Best Movies of 1905

1.

Rescued by Rover

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby.

Starring: Blair, May Clark, Barbara Hepworth, Cecil M. Hepworth, Mrs. Hepworth ..
Directed by: Cecil M. Hepworth, Lewin Fitzhamon
Release date: 1905-07-03
Best Movies of 1905 : The Night Before Christmas
2.

The Night Before Christmas

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1905-12-16
Best Movies of 1905 : Coney Island at Night
3.

Coney Island at Night

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1905-06-29
Best Movies of 1905 : New York Subway
4.

New York Subway

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The camera platform was on the front of a New York subway train following another train on the same track. Lighting is provided by a specially constructed work car on a parallel track. At the time of filming, the subway was only seven months old, having opened on October 27, 1904. The ride begins at 14th Street (Union Square) following the route of today's east side IRT, and ends at the old Grand Central Station, built by Cornelius Vanderbuilt in 1869. The Grand Central Station in use today was not completed until 1913.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1905-06-05
Best Movies of 1905 : Preston North End v Aston Villa
5.

Preston North End v Aston Villa

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

Early football footage from Mitchell & Kenyon.

Release date: 1905-05-22
6.

Down in the Coal Mines

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

A father and son are working in a coal mine. An explosion occurs, which kills the son.

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca, Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1905-07-12
Best Movies of 1905 : The Life of Charles Peace
7.

The Life of Charles Peace

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

The story of Charles Peace, one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Peace was an expert in cat burglary. The film reconstructs Peace's real-life leap from a train on his way to trial for the murder of Arthur Dyson.

Starring: Walter Haggar, Violet Haggar, Lily Haggar, James Haggar, Henry Haggar, Fred Haggar, Joe Giddings, Sarah Haggar ..
Directed by: William Haggar
Release date: 1905-09-01
8.

How Jones Lost His Roll

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

Jones is on his way home, carrying a roll of money, when he meets a neighbor who is a notorious miser. The neighbor unexpectedly invites Jones to dinner, and serves him a large meal with plenty of wine. After dinner, the neighbor suggests a way of passing the time - and soon his real intentions become clear.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1905-05-23
Best Movies of 1905 : Ulysses and the Giant Polyphemus
9.

Ulysses and the Giant Polyphemus

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

An early horror treatment of the hero's encounter with the one-eyed man-eating Cyclops.

Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1905-01-01
Best Movies of 1905 : Christian Martyrs
10.

Christian Martyrs

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

Various scenes from New Testament and Old: Christian martyrdom under Roman rule, Daniel in the lion's den, and Belshazzar's vision of a floating hand spelling the end of his rule.

Directed by: Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1905-07-03
Best Movies of 1905 : The Train Wreckers
11.

The Train Wreckers

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A romance between a railroad engineer and the switchman's daughter is nearly ruined by train wreckers who knock out the girl and leave her on the tracks to be run over. The engineer perches on the engine's cow catcher and rescues the girl.

Starring: Gilbert M. Anderson, Margaret Illington ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1905-11-27
Best Movies of 1905 : The White Caps
12.

The White Caps

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Two members of a vigilante group known as 'The White Caps' post a warning sign on a man's home. When the man comes home, he tears down the sign, and then proceeds to abuse his wife both verbally and physically. As soon as she can get away from him, the wife leaves home with her child to find a place of refuge. When the vigilantes find out about this, they arm themselves with rifles and immediately go to confront the abusive husband.

Starring: Kate Toncray, John R. Cumpson, Arthur V. Johnson, Lionel Barrymore ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter, Wallace McCutcheon Sr.
Release date: 1905-09-14
13.

The Unfortunate Policeman

2.3
5.8/10 IMDB

Early comedic chase film from Robert W Paul.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1905-01-01
Best Movies of 1905 : The Nihilists
14.

The Nihilists

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

A happy Russian family is broken up when their patriarch is arrested for treason. His distraught wife joins the secret society of nihilists and is assigned to commit an act of terror.

Starring: Edward Dillon ..
Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon Sr.
Release date: 1905-03-27
15.

Midwinter Bathing, L Street Bath, Boston

2.2
4.9/10 IMDB

This film was photographed in the winter, much of it during an actual snowstorm, and snow can be seen on the ground in all scenes. The subject is a group of men, clothed only in swimming trunks, who demonstrate their physical prowess by doing calisthenics, playing handball, and swimming during freezing weather.

Release date: 1905-03-23
Best Movies of 1905 : Baby's Toilet
16.

Baby's Toilet

2.2
4.8/10 IMDB

Nothing to do with potties... Baby gets a good wash. In this charming Hepworth actuality film a crisply uniformed, no-nonsense nurse bounces a baby girl on her lap before submerging the unsuspecting infant into a tub of soapy water. The baby is surprisingly content to be so vigorously sponged and rinsed but somewhat less happy when extracted from the suds and deposited onto a set of unwelcoming metal weighing scales. Once back on a familiar lap, however, the baby delights in being dried, powdered and expertly pampered. (Catherine McGahan)

Release date: 1905-05-23
17.

Panorama from Times Building, New York

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

The camera is high above Manhattan near the top of the Times Building, pointing down.

Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1905-04-11
18.

2 A.M. in the Subway

2.1
4.6/10 IMDB

A constable and a subway attendant are working late at night in an underground station when a well-dressed man with a cigar in his teeth enters with his arms around two women dressed in long skirts and jackets, gloves, and fancy hats. The trio laugh and stumble on the platform as if having a hilarious time, getting the attention of the policeman who attempts to stop their bawdy behavior.

Release date: 1905-01-01
19.

Police Chasing Scorching Auto

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

Police officers pursue a speeding automobile that almost hit a small child. This short is an outtake from Life of an American Policeman (1905). Once that film had been edited to fit a standard 1,000 foot reel, this sequence was left over, so it was sold as a separate short.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter, Wallace McCutcheon Sr.
Release date: 1905-12-31
Best Movies of 1905 : The Life of an American Policeman
20.

The Life of an American Policeman

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

A policeman has breakfast with his wife and children, and then prepares for the day's work. While on his beat, he finds and helps a lost child. Later, several officers try to save a woman who has attempted to drown herself. And there are some even more hazardous situations yet to come.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter, Wallace McCutcheon Sr.
Release date: 1905-12-06
21.

Peeping Tom in the Dressing Room

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

A young man leers through a peephole in the wall separating two dressing rooms, but he is caught, and is humiliated by his victim.

Release date: 1905-05-08
22.

I.B. Dam and the Whole Dam Family

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

One at a time, we meet eight members of the Dam family.

Release date: 1905-07-08
23.

The Other Side of the Hedge

2.0
4.4/10 IMDB

Two romantic suitors avoid their wet-blanket chaperone by way of the titular hedge.

Directed by: Lewin Fitzhamon
Release date: 1905-01-01
Best Movies of 1905 : Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
24.

Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

1.8
4.5/10 IMDB

Based loosely on the once-popular nursery rhyme. A fair is in progress, with refreshments, entertainment, and other activities. As the rest of the crowd is watching one of the acts, the titular Tom steals a pig from another little boy and runs off. He tries to hide, but he is chased by the crowd. The pig also proves difficult to control. Tom, the little boy, and the crowd run from place to place.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1905-03-08
25.

Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A film adaptation of the play by E. W. Hornung and Eugene Wiley Presbrey.

Starring: J. Barney Sherry, Paula Blackton ..
Directed by: Gilbert M. Anderson
Release date: 1905-09-22
26.

Les farces de Toto Gâte-Sauce

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

The apprentice at a pastry shop is more interested in playing tricks on people than sweeping the pavement in front of the shop; more interested in eating the pies with a friend than in delivering them; and so, when the butts of all his tricks set off after him, he runs.... but takes a few swipes at them.

Directed by: Georges Hatot
Release date: 1905-11-14
27.

Vendetta

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Two men get into a knife fight, in a possibly Spanish tavern, and and one of them kills another and escapes. He takes refuge in his house but escapes when the guard arrives, starting a persecution to the death.

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1905-08-26
28.

The Counterfeiters

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The story of a group of counterfeiters, caught, and then escaping from prison.

Release date: 1905-04-26
29.

Vot'permis. Viens l'chercher!

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A poacher eludes a gendarme with the help of some trick photography.

Directed by: Charles-Lucien Lépine
Release date: 1905-12-14
30.

Odyssée d'un paysan à Paris

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A peasant goes to Paris to sell a couple of rabbits and everything he finds in the city surprises and amazes him, which causes fun to the Parisians. But they steal his rabbits and he also ends up in prison.

Starring: Bretteau ..
Directed by: Charles-Lucien Lépine
Release date: 1905-09-30
31.

L'assassinat du grand-duc Serge

1.4
5.0/10 IMDB

The assassination of the Grand Duke Serge.

Directed by: Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1905-03-26
32.

Les petits vagabonds

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A couple of young boys clamber over a fence and break into the hen coop. They steal some eggs and a fat chicken. The adults are after them, but the boys start a fire by accident and lead the adults on a long chase.

Directed by: Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1905-07-22
Best Movies of 1905 : The Mutiny on the Potemkin
33.

The Mutiny on the Potemkin

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Mutiny on a Russian Battleship.

Release date: 1905-09-22
34.

Les voleurs d'enfants

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A gang of child thieves take one away and hand him over to other gypsies who dress him in rags and cruelly mistreat him. The boy wants to escape and the police find them. The father shoots one of the gypsies and the others are happily arrested.

Release date: 1905-12-14
35.

A Kentucky Feud

1.3
5.1/10 IMDB

A fictionalized account of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Release date: 1905-11-07
36.

Le nihiliste

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

During a raid, a police officer is shot, and a woman is mistakenly arrested for the crime. Despite the pleas of her mother, she is sentenced to Siberia, but she dies along the way. Her mother decides to take revenge.

Release date: 1905-12-14
37.

Peace Envoys at Portsmouth, N.H.

1.3
5.0/10 IMDB

I'm not sure why the negotiations that ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5 took place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but President Theodore Roosevelt had been flexing the United States' power in the world. He had offered to mediate an end to the the war. Russia agreed because of the shocking losses they had suffered at Mukden and Tsushima, and the naval revolt in Odessa. Japan had agreed because they feared a drawn-out war would cripple them financially. Besides, the treaty's terms gave them control of Korea. This film documents the world leaders presence in Portsmouth with military parades and naval ships.

Release date: 1905-02-19
38.

Scenes at Creusot's Steel Foundry

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

An actuality which chronicles how a load of ore becomes a finished steel product at a Bessemer plant. Deep red tints and red-hot pops of hand-coloring give the film an ominous glow.

Release date: 1905-01-01
Best Movies of 1905 : Les cartes lumineuses
39.

Les cartes lumineuses

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

A gentleman returns to his home office to find that the porter is smoking his cigars and has the housemaid on his knee.

Directed by: Gaston Velle
Release date: 1905-12-14
40.

Les étrennes du facteur

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

It's Christmas time, so it's obligatory to give a gift to everyone, even the guy who's paid to do a job, and often paid very well. It's a yearly routine, and it used to annoy my father no end,, particularly when it came to unionized workers, like post men. So here we see the post man make his way through the building, making a fuss over each piece of mail, and expecting a tip. Don't his employers pay him?

Release date: 1905-12-14
41.

Opération chirurgicale

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

A team of surgeons open a patient's stomach and discover a surprising variety of objects.

Starring: Alphonse Émile Dieudonné ..
Release date: 1905-04-26
Best Movies of 1905 : Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
42.

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

The millionaire's child is kidnapped. Sherlock Holmes after many thrilling adventures and narrow escapes rescues the child.

Starring: Gilbert M. Anderson, H. Kyrle Bellew, J. Barney Sherry, Paul Panzer ..
Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1905-10-07
Best Movies of 1905 : On a Good Old 5¢ Trolley Ride
43.

On a Good Old 5¢ Trolley Ride

1.1
4.5/10 IMDB

Amusing characters board an unsteady trolley at each stop, and then abandon the streetcar in order to chase a man who brought on board a basket full of snakes that got loose. A goose gets involved in the chase, and is stolen by a tramp. The chase ends when the crowd arrives at a stream that the tramp has already crossed, with the goose under his arm.

Release date: 1905-07-01
44.

Across the Subway Viaduct, New York

1.0
4.2/10 IMDB

A train ride of New York.

Release date: 1905-05-23
45.

Au jardin zoologique de Paris

1.0
4.7/10 IMDB

A visit to the zoo.

Release date: 1905-04-26
46.

Duel Scene from Macbeth

1.0
4.2/10 IMDB

Based on a scene from Shakespeare's play: Macbeth, king of Scotland, is being challenged by forces led by Macduff. Young Siward comes to confront the king, but Macbeth kills him easily. Then Macduff himself arrives. The two rivals exchange words, and then begin a deadly fight.

Release date: 1905-06-26
Best Movies of 1905 : Building a British Railway Arrival of the Scotch Express at Rugby
47.

Building a British Railway Arrival of the Scotch Express at Rugby

1.0
4.1/10 IMDB

It's the view out of a railroad car near the engine as it navigates among a choice of tracks and takes off through the countryside.

Release date: 1905-12-14
48.

Automobile Races at Ormond, Fla.

1.0
4.0/10 IMDB

Various shots of a car race and the spectators.

Release date: 1905-05-23
49.

La perruque

1.0
4.3/10 IMDB

While the old gentleman is dying his mustache and eyebrows, putting in his monocle, and donning his toupee, the little brat fits a two-gallon jar of glue and ladles some into he gentleman's top hat, then sneaks out to witness his embarrassment.

Release date: 1905-04-26
50.

Les grandes eaux de Versailles

0.0
5.4/10 IMDB

Colored footage of fountains in the park of Versailles.

Release date: 1905-02-04

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