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...

1853: 25th July: California Rangers kill Joaquin Murrieta. (Joaquin Murrieta)

1872: 25th July: Phileas Fogg and Passepartout leave for Hong Kong on a steamer, now accompanied by the princess Aouda. (Calcutta, India - Around the World in 80 Days)

1897: 25th July: Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush. (Jack London)

1917: Wednesday 25th July: Mata Hari sentenced to die. (France - Mata Hari)

1965: Sunday 25th July: Bob Dylan performs for the first time with electric instruments. (I'm Not There.)

1969: Friday 25th July: Life magazine headline: "LEAVING FOR THE MOON." (New York City, New York - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

1979: Wednesday 25th July: Anthony Hagan born. (Lazer Team)

1986: Friday 25th July: UFO at Santa Carla Country Club. (Santa Carla, California - The Lost Boys)

2008: Friday 25th July: A dog named Chelsea is taken to the Hotel For Dogs. (Central City - Hotel for Dogs)

2009: Saturday 25th July: Justice Ball XIII Featuring DJ XM at 9:00 P.M. (Los Angeles, CA - Get Him to the Greek)

2009: Saturday 25th July: Padre is crucified. Mexican immigrants rise up against border vigilantes. McLaughlin is killed by the border when he is mistaken for an immigrant. (Mexico - Machete)

2010: Sunday 25th July: Captain Richard Phillips goes back to sea. (Captain Phillips)

2012: Wednesday 25th July: Nick confesses his unfaithfulness on live television but asserts that he is not a murderer. Amy and Desi watch the broadcast. Detective Rhonda Boney gets an arrest warrant and searches Nick's shed. (Gone Girl)

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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