On Dec. 28, 1895, at Paris' Grand Cafe, several people gathered for the world's first movie premiere.
Was it a comedy? A "Die Hard" prequel? Not quite.The first projected movie - presented by brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere - showed workers leaving a factory for their lunch break. Viewers were amazed.
Several months later, in April 1896, America had its first motion-picture screening at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in New York. By all accounts, the evening was a huge success.
During one on-screen moment, when crashing waves hit a pier, audience members in the front row ducked, fearing they would get wet.
From that day on, people flocked to "flickers," which were the result of inventions by the Lumieres and Thomas A. Edison, who perfected the Vitascope projection system.
There was no talk-show circuit to hype the films back then. Some vaudeville-theater owners thought that showing these flicks would be a good way to clear the house once the acts were over.
A hundred years later, some movies still clear the house. Others have found a permanent home in people's hearts.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of movies, some current luminaries were asked to name their favorite "flickers" of all time.
TOM ARNOLD, star of "9 Months": "`Animal House' (1978) is definitely one of my favorite movies. I also love `The In-Laws' (1979). The characters that mean the most to me are the ones who are flawed."
KENNETH BRANAGH, star of "Othello": "`Birdman of Alcatraz' (1962) was my favorite as a boy. It just got to me in a strange way. I was thrilled later on when I saw Telly Savalas as Kojak. To me, he was just the guy in the next cell.
"I still dearly love all the Beatles films. I don't tell many people, but I'm a huge fan of `Sound of Music' (1965) and `Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (1968)."
WILLEM DAFOE, star of "Tom and Viv": "One of my favorites - you'll probably be surprised - is `Gone With the Wind' (1939). It works on an old creaky Hollywood level and it works on something beyond that level. It's flat-out melodrama, but I think it's a weirdly robust and complex drama."
JOHNNY DEPP, star of "Nick of Time": "My all-time favorite film is `The Wizard of Oz' (1939). I watch it every year when it's on TV. And every year it's the same thing. Every time Dorothy has to say goodbye to her new friends, my eyes well up with tears. When she's hugging the Tin Man for the last time, I just dissolve.
"I love this film. It's about sticking by your friends."
KIRSTEN DUNST, star of "Jumanji": "I love `Schindler's List' (1993). It's sad, but it's my favorite movie. It's a really important story and it just rips your heart out."
RALPH FIENNES, star of "Schindler's List" and "Strange Days": "One of my favorites of all time is, oddly enough, John Carpenter's `Halloween' (1978). It was horrible but wonderful.
"I remember seeing this movie and not being able to sleep that night at all. I was checking behind my blinds for the monster."
LAURENCE FISHBURNE, star of "Othello": "I like `The Illustrated Man' (1969). It was about a guy who had living stories on his body. It was great, great, great."
HARRISON FORD, star of "Sabrina": "Favorite movie? I hate this question. I'm not a film buff. I don't go to movies much, to tell you the truth."
JODIE FOSTER, director of "Home for the Holidays": "I love old Jean Harlow films. When I did `Nell,' I brought a VCR up to my cabin with my favorite films, like `Bombshell' (1933). These are just such spirited movies."
TERRY GILLIAM, director of "12 Monkeys": "I've got a lot of favorite movies. That's my problem. I just love all movies.
"If I had to choose one film to show I'd pick `One-Eyed Jacks' (1961). It was Marlon Brando. It was directed by a non-director. And I just like it enormously.
"I saw it three times when it first came out on 42nd Street in New York in a flea-pit theater. I think that's also why I love it so much."
HUGH GRANT, star of "9 Months": "The movie I love best is "The Way Ahead' (1944) with David Niven. It's heaven. It's very romantic and Niven is so good in it. There's this great scene where he cheers up the troops by playing a banjo."
TOM HANKS, star of "Apollo 13": "Absolutely, `2001' (1968) is my favorite movie of all time. All the rest of the movies ever made just pale in comparison. Doesn't everyone know this?
"Why do I like this film so much? The reason is that I love space movies and very rarely do these movies take into account zero gravity. That's the thing that (director Stanley) Kubrick did. He obeyed the laws of physics. Very few films bother to do that."
ETHAN HAWKE, star of "Before Sunrise": "My favorite movie of all time is `Reds' (1981). It's romantic. It's political. It's funny. It's got everything. It's even foreign. It's an epic with guns and communism and democracy. It's all wrapped up in one fantastic picture."
JOHN LEGUIZAMO, star of "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar": "I love `Some Like It Hot' (1959). It's one of the greatest movies of all time. It's a cool story.
"(Director) Billy Wilder's pacing and comic timing is the best. I love the farce aspect of it. It's a master doing master work. This movie proves that a film can be funny but still have something to say."
CHRIS O'DONNELL, star of "Batman Forever": "For me, `It's a Wonderful Life' (1946) is it. I loved it as a kid and I still love it now. I can't watch it enough during the holiday season.
"At the end of the film, when that actor says, `George Bailey, that's my brother,' I break up."
AL PACINO, star of "Heat": "One of my favorites is `The Tree of Wooden Clogs' (1978). It's about a year in the life of peasants. They're from Northern Italy and they're living there just before the turn of the century. It's a very moving film."
BRAD PITT, star of "12 Monkeys": "I always really loved Paul Newman in `Hud' (1963). I remember being a kid and going to the drive-in, really sneaking in with all my friends and watching `Hud' again and again while we ate our homemade popcorn.
"I don't know if I love the movie so much or just the memory of seeing it."
KEANU REEVES, star of "A Walk in the Clouds": "A few years back, when I did that Paula Abdul `Rush' video, I had to watch `Rebel Without a Cause' (1955) over and over.
"James Dean. Wow. He was amazing. I saw the film when I was younger, but really studying it made me realize that guy was amazing, amazing, amazing.
"I also love, love, love the first `Indiana Jones' (1981) and `DirtyHarry' (1971). I'm a big action fan."
CHRISTINA RICCI, star of "Casper": "My favorite movies are the original `Dracula' (1931), `Dead Again' (1991) and `Hamlet' (1990). Some parents might not want to let their kids see those first two films, but I saw them as a kid and I was scared in all the best ways. I'd watch those films when no one was home and get my mind going."
MIRANDA RICHARDSON, star of "Tom and Viv": "I definitely have a fondness for any John Wayne movie. I loved Westerns. I would watch them from the age of 10 on Saturday at the cinema near my parents' house.
"I saw `True Grit' (1969) about 20 times when I was younger. I love afternoon television now with those old black-and-white movies. I also love `Pride and Prejudice' (1940) with (Laurence) Olivier."
ALICIA SILVERSTONE, star of "Clueless": "I love the original `Romeo and Juliet' (1936). It's soooo romantic. I just adore the language. They spoke in such juicy, powerful words. Why don't we talk like that anymore?
"I also love `Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982). I saw it in high school and thought it was just too cool. This movie proved that there is a dark side to teen life. But it was also very touching. I like anything that allows young people to have a voice."
WESLEY SNIPES, star of "Money Train": "`The Shawshank Redemption' (1994) is just a fine movie and my favorite. You have interesting characters and a film with a subject that matters. At the end, when Morgan Freeman meets up with his old friend Tim Robbins, it is so touching and joyful."
SHARON STONE, star of "Casino": "I really love `Witness' (1985). It's really a sexy movie. I love when Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis are in the barn. The looks between them get your heart going.
"My other favorite movie of all time is the old Disney `The Jungle Book' (1967). I love the jazz. I love the characters. I love the animation."
EMMA THOMPSON, star of "Sense and Sensibility": "My favorite movie is `Some Like It Hot.' It's a piece of great, absolutely great cinema. It's both romantic and sexy.
"I've also picked it because I'm completely in love with Tony Curtis as well. "
BRUCE WILLIS, "Twelve Monkeys": "I have a couple favorites. I like `Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957), `The Great Escape' (1963) and `Lady Eve' (1941). `Bridge' is some of the most exciting filmmaking I've ever seen in my life.
"I also have a special place in my heart for `Mortal Thoughts' (1991), which is a movie I did with my wife Demi (Moore) a few years ago. I love the movie because I think it's her best work ever."