Evolution of Cinema (1895–1930)

A list for my ambitious project "Evolution of Cinema" where I will try to watch all the essential films that contributed to cinematography as we know it. My plan is to watch a decade per year, around 100 films from each decade. However, the first part will actually cover several decades from 1895 till 1930.

The list combines films from Jurgen Muller's "Movies of the '20s", Ronald Bergan's "Eyewitness Companions: Film", "Roger Ebert’s Great Movies", "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", "AFI 100 Years... 100 Movies" (1998, 2007)

Featured directors: Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Ernst Lubitsch, Erich von Stroheim, Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille, Fred Niblo, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Rupert Julian, King Vidor, Alfred Hitchcock, René Clair, Josef von Sternberg, Dziga Vertov

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • The Kiss
  • The One-Man Band
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • Life of an American Fireman
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Infernal Caldron
  • Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine
  • The Student of Prague
  • Cabiria
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Intolerance
  • The Immigrant
  • Broken Blossoms
  • Madame DuBarry
  • True Heart Susie
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World
  • Way Down East
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • The Kid
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Tol'able David
  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • Foolish Wives
  • Häxan
  • Nanook of the North
  • Nosferatu
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Our Hospitality
  • Safety Last!
  • The Ten Commandments
  • A Woman of Paris
  • The Street
  • Glumov's Diary
  • Waxworks
  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
  • The Saga of Gosta Berling
  • Greed
  • The Iron Horse
  • The Last Laugh
  • The Navigator
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  • The Big Parade
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Seven Chances
  • Chess Fever
  • Strike
  • The Black Pirate
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed
  • Faust
  • The General
  • The Son of the Sheik
  • Variety
  • Mother
  • The Love of Jeanne Ney
  • 7th Heaven
  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
  • College
  • The Jazz Singer
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • Metropolis
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
  • The Circus
  • The Crowd
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Show People
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.
  • Zvenigora
  • The Wind
  • Asphalt
  • Blackmail
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Un chien andalou
  • Pandora's Box
  • White Hell of Pitz Palu
  • Erotikon
  • Storm Over Asia
  • Diary of a Lost Girl
  • Arsenal
  • The End of St. Petersburg
  • The Italian Straw Hat
  • Disraeli
  • Mother Krause's Journey to Happiness
  • The General Line
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Blue Angel
  • The Three from the Filling Station
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • People on Sunday