Best Documentary Movies of 1948

1.

Seal Island

3.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Seal Island is a 1948 American documentary film directed by James Algar. It won an Academy Award in 1949 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1948-12-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport
2.

XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A documentary covering the 1948 Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and London, England.

Directed by: Castleton Knight
Release date: 1948-09-19
3.

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, NUREMBERG shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis' own films and records. The trial established the "Nuremberg principles" -- the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Commissioned by Pare Lorentz in his capacity as head of Film/Theatre/Film in the U.S. War Department's Civil Affairs Division, it was written & directed by Stuart Schulberg, who completed it in 1948.

Starring: Francis Biddle, Karl Dönitz, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Rudolf Heß, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Robert Jackson, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels ..
Directed by: Stuart Schulberg
Release date: 1948-11-21
4.

Toward Independence

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Toward Independence is a 1948 American short documentary film about the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Directed by: George L. George
Release date: 1948-01-01
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Meet the Pioneers

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Lindsay Anderson's first feature, a documentary about the origin and processes of the Richard Sutcliffe Limited underground-conveyor company.

Starring: Lindsay Anderson ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1948-06-01
6.

Make Mine Freedom

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1948-02-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : The Quiet One
7.

The Quiet One

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured.

Starring: Garry Merrill, Donald Thompson, Clarence Cooper, Sadie Stockton, Estelle Evans, Paul Baucum ..
Directed by: Sidney Meyers
Release date: 1948-09-01
8.

A Plan to Work On

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Documentary on town planning in which an architect looks at the history of Dunfermline, Scotland and its possible future development.

Starring: Donald Bisset, Gordon McDougall ..
Directed by: Kay Mander
Release date: 1948-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Weegee's New York
9.

Weegee's New York

1.7
7.5/10 IMDB

The best known, "Weegee's New York" (1948), presents a surprisingly lyrical view of the city without a hint of crime or murder. Already this film gives evidence, here very restrained, of Weegee's interest in technical tricks: blur, speeded up or slowed-down film, a lens that makes the city's streets curve as if cars are driving over a rainbow. - The New York Times

Directed by: Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig
Release date: 1948-06-02
10.

10,000 Kids and a Cop

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A documentary showing the constructive approach taken by the Lou Costello, Jr. Youth Foundation in Los Angeles toward prevention of juvenile delinquency. William Bendix, as a neighborhood policeman, visits the Foundation and discovers the juveniles who used to give him trouble now engaged in sports and activities, furnished them gratis, under self-supervision. Abbott and Costello furnish a couple of bits to liven it up some.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, William Bendix, James Stewart, Brenda Joyce ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1948-10-01

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