Best War 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 War Movies of 1915 : The Captive
2.

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 War Movies of 1915 : The Coward
3.

The Coward

2.6
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
4.

On the Firing Line with the Germans

1.6
7.0/10 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 : In the Hands of the Enemy
5.

In the Hands of the Enemy

1.3
5.3/10 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
6.

L'empreinte de la patrie

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

The intersection of multiple realities will be a little too late. A general considers his son to be a deserter since there is no other option for him but to serve in the German army because of naturalization. Until the last moment, the son continues to oppose the German army, unfortunately without the father knowing.

Directed by: M. Dumeny
Release date: 1915-09-03
7.

Goumiers algériens en Belgique

0.0
0.0/10 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
8.

The Story of Midinette

0.0
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

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