We have a winner: the father of all science fiction movies! You can read more about Georges Méliès film at filmsite.org.
Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902) – Georges Méliès (full)
The next movie comes from a time hitch hiking has been more accepted than nowadays. And probably is THE early road movie par excellence.
It Happened One Night (1934) – Frank Capra (trailer)
Movies early plots already focussed outlaws. Although there is a restaurated version available, I tend to stick to this version, which is more dynamic thanks to the music score (and I love the title image btw.).
The Great Train Robbery (1903) – Edwin S. Porter (full)
This movie is simply as lengendary as it’s director. Read more about this story about the american ideal of fighting racism in Roger Eberts review. Or read at The New Yorker “The worst thing about ‘The Birth of a Nation’ is how good it is.” by Richard Brody.
The Birth of a Nation (1915) – D. W. Griffith (full)
And here we go with a very special trailer of “The Jazz Singer” by Alan Crosland: a trailer by Warner which is so straightforward. A presenter introducing a movie about a first music hype.
The Jazz Singer (1927) – Alan Crosland (trailer)