Timeline of Greatest Film
Milestones and Turning Points
in Film History


Introduction

Greatest Film Milestones in Film History: Herein is a detailed timeline of the key film milestones, important turning points, and significant historical dates or events (organized by decade and year) that have had a significant influence on the world body of cinema and shaped its development.

This section of the Greatest Films website provides fundamental knowledge about the basic developments in the history of the motion picture industry internationally, but with a special emphasis on the American film industry and films that influenced the American cinema.

For more detailed accounts of many items, also see this site's extensive narratives on Film History by Decade, Film Milestones in Visual and Special Effects, The Most Controversial Films of All-Time, and a comprehensive History of the Academy Awards, as well as Academy Awards: Best Picture Milestones.


Timeline of Greatest Film History Milestones and Turning Points
(by decade and year)
Introduction | Pre-1900s | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s
1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s

Most Influential Films in American Cinema
Film History
Narratives
(By Decade)
Film History Timelines - Milestones and Turning Points
(By Year)
The Pre-1920s
The Pre-1920s
Pre-1900s (to 1889), Pre-1900s (1890-1899)
1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909
1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919
The 1920s
The 1920s
1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929
The 1930s
The 1930s
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
The 1940s
The 1940s
1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
The 1950s
The 1950s
1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
The 1960s
The 1960s
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
The 1970s
The 1970s
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
The 1980s
The 1980s
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
The 1990s
The 1990s
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
The 2000s
The 2000s
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
The 2010s
The 2010s
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
The 2020s
The 2020s
2020

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