Name the oldest film you have seen

I saw this question in IMDb.

The oldest film I’ve ever seen was Cabiria:

It’s a silent film made in 1914.

It was pretty interesting. I enjoyed seeing this very early bit of film making, especially the special effects.

What is the oldest film you’ve seen?

This is the first one that comes to mind for me.


That’d be this gem


I haven’t seen the entire thing. Normally when it’s on I don’t have the time to see the entire film.

I saw “Birth of a Nation” as a historical oddity. I also saw “The Great Train Robbery” which I think was filmed in NJ in 1903.

My first movie in a theater was “The Ten Commandments” in 1956, I believe. Charlton Heston parting the waters.


For me, it was the ‘Our Gang’/‘Little Rascals’ shorts. I think they date back to 1920s, although they may not be considered official movies.

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Fritz Lang’s Metropolis - 1927

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They used to be on TV. I think they were from the thirties.

I remember when Spanky McFarland passed away.

Most of the kids in them didn’t get royalties.

One of the later kids was actor Robert Blake for Baretta.

The little boy who played Stymie continued acting and was an extra on tv. I recognized him on an episode of Good Times.


Wikipedia says they started in 1922 and went through the late 1930s. That was definitely the oldest film creation that I ever remember seeing.

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I assume you’re looking for whole movies, not stuff like “Roundhay Garden Scene”.

I watched the Baal part of Cabiria. Also some scenes from Intolerance (1916). One day I’ll get around to watching all of Intolerance and all of Birth of a Nation.

For now I think the oldest movie I watched all the way through as a movie was “Broken Blossoms” (1916) with Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess.
It was very good, but sad.

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Probably Nosferatu…


Starring Mr. Gower, the druggist from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, as Jesus. It was the same actor (H.B. Warner) for both parts.

Also when he appeared as Jesus in that, he was 50 years old, and 20 years older than the actress playing his mother Mary.


I’ve seen the Great Train Robbery but not in a theater.

I have no idea of the oldest movie in a theater! Gone With the Wind perhaps in a restoring?

I just mean in general. Not in a theater. Netflix is fine!

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Saw that in St. Paul’s a few year ago where there was a specially composed score on organ played with it.

I saw a small part of Birth of a Nation, but have seen Intolerance (1916) the whoke way through.

Not sure, but likely: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)


French version of Beauty and the Beast from 1946, never saw it all the way through

Thought people might find the following links amusing:-

This is one of the oldest Irish movies still extant:-


The film “The Great Dictator”, by Charlie Chaplain, published in 1940, was the oldest film I’ve ever seen. It was made in the middle of the second world war specifically to ridicule and speak out against Nazism in Europe.

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