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1. Accordion Player (1888)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A very brief film of a man playing the accordion.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Star: Adolphe Le Prince

Votes: 960

2. Dickson Greeting (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested in women's clubs and their work and she decided to entertain the Presidents of the ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,100

3. 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: 1,893

4. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Music

The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,831

6. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, History

This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Director: Alfred Clark | Star: Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 1,722

7. The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

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: 4,023

8. The Kiss (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Romance

In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.

Director: William Heise | Stars: May Irwin, John C. Rice

Votes: 2,755

9. Rip's Toast (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

"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: 409

10. Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

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

Votes: 395

11. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

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

12. Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama, Short

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: 402

13. Rip's Toast to Hudson (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

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: 395

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

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

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: 415

15. Awakening of Rip (1896)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short

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: 444

16. Rip Passing Over the Mountain (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Fantasy

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: 402

17. Something Good - Negro Kiss (1898)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A burlesque on the John Rice - May Irwin kiss in The Kiss (1896)

Stars: Gertie Brown, Saint Suttle

Votes: 180

18. Fire! (1901)

5 min | Drama, Short

Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man... See full summary »

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 496

19. The Great Train Robbery (I) (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: 15,348

20. 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: 1,857

21. 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: 1,539

22. A Corner in Wheat (1909)

G | 14 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 1,938

23. A Day at Santa Anita (1937)

18 min | Short, Drama, Family

Orphaned horse-trainer's little daughter has reciprocated bond with horse, which needs her presence to win races.

Director: Bobby Connolly | Stars: Sybil Jason, Marcia Ralston, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Joseph Crehan

Votes: 237

24. 24 heures de la vie d'un clown (1946)

18 min | Short

A day in the life of Beby the clown. Filmed between shows at Circus Medrano, at home and in the streets of Paris, with his faithful partner and friend the clown Maïss.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Beby, Maïss

Votes: 473

25. A Flirtatious Woman (1955)

10 min | Short, Comedy

A young woman is tempted to flirt with a stranger.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Maria Lysandre, Roland Tolmatchoff, Carmen Mirando, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 378

26. Le coup du berger (1956)

28 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

When an unfaithful wife receives a fur coat from her lover as a gift, they must figure out a way to keep the husband from discovering the coat's true origins.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Virginie Vitry, Anne Doat, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Jean-Claude Brialy

Votes: 693

27. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 15,142

28. Les Mistons (1957)

18 min | Short, Comedy

Five young boys in pre-puberty are collectively attracted by a beautiful, young woman, Bernadette Jouve. She awakes in them the springs of luminous sensuality. As they are too young to love... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Gérard Blain, Bernadette Lafont, Michel François, Alain Baldy

Votes: 2,664

29. Break Up the Dance (1957)

8 min | Short, Drama

Youths get ready for a party, decorating the dance floor, cleaning out the fountain of a pond. That evening, the party starts and guests arrive: everyone has a ticket, and a guy at the gate... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski

Votes: 951

30. Murder (1957)

2 min | Short

The camera shows us a door handle and the door's striker plate; from this angle, they form a cross. The door opens and in steps someone in a dark trench coat. He approaches a bed in the ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski

Votes: 1,118

31. Teeth Smile (1957)

2 min | Short

A man walks down the exterior staircase of building of flats; he's dressed to go out, taking care to wrap a scarf around his neck. He pauses as he passes a small window that's about eye ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Star: Nikola Todorow

Votes: 1,079

32. Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)

15 min | Short

Two men emerge from the sea onto the beach carrying a large wooden wardrobe with a mirror on its front. After the two men clean up and rejoice being in this new environment, they proceed to... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jakub Goldberg, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk, Barbara Lass

Votes: 2,229

33. Les surmenés (1958)

20 min | Short

A beautiful young lady who is not too smart wins a typing contest and takes the train to Paris to work,where she will encounter two men.

Director: Jacques Doniol-Valcroze | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Yane Barry, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Jean Juillard

Votes: 92

34. All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959)

21 min | Short, Comedy

Two French college girls each meet a boy named Patrick and quickly realize that it is less a coincidence then they think.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Anne Collette, Nicole Berger

Votes: 2,020

35. When Angels Fall (1959)

21 min | Short, Drama

A church bell chimes. An old woman stops to feed pidgins on her way to work in the men's lavatory in the basement of a public building. She sits all day by the lavatory door as little ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Barbara Lass, Roman Polanski, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk

Votes: 1,068

36. The Lamp (1959)

8 min | Short

In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Star: Roman Polanski

Votes: 1,173

37. Charlotte and Her Boyfriend (1960)

20 min | Short, Drama

A jilted man (Jean-Paul Belmondo) rants at his mostly silent former lover (Anne Collette).

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anne Collette, Gérard Blain

Votes: 1,322

38. A Story of Water (1961)

18 min | Romance, Short

A young woman is going to Paris by bus, but when she steps out of her house she discovers that her garden and the whole village is flooded with water. With a boat and a bike she succeeds to... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Caroline Dim, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 1,186

39. The Fat and the Lean (1961)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Music

A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his large master who rocks in a rocking chair in front of his mansion. The slave jumps and ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: André Katelbach, Roman Polanski

Votes: 1,081

40. Mammals (1962)

10 min | Comedy, Short

"Waiting for Godot" on ice and snow, without words. Against a barren winter landscape, a figure approaches: it's a man, pulling a small sleigh on which another man sits, plucking a dead ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Henryk Kluba, Michal Zolnierkiewicz, Voytek Frykowski

Votes: 1,013

41. Antoine and Colette (1962)

32 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Antoine Doinel is 17, lives in a hotel and works in a factory making records; he loves music. He falls in love with a woman he meets at a concert. She sees him as a friend, but her parents love him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay, Jean-François Adam

Votes: 3,140

42. Le laboratoire de l'angoisse (1971)

11 min | Drama, Horror, Comedy

All the researchers of the IMPS laboratory are males - with one exception : Mademoiselle Clara, Antoine, the cleaner, desperately yearns for. Night after night, when Clara is alone, going ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Marianne di Vettimo, Marcel Gotlib, Michel Such

Votes: 83

43. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 14,395

44. The Lunch Date (1989)

12 min | Short, Drama

A woman misses her train and buys lunch in a café. When she returns to her table, a man is eating her salad.

Director: Adam Davidson | Stars: Scotty Bloch, Clebert Ford, Bernard Johnson, Paul Sarnoff

Votes: 1,335

45. Black Rider (1993)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Comedy

A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally exacts his revenge.

Director: Pepe Danquart | Stars: Senta Moira, Paul Outlaw, Stefan Merki, Klaus Tilsner

Votes: 1,472

46. Election Night (1998)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Comedy

On his way to the polls, an idealist, yet absent-minded voter has to endure continuous waves of racist cab drivers and their offensive remarks.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Jens Jørn Spottag, John Martinus, Ole Thestrup

Votes: 1,984

47. Gridlock (2001)

7 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

On a cold winter evening a young manager gets stuck in traffic on his way home from work. He takes his brand new mobile to call his wife, not knowing that by doing so he is about to cause irreparable damage.

Director: Dirk Beliën | Stars: Tom Van Dyck, Ellen Van Cutsem, Aza Declercq, Kris Swinnen

Votes: 738

48. Deflation (2001)

3 min | Short, Music

A boy goes biking around in the woods.

Director: Roger Ashton-Griffiths | Stars: Del Synnott, Karen White, Keira Knightley, Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Votes: 119

50. I'll Wait for the Next One... (2002)

4 min | Comedy, Short, Romance

7.4