1917 in film

List of years in film (table)

1917 in film was a particularly fruitful year for the art form, and is often cited as one of the years in the decade which contributed to the medium the most, along with 1913. Secondarily the year saw a limited global embrace of narrative film-making and featured innovative techniques such as continuity cutting. Primarily, the year is an American landmark, as 1917 is the first year where the narrative and visual style is typified as "Classical Hollywood".


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Gross
1. Cleopatra
2. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
3. The Poor Little Rich Girl

Notable films released in 1917

U.S.A. unless stated

Theda Bara as Cleopatra
Advertisement, August 1917

Comedy film series



Film debuts


  1. Films of the Golden Age.
  2. First National filmography.
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