Best Drama Movies of 1915

1.

The Birth of a Nation

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, Joseph Henabery, Josephine Crowell, Spottiswoode Aitken, Jennie Lee ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1915-02-08
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : The Regeneration
2.

The Regeneration

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

At 10 years old, Owens becomes a ragged orphan when his sainted mother dies. The Conways, who are next door neighbors, take Owen in, but the constant drinking by Jim soon puts Owen on the street. By 17, Owen learns that might is right. By 25, Owen is the leader of his own gang who spend most of their time gambling and drinking. But Marie comes into the gangster area of town and everything changes for Owen as he falls for Marie. But he cannot tell her so, so he comes to her settlement to find education and inspiration. But soon, his old way of life will rise to confront him again.

Starring: James A. Marcus, Maggie Weston, John McCann, Harry McCoy, Rockliffe Fellowes, William Sheer, Carl Harbaugh, Anna Q. Nilsson ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1915-09-12
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : The Cheat
3.

The Cheat

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Starring: Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, Sessue Hayakawa, James Neill, Yutaka Abe, Dana Ong, Hazel Childers, Arthur H. Williams, Dick La Reno, Lucien Littlefield ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1915-12-13
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Enoch Arden
4.

Enoch Arden

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Seamen Enoch Arden returns home after a long absence marooned on a desert island. At home he finds his wife married to another, and though he loves her, he cannot bear to disrupt her current happiness.

Starring: Alfred Paget, Lillian Gish, Wallace Reid, D.W. Griffith, Mildred Harris, Betty Marsh, Paul Willis ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1915-04-08
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Hypocrites
5.

Hypocrites

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

The story of St. Gabriel, who was killed by an ignorant mob for making a nude statue representing Purity, who is also represented by a ghostly naked girl that flits through the film.

Starring: Myrtle Stedman, Courtenay Foote, Herbert Standing, Adele Farrington, A.D. Blake, Dixie Carr, Jane Darwell, Nigel De Brulier, Margaret Edwards, Vera Lewis ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1915-01-20
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : The Captive
6.

The Captive

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Cecil B. DeMille’s thought-to-be-lost 1915 silent film The Captive, is a found treasure. Set during the Balkan Wars, The Captive tells the story of Sonia (Blanche Sweet, The Woman in White), a young woman living in Montenegro and left to care for her younger brother Milos (Gerald Ward, The Warrens of Virginia) and the family farm when older brother Marko (Page Peters, Davy Crockett) goes off to battle. Unable to handle the day-to-day tasks following her brother’s tragic death, help comes in the form of Mahmud Hassan (House Peters, Prisoners of the Storm) a captured Turk nobleman now a prisoner of war. Tasked with helping Sonia, their initial frosty relationship soon melts into love. As the war rages on Sonia, Mahmud and Milos will face near-insurmountable obstacles in their quest for a better life amidst the hell of war.

Starring: Blanche Sweet, House Peters, Gerald Ward, Page Peters, Jeanie Macpherson, Theodore Roberts, William Elmer, Marjorie Daw, Tex Driscoll, Raymond Hatton ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1915-04-22
7.

Madame de Thèbes

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

The story is wacky – a gypsy is cursed by her father, so that she has to deny her illegitimate son in order for him to have a successful life. She gives him to a well-to-do lady who has lost her own child. Later, he has grown up to be a politician who wants to become the foreign minister. He doesn’t know that his real mother is the famous Madame de Thebes, the fortuneteller who all politicians make sure to visit! This information falls into the hands of a rival, who tries to use it to ruin his career. Meanwhile, the rival’s attractive daughter is attacked by a ruffian and needs to be rescued… There are a lot of striking images in this film. You can see the beauty of them even if the state of the print is far from perfect. The Norwegian actress Ragna Wettergreen gives a haunting performance as Madame de Thebes, with wisdom and regret – and quite a few melodramatic gestures. Understatement was not the norm in those days.

Starring: John Ekman, Märta Halldén, Nicolai Johannsen, William Larsson, Albin Lavén, Karin Molander, Doris Nelson, Ragna Wettergreen ..
Directed by: Mauritz Stiller
Release date: 1915-08-06
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Fanchon, the Cricket
8.

Fanchon, the Cricket

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A young wild girl Fanchon ( Mary Pickford ) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected by the villagers of being a witch. The unkempt Fanchon suffers from her grandmother's sorceress reputation. One day the girl rescues a boy from drowning and they fall in love, but Fanchon won't agree to marry him unless his father asks her. A year later the boy has fallen very ill and it is only the presence of the enchanting Fanchon that helps to restore his health.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Jack Standing, Lottie Pickford, Gertrude Norman, Russell Bassett, Dick Lee, Jack Pickford ..
Directed by: James Kirkwood
Release date: 1915-05-09
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Carmen
9.

Carmen

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Hot-blooded gypsy Carmen attempts to seduce Don Jose, a lawman sent to thwart a gang of illegal smugglers in Spain. Carmen's plan backfires when Don Jose's passion for the gypsy girl escalates into a jealous rage as she spurns him for her bullfighter beau, Escamillo, with tragic results.

Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, Horace B. Carpenter, William Elmer, Jeanie Macpherson, Anita King, Milton Brown, Tex Driscoll, Raymond Hatton ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1915-10-31
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Trilby
10.

Trilby

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

This 1915 Maurice Tourneur film is a version of the famous duMaurier novel. It was later done in a more famous 1931 film named Svengali with John Barrymore. The later film obviously changed the title due to the huge presence of its' star.

Starring: Wilton Lackaye, Clara Kimball Young, Paul McAllister, Chester Barnett, D.J. Flanagan ..
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur
Release date: 1915-09-19

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