Champions of the first 1,000 titles

by adampkalb | created - 25 Jul 2020 | updated - 05 Aug 2020 | Public

IMDB was created on October 17, 1990. Every title and name has a code based on the page imdb created for it. Like having a social security number. What films and TV in the early 1990s were known enough to make it into the first 1000 titles? Note: There is no 21, 311, 600, 635, 652, 702, 710, 735, 937, or 973.

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1. 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: 1,827

2. Le clown et ses chiens (1892)

5 min | Animation, Short

Short film of 300 individually painted images.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 234

3. Poor Pierrot (1892)

TV-PG | 4 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 1,582

4. Un bon bock (1892)

12 min | Animation, Short

A wanderer comes into a cabaret in the countryside and asks for a glass of beer to a waitress. It is visible that she appeals to him. When the waitress comes back with the beer, the ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 152

5. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

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

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

Votes: 2,405

8. 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: 1,980

9. Miss Jerry (1894)

40 min | Short, Romance

The adventures of a female reporter in the 1890s.

Director: Alexander Black | Stars: Blanche Bayliss, William Courtenay, Chauncey Depew

Votes: 190

10. 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: 6,582

11. 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: 326

12. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière | Stars: Madeleine Koehler, Marcel Koehler, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 11,283

13. 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: 1,743

14. The Waterer Watered (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

An impudent child plays a prank on a gardener innocently watering his plants.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 5,064

15. Autour d'une cabine (1894)

2 min | Animation, Short

Pre-cinematograph colour animation of a woman and man at the beach.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 954

16. 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: 1,343

17. 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: 293

18. Das boxende Känguruh (1895)

1 min | Short

A man and a kangaroo stand up in front of each other with boxing gloves, and simulate a boxing match on a theatre stage.

Director: Max Skladanowsky | Star: Delaware

Votes: 540

19. The Clown Barber (1898)

Short, Comedy

Clown cuts off customer's head and replaces it.

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 28

20. The Derby 1895 (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

A stationary camera, looking diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield, records the horses as they race past. Once they are out of view and the race is over, police officers run onto... See full summary »

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 315

21. The Derby 1895 (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

A stationary camera, looking diagonally across a racetrack toward the infield, records the horses as they race past. Once they are out of view and the race is over, police officers run onto... See full summary »

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 315

22. 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: 997

23. The Sea (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,288

25. The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race (1895)

Short, News, Sport

Although the content of this film is primitive in the extreme - a shot of the traditional Oxford versus Cambridge University Boat Race, filmed on March 30 1895 - this film is of immense ... See full summary »

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 38

26. The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Two men play cards, as a third watches and a waiter brings drinks. The third man pours drinks as the waiter laughs.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Antoine Féraud, Antoine Lumière, Félicien Trewey, Alphonse Winckler

Votes: 1,431

27. 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: 1,046

28. 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: 969

29. 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: 3,113

30. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank.

Directors: Birt Acres, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 770

31. 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: 931

32. Die Serpentintänzerin (1895)

1 min | Short

A young woman dancer with large, flowing robes, swirls round herself quickly, making her light robe flow around her like a butterfly's wings.

Director: Max Skladanowsky | Star: Ancion

Votes: 380

33. 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: 944

34. Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

This lost film presumably features a train arriving at Vincennes station.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 180

35. Watering the Flowers (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

This lost film presumably features a person watering flowers to comedic effect. This film is believed to have imitated the Louis and Auguste Lumière film "L'arroseur arrose", which survives.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 74

36. Watering the Flowers (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

This lost film presumably features a person watering flowers to comedic effect. This film is believed to have imitated the Louis and Auguste Lumière film "L'arroseur arrose", which survives.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 74

37. Sea Bathing (1896)

1 min | Short

The film was shown tenth and completed the famous first paid Lumière cinema show of the ten films in Paris in the basement "Grand Cafe" on the Boulevard des Capucines 28 December 1895. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 56

38. The Ball Game (1898)

Documentary, Short, Sport

"The Reading's [Pennsylvania] pitcher has just let a Newark [New Jersey] batsman walk to first. Our camera is stationed about twenty feet from the bag, and the satisfied grin of the runner ... See full summary »

Director: William Heise | Stars: Scoops Carey, Zane Grey, Scott Stratton

Votes: 184

41. Snowball Fight (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

People start a snowball fight on a street in Lyons, France.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,660

42. Bateau-mouche sur la Seine (1896)

Documentary, Short

4.2