IMDb’s First 100

A few days ago, as I was browsing IMDb (as I always do after watching a movie), and I realised Marlon Brando had a really small primary key (8 to be precise). So out of curiosity, I checked who had the id of 1, and then 2 and then I wanted to know all the others as well.

Well, I finally had 10 minutes to spare so thought to write a script to see how these entries are defined. Not surprisingly, the movie titles are ordered in chronological order. I’ve left that list at the end of this blog entry in case you’re curious.

The actors listing however, is quite interesting and I can’t see much pattern in it at all. My guess would have been its the original id’s from when IMDb first started, but that was in the early 90’s. Surely, actors like Jennifer Aniston wouldn’t be there. Also, why would Gillian Anderson be there, and not David Duchovny! Ah well, it’s one of those mysteries which only imdb creators might know.

Actors

  1. Fred Astaire
  2. Lauren Bacall
  3. Brigitte Bardot
  4. John Belushi
  5. Ingmar Bergman
  6. Ingrid Bergman (I)
  7. Humphrey Bogart
  8. Marlon Brando
  9. Richard Burton (I)
  10. James Cagney
  11. Gary Cooper (I)
  12. Bette Davis
  13. Doris Day (I)
  14. Olivia de Havilland
  15. James Dean (I)
  16. Georges Delerue
  17. Marlene Dietrich
  18. Kirk Douglas (I)
  19. Federico Fellini
  20. Henry Fonda
  21. Joan Fontaine
  22. Clark Gable
  23. Judy Garland (I)
  24. John Gielgud
  25. Jerry Goldsmith
  26. Cary Grant
  27. Alec Guinness
  28. Rita Hayworth
  29. Margaux Hemingway
  30. Audrey Hepburn
  31. Katharine Hepburn
  32. Charlton Heston
  33. Alfred Hitchcock (I)
  34. William Holden (I)
  35. James Horner
  36. Buster Keaton
  37. Gene Kelly (I)
  38. Grace Kelly (I)
  39. Deborah Kerr
  40. Stanley Kubrick
  41. Akira Kurosawa
  42. Alan Ladd (I)
  43. Veronica Lake (I)
  44. Burt Lancaster
  45. Bruce Lee (I)
  46. Vivien Leigh
  47. Sophia Loren
  48. Peter Lorre (I)
  49. Henry Mancini
  50. Groucho Marx
  51. James Mason (I)
  52. Marcello Mastroianni
  53. Robert Mitchum
  54. Marilyn Monroe
  55. Alfred Newman
  56. Paul Newman (I)
  57. David Niven (I)
  58. Maureen O’Hara
  59. Laurence Olivier
  60. Gregory Peck
  61. Tyrone Power (I)
  62. Elvis Presley
  63. Anthony Quinn (I)
  64. Edward G. Robinson
  65. Nino Rota
  66. Jane Russell (I)
  67. Miklós Rózsa
  68. Randolph Scott (I)
  69. Frank Sinatra
  70. Max Steiner (I)
  71. James Stewart (I)
  72. Elizabeth Taylor (I)
  73. Shirley Temple
  74. Gene Tierney
  75. Spencer Tracy
  76. François Truffaut
  77. Franz Waxman
  78. John Wayne (I)
  79. Raquel Welch
  80. Orson Welles
  81. Natalie Wood (I)
  82. Victor Young (I)
  83. Alan Miller (III)
  84. Li Gong (I)
  85. Henner Hofmann
  86. Louis de Funès
  87. Yelena Koreneva
  88. Aleksei Korenev
  89. Richard Paul (I)
  90. Armin Mueller-Stahl
  91. Gérard Pirès
  92. John Cleese
  93. Brad Pitt
  94. J Reifel
  95. Woody Allen
  96. Gillian Anderson (I)
  97. Pamela Anderson (I)
  98. Jennifer Aniston
  99. Patricia Arquette
  100. Rowan Atkinson

Titles

(possibly among the first 100 movies ever made)

  1. Carmencita (1894)
  2. Clown et ses chiens, Le (1892)
  3. Pauvre Pierrot (1892)
  4. Un bon bock (1892)
  5. Blacksmith Scene (1893)
  6. Chinese Opium Den (1894)
  7. Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894)
  8. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
  9. Miss Jerry (1894)
  10. Sortie des usines Lumière, La (1895)
  11. Akrobatisches Potpourri (1895)
  12. Arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat, L’ (1895)
  13. Neuville-sur-Saône: Débarquement du congrès des photographes à Lyon (1895)
  14. Arroseur arrosé, L’ (1895)
  15. Autour d’une cabine (1895)
  16. Barque sortant du port (1895)
  17. Bauerntanz zweier Kinder (1895)
  18. Boxende Känguruh, Das (1895)
  19. The Clown Barber (1895)
  20. The Derby (1895)
  21. Neuville-sur-Saône: Débarquement du congrès des photographes à Lyon (1895)
  22. Forgerons, Les (1895)
  23. Mer, La (1895)
  24. Opening of the Kiel Canal (1895)
  25. The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race (1895)
  26. Partie de cartes (1895)
  27. Place des Cordeliers à Lyon (1895)
  28. Pêche aux poissons rouges, La (1895)
  29. Repas de bébé (1895)
  30. Rough Sea at Dover (1895)
  31. Saut à la couverture, Le (1895)
  32. Serpentinen Tanz (1895)
  33. Voltige, La (1895)
  34. Arrivée d’un train gare de Vincennes (1896)
  35. Arroseur, L’ (1896)
  36. Awakening of Rip (1896)
  37. Baignade en mer (1896)
  38. The Ball Game (1898)
  39. Barnet Horse Fair (1896)
  40. Barque sortant du port de Trouville (1896)
  41. Bataille de boules de neige (1896)
  42. Bateau-mouche sur la Seine (1896)
  43. Batteuse à vapeur (1896)
  44. Bivouac, Le (1896)
  45. Blanchisseuses, Les (1896)
  46. Bois de Boulogne (1896)
  47. Boulevard des Italiens (1896)
  48. The Boxing Kangaroo (1896)
  49. Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest (1896)
  50. Bébé et fillettes (1896)
  51. Campement de bohémiens (1896)
  52. Carga de rurales (1896)
  53. A Chegada do Comboio Inaugural à Estação Central do Porto (1897)
  54. Chevaux de bois, Les (1896)
  55. Chiffonnier, Le (1896)
  56. Uma Corrida de Touros no Campo Pequeno (1896)
  57. Cortège de tzar allant à Versailles (1896)
  58. Cortège de tzar au Bois de Boulogne (1896)
  59. Couronnement de la rosière (1896)
  60. Dancing Darkies (1896)
  61. Dancing Girls (1896)
  62. Danse serpentine (1896)
  63. Dessinateur express (1896)
  64. Dessinateur: Chamberlain (1896)
  65. Dessinateur: Reine Victoria (1896)
  66. Dessinateur: Von Bismark (1896)
  67. Dix chapeaux en 60 secondes (1896)
  68. Déchargement de bateaux (1896)
  69. Défense d’afficher (1896)
  70. Démolition d’un mur (1896)
  71. Départ des automobiles (1896)
  72. Départ des officiers (1896)
  73. Effets de mer sur les rochers (1896)
  74. Enfants jouant sur la plage (1896)
  75. Escamotage d’une dame au théâtre Robert Houdin (1896)
  76. Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)
  77. Fakir, mystère indien, Le (1896)
  78. Feira de Gado na Corujeira (1896)
  79. Gare Saint-Lazare, La (1896)
  80. Grandes manoeuvres (1896)
  81. Haleurs de bateaux, Les (1896)
  82. A Hard Wash (1896)
  83. Indiscrets, Les (1896)
  84. Ivrognes, Les (1896)
  85. Jardinier brûlant des herbes (1896)
  86. Jetée et plage de Trouville (1er partie) (1896)
  87. Jetée et plage de Trouville (2e partie) (1896)
  88. Jour de marché à Trouville (1896)
  89. Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer (1897)
  90. Libération des territoriaux (1896)
  91. Manoir du diable, Le (1896)
  92. Marée montante sur Brise-Larmes (1896)
  93. Melbourne (1896)
  94. Miss de Vere (1896)
  95. Papier protée, Le (1896)
  96. Place Saint-Augustin (1896)
  97. Place de l’Opéra, 1er aspect (1896)
  98. Place de l’Opéra, 2e aspect (1896)
  99. Place de la Bastille (1896)
  100. Place de la Concorde (1896)
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  • Comments (4)
    • eric
    • June 21st, 2010 11:29pm

    i know why cause i checking out too
    I think IMDB made a sort of group of several famous actors ..
    as you’ve outlined above … from 1-82 actors ever victorious from the past in alphabetical order
    and from the entry No. 95 to No. 250 woody allen terminated Renée Zellweger
    No. 254 continued to Isabelle Adjani, Ben Affleck, Jenny Agutter ………. Cher, Atom Egoyan, Christopher Lambert, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker until No. 709 Robert Zemeckis.
    proceed to No. 714 Willie Aames, F. Murray Abraham ……………. Javier Bardem, Mariah Carey, John Frankenheimer, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Janet & Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Sidney Lumet, Robert Rodriguez, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Weir, Hans Zimmer until no 1880 Edward Zwick.
    No. 1898 continued to Bryan Adams, Danny Aiello III … but this one is just up the alphabet “I” is Billy Idol in #2150

    x.

  1. “why would Gillian Anderson be there, and not David Duchovny?”

    I surmise that the people who wrote the very first draft of the IMDB were men! And in the 1990s Gillian Anderson loomed large in their dreams.

    On a more serious level I’ve always surmised they started with a rough alphabetical list, and then threw in some random names, and then started again at A and worked on from there, which is why Duchovny is only 000141.

    • Sunburst
    • March 13th, 2012 7:01pm

    It’s nice to see Gillian on the list! Great actress and adorable actress! She has done a lot of outstanding work in the UK after the X-Files!

    • Denisse Parmenter
    • May 20th, 2013 7:20am

    IMDb originated with a Usenet posting by British film fan and professional computer programmer Col Needham entitled “Those Eyes”, about actresses with beautiful eyes. Others with similar interests soon responded with additions or different lists of their own. Needham subsequently started a (male) “Actors List”, while Dave Knight began a “Directors List”, and Andy Krieg took over “THE LIST”, which would later be renamed the “Actress List”. Both lists had been restricted to people who were alive and working, but soon retired people were added, so Needham started what was then (but did not remain) a separate “Dead Actors/Actresses List”. The goal of the participants now was to make the lists as inclusive as possible. By late 1990, the lists included almost 10,000 movies and television series correlated with actors and actresses appearing therein.,’..’

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