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

Movies in chronological context: The 1900s (pronounced "nineteen-hundreds") was a decade 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 sometimes also used to mean the entire century from January 1, 1900 to December 31, 1999 (the years beginning with "19"). 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 l... ()

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A Trip to the Moon(1902)

4.0/5 (with 691 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 planet.

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.

The Big Swallow(1901)

1min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 44 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 44 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


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 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 37 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 Kingdom of the Fairies(1903)

3.4/5 (with 29 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.

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Dream of a Rarebit Fiend(1906)

6min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 26 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.

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.

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 Electric Hotel(1908)

9min | Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 25 votes)

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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.

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.

Joan of Arc(1900)

11min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

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

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 House of Ghosts(1907)

3.2/5 (with 23 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


10min | Drama, Horror, Fantasy
3.2/5 (with 23 votes)

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

The Diabolic Tenant(1909)

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

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

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 Merry Frolics of Satan(1906)

3.2/5 (with 21 votes)

Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to Hell and roasts him on a spit.

Those Awful Hats(1909)

| 2min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 21 votes)

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

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.

The Assassination of the Duke de Guise(1908)

17min | History, Drama
2.7/5 (with 20 votes)

The film portrays the events on the day King Henri III of France arranged for Duke Henri de Guise to be murdered.

Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy(1909)

| 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.

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.

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