The History of Cinema as Told Through Films

Read the notes for the information behind each title! :)

(Description of the list, short version)
This is an extremely incomplete list. While doing tons of research on the history of cinema, I figured it'd be much more convenient for anybody out there to have a list of titles that represents a certain innovation, movement, anything of historical importance since the history of cinema has virtually always been represented by "landmark" films. All the research got too much for me however and I realized it might be a good experiment to have the good userbase here to contribute anything they may know! :)

(The boring long version)
While working on a paper, I realized that in writing about the history…

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  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • Poor Pierrot
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film
  • Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph
  • Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze
  • The Sprinkler Sprinkled
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • Defence of Sevastopol
  • The Student of Prague
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Nanook of the North
  • Rosita
  • The Last Laugh
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Lost World
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed
  • The General
  • Nothing But Time
  • Metropolis
  • Napoleon
  • The Jazz Singer
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra
  • Steamboat Willie
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • Flowers and Trees
  • Triumph of the Will
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations
  • Jud Süß
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Citizen Kane
  • Rome, Open City
  • The Naked City
  • Stray Dog
  • Rashomon
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Bwana Devil
  • The Robe
  • A Generation
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • A Movie
  • The 400 Blows
  • Breathless
  • How the West Was Won
  • Blood Feast
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • See How They Run
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
  • Straw Dogs
  • F for Fake
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Black Christmas
  • Jaws
  • Nashville
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Shining
  • Heaven's Gate
  • Tron
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Showgirls
  • Toy Story
  • The Celebration
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Timecode
  • Russian Ark
  • Avatar
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Battery