For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
1,198 Ratings

The Great Train Robbery

Directed by Edwin S. Porter
United States, 1903
Short, Western


Produced by Thomas Edison, but directed and filmed by Edison Company employee Edwin S. Porter, The Great Train Robbery was the first narrative movie, one that told a story. It is a classic Western with four bandits who rob a train and its passengers of their valuables and then try to escape.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The Great Train Robbery Directed by Edwin S. Porter

Critics reviews

The Great Train Robbery is one of cinema’s earliest westerns, and something of a breakthrough in the development of narrative film editing. Porter’s ten-minute movie cuts between simultaneous actions in different locations, more economically than in his previous work Life of an American Fireman (1902), and the drama gains urgency from its use of location shooting, camera movement and frequent eruptions of violence.
January 04, 2016

What are people saying?

Related films