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1. Passage de Venus (1874)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Series of photographs of the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun in 1874.

Director: P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,504

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.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Stars: Annie Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley, Sarah Whitley

Votes: 5,857

3. Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

Documentary, Short

A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Votes: 2,964

4. London's Trafalgar Square (1890)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A shot of Trafalgar Square.

Directors: William Carr Crofts, Wordsworth Donisthorpe

Votes: 789

5. Men Boxing (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

Two men wearing boxing gloves prepare to spar in the Edison Company studio.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 939

6. Newark Athlete (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

An athlete swings Indian clubs.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,593

7. Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 881

8. Annie Oakley (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Western

The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog)

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Francis E. Butler, Annie Oakley

Votes: 1,246

9. Bucking Broncho (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Western

A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. (from Edison Films)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Frank Hammitt, Lee Martin, Sunfish

Votes: 669

10. Buffalo Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Western

Three Sioux Indians perform a 'buffalo dance', while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Hair Coat, Parts His Hair, Last Horse

Votes: 927

11. Carmencita (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,817

12. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,974

13. Leonard-Cushing Fight (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

In the background, five fans lean on the ropes looking into the ring. The referee is to the left; like the fans, he hardly moves as two fighters swing roundhouse blows at each other. Mike ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Jack Cushing, Mike Leonard

Votes: 436

14. Sandow: The Strong Man (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Eugen Sandow

Votes: 1,147

15. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 1,071

16. The Cock Fight (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Two gamecocks fight in the Edison Company film studio. This feature was remade later in the same year, with additional detail added.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 578

17. The Pickaninny Dance, from the 'Passing Show' (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A scene representing Southern plantation life before the war. A jig and a breakdown by three colored boys.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Joe Rastus, Denny Tolliver, Walter Wilkins

Votes: 235

18. Akrobatisches Potpourri (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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

Director: Max Skladanowsky | Star: Grunato

Votes: 323

19. Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 2,131

20. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,280

21. Boat Leaving the Port (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,330

22. Bocal aux poissons-rouges (1895)

1 min | Short, Documentary

No.18 in the Lumière catalogue really stands out. Most of their films were long shots of people in everyday situations, usually in a diagonal composition. So these poor fish did not have ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 392

23. Départ en voiture (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

An old-fashioned car ('voiture' in french) departs on a journey. Several people wave their good-byes to the occupants of the vehicle.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Antoine Féraud, André Honnorat, Jeanne Koehler, Madeleine Koehler

Votes: 244

24. Italienischer Bauerntanz (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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

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

Votes: 292

25. Fishing for Goldfish (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 965

26. Leaving the Factory (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Workers leaving the Lumière factory for lunch in Lyon, France in 1895; a place of great photographic innovation and one of the birth places of cinema.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 6,548

27. Horse Trick Riders (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

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: 941

28. Le déjeuner du chat (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A medium closeup of a large cat, washing itself. A boy brings him/her a plate of milk.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Marcel Koehler

Votes: 399

29. Le maréchal-ferrant (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Four Men are involved in the shoeing of a horse.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 340

30. Jumping the Blanket (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 929

31. 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: 994

32. Lyon, place Bellecour (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which captures pedestrians and traffic on a busy street in Bellecour, Lyon.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 394

33. The Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The photographers who need to participate in the congress of Lyon get off a boat in Neuville-sur-Saône, dividing to the right and left.

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

Votes: 1,732

34. Partie de tric-trac (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A man and a woman play backgammon. A waiter arrives bringing wine and one man pours drinks. The woman wins and her opponent angrily shuts the board.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Pierre Bellingard, Antoine Féraud, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Rose Lumière

Votes: 280

35. 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: 456

36. Cordeliers' Square in Lyon (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 1,039

37. 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: 262

38. Baby's Meal (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 3,102

39. Ringkämpfer (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two men in white leotards and tights, and black slips over it, wrestle on a theatre stage.

Directors: Emil Skladanowsky, Max Skladanowsky | Stars: Greiner, Eugen Sandow

Votes: 393

40. The Morning Alarm (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Fire Department responds to an alarm on a December morning.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 320

41. A Morning Bath (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

"Mammy is washing her little pickaninny. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub full of foaming suds." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White

Votes: 487

42. A Sea Cave Near Lisbon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 195

43. Alger: rue Bab-Azoun (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film from the Lumière Brothers which documents a busy street scene.

Director: Alexandre Promio

Votes: 226

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

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

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

Director: James H. White

Votes: 303

45. Amy Muller (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Vaudeville dancer Amy Muller performs a portion of her stage routine, which features dancing on her toes. She dances on one toe for part of the performance. Later, she also twirls and does cartwheels.

Director: William Heise