The greatest films from every year in cinema history. The year-by-year best movies lists start in the 19th Century and continue through time.
The creation of cinema is a story of murder, mystery, and miraculous invention. The forerunners of the "Seventh Art" evolved over hundreds of years.
Look back at the dawn of cinema with the five greatest films of the year 1890. 19th Century cameras captured the world in amazing ways.
In 1891, there were two centers of filmmaking, an American center and a French center. These are 1891's greatest films, from both sides of the Atlantic.
The art of film took a big leap forward in 1892, with the first publicly-shown animated film & the first real narrative film.
1893 marks important milestones in the history of film. The first studio and first paid actors were part of Thomas Edison's plan to monetize the new tech.
The world's first sound film and the world's first cat video were both released this year.
A paying audience attended a screening of a film for the first time in history in 1895. The Lumière Brothers patented their cinematography this same year.
Georges Méliès and Alice Guy-Blaché really made their marks in 1896. The now-legendary directors made some of 1896's greatest films.
Georges Méliès made a war film and a "blue film" this year, and a boxing match at which Wyatt Earp was present was filmed.
Georges Méliès was in rare form in 1898, creating some of the world's classic short films.
Georges Méliès released three masterpieces this year, including his best early fairy tale.