Best Drama Movies of 1915

1.

The Birth of a Nation

4.5
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
6.9/10 IMDB

At 10 years old, Owen becomes a ragged orphan when his mother dies. Abusive next-door neighbors the Conways take him in, and by 17, Owen has learned that might is right. At 25, he's a career gangster: loitering, gambling and drinking in dens of iniquity. Marie Deering arrives in Owen's area, eager to empower the impoverished, gang-affiliated youth through education. Owen slowly but surely leaves his old life behind, choosing the narrow path- all the while falling in love with Marie. Skinny, who's taken over Owen's role in the gang, reappears to him, spelling trouble.

Starring: James A. Marcus, Maggie Weston, John McCann, Harry McCoy, Rockliffe Fellowes, William Sheer, Carl Harbaugh, Anna Q. Nilsson, Peggy Barn, Maggie Weston ..
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 : Children of Eve
5.

Children of Eve

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

CHILDREN OF EVE (1915; dir: John Collins) is most famous today for its detailed reenactment of the tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911, which had become a symbol of unsafe working conditions and capital's apparent disregard for labor. Viola Dana stars as an illegitimate child of the slums who labors in an oppressive canning company, not realizing she has a significant connection to the cold-hearted factory owner. This special edition includes outtake footage of the sensational fire scene, for which the Edison Studios set an actual four-story factory ablaze.

Starring: Viola Dana, Robert Conness, Tom Blake, Nellie Grant, Robert Walker, William Wadsworth, James Harris, Hubert Dawley, Warren Cook, Brad Sutton ..
Directed by: John H. Collins
Release date: 1915-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Fanchon, the Cricket
6.

Fanchon, the Cricket

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A young wild girl, Fanchon, 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: 1915-05-10
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : The Captive
7.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Hypocrites
8.

Hypocrites

2.7
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, Alva D. Blake, Dixie Carr, Jane Darwell, Nigel De Brulier, Margaret Edwards, Vera Lewis ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1915-01-20
9.

Alias Jimmy Valentine

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

After robbing a bank, a criminal is wrongfully pardoned from prison.

Starring: Robert Warwick, Robert Cummings, Alec B. Francis, Frederick Truesdell, Ruth Shepley, Johnny Hines, D.J. Flanagan, Walter Craven, John Boone, Thomas Mott Osborne ..
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur
Release date: 1915-02-22
Best Drama Movies of 1915 : Carmen
10.

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

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