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1. A Trip to the Moon

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Released: 1902Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: A group of men travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon. They are captured by moon-men, escape, and return to the earth. The film was the first film with a self-contained plot and was the beginning of the science fiction genre.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & PlayStation Store).

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2. The Great Train Robbery

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72/100
Released: 1903Rated: G
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The clerk at the train station is assaulted and left tied by four men, then they rob the train threatening the operator. (They) take all the money and shoot a passenger when trying to run away. A little girl discovers the clerk tied and gives notice to the sheriff, who at once goes along with his men hunting the bandits.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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3. A Corner in Wheat

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46/100
Released: 1909Rated: G
Drama

What it's about: A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic 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. Written by James Meek

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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4. The Man with the Rubber Head

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45/100
Released: 1901
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the head increases in size and continues to enlarge until it becomes truly colossal while making faces. The chemist, fearing to burst it, opens a cock in the tube. The head immediately contracts and resumes its original size. He then calls his assistant and informs him of his discovery. The assistant, wishing to experiment for himself, seizes the bellows and blows into the head with all his might. The head swells until it bursts with a crash, knocking over the two experimenters.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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5. Bluebeard

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44/100
Released: 1901
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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6. Fantasmagoria

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41/100
Released: 1908
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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7. Three American Beauties

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Released: 1906
Documentary

What it's about: In this color-tinted short, we first see a close-up of a red rose, perfectly formed. Then, we see the rose held by a young woman who is wearing a bright yellow dress. She's the second beauty. Behind her is a slow dissolve to the US flag, tinted in red, white, and blue, blowing in the wind. Behind the flag is a star-lit sky.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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8. Those Awful Hats

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6.1/10
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40/100
Released: 1909
Comedy

What it's about: A pair of young ladies cause trouble at the cinema with their lavish hats.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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9. Jack and the Beanstalk

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40/100
Released: 1902
Fantasy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk. Borrowing on cinematographic methods reminiscent of 'Georges Melies' , Porter uses animation, double exposure, and trick photography to illustrate the fairy's apparitions, Jack's dream, and the fast growing beanstalk.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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10. Life of an American Fireman

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Released: 1903
Action & Adventure

What it's about: 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...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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11. The Thieving Hand

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Released: 1908
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A one-armed street peddler notices that a well-to-do man has dropped his ring, and the peddler returns it to him. The wealthy man is very grateful, and to show his appreciation he takes the peddler to a 'Limb Store', where he pays for a new arm to be attached where his own is missing. But the man soon finds out that his new arm seems to have a will of its own, as it does some things that cause him considerable embarrassment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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12. The Living Playing Cards

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Released: 1905
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magician puts her back into the card. The same thing happens with the King of Clubs: the card becomes alive. The king removes his costume, and there's something very familiar about him. (IMDb)

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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13. The Sealed Room

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Released: 1909
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: The Count sets out to make a private room for him and his Countess, built in such a way no one can see, hear, and most importantly, disturb them. But unbeknownst to the Count, his wife has set her eyes on the court minstrel. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's “The Cask of Amontillado” and Honoré de Balzac's “La Grande Breteche”.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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14. The Night Before Christmas

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38/100
Released: 1905
Animation, Family

What it's about: On Christmas Eve, Santa feeds his reindeer and loads his sleigh, before going on his journey to deliver toys to the children of the world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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15. The Merry Frolics of Satan

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37/100
Released: 1906
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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16. The Gay Shoe Clerk

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37/100
Released: 1903
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Young lady and chaperone enter. A fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady. She raises her dress seductively, showing a shapely ankle to him. He becomes flustered and goes in for a kiss.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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17. Rescued by Rover

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Released: 1905
Drama, Family

What it's about: A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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18. Rescued from an Eagle's Nest

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Released: 1908
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A woodsman leaves a hut followed by a woman with their baby. Nearby some men chop down a tree. The baby is left outside the hut, but an eagle flies away with it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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19. The Golden Beetle

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Released: 1907
Fantasy

What it's about: A magician is surprised when he attempts to transform a beetle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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20. Dream and Reality

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Released: 1901
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: A well-dressed middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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21. Explosion of a Motor Car

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37/100
Released: 1900
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: An early trick film where a car explodes and parts keep falling out of the sky onto a bystander.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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22. The Adventures of Dollie

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Released: 1908
Action & Adventure

What it's about: On a warm and sunny summer's day, a mother and father take their young daughter Dollie on a riverside outing.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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23. A Trip Down Market St. before the Fire

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Released: 1906
History, Documentary

What it's about: A Trip Down Market Street is a 13-minute actuality film recorded by placing a movie camera on the front of a cable car as it travels down San Francisco’s Market Street. A virtual time capsule from over 100 years ago, the film shows many details of daily life in a major American city, including the transportation, fashions and architecture of the era. The film begins at 8th Street and continues eastward to the cable car turntable, at The Embarcadero, in front of the San Francisco Ferry Building. It was produced by the four Miles brothers: Harry, Herbert, Earle and Joe. Harry J. Miles cranked the Bell & Howell camera during the filming.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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24. Faust et Méphistophélès

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36/100
Released: 1903
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: Alice Guy's short film version of the classic story of a man who sold his soul.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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25. Spain

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Released: 1905
Documentary

What it's about: Alice Guy shoots a travelogue documentary all around Spain.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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26. What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

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36/100
Released: 1901
Comedy, Documentary

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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27. The Hilarious Posters

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36/100
Released: 1906
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A wall full of advertising posters comes to life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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28. How It Feels to Be Run Over

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Released: 1900
Horror

What it's about: As the camera looks down an open road, a horse and carriage approaches, and passes by to one side of the field of view. Soon afterwards, an automobile comes up the road, straight towards the camera. As it gets nearer, the occupants start to wave frantically, but can a collision be avoided?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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29. A Chess Dispute

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35/100
Released: 1903
Comedy

What it's about: A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting of a seltzer bottle, then with fisticuffs. The combatants wrestle each other to the floor and continue the fight out of the camera's view, hidden by the table. The waiter arrives to haul both of them out.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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30. That Fatal Sneeze

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35/100
Released: 1907
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: As an older man and a youth are eating at the table, the older man decides to amuse himself by using pepper to make the boy sneeze. Later, the boy retaliates by sneaking into the older man's room and putting pepper in his handkerchief, hairbrush, and clothing. But things quickly get out of hand when the sneezing that results begins to disrupt the whole town.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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31. An Interesting Story

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35/100
Released: 1904
Comedy

What it's about: The adventures of an inattentive man who can't look away from his book.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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32. Going to Bed Under Difficulties

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35/100
Released: 1900
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A man takes off his clothes in preparation for bed, only for new clothes to spontaneously generate, leading to comical consternation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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33. The 'Teddy' Bears

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35/100
Released: 1907
Comedy, Family

What it's about: A combination of the story of Goldlocks and the Three Bears with the true story of how Teddy Roosevelt spared a bear cub after killing its mother while hunting, an event which led to the popularization of the teddy bear. Goldilocks goes to sleep in the bears' home after watching six teddy bears dance and do acrobatics, viewing them through a knothole in the wall. When she is awoken by the returning bear family, they give chase through the woods, but she runs to the aid of the Old Rough Rider, who saves her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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34. Pan-American Exposition by Night

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35/100
Released: 1901
Documentary

What it's about: A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of experimenting and patience, we succeeded in securing an excellent picture of the buildings at the Pan-American as they appeared when lighted up at night.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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35. The Consequences of Feminism

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35/100
Released: 1906
Comedy

What it's about: A world where women are sexually aggressive and men stay at home doing housework.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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36. The Colonel's Account

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Released: 1907
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: This short film consists of a crazy old colonel being asked to entertain party guests about his exploits of daring. However, being a totally insane old coot, he runs amok acting out his war-time heroics--smashing and throwing everything in the room!

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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37. Good Glue Sticks

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34/100
Released: 1907
Comedy

What it's about: A peddler of "the best glue" sets up his outdoor stall. A crowd gathers for a demonstration. As he gives his pitch, two observant cops decide drive off his customers and close him down, much to his fury. He seeks revenge as they sit on a park bench.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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38. The Scheming Gambler's Paradise

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Released: 1905

What it's about: A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a raid.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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39. Aladdin and His Wonder Lamp

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Released: 1906
Fantasy

What it's about: The legend of Aladdin and his magic lamp: Aladdin finds a magic lamp which brings him wealth, luxury, and marriage to a princess. But his rival, an evil magician, steals the lamp for himself. Aladdin must regain the lamp or lose everything.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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40. A Trap for Santa Claus

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Released: 1909
Drama

What it's about: Even the great D.W. Griffith made holiday films back in the day. Of course, he put his own spin on the genre and made something quite unique. In A TRAP FOR SANTA, the children attempt to capture the man-in-the-red-suit but they catch something else entirely.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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41. Spanish Clair de Lune

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Released: 1909
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: Two lovers perform a fandango dance. A jealous quarrel follows and the heart-broken swain decides to end it all. He throws himself from the window of his room, but instead of being killed the anchor of a passing balloon intercepts his flight and he is taken up high into the clouds. Laughing at the poor, unfortunate mortal, the moon arouses the anger of the desperate lover and a battle between the two ensues.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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42. The Clockmaker's Dream

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Released: 1904
Fantasy

What it's about: A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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43. Conte de la grand-mère et rêve de l'enfant

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Released: 1908

What it's about: The film begins with a grandmother reading a story to a small child before tucking him or her into bed (it's a bit difficult to tell which the tot is). No sooner has the mite fallen asleep than s/he begins dreaming of an angel standing over his/her bed and whisking him/her off to a land of giant toys. The kid wanders around for a bit before being led away by a lady who takes him/her to a jungle or forest where other young ladies dressed as butterflies dance around a bit.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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44. What Is Seen Through a Keyhole

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Released: 1901
Comedy

What it's about: As a janitor is cleaning a hotel, he decides to peek through the keyholes to observe some of the guests in their rooms. In room 8, a woman is busy making herself look more attractive, and the janitor enjoys watching her. There are also some interesting things going on in the other rooms on the floor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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45. Stop Thief!

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Released: 1901
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: A lad from a butcher shop is carrying a tray laden with a roast or a leg of lamb. A hobo grabs it and runs. The boy gives chase, joined by dogs, as neighbors watch the spectacle. The hobo jumps into a large rain barrel, followed by the dogs.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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46. Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River

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Released: 1903
Documentary

What it's about: A beautiful panoramic view of lower New York from Barclay Street to Battery Park, showing a beautiful stereoscopic effect of the sky-scrapers in the business section of the city.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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47. Cupid’s Pranks

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Released: 1908
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: After receiving a scolding for falling asleep on the job, Cupid is sent out in search of potential lovers to unite. While flying over a city, he finds a ballroom dance and identifies a likely couple. He is successful in getting them to meet, but many obstacles still stand in the way of Cupid achieving his goal for them. (IMDb)

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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48. Coney Island at Night

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Released: 1905
Documentary

What it's about: A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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49. The Wonderful Living Fan

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