The 20 Best Films of 1895

by kobe1413 | created - 11 Sep 2014 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Here I have listed the twenty best film from 1895.

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1. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, History

This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Director: Alfred Clark | Star: Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 1,662

This was easily the most effort put into an Edison production at the time.

2. The Mechanical Butcher (1895)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A butcher puts a full-grown live pig into his large box-like machine. Moments later, he draws out a full range of pork products, many already packaged for sale.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 621

Some descript this film as the first science-fiction. I don't know if this is the case, but it is a comedy, a rarity from Lumiere at the time.

3. The Arrest of a Pickpocket (1895)

1 min | Short, Crime

A policeman catches a pickpocket, who slips from his jacket but is caught by a sailor.

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 135

A British narrative short.

4. Joan of Arc (1895)

Short, Drama, History

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Director: Alfred Clark

Votes: 35

5. New Bar Room (1895)


Presents a barroom, with all the accessories, including a barmaid, who serves a policeman with a glass of beer at the side entrance. Two men are smoking and having a quiet game of "draw," ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 14

7. Transformation by Hats, Comic View (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

The transformation of the same character in six different characters. A vision of the act of transformation.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Félicien Trewey

Votes: 915

A man changes personalities as he changes hats and mustaches.

8. Photographe (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

A photographer has his camera all set up to take a gentleman's picture. The subject checks his face in a hand mirror, and the photographer poses him. Just as the photographer is about to ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Clément Maurice

Votes: 345

A man, trying to take a photograph, becomes exasperated as his subject will not sit still.

Heise filmed this short scene from a George L. du Maurier novel.

Made by Clark for Edison Films.

14. The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 3,918

A boy messes with a gardener and a hose.

15. Récréation à la Martinière (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which captures the activities during a school's recreational break.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 197

First short from the inventor.

William Heise was behind the camera for the short.

20. Blacksmith Scene (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two blacksmiths work while the vapors rise in the air. Later, another man arrives and offers a drink.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 767

A remake of the previous Edison short by the same name.

21. Short Stick Dance (1895)


A native dance peculiar to India. Very odd and interesting. Strange costumes and stranger motions.

Votes: 8

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