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Added by epicgordan on 11 May 2012 12:53
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Best Films of the 1910's

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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Included here as a work of now dated cheese, but the story's still there, and it's still mildy entertaining.

It's pretty hard to come by, so if you are the least bit curious, then go check this film out.
People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
No matter which way you look at it, this is the shortest entry on this list (my number 4, the only other entry to have a short, is actually a collection of shorts, and numbers 8 and 5 are serials in general), an thus the only standalone short film. One of the earliest examples of animation to exist to this very day, it had helped cement animation as a marketable genre, if at first, only in the short film.
People who added this item 224 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Les Vampires (1915)
A 10-part serial that clocks in at 400 minutes. All I have to say is, you better have the time to spare to watch all 10 episodes, because in total, each episode is, on average, approximately 40 minutes long.

The serial centers on a gang of master criminals, by the way, so it has absolutely nothing to do with the mythology of vampires. Regardless, if you have the time, and all 10 episodes in your possession, then definitely check this one out.
People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
One of Cecil B. DeMille's earlier films...long before his films became all-out goofy and uninteresting.

Either way, this is a vivid and surreal picture long before surrealist motion pictures the likes of David Lynch and Charlie Kauffman even existed. Go ahead and check it out for yourselves because the subject matter is very fascinating, even for the time period (it involves gender roles).
People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
L'Inferno (1911)
Arguably the definitive adaptation of Dante's Inferno, and is also the very first full-length Italian film ever made. Every frame is haunting, and every second still holds up to this day.

I highly recommend you check it out if you haven't already. It's only about 70 minute long anyways, so it shouldn't be a waste of time anyways.
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Aw, yes! The serials that had invented the damsel in distress. These are always a ton of fun.

It's a shame, however, that only 9 episodes exist, tallying up to around 214 minutes in length, with the remaining 11 episodes and 200 minutes now lost. Still, I strongly recommend this series to anyone curious of what we had long before television was invented.
People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Tramp (1915)
Really, I could have added any one of Charlie Chaplin's short films in this spot, so in addition to The Tramp, I shall be including every single one of his other films in this spot as well (except for his lost films, of course).

Having invented the slapstick comedy as wel knew 'em, all of these films deserve a spot on this list.
People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Trust me when I say that the top 3 films here are all directed by the same guy: D.W. Griffith. This one is one of his very best, especially from that era and is still available today.

Deep, emotionally charging, and just as relevant now as it was back then. The only thing this movie's got going over the top 2 is that it's so much shorter, so regardless of your views towards black and white or silent films, go check this one out.

NOTE: Much of my comments here should transition directly to the next 2 movies.
People who added this item 417 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Interesting propaganda piece, this film is so controversial that it barely registers as a time capsule picture at all. In fact, the controversy over this film at the time would be what would ultimately inspire the number 1 film on this list.
People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Intolerance (1916)
The groundbreaking epic, and the first of its kind. Well over 3 hours in length, I can only highly recommend this picture to the most devoted and serious of film buffs. There is absolutely no denying either that this movie is the best film of the entire decade.

This list will function as the best films of the 1910's. No rules aside from availability.

In addition, I will also rank the most significant films released prior to the 1910's. I cannot really list them here, however, because covers for these movies don't exist.

With all that said, let's begin:

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Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 11 1:01
The most significant films prior to the 1910's:

1. The Impossible Voyage
2. The Great Train Robbery
3. The Kiss
4. A Trip to the Moon
5. Jeanne d'Arc
6. Blacksmith Scene
7. Roundhay Garden Scene
8. Ben-Hur
9. Newark Athlete
10. The Enchanted Drawing

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