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1. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 47,170

2. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Story of Ned Kelly, an infamous 19th-century Australian outlaw.

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Nicholas Brierley, Norman Campbell

Votes: 739

3. President McKinley Inauguration (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

The first sequence (ca. 49 ft.), views of President William McKinley speaks to the crowd during his inauguration in Washington, DC. We see crowds on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, passing by the ... See full summary »

Director: G.W. Bitzer | Stars: Marcus Hanna, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt

Votes: 173

4. Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (1901)

Unrated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days.

Director: Frederick S. Armitage

Votes: 965

5. Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Action

A fireman rushes into a carriage to rescue a woman from a house fire. Breaks the window glasses and he goes down with the woman. After dangerous and uncertain moments, the fireman save the woman' s son, too.

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Edwin S. Porter, Vivian Vaughan, Arthur White, James H. White

Votes: 2,327

6. Rip Van Winkle (I) (1903)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

An abridged version of the tale of Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, who wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 419

7. Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903)

2 min | Documentary, Short

Shows a large open barge loaded with people of every nationality, disembarking at Ellis Island, N. Y. A most interesting and typical scene.

Votes: 227

8. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 18,507

9. Westinghouse Works (1904)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

Collection of 21 American short silent films. The films were taken from April 18, 1904 to May 16, 1904 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and document various Westinghouse manufacturing plants.

Votes: 331

10. New York Subway (1905)

Unrated | 6 min | Short, Documentary

Starting at Union Square, we are taken for an underground excursion, following the path of a subway train as it makes its way through New York City subway tunnels on its journey to the old ... See full summary »

Director: G.W. Bitzer

Votes: 730

11. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Jack Brawn

Votes: 1,825

12. A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire (1906)

Not Rated | 12 min | Documentary, Short

From the front of a cable car, a motion picture camera records a trip down Market Street, San Francisco, California, from a point between 8th & 9th Streets, Eastward to the cable car turnaround at the Ferry Building.

Votes: 585

13. The San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

14 min | Documentary, Short, History

Footage of the devastation caused by the earthquake and fires that, in the words of Jack London, "completely destroyed" San Francisco on the morning of April 18th, 1906.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 67

14. Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)

26 min | Documentary, Short, History

The film captures life on Crow Agency, Crow Fair and a recreation of the Battle of Little Big Horn featuring four of Custer's Crow scouts.

Directors: Joseph K. Dixon, Roland Dixon | Star: Plenty Coups

Votes: 37

15. 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: 921

16. A Corner in Wheat (1909)

G | 14 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 2,369

17. The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

A woman being fitted for shoes exposes her ankle to the shoe clerk, who is intrigued. He kisses her, but her chaperone hits him with her umbrella.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Edward Boulden

Votes: 1,063

18. Three American Beauties (1906)

Unrated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Images of a rose, a young woman, and the American flag.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 385

19. The Confederate Ironclad (1912)

Unrated | 16 min | Drama, War, Short

Lieutenant Yancey's southern sweetheart, Rose, is jealous of Elinor, a northern girl, who is visiting her aunt Mary de Lane. This jealousy is excited by an invitation which Yancey receives ... See full summary »

Director: Kenean Buel | Stars: Guy Coombs, Anna Q. Nilsson, Hal Clements, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 218

20. Move On (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Short

Push-cart vendors are told to move on by a policeman.

Director: A.C. Abadie

Votes: 241

21. Dog Factory (1904)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

A brief vaudeville-style demonstration of a "Dog Transformator," a machine that instantly turns dogs into sausages, and amazingly, sausages back into dogs.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 386

22. The Thieving Hand (1908)

Unrated | 5 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Short

A one-armed man obtains an artificial limb which he cannot control.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Star: Paul Panzer

Votes: 605

23. What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through which immense volumes of air are forced by a blower. Ladies in crossing this shaft ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: A.C. Abadie, Florence Georgie

Votes: 1,010

24. At the Foot of the Flatiron (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Documentary

It's a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by the Flatiron Building are having considerable difficulty in keeping their hats from flying off.

Director: A.E. Weed

Votes: 186

25. New York City 'Ghetto' Fish Market (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are passing along the stands and making their purchases of fish. A great character-study. - from the Edison Catalog

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 244

26. From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies (1906)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Crime, Western

From the point of view of the front end of a train, a group of robbers on a handcar rob the train and murder one of its crew.

Directors: Francis J. Marion, Wallace McCutcheon

Votes: 145

27. The 'Teddy' Bears (1907)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Seven toy teddy bears of varying sizes suddenly come to life, getting in all sorts of merry misadventures.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 589

28. The Suburbanite (1904)

9 min | Comedy, Short

A family moves out to the 'peaceful' suburbs where everything goes wrong, including the mother-in-law moving in.

Votes: 243

29. The Country Doctor (1909)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama

While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Frank Powell, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan, Kate Bruce

Votes: 648

30. The Black Hand (1906)

11 min | Crime, Drama, Short

Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Anthony O'Sullivan, Robert G. Vignola

Votes: 243

31. How They Rob Men in Chicago (1900)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

A burlesque on the work of highwaymen in Chicago. An elderly gentleman is sandbagged and robbed by a thug, who inadvertently leaves some money on the victim's prostate body. A policeman ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon

Votes: 148

32. The Voice of the Violin (1909)

16 min | Short

A music teacher is in love with Helen, one of his students, but she rejects him. In his anger he joins a communist group who plan to blow up a rich capitalist's house. When he realizes it's Helen's house, he tries to stop the plan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Frank Powell, David Miles

Votes: 162

33. Life and Passion of Christ (1907)

Not Rated | 45 min | Biography, Drama, History

Depicting well-known incidents in the life of Jesus Christ, this milestone of early cinema won world fame, huge audiences and a screen life of decades when most secular films of the time measured their commercial life in weeks.

Director: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 50

34. Kansas Saloon Smashers (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

Reenactment of Carrie Nation's saloon smashing in Wichita.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Carrie Nation

Votes: 154

35. Why Mr. Nation Wants a Divorce (1901)

2 min | Comedy, Short

The scene opens in the bedroom of Mr. Nation, husband of the famous Carrie Nation, the "Kansas Saloon Smasher." Mr. Nation suddenly arises from the bed and picks up a crying infant from the... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 106

36. Trial Marriages (1907)

12 min | Comedy, Short

A man attempts a series of 'trial marriages' with various women, and eventually gives up on marriage altogether.

Votes: 83

37. A Day with the Gipsies (1906)

7 min | Short, Drama

A troupe of gypsies takes a traveler along with them on their day trip.

Director: Gaston Quiribet

Votes: 22



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