The cinema owes its origins to the invention of the kinetoscope by Thomas Edison
during the late 19th century, from those humble beginnings grew the American
cinemas, the first being opened in Los Angeles in 1903. Since then moving
pictures or movies as they were later called have evolved from the silent in
black and white to digital colour films accompanied by dialogue, music and
This section presents a dictionary of more than 3000 movies through the ages,
from the classic to the cult, from the banal to the bizarre.
Each entry includes details of the film's genre - western, comedy, horror,
drama, romance and so on - and a synopsis of the story, who starred in the
film, who directed the film and when the film was made.