Top 15 Movies That Changed Cinema

1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Once you get past the highly objectionable subject matter, it’s hard not to recognize that this film launched American cinema. Beyond advancing technical aspects of shots and editing, this film grossed over $10 million in 1915, showing filmmaking as the viable, moneymaking business it continues to be. In fact, it was such an iconic film in it’s own era, that it was considered commonplace for people in the industry to include Birth on their resume just so they could say they were there at the beginning. Even acclaimed director John Ford has an unsubstantiated credit as a horseman.


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