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The exact origins of the world’s first movies can be difficult to trace as people have been creating precursors to films — shadow puppetry, magic lantern projectors, and other visual storytelling aids — since prehistoric times. Most film historians do agree that the first motion pictures that could be considered films emerged in the late 1800s.

During this time period, several inventors around the world raced to develop innovative ways to capture moving images and exhibit them to the public. Among these early cinema innovators were Thomas Edison, Georges Méliès, William K.L. Dickson, and Auguste and Louis Lumière.

Many of these early films have survived in some form and are preserved by various film archives around the world.

10. A Trip to the Moon

Release Date: September 1, 1902
Country of Origin: France
Producer and Director: Georges Méliès
Starring: Georges Méliès; Bleuette Bernon; François Lallement; and Henri Delannoy
Running Time: 18 minutes

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A Trip to the Moon is often regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. It was created by Georges Méliès and is the best known of hundreds of films he made.

The scene of the space capsule landing in the Moon’s eye is one of the most iconic images in the history of cinema.

Méliès’ film was influenced by Jules Verne’s novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon. It depicts a group of astronomers traveling to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule to explore the Moon’s surface.

The film was an international success and was often pirated by other studios. Several elements of the film, including its length, high production values, innovative special effects, and the focus on storytelling, influenced later generations of film-makers.

9. The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight

Release Date: May 22, 1897
Country of Origin: United States
Producer and Director: William Aloysius Brady (producer) and Enoch J. Rector (director)
Starring: James J. Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons as themselves
Running Time: over 100 minutes

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The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight is a documentary film depicting a boxing match between James J. Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City, Nevada on St. Patrick’s Day in 1897. The film was directed by Enoch J. Rector and was originally over 100 minutes long, making it the first feature length film ever produced.

It was the longest film ever created at the time and was possible because of a technology called the Latham Loop, which Rector claims he invented.

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The documentary was also the first film to be shot in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.65:1.

Today, only fragments of the film survive and it was added to the U.S. National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2012.

8. Le Manoir du diable (The House of the Devil)

Release Date: Winter 1896
Country of Origin: France
Producer and Director: Georges Méliès
Starring: Jehanne D’Alcy and Jules-Eugène Legris
Running Time: 3 minutes

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Le Manoir du diable, which was released in the U.S. as The Haunted Castle, set several firsts in the film industry. Although the film shows an encounter with the Devil and various ghosts, it was meant to evoke amusement rather than fear. While this may have been the film’s intention, due to its subject matter, it is technically considered the first horror film.

It is is also the first vampire film because it depicts a bat transforming into the Devil. The movie’s running time of three minutes was also unprecedented for the time period.

Until 1988 the film was presumed lost, but a copy was found in New Zealand Film Archive.

7. Lumière Brothers’ 10 short films

Release Date: December 28, 1895
Country of Origin: France
Producer and Director: Auguste and Louis Lumière
Starring: various people such as workers from the Lumière factory, a gardener, horse trick riders, and blacksmiths
Running Time: 7.4 minutes total

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The public showcase of the 10 short films by Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1895 is often considered a landmark event in the history of motion pictures. It was one of the earliest public screenings to charge an admission and the first to show several films in one sitting. The first of the Lumière brothers’ first 10 films was recorded in early 1895, with the other nine filming sometime after that.

The films were shown at Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris on December 28, 1895 and the brothers went on tour with the films in 1896. They showed the films in Brussels, Bombay, London, Montreal, New York City, and Buenos Aires.

6. The Execution of Mary Stuart

Release Date: August 28, 1895
Country of Origin: United States
Producer and Director: Thomas Edison (producer) and Alfred Clark (director)
Starring: Robert Thomas
Running Time: 18 seconds

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Like many early films, The Execution of Mary Stuart is a silent short film with great historical significance. The film was produced by Thomas Edison and filmed by Alfred Clark and depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

It is notable for being the first film to use special effects during editing. In the movie, the actress playing Mary is replaced by a mannequin when the executioner raises his axe to behead the Queen. The executioner then picks up the mannequin’s head to show to the crowd as the film ends.

In addition to being the first movie to use special affects, The Execution of Mary Stuart was also one of the first film to use trained actors.

5. Carmencita

Release Date: 1894
Country of Origin: United States
Producer and Director: William K.L. Dickson
Starring: Carmen “Carmencita” Dauset Moreno
Running Time: 21 seconds

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Carmencita was another film created by William K.L. Dickson while he worked under Thomas Edison. The short film was named for Carmen “Carmencita” Dauset Moreno , the dancer performing in the movie. It was one of several Edison short films that featured circus and vaudeville acts.

Carmencita was the first woman to be filmed by an Edison motion picture camera and she may have also been the first woman to ever appear in a film in the United States.

In the film, Carmencita performs the dance routine she had been doing at Koster and Bial’s Music Hall in New York City since 1890.

4. Blacksmith Scene

Release Date: May 9, 1893
Country of Origin: United States
Producer and Director: William K.L. Dickson
Starring: Charles Kayser and John Ott
Running Time: 34 seconds

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The 34-second short film, Blacksmith Scene, is one of the most historically significant films ever made because it was the first film to be shown to the public using the Kinetoscope. It is also one of the earliest known movie to show actors performing a role. The film was directed by William K.L. Dickson, who invented the first fully functional motion picture camera while he was working for Thomas Edison.

In 1995, over 100 years after the film was made, Blacksmith Scene was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

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A surviving 35-mm print of the film was found at the Henry Ford Museum and a copy of the negative is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art film archive.

3. Pantomimes Lumineuses (Le Clown et ses chiens; Pauvre Pierrot; and Un bon bok)

Release Date: October 28, 1892
Country of Origin: France
Producer and Director: Charles-Émile Reynaud.
Starring: N/A – films were animated
Running Time: 45 minutes total

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The trio of animated films, collectively presented as Patomimes Lumineuses, was created by Charles-Émile Reynaud in 1892. The films were some of the first animated films ever made and they were created using Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique process. This allowed Reynaud to project a hand-painted colored film, before the invention of cinematograph.

The three films – Un bon bok (A Good Beer), Le Clown et ses chiens (The Clown and His Dogs), and Pauvre Pierrot (Poor Pete) — were first exhibited in Ocotober 1892 when Reynaud opened his Théâtre Optique at the Musée Grévin. The show ran until 1894.

Both Un bon bok and Le Clow est ses chiens are considered lost films, as Reynaud threw nearly all of his picture bands into the Seine.

2. Dickson Greeting

Release Date: 1891
Country of Origin: United States
Producer and Director: William. K.L. Dickson (director and co-producer) and William Heise (co-director)
Starring: William K.L. Dickson
Running Time: 3 seconds

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Dickson Greeting is a 3-second silent film created by William K.L. Dickson, a Scottish inventor known for his contributions to early film production. Dickson worked for Thomas Edison and is credited as the inventor of the first practical celluloid film. He and his team at the Edison lab also developed the Kinetoscope and later the Kinetograph, which were used to exhibit and film early movies.

Dickson Greeting was filmed at Edison’s Black Maria studio, using the Kinetograph. The film was shown to an audience at the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, making it one of the first films publicly presented.

1. Roundhay Garden Scene

Release Date: October 14, 1888
Country of Origin: Filmed in the United Kingdom
Producer and Director: Louis Le Prince
Starring: Annie Hartley; Adolphe Le Prince; Joseph Whitley; and Sarah Whitley
Running Time: 2.11 seconds

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Roundhay Garden Scene is the oldest surviving movie in the world. It was a short silent film created in 1888 by French inventor Louis Le Prince. The film features Le Prince’s son, Adolphe, Sarah Whitley and Joseph Whitley (who owned the home where the movie was filmed), and Annie Hatley walking around in a garden.

Le Prince recorded the film using 1888 Eastman Kodak paper base photographic film through a single-lens combi camera projector, which Le Prince created.

In 1930 the National Science Museum in London, England produced photographic copies of the surviving parts from the filmstrip.


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What is the oldest movie ever created? ›

Roundhay Garden Scene is a short silent motion picture filmed by French inventor Louis Le Prince at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Leeds, in the north of England on 14 October 1888. It is believed to be the oldest surviving film.

What are the oldest feature films? ›

On Boxing Day 1906 The Story of the Kelly Gang opened at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. It was the first multi-reel, feature-length film ever produced in the world. The film caused controversy by presenting the Kelly gang sympathetically.

What are the 7 film eras? ›

The Evolution of Cinema – 7 eras that defined world cinema.
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What's the number 1 movies of all time? ›

Gone with the Wind—first released in 1939—is generally considered to be the most successful film, with Guinness World Records in 2014 estimating its adjusted global gross at $3.4 billion.

Are any movies 100 years old? ›

'Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages' (1916)

Few movies that are over 100 years old are as ambitious as Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, if any.

What Disney movie is the oldest? ›

99 Years of Storytelling. In 1937, Walt Disney Animation Studios released its first fully animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, pioneering a new form of family entertainment.

What's the first horror movie? ›

Just a few years after the first filmmakers emerged in the mid-1890s, Mellies created “Le Manoir du Diable,” sometimes known in English as “The Haunted Castle” or “ The House of the Devil,” in 1898, and it is widely believed to be the first horror movie.

What was the first 100% talking film? ›

The first commercial feature film to have actual synchronized dialogue was the Warner Bros. movie “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. “The Jazz Singer” was released on October 6, 1927, and it contained both silent scenes and sound sequences (consisting of both synchronized singing and synchronized dialogue).

What is the oldest form of film format? ›

The inventor and industrialist George Eastman, who had earlier experimented with sensitized paper rolls for still photography, began manufacturing celluloid roll film in 1889 at his plant in Rochester, New York.

What is 7D movie? ›

7D Movies is a simulated ride packed with cinema, audio, and a 120-inch screen. Watch short action-packed movies in 3D with all the special effects! Rain, Motion, Fog, and much much more.

What film era are we in? ›

New millennium – Modern film industry.

What are the 8 elements of film? ›

What are the key elements involved:
  • Film Type.
  • Shots.
  • Camera Angles.
  • Lighting.
  • Color.
  • Sound or Audio.
  • Editing.
  • Mise-en-Scene.
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What movie stayed at number 1 the longest? ›

E.T. sits atop with 16 weeks at number one (31% of a year). The largest number of films in a year is six in 1986 and 1992.

What are the top 3 biggest movies of all time? ›

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RankTitleLifetime Gross
2Avengers: Endgame$2,799,439,100
4Avatar: The Way of Water$2,214,300,461
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What movie has the most F words? ›

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Will Avatar 2 make $2 billion? ›

As has frequently been the case throughout his unparalleled career, James Cameron made film history again this weekend. His long-awaited sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water” has now made over $2 billion in worldwide grosses, as reported by Deadline.

What was the fastest movie to hit $1 billion? ›

Fastest to $1 billion

Titanic became the first movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide on March 1, 1998, in 74 days of release. The list below is restricted to the 10 movies that reached the milestone the fastest.

What is the only movie with 100 rotten tomatoes? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.

What movie is coming in 2115? ›

Advertised in 2015 with the tagline "The Movie You Will Never See", it is due to be released on November 18, 2115. The film stars an international ensemble, with American actor John Malkovich, Taiwanese actress Shuya Chang, and Chilean actor Marko Zaror. 100 Years is apparently a short film.

Which film will release in 2115? ›

What was the 100th Disney movie? ›

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend of 2016, Disney Channel began to air many older DCOMs in a specialized marathon programming block in celebration of its 100th film, Adventures in Babysitting.

What cartoon is the oldest? ›

Fantasmagorie is considered to be the oldest cartoon in the world. The very short animation is one of the earliest examples of traditional hand-drawn animation. It was created in 1908 by French cartoonist Émile Cohl.

What was the first color movie? ›


The first commercially produced film in natural color was A Visit to the Seaside (1908). The eight-minute British short film used the Kinemacolor process to capture a series of shots of the Brighton Southern England seafront.

Who is the first Disney princess? ›

But though Snow White was Disney's first full-length movie princess, she wasn't the first Disney princess. That honor goes to Persephone, the main character of a 1937 Silly Symphonies short that served as a sort of test run for Snow White.

Who was the first horror character? ›

Examples of early horror icons began with the Werewolf or Lycanthrope introduced in the 1500s, the Frankenstein monster as introduced by Mary Shelley in 1818, and Dracula introduced into literature in 1897 by Bram Stoker.

What was the very first vampire movie? ›

In addition to her comments on the vampire in early cinema, Abbott informs readers that Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922) represented the “cinema's first entirely cinematic vampire, drawing upon the ambiguity between the living and the dead, the scientific and the fantastic” (p 44–45).

Was the first Halloween movie? ›

Halloween (1978)

Halloween, the 1978 film directed by John Carpenter, is the iconic horror movie classic that started it all.

What are the 5 perfect movies? ›

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  • Free Solo.
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What is the most rewatchable movie in history? ›

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What movie had the best cast ever? ›

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  • 8 Shark Tale.
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  • 6 Ocean's Twelve.
  • 5 The Outsiders.
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  • 3 The Expendables 3.
  • 2 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
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What was the first 16 9 movie? ›

The Robe (released in September 1953) is often quoted as the first movie to be both filmed and released in widescreen. Chronologically, however, This Is Cinerama (released in September 1952) came out a year before The Robe.

What was the first movie with voices? ›

The Jazz Singer, American musical film, released in 1927, that was the first feature-length movie with synchronized dialogue. It marked the ascendancy of “talkies” and the end of the silent-film era.

What was the first movie with sounds? ›

The first film with recorded sound was The Dickson Experimental Sound Film released around 1894. Lee de Forest and Theodore Case invented phonofilm, and recordings of singing and talking that predate The Jazz Singer have been discovered. Don Juan was released — and heavily promoted — by a studio in 1926.

What is older than a VHS? ›

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  • Betamax vs VHS: the format war.

What is older then VHS? ›

Betamax was the first format to popularize recording television programs to view later. Fans of Betamax love to remind everyone who will listen that this format offered superior quality to VHS. Nevertheless, VHS emerged the obvious victor in the video battle.

Which VHS movie is first? ›

1. FIRST FILM EVER RELEASED ON VHS: THE YOUNG TEACHER. The South Korean drama, The Young Teacher, was the first film to be released for home VHS consumption. Considering the first VCRs were released in 1976, it makes perfect sense that the first movies would also accompany it in the same year.

What is 12D cinema? ›

12D equipped auditoriums employ motion enabled chairs, which create strong vibrations and sensations, as well as other environmental controls for simulated weather or other conditions.

What is a 10D movie? ›

An experience beyond imagination through a three-dimensional vision emphasized by a series of surprising effects. 10D cinema represents the evolution of 5D, 6D, 7D, 8D and 9D cinema, improving the involvement of all the senses for an emotional experience that will make your cinema a truly unique experience.

Do 4D movies exist? ›

4D films are exhibited in every major global market in stadium seating multiplexes, and are exhibited via worldwide theatrical releases.

What is our era called now? ›

References have been made to this point in history being called the Carolean era. Prime Minister Liz Truss told the Commons that the British people, the Commonwealth and all MPs must support Charles as he takes the country forward to a “new era of hope and progress, our new Carolean age”.

What era do I live in? ›

we live in Holocene Epoch, of the Quaternary Period, in the Cenozoic Era (of the Phanerozoic Eon)

When did movies get color? ›

But despite these early concerns, the first color film was produced in 1907 and by 1916 over half of all films being produced were in color. The two main systems that have dominated cinema are Technicolor and Eastman Color. What is this? Both systems have their origins in the very earliest days of color film in 1907.

What are the 4 parts of a movie? ›

In the four Act structure, a story looks like this:
  • Act I — Exposition.
  • Act IIa — Positive Rising Action.
  • Act IIb — Negative Rising Action.
  • Act III — Climax.

What are the 4 elements of a movie? ›

It includes dialogue, ambient sound, sound effects, and music. Consider how a “Boing!” sound in the soundtrack would change how we view a love scene or a scene in which an old lady falls down. Or think about how the wrong music would ruin the seriousness of a battle scene.

What are the 5 Elements Every story has? ›

There are 5 elements of plot:
  • Exposition.
  • Rising Action.
  • Climax.
  • Falling Action.
  • Conclusion.

What was Disney's first 10 movies? ›

List of Disney Films
  • 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (G)
  • 1940: Pinocchio (G)
  • 1940: Fantasia (G)
  • 1941: The Reluctant Dragon.
  • 1941: Dumbo (G)
  • 1942: Bambi (G)
  • 1943: Saludos Amigos.
  • 1943: Victory Through Air Power.

What are the original 123 movies? ›

The original name, and URL, was 123movies.to, which changed to other domains including 123movies.is before redirecting to gomovies.to and later gomovies.is. It was changed to gostream.is, and then to memovies.to, before changing to 123movieshub.to/is and remaining there until shutdown.

What are the 3 biggest movies of all time? ›

Top Lifetime Grosses
RankTitleLifetime Gross
2Avengers: Endgame$2,799,439,100
3Avatar: The Way of Water$2,244,456,991
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What was the first 12 rated film? ›

Tim Burton's Batman becomes the first 12 rated film in the cinema. Children under 12 cannot view this in the cinema. This category is only available for theatrical releases.

What's the oldest cartoon? ›

1908 – Fantasmagorie, considered by animation historians as the world's first cartoon, is released.

What is a B+ movie? ›

A B+ movie can even be great, but falls just shy of having that indefinable sense of seeing a movie in the A range. There's no sense of iconic greatness. It can be riddled with plot problems — but usually has some great characters,and some good laughs. However, it's just simply not good enough to win any awards.

What movie lost the most money? ›

As of June 2022, the four biggest movie flops of all time were Disney productions. "Turning Red" (2022), "Jungle Cruise" (2021), "Mars Needs Moms" (2011), and "Mulan" (2020) recorded losses of more than 140 million U.S. dollars at the global box office.

Is there a 100% rated movie? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.

What age rating is AA? ›

AA: Suitable for persons under 7 years old. A: Suitable for all. B: Passed only for persons 12 and over. B15: Passed only for persons 15 and over.

What age rating is 15? ›

What does the 15 symbol mean? No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema. 15 rated works are not suitable for children under 15 years of age.


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