Best Movies of 1898

1.

Tossing a Nigger in a Blanket

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A method soldier boys have for amusing themselves in their leisure moments. New comrades are frequently initiated by the old-fashioned sport of tossing in a blanket. The newly arrived recruit, who is the victim of their sport, enjoys himself, perhaps, less than the other participants.

Directed by: William C. Paley
Release date: 1898-04-06
Best Movies of 1898 : Maidenhead Junction
2.

Maidenhead Junction

2.8
5.0/10 IMDB

Film shot by W.K.L. Dickson at Maidenhead Junction, 1898.

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : Santa Claus
3.

Santa Claus

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Santa arrives at a house on Christmas Eve to deliver his presents for the children.

Starring: Laura Bayley, Dorothy Smith, Harold Smith ..
Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1898-09-01
Best Movies of 1898 : Something Good — Negro Kiss
4.

Something Good — Negro Kiss

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Earliest known example of African American intimacy on screen.

Starring: Saint Suttle, Gertie Brown ..
Directed by: William Nicholas Selig
Release date: 1898-01-02
5.

Cinderella

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

An adaptation of the folk tale.

Starring: Laura Bayley ..
Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1898-08-01
6.

View from an Engine Front: Barnstaple

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A ‘phantom ride’ taken from the front of a train passing through the Devon town of Barnstaple.

Release date: 1898-07-19
7.

The Launch of H.M.S. Albion

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

The festive start and disastrous aftermath of the launch of the H.M.S. Albion.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
8.

The Launch of HMS Albion at Blackwall

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

The film documents the launch of HMS Albion at Blackwall on the 21st of June, 1898—an event that was witnessed by 30,000 onlookers, 37 of whom lost their lives when the jetty upon which they were standing became washed away by the resultant swell.

Directed by: E.P. Prestwich
Release date: 1898-09-30
9.

Come Along, Do!

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

Come Along, Do! is an 1898 British short silent comedy film, produced and directed by Robert W. Paul. The film was of 1 minute duration, but only 38 seconds has survived. The whole of the second shot is only available as film stills. The film features an elderly man at an art gallery who takes a great interest in a nude statue to the irritation of his wife. The film has cinematographic significance as the first example of film continuity. It was, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "one of the first films to feature more than one shot." In the first shot, an elderly couple is outside an art exhibition having lunch and then follow other people inside through the door. The second shot shows what they do inside.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : Revue à Longchamp : défilé du Génie
10.

Revue à Longchamp : défilé du Génie

2.1
4.5/10 IMDB

A review of engineers at the Longchamp parade, filmed by the Lumière brothers.

Directed by: Gabriel Veyre
Release date: 1898-07-14
11.

Shooting Captured Insurgents

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

“A file of Spanish soldiers line up the Cubans against a blank wall and fire a volley. The flash of rifles and drifting smoke make a very striking picture.” (Edison film catalog)

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-07-31
12.

Tetherball, or Do-Do

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

Four men of different ranks play a game of tetherball on a ship's deck.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
13.

A Switchback Railway

2.0
5.4/10 IMDB

The Switchback Railway was the forerunner of the roller coaster. Passengers sit in a small car which trundles up a swooping railway track then performs a 180 degree turn at its summit before swooping back down on a parallel track.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : The Cavalier's Dream
14.

The Cavalier's Dream

2.0
5.1/10 IMDB

He sits asleep at a bare table; old witch enters, raps three times, then disappears; cavalier sees table spread for a sumptuous repast. Mephistopheles appears; then the old witch, who suddenly changes to a beautiful young girl. The changes and magical appearances are startling and instantaneous.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1898-12-22
15.

Pack Train at Chilkoot Pass

2.0
5.2/10 IMDB

During the Alaska gold rush, one way to reach the Klondike was over the Chilkoot Pass. A stationary camera is placed to see a ways down the curving trail. A pack train comes into view and passes in front of us, led by a man on horseback. Eight loaded mules follow, then another cowboy on horseback and a man walking, then eight more laden mules, another cowboy, then nine more mules, a cowboy, and still the pack train stretches as far as the eye can see. A solitary man watches from atop a hillock. (IMDb)

Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : Tommy Atkins in the Park
16.

Tommy Atkins in the Park

1.9
5.1/10 IMDB

A soldier and a serving-girl are courting on a bench. A fat old lady sits on the bench, interrupting them.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1898-08-01
17.

View from an Engine Front: Ilfracombe

1.9
5.0/10 IMDB

A “phantom ride” taken from the buffers of an engine on the London and South West Railway through the Ilfracombe area: the reservoirs, Morthroe, Ilfracombe Incline and station.

Release date: 1898-07-19
18.

Sea Waves

1.9
4.6/10 IMDB

"Shows the beach at Long Branch, N.J. immediately after a heavy storm. The breaking waves dash over a row of spiles, throwing a spray high into the air."

Directed by: William Heise
Release date: 1898-03-21
19.

The Burglar on the Roof

1.7
4.6/10 IMDB

There is a burglar on the rooftop of a Manhattan office building, and he is trying to break in. Two women spot him, and one of them begins beating him with a broom as they wait for help to arrive. Soon others do appear on the scene to help, but by now the burglar has decided that he is going to put up a fight in an attempt to escape.

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1898-12-01
20.

Little Mischief

1.6
4.2/10 IMDB

Papa is reading his newspaper and his little girl tickles his neck with a long straw. Thinking it is a fly papa "shoos" away the supposed fly with his hand…

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1898-08-31
Best Movies of 1898 : Irish Mail – L.& N.W. Railway – Taking up Water at Full Speed
21.

Irish Mail – L.& N.W. Railway – Taking up Water at Full Speed

1.5
5.2/10 IMDB

Film produced by William K. Dickson’s British Mutoscope and Biograph Company.

Directed by: William K.L. Dickson
Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : Early Fashions on Brighton Pier
22.

Early Fashions on Brighton Pier

1.4
4.9/10 IMDB

George Smith's picture of the crowds out for a stroll on what I imagine is Brighton Pier.

Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1898-04-24
23.

Victorious Squadron Firing Salute

1.4
4.3/10 IMDB

On Saturday morning, August 20, 1898, six grim battleships of Admiral Sampson's Squadron sailed into New York Harbor and up the Hudson to receive a welcome from the people and to fire a salute of victory in sight of the tomb of the great soldier-hero of another war [Ulysses Grant].

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-08-31
24.

Union Iron Works

1.4
3.2/10 IMDB

"Here was built the peerless battleship 'Oregon.' The scene is taken at lunch hour, and shows a great throng of employees leaving the shop."

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-03-20
Best Movies of 1898 : Tearing Down the Spanish Flag
25.

Tearing Down the Spanish Flag

1.4
4.2/10 IMDB

The film consists of a single shot of a Spanish flag being pulled down and the US flag being raised in its place. Also known as Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle.

Starring: J. Stuart Blackton ..
Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : From War to Peace: First Departure of S.S. 'St. Louis' from Southampton
26.

From War to Peace: First Departure of S.S. 'St. Louis' from Southampton

1.4
5.4/10 IMDB

The immense ship passes the camera on its way out of the harbor, with the bits of cloth fluttering in the wind, and the passengers on the main deck waving like mad.

Release date: 1898-12-12
27.

Poursuite de cambrioleurs sur les toits

1.3
4.1/10 IMDB

Thieves are chased by police on rooftops.

Directed by: Georges Hatot
Release date: 1898-09-22
28.

Lassoing a Steer

1.3
3.8/10 IMDB

Eight mounted cowboys pursue an escaped steer, riding at furious speed. Fine exhibition of lasso throwing. Mexican International.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-02-28
29.

Mexican Rurales Charge

1.3
3.5/10 IMDB

Magnificent action is displayed by this troop of Mexican cavalry. They approach at full speed, with drawn sabres, wheel rapidly, and charge in the opposite direction.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-02-02
Best Movies of 1898 : Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 2
30.

Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 2

1.3
4.2/10 IMDB

The famous show makes a parade.

Starring: Buffalo Bill Cody ..
Directed by: William Heise
Release date: 1898-05-31
31.

Fighting the Fire

1.3
4.1/10 IMDB

Shows steam fire engine in action. Men scale ladders and play streams of water on a burning building. Very realistic.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-11-03
Best Movies of 1898 : Charge of the Carabineers, Aldershot
32.

Charge of the Carabineers, Aldershot

1.2
4.5/10 IMDB

Film produced by William K. Dickson’s British Mutoscope and Biograph Company.

Release date: 1898-01-01
Best Movies of 1898 : Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 1
33.

Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 1

1.2
4.1/10 IMDB

The famous show makes a parade.

Starring: Buffalo Bill Cody ..
Directed by: William Heise
Release date: 1898-06-12
34.

Maestri di musica

1.2
4.7/10 IMDB

Leopoldo Fregoli pose as various composers

Starring: Leopoldo Fregoli ..
Directed by: Leopoldo Fregoli
Release date: 1898-10-24
Best Movies of 1898 : Pere cotte
35.

Pere cotte

1.2
4.5/10 IMDB

Leopoldo Fregoli gets free tasty samples.

Starring: Leopoldo Fregoli ..
Directed by: Leopoldo Fregoli
Release date: 1898-12-12
36.

Corso cycliste

1.2
4.3/10 IMDB

Men walk through the street with their flower-decorated bicycles in this early Pathe actuality.

Release date: 1898-12-13
37.

Fregoli trasformista

1.2
4.6/10 IMDB

A man changes clothes immediately.

Starring: Leopoldo Fregoli ..
Directed by: Leopoldo Fregoli
Release date: 1898-12-13
38.

Battery B Arriving at Camp

1.2
3.0/10 IMDB

When Battery B of the 4th U.S. Artillery came to Tampa, Fla., it meant business, and the picture shows it. One by one the big artillery-men pass by in front and reappear in the background, dismounting, unloosing saddle girths and bridles and leading away their mounts. Limbers, gun carriages and caissons in the distance. The sweating horses and the vigorous switching of their tails tell a mute story of hot weather and fly-time. A picture full of reality.

Directed by: William C. Paley
Release date: 1898-05-20
Best Movies of 1898 : Neapolitan Dance at the Ancient Forum of Pompeii
39.

Neapolitan Dance at the Ancient Forum of Pompeii

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

A folk dance staged in the ruins of Pompeii. With the Arch of Tiberius in the near distance and Arch of Caligula in far distance. A troop of soldiers, or possibly more performers, march past. W K L Dickson who is directing the action can apparently be seen on far right of picture.

Starring: William K.L. Dickson ..
Release date: 1898-01-02
40.

Farmer Kissing the Lean Girl

1.1
4.1/10 IMDB

A farmer kisses a lean girl.

Starring: Byron Spaun, Mrs. Byron Spaun ..
Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-09-03
41.

Snowballing the Coasters

1.1
4.0/10 IMDB

The children come sliding down the hill on their sleds, and run the gauntlet of volleys of snowballs thrown by boys on both sides of the street.

Directed by: William Heise
Release date: 1898-02-24
42.

Battery B Pitching Camp

1.1
2.7/10 IMDB

Soldiers setting up camp.

Directed by: William C. Paley
Release date: 1898-05-20
43.

L'entrata dell'esposizione di Torino

1.1
4.4/10 IMDB

The entry of the Torino Exposition is an 1898 film dedicated to the inauguration in Torino from the King of Italy Umberto I of Italy of the Italian General Exposition.

Directed by: Vittorio Calcina
Release date: 1898-10-24
Best Movies of 1898 : Fregoli al ristorante
44.

Fregoli al ristorante

1.0
3.8/10 IMDB

Leopoldo Fregoli eating at the restaurant.

Starring: Leopoldo Fregoli ..
Directed by: Leopoldo Fregoli
Release date: 1898-12-13
45.

Dispute de cocher

1.0
3.9/10 IMDB

A man gets into an argument with his carriage driver.

Release date: 1898-11-08
Best Movies of 1898 : Au réfectoire
46.

Au réfectoire

1.0
4.0/10 IMDB

Some boys are seated at a table outdoors for a meal when a fight breaks out.

Release date: 1898-12-13
47.

California Limited, A.T. & S.F.R.R.

0.9
3.2/10 IMDB

Taken on 'Lucky' Baldwin's ranch, Santa Anita, Cal. Shows an engine and five cars approaching from a distance.

Directed by: James H. White
Release date: 1898-02-28
48.

Boys Bathing: Venice

0.9
3.6/10 IMDB

A bunch of naked boys jump and splash in the water right on one of the canals of Venice. There's even the tail end of one of the gondolas to make sure the audience doesn't mistake where this is taking place.

Release date: 1898-12-20
49.

Cuban Volunteers Marching for Rations

0.0
3.5/10 IMDB

Taken at the Cuban Volunteer Camp at West Tampa, Fla. Men are falling into line, two abreast, every man with his tin cup and dish. Command is given 'forward march' and the column approaches the audience. A fine looking body of men, worthy of a people battling for freedom. Figures are life size and life like. Prominently displayed upon their military hats is the emblem Cuba Libre, a single star in a red tri-colored field. An accurate and interesting subject.

Directed by: William C. Paley
Release date: 1898-05-20
50.

Southampton

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Ships in Southampton

Release date: 1898-01-01

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