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1. 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: 793

2. 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 | Stars: Robert Thomae, Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 2,042

3. A Terrible Night (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,175

4. A Nightmare (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Horror

In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,503

5. The House of the Devil (1896)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Horror

With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,046

6. The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short, Horror

As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,665

7. Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 455

8. Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 454

9. Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 466

10. Awakening of Rip (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 514

11. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 454

12. Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 459

13. Rip's Toast (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

"Here the celebrated actor Joseph Jefferson is shown giving his famous toast. Mr. Jefferson's features distinctly show on this picture that by watching the motion of his lips one could ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 470

14. Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

A series of short black and white films from director William K.L. Dickson which chronicle the adventures of Rip Van Winkle.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 473

15. Admiral Cigarette (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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: 491

16. Le squelette joyeux (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A skeleton dances joyously, often collapsing into a heap of bones and quickly putting itself back together.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 816

17. The Devil's Laboratory (1897)

1 min | Short, Horror

"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 82

18. The Bewitched Inn (1897)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

At a solitary cheap inn, a distant traveller overcome with fatigue has a close encounter with the supernatural.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 950

19. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short, Horror

Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,023

20. The X-Ray Fiend (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A man and woman are flirting when a professor turns on an X-ray machine, revealing their insides. After turning it off again the two have a dispute and break up.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Tom Green

Votes: 748

21. Adventures of William Tell (1898)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

Atop a wonderful central pedestal, a happy clown puts the finishing touches on a William Tell's incomplete model, assembling the mannequin limb by limb with the intention of shooting a target off of its head with a potent crossbow.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 480

22. The Magician (1898)

1 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

In a traditional "magician" attire, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words and conjures up wonders from a plain wooden box.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 785

23. A Trip to the Moon (1898)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,636

24. The Cavalier's Dream (1898)

1 min | Short, Horror

"He sits asleep at a bare table; old witch enters, raps three times, then disappears; cavalier sees table spread for a sumptuous repast. Mephistopheles appears; then the old witch, who ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 124

25. The Temptation of St. Anthony (1898)

1 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

The pious St. Anthony is tormented by visions of seductive women.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 767

26. Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Much to our amazement, an elegant and masterful illusionist detaches his own head effortlessly from his shoulders for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,053

27. Santa Claus (1898)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

"In this picture you see Santa Claus enter the room from the fireplace and proceed to trim the tree. He then fills the stockings that were previously hung on the mantle by the children. ... See full summary »

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Dorothy Smith, Harold Smith

Votes: 814

28. The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 998

29. A Turn of the Century Illusionist (1899)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

A magician and his assistant perform numerous magic acts.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 941

30. A Midnight Episode (1899)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A sleeping apartment of a friend who retires for the night. The rays of the moon are shining upon the bed through the window. He is suddenly awakened by a bug of gigantic proportions ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 48

31. Summoning the Spirits (1899)

1 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A magician presents a wreath which in turn transforms into other things.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 377

32. Haggard's She: The Pillar of Fire (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

A devil conjures up a dancing woman from a mystical flame.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 676

33. 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: 1,433

34. Upside Down; or, The Human Flies (1899)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

A Spiritualist causes a group of table-turners to walk upside down on the ceiling.

Director: Walter R. Booth | Star: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 145

35. The Famous Box Trick (1898)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

From the depths of a plain wooden box, a skilful conjurer materializes a lively boy in a clown suit. Next, he takes a heavy battle-axe. What are his intentions?

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 530

36. Making Sausages (1897)

Short, Comedy

Four cooks make sausages from cats, dogs, ducks and old boots.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 52

37. La fée aux choux (1896)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving a strange fairy who can produce and deliver babies coming out of cabbages. Gently ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Alice Guy, Germaine Serand, Yvonne Serand

Votes: 1,048

39. The Maniac Barber (1899)

Short, Fantasy

"This scene is laid in a barber shop. A customer enters and takes his seat in the chair. The barber places the cloth about his neck, sharpens his razor, and then goes mad. He seizes a huge ... See full summary »

Votes: 19

40. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A magician has a picture frame set up. He then proceeds to make a second version of himself appear inside it.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 472

41. An Extraordinary Wrestling Match (1899)

1 min | Short

In a square room, two men and two women, in white body-hugging clothes, try on wrestling holds, each with a partner of the same sex.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 95

42. Sioux Ghost Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

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: 658



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