Firsts in the History of Cinema

A list of film firsts. Please help add to/correct this list if you can.
The firsts are in the notes.
Last updated 2/8/20

Films not on Letterboxd:
Dorlita in the Passion Dance (1894) - Earliest known film to be banned in the United States or banned anywhere in general.

Incident at Clovelly Cottage (1895) - Earliest known film made in the United Kingdom.

The Melbourne Cup (1896) - Earliest known Australian film.

Trilby and Little Billee (1896) - Possibly the first film to adapt a novel.

The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898) - Earliest known stop-motion film.

Ally Sloper, Sloper's Visit to Brighton & The Katzenjammer Kids in School (All 1898) - First films based on a comic strip and a comic…

Read notes
  • Passage of Venus
  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • L'homme machine
  • The Kiss
  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • Monkeyshines, No. 1
  • Dickson Greeting
  • Poor Pierrot
  • A Good Beer
  • The Clown and His Dogs
  • Blacksmith Scene
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film
  • Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze
  • The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's)
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • Annabelle Serpentine Dance
  • The Mechanical Butcher
  • The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • The Sprinkler Sprinkled
  • The Cabbage-Patch Fairy
  • The Kiss
  • The Haunted Castle
  • Playing Cards
  • Leone XIII
  • Demolition of a Wall
  • Panorama du grand Canal pris d'un bateau
  • The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight
  • Admiral Cigarette
  • Walking Troubles of Organic Hemiplegy
  • Come Along, Do!
  • Something Good - Negro Kiss
  • King John
  • The Dreyfus Affair
  • Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene
  • Sherlock Holmes Baffled
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The Enchanted Drawing
  • Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel
  • History of a Crime
  • Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show
  • Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost
  • Alfred Raymond, Agnes May, & Wilfred Sydney
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • Electrocuting an Elephant
  • Rescued by Rover
  • The Story of the Kelly Gang
  • Humorous Phases of Funny Faces
  • The Prodigal Son
  • A Visit to the Seaside
  • The Assassination of the Duke de Guise
  • A Fantasy
  • Les Misérables
  • Ramona
  • In Old California
  • A Lad from Old Ireland
  • Dante's Inferno
  • With Our King and Queen Through India
  • The Independence of Romania
  • What Happened to Mary
  • Quo Vadis?
  • The Vampire
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Cabiria
  • Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • The Squaw Man
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Hypocrites
  • Les Vampires
  • A Fool There Was
  • The Fall of a Nation
  • Rituais e Festas Bororo
  • The Apostle
  • The Gulf Between
  • The Dull Sword
  • Out of the Inkwell
  • Nerves
  • Broken Blossoms
  • The Golem: How He Came into the World
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Mark of Zorro
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • The Toll of the Sea
  • Alice's Wonderland
  • The Ten Commandments
  • He Who Gets Slapped
  • The Lost World
  • Don Juan
  • The Jazz Singer
  • Napoleon
  • Wings
  • Lights of New York
  • The Viking
  • White Shadows in the South Seas
  • Blackmail
  • Ed's Coed
  • Fiddlesticks
  • The Big Trail
  • Peludópolis
  • A Burglar to the Rescue
  • The Exile