Best Documentary Movies of 1942


Why We Fight: Prelude to War

7.0/10 IMDB

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

Starring: Walter Huston, Max Schmeling ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1942-05-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Listen to Britain

Listen to Britain

6.6/10 IMDB

A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Starring: Chesney Allen, Leonard Brockington, Bud Flanagan, Myra Hess ..
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Release date: 1942-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Torpedo Squadron

Torpedo Squadron

6.1/10 IMDB

John Ford splices together footage of Torpedo Squadron 8, all but one of whom were later shot down and killed in the Battle of Midway.

Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1942-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Winning Your Wings

Winning Your Wings

6.4/10 IMDB

Winning Your Wings is a 1942 short American World War II recruitment film produced by Warner Bros. Studios for the US Army Air Forces, starring Jimmy Stewart. It was aimed at young men who were thinking about joining the Air Force.

Starring: James Stewart, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Don DeFore, Charles Drake, Bill Edwards, Inez Gay, Creighton Hale, Adolf Hitler ..
Directed by: John Huston, Owen Crump
Release date: 1942-05-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : The Woman in the House

The Woman in the House

5.8/10 IMDB

This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her house, goes off to serve in the Boer War, and dies of malaria. Catherine blames herself for his death and fears others will also blame her. She does not leave her house for forty years. Groceries are delivered to the house, but no one sees who retrieves them. When the Nazis bomb her house in September 1941, she is forced to cope with the outside world.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Ann Richards, Peter Cushing, Mark Daniels ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1942-05-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Famous Boners

Famous Boners

6.4/10 IMDB

This Passing Parade series entry looks at three instances of people who either caused or were the victims of errors.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Ian Wolfe, Joe Yule, Edward McWade, Margaret Bert ..
Directed by: Douglas Foster
Release date: 1942-10-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Marines in the Making

Marines in the Making

5.8/10 IMDB

This short film shows U.S. Marines in training at a number of unidentified bases, with a focus on hand-to-hand combat.

Starring: Pete Smith, Charles Horvath ..
Directed by: Herbert Polesie
Release date: 1942-12-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : A Ship Is Born

A Ship Is Born

5.8/10 IMDB

This Vitaphone 'Technicolor Special' (production number 8001) portrays the behind-the-scenes story of the building and manning, during World War Two, of the USA supply line to Victory against the Axis powers, the United States Merchant Marine service.

Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1942-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Warsaw Ghetto

Warsaw Ghetto

5.7/10 IMDB

No information available regarding the film's director. Just under 10 minutes of over an hour's footage survive.

Directed by: Adam Czerniaków
Release date: 1942-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : RKO Victory Special No. 34-201: Conquer by the Clock

RKO Victory Special No. 34-201: Conquer by the Clock

5.6/10 IMDB

1942 Oscar nominated documentary

Directed by: Frederic Ullman Jr., Slavko Vorkapich
Release date: 1942-10-27

Also check Best documentary movies of 1943.

Check out our top containing the Best Documentary Movies of 1942 - This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.