Documentary (Sorted by Runtime Ascending)



1. Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

Documentary, Short

6.8
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A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Votes: 2,503

2. Les nouveaux barbares (1995)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Edward Porembny

3. Carmencita (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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Performing on what looks like a small wooden stage, wearing a dress with a hoop skirt and white high-heeled pumps, Carmencita does a dance with kicks and twirls, a smile always on her face.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Carmencita

Votes: 1,516

4. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Fred Ott

Votes: 1,617

5. Exiting the Factory (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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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

Votes: 5,394

6. Akrobatisches Potpourri (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Eight circus performers known as the Grunato family perform their famous balancing act.

Director: Max Skladanowsky | Star: Grunato

Votes: 228

7. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

7.4
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A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière | Stars: Madeleine Koehler, Marcel Koehler, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 9,129

8. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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From a boat descend the photographers who must partecipate in the congress of Lyone dividing in two diagonals to the right and left. After, someone greets the film operator.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,406

9. Barque sortant du port (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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A rowboat with three men is leaving a little harbor. Two of them are rowing the boat, while the third is sitting in the stern. All of them wear hats. They are passing the outer end of a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 1,046

10. Italienischer Bauerntanz (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.8
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Two children, Ploetz and Larella, perform an Italian peasant dance.

Directors: Emil Skladanowsky, Max Skladanowsky | Stars: Ploetz, Larella

Votes: 208

11. The Derby 1895 (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.1
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A stationary camera, looking diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield, records the horses as they race past. Once they are out of view and the race is over, police officers run onto... See full summary »

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 238

12. Blacksmith Scene (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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Two blacksmiths work while the vapors rise in the air. Later, another man arrives and offers a drink.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 786

13. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Several little boys run along a pier, then jump into the ocean.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 998

14. 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: 1,199

15. Cordeliers' Square in Lyon (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon's Cordeliers' Square. It's a long shot, with a great deal of depth of focus. We can see the sky and ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 821

16. Fishing for Goldfish (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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A baby held by his father dips his little hands into a water jug and he can' t catch the goldfish .

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Andrée Lumière, Auguste Lumière

Votes: 752

17. Baby's Dinner (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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As part of a maiden public film screening at the Salon Indien, on December 28, in Paris, Auguste Lumière pivots the centre of attention around his baby daughter, as he tries to feed her from a spoon.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Andrée Lumière

Votes: 2,572

18. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)

Not Rated | 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.

Directors: Birt Acres, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 628

19. Jumping the Blanket (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 732

20. Trick Riding (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

5.6
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A man tries to get on a horse , but he climbs to one side and falls from the other, until he manages to stay in balance.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 767

21. Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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This lost film presumably features a train arriving at Vincennes station.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 108

22. Snowball Fight (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

6.7
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Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,271

23. Carga de rurales (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.7
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Director: Gabriel Veyre

Votes: 46

24. Démolition d'un mur (1896)

Not Rated | 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: 2,024

25. Feira de Gado na Corujeira (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.3
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Campinos on horseback drive small herds of cattle through the vast area of the traditional fair, before prospective buyers.

Director: Aurélio da Paz dos Reis

Votes: 43

26. Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A train is leaving a railway station at the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the very end of the train a barren, rocky landscape is seen, and some ruins of very old buildings,. Five men walk ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Alexandre Promio

Votes: 738

27. 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: 352

28. Saída do Pessoal Operário da Fábrica Confiança (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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A large number of workers, mostly young women, leave by the front door of their work place at lunch time. The building has an impressive colonnaded facade, and is located at 181, Santa ... See full summary »

Director: Aurélio da Paz dos Reis

Votes: 102

29. Danse fleur de lotus (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 88

30. Niagara Falls (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A stationary camera looks west across Niagara Falls from the United States' side (the Niagara River rushes toward the falls from right to left). Virtually overlooking the falls and ... See full summary »

Votes: 362

31. Salida de los trabajadores de la fábrica España Industrial (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Short documentary where workers come out of a factory.

Director: Fructuós Gelabert

Votes: 5

32. Salida del público de la iglesia parroquial de Santa María de Sans (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.4
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Short documentary where people come out of a church in Barcelona.

Director: Fructuós Gelabert

Votes: 5

33. A Sea Cave Near Lisbon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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The water beats relentlessly against the Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), one of the main natural attractions of Lisbon's west coast, filmed from above almost in a vertical plunge onto the deep, rocky ground.

Director: Henry Short

Votes: 138

34. Portuguese Railway Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.4
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The film has two parts: the first shows the train arriving at Cais do Sodré provisional station, where uniformed porters and railways personnel are awaiting it; and the second part shows ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Short

Votes: 5

35. Distributing a War Extra (1899)

1 min | Short, Documentary

4.4
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"This scene shows a crowd of newsboys running to meet the 'World' newspaper delivery wagon, and falling back to the point of distribution. There is a mad scramble for papers, and fight between two of the gamins."

Votes: 44

36. Panorama of Esplanade by Night (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A most perfect picture of the Pan-American Exposition buildings, including the Electric Tower and Temple of Music, as they appear at night.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 110

37. Barcelona Harbour (1903)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Fructuós Gelabert

38. La escuadra en el puerto (1920)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Jaime Pacheco

39. Procesión del Corpus en Vigo (1920)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Jaime Pacheco

40. 55/95 (1994)

1 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.0
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A piece of found footage from the Austrian past, adapted with the future in mind. The question today is: Free from what and free what for?

Director: Gustav Deutsch

Votes: 6

41. Safety Senses (1975)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Jim Duffy

42. Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

7.8
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The home movie footage shot by Abraham Zapruder that caught the assassination of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Director: Abraham Zapruder | Stars: Charles Brehm, Howard Brennan, John Connally, Nellie Connally

Votes: 2,008

43. No Jardim (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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In a sunny open air setting with a background of high, deep foliage trees, and a white-walled storeyed house, an acrobat with light shirt and trousers and white plimsolls is doing acrobats ... See full summary »

Director: Aurélio da Paz dos Reis

Votes: 61

44. O Vira (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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On a makeshift stage three pairs face-to-face in peasant clothes are dancing Minho's traditional step dance. The clothes are more close to Santarém folklore than the northern province of Minho.

Director: Aurélio da Paz dos Reis

Votes: 30

45. Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 1,773

46. Prince Albert fährt vorbei (1988)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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The rain darkened skyline from Ostende out over the leaden sea. Slowly Prince Albert enters the picture from the left to the sound of a hymn.

Director: Gustav Deutsch

47. Starting a Skyscraper (1902)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.7
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Taken in the immense excavation for the foundation of the new Macy building at the corner of Broadway and 34th Street, New York. An excellent study of modern American push and enterprise.

Votes: 128

48. Steam Whistle (1904)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.2
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A closeup of the steam whistle blowing at the "Westinghouse works" complex of factories in Pennsylvania, probably at the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co.

Votes: 85

49. Indian Day School (1898)

1 min | Short, Documentary

4.1
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Director: James H. White

Votes: 57

50. Patterson-Gimlin Film (1967)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Mystery

7.5
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A short film of what appears to be the first captured footage of Bigfoot.

Directors: Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson | Star: Roger Patterson

Votes: 370


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