Documentary (Sorted by Year Ascending)



1. Passage de Venus (1874)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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Series of photographs of the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun in 1874.

Director: P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 957

2. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge | Stars: Gilbert Domm, Sallie Gardner

Votes: 1,849

3. Athlete Swinging a Pick (1881)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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In this brief photographic sequence, Eadweard Muybridge himself poses nude and swings a miner's pick, in 18 different photographs.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge | Star: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 110

4. Buffalo Running (1883)

1 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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Individual photographs of the running of a buffalo shot in rapid succession.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 547

5. Man Walking Around the Corner (1887)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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A frame sequence featuring a man walking around a corner.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Votes: 924

6. Woman Walking Downstairs (1887)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A series a photographs, depicting a nude model coming down a staircase and towards the viewer.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 72

7. Woman Setting Down Jug (1887)

Documentary, Short

5.2
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A nude model poses for a series of photographs, which depict her setting down a jug on the floor.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 23

8. Woman Throwing Baseball (1887)

Documentary, Short

5.2
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A series of photographic images by photographer Eadweard Muybridge, showing a nude woman picking up a baseball and throwing it.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 32

9. Woman Picking Up Child (1887)

Documentary, Short

4.9
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This series of photographs depict two nude models: a woman and a young child, as the woman picks up the child.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 18

10. Elephant Walking (1887)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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A series of photographs picturing an elephant walking.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 29

11. Cockatoo Flying (1887)

Documentary, Short

4.8
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This series of images by Muybridge pictures a cockatoo in flight.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 26

12. Ostrich Walking (1887)

Documentary, Short

5.3
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Two series of images by Eadweard Muybridge of an ostrich walking: one taken from the side, the other from the back.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 28

13. Chickens Scared by Torpedo (1887)

Documentary, Short

4.9
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A locomotion study by Muybridge, made up of still photographs and featuring some chickens frightened at the explosion of several torpedoes.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 30

14. Adjutant Walking (1887)

Documentary, Short

4.9
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A series of photographs shot by Eadweard Muybridge, depicting an adjutant walking.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 11

15. 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: 2,514

16. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Stars: Annie Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley, Sarah Whitley

Votes: 4,913

17. Accordion Player (1888)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A very brief film of a man playing the accordion.

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

Votes: 949

18. Brighton Street Scene (1888)

Documentary, Short

5.6
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Director: William Friese-Greene

Votes: 72

19. Leisurely Pedestrians, Open Topped Buses and Hansom Cabs with Trotting Horses (1889)

Documentary, Short

5.5
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Director: William Friese-Greene

Votes: 268

20. Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.1
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One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Giuseppe Sacco Albanese

Votes: 1,133

21. London's Trafalgar Square (1890)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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A shot of Trafalgar Square.

Directors: William Carr Crofts, Wordsworth Donisthorpe

Votes: 623

22. Men Boxing (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

4.8
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Two men wearing boxing gloves prepare to spar in the Edison Company studio.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 750

23. Monkey and Another, Boxing (1891)

Documentary, Short

5.2
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Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 74

24. Newark Athlete (1891)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

4.9
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An athlete swings Indian clubs.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,307

25. Le prince de Galles (1892)

Documentary, Short

6.1
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This short documentary is a mini-biography of Edward VII, then Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the throne of England. Because his mother, Queen Victoria, reigned for such an unusually ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: King Edward VII

Votes: 91

26. Horse Shoeing (1893)

Documentary, Short

4.9
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One of the pictures to be seen in the machine, for example, was that of a blacksmith shop in which two men were working, one shoeing a horse, the other heating iron at the forge. One would ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 84

27. Rabbits (1893)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.2
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Director: Étienne-Jules Marey

Votes: 16

28. Carmencita (1894)

Not Rated | 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: 1,524

29. 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: 1,627

30. Leonard-Cushing Fight (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.1
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In the background, five fans lean on the ropes looking into the ring. The referee is to the left; like the fans, he hardly moves as two fighters swing roundhouse blows at each other. Mike ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Jack Cushing, Mike Leonard

Votes: 328

31. Sandow: The Strong Man (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio.

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

Votes: 977

32. Amateur Gymnast, No. 2 (1894)

Documentary, Short, Sport

4.9
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An athlete does a backwards somersault.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 28

33. Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.

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

Votes: 721

34. Annie Oakley (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog)

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Francis E. Butler, Annie Oakley

Votes: 991

35. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

5.3
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Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 919

36. Dance du Ventre (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 15

37. The Wrestling Dog (1894)

Documentary, Short

5.9
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"Wrestles with his trainer."

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

Votes: 15

38. Armand D'Ary (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.3
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"French danseuse and chanteuse. Pantomine, song, etc."

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Armand D'Ary

Votes: 22

39. Boxing Match (1894)

Documentary, Short, Sport

5.5
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Votes: 40

40. The Cock Fight (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

4.5
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Two gamecocks fight in the Edison Company film studio. This feature was remade later in the same year, with additional detail added.

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 459

41. Men on Parallel Bars (1894)

Documentary, Short

4.8
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Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 17

42. Trained Bears (1894)

Documentary, Short

5.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 25

43. Trapeze (1894)

Documentary, Short

5.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 18

44. Rat Killing (1894)

Documentary, Short

5.0
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"'Dick the Rat' and his rat-terrier. The dog is turned loose among a lot of big, live rats, and kills them in lightning order."

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Dick the Rat

Votes: 15

45. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

5.2
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The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete", which depicts a boxer with a classic style trying to contend with an opponent who uses a very unorthodox approach.

Star: The Glenroy Brothers

Votes: 664

46. The Pickaninny Dance, from the 'Passing Show' (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.8
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A scene representing Southern plantation life before the war. A jig and a breakdown by three colored boys.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Joe Rastus, Denny Tolliver, Walter Wilkins

Votes: 150

47. Bucking Broncho (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. (from Edison Films)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Frank Hammitt, Lee Martin, Sunfish

Votes: 534

48. Buffalo Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

5.4
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Three Sioux Indians perform a 'buffalo dance', while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Hair Coat, Parts His Hair, Last Horse

Votes: 744

49. Dogs Fighting (1894)

Documentary, Short

4.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 19

50. Fancy Club Swinger (1894)

Documentary, Short

5.6
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: John R. Abell

Votes: 26


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