Ninety-eight years after its release, a lost film on which Alfred Hitchcock served as assistant director has been rediscovered in a New Zealand archive. The 30-minute fragment for The White Shadow, is now the legendary director's earliest credited feature. According to David Sterritt, Hitchcock researcher and chairman of the National Society of Film Critics, the find represents a "missing link" in director's early career.

While the find is making headlines, it is far from unique. Throughout the years, numerous supposedly lost films have been rediscovered. Here are nine famous examples.

Cléopâtre - (1899)

Considered one of the earliest horror films of all time, Georges Méliès' Cléopâtre told the story of the reanimated mummified corpse of the ancient Egyptian queen. Although it was thought lost for decades, a print was found in 2005.

It goes without saying that the picture above is not directly related to the film.

Frankenstein - (1910)

The earliest known film adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic, this version of Frankenstein is thought to have been produced by Thomas Edison. The film went missing in the early 20th century, but was rediscovered by a Wisconsin film collector in the 1970's, and has since been restored.

Richard III - (1912)

This early adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play starred the world renowned actress Sarah Bernhardt. After years in hiding, a high-quality print was discovered in 1996. This 55-minute film is now considered the oldest American feature film in existence.

Hell Bent - (1918)

Like many directors of his era, John Ford got his start directing silent films. Unfortunately, many of these early works were lost. However, a copy of Hell Bent was discovered in a Czechoslovakian archive, and has since been screened at film festivals. (

Hard Luck - (1921)

The Buster Keaton comedy Hard Luck was considered lost for over six decades. When it was partially reassembled in 1987, a crucial final scene in which Keaton falls through a hole and then emerges with a Chinese family in tow was still missing. This was extremely unfortunate, since Keaton considered the scene to be one of the funniest of his career. However, it has since been rediscovered and fully restored.

Little Red Riding Hood - (1922)

This long-lost animated short was highly sought after by film historians because it was Walt Disney's first film. Luckily, a copy was discovered in London in 1998, and the film was restored.

Phantom - (1922)

This German Expressionist film was directed by F.W. Murnau, but is often overshadowed by his classic work, Nosferatu, which came out the same year. Although it was missing for years, the film was rediscovered and restored by German film archivists, and re-released in the U.S. in 2006.

Wings - (1927)

Despite being the only silent film to ever win the Academy Award, this World War I fighter pilot drama was considered lost for years. The loss of the film was especially troubling, considering it helped launch the career of film-legend Gary Cooper. However, a copy was eventually found at the Cinémathèque Française film archive in Paris, and in 1997, the film was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Metropolis - (1927)

This Fritz Lang film is one of cinema's earliest examples of science fiction. Although it was never lost in the traditional sense, the film had been severely edited over time to the point where entire scenes were missing. But in 2008, an original reduction negative of the film was discovered in Buenos Aires, complete with many of the missing scenes. When combined with previously discovered footage from Australia and New Zealand, preservationists were able to recreate what is thought to be an extremely accurate copy of the original film.