Biography (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. Card Party (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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In what is considered to be the first remake in the history of cinema, the grand French director, Georges Méliès, directs his very first short film, influenced by the Lumière Brothers' original story in "Partie d'écarté (1896)".

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Octavie Huvier, Gaston Méliès, Georges Méliès, Georgette Méliès

Votes: 816

2. Dreyfus Receiving His Sentence (1899)

Short, Biography, Drama

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"Lafayette, the mimic, showing Capt. Dreyfus reading the verdict of the court-martial in his prison, and meeting with Madame Dreyfus. This picture is very dramatic, and true to the details of the actual scene."

Star: Bernard H. Paris

3. Trial of Captain Dreyfus (1899)

Short, Biography, Drama

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"An impressive character impersonation by Lafayette, the great mimetic comedian. The scene is from the famous court-martial at Rennes, ending with the prisoner's dramatic declaration, 'I am innocent.'"

Star: Bernard H. Paris

4. L'affaire Dreyfus (1899)

13 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.8
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Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 456

5. Dreyfus Put in Irons (1899)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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Captain Dreyfus is placed in leg irons as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 168

6. Captain Alfred Dreyfus (1899)

Documentary, Short, Biography

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7. Soldiers of the Cross (1900)

Biography, Drama

6.1
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The plot outlined the story of the early Christian martyrs with a compendium of horrors guaranteed to jolt audiences into an awareness of terrible suffering for the sake of Christianity. ... See full summary »

Directors: Herbert Booth, Joseph Perry | Stars: Beatrice Day, Harold Graham, Mr. Graham, John Jones

Votes: 40

8. Captain Dreyfus (1902)

Short, Biography, News

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A snapshot of the famous Frenchman in the military prison yard at Rennes, during the trial. This picture was secured with great difficulty from a second-story window of an adjoining building. It shows Dreyfus taking his daily exercise.

Star: Alfred Dreyfus

9. The Dreyfus Affair (1902)

Short, Biography

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Director: Ferdinand Zecca | Star: Jean Liézer

Votes: 8

10. The Horitz Passion Play (1903)

Short, Biography, Drama

5.4
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A complete reproduction of the "Life and Passion of Christ," as enacted annually since 1816 by the peasants of the mountain town of Horitz, Bohemia. This magnificent production cost over ... See full summary »

Votes: 7

11. The Passion Play (1903)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.5
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The story of Jesus Christ from the proclamation of his Nativity to his crucifixion. Impressive scenes and dynamism of the actors prelude to the Italian colossal movies of the silent period.

Directors: Lucien Nonguet, Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Madame Moreau, Monsieur Moreau

Votes: 374

12. The Life of Napoleon (1903)

Short, Biography

6.8
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The Coronation. The battle of Austerlitz. Soldier sleeping during watch. The burning of Moscow. Waterloo. The Emperor's death.

Director: Lucien Nonguet

Votes: 5

13. Napoleon Bonaparte (1903)

Short, Biography

7.2
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At school in Brienne. On the bridge of Arcole. The campaign in Egypt. Passage of the St. Bernard Pass. Garden party in Malmaison.

Director: Lucien Nonguet

Votes: 5

14. The Life of Charles Peace (I) (1905)

Short, Biography, Crime

6.8
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The story of Charles Peace, one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Peace was an expert in cat burglary. The film reconstructs Peace's real-life leap from a train on his way to trial for... See full summary »

Director: William Haggar | Stars: Walter Haggar, Violet Haggar, Lily Haggar, James Haggar

Votes: 26

15. Incidents in the Life of Lord Nelson (1905)

Short, Biography, Drama

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Director: Harold Jeapes

16. The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ (1906)

Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.2
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The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 295

17. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.1
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True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 536

18. Ned Kelly and His Gang (1906)

Short, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Story of Ned Kelly, an infamous 19th-century Australian outlaw.

Stars: Nicholas Brierley, Godfrey Cass

Votes: 39

19. The Dreyfus Affair (1908)

Short, Biography

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In this interesting picture we are given a vivid idea of the principal incidents connected with the Dreyfus case, which caused such a stir in military circles in the year of 1894. Alfred ... See full summary »

Directors: Lucien Nonguet, Ferdinand Zecca

20. Mary Stuart (1908)

Short, Biography, Drama

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The principal events in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. She was the daughter of Jacques the Fifth and Mary Guise and married Francis the Second, King of France. After the death of her ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Capellani | Stars: Jeanne Delvair, Jacques Grétillat, Henry Krauss, Paul Capellani

Votes: 5

21. Edgar Allan Poe (1909)

7 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.0
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The story, while not biographical, is founded on incidents in his life, showing his devotion for his sick wife, Virginia. Desperate from his utter helplessness to ameliorate his dying ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Barry O'Moore, Linda Arvidson, Arthur V. Johnson, Charles Perley

Votes: 356

22. Davy Crockett - In Hearts United (1909)

Short, Biography, Drama

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"Davy" Crockett, whose motto was "Be Sure You're Right, Then Go Ahead." Story opens with Davy's home. Next we see Blake and Anna, who arrive to have saddle girth mended. Davy a backwoods ... See full summary »

Director: Fred J. Balshofer | Stars: Charles K. French, Evelyn Graham, Charles Bauman, Charles W. Travis

23. Joan of Arc (1909)

Short, Biography, Drama

7.8
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In this beautiful and wonderfully acted picture we present some of the principal incidents connected with the eventful life of the Maid of Orleans. In the opening picture we see Joan as a ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Capellani | Star: Léontine Massart

Votes: 10

25. The Life of Moses (1909)

50 min | Biography, Drama, Family

5.1
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The persecution of the children of Israel by the Egyptians. Now there arose up a new king in Egypt. And he said unto his people. Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and ... See full synopsis »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Pat Hartigan, Julia Arthur, William Humphrey, Charles Kent

Votes: 30

26. Beethoven (1909)

Short, Biography, Drama

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Director: Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset | Stars: Harry Baur, Germaine Dermoz, Charles Krauss, Jean-Marie de l'Isle

27. The Life of George Washington (1909)

Short, Biography, Drama

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28. Die Afrikanerin: O wunderbares Paradies (1909)

Short, Biography, Music

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Director: Felix Dahn | Star: Enrico Caruso

29. Pyotr Velikiy (1910)

Biography, Drama, History

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Directors: Vasili Goncharov, Kai Hansen | Stars: Pyotr Voinov, Ye. Trubetskaya, A. Gorbachevskiy, Vladimir Karin

Votes: 16

30. Kit Carson (1910)

Short, Biography, Western

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Kit Carson, the scout, picturesquely attired, mounted on a whirlwind horse, saves a band of settlers from the attack of an Indian band. The savages are discovered by Carson In full war ... See full summary »

Director: Fred J. Balshofer

31. The Life of Moliere (1910)

Short, Biography, Drama

5.7
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We first see Moliere at work in his father's shop, when a boy. All the employees are busy at their appointed tasks, except the youthful playwright, who snatches time to re-read one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: André Bacqué, Abel Gance, René d'Auchy, Amélie de Pouzols

Votes: 46

32. Ambrosius (1910)

Short, Biography

4.4
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Director: Gunnar Helsengreen | Stars: Philip Bech, Aage Bjørnbak, Alfred Cohn, Aage Fønss

Votes: 9

33. Life and Miracles of Christ (1910)

Short, Biography, Drama

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A stencil-colored film detailing the life of Jesus Christ.

34. Richard III (1911)

23 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.6
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Although several others are ahead of him in the line of succession, Richard of Gloucester is determined to gain the throne. Through deceit, manipulation, and murder, he does become King ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Benson | Stars: James Berry, Alfred Brydone, Kathleen Yorke, Murray Carrington

Votes: 172

35. Checkmated (1911)

18 min | Short, Biography

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Director: Theo Frenkel | Star: Theo Frenkel

36. Max Is Convalescent (1911)

Short, Biography, Comedy

6.2
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The story of this film is particularly interesting, because our old friend Max has recently undergone a very serious operation, and this is his first reappearance. He plays this little ... See full summary »

Director: Max Linder | Stars: Max Linder, Jean Leuvielle, Marcelle Leuvielle, Suzanne Leuvielle

Votes: 62

37. Doktor Martinus Luther (1911)

22 min | Short, Biography, Drama

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Star: Hermann Litt

38. Nell Gwynne (1911)

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

4.1
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At the opening of the story, Nell Gwynne, a popular English actress, is seen as an orange girl selling her goods in and around the old Drury Theater. While she is bantering, Lady Olivia ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Longford | Stars: Nellie Stewart, Augustus Neville, Charles Lawrence, Stewart Clyde

Votes: 7

39. Karl der Große (1911)

Short, Biography

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Director: Franz Porten | Stars: Ludwig Colani, Gerhard Dammann, Ernst Rückert

40. Olivier Cromwell (1911)

Short, Biography

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Director: Henri Desfontaines | Stars: Jules Berry, Germaine Dermoz, Constant Rémy, Denis d'Inès

41. Napoleon at Saint Helena (1911)

Short, Biography, Drama

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Director: J. Searle Dawley

42. The Life of Buffalo Bill (1912)

Short, Biography, Western

3.4
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While on a vacation, an elderly Buffalo Bill dreams of his adventures as a young man when he scouted for the cavalry, fought Indians and captured outlaws.

Director: Paul Panzer | Stars: William F. Cody, William James Craft, Irving Cummings, Paul Panzer

Votes: 8

43. Queen Elizabeth (1912)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.2
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Episodes from the life of Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603), focusing on her ill-fated love affair with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.

Directors: Henri Desfontaines, Louis Mercanton | Stars: Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen, Max Maxudian, Nita Romani

Votes: 84

44. From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912)

TV-PG | 71 min | Biography, Drama

5.7
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An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents, he is born in Bethlehem, and is visited by shepherds and wise... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: R. Henderson Bland, Percy Dyer, Gene Gauntier, Alice Hollister

Votes: 437

45. Custer's Last Fight (1912)

30 min | Short, Action, Adventure

6.3
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Director: Francis Ford | Stars: Francis Ford, Grace Cunard, William Eagle Shirt, J. Barney Sherry

Votes: 41

46. Pietro Caruso (1912)

Short, Biography

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Director: Kazimierz Kaminski | Star: Roman Zelazowski

47. Adrienne Lecouvreur (1913)

20 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.6
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Directors: Henri Desfontaines, Louis Mercanton | Stars: Sarah Bernhardt, Max Maxudian, Albert Decoeur, Henri Desfontaines

Votes: 5

48. The Life of Richard Wagner (1913)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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The story of the great German composer, from his childhood through his great triumphs in orchestral and operatic music.

Directors: Carl Froelich, William Wauer | Stars: Giuseppe Becce, Olga Engl, Manny Ziener, Ernst Reicher

Votes: 81

49. Die Wittenberger Nachtigall (1913)

62 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Director: Erwin Baron | Stars: Rudolf Essek, Margot von Hardt, Ernst Wehlau, Fritz Alten

50. Johann Strauß an der schönen blauen Donau (1913)

Short, Biography

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Director: Karl Zeska | Stars: Karl Zeska, Hansi Niese, Ilka Pálmay, Mizzi Günther


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