film history timeline

A Trip to the Moon  (1902, Georges Méliès)

A Trip to the Moon (1902, Georges Méliès)

Safety Last!  (1923, Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor)

Safety Last! (1923, Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor)

Man with a Movie Camera  (1929, Dziga Vertov)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  (1920, Robert Wiene)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)

42nd Street  (1933, Lloyd Bacon)

42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)

Grand Illusion  (1937, Jean Renoir)

Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)

Citizen Kane  (1941, Orson Welles)

Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)

The Most Beautiful  (1944, Akira Kurosawa)

The Most Beautiful (1944, Akira Kurosawa)

The Big Heat  (1953, Fritz Lang)

The Big Heat (1953, Fritz Lang)

Bicycle Thieves  (1948, Vittorio De Sica)

Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica)

Tokyo Story  (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)

Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)

The Searchers  (1956, John Ford)

The Searchers (1956, John Ford)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb  (1964, Stanley Kubrick)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)

The Seventh Seal  (1957, Ingmar Bergman)

The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)

The Big City  (1963, Satyajit Ray)

The Big City (1963, Satyajit Ray)

Knife in the Water (1962, Roman Polanski)

Knife in the Water (1962, Roman Polanski)

The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner  (1962, Tony Richardson)

The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner (1962, Tony Richardson)

Primary  (1960, Robert Drew)

Primary (1960, Robert Drew)

Breathless  (1960, Jean-Luc Godard)

Breathless (1960, Jean-Luc Godard)

L'avventura  (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)

L'avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)

Death by Hanging  (1968, Nagisa Oshima)

Death by Hanging (1968, Nagisa Oshima)

I Am Cuba  (1964, Mikhail Kalatazov)

I Am Cuba (1964, Mikhail Kalatazov)

Closely Watched Trains  (1966, Jirí Menzel)

Closely Watched Trains (1966, Jirí Menzel)

Alice in the City  (1974, Wim Wenders)

Alice in the City (1974, Wim Wenders)

Taxi Driver  (1976, Martin Scorsese)

Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)

Close-Up  (1990, Abbas Kiarostami)

Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami)

Mad Max  (1979, George Miller)

Mad Max (1979, George Miller)

Raiders of the Lost Ark  (1981, Steven Spielberg)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)

The Breakfast Club  (1985, John Hughes)

The Breakfast Club (1985, John Hughes)

A Brighter Summer Day  (1991, Edward Yang)

A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang)

Stranger Than Paradise  (1984, Jim Jarmusch)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984, Jim Jarmusch)

Bottle Rocket  (1992, Wes Anderson)

Bottle Rocket (1992, Wes Anderson)

The Incredibles  (2004, Brad Bird)

The Incredibles (2004, Brad Bird)

Frances Ha  (2012, Noah Baumbach)

Frances Ha (2012, Noah Baumbach)

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