1,000 Films to Watch Before I Die

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1. Cinderella (1899)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Drama, Family

A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmelli, Jehanne d'Alcy

Votes: 1,261

2. Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

It's Christmas Eve. The miser Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit finish their work in the office and go home. When Scrooge is going to open his front door, he sees the face of Marley's ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth | Star: Daniel Smith

Votes: 337

3. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1902)

9 min | Adventure, Short

An early adaptation of the Ali Baba tale.

Director: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 277

4. Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

Short, Drama, History

The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent | Stars: Maurice Costello, Florence Lawrence, William V. Ranous, Charles Chapman

Votes: 8

5. The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln (1908)

Short, Drama

This thrilling story of the days of '61 and '65 shows a scene in the woods and our hero doing sentry duty. His work has been tiresome, his strength is about given out and he sits down to ... See full summary »

Director: Van Dyke Brooke

6. Romeo and Juliet (I) (1908)

Short, Drama, Romance

Two feuding houses are united with the marriage and eventual death of their children.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Paul Panzer, Florence Lawrence, John G. Adolfi, Josephine Atkinson

Votes: 39

7. The Taming of the Shrew (1908)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Based on Shakespeare's play: Petruchio courts the bad-tempered Katharina, and tries to change her aggressive behavior.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Florence Lawrence, Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Harry Solter

Votes: 95

9. The Battle in the Clouds (1909)

20 min | Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An inventor uses a wireless controlled flying torpedo to destroy enemy airships.

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 262

10. Macbeth (I) (1909)

Short, Drama

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: André Calmettes | Stars: Paul Mounet, Jeanne Delvair

Votes: 7

11. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909)

12 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies.

Directors: Charles Kent, J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Walter Ackerman, Charles Chapman, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello

Votes: 284

12. Les Misérables (1909)

Short, Drama, History

The fourth, and last, of the famous scripts de luxe derived from incidents from Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables." In this the story is followed from the love of Marius and Cosette to the ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: William V. Ranous, Maurice Costello, Hazel Neason, Marc McDermott

Votes: 13

13. Oliver Twist (1909)

Drama, Short

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Edith Storey, William Humphrey, Elita Proctor Otis

Votes: 42

14. Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909)

Unrated | 5 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Paul Panzer, Gladys Hulette

Votes: 817

15. A Trap for Santa Claus (1909)

Not Rated | 16 min | Drama, Short

The children set a trap for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, knowing he has to come through the window because their estate has no chimney. Their father, who abandoned them and his wife before... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Marion Leonard, Gladys Egan, John Tansey

Votes: 218

16. Abraham Lincoln's Clemency (1910)

The incidents pictured in this film are founded on fact and relate to William Scott, a young soldier from the State of Vermont. Scott is on guard after a heavy day's march, and being found ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Wharton | Star: Leopold Wharton

Votes: 15

17. The Blue Bird (1910)

Short, Drama, Fantasy

A fairy helps selfish children find the bird of happiness.

Stars: Pauline Gilmer, Olive Walter, Margaret Murray, E.A. Warburton

18. A Christmas Carol (1910)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Based on the story by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his harsh, miserly ways, until he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and then by three other spirits.

Directors: J. Searle Dawley, Charles Kent, Ashley Miller | Stars: Marc McDermott, Charles Ogle, William Bechtel, Viola Dana

Votes: 495

19. The Battle (1911)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Action, Drama

Union soldiers march off to battle amid cheering crowds. After the battle turns against the Union Army, one soldier runs away, hiding in his girlfriend's house. Ashamed of his cowardice, he... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles West, Blanche Sweet, Charles Hill Mailes, Spottiswoode Aitken

Votes: 245

20. Cleopatra (1912)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History

The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ulimately disastrous for both of them.

Director: Charles L. Gaskill | Stars: Helen Gardner, Pearl Sindelar, Miss Fielding, Miss Robson

Votes: 431

21. Antony and Cleopatra (1913)

Drama, History, Romance

After the murder of her lover Julius Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor, Octavius.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Gianna Terribili-Gonzales, Amleto Novelli, Ignazio Lupi, Elsa Lenard

Votes: 39

22. A Thief Catcher (1914)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Comedy

The Keystone Cops pursue a thief.

Director: Ford Sterling | Stars: Ford Sterling, Keystone Kops, Phyllis Allen, Charles Chaplin

Votes: 388

23. The Star Boarder (II) (1914)

Not Rated | 16 min | Comedy, Short

A brat's magic lantern show exposes an indiscreet moment between a landlady and her star boarder.

Director: George Nichols | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Minta Durfee, Edgar Kennedy, Gordon Griffith

Votes: 736

24. Alas and Alack (1915)

13 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A fishwife tells her young daughter a fairy story about a princess imprisoned by a hunchback in a seashell, a story that parallels her own life.

Director: Joseph De Grasse | Stars: Cleo Madison, Arthur Shirley, Mary Kearnen, Lon Chaney

Votes: 59

25. The Champion (1915)

31 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Bud Jamison, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Billy Armstrong

Votes: 1,953

27. The Measure of a Man (1915)

Drama, Short

Helen MacDermott, daughter of the Factor at Bear Lake, has been carefully and religiously brought up by her widowed father. Bob Brandt, a dashing young gambler and adventurer, stops at Bear... See full summary »

Director: Joseph De Grasse | Stars: William C. Dowlan, Joseph De Grasse, Pauline Bush, Lon Chaney

28. The Millionaire Paupers (1915)

Romance, Drama, Short

Mrs. Burne-Smith and Mrs. Winthrop have determined to make a match between their respective children regardless of the fact that the two in question have never seen each other. Mrs. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph De Grasse | Stars: Grace Thompson, Gretchen Lederer, Lon Chaney, Arthur Shirley

29. A Mother's Atonement (1915)

Drama, Short

Old Ben Morrison and his daughter, Jen, an unsophisticated girl, live on an island not far from the mainland. Jasper Crane, middle-aged sensualist of the rougher type, bargains with Jen's ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph De Grasse | Stars: Cleo Madison, Lon Chaney, Arthur Shirley, Wyndham Standing

Votes: 10

30. The Grasp of Greed (1916)

Drama, Romance

A young author is so overjoyed at selling her first book that she unknowingly signs over all her rights to the greedy publisher. Later, after the book becomes a best-seller, the publisher's... See full summary »

Director: Joseph De Grasse | Stars: C. Norman Hammond, Jay Belasco, Louise Lovely, Gretchen Lederer

31. One A.M. (1916)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family, Short

A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Albert Austin

Votes: 2,711

32. The Place Beyond the Winds (1916)


Priscilla Glenn is a product of the woods, a wild, impulsive, nature-loving child. Her father is her antithesis, seeing none of the beauties of nature, thinking women only creatures to be ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph De Grasse | Stars: Dorothy Phillips, Jack Mulhall, Lon Chaney, Joseph De Grasse

Votes: 14

33. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 6,910

35. A Dog's Life (1918)

Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Dave Anderson, Bert Appling

Votes: 6,845

36. Riddle Gawne (1918)

50 min | Action, Western

Riddle Gawne seeks revenge on the man who stole his wife and killed his brother. Gawne saves Kathleen Harkness from cattle rustler Bozzam and discovers that Bozzam is the man he seeks.

Directors: William S. Hart, Lambert Hillyer | Stars: William S. Hart, Katherine MacDonald, Lon Chaney, Gretchen Lederer

Votes: 23

37. A Day's Pleasure (1919)

TV-G | 24 min | Short, Comedy

A father takes his family for an outing, which turns out to be a ridiculous trial.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, C. Allen, Naomi Bailey

Votes: 2,533

38. The False Faces (1919)

70 min | Drama

During World War I, a professional thief known as The Lone Wolf is assigned to steal a cylinder with important information from behind the German lines and bring it to Allied intelligence ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Willat | Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Mary Anderson, Lon Chaney, Milton Ross

Votes: 61

39. The Flapper (1920)

88 min | Comedy

Ginger grows up in a slow town. Because of her wild attitude, her father decides to send her to a strict boarding school. Despite the strictness, the girls have fun getting into flapper lifestyle trouble including flirting.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Olive Thomas, Theodore Westman Jr., William P. Carleton, Warren Cook

Votes: 277

40. Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1920)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Crime

The mother of a large family is abandoned by her children and faces consignment to the poorhouse. But one of her offspring, the one no one had faith in, returns to rescue her.

Director: Harry F. Millarde | Stars: Mary Carr, James Sheridan, Noel Tearle, William Welsh

Votes: 7 | Gross: $3.00M

41. Shipwrecked Among Cannibals (1920)

Adventure, Documentary

A travelogue/documentary including explorations of the fauna and people of Siam, New Guinea, and Java, with interpolations of an apparently fictitious encounter between the filmmakers and ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Adler

Votes: 6 | Gross: $1.00M

42. The Round-Up (1920)

70 min | Comedy, Western

An overweight sheriff does his best to assist a man accused of theft.

Director: George Melford | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Julienne Scott, Irving Cummings, Tom Forman

Votes: 122

43. Among Those Present (1921)

Passed | 34 min | Comedy, Short

An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman.

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Aggie Herring, James T. Kelley

Votes: 643

44. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard

Votes: 2,994 | Gross: $9.20M

45. The Three Musketeers (1921)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Nigel De Brulier, Thomas Holding

Votes: 816 | Gross: $3.27M

46. Grandma's Boy (1922)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Family

A meek young man must find the courage within when a rogue tramp menaces his home town.

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend, Charles Stevenson

Votes: 1,569 | Gross: $0.26M

47. Oliver Twist (I) (1922)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama