Essential Cinema (1900 – 1970): Pt. 2

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 second 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.

If you need more time  for each module, please pause the video. If you wish to advance quicker than the video speed, please manually move the presentation cursor. 

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. American Film Institute. “Ben-Hur.” AFI Catalog of Feature Films.      URL:

2. Hall, Sheldon. (2010). “Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History.” Wayne State University Press.

3. WIKIPEDIA. “Ben-Hur (1959).”

4. Capra, Frank. (1985). “The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography” Publisher Vintage Books.

5. Miles, Adam and Devine, Tom (2007). “Washington Whistleblower Week Starts Monday.” 

6. Blaylock, Dylan (2007). “C-SPAN Highlights GAP Event in Podcast of the Week.”

7.  Eder, Bruce.(2009). “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Allmovie review.

8. WIKIPEDIA. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”     URL:

9.”1959 Ben-Hur theme performed live by the John Wilson Orchestra – 2013 BBC”     URL:

Documentary Used:

1. FilmIsNow Movie Extras. “Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick.”   URL:

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