The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine in director D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic. 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.

  • D.W. Griffith
  • D.W. Griffith
  • Frank E. Woods
  • Thomas F. Dixon Jr.
metacritic icon 5.4/10
themoviedb icon 6.5/10
  • Release Date: 1915-02-08
  • Views: 318
  • Country: US
  • Language: No Language
  • Runtime: 193
  • Budget: $100,000
  • Revenue: $11,000,000
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Tom Kenny


Billy West


Mary Alden

Lydia Brown

Wayne Knight


Alanna Ubach


Elmer Clifton

Phil Stoneman

Kaley Cuoco


Mae Marsh

Flora Cameron

Lillian Gish

Elsie Stoneman

Henry B. Walthall

Col. Ben Cameron

Miriam Cooper

Margaret Cameron

Donald Crisp

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

Ralph Lewis

Austin Stoneman

Joseph Henabery

Abraham Lincoln

Josephine Crowell

Mrs. Cameron

George Siegmann

Silas Lynch

Howard Gaye

Gen. Robert E. Lee

Raoul Walsh

John Wilkes Booth

Robert Harron

Tod Stoneman

Monte Blue

Minor Role

Bob Burns

Klan Leader

Edmund Burns


Fred Burns


David Butler

Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier

Peggy Cartwright

Young Girl in Cabin

Sam De Grasse

Sen. Charles Sumner

John Ford

Klansman on Horse Holding Up Hood with Hand

Eugene Pallette

Union Soldier

Alma Rubens

Belle of 1861

Allan Sears


Charles Stevens


Jules White

Confederate Soldier

Violet Wilkey

Flora Cameron as a Child

D.W. Griffith

Himself (1931 reissue version)

Walter Huston

Himself (1931 reissue version)
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