Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Award winners and nominees, Academy Award acceptance speeches, and the contents of the Academy's library (including books, photographs, manuscripts, and digital collections.
Thousands of documentary titles, tagged and searchable by keyword, with one-line descriptions of their contents, accessible through an exceptionally clean, intuitive interface.
Edison Motion Pictures at the Library of Congress
Scores of early Edison shorts -- fictional, dramatized, and documentary -- keyword searchable, with summaries and production data; most films are downloadable in Quicktime, MPEG, and RealMedia formats.
Fordham University History Sourcebooks
Extensive, but far from exhaustive, listings of dramatic films set in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods, with each title linked to the film's IMDB page. Most films are annotated with, at most, a one-sentence description; a handful have a short analytical paragraph. Last updated in 2002.
In-depth coverage of more than 50 films depicting historical events, mostly from the 1980s and 1990s, written by university students. Entries include scene breakdowns, analysis, quotations, comparisons with similar films, and suggestions for further reading.
Center for Teaching History through Film
A project of the Center for the Study of Public History and Public Culture at George Washington University; both content experts and a teacher advisory board shape the information. Currently lists five feature films on American history.
Films From the Home Front
From the site: "a collection of unique moving images illustrating what life was like for ordinary people in Britain during the Second World War, as seen through amateur documentaries, newsreels, government films, and home movies."
The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
A project of Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, the site features an 82,000-item database including listings for 30,000 television programs and nearly 20,000 films depicting journalists, as well as a peer-reviewd online journal.
Who's Who of Victorian Cinema
A searchable collection of over 300 biographies of directors, actors, technicians, and other key figures in 19C film, drawn from the British Film Institute's book of the same title.
A site dedicated to the theory, practice, history, and virtually everything else related to sound in films.
Peter C. Rollins, “Interview with Peter Rollins on Talk of the Nation,” May 2004. http://tinyurl.com/2dojxe