Essential Cinema (1900 – 1970): Pt. 1

Please enjoy the Ministry of Cultural Purification’s presentation of America’s finest films during the first seventy years of the twentieth century. This is the first of a five-part series that names the top 15 films between 1900 and 1970.

The numbers 1-15 do not themselves denote a level of a ranking. The inclusion of a film on the list simply means it is indispensable.

If all Americans were familiar with the themes, concepts, events and histories that are showcased in these films, the level of cultural and historical ignorance in America would be significantly reduced.

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Disclaimer: Testing Orthodoxy DOES NOT own the rights to any of the content in this video. This video video was produced ONLY with material already published on YouTube. This video’s purpose is purely educational.

Sources Used:

1. Semple, Kirk. (2010). “The Movie That Made a Supreme Court Justice” The New York Times.

2. Ebert, Roger. (2002). “12 Angry Men Review.” Chicago-Sun Times.  

3. Barnett, Laura. (2013). “A former juror’s view on Twelve Angry Men.” The Guardian.

4. Propes, Richard. (2008). “12 Angry Men Review.” The Independent Critic. 

5. Ebert, Roger. (1999). “Great Movies: Dr. Strangelove.”

6. Christie, Ian. (2018). “The 50 Greatest Films of All Time.” Sight & Sound: The International Film Magazine. 

7. Ebert, Roger. (2003). “Great Movies: Birth of a Nation.”

8. Finley, Joel. (2003). “The Hollywood Story.” Wallflower Press. 

9. All Things Considered. (2015). “100 Years Later, What’s The Legacy Of ‘Birth Of A Nation’?” NPR. 

10. History Channel Editors. (2008). “Birth of a Nation Opens.” The History Channel. 

Music Used:

  1. Metallica – “…And Justice for All.” (1988).
  2. Kenyon Hopkins. “12 Angry Men Soundtrack.” (1957). 
  3. Bernard Herrmann. “Psycho Soundtrack.” (1960)

Documentary Videos Used:

1. 1915: The Birth of a Nation – Hollywood’s first motion picture. One Years of Cinema.  URL:

2. Birth Of A Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster. PBS America. URL:

YouTube Videos Used:












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