2. "Triumph of the Will" (1935)
When they joined forces, Leni Riefenstahl was an actress with only one directing credit and newly appointed German Chancellor Adolf Hitler was looking to make a name for himself and his party. Her strong, artful, propagandistic representation of the 1934 Nazi Congress became one of the top-grossing films in Germany the year it was released. It would earn Riefenstahl praise as a filmmaker for the ages and help sell Germany on Hitler's message of nationalism and racial purity. And as American filmmaker Frank Capra said, Triumph "fired no gun, dropped no bombs. But as a psychological weapon aimed at destroying the will to resist, it was just as lethal."