What Was the First Movie Ever Made?

If you’re a movie fan, you’ve probably wondered, What’s the first movie ever made?

This is a great question, and a somewhat complicated one.

In the late 1880’s various people began experimenting with photo, blending them together to give the illusion of a motion picture.  But the technology and difficulty to capture that sort of video made motion pictures rare.

Even so, here are a couple of the very first movies:

The Horse In Motion (1878)
This groundbreaking motion photography was accomplished using multiple cameras and assembling the individual pictures into a a single motion picture. it’s something that you could do today, using a few cameras that are set to go off at an exact moment. The movie was made to scientifically answer a popularly debated question during this era: Are all four of a horse’s hooves ever off the ground at the same time while the horse is galloping? The video provedthat they indeed were and, more importantly, motion photography was born.


1888 – Roundhay Garden Scene
The world’s earliest surviving motion-picture film, showing actual consectuve action is called Roundhay Garden Scene. It’s a short film directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince. While it’s just 2.11 seconds long, it is technically a movie. According to the Guineness Book of Records, it is the oldest surviving film in existence.

103 Comments on What Was the First Movie Ever Made?

  1. Body steeper // May 8, 2013 at 12:16 am // Reply

    Cool I like the horse one the best

  2. Oh I shall make a movie!
    But how long?
    2 seconds!

  3. I like the horse one best too it is longer, and in the other one the man just walks across the yard.

    • Me too.

      What? says:

      I can’t understand the part “horse one best too it is longer”. Put in a period.

  4. The horse was the first!I agree with Potato!

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  6. You,re wrong its the sneeze

  7. Awesome Girl // June 30, 2014 at 6:45 am // Reply

    you people should get a grip. It has some flaws but so what. Overall I think it was pretty good for technology back then.

  8. Seems like nobody knows when the actual first movie was created?

  9. I think they did an AMAZING job for the first movies. I mean come on, u think that their gonna be making Family Guy and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse back then. No their not

  10. I think the first real narrative film (not just a short) was The Story of the Kelly Gang in Australia in 1906.

  11. i dont think that was the first movie they came out in 1905

  12. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaàaaaat. A horse for 10 seconds!?!?!?!?!?

  13. Oh I Know What I’ll Do Today, I’ll Make A Movie That Lasts 3 Seconds.

    Gooooooo Technology! -_-

  14. I’ve got a great idea, I’m going to make up the best movie ever, I’ll make it 2.11 seconds about a man walking over a yard.


  15. fvjhmfcgbgghvg // December 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm // Reply

    great 3second movie

  16. the first film was 10 seconds and about a horse

  17. barf barf barf barf // December 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm // Reply

    great movie for back then

  18. the first movie was 15seconds and about a hores

  19. It. Was not dat bad

  20. cookieeee monster // December 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm // Reply

    technology has advanced so much since then

  21. Guys you shouldn’t think this is dumb and make fun of it! These were the first motion pictures ever these people were geniuses and they should be taken seriously! #havesome❤️

  22. My favorite is the horse one. Look at the detail!
    FYI I’m so glad that they invented movies!

  23. Cool for then. I think that the movies today are better tho. 😉

  24. APPLEANDBANANA // January 22, 2015 at 6:08 pm // Reply

    These movies no matter how weird it might seem, these films are hard to make those days…

  25. Well, without innovations like these, would we be at our keyboards right now?

  26. Well, without innovations like these, we wouldn’t be here talking about them, now would we?

  27. I think there was another movie created back then… ‘Twas a train, and people loved it cuz when the train came up at the screen, they thought it was going to run them over XD

  28. thank you 🙂

  29. the laaaaad // May 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm // Reply

    Aw laaaaad tis class so tis h’on you boyo you aul bollock

  30. my school disabled youtube i cant see them 🙁

  31. BrittyBooBaa // June 17, 2015 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    I luvvedd eeettt

  32. BrittyBooBaa // June 17, 2015 at 10:36 pm // Reply


  33. BrittyBooBaa // June 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm // Reply


  34. Action film girl // June 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm // Reply

    i think the theme of that garden scene is pretty stupid, but it’s great that they were encouraged to do what they do. Think about it: without them we wouldn’t have “iron man”, “2012”, “San Andreas”, “Indians vs aliens”, or “pacific rim”. Thanks to them

  35. We all think that if we were around in cavemen times we would have invented the wheel or discovered fire, but we forget that our brains had not yet evolved. So too with movies. It’s genius that pushes man on!

    • I diffinately agree. Mankind’s technology is growing and superb. What do you expect? Other galaxies lifeform are probably laughing at us. Because our minds a re not to sharp…

  36. Not my real name.... // August 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm // Reply

    1902…Trip To The Moon…France…15 mins long. Not so much the short movie is funny, but the ideas man had about the moon back then.

  37. How long was the galloping horse and how did u fimf it out

  38. I think most of you need to grow up.
    Do YOU think YOU would have been able to make a film back then ?
    I THINK (NOT). Why do you think we have the technology we have now ?
    Because someone used their head and came up with something amazing. If it wasn’t for them back then, We wouldn’t have movies or TV show that we enjoy watching. What have YOU done for entertainment for the whole world to enjoy ?

  39. It was very informative

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  41. yes! finally someone got it right! the first movie was about the train guys!!! people were so scared when the train came to screen at first that they thought they were in danger and screamed! a woman even fainted. Thankyou though, person. you actually got it right.

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  43. Theproplaysmc // November 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    Ooo look I have a great idea! I’m going to make the best movie in the universe,one that is 3 seconds long and is about a man walking in a circle.

  44. Hi. Wouldn’t let me watch 🙁

  45. what about the moon thing with a cigar in its eye?

  46. Well I would really like to thank them

  47. It’s 2.11 seconds long. I walked out after the first second!

  48. it is the best thing ever now it is my favorite movie

  49. Hey folks.
    just going to say these are amazing. it shows how far weve come in less than 150 years. but the amount of tech they had back then it is absolutely amazing to watch.
    btw the man is not walking in a circle, the people are actually dancing in the garden.

  50. I still didint get where it says wat move was the first ever made

  51. Gods not dead // January 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm // Reply


  52. very cool

  53. Cool I am going to be smart

  54. you think you would be able to make a movie then.its not stupid

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  56. I dont know why but things from a long time ago that are black and white scare me idk why.

  57. moviessssssss :) // April 8, 2016 at 6:02 am // Reply

    I really like the horse one its so old school horse racing

  58. This website is a lie because there were films made before these so DO NOT USE IT; IT IS RUBBISH!!!

  59. People don’t understand how important this was considering the lack of technology, Just because now a days everyone would mentally die with out it

  60. eatapickle // May 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm // Reply

    this was a lot of help : ]

  61. eataapple // May 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm // Reply

    thanks i really needed this

  62. Really serious // July 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm // Reply

    I’m sure these were some of the “first comments” concerning the “first movie.”

    Exactly the same, 130 years later.

  63. This is brilliant people it’s a part of history that got us where we are today I find it fascinating it’s riveting how can you not see the ingenuity and the genius in this

  64. Please stop saying, “It was only two seconds,” They were just experimenting, they had to take about 60 pictures to make that and it probably took a long time. The 2 hour movies we have today take about as much time as those 2 second movies took. They didn’t have as good as technology that we have today, I don’t want to start any arguments I’m just pointing out the obvious.

  65. Tht 2 seconds was the first ever n thts pretty impressive. Ya dnt like it, y look in the first place

  66. GUYS! SPEED UP THE HORSE ONE TO 2x THE SPEED! IT WILL LOOK EVEN BETTER THAT WAY! Oh and by the way, fshrsthejyresbae to you to guys!

  67. I think those videos are tests to see if the they would work. I don’t think they were actually watched in movies theaters. Oh and by the way, the FIRST EVER movies that came out (not GIFs like the horse one) were about a train.

  68. I think technology is great. I mean really people? Complaining on experiments not good enough at first? Heck life firm in other galaxies are probably laughing at us because our minds are not sharp. Give it a break. :)🤗

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