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1. Frankenstein (1910)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips

Votes: 3,950

2. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.5
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Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve.

Director: J. Farrell MacDonald | Stars: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Raymond Russell, Leontine Dranet

Votes: 459

3. Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

2.9
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The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island. Topsy was originally owned by Forepaugh Circus where she killed a ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Carl Goliath, Topsy

Votes: 1,653

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

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, History

6.7
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This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Director: Alfred Clark | Stars: Robert Thomae, Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 2,141

5. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Charles Kayser, John Ott

Votes: 2,399

6. Freethought Matters (2018– )

Talk-Show

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Stars: Dan Barker, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Andrew Seidel, Julia Sweeney

7. Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Sport

5.4
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James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney meet in a boxing exhibition.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: James J. Corbett, Peter Courtney

Votes: 750

8. Edison Kinetoscope Records: Annie Oakley (1894)

Documentary, Short

5.8
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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.

Stars: Caicedo, Carmencita, Annie Oakley

Votes: 39

9. Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

5.4
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This is the lady whose graceful interpretations of the poetry of motion has made this dance so popular of recent years. - From 'The Phonoscope' (1899)

Director: James H. White | Star: Fatima

Votes: 327

10. True. (1999)

3 min | Short, Comedy

6.8
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Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Charles Stone III, Kevin Lofton, Fred Thomas Jr., Paul Williams

Votes: 115

11. Edison Drawn by 'World' Artist (1896)

Not Rated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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Artist draws Thomas Edison.

Director: James H. White | Stars: J. Stuart Blackton, Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 214

12. Admiral Cigarette (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.0
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A commercial. Four men sit in animated conversation in front of a billboard for Admiral Cigarettes. The billboard fills the entire background. Beside them is a large box, also marked ... See full summary »

Director: William Heise

Votes: 527

13. The Passion Play of Oberammergau (1898)

Short, Drama

5.7
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A staging of Jesus' passion.

Director: Henry C. Vincent | Stars: Frank Russell, Frank Gaylor, Fred Strong

Votes: 45

14. Blackton Sketches, No. 2 (1896)

1 min | Short

5.2
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Artist draws pictures of William McKinley and President Grover Cleveland.

Director: James H. White | Star: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 42

15. Parsifal (1904)

25 min | Drama, Short

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Klingsor seeks admission to the Holy Grail. Evil summons Kundry. Herzeloid appears with the child Parsifal. Crowning of Amfortas. Wounding of Amfortas. Carrying Amfortas to his bath. Kundry... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Adelaide Fitz-Allen, Robert Whittier

16. Imperial Japanese Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

5.0
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A charming representation of the Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. (from the Edison Catalog)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: The Sarashe Sisters

Votes: 588

17. Jack's Joke (1913)

6 min | Short, Comedy

6.5
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Jack tells two people, privately, on a blind date that each of them is hard of hearing and wacky hijinks ensue.

Director: Allen Ramsey | Stars: Edward Boulden, Arthur Housman, Cora Williams, Alice Washburn

Votes: 16

18. Bicycle Trick Riding, No. 2 (1899)

1 min | Short, Sport

4.8
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"'Neidert,' of national fame, does stunts on his wheel that are simply wonderful. Makes his bicycle rear up, and rides around the stage on his back wheel; besides a lot of other easy things... See full summary »

Director: Thomas A. Edison | Star: Neidert

Votes: 293

19. Cock Fight (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.6
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Two roosters fight while two men make bets in the background. No (onscreen) deaths of the animals involved.

Votes: 297

20. Starting for the Fire (1896)

Documentary, Short

4.6
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"The horses present a magnificent spectable as they dash madly by, reeking with foam. Scene is in Newark, N.J. Engines speed by one after the other."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 22

21. The Old Guard (II) (1913)

11 min | Short, Drama

5.6
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Director: Allen Ramsey | Stars: William Bechtel, A.H. Busby, Cora Williams

Votes: 5

22. The Irish Policeman (1913)

Short, Music

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Director: Allen Ramsey | Star: Edward O'Connor

23. Rescue - Resuscitation (1897)

Short

5.0
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"A line is shot to the man clinging to the overturned boat. He fastens it to his body using all his fast failing strength. The crew pull him through the surf to the shore, where he is ... See full summary »

Director: James H. White

Votes: 17

24. Selig-Tribune, No. 41 (1916)

Short, News

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New York, N.Y: Reviewed by Mayor Mitchel, General Wood and Admiral Usher, 140,000 persons, led by Thomas A. Edison, march in a monster parade in the cause of Preparedness. Glen Springs, ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas A. Edison, Samuel W. McCall, John Purroy Mitchel, Leonard Wood

25. East Side Drive, No. 1 (1896)

Documentary, Short

4.8
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"Taken at the fashionable driving hour and shows many stylish equipages drawn by spirited and high-bred horses."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 28

26. Blackton Sketches, No. 3 (1896)

Documentary, Short

5.1
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An artist draws a female figure.

Director: James H. White | Star: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 33

27. Nursery Favorites (1913)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.1
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Characters from various nursery rhymes sing together.

Director: Allen Ramsey | Stars: George Ballard, Viola Dana, Edna Flugrath, Robert Lett

Votes: 63

28. The Trick Cyclist (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

5.0
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Shows a tramp enter and try to ride a wheel, from which he makes some very ludicrous falls and gives up in despair, after which an artist enters and jumps rope on a wheel. A very laughable subject.

Director: Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 121

29. Sioux Ghost Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Western

5.2
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A group of Sioux Indians from Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition demonstrates a dance called a "ghost dance".

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 718

30. Serpentine Dance, Annabelle (1897)

5 min | Short

5.5
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Annabelle Whitford performs the Serpentine Dance in this brief hand-tinted film.

Director: James H. White | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 123

31. Sound of Song (2015)

60 min | Documentary

6.7
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Composer and musician Neil Brand explores the magical elements that come together to create our favourite songs.

Stars: Neil Brand, Patricia Hammond, Paul Israel, Rick Wakeman

Votes: 17

32. Meeting of the Motion Pictures Patents Company (1909)

1 min | Short

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A short film in which the members of the Motion Pictures Patents Company (which had been founded only a year earlier) congratulate Thomas Edison himself on receiving a new patent.

Star: Thomas A. Edison

33. Alciede Capitane (1898)

Short

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The great Lady Trapezist. Her daring acts on the flying bar command breathless attention. Her graceful figure warrants her billed description, The Perfect Woman."

Star: Alciede Capitaine

34. Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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"This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it is the only accurate recent portrait of the great inventor. The scene is an actual one, ... See full summary »

Director: James H. White | Star: Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 655

35. The Edison Affair (2015)

70 min | Drama

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James Edison's rise and fall and fall and rise and fall as the heir to the Edison Hotel Chain.

Director: Lynnette Morley | Stars: Stewart Morley, Sjaan Bosman, Adam Woodacre, Tarnia Cooper

36. The Old Violin (1914)

Short

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37. Capsize of Lifeboat (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.3
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"Daily practice of life boat crew, showing boat being upset purposely by the men. As these boats are self-righting and self-bailing, the scene is particularly interesting."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 149

38. Her Redemption (1913)

Short

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Director: Allen Ramsey

40. Animated Weekly, No. 40 (1916)

Documentary, Short, News

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Peculiar Subway Wreck: Steel cars collapse when trains crash during big strike, but nobody killed, New York City. Naval Boat Races: Illinois Reserves hold annual rowing contests in Lake ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas A. Edison, Henry Ford, Charles Evans Hughes, William C. Redfield

41. American Falls, from Incline R.R. (1896)

Short, Documentary

4.7
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"This picture has the most popular point of view, as the facilities afforded by this railroad are most convenient for the general tourist."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 26

42. Launch of Life Boat (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

3.7
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"The scene opens with the opening of the boat-house door, followed by the boat speeding down a runway into the water. The sailors, with oars pointing upward, and the splashing waters, are clearly reproduced, making an interesting scene."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 106

43. American Falls from Above, American Side (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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The camera shows a view of the American Falls and Goat Island.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 304

44. Pathé News, No. 40 (1916)

Short, News

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Columbus, N.M: U.S. transport drivers are given revolvers to guard against threatened attacks by Mexicans. Subtitle: 1. A few of the hundreds of auto trucks which are being used in Mexico. ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas A. Edison, Rene Husson, Samuel W. McCall, Eddie Rickenbacker

45. Lucia di Lammermoor (1911)

Short

7.0
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Metropolitan Opera stars, tenor Enrico Caruso and bass-baritone Pol Plancon, in a scene from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" filmed in Edison sound-on-disc process known as Cinephonograph.

Stars: Enrico Caruso, Pol Plancon

Votes: 14

46. Brown Digital Camera Record of a Sneeze (2017)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

5.7
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A man (Fred Ott IV) takes a pinch of pepper and sneezes. This is an homage to, "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)," one of Thomas Edison's earliest films. AKA, "Fred Ott's ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Brown | Star: Chris Brown

Votes: 6

47. 2nd Special Service Battalion, Canadian Infantry: Parade (1899)

3 min | Documentary, Short

3.3
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"This picture shows the Canadian troops departing from Quebec for the war in Transvaal. The scene opens with the soldiers clad in campaign uniform, marching under the triumphal arch, ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 101

48. The Edison Kinetophone (1913)

Short

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A spoken prologue to Thomas Edison's 1913 sound movie road show.

Director: Allen Ramsey | Star: Allen Ramsey

49. The Birth of the Telephone (1914)

Documentary, Short, Musical

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Director: Allen Ramsey

50. The Musical Blacksmiths (1913)

Short, Music

6.7
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Director: Allen Ramsey | Stars: George Ballard, Robert Lett, Shirley Mason, O.J. McCormack

Votes: 6



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