Stars: Waldemar Hecker, Mime Misu, Otto Rippert, Ernst Rückert

Votes: 165

17. Poor Jenny (1912)

34 min | Short

Drama: Jenny is a cleaner. Seduced by a local boy, Edouard, her parents reject her. She finds a job as a vaudeville dancer, but winds up in the gutter and decides to take her own life.

Director: Urban Gad | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Leo Peukert, Emil Albes, Hans Staufen

Votes: 32

18. The Great Circus Catastrophe (1912)

45 min | Drama

A melodrama about the destitute Count lured into a circus environment and forced to show their daring high up in the circus dome.

Director: Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen | Stars: Frederik Christensen, Aage Hertel, Alma Hinding, Frederik Jacobsen

Votes: 40

19. The New York Hat (1912)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Drama

The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles Hill Mailes, Kate Bruce, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 719

20. Queen Elizabeth (1912)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Episodes from the life of Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603), focusing on her ill-fated love affair with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.

Directors: Henri Desfontaines, Louis Mercanton | Stars: Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen, Max Maxudian, Nita Romani

Votes: 84

21. The Life and Death of King Richard III (1912)

55 min | Drama

Richard of Gloucester uses manipulation and murder to gain the English throne.

Directors: André Calmettes, James Keane | Stars: Robert Gemp, Frederick Warde, Albert Gardner, James Keane

Votes: 209

22. Cinderella (I) (1912)

Fantasy, Romance, Short

(First Reel) Cinderella's mother dies and her father marries a cruel widow with two ugly daughters of her own disposition. The father leaves on a long journey and poor Cinderella is soon ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Campbell | Stars: Mabel Taliaferro, Winifred Greenwood, Frank Weed, Josephine Miller

23. The Kiss of Mary Jane (1911)

10 min | Short, Romance

Mary Jane had nursed Black Bill's wife through a spell of fever and Bill was grateful with all the fullness of his rough nature. He sent Mary Jane a necklace and a note in which he promised... See full summary »

Director: William F. Haddock | Stars: William Clifford, Edith Storey, Gaston Méliès, Francis Ford

Votes: 5

24. A Tale of Two Cities (1911)

30 min | Short, Drama, History

A condensed silent film version of the Charles Dickens classic about the French Revolution and its subsequent Reign of Terror.

Director: William Humphrey | Stars: Maurice Costello, Florence Turner, Charles Kent, Leo Delaney

Votes: 71

25. The Scarlet Letter (1911)

Short, Drama

Hester Prynne has left Holland in advance of her husband, Roger, to join the colonists in Salem, Maxx. Roger follows her to the new world but upon landing in New England is captured by ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph W. Smiley, George Loane Tucker | Stars: King Baggot, Lucille Young, William Robert Daly, Anita Hendrie

Votes: 21

26. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 1,986

27. Den sorte drøm (1911)

53 min | Drama

Two men of high rank are both wooing the beautiful and famous equestrian acrobat Stella. While Stella ignores the jeweler Hirsch, she accepts Count von Waldberg's offer to follow her home, ... See full summary »

Director: Urban Gad | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Gunnar Helsengreen, Emil Albes

Votes: 167

29. La tare (1911)

Not Rated | 41 min | Short

THE DEFECT is considerably longer than Feuillade's shorter works and significantly shorter that his better-known achievements, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. The director's efforts at ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Feuillade | Stars: Jean Aymé, Renée Carl, Henri Collen, Max Dhartigny

Votes: 86

30. Terror-Stricken (1911)

11 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An actress returns from the theatre and discovers her apartment has been burglarized; she lights a cigarette and the room catches fire; the burglar saves her life, and she, in return, saves his, and he returns her jewels.

Director: Albert Capellani | Stars: Mistinguett, Émile Mylo, Paul Capellani, Carly

Votes: 25

31. The Hallucinations of Baron Munchausen (1911)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Fantasy

After an evening of excessive wining and dining Baron Munchausen must be helped to bed by his servants. Once asleep, he has bizarre and frightening dreams.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 338

32. Pinocchio (1911)

50 min | Fantasy

The old carpenter Geppeto manufactures in his workshop a wooden puppet that will soon come alive. For an hour the doll will live a thousand and one adventures: he will be judged, hanged, ... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Antamoro | Stars: Polidor, Augusto Mastripietri, Natalino Guillaume, Lea Giunchi

Votes: 72

33. The Lonedale Operator (1911)

Unrated | 17 min | Short, Drama, Romance

When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Blanche Sweet, George Nichols, Francis J. Grandon, Wilfred Lucas

Votes: 949

34. Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style.

Directors: Winsor McCay, J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Winsor McCay, John Bunny, Maurice Costello, George McManus

Votes: 1,423

35. Sweet Memories (1911)

10 min | Short, Drama, Romance

An elderly woman looks back on the special times in her life, thinking especially about her now-departed husband and the things they did together. Though it is sad that these times are now ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Mary Pickford, King Baggot, Owen Moore, William E. Shay

Votes: 40

36. The Fall of Troy (1911)

10 min | Short, War

One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. ... See full summary »

Directors: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Casaleggio, Madame Davesnes, Emilio Gallo

Votes: 177

37. Richard III (1911)

23 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Although several others are ahead of him in the line of succession, Richard of Gloucester is determined to gain the throne. Through deceit, manipulation, and murder, he does become King ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Benson | Stars: James Berry, Alfred Brydone, Kathleen Yorke, Murray Carrington

Votes: 172

38. Queen Elizabeth's Ring (1911)

Short, Drama

The capricious Queen Elizabeth presents her favorite, Lord Leigh, with a ring, saying that if ever he is in trouble he should send the ring to her, and she would aid him. Lord Leigh scorns ... See full summary »

39. The Woman Always Pays (1910)

38 min | Short, Drama

At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the ... See full summary »

Director: Urban Gad | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Robert Dinesen, Poul Reumert, Hans Neergaard

Votes: 687

41. In the Border States (1910)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Drama, War

During the Civil War, a father living in a border state leaves to join the Union Army. After he leaves, Confederate troops forage on his property, where a soldier encounters one of his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles West, Charles Arling, Owen Moore, William J. Butler

Votes: 423

42. The Sergeant (1910)

Short, Western

A story laid in the Great Yosemite Valley during the eighties. Col. Westley has an only daughter who is the one softening influence in his rugged nature. She is fond of taking morning rides... See full summary »

Director: Francis Boggs | Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Iva Shepard, Tom Santschi, Frank Clark

Votes: 30

44. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Not Rated | 13 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Short

An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

Director: Otis Turner | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Hobart Bosworth, Eugenie Besserer, Robert Z. Leonard

Votes: 1,283

45. The Fugitive (1910)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Drama, War

Two Johns, a Confederate and an Union soldier, leave their family to go to the front. After a skirmish they end up separated from their respective sides, the Union soldier shoots the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Kate Bruce, Edward Dillon, Clara T. Bracy, Edwin August

Votes: 176

46. Inside the Earth (1910)

9 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

A couple of Englishmen reach the middle of the earth accompanied by their guides. Here they find huge caverns covered with stalactites with gigantic mushrooms springing up spontaneously. ... See full summary »

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 7

47. Hercules and the Big Stick (1910)

7 min | Short, Fantasy

1. Hercules discovers an excellent method of tanning the skin of the Nemean lion. 2. Without effort he cuts off the seven heads of the Lerneau hydra. E. With equal ease he captures the wild... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl | Stars: Maurice Vinot, Alice Tissot

Votes: 45

48. A Christmas Carol (1910)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy