Black & White (Sorted by Runtime Ascending)



1. Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

Documentary, Short

6.8
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A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Votes: 2,382

2. Awakening of Rip (1896)

Drama, Short

4.5
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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: 416

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

Drama, Short

4.4
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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: 391

4. Storm P. tegner de Tree Små Mænd (1920)

Animation, Short

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Director: Robert Storm Petersen | Star: Robert Storm Petersen

5. Carmencita (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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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: 1,443

6. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

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

Votes: 1,742

7. Chinese Opium Den (1894)

1 min | Short

5.5
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Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 93

8. Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)

1 min | Short, Sport

5.5
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James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney meet in a boxing exhibition.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: James J. Corbett, Peter Courtney

Votes: 580

9. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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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: 1,542

10. La sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 5,147

11. Akrobatisches Potpourri (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Eight circus performers known as the Grunato family perform their famous balancing act.

Director: Max Skladanowsky | Star: Grunato

Votes: 215

12. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

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

Votes: 8,645

13. Neuville-sur-Saône: Débarquement du congrès des photographes à Lyon (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Members of the French Photographic Society arrive from a riverboat to their congress venue in Neuville-sur-Saône on a summer day. They go ashore across a wooden landing stage. Among the ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,326

14. L'arroseur arrosé (1895)

1 min | Comedy, Short

7.1
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A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »

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

Votes: 3,774

15. Barque sortant du port (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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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: 987

16. Italienischer Bauerntanz (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.8
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Two children, Ploetz and Larella, perform an Italian peasant dance.

Directors: Emil Skladanowsky, Max Skladanowsky | Stars: Ploetz, Larella

Votes: 198

17. Das boxende Känguruh (1895)

1 min | Short

5.5
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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: 414

18. The Derby 1895 (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.1
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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: 232

19. Les forgerons (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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Two blacksmiths are at work, facing the camera, a wall, window, and stacked boxes behind them. Both are mustachioed with dark hair. On our right, a smith in the dark clothes of a laborer ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 743

20. Baignade en mer (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Several little boys run along a pier, then jump into the ocean.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 938

21. Partie d'écarté (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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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: 1,141

22. Place des Cordeliers à Lyon (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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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: 774

23. La pêche aux poissons rouges (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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A man holds a child of about 10 or 11 months so the child can stand on a table and look down into a large clear goldfish bowl, nearly full of water, with two goldfish swimming in it. The ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Andrée Lumière, Auguste Lumière

Votes: 704

24. Repas de bébé (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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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: 2,462

25. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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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: 596

26. Le saut à la couverture (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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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: 693

27. Die Serpentintänzerin (1895)

1 min | Short

5.2
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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: 291

28. La voltige (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

5.6
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In the background is a house. In the foreground, a groom holds the reins of a sleek black horse that stands in profile. A tall man, dressed in a black uniform, demonstrates how to mount the... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 735

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

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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This lost film presumably features a train arriving at Vincennes station.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 102

30. L'arroseur (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.8
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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: 46

31. Baignade en mer (1896)

1 min | Short

4.8
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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: 34

32. Bataille de neige (1897)

1 min | Short, Documentary

6.7
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Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 1,206

33. Le bivouac (1896)

1 min | Short

4.8
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This lost film, among the earliest by Georges Méliès, presumably featured the use of a bivouac sack for a soldier encampment.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 21

34. Carga de rurales (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.8
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Director: Gabriel Veyre

Votes: 39

35. Danse serpentine (1896)

1 min | Short

6.4
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This lost film is speculated to have featured a serpentine dance, possibly in an imitation of the Edison Studios' "Annabelle" films, except with a different dancer.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 137

36. Défense d'afficher (1896)

1 min | Short

4.8
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Two bill posters argue as an incompetent guard patrols the area.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 280

37. Démolition d'un mur (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 1,926

38. Escamotage d'une dame au théâtre Robert Houdin (1896)

1 min | Short, Horror

6.4
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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: 1,228

39. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

1 min | Drama, Short

4.5
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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: 371

40. Feira de Gado na Corujeira (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.4
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Campinos on horseback drive small herds of cattle through the vast area of the traditional fair, before prospective buyers.

Director: Aurélio da Paz dos Reis

Votes: 36

41. Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer (1897)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A train is leaving a railway station at the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the very end of the train a barren, rocky landscape is seen, and some ruins of very old buildings,. Five men walk ... See full summary »

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Alexandre Promio

Votes: 692

42. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera. Two horses draw each wagon, and each wagon carries from two to eight ... See full summary »

Votes: 336

43. Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

1 min | Drama, Short

4.5
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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: 381

44. Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

4.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 375

45. Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

4.5
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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: 379

46. Rip's Toast (1896)

1 min | Drama, Short

4.5
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"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: 389

47. Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896)

1 min | Short, Fantasy

4.6
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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: 373

48. Saída do Pessoal Operário da Fábrica Confiança (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A large number of workers, mostly young women, leave by the front door of their work place at lunch time. The building has an impressive colonnaded facade, and is located at 181, Santa ... See full summary »

Director: Aurélio da Paz dos Reis

Votes: 89

49. Une nuit terrible (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

5.8
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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: 836

50. Une partie de cartes (1896)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Octavie Huvier, Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 719


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