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List of the best movies of 1896, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1896 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1896. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1896 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1896 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List features movies like Bataille de boules de neige, The Haunted Castle.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1896?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1896?"

1896 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1896. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1896 aren't just one persons opinion.

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The Haunted Castle Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy Le Manoir du diable, released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devil's Castle, is an 1896 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. The ...more

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Bataille de boules de neige Bataille de boules de neige is an 1896 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed and produced by Louis Lumière.

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The Kiss John C. Rice, May Irwin The Kiss is an 1896 actuality, and was one of the first films ever shown commercially to the public. The film is around 47 seconds long, and depicts a re-enactment of the kiss between May Irwin ...more

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Steamboats on River Seine Steamboats on River Seine is an 1896 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed by French magician Georges Méliès. It is presumed to be lost.

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Boulevard des Italiens Boulevard des Italiens is an 1896 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed by French magician Georges Méliès. The film consists of a short sequence recording ...more

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Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke Carmaux, défournage du coke is a film made in 1896 by Lumière. The location was Carmaux, France near the Tarn River in southern France. It is a one minute sequence of men lifting a ...more

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Watering the Flowers Watering the Flowers was an 1896 French short comedy film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 6 in its ...more

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Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station Arrival of a Train at Vincennes Station was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is

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The Washerwomen The Washerwomen was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 7 in its ...more

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Sea Bathing Sea Bathing is an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 40 in its catalogues. The film is

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Boxing Match; or, Glove Contes... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's peep show Kinetoscopes, ...more

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Barnet Horse Fair Barnet Horse Fair is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film produced by Robert W. Paul. Given the age of this film the copyright has now expired. The Barnet Horse Fair had ...more

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The Bivouac The Bivouac was an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 64 in its catalogues. The film is

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Rough Sea at Dover Rough Sea at Dover is an 1895 British short black-and-white silent documentary film directed and produced by Birt Acres and Robert W. Paul. Paul and Acres shot the film in mid-1895, originally ...more

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The Melbourne Cup The Melbourne Cup is a 1896 sports documentary short film directed by Marius Sestier

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Annabelle Serpentine Dance Annabelle Moore Annabelle Serpentine Dance is short silent American film produced and distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company in 1895. It is one of several released by the studio the late 19th century. Each ...more

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A Lightning Sketch A Lightning Sketch (Mr. Thiers) was an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 37 in its ...more

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Carga de rurales Carga de rurales is an 1896 Mexican short black-and-white silent documentary film directed by Gabriel Veyre.

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Bois de Boulogne (Touring Club) Bois de Boulogne (Touring Club) is an 1896 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed by French magician Georges Méliès. It is thought to be lost.

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Boat Leaving the Harbor of Tro... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
Boat Leaving the Harbor of Trouville Boat Leaving the Harbor of Trouville is an 1896 French short black-and-white silent film directed and produced by French magician Georges Méliès. No surviving footage of this film

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Baby and Young Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
Baby and Young Girls Baby and Young Girls was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 14 in its ...more

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The Boxing Kangaroo The Boxing Kangaroo is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's peep show Kinetoscopes, featuring a ...more

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A Serpentine Dance A Serpentine Dance was an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 44 in its catalogues. The

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A Lightning Sketch (Chamberlain) A Lightning Sketch (Chamberlain) is an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 57 in its ...more

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The Czar and His Cortège Going... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
The Czar and His Cortège Going to Versailles The Czar and His Cortège Going to Versailles was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film ...more

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The Rag-Picker The Rag Picker, also released as A Good Joke, was an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered ...more

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A Lightning Sketch A Lightning Sketch was a series of four 1896 French short silent films directed by Georges Méliès and released by his Star Film Company. Each film showed an artist—very probably ...more

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Tigers, London Zoological Gardens Tigers, London Zoological Gardens is a 1896 French short black-and-white silent actuality film, produced by Auguste and Louis Lumière and directed by Alexandre Promio, featuring two ...more

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A Watermelon Feast is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
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Washing Day in Switzerland

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Fire Department, New Haven, Conn

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Amy Muller Amy Muller Amy Muller is a 1896 short, documentary film directed by William Heise.

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A Merry-go-Round A Merry-go-Round was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 6 in its ...more

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Sea Breaking on the Rocks Sea Breaking on the Rocks is an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 43 in its ...more

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McKinley at Home, Canton, Ohio William McKinley McKinley at Home, Canton, Ohio aka William McKinley at Canton, Ohio is a silent film reenactment of William McKinley receiving the Republican nomination for President of the United States in ...more

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Dancing Girls Dancing Girls is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent film directed and produced by Birt Acres.

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La Fée aux Choux Alice Guy-Blaché, Yvonne Serand, Germaine Serand La Fée aux Choux is one of the earliest narrative fiction films ever made. It was probably made before the first Méliès fiction film, but after the Lumière brothers' ...more

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Dancing Darkies Dancing Darkies is an 1896 American, short, black-and-white, silent documentary film shot by William K.L. Dickson.

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Démolition d'un mur Démolition d'un mur is a 1895 French short black-and-white silent film directed and produced by Louis Lumière and starring his brother Auguste Lumiére, along with two other

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Rip's Toast

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Threshing-Machine Worked by Power Threshing-Machine Worked by Power was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered ...more

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Gipsies at Home Gipsies at Home was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 25 in its ...more

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A Lightning Sketch A Lightning Sketch (H.M. Queen Victoria) was an 1896 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 61 ...more

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Post No Bills is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
Post No Bills Post No Bills is a 1896 French short black-and-white silent comedy film, directed by Georges Méliès, featuring two bill posters squabbling over a poorly guarded wall. The film, ...more

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Coronation of a Village Maiden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1896
Coronation of a Village Maiden Coronation of a Village Maiden was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 13 ...more

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Un petit diable

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Stable on Fire

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Officers of French Army Leaving Service Officers of French Army Leaving Service was an 1896 French silent actuality film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is ...more

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The Vanishing Lady Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy The Vanishing Lady is an 1896 French short silent trick film directed by Georges Méliès.

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The Sound Money Parade