Best Documentary Movies of 1944


The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress

7.3/10 IMDB

This documentary centers on the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle as it prepares to execute a strategic bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Starring: Vince Evans, Jacob L. Devers, Ira C. Eaker, Haywood Hansell, Technical Sergeant Robert J. Hanson, Eugene Kern, King George VI of the United Kingdom, Captain Charles B. Leighton, Technical Sergeant Harold P. Loch, Staff Sergeant Casimer A. Nastal ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1944-04-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Why We Fight: The Battle of China

Why We Fight: The Battle of China

6.9/10 IMDB

The sixth film illustrates Japan's occupation of China, including Madame Chiang Kai-Shek's stirring address before congress, the rape of Naking, the great 2,000 mile migration, and Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers.

Starring: Anthony Veiller, Walter Huston ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1944-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : With the Marines at Tarawa

With the Marines at Tarawa

7.1/10 IMDB

Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa.

Starring: William Lundigan ..
Directed by: Lewis Hayward, Richard Brooks
Release date: 1944-03-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : The Fighting Lady

The Fighting Lady

7.2/10 IMDB

Oscar winner William Wyler directed this 1944 "newsdrama," narrated by Lieut. Robert Taylor, USNR (Bataan), and photographed in zones of combat by the U.S. Navy. The film follows one of the many new aircraft carriers built since Pearl Harbor, known as THE FIGHTING LADY in honor of all American carriers, as it goes into action against the Japanese in the Pacific Ocean in 1943. See the ship and its pilots undergo their baptism of fire, attacking the Japanese base on Marcus Island.

Starring: Charles Boyer, Robert Taylor, John S. McCain, Joesph J. Clark, Dixie Kiefer ..
Directed by: Edward Steichen
Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Tunisian Victory

Tunisian Victory

6.6/10 IMDB

Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps after the North African campaign.

Starring: Leo Genn, Burgess Meredith, Bernard Miles, Jacques Duchesne ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Hugh Stewart, John Huston
Release date: 1944-03-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : The Negro Soldier

The Negro Soldier

5.9/10 IMDB

Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.

Starring: Carlton Moss, William Broadus, Clarence Brooks, Norman Ford, Clyde Turner, Bertha Woolford, George Washington Carver, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., Jesse Owens ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1944-04-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Naples Is a Battlefield

Naples Is a Battlefield

6.1/10 IMDB

The capture of Naples, the first great European city to be liberated, revealed the magnitude of the tasks involved in re-creating the means of livelihood and the machinery of government in a devastated, starving and disease-ridden city.

Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1944-09-01

Know Your Ally: Britain

6.3/10 IMDB

Know Your Ally: Britain was a 45-minute propaganda film made in 1944. It was narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the Alliance.

Starring: Walter Huston, Ernest Bevin, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Herbert Morrison, Louis Mountbatten, Benito Mussolini, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1944-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Road to Victory

Road to Victory

5.8/10 IMDB

Documentary short film intended to drum up support for the Fifth War Loan Campaign. It shows a happy family in the future of 1960 enjoying the prosperity and advantages made possible by the successful prosecution of the war, and how the sacrifices of 1944 have made the world a better place. Edited down from The Shining Future (1944).

Starring: Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Charles Ruggles, Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning, Jack Carson, Jimmy Lydon, Olive Blakeney ..
Directed by: LeRoy Prinz
Release date: 1944-05-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Hymn of the Nations

Hymn of the Nations

6.2/10 IMDB

Conductor Arturo Toscanini is shown at his home in New York City and leading tenor Jan Peerce and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Verdi's "Hymn of the Nations" and "Overture to 'La Forza del Destino.'"

Starring: Arturo Toscanini, Jan Peerce, Burgess Meredith, Walfredo Toscanini ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1944-12-31

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