Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

The Birth of a Nation (1915) Movie Information

Your Rating:
DVD  Blu-ray
view all merchandise
        Play Trailer    Write Review +  Request correction + Add to List: Add to movie list 

Overall Rank:


Avg. Rating:


# of Ratings:



Drama, Historical





Theater Date:



D.W. Griffith


Lillian Gish
Henry B. Walthall
Mary Alden
Ralph Lewis
Mae Marsh





Like Movie:

Plot Outline:

During the civil war, a tale is told of the anarchy that ruled the south after the war. One of the first major motion pictures and the one that started "it" all. Silent.

Related Movie Lists

movies of 1915 by skater4159 National Film Registry by Gremista
Top Movie List by Seth Old Movies by Naveen
Movies I Own by SilentVamp Top 100 by Alex Krajci
Movies I Want To See by Daniela Moraes Top Movie List by allabouttoledo
Top Movie List by kencyprus Top Movie List by Alex Krajci

Quick Movie Reviews

Indyfreak 08/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

Nothing can be simple, can it? The Birth of a Nation is indeed a landmark film with its groundbreaking technical achievements. In this sense, it could be seen as the first modern movie with a fleshed out story filling up a feature-length running time, a soundtrack, and creative editing. But it is famous for another reason. It's incredibly and unrepentantly RACIST!

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

I just can't bring myself to give this four stars due to the absurd racism it glorifies. There's no way I can rate it lower as its technical excellence is impossible to ignore. Important film in the history of cinema. So unfortunate that I can't be an enthusiast for this one.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

mitchellyoung 12/04/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

It's original and classic only because of its seminal use of storytelling elements, editing, and the scope in which the story is told. Other than that, it's antiquated and very racist.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

The Film Rebel 11/09/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

This movie is fucking horrible. It is the biggest piece of a racist propaganda shit I have ever seen. I honestly don't care how "revolutionary" it is. This film is just garbage. Complete and utter garbage. "One of the best films of all time" my ass.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

Allison 12/14/2008 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of

This was an amazing film by D.W. Griffith. I avoided it for so long, because unfortunately someone told me it was racist. It actually shows the disturbing effect by the Ku Klux Klan and the blacks' uprising against this secret-society. To ignore this important piece of history would only be giving power to racism. Griffith is a master and this film is a work of art.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

Full Movie Reviews


05/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Revolutionary and racist

The Birth of a Nation is a revolutionary film that has many impressive scenes. Its battle scenes are particularly good considering the level of technology available at the time. D.W. Griffith is one of the most influential directors of all time and the film is well put together overall. However, this film is blatantly racist. Its depiction of blacks is one the most despicable things ever seen on film. In fact, it was controversial for its racism even when it was released in 1915! The idea that the KKK were heroes is morally offensive considering their use of systematic terror to achieve their goals. It is no wonder that the real KKK allegedly used the film as a recruiting tool.

Some may say that this film cannot be viewed objectively since it came out at a time when racism was not...

Rating of

read more +
Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No
Log In
 Login with Facebook
For members wanting to use FB to login, click here
remember me  
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Watched in 2015 by tonks76
Movies I've Seen by Camper
Top Movie List by Ben
movies of 1970 by skater4159
Top Comedy Movies by Ivana
Top Sci-Fi Movies by Michael
Top Movie List by Rick Burrington
Top Movie List by SIngli6




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations FilmCrave Friends    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use