Top 41 Movies of the 1900s

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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: 41,976

2. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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

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: 16,496

3. Nero. Or the Fall of Rome. (1909)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama

Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he... See full summary »

Directors: Arturo Ambrosio, Luigi Maggi | Stars: Alberto Capozzi, Lydia De Roberti, Mirra Principi, Luigi Maggi

Votes: 455

4. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 574

5. Joan of Arc (1900)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

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

Votes: 852

6. 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: 836

7. The Golden Louis (1909)

5 min | Short, Drama

An anonymous donor drops a gold coin in the shoe of a homeless girl as she sleeps. A gambler with a 'sure thing' borrows the coin and wins a fortune, but he can't find her again to repay her.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Anita Hendrie, Adele DeGarde, Owen Moore, Charles Inslee

Votes: 140

8. The Christmas Angel (1904)

10 min | Short, Drama

A family has a sick woman at home. Her girl goes out in the snow to beg.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Rachel Gillet, Georges Méliès

Votes: 149

9. The Scheming Gambler's Paradise (1905)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short

Despite all methods of instantaneously masking a clandestine gambling den's shady activities, the risk of getting caught is high, especially when the police thirsts for success. But, sometimes, indulging in pure fun is just too tempting.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 725

10. The Red Spectre (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A demonic magician attempts to perform his act in a strange grotto, but is confronted by a Good Spirit who opposes him.

Directors: Segundo de Chomón, Ferdinand Zecca | Star: Julienne Mathieu

Votes: 849

11. The Golden Beetle (1907)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

A sorcerer tosses an iridescent little beetle into a flaming ceremonial cauldron, and much to his amazement, a six-winged fairy in the body of a beautiful young woman emerges. Is his sorcery potent enough to tame her?

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 747

12. Alice in Wonderland (1903)

8 min | Fantasy, Short

Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »

Directors: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow | Stars: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth, Blair, Geoffrey Faithfull

Votes: 2,257

13. The House of Ghosts (1906)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Three friends go on a trip and decided to rest at an abandoned house. Everything seems pretty normal until really weird things start to happen.

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 806

14. 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: 530

15. 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: 343

16. The '?' Motorist (1906)

3 min | Fantasy, Short, Comedy

A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn.

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 927

17. Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Fantasy

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: 631

18. The Passion Play (1903)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

The story of Jesus Christ from the proclamation of his Nativity to his crucifixion. Impressive scenes and dynamism of the actors prelude to the Italian colossal movies of the silent period.

Directors: Lucien Nonguet, Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Madame Moreau, Monsieur Moreau

Votes: 405

19. Excursion to the Moon (1908)

Not Rated | 7 min | Sci-Fi, Short

Georges Melies' best-known film, A Trip to the Moon, is inspired by Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" and H.G. Wells' "First Men on the Moon". In 1908, Segundo de Chomon made An ... See full summary »

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 289

20. 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: 201

21. 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: 521

22. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 870

23. 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: 324

24. The Little Match Seller (1902)

3 min | Drama, Short

In front of a windowless, soot-blackened brick wall on a snowy evening, a young girl wearing one shoe, a dress, and apron, tries to sell matches. She has no buyers. A cheeky lad comes by ... See full summary »

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 307

25. Faust in Hell (1903)

6 min | Short, Fantasy

Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 284

26. Fairyland; or, the Kingdom of the Fairies (1903)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Marguerite Thévenard, Bleuette Bernon, André Deed

Votes: 1,093

27. A Trip to Jupiter (1909)

8 min | Short, Sci-Fi

In a medieval palace, an astronomer with a telescope shows the king.

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 174

28. The Lonely Villa (1909)

8 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: David Miles, Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford, Gladys Egan

Votes: 772

29. The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904)

Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Action, Adventure

Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jehanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 2,984

30. The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

As the clock strikes twelve, a weary astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle. Bodson, Manuel, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,069

31. The Haunted Curiosity Shop (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An old proprietor is startled by the sudden appearance of a skull. Just as he draws back from the uncanny object, the doors of a mediaeval wardrobe fly back and a hand prods him with a ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 324

32. 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: 62

33. Miniature Theatre (1906)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Three young children set up a table, and on the table is placed a miniature stage. The stage curtain opens, a carpet appears, and then the carpet unrolls by itself. Two puppet figures then ... See full summary »

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 151

34. 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: 2,004

35. The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

2 min | Short, Horror

Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,194

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

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Drama

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: 393

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

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Family

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: 626

38. 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: 1,637

39. The Delights of Automobiling (1900)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

As two couples enjoy their evening promenade in a nice but rickety open motor car, without notice, an explosion blows the vehicle to smithereens.

Director: Cecil M. Hepworth | Stars: Cecil M. Hepworth, Henry Lawley

Votes: 790

40. Revolution in Russia (1906)

Not Rated | 4 min | Drama, Short

A dramatization of the uprising in Odessa, Russia in 1905: A ship's crew, tired of being mistreated, mutinies and takes over their ship. When they reach land, a sailor who died during the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucien Nonguet

Votes: 280

41. The Magician (1900)

1 min | Short

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: 131



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