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.

38 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!

  5. rgkgkkk

  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

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