The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Director Edwin S. Porter made film history when he completed the 13 sequences for the 12-minute The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903 but based on an 1896 story by Scott Marble. Featuring the first parallel development of separate,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

This has proved to be the most influential of all the early US films and it was the first to tell a definite story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The most widely viewed picture of its time.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A landmark in the development of the American film industry and the narrative form.

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Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

One of the milestones in film history was the first narrative film, The Great Train Robbery (1903), directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter

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Steve Crum

Must see viewing for this very brief silent film, the first American movie telling a sequenced story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Of more value as a historical document than an entertaintment but fascinating on that level.
Cindy I
Edwin S. Porter's landmark film from the early days of cinema is amazingly accomplished, not to mention immensely entertaining. I was surprised at how… More
Chris Weber
A year after George Melies made history with his cute little sci-fi picture, American film maverick Edwin S. Porter cemented his own legacy with this breezy… More
Luke Baldock
An 11 minute action ride that is now 107 years old. Silent movies have a place in my heart, by demonstrating the medium in its purest form. The Great Train… More
Ken Stachnik
Love that opening shot
Aj V
A very cool old movie. It's got action and adventure in the old west! No sound yet, but one of the first movies to attempt some colourization. A… More