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1900s American Movies

Public list by WPS with 240 movies or TV shows/series

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Mad Love(1995)

PG-13
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.6/5 (with 43 votes)

Matt falls for Casey, the new girl in school. She's fun-loving and eccentric, but there's a darkness to her whimsy that Matt can't begin to comprehend. When Casey attempts to commit suicide, her parents place her in a mental institution. Matt springs her out, and together the young lovers head on a road trip. They believe their love can "cure" Casey's problems. Matt starts to wonder, though, if are they inspired or misguided.

The Great Train Robbery(1903)

12min | Crime, Action, Western
3.5/5 (with 257 votes)

After the train station clerk is assaulted and left bound and gagged, then the departing train and its passengers robbed, a posse goes in hot pursuit of the fleeing bandits.

A Corner in Wheat(1909)

NR
| 14min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 40 votes)

On a whim, a greedy tycoon decides to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing grain producers into charity lines and others further into poverty. The film contrasts the differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.

The Lonely Villa(1909)

G
| 8min | Thriller, Drama, Action
3.1/5 (with 26 votes)

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 well-equipped for breaking in. When the father finds out what is happening, he must race against time to get back home.

Life of an American Fireman(1903)

6min | Action
3.1/5 (with 49 votes)

Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the scene, and effect the safe rescue of a woman from the burning house. But wait, she tells them of her child yet asleep in the burning bedroom...

Directed by Edwin Stanton Porter, George S. Fleming - With James White

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend(1906)

6min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 29 votes)

A live-action film adaptation of the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend by American cartoonist Winsor McCay. This silent short film follows the established theme: the “Rarebit Fiend” gorges himself on rarebit and thus suffers spectacular hallucinatory dreams.

What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City(1901)

2.8/5 (with 23 votes)

A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera.

Electrocuting an Elephant(1903)

1.4/5 (with 32 votes)

This is a film taken of the execution of Topsy, an elephant employed to help build Luna Park on Coney Island.

Directed by Thomas Edison

The Haunted Hotel(1907)

2.9/5 (with 14 votes)

A traveler stays the night at a rural inn, but gets no rest as he is tormented by various spectres and mysterious happenings.

Directed by J. Stuart Blackton

Sherlock Holmes Baffled(1900)

2.6/5 (with 17 votes)

Sherlock Holmes enters his drawing room to find it being burgled, but on confronting the villain is surprised when the latter disappears.

Directed by Arthur Marvin

Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy(1909)

NR
| 5min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

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 smoking a cigarette. Next, he leaves briefly while his smoking paraphenalia clears itself from the table and the flower reassembles itself into a cigar. He lights the cigar, then breaks a bottle containing the fairy, who interacts with him in various ways reeling from his cigar smoke, building a bonfire that he extinguishes, etc.

A Midsummer Night's Dream(1909)

NR
| 11min | Fantasy, Comedy
2.6/5 (with 6 votes)

The worlds first screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

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The Cowboy Millionaire(1909)

21min | Western
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Bud Noble, a handsome specimen of manhood, is foreman on the Circle "D" ranch outside of Circle City, Idaho, and our opening scene pictures Bud as the cowboy roping and tying a steer. With its bucking bronchos, pitching mustangs, bucking steers, and the biggest novelty ever, the acme of all thrillers, "see Bud bulldog a steer." Only three men have successfully accomplished this feat and lived to tell about it. Then Bud receives a shock. The local operator appears with a telegram. "Your Uncle John dead. You are sole heir to his estate valued at several millions. Come to Chicago at once." The astounded cowboys tumble over with sheer amazement. Bud buys and the scene closes with a characteristic rush for the bar.

Directed by Francis Boggs, Otis Turner - With William Garwood, Adrienne Kroell, Tom Mix, William Stowell

Those Awful Hats(1909)

NR
| 2min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 23 votes)

A pair of young ladies cause trouble at the cinema with their lavish hats.

The Gay Shoe Clerk(1903)

2.7/5 (with 19 votes)

A woman being fitted for shoes exposes her ankle to the shoe clerk, who is intrigued. He kisses her, but her chaperone hits him with her umbrella.

The Heart of O Yama(1908)

Pretty Miss Chrysanthemum has but little to say as to the disposal of her heart, at least, such is the custom in Japan. Her parents attend to that for her. However, pretty little O Yama Sum had a will of her own, and casting tradition to the winds, insisted upon making her own choice. The Grand Daimio has long loved the pretty O Yama and presents himself before her mother in quest of her hand. His offer is scorned by O Yama, for she loves another, a low-born but worthy warrior.

A Trap for Santa Claus(1909)

16min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

The children of a household attempt to capture Santa, but they catch something else entirely.

The Taming of the Shrew(1908)

2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Based on Shakespeare's play. Petruchio courts the bad-tempered Katharina, and tries to change her aggressive behavior.

Uncle Tom's Cabin(1903)

19min
2.4/5 (with 14 votes)

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. After getting some help to escape the slave traders who are looking for her, she then must try to cross the icy Ohio River if she wants to be free. Meanwhile, Tom is sold from one master to another, and his fortunes vary widely.

Rescued from an Eagle's Nest(1908)

2.8/5 (with 17 votes)

A woodsman leaves a hut followed by a woman with their baby. Nearby some men chop down a tree. The baby is left outside the hut, but an eagle flies away with it.

The Fatal Hour(1908)

This one-reeler has been regarded as a classic example of a Griffith thriller. It engages with the Chinese White slave traffic from the perspective of a female detective, played by Marion Leonard, whose assignment is to expose and break the traffic ring. A fragment is widely available.

Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show(1902)

2min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 18 votes)

Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

The Mended Lute(1909)

11min | Western
2.3/5 (with 9 votes)

In an Indian tribe, a girl escapes from her father and suitor to be with the man she loves.

The Curtain Pole(1909)

13min | Comedy
2.3/5 (with 4 votes)

An upper class drawing room. A gentleman breaks the curtain pole and goes in search of a replacement, but he stops into a pub first. He buys a very long pole, and causes havoc everywhere he passes, accumulating an ever-growing entourage chasing him, until he escapes them through a bit of movie magic, only to discover that the pole has already been replaced.

Ben's Kid(1909)

NR
| 11min | Drama, Western, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Buck Minor was the most detested man in Wolf Hollow, partly because he was quarrelsome and treacherous, partly because he abused and neglected his little wife, Molly, whom all the camp adored, and for whose sake it tolerated Buck.

The Call of the Wild(1908)

16min | Comedy
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

George Redfeather, the hero of this subject, returns from Carlisle, where he not only graduated with high honors, but was also the star of the college football team. At a reception given in his honor by Lieut. Penrose, an Indian agent, the civilized brave meets Gladys, the lieutenant's daughter, and falls desperately in love with her.

Mr. Jones Has a Card Party(1909)

6min | Comedy
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Mr. Jones, since his last escapade, had made strenuous efforts to amend the reputation he had gained in the eyes of the ladies of the Temperance League. But Oh! the ordeal, for such it was, was telling on him, and his pent-up spirits were threatening ebullition, when at last the chance comes. The league arranges to attend a three-days' convention out of town, and when Mrs. Jones departs, Jones sends a note to Smith, telling him to bring the gang, and they would have a "Prayer Meeting," enjoining him not to forget the "fixings." Well, the gang are not long in putting in an appearance, for they feel that every minute's delay is a chunk lost from a golden opportunity for fun.

The Country Doctor(1909)

14min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

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.

The Devil(1908)

10min | Comedy

Mack Sennett appears as a waiter in this film produced by the Biograph Company.

The Day After(1909)

10min | Comedy
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Mr. and Mrs. Hilton throw a New Year's Eve party. They agree not to drink the punch themselves, but as guests begin to arrive their resolve weakens, and soon they are both cavorting drunkenly. Next morning Mr. Hilton, feeling very sick, is conscience-stricken over his drunkenness and his behavior with another woman. He fears to face his wife until he discovers that she feels just as guilty herself.

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