Best Documentary Movies of 1959

1.

Jungle Cat

3.3
7.3/10 IMDB

This final True-Life Adventure would also appear to be one of the best, as we go into the South American jungle to observe the jaguar. Jungle Cat is more intimate than its kin, allowing individual animal characters to be developed. Central to the cast is a pair of jaguars (one ebony), whose fighting leads to love and, not long after, two babies (one resembling each parent).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Cuban Story
2.

Cuban Story

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Cuban Story: The Truth about Fidel Castro Revolution is a 1959 film documentary narrated by Errol Flynn, and the last known performance work of his career.

Starring: Errol Flynn ..
Release date: 1959-07-08
3.

Signal 30

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

The results of serious traffic accidents caused by careless driving are displayed. One of several Driver's Education films produced by Highway Safety Films, filmed at actual auto accident scenes and consisting largely of color closeups of mangled accident victims.

Directed by: Richard Wayman
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Glenn Gould: On The Record
4.

Glenn Gould: On The Record

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

This short documentary follows Glenn Gould to New York City. There, we see the renowned Canadian concert pianist kidding the cab driver, bantering with sound engineers at Columbia Records, and then, alone with the piano, fastidiously recording Bach's Italian Concerto.

Starring: Glenn Gould, Howard Scott ..
Directed by: Roman Kroitor, Wolf Koenig
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Refuge England
5.

Refuge England

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Short drama-documentary showing the first day in England of a Hungarian refugee.

Starring: Tibor Molnár ..
Directed by: Robert Vas
Release date: 1959-03-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Rhapsody of Steel
6.

Rhapsody of Steel

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Animated industrial movie about the steel industry.

Starring: Gary Merrill ..
Directed by: Carl Urbano
Release date: 1959-12-04
7.

I Am a Litter Basket

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A litter basket muses on the failure of people to feed it at a busy mainline railway station.

Directed by: James Ritchie
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : The Diary of an Unknown Soldier
8.

The Diary of an Unknown Soldier

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A short story narrated by an unknown British soldier who reveals his hopes, fears, and disillusionment while heading into battle against the German army.

Starring: Brian Robertson, Peter Watkins ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1959-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : Come Back, Africa
9.

Come Back, Africa

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Come Back, Africa chronicles the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.

Starring: Miriam Makeba, Vinah Makeba, Zachria Makeba, Molly Parkin ..
Directed by: Lionel Rogosin
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1959 : We Are the Lambeth Boys
10.

We Are the Lambeth Boys

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Seminal piece of documentary filmmaking by New Wave director Karel Reisz follows the daily activites of members of the Lambeth Youth club in late 1950's London.

Starring: Jon Rollason ..
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1959-03-18

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