Best War Movies of 1915


The Birth of a Nation

6.2/10 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, D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1915-02-08
Best War Movies of 1915 : The Captive

The Captive

6.4/10 IMDB

Set during the Balkan Wars, The Captive tells the story of Sonia, a young woman living in Montenegro and left to care for her younger brother Milos and the family farm when older brother Marko 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 War Movies of 1915 : The Coward

The Coward

6.0/10 IMDB

Set during the American Civil War, Keenan stars as a Virginia colonel and Charles Ray as his weak-willed son. The son is forced, at gunpoint, by his father to enlist in the Confederate army. He is terrified by the war and deserts during a battle. The film focuses on the son's struggle to overcome his cowardice.

Starring: Frank Keenan, Charles Ray, Gertrude Claire, John Gilbert, Patricia Palmer, Nick Cogley, Charles K. French, Minnie Devereaux, Bob Kortman, Leo Willis ..
Directed by: Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince
Release date: 1915-11-14
Best War Movies of 1915 : On the Firing Line with the Germans

On the Firing Line with the Germans

6.6/10 IMDB

American-made 1915 documentary that follows the Imperial German army as it pushes eastward through Poland during World War I. Some actual battle footage is included along with scenes of military camp life, convalescing soldiers, logistics and captured prisoners of war (English, French and Russian). After the battles are over, the film concludes with sobering views of the plight of the civilian population during the war.

Release date: 1915-11-28
Best War Movies of 1915 : Their One Love

Their One Love

6.1/10 IMDB

In the 1850s twin girls fall in love with the same young man, and must struggle with their feelings once he goes off to fight in the Civil War.

Starring: Madeline Fairbanks, Marion Fairbanks, Charles Emerson, Robert Wilson ..
Directed by: Jack Harvey
Release date: 1915-05-01
Best War Movies of 1915 : The Warrens of Virginia

The Warrens of Virginia

5.3/10 IMDB

As the Civil War begins Ned Burton leaves his Southern love Agatha Warren and joins the Union army. He is later protected and saved from death by Agatha in spite of her loyalty to the South.

Starring: Blanche Sweet, James Neill, Page Peters, Mabel Van Buren, House Peters, Dick La Reno, Sydney Deane, Raymond Hatton, Milton Brown ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1915-02-14
Best War Movies of 1915 : In the Hands of the Enemy

In the Hands of the Enemy

5.6/10 IMDB

During World War I, a countess and her young son volunteer to don disguises and take an important secret message through enemy lines.The fluid editing and vastly more dramatic cinematography (especially the use of close shots for expressiveness and intimacy) are part of the extremely rapid advances in the artistry and technique of the film medium compared to just a year earlier.

Starring: J. Morris Foster, Inda Palmer ..
Release date: 1915-11-15

Goumiers algériens en Belgique

6.0/10 IMDB

What we see in this short are Algerian spahis, cavalry units from that country. We watch their military evolutions, their charging at the camera and across the muddy shores. We see them at prayer.

Directed by: Alfred Machin
Release date: 1915-04-24

John Bull's Animated Sketchbook No. 4

0.0/10 IMDB

An animated recreation of the sinking of the Lusitania is the centrepiece of this pioneering mix of comedy, satire and outrage in cartoon propaganda.

Directed by: Dudley Buxton
Release date: 1915-06-21

The Story of Midinette

0.0/10 IMDB

During the WWI, Jeannette (Musidora) finds refuge in the South France, among other women. She starts the correspondence with a soldier of the front line and sends him a parcel.

Starring: Musidora, Géo Flandre, Édouard Mathé, Louise Lagrange, Claude Mérelle, Maurice Poitel, Gabriel Signoret ..
Directed by: Louis Feuillade
Release date: 1915-05-01
Best War Movies of 1915 : Nurse and Martyr

Nurse and Martyr

0.0/10 IMDB

This intriguing dramatised account of WWI nurse Edith Cavell's imprisonment and execution at the hands of the Germans was produced shortly after her death. Cavell had been arrested for sheltering Allied soldiers and aiding their escape. Directed by and starring former circus performer Percy Moran, with Cora Lee in the title role, what this film lacks in completeness (only 11 of 80 minutes survive) it makes up for in sheer drama.

Starring: Percy Moran, Cora Lee ..
Directed by: Percy Moran
Release date: 1915-11-01
Best War Movies of 1915 : Pawns of Mars

Pawns of Mars

0.0/10 IMDB

Conducting experiments with a new explosive of tremendous power, Dr. Lefone, a celebrated chemist, receives a visit from Rizo Turbal, secretly acting as spy for the emperor of a foreign country. Lefone's friend, John Temple, is experimenting with a discovery he has made of a new wireless wave, with which he expects to explode bombs at long range.

Starring: Charles Kent, Dorothy Kelly, James Morrison, George Cooper, Harry Fisher ..
Directed by: Theodore Marston
Release date: 1915-04-24
Best War Movies of 1915 : The Despoiler

The Despoiler

0.0/10 IMDB

Movie mogul Thomas H. Ince may well have been the director of The Despoiler as indicated by the credits; but since Ince was known far and wide as a glory-hogger, it's also possible that one of his talented lieutenants wielded the megaphone. A Civil War drama, The Despoiler refuses to take sides, demonstrating that there are heroes and villains in both camps. Capturing a small town, Colonel Charles K. French orders his men to reclaim the funds raised for the enemy by the townsfolk. French's drunken, lacivious second-in-command Frank Keenan intends to extort money from the citizens by threatening the virtue of the town's female population.

Starring: Frank Keenan, Enid Markey, Charles K. French, Roy Laidlaw, Fanny Midgley, Aggie Herring ..
Directed by: Reginald Barker
Release date: 1915-12-15

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