1903 Movies

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The Great Train Robbery(1903)

12min | Crime, Action, Western
3.5/5 (with 195 votes)

The clerk at the train station is assaulted and left tied by four men, then they rob the train threatening the operator. (They) take all the money and shoot a passenger when trying to run away. A little girl discovers the clerk tied and gives notice to the sheriff, who at once goes along with his men hunting the bandits.

Alice in Wonderland(1903)

3.1/5 (with 36 votes)

This is the first movie version of the famous story. Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors.

Life of an American Fireman(1903)

6min | Action
3.1/5 (with 37 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

The Melomaniac(1903)

3min | Comedy, Music
3.3/5 (with 22 votes)

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

The Magic Lantern(1903)

5min | Fantasy
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

Two impish clowns construct a magic lantern. They prop it up at an angle, and use it to project pictures onto a wall. When the picture show ends, they open up the lantern to reveal a group of dancing girls inside - and this is only the first of the indications that this lantern really is magical.

Directed by Georges Méliès

A Chess Dispute(1903)

3.0/5 (with 10 votes)

A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting of a seltzer bottle, then with fisticuffs. The combatants wrestle each other to the floor and continue the fight out of the camera's view, hidden by the table. The waiter arrives to haul both of them out.

Directed by Robert W. Paul

Uncle Tom's Cabin(1903)

2.3/5 (with 9 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.

The Kingdom of the Fairies(1903)

3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears. Though driven off, the witch soon returns, summons some of her servants, and carries off the princess. A rescue party is quickly organized, but the unfortunate captive has been taken to a strange, forbidding realm, from where it will be impossible to rescue her without some special help.

An Extraordinary Cab Accident(1903)

1min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

A man and a woman talk beside a street near a corner where a cop stands. Just as a horse-drawn cart rounds the corner, the man backs off the sidewalk saying good-by to his companion. The horse and cart flatten him and continue on, out of the camera's stationary range. The cop runs after the cab, the woman dashes to the body. The cop brings back the driver; is the victim dead?

Directed by Walter R. Booth

The Sick Kitten(1903)

1min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 16 votes)

A simple scene of two rather flamboyantly-dressed Edwardian children attempting to feed a spoonful of medicine to a sick kitten. The film is important for being one of the earliest films to cut to a close-up, then back again to the same medium shot as before.

Electrocuting an Elephant(1903)

1.3/5 (with 23 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 Alva Edison

Extraordinary Illusions(1903)

2min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès performs his cine-magic act.

Directed by Georges Méliès
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The Drawing Lesson(1903)

2.1/5 (with 4 votes)

In a corner of the garden we see an ornamental fountain. An old professor comes along, looking for a nice spot where he can teach his pupils. Finding the fountain to his liking he goes after his scholars. A mysterious person who has noticed the old man, by means of a balloon, a handkerchief and a coat, constructs a peculiar figure, doing a lot of tricks at the same time.

A Desperate Poaching Affray(1903)

3min | Crime, Action, Drama
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

Three hunters surprise two poachers in the act. The hunters take umbrage and give chase over fences and through fields. The hunters fire away, but the poachers have guns as well, and a fight ensues with casualties for the hunters. Two cops appear and so do dogs as the chase continues. Will the poachers escape, or will they, like the game they were after, be trapped?

Directed by William Haggar


2min | Comedy, Fantasy
2.6/5 (with 9 votes)

Alone in his room at an inn, a lustful old man is haunted by spirits.

The Monster(1903)

| 2min | Fantasy, Horror
3.1/5 (with 14 votes)

An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx.

Ten Ladies in an Umbrella(1903)

3.0/5 (with 7 votes)

The scene is similar to that seen at Coney Island, where a number of shows are constantly going on.

The Infernal Cauldron(1903)

2min | Fantasy, Horror
3.1/5 (with 22 votes)

A green-skinned demon places a woman and two courtiers into a flaming cauldron.

Jupiter's Thunderballs(1903)

3min | Comedy, Fantasy
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

With godly entrapments, Zeus appears on the horizon, engages Hermes as an audience, and tries to throw some thunderbolts. They fizzle. Hephaestus tries to make some repairs but succeeds only in heating the bolts and burning Zeus's hands. Zeus conjures nine muses, but do their incantations help? He dismisses them as well as a visiting Pan, and his fits of pique become counter-productive. Can he get his powers back?

The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ(1903)

3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

The story of Jesus Christ, from the proclamation of his Nativity to his Ascension into heaven. Impressive staging and beautiful hand-coloring distinguish the film from its Passion-play counterparts; Its scale and dynamic crowds prelude the Italian epics to come.

Directed by Ferdinand Zecca, Lucien Nonguet - With Madame Moreau, Monsieur Moreau

Sherlock Holmes Baffled(1900)

2.5/5 (with 14 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

Alcofribas, The Master Magician(1903)

2.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Two men in a cave perform magic.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Marvellous Wreath(1903)

3min | Fantasy
2.3/5 (with 4 votes)

A magician performs tricks with a marvelous wreath.

Rip Van Winkle(2020)

2.2/5 (with 5 votes)

An abridged version of the tale of Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, who wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of small men drinking and playing. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different.

The Enchanted Well(1903)

2.7/5 (with 11 votes)

A witch curses a town's well.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Mary Jane's Mishap(1903)

4min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 14 votes)

Mary Jane tries to light the oven. When she's unsuccessful, she plays around, getting black boot polish on her face. She mugs before a mirror. Then, it's back to work. When the stove still won't light, she pours in paraffin, winks at the camera, and lights a match. Kaboom! Is there any rest for the foolish, even in the grave?

The Infernal Cakewalk(1903)

5min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 11 votes)

Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk." He has brought back with him two noted well-known dancers, who start their favorite dance amidst the flames.

Move On(1903)

2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

In certain sections of New York City large numbers of Jewish and Italian push-cart vendors congregate so closely along the sidewalks that they interfere with traffic. Policemen keep them moving. The picture shows how the frightened peddlers hurry away when a bluecoat appears. Some of the carts are piled high with fruits of all kinds, and it is interesting and amusing to see the expressions of combined fear and anxiety on the faces of the men as they hurry away; the fear of being arrested if they stand, and of losing some of their wares if the carts strike an obstruction in the street. Very fine photographically. (Edison film company catalog)

Directed by Alfred C. Abadie

Bob Kick, the Mischievous Kid(1903)

2min | Comedy
1.7/5 (with 4 votes)

A boy is led into the frame by two nursemaids who give him a big ball to play with. For the remainder of the film heads appear and disappear, stage props blow up and turn into other objects or people, and finally Bob Kick disappears.

A Moonlight Serenade(1904)

2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Pierrot goes to the house of his love to serenade her, but her father kicks him out. Soon the moon and its goddess Diana come towards the man and offers him something better.

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