Best Documentary Movies of 1946

1.

Let There Be Light

3.9
7.4/10 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
2.

Seeds of Destiny

3.2
6.4/10 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
3.

Theirs Is the Glory

3.1
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 ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1946-10-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Traffic with the Devil
4.

Traffic with the Devil

3.0
6.4/10 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 : Reunion
5.

Reunion

3.0
7.0/10 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 : The Way We Live
6.

The Way We Live

2.9
6.3/10 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 : Facing Your Danger
7.

Facing Your Danger

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Part of Warner Bros.' The Sports Parade series, this short film chronicles the attempt by a group of men to navigate the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead. Led by Norman D. Nevills, nine men undertake a nineteen days trip in three specially built rowboats through the more than 200 rapids, some which run at 30 mph. Along the way, they see the remnants of previous expeditions, including wrecked boats and even a skeleton. They also visit abandoned Pueblo Indian cave dwellings.

Starring: Knox Manning ..
Directed by: Edwin E. Olsen
Release date: 1946-05-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Looking at London
8.

Looking at London

2.7
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
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : A Defeated People
9.

A Defeated People

2.7
6.3/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Smart as a Fox
10.

Smart as a Fox

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

In this short film, a fox cub experiences life in the forest.

Starring: Knox Manning ..
Release date: 1946-04-27

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