Best Documentary Movies of 1955


Cinerama Holiday

7.4/10 IMDB

Two couples, one from St. Louis and one from Switzerland each go to the other's country and travel around.

Directed by: Philippe De Lacy, Robert Bendick
Release date: 1955-02-08

The African Lion

7.2/10 IMDB

Part of Disney's True-Life Adventures series, this film focuses on the lives of lions in Africa.

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1955-09-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Man in Space

Man in Space

7.9/10 IMDB

With a combination of documentary footage and animation, the science and history of rockets, and the effects of space travel on man are illustrated.

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Ward Kimball
Release date: 1955-03-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Orson Welles' Sketch Book

Orson Welles' Sketch Book

7.8/10 IMDB

A 6 episode TV series that consists of Orson Welles sharing stories over his sketch book drawings.

Starring: Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1955-04-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Game Warden

Game Warden

5.8/10 IMDB

A day in the life of a game warden.

Release date: 1955-09-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : 3rd Ave. El

3rd Ave. El

7.0/10 IMDB

Impressionistic picture of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway in Manhattan, New York City, before it was demolished.

Starring: Robert Fleury, Joseph Tul, Osmond Beckwith, Dorothea Beckwith, Tom Carroll, Ann Kaufman ..
Directed by: Carson Davidson
Release date: 1955-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Rhythm and Blues Revue

Rhythm and Blues Revue

7.1/10 IMDB

Rhythm and Blues Revue is a plotless variety show, one of several compiled for theatrical exhibition from the made-for-television short films produced by Snader and Studio Telescriptions, with newly-filmed host segments by Willie Bryant. Originally 86 minutes, the "short" version available on public domain collections and websites is missing a reel

Starring: Lionel Hampton, Herb Jeffries, Count Basie, Florence Robinson, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughan, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davies, Little Buck, Nat King Cole ..
Directed by: Joseph Kohn
Release date: 1955-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Orchard Street

Orchard Street

6.4/10 IMDB

This short film documents the daily life of the goings-on on Orchard Street, a commercial street in the Lower East Side New York City.

Directed by: Ken Jacobs
Release date: 1955-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

6.7/10 IMDB

This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Herman Hoffman
Release date: 1955-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Gadgets Galore

Gadgets Galore

6.4/10 IMDB

This Warner Bros. short reviews in an often humorous way the impact of the automobile on the United States. By 1900, the horseless carriage was beginning to have an impact. Early adopters were often the object of attention by large curious crowds. There were many car manufacturers and the quality of their product varied considerably. Traffic jams, pollution and automobile racing were only a few of the outcomes.

Starring: Ward Wilson, Barney Oldfield, Dwight Weist ..
Directed by: Robert Youngson
Release date: 1955-07-30

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