For anyone interested, here is The Great Train Robbery from 1903 directed by Edwin S Porter in its complete 12 minute version. Due to its age, IMDB confirms that this film is now in the public domain so there is no issue about copyright. I think this is the oldest American film which can be regarded as a proper film with a story - the most famous scene occurs right at the end of the film and must have caused real shock for those who first watched the film. The music had been added later to the film.

 

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