Best Documentary Movies of 1948


Seal Island

8.0/10 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 : Strange Victory

Strange Victory

7.2/10 IMDB

Strange Victory" is about racial bias in post World War II America. Folowing "Native Land" in Leo Hurwitz' filmography, it uses some of the same techniques: dramatized scenes interspersed with scenes of compilation news reel footage, and scenes of evocative imagery.

Starring: Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill, Saul Levitt, Virgil Richardson ..
Directed by: Leo Hurwitz
Release date: 1948-09-25

In the Street

6.7/10 IMDB

Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s.

Directed by: James Agee, Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb
Release date: 1948-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

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

Toward Independence

6.4/10 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

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

6.7/10 IMDB

How, in November 1945, after the end of the World War II and the fall of the Third Reich, the international prosecutors participating in the first Nuremberg trial —formally, the International Military Tribunal— built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the films and records produced by the own regime, obsessed with documenting everything in its long path of infamy and crime.

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
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : Meet the Pioneers

Meet the Pioneers

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

Make Mine Freedom

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 : Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

5.8/10 IMDB

The pageantry of Calgary's colorful celebration of its past, culminating with its world famous rodeo, is chronicled.

Starring: Art Gilmore ..
Directed by: Saul Elkins
Release date: 1948-05-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1948 : The Quiet One

The Quiet One

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

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