The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies

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Welcome. Yes, the coding is gleefully retro here - who knew that websites could look "so 1998". But here we focus our geekery elsewhere: on movies, and more specifically, on the chronology of all movies, pasted together in a big list. Keep your submissions coming in! You make this. The list runs on one simple premise: that everything you see in the movies is true - the real mixes with the fictitious, so long as it's reported in a movie somewhere. So do join in - the above left links should help you Submit the event from the film you'd like, although do a Search first - we may well have it already!

NEWS! We have a Twitter account. Follow @MovieTimeline. You'll then be treated to one 'event' a day from the world of movie history - some'll be real world stuff, some'll be the world of fiction.

I recently blogged about my personally handpicked journey through history in 100 movies. Do click and read. It's in 3 parts, so click on the links at the bottom after part 1.

Today in movie history...

1884: 1st December: Elfego Baca manages to hold off a gang of 80 cowboys who are determined to kill him. (Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law)

1885: 1st December: A coffin is delivered. (Dracula)

1935: Sunday 1st December: Alvy Singer is born. (Take The Money And Run)

1939: Friday 1st December: Polish Jews are forced to wear stars, marking them out. (The Pianist)

1944: Friday 1st December: John Densmore, future drummer of The Doors, is born. (Maine - The Doors)

1952: Monday 1st December: Life magazine cover features an audience watching a 3D movie. (New York City, New York - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

1960: Thursday 1st December: Sandra Dee marries Bobby Darin. (Beyond the Sea)

1988: Thursday 1st December: Cecil Porter is released. (Alien Nation)

1998: Tuesday 1st December: Mark returns the book. (East Great Falls, Michigan - American Pie Presents: The Book of Love)

2003: Monday 1st December: Leigh Anne Tuohy drives Michael Oher to school. (Memphis, Tennessee - The Blind Side)

2003: Monday 1st December: Mark e-mails the winklevosses and tells them that he has set up one of the two registration pages. (Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Social Network)

2006: Friday 1st December: Zack is awarded Employee of the Month when Vince is found to have been giving away stock. (Super Club superstore - Employee of the Month)

2012: Saturday 1st December: Pete talks to his father Larry about his financial problems. Debbie meets with her father Oliver at a restaurant. (Los Angeles, California - This Is 40)

2013: Sunday 1st December: Keller Dover watched the now free Alex Jones choke his dog for a few seconds. He kidnaps Alex for questioning. (Conyer, Pennsylvania - Prisoners)

2063: 1st December: Weyland Industries earns patent number 17,900,353 for Method and Apparatus for an antigravity device that 3D live-maps any foreign terrain, revolutionizing the pre-process of terraforming and developing new colonies. (Prometheus)

Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...

Captain America
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The King's Speech
Friends With Benefits well as many others.

You can explore the dates on the left-hand bar to see discover...

When Harry Met Sally - that'll be 1977.
The Day The Bubble Burst - it was a Tuesday.
The Day The Earth Stood Still - that was a Wednesday.
Employee of the Month - that month was November 2006.
Hogwarts was founded just 61 years after King Arthur sought the Holy Grail by storming a castle with a large wooden rabbit.

Plus the coincidences, for instance...

- Gangs of New York's Amsterdam Vallon was killing Butcher Bill, down the road Abraham Lincoln was being kidnapped by Bill & Ted...
- Lucky Al Capone - he was sent to Alcatraz by Eliot Ness just in time to miss King Kong rampaging around New York...
- Andy Dufresne was wrongly sentenced to Shawshank a few short months before someone else was framed - Roger Rabbit...

Submit your own historical event from a movie (not TV - yet) by clicking here. It can be a real event (eg. the sinking of the Titanic) or a far-from-real event (eg. Marty McFly attending his parents' school dance) - so long as it's found in a film. It must be a verifiable date - whether a year subtitled at the start ("1941, France..."), a visible clue in the film (character picks up a newspaper), or some historical backdrop (From Hell's Jack The Ripper). If you know what year a movie is set in, let me know.

Thanks for linking to us and please continue to plug us on your journeys round the net. For now please ignore the crappy straightforward appearance - explore the information and trivia, have some fun with it - it really is a very simple idea. But it needs your help!

In the beginning... God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)

Shortly after the beginning... God subcontracts the fjords to Slartibartfast, a planetary construction engineer from Magrathea (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)

26,000,000,000BC Los Angeles (and everywhere else) - The Earth's crust begins to harden (Adaptation)

A long time ago... Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire(Star Wars)

1 zillion BC October 9: Cavemen discover fire, and the joys of eating dinosaur egg (Caveman, 1981)

From this point on the dates get more sensible - begin the timeline...

Some other sites you may like...

The Movie Timeline twitter feed. Do follow.

Movie Banter - our podcast 'n' blog

My site as a stand-up, with gig guides, cv, etc

My twitter feed. Do follow.

Ruined Endings (plots and endings of all the best films. And some bad ones.)

Movie Mistakes

And unaffiliated, but friendly sites... - Watch Movies Online - Watch Free Movies Online

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