100 Years of Movies: 100 Shots

We’ve been covering the 100 Years of Beauty series, which is an idea striking enough that spin offs of it have been popping up everywhere. most of them are fashion based, but this new one is not.

Instead, this focuses on an industry that’s only really been around for the last 100 years–the movies!  Jacob T. Swinney went through 100 years of movies, starting with 1915’s Birth of a Nation, and used what he felt were the most striking shots of one of the biggest films of each year to show the growth and change of the industry. Same concept–one can see the trends rise and fall, and the place where movies flipped to color permanently (1953), and CGI invaded (1993.) This short film is a finalist at the Tribeca Film festival.

Below, a credit list of all 100 movies used.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
A journey through the past 100 years of cinema–the most memorable shot from each year (in my opinion). While many of these shots are the most recognizable in film history, others are equally iconic in their own right. For example, some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre, while others tested the boundaries of censorship and filmgoer expectations. If anything, I want this video to be a reminder as to why we all love cinema so much.

Films used:
Birth of a Nation
The Immigrant
A Dog’s Life
Broken Blossoms
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Kid
Safety Last
Sherlock Junior
Battleship Potemkin
The General
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Un Chien Andalou
All Quiet on the Western Front
King Kong
It Happened One Night
The Bride of Frankenstein
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Wizard of Oz
The Great Dictator
Citizen Kane
The Outlaw
To Have and Have Not
Rome, Open City
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dark Passage
The Bicycle Thief
The Third Man
Sunset Boulevard
A Streetcar Named Desire
Singing in the Rain
Rear Window
The Seven Year Itch
The Searchers
The Seventh Seal
North by Northwest
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Lawrence of Arabia
8 1/2
A Fistful of Dollars
The Sound of Music
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Graduate
2001: A Space Odyssey
Easy Rider
A Clockwork Orange
The Godfather
The Exorcist
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Apocalypse Now
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Breakfast Club
Dirty Dancing
Die Hard
The Silence of the Lambs
Reservoir Dogs
Jurassic Park
The Shawshank Redemption
Mission: Impossible
Fight Club
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Brokeback Mountain
There Will be Blood
The Dark Knight
The Tree of Life
The Avengers
Mad Max: Fury Road


4 thoughts

  1. Magnificent and very well done. How many movies there are that are part of our cultural common currency.
    It is amazing how different two movie can be, that were released in adjacent years. What a broad sweep they can encompass.
    The editors could go back and make another compilation of 100 shots that would be entirely different, and go and make a third, so vast is the scope of cinema in the past 100 years.
    One cavilling note, many dramas continued to be b&w for a decade after 1953, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Psycho, or Anatomy of a Murder. I suspect it was partly money and partly a feeling that serious drama was above the mere entertainment spectacle of colour.

    Thank you so much for posting this.


    1. I do not accept the title: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.
      The real title for me is just “The Empire Strikes Back”

      Curmudgeon in Regina


    2. Just as powerful the 2nd and third times through,
      So much Hitchcock, and so many more landmark images from him.
      Even with the videos own music, in many scenes I could hear the movie’s own music in my mind’s ear. A stunning note on the power of movie music.
      And culturally important snippets of dialogue as well.


      1. And sometimes displaced dialogue such as this from The Adventures of Robin Hood: “I am Robin of Locksley, you killed my father, prepare to die.”


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