Best Documentary Movies of 1960



7.3/10 IMDB

Nominated for an Academy Award, this live-action short film playfully chronicles the construction of the Tishman Building at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1960-04-26

Jazz on a Summer's Day

8.1/10 IMDB

Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place.

Directed by: Bert Stern
Release date: 1960-11-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : When Comedy Was King

When Comedy Was King

7.6/10 IMDB

A compilation featuring comedic stars of the silent era including Fatty Arbuckle, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase, and Laurel and Hardy.

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Wallace Beery, Charlie Chaplin, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton, Edgar Kennedy, The Keystone Kops, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy ..
Directed by: Robert Youngson
Release date: 1960-03-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : Primary


7.1/10 IMDB

Primary is a documentary film about the primary elections between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in 1960. Primary is the first documentary to use light equipment in order to follow their subjects in a more intimate filmmaking style. This unconventional way of filming created a new look for documentary films where the camera’s lens was right in the middle of what ever drama was occuring.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, Joseph Julian, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Robert Drew ..
Directed by: Robert Drew
Release date: 1960-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : A House in Bayswater

A House in Bayswater

7.4/10 IMDB

A personal and nostalgic film about an apartment building in Bayswater, where Russell once lived, and about the residents who inhabited it. The building is demolished to make way for an unattractive and bland office.

Starring: Helen May ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1960-08-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : Stone Into Steel

Stone Into Steel

8.4/10 IMDB

Describes the activities of the Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company in Scunthorpe, the largest unit in the United Steel group. Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."

Directed by: Paul Dickson
Release date: 1960-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : Return to Life

Return to Life

7.8/10 IMDB

A refugee family comes to terms with living in England and adjusting to a new language and culture. Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."

Directed by: John Krish
Release date: 1960-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : Gala Day at Disneyland

Gala Day at Disneyland

7.1/10 IMDB

The gala dedication ceremonies at the opening of three new major attractions at Disneyland—Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, and the new Monorail—include a parade down Main Street with appearances by Walt and Roy Disney and members of their families, along with Vice President Richard Nixon and family, and numerous film stars. The celebrations end at night with a fireworks display.

Starring: Robert Cummings, Walt Disney, Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Julie Nixon, Pat Nixon, Richard Nixon, Tricia Nixon Cox, Roberta Shore ..
Release date: 1960-01-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : Way Stations in Space

Way Stations in Space

7.1/10 IMDB

This educational film explains how Earth-orbiting space platforms and lunar bases ("way stations") will serve a key role in the exploration of our solar system.

Release date: 1960-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1960 : El noveno

El noveno

6.8/10 IMDB

Documentary on the bull fights in Salamanca that commemorate the ending of the payment of tribute to the Duke of Alba in 1852.

Directed by: Basilio Martín Patino
Release date: 1960-01-01

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