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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Thomas Dixon Jr. (adapted from his novel: "The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan") (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.) (play "The Clansman") (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.) (novel "The Leopard's Spots") (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.) | D.W. Griffith | Frank E. Woods
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Mar 21, 1915 (United States)
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60 cast members
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Henry B. Walthall
Colonel Ben Cameron aka The Little Colonel (as Henry Walthall) Colonel Ben Cameron aka The Little Colonel (as Henry Walthall)   See fewer
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Lillian Gish
Elsie - Stoneman's Daughter Elsie - Stoneman's Daughter   See fewer
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Mae Marsh
Flora Cameron - the Pet Sister Flora Cameron - the Pet Sister   See fewer
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Miriam Cooper
Margaret Cameron - the Elder Sister Margaret Cameron - the Elder Sister   See fewer
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Mary Alden
Lydia Brown - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper Lydia Brown - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper   See fewer
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Ralph Lewis
Hon. Austin Stoneman - Leader of the House Hon. Austin Stoneman - Leader of the House   See fewer
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George Siegmann
Silas Lynch - Mulatto Lieut. Governor (as George Seigmann) Silas Lynch - Mulatto Lieut. Governor (as George Seigmann)   See fewer
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Walter Long
Gus - A Renegade Negro Gus - A Renegade Negro   See fewer
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Robert Harron
Tod - Stoneman's Younger Son Tod - Stoneman's Younger Son   See fewer
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Wallace Reid
Jeff - The Blacksmith (as Wallace Reed) Jeff - The Blacksmith (as Wallace Reed)   See fewer
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Joseph Henabery
Abraham Lincoln (as Jos. Henabery) Abraham Lincoln (as Jos. Henabery)   See fewer
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Elmer Clifton
Phil - Stoneman's Elder Son Phil - Stoneman's Elder Son   See fewer
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Josephine Crowell
Mrs. Cameron Mrs. Cameron   See fewer
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Spottiswoode Aitken
Dr. Cameron Dr. Cameron   See fewer
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George Beranger
Wade Cameron - the Second Son (as J.A. Beringer) Wade Cameron - the Second Son (as J.A. Beringer)   See fewer
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Maxfield Stanley
Duke Cameron - the Youngest Son (as John French) Duke Cameron - the Youngest Son (as John French)   See fewer
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Jennie Lee
Mammy - the Faithful Servant Mammy - the Faithful Servant   See fewer
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Donald Crisp
General Ulysses .S. Grant General Ulysses .S. Grant   See fewer
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Howard Gaye
General Robert E. Lee General Robert E. Lee   See fewer
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Raoul Walsh
John Wilkes Booth John Wilkes Booth   See fewer
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Alberta Lee
Mrs. Lincoln Mrs. Lincoln   See fewer
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Sam De Grasse
Senator Charles Sumner Senator Charles Sumner   See fewer
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Violet Wilkey
Flora Cameron as a Child Flora Cameron as a Child   See fewer
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Monte Blue
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Braham
Cameron's Male Servant (uncredited) Cameron's Male Servant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Burns
Klan Leader (uncredited) Klan Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Burns
Klansman (uncredited) Klansman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Burns
Klansman (uncredited) Klansman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Burns
Klansman (uncredited) Klansman (uncredited)   See fewer
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David Butler
Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier (uncredited) Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peggy Cartwright
Young Girl in Cabin (uncredited) Young Girl in Cabin (uncredited)   See fewer
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William E. Cassidy
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Dark Cloud
General at Appomatox Surrender (uncredited) General at Appomatox Surrender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lenore Cooper
Elsie's Maid (uncredited) Elsie's Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
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William De Vaull
Nelse - an Old-Fashioned Negro (uncredited) Nelse - an Old-Fashioned Negro (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Eagle Eye
Man Who Falls from Roof (uncredited) Man Who Falls from Roof (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Ford
Klansman on Horse Holding Up Hood with Hand (uncredited) Klansman on Horse Holding Up Hood with Hand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alberta Franklin
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Freeman
Jake / Sentry at Hospital (uncredited) Jake / Sentry at Hospital (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gibson Gowland
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Olga Grey
Laura Keene (uncredited) Laura Keene (uncredited)   See fewer
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D.W. Griffith
Himself (1931 reissue version) (uncredited) Himself (1931 reissue version) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Hamer
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Russell Hicks
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Walter Huston
Walter Huston (1930 re-release promotion) (uncredited) Walter Huston (1930 re-release promotion) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles King
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited) Undetermined Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elmo Lincoln
White-Arm Joe - Blacksmith (uncredited) White-Arm Joe - Blacksmith (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Marsh
Child with Dr. Cameron (uncredited) Child with Dr. Cameron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Donna Montran
Belle of 1861 (uncredited) Belle of 1861 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eugene Pallette
Union Soldier (uncredited) Union Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vester Pegg
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Jack Pickford
Negro (uncredited) Negro (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alma Rubens
Belle of 1861 (uncredited) Belle of 1861 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Sears
Klansman (uncredited) Klansman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Stevens
Volunteer Who Reports Piedmont Raid (uncredited) Volunteer Who Reports Piedmont Raid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Madame Sul-Te-Wan
Black Woman - Dr. Cameron's Taunter (uncredited) Black Woman - Dr. Cameron's Taunter (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Walsh
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Jules White
Confederate Soldier (uncredited) Confederate Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Wilson
Stoneman's Servant (uncredited) Stoneman's Servant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Wynn
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6.6 / 10 | 20,260 votes