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