Movies: Popular Movies of the 1900s (1900-1909)

Movies in chronological context: The 1900s (pronounced "nineteen-hundreds") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1900, and ended on December 31, 1909. The Edwardian era (1901–1910) covers a similar span of time. The term "nineteen-hundreds" is often also used to mean the entire century of years from 1900 to 1999 (see 1900s). The decade saw the widespread application of the internal combustion engine including mass production of the automobile, as well as the introduction of the typewriter. The Wright Flyer performed the first recorded controlled, powered, sustained heavier than air flight on December 17, 1903. Reginald Fessenden of East Bolton, Quebec, Canada made what appeared to be the first audio radio broadcasts of entertainment and music ever made to a general audience. First-wave feminism saw progress, with universities being opened for women in Japan, Bulgaria, Cuba, Russia, and Peru. In 1906, Finland granted women the right to vote, the first European country to do so. The foundation of the Women's Social and Political Union by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 led to the rise of the Suffragettes in Great Britain and Ireland. Cuba, Bulgaria, and Norway became independent. The First Moroccan and Bosnian crises led to worsened tensions in Europe that would ultimately lead to the Fi... ()

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A Trip to the Moon(1902)

4.0/5 (with 601 votes)

Professor Barbenfouillis and five of his colleagues from the Academy of Astronomy travel to the Moon aboard a rocket propelled by a giant cannon. Once on the lunar surface, the bold explorers face the many perils hidden in the caves of the mysterious satellite.

The Great Train Robbery(1903)

12min | Crime, Action, Western
3.5/5 (with 206 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.

The Impossible Voyage(1904)

3.7/5 (with 59 votes)

Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

The Man with the Rubber Head(1901)

3min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 50 votes)

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.


2min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 41 votes)

The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Directed by Émile Cohl

The Big Swallow(1901)

1min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 39 votes)

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Directed by James Williamson

Life of an American Fireman(1903)

6min | Action
3.1/5 (with 39 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 One-Man Band(1900)

2min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 38 votes)

A band-leader has arranged seven chairs for the members of his band. When he sits down in the first chair, a cymbal player appears in the same chair, then rises and sits in the next chair. As the cymbal player sits down, a drummer appears in the second chair, and then likewise moves on to the third chair. In this way, an entire band is soon formed, and is then ready to perform.

Alice in Wonderland(1903)

3.1/5 (with 38 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.

A Corner in Wheat(1909)

14min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 32 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 Melomaniac(1903)

3min | Comedy, Music
3.3/5 (with 30 votes)

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

The Enchanted Drawing(1900)

3.4/5 (with 25 votes)

A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad.

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Electrocuting an Elephant(1903)

1.3/5 (with 25 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

The Infernal Cauldron(1903)

2min | Fantasy, Horror
3.1/5 (with 25 votes)

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

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend(1906)

6min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 24 votes)

Adapted from Winsor McCay's films and comics of the period, this film follows the established theme: the “Rarebit Fiend” gorges himself on rarebit and thus suffers spectacular hallucinatory dreams.

The Kingdom of the Fairies(1903)

3.3/5 (with 24 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.

Grandma's Reading Glass(1900)

1min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 24 votes)

A child borrows his grandmother's magnifying glass to look at a newspaper ad for Bovril, at a watch, and then at a bird. The child shows grandma what he is doing. The child looks next at grandma's eye, then at a kitten.

The Black Imp(1905)

4min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 23 votes)

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Diabolic Tenant(1909)

7min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.


10min | Drama, Horror, Fantasy
3.2/5 (with 21 votes)

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

The Lonely Villa(1909)

| 8min | Thriller, Drama, Action
3.1/5 (with 21 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.

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

2.8/5 (with 21 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.

The House of Ghosts(1907)

6min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 21 votes)

A group of travellers go into a house for protection. Little do they know, it is filled with ghosts who make unusual things happen to them.

Directed by Segundo de Chomón

Joan of Arc(1900)

11min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

The Electric Hotel(1908)

9min | Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 19 votes)

According to the rapid strides that electricity is making in this wonderful age we are not surprised to see in this picture an ideal hotel of the future in which everything is done by electricity. We see a couple entering the hostelry and, after registering, the clerk touches a button and away goes the baggage on to the elevator, which stops at the proper floors and the grips enter the room without the aid of anyone. Many amusing incidents follow. (Moving Picture World)

The Dancing Pig(1907)

4min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

A pig dressed in fancy clothes flirts with a pretty girl, but she humiliates him and tears off his suit; she then makes him dance for her affections.

The Sick Kitten(1903)

1min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 18 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.

The Mermaid(1904)

4min | Fantasy
2.6/5 (with 18 votes)

A magician conjures up a mermaid while fishing.

Directed by Georges Méliès

The Monster(1903)

| 2min | Fantasy, Horror
3.0/5 (with 18 votes)

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

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces(1906)

3.0/5 (with 18 votes)

A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life.

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