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1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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

7.3
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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: 16,167

2. Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Action

6.4
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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: 1,969

3. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

6.7
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The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

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

Votes: 1,615

4. Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

2.9
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The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island. Topsy was originally owned by Forepaugh Circus where she killed a ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas A. Edison | Stars: Carl Goliath, Topsy

Votes: 1,438

5. The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

5.7
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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: 956

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

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

5.7
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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: 868

7. Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902)

Not Rated | 2 min | Comedy, Short

5.3
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Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charles Manley

Votes: 623

8. Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908)

Not Rated | 8 min | Action, Short

5.7
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A family is terrified when an eagle carries off its young child.

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Miss Earle, Jinnie Frazer, D.W. Griffith, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 619

9. The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Family

5.3
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The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards, and has recently been made the subject of a sketch in a New... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: William Courtenay, Frank Daniels, May Irwin, Charlotte Walker

Votes: 618

10. Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Fantasy

6.1
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk. Borrowing on cinematographic methods ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: James H. White, Thomas White

Votes: 617

11. The 'Teddy' Bears (1907)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Comedy, Family

6.0
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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: 505

12. Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 475

13. The Night Before Christmas (1905)

9 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.3
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It's December 24th, and 'Santa Claus' is busy feeding his reindeer and finishing up the toys that he will soon deliver. Meanwhile, the children in a large family hang their stockings over ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 421

14. Uncle Tom's Cabin (I) (1903)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Drama

5.1
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Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave, to escape with her. Tom does not leave, but Eliza flees with her child. ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 387

15. Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

4.0
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Theodore Roosevelt merrily kills a mountain lion in Colorado while his press agent and photographer record the event for posterity.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 384

16. Circular Panorama of Electric Tower (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presents the most perfect and diversified views of the ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 379

17. The Kiss (1900)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Romance

5.2
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Nothing new, but an old thing done over again and done well. Some one has attempted to describe a kiss as "something made of nothing," but this is not one of that kind, but one of those old... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Fred Ott

Votes: 360

18. Fun in a Bakery Shop (1902)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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A baker's assistant throws a handful of dough at a rat. The dough sticks to the side of a barrel and the assistant proceeds to sculpt the dough into various faces and shapes. There is some ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 346

19. Three American Beauties (1906)

Unrated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Images of a rose, a young woman, and the American flag.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 336

20. Dog Factory (1904)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

5.8
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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: 320

21. A Romance of the Rail (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

4.7
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An engaged couple, dressed in white, meet each other at a train station. When the train arrives, they get on board, and they enjoy the sights from the platform on the last car. The workers ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Marie Murray

Votes: 311

22. The Kleptomaniac (1905)

Not Rated | 8 min | Crime, Drama, Short

5.7
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A well-dressed woman leaves her home and takes a carriage to a department store. While she is in the store, she steals several items, and is caught by store employees. Meanwhile, a poor ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Aline Boyd, Phineas Nairs, Jane Stewart, George Voijere

Votes: 288

23. Faust and Marguerite (1900)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

4.4
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Marguerite is seated before the fireplace, Faust standing by her side. Mephistopheles enters and offers his sword to Faust, commanding him to behead the fair Marguerite. Faust refuses, ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 288

24. Uncle Josh's Nightmare (1900)

2 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

4.9
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Poor Uncle Josh is trying to get to sleep, but being constantly bedeviled by a fellow in red long underwear with horns. A short early trick editing film using a stationary camera.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charles Manley

Votes: 277

25. Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)

4 min | Short, Drama, History

5.2
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This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States. Some versions offer additional footage at... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 274

26. What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Bertha Regustus

Votes: 270

27. Coney Island at Night (1905)

Not Rated | 4 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 250

28. Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

5.7
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In this short silent film, we see Charmion an early vaudeville strongwomen, perform her famous Trapeze disrobing act. During the Victorian era, Charmion believed in promoting physical culture and dress reform for women.

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charmion

Votes: 242

29. The Little Train Robbery (1905)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Action, Crime

5.4
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In this parody of 1903's _Great Train Robbery, The (1903)_, also made by Edwin S. Porter, young bandits rob the passengers of a kiddie train and are chased by police officers.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 234

30. Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel (1900)

1 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Short

5.0
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Another adventure involving the recurring character from silent era Uncle Josh, one of the first characters to have film sequels of his own. This episode involves a haunted hotel where a ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charles Manley

Votes: 214

31. Subub Surprises the Burglar (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.0
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Shows a bedroom and a man asleep in bed. A burglar cautiously raises the window, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes. The man awakes, pulls a lever, which closes him up ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 211

32. How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns (1904)

Not Rated | 8 min | Comedy, Short

5.3
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A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper. In the ad, he invites any well-to-do young woman who is interested in ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 208

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

Not Rated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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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: 205

34. The Old Maid Having Her Picture Taken (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

4.8
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An old maid is walking about the studio while the photographer is getting his camera ready. She first looks at a hanger, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand her ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Gilbert Saroni

Votes: 179

35. European Rest Cure (1904)

Not Rated | 17 min | Comedy, Short

5.3
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An American tourist has a terrible ordeal on his European vacation.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 171

36. Tess of the Storm Country (1914)

80 min | Drama

6.2
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A wealthy resident attempts to dispossess squatters who live near his home, which leads to a false accusation of murder.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Mary Pickford, Harold Lockwood, Olive Carey, David Hartford

Votes: 167

37. A Winter Straw Ride (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Comedy, Short

5.5
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A large group of boys and girls enjoy a sleigh ride, have a snowball fight, and frolic in the snow.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 162

38. The Artist's Dilemma (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

6.1
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The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 161

39. Laughing Gas (I) (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A woman goes to the dentist for a toothache and is given gas. On her way home on the subway she can't stop laughing, and every other passenger catches the laughter from her.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Bertha Regustus, Edward Boulden, Mr. La Montte, Mr. Sullivan

Votes: 160

40. Another Job for the Undertaker (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

4.9
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Shows a bedroom in a hotel. On the wall of the room is a conspicuous sign "Don't blow out the gas." A hayseed enters the room, accompanied by a bellboy. The boy deposits the Rube's bag and ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 160

41. The Mystic Swing (1900)

1 min | Fantasy, Short

4.9
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The professor shows his power to Mephisto by mysteriously placing a young lady in a swing. Mephisto then shows his power by making the young lady disappear from the swing, to the surprise ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 159

42. The Ex-Convict (1904)

Not Rated | 8 min | Drama, Short

5.9
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A recently released prisoner struggles to support his family.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 154

43. The Interrupted Bathers (1902)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

4.5
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Three girls are taking a bath in a quiet, shady spot along a beautiful stream. Another young lady in bathing attire reclines on the bank. The latter suddenly discovers two hoboes coming ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 150

44. The Martyred Presidents (1901)

1 min | Short

3.7
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This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 137

45. The Seven Ages (1905)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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Reveals the most important stages of life, through one couple.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 137

46. The Burlesque Suicide, No. 2 (1902)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

4.6
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A despondent-looking man sits behind a table that holds a drink and a gun. He hesitates, thinks things over, starts to take a drink, and then puts down the glass. Then he picks up the gun, raises it to his temple, and ...

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 136

47. The Magician (1900)

1 min | Short

4.6
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The scene opens on a theatrical stage. The magician enters from the wings, and making a bow to the audience, removes his coat and hat and they disappear mysteriously in the air. He then ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 130

48. The Finish of Bridget McKeen (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.4
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The cook has trouble lighting the stove, so she adds kerosene, with explosive results.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 124

49. Burning of Durland's Riding Academy (1902)

Not Rated | 3 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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This picture shows the fire at its height, the firemen playing water on the buildings, and the falling walls of one of the large stones. - from the Edison Catalog

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 123

50. A Little Girl Who Did Not Believe in Santa Claus (1907)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama, Family

6.0
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A generous boy tries to help a girl who does not believe in Santa Claus because of her family's poverty.

Directors: J. Searle Dawley, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gitchner Hartman, Mr. Lehapman, Bessie Schrednecky, William Sorelle

Votes: 123



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