Best Documentary Movies of 1946


Let There Be Light

7.5/10 IMDB

The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. Some returning combat veterans suffer scars that are more psychological than physical. This film follows patients and staff during their treatment. It deals with what would now be called PTSD, but at the time was categorised as psychoneurosis or shell-shock. Government officials deemed this 1946 film counterproductive to postwar efforts; it was not shown publicly until 1981.

Starring: Walter Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1946-12-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Seeds of Destiny

Seeds of Destiny

6.5/10 IMDB

Oscar winning postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant, focusing on children. The film surveys the Nazi/Japanese atrocities, post-war devastation and the early relief efforts. This film was responsible for raising over $200,000,000, making it a top moneymaking film.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1946-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Theirs Is the Glory

Theirs Is the Glory

7.2/10 IMDB

Re-enactment of World War 2 Battle of Arnhem using the survivors from the battle.

Starring: Stanley Maxted, Geoff van Rijssel, Allan Wood, Thomas Scullion, Leo Genn ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1946-10-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Reunion


7.1/10 IMDB

Live footage from concentration camps after the liberation, and the complex transport and lodging of masses of prisoners of war and other deported people back to their home countries, at the end of World War II.

Starring: Claude Roy ..
Directed by: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Banks, G. Krimsky
Release date: 1946-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Traffic with the Devil

Traffic with the Devil

6.5/10 IMDB

This "Theater of Life" series short looks at traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, as described and experienced by Sgt. Charles Reineke, a traffic enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Starring: Charles Reineke, Ben Hall, Ralph Montgomery, Jason Robards Sr., Gil Perkins ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1946-08-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : The Way We Live

The Way We Live

6.2/10 IMDB

Drama and documentary are combined in this stylish and ambitious film, in which 3000 local people took part. The film delves into the complexities of rebuilding a city, showing frustrations along the way as well as vivid scenes of family life in trying circumstances.

Starring: Peter Willes, Francis Lunt, Patsy Drake ..
Directed by: Jill Craigie
Release date: 1946-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Looking at London

Looking at London

6.4/10 IMDB

A colorful travelogue of London's most historic buildings and the residual damage still left from WWII.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1946-06-01

Visiting Vera Cruz

6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short looks at the people, customs, and landmarks in Vera Cruz, the main port city of Mexico.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1946-03-16

Glimpses of California

6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short looks at California, beginning with the diverse types of flowers found in the state. After a look at some popular Hollywood landmarks, we visit Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a famous cemetery.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1946-10-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : A Defeated People

A Defeated People

6.4/10 IMDB

A Defeated People is a 1946 British documentary short film made by the Crown Film Unit, directed by Humphrey Jennings and narrated by William Hartnell. The film depicts the shattered state of Germany, both physically and as a society, in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The narration explains what is being done – and what needs to be done – both by the occupying Allied forces and the German people themselves to build a better Germany from the ruins.

Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1946-01-01

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