Best Pre-1930s Films

The 1920s saw the emergence of film as a popular medium, and launched the glamor of Hollywood in the public consciousness. Enjoy this timeline of the best pre-1930s films.

What’s on this Best pre-1930s Films Timeline?

The 1920s could be considered the age when Hollywood and film truly became a part of our culture, expanding as a subgroup out of theatre, but becoming its own thing. This timeline includes some of the most iconic and popular films from that decade, as well as a few important selections from the years before. This begins with “The Horse in Motion” which many consider to be the first motion picture ever. We make our selections based on popularity, the iconic factor, their influence, and two films that were the first winners of Best Picture (Wings, and The Broadway Melody).

While these film timelines will not usually include a lot of short films, we’ve made an exception in this case for some of the most innovative and influential of those videos. They provide a unique history lesson.

As always, if you see something you think we should add or change, give us a shout out in the comment section below. And if you liked this timeline, you might want to continue with our Best 1930s timeline.

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

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1920s and Before

Short Film

1878-06-15

2

1920s and Before

Short Film

1888-10-14

3

1920s and Before

Short Film

1894-08-10

4

1920s and Before

Short Film

1896-01-25

5

1920s and Before

Short Film

Georges Méliès

1896-12-01

6

1920s and Before

Short Film

Georges Méliès

1902-10-04

7

1920s and Before

Short Film

Edwin S. Porter

1903-12-01

8

1920s and Before

Film

D. W. Griffith

1915-02-08

9

1920s and Before

Film

Carl Mayer
Hans Janowitz

1920-02-26

10

1920s and Before

Film

Johnston McCulley

1920-11-27

11

1920s and Before

Film

Charlie Chaplin

1921-02-06

12

1920s and Before

Film

Henrik Galeen

1922-03-04

13

1920s and Before

Film

Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Perley Poore Sheehan

1923-09-02

14

1920s and Before

Film

Achmed Abdullah
Lotta Woods

1924-03-18

15

1920s and Before

Film

Clyde Bruckman
Jean Havez
Joseph A. Mitchell

1924-04-21

16

1920s and Before

Film

Erich von Stroheim

1924-12-04

17

1920s and Before

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Willis Goldbeck

1924-12-29

18

1920s and Before

Film

Marion Fairfax

1925-02-02

19

1920s and Before

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Charlie Chaplin

1925-06-26

19.001

1920s and Before

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Eliot Stannard

1925-11-03

20

1920s and Before

Film

Bernard McConville
Elliott J. Clawson
Walter Anthony

1925-11-25

21

1920s and Before

Film

Nikolai Aseyev
Nina Agadzhanova
Sergei Eisenstein
Sergei Tretyakov

1925-12-21

22

1920s and Before

Film

June Mathis

1925-12-30

23

1920s and Before

Film

Al Boasberg
Buster Keaton
Charles Henry Smith
Clyde Bruckman
Paul Girard Smith

1926-12-31

24

1920s and Before

Film

Fritz Lang
Thea von Harbou

1927-01-10

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Eliot Stannard

1927-02-14

25

1920s and Before

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Bernard Vorhaus
Harry H. Caldwell
Katharine Hilliker

1927-05-06

26

1920s and Before

Film

Julian Johnson

1927-08-12

27

1920s and Before

Film

Carl Mayer

1927-09-23

28

1920s and Before

Film

Alfred A. Cohn

1927-10-06

29

1920s and Before

Film

Carl Theodor Dreyer
Joseph Delteil

1928-04-21

30

1920s and Before

Film

Charles E. Whittaker
J. Grubb Alexander
Mary McLean
Walter Anthony

1928-04-27

31

1920s and Before

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Clyde Bruckman
Lew Lipton

1928-09-22

32

1920s and Before

Short Film

Ub Iwerks
Walt Disney

1928-11-18

33

1920s and Before

Film

Dziga Vertov

1929-01-08

34

1920s and Before

Film

G. W. Pabst
Ladislaus Vajda

1929-01-30

35

1920s and Before

Film

Luis Buñuel
Salvador Dalí

1929-06-06

36

1920s and Before

Film

James Gleason
Norman Houston
Sarah Y. Mason

1929-06-12

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1920s and Before

Film

Alfred Hitchcock
Benn W. Levy

1929-07-28

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