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List of the best movies of 1908, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1908 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 1908. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1908 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1908 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list has everything from The Thieving Hand to The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1908?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1908?"

1908 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1908. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1908 aren't just one persons opinion.

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The Thieving Hand Paul Panzer The Thieving Hand is a 1908 American silent short film. It is credited for its astounding trick photography and effects for its age. It was directed and produced by J. Stuart Blackton of ...more

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The Electric Hotel Julienne Mathieu, Segundo de Chomón El hotel eléctrico is a 1908 silent Spanish comedy-fantasy film directed by Segundo de Chomón, It was thought to be lost but was later recovered.

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Rescued from an Eagle's Nest D. W. Griffith, Henry B. Walthall, Miss Earle Rescued from an Eagle's Nest is a 1908 American silent action-drama co-directed by Edwin S Porter and J. Searle Dawley for the Edison film studios. This film is significant for both being an ...more

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The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays L. Frank Baum, Romola Remus The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays was an early attempt to bring L. Frank Baum's Oz books to the motion picture screen. It was a mixture of live actors, hand-tinted magic lantern slides, and film. ...more

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Hobart Bosworth, Betty Harte Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1908 Selig Polyscope Company silent horror motion picture starring Hobart Bosworth, and Betty Harte in her film debut. Directed by Otis Turner and produced by ...more

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The Tavern Keeper's Daughter Florence Auer The Tavern Keeper's Daughter is a 1908 American silent action film directed by D. W. Griffith.

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Romance of a Jewess Florence Lawrence, George Gebhardt, Gladys Egan Romance of a Jewess is a 1908 American silent short drama film written and directed by D. W. Griffith.

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The Adventures of Dollie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
The Adventures of Dollie Linda Arvidson, Madeline West, Arthur V. Johnson The Adventures of Dollie is a 1908 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. It was Griffith's debut film as a director. A print of the film survives in the Library of Congress film ...more

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Fantasmagorie Fantasmagorie is an 1908 French animated film by Émile Cohl. It is one of the earliest examples of traditional animation, and considered by film historians to be the first animated

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The Call of the Wild Mack Sennett, Florence Lawrence, Claire McDowell The Call of the Wild is a 1908 American short adventure film directed by D.W. Griffith. It starred Charles Inslee, Harry Solter and Florence Lawrence. The film was made by the American Mutoscope ...more

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The Black Viper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
The Black Viper D. W. Griffith, Mack Sennett, Anthony O'Sullivan The Black Viper is a 1908 film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film was made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion ...more

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Balked at the Altar Balked at the Altar is a 1908 American short comedy film directed by D. W. Griffith. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress. The film was made by the ...more

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Money Mad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
Money Mad Charles Inslee Money Mad is a 1908 American short crime film directed by D. W. Griffith.

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The Red Man and the Child The Red Man and the Child is a 1908 Western directed by D. W. Griffith.

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Macbeth Florence Lawrence, Paul Panzer, Florence Turner Macbeth is a silent 1908 American film directed by James Stuart Blackton based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name. It is the earliest known film version of that play. It was a ...more

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After Many Years Florence Lawrence, Charles Inslee After Many Years is a 1908 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. Prints of the film exist in the Library of Congress film archive. The film is an adaptation of Enoch Arden.

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Romeo and Juliet Florence Lawrence, Paul Panzer, Florence Turner The first ever American film version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was a silent film short made in 1908 made by Vitagraph Studios. Directed by J. Stuart Blackton, it was filmed in ...more

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His Wife's Child Florence Lawrence, Matt Moore, Earle Fox His Wife's Child is a 1913 American short silent film drama directed by Harry Solter and starring Earle Foxe, Florence Lawrence and Matt Moore in the lead roles.

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Damon and Pythias is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
Damon and Pythias Robert Z. Leonard, Hobart Bosworth, Otis Turner Damon and Pythias is a 1908 drama short film written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, Otis Turner and directed by Otis Turner.

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The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew is a 1908 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. It was based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. The blurb for the film stated "if we could see ourselves as ...more

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The Assassination of the Duke of Guise Albert Dieudonné, Jean Angelo, Charles le Bargy The Assassination of the Duke of Guise is a French historical film directed by Charles Le Bargy and André Calmettes, adapted by Henri Lavedan, and featuring actors of the ...more

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The Red Spectre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
The Red Spectre A demonic magician attempts to perform his act in a strange grotto, but is confronted by a Good Spirit who opposes him.

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Woman Draped in Patterned Handkerchiefs Woman Draped in Patterned Handkerchiefs is a 1908 British short silent documentary film, directed by George Albert Smith as a showcase of his new Kinemacolor system, which features a woman ...more

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The Fight for Freedom Florence Auer The Fight for Freedom is a 1908 Western film probably directed by D. W. Griffith. Filimed in Shadyside, New Jersey in June 1908, the film was released on 17 July 1908.

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Hamlet Henri Desfontaines, Jacques Grétillat, Gabrielle Colonna-Romano Hamlet is a 1908 French silent film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare play, Hamlet. The film was one of the earliest film adaptations of this play, and starred Jacques ...more

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Funiculi-Funicula Funiculi-Funicula is a 1908 film directed by Franz Porten.

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The Diligent Batman The Diligent Batman is a 1908 comedy short film written and directed by N. Filippov.

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Antony and Cleopatra Maurice Costello, Florence Lawrence Antony and Cleopatra is a 1908 film starring Maurice Costello and Florence Lawrence in the title roles, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Dramatizing the ill-fated romance ...more

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The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln was a 1908 film that included US President Abraham Lincoln pardoning a sleeping sentry. It is possibly the first motion picture based on ...more

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A Christmas Carol Tom Ricketts A Christmas Carol is a 1908 silent film produced by Essanay Studios in Chicago, and one of the earliest film adaptations of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 novella of the same name. It starred Tom ...more

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Nick Carter, le roi des détect... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
Nick Carter, le roi des détectives Nick Carter, le roi des détectives is a French silent serial film based on the popular American novels featuring the master-detective Nick Carter. It was directed by Victorin-Hippolyte ...more

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Der Bettelstudent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
Der Bettelstudent Der Bettelstudent is a 1908 film directed by Franz Porten.

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The Bandit's Waterloo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1908
The Bandit's Waterloo Marion Leonard, Linda Arvidson, Charles Inslee The Bandit's Waterloo is a 1908 silent American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.

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Stenka Razin Yevgeni Petrov-Krayevsky Stenka Razin is the first finished Russian narrative film. The 10 minute silent film is a fictionalized account of episodes from the life of Stenka Razin. It premiered on 28 October [O.S. 15 ...more