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Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began
 
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1888 ROUNDHAY GARDEN SCENE
1st known celluloid movie shot by Englishman Louis le Prince
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR2r__ZgO5g

Obviously this is one of those "important only because it's historic" deals. There is very little about this that makes it inherently interesting. It doesn't reveal anything about the late 1880s really. Too short to have a plot..it's just the filmmaker's son and several relatives walking in a circle. No doubt it was mindboggling in its day. Now it's just fun to realize we are watching echoes of history more than 125 years ago.

1889 MONKEYSHINES, NO. 1, 2 AND 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tfs6WfbHyI
The first movie to be shot in the U.S.
Depending on which source you believe, this is either 1889 *or* 1890. I am using it as 1889 because the only other film I see listed for the year (Leisurely Pedestrians, Open Topped Buses and Hansom Cabs with Trotting Horses)has no known surviving prints or stills. Film is really much too blurry to make out what is actually occurring so I am taking comments from IMDB as my source:"The hardly recognizable person here is one of (William K.L.) Dickson's lab workers, G. Sacco Albanese, who was never seen in motion pictures again after Monkeyshines."

1890 LONDON'S TRAFALGAR SQUARE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Trafalgar_Square_1890_-_ten_remaining_frames_by_Wordsworth_Donisthorpe.gif/220px-Trafalgar_Square_1890_-_ten_remaining_frames_by_Wordsworth_Donisthorpe.gif

Only ten frames of the film are still known to survive and are in this animated .GIF linked above. Again, not terribly exciting but you see what turn of the century London thoroughfares were like.

1891 MEN BOXING
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/papr:@field%28NUMBER+@band%28edmp+4015a%29%29

Film made by associates of Thomas Edison is the first "sports film".

1892 LE CLOWN ET SES CHIENS “THE CLOWN AND HIS DOGS”

The first known animated film.

1893 BLACKSMITH SCENE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaFqr7nGsJM
Film was shot by Thomas Edison. This is the first publicly exhibited film. Drinking a brewski while using really big hammers...probably a GREAT idea. *eyeroll*

1894 ANNIE OAKLEY http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/papr:@filreq%28@field%28NUMBER+@band%28edmp+4030%29%29+@field%28COLLID+edison%29%29

Yep, she was a good shot...

1895 THE EXECUTION OF MARY STUART http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIOLsH93U1Q

Pretty shocking considering the vintage. It's a re-enactment of the beheading where we see the head detach and the executioner show the trophy to the gathered crowd. Ewwww....

1896 THE KISS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q690-IexNB4

Features the first ever celluloid kiss. No tongue. *sigh*

1897 THE MILKER’S MISHAP
The first known film comedy

1898 SANTA CLAUS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmSJ5SAXHws

The first Christmas-themed movie and also the first instance of parallel action. Charming short.
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Note added by Greg. 18 days ago
1903- THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Train_Robbery_(1903_film)

Part of the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Also obviously the inspiration for an homage on The Brady Bunch episode Influential for its use of cross cutting (showing action occurring simultaneously in more than one location) and for breaking the "fourth wall" (an actor at the end appears to "shoot" the audience). You can see it at:
https://youtu.be/y3jrB5ANUUY

1904- WESTINGHOUSE WORKS This is not a single film but rather a series of 29 films (21 apparently still survive) shot inside Westinghouse factories and shown at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. There aren't any captions for these shorts so it isn't always terribly clear what's happening although the IMDB listings give a BIT of detail.

"Panoramic View, Aisle B" makes good use of a crane shot as they slowly pan across the facility.

It appeared that the inspectors in "Assembling and Testing Turbines" were in SUITS in a dirty factory although this may have been for the camera's benefit.

"Welding the Big Ring" had the most visual drama as workers swarm around a molten ring smacking it into shape with the help of sledgehammers.

This was shot prior to the banning of child labor in the U.S. so I tried to see what types of jobs they were doing but I couldn't pick any obvious children out. You do get to see how hazardous working conditions were then. Lots of people working around white-hot metal with no protective equipment of any kind. (In "Tapping the furnace" you see workers casually step over the top of a long slide sending lava-hot metal into a vat perched below. One false move and ouch!) You also have to wonder how they did it considering the manic pace exhibited by the workers. A working day was typically between 10 and 16 hours then.
(https://www.theclassroom.com/1900s-poor-working-conditions-13656694.html)

1905- THE BLACK IMP If you've seen the 2011 flick HUGO, you're familiar with the name Georges Meliés. This one features a lot of comedic use of the jump cut.
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Note added by Greg. about a month ago
The ones I have already watched still count. I am viewing this goal as "getting an overview of the progression of filmmaking" so it's not necessary for me to look for new ones.

Also, before 1900 there aren't many surviving examples to select from.
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Note added by Emma . 2 years ago
1988 - Gorillas in the Mist

Rightly so, people are very aware of the poaching crisis facing elephants and rhinos, but this true story highlighting the plight of mountain gorillas and the murder of the conservationist who worked tirelessly for them is sadly still very relevant today. I found this to be a tough watch but a necessary and worthwhile one.
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1914 - Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa
1922 - Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
1924 - The Thief of Bagdad
1928 - St Kilda - Britain's Loneliest Isle
1929 - Highlands and Islands
1930 - Salt for Svanetia
1934 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1935 - Eriskey
1942 - Shadow of a Doubt
1946 - It's a Wonderful Life
1948 - Cry of the City
1949 - The Third Man
1956 - X: The Unknown
1964 - A Fistful of Dollars
1968 - Rosemary's Baby
1973 - Soylent Green
1974 - Sing gei cha low/The Teahouse
1975 - Jaws
1980 - The Blues Brothers
1981 - Das Boot
1983 - Burroughs: The Movie
1984 - The Times of Harvey Milk
1985 - Subway
1989 - Tango and Cash
1995 - The Celluloid Closet
1999 - Topsy Turvy
2001 - Cod Wars
2002 - Hable Con Ella/Talk to Her
2004 - Howl's Moving Castle
2006 - Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others
2008 - Taxi to the Dark Side
2009 - Precious
2010 - Inception
2011 - Thor
2012 - The Act of Killing
2013 - Under the Skin
2014 - Godzilla
2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 - Ghostbusters
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Note added by wendy . 3 years ago
1914 - Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa
1922 - Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
1928 - St Kilda - Britain's Loneliest Isle
1929 - Highlands and Islands
1930 - Salt for Svanetia
1934 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1935 - Eriskey
1942 - Shadow of a Doubt
1946 - It's a Wonderful Life
1948 - Cry of the City
1949 - The Third Man
1956 - X: The Unknown
1964 - A Fistful of Dollars
1968 - Rosemary's Baby
1973 - Soylent Green
1974 - Sing gei cha low/The Teahouse
1975 - Jaws
1980 - The Blues Brothers
1981 - Das Boot
1983 - Burroughs: The Movie
1984 - The Times of Harvey Milk
1985 - Subway
1989 - Tango and Cash
1995 - The Celluloid Closet
1999 - Topsy Turvy
2002 - Hable Con Ella/Talk to Her
2004 - Howl's Moving Castle
2006 - Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others
2008 - Taxi to the Dark Side
2009 - Precious
2010 - Inception
2011 - Thor
2012 - The Act of Killing
2013 - Under the Skin
2014 - Godzilla
2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road
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1913: The Evidence of the Film
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1912: A Dash Through the Clouds
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1911: Les aventures de baron de Munchhausen
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1910: A Christmas Carol
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1909: The Curtain Pole
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1908: Fantasmagorie
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1907: Le Cochon Danseur (The Dancing Pig)
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1906: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces
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1905: The Weavers
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1904: Westinghouse Works - Girls Winding Armatures
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1903: Mary Jane's Mishap
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1902: The Coronation of Edward VII
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1901: L'homme à la tête de caoutchouc (The Man With The Rubber Head)
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1900: Grandma's Reading Glass
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1899: The Devil in a Convent
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1898: The Four Troublesome Heads
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1897: The X-Rays
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1896: The Kiss
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1895: The Execution of Mary Stuart
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1894: Falling Cat
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1893: Blacksmith Scene
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1892: Pauvre Pierrot (Poor Pete)
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1891: Dickson Greeting
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1890: London's Trafalgar Square
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1889: Monkeyshines
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1888: Roundhay Garden Scene
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1887: Man Walking Around A Corner
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1885: None made
1884: None made
1883: None made
1882: None made
1881: None made
1880: None made
1879: None made
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1878: Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
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1876: None made
1875: None made
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1874: Transit of Venus
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1914 - Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa
1934 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1942 - Shadow of a Doubt
1946 - It's a Wonderful Life
1948 - Cry of the City
1949 - The Third Man
1956 - X: The Unknown
1964 - A Fistful of Dollars
1973 - Soylent Green
1980 - The Blues Brothers
1983 - Burroughs: The Movie
1985 - Subway
1989 - Tango and Cash
1999 - Topsy Turvy
2002 - Hable Con Ella/Talk to Her
2004 - Howl's Moving Castle
2009 - Precious
2010 - Inception
2011 - Thor
2012 - The Act of Killing
2013 - Under the Skin
2014 - Godzilla
2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road
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1952- Monkey Business
1963- Charade
1965- The Sound of Music
1979- Murder by Decree
1980-
1981-
1982-
1983-
1984-
1985- Girls Just Want to Have Fun; The Breakfast Club; Back to the Future
1986- The Golden Child
1987- 3 Men and a Baby
1988-
1989- Back to the Future II
1990- Ghost; Back to the Future III
1991-
1992- Fern Gully
1993-
1994- True Lies; Four Weddings and a Funeral
1995- Clueless
1996- Independence Day
1997- The Peacemaker
1998- Meet Joe Black
1999- Practical Magic; Runaway Bride
2000- Center Stage
2001- Atlantis: the Lost Empire
2002- Equilibrium; Treasure Planet
2003- Under the Tuscan Sun; Normal
2004- Crash; 13 Going on 30
2005- Jesse Stone: Stone Cold
2006-
2007- Flawless
2008-
2009- The National Tree
2010- The Green Lantern
2011- Abduction
2012- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Battleship; Jack Reacher
2013- Star Trek: Into Darkness; Oblivion
2014- Unbroken
2015- Inside Out
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1914 - Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa
1934 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
1942 - Shadow of a Doubt
1946 - It's a Wonderful Life
1964 - A Fistful of Dollars
1973 - Soylent Green
1980 - The Blues Brothers
1985 - Subway
1989 - Tango and Cash
2002 - Hable Con Ella/Talk to Her
2010 - Inception
2011 - Thor
2012 - The Act of Killing
2013 - Under the Skin
2014 - Godzilla