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 25/2/21

Films not on Letterboxd:
Ally Sloper, Sloper's Visit to Brighton & The Katzenjammer Kids in School (All 1898) - First films based on a comic strip and a comic in any form.

An Exciting Honeymoon (1905) & The Life of a Cowboy (1906) - The first films to have a review of them published.

Hiawatha (1909) - Possibly one of the earliest independent films.

Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes (1910) - The first "crossover" film as well as the earliest known serial film.

Bags of Gold (1915) - First film to be shown at what is possibly the earliest…

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