Best History Movies of 1946


The Best Years of Our Lives

8.1/10 IMDB

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare.

Starring: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1946-12-25

Great Expectations

7.8/10 IMDB

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

Starring: John Mills, Tony Wager, Valerie Hobson, Jean Simmons, Bernard Miles, Francis L. Sullivan, Finlay Currie, Martita Hunt, Alec Guinness, Ivor Barnard ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1946-12-26

The Razor's Edge

7.3/10 IMDB

An adventurous young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb, Herbert Marshall, Lucile Watson, Frank Latimore, Elsa Lanchester, Fritz Kortner ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1946-11-19
Best History Movies of 1946 : Smithy


6.7/10 IMDB

An Australian biopic about the life of pioneering aviator Charles "Smithy" Kingsford-Smith. The film is unusually frank about the controversies that occasionally dogged him. PG Taylor and Billy Hughes both make appearances playing themselves.

Starring: Ron Randell, Muriel Steinbeck, John Tate, Joy Nichols, Nan Taylor, John Dunne, Alec Kellaway, John Dease ..
Directed by: Ken G. Hall
Release date: 1946-06-26
Best History Movies of 1946 : Gallant Journey

Gallant Journey

6.3/10 IMDB

Director William A. Wellman adds another to his long line of salutes-to-aviation films in this bio of an aviation pioneer, John Montgomery (Glenn Ford.) In 1883 he built a practical glider despite the opposition of his friends, who thought he was crazy, and of his family, who were afraid that his dreams of flying would hurt his father's political ambitions. He pursues his education at Santa Clara University where the Jesuits lend a helping and understanding hand. An earthquake destroys what appears to be a working model for an airplane, but a gold-sorting machine Montgomery invented, and then neglected, promises to provide for his financial needs to keep working on his aircraft until he gets involved in costly lawsuits defending his invention.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Janet Blair, Charles Ruggles, Henry Travers, Jimmy Lloyd, Charles Kemper, Selena Royle, Arthur Shields, Willard Robertson, Robert De Haven ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1946-09-24
Best History Movies of 1946 : Centennial Summer

Centennial Summer

6.1/10 IMDB

In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, William Eythe, Walter Brennan, Constance Bennett, Dorothy Gish, Barbara Whiting, Kathleen Howard, Buddy Swan ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1946-07-10

Cavalcade of Archery

6.4/10 IMDB

This short tells the story of archery through the ages, mostly using Warner Brothers archive footage. Noted archer Howard Hill demonstrates his skills with various trick shots.

Starring: Howard Hill, Knox Manning ..
Directed by: Howard Hill
Release date: 1946-01-12
Best History Movies of 1946 : Magnificent Doll

Magnificent Doll

6.0/10 IMDB

While packing her belongings in preparation of evacuating the White House because of the impending British invasion of Washington D.C., Dolly Payne Madison thinks back on her childhood, her first marriage, and later romances with two very different politicians, Aaron Burr and his good friend James Madison. She plays each against the other, not only for romantic reasons, but also to influence the shaping of the young country. By manipulating Burr's affections, she helps Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, and eventually she becomes First Lady of the land herself.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Burgess Meredith, Peggy Wood, Stephen McNally, Robert Barrat, Grandon Rhodes, Frances E. Williams, Henri Letondal, Joseph Forte ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1946-12-08

Magic on a Stick

7.0/10 IMDB

This MGM Passing Parade series short recounts how English chemist John Walker invented the wooden friction match during the 1820s.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Paul Langton, Jacqueline White ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1946-01-19
Best History Movies of 1946 : Okay for Sound

Okay for Sound

6.2/10 IMDB

This short was released in connection with the 20th anniversary of Warner Brothers' first exhibition of the Vitaphone sound-on-film process on 6 August 1926. The film highlights Thomas A. Edison and Alexander Graham Bell's efforts that contributed to sound movies and acknowledges the work of Lee De Forest. Brief excerpts from the August 1926 exhibition follow. Clips are then shown from a number of Warner Brothers features, four from the 1920s, the remainder from 1946/47.

Starring: John Barrymore, James Cagney, Anna Case, Thomas A. Edison, Mischa Elman, William H. Hays, Al Jolson, Giovanni Martinelli, Edward G. Robinson, Roy Smeck ..
Release date: 1946-09-07
Best History Movies of 1946 : 1857


5.0/10 IMDB

Historical fiction drama set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the First war of Independence.

Starring: Surendra, Madan Puri, Suraiya, Nigar Sultana ..
Directed by: Mohan Sinha
Release date: 1946-01-01
Best History Movies of 1946 : Injun Talk

Injun Talk

0.0/10 IMDB

Interpreted by Col. Tim McCoy. Talks about Indian Sign Language. A chief signs a story and a white soldier interprets.

Starring: Tim McCoy ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1946-09-16
Best History Movies of 1946 : Balboa


0.0/10 IMDB

Part of the Shadowgraph Teaching Series, this film follows the travels of Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Made by a group of children in the Vancouver, British Columbia schools under the supervision of Malcolm Morrison, action is simple and is photographed in silhouette. Gives the most important facts about Columbus and his explorations in this simple form. Intended for 4th and 5th grade pupils and has a definite appeal for them. A good film to inspire youngsters to try making films themselves.

Release date: 1946-12-31
Best History Movies of 1946 : Clear Track Ahead!

Clear Track Ahead!

0.0/10 IMDB

A story of progress in railroad transportation

Release date: 1946-01-01
Best History Movies of 1946 : The Lovers

The Lovers

0.0/10 IMDB

After an astrologer has foretold him he will die at an early age if he does not avoid a romantic entanglement, Alessandro Stradella, a well-known composer decides to leave Rome for the North of Italy. Written by Guy Bellinger

Starring: Gino Bechi, Annette Bach, Carlo Ninchi, Gualtiero Tumiati, Antonio Crast, Wanda Capodaglio, Franca Marzi, Mario Gallina, Ernesto Bianchi, Armando Guarnieri ..
Directed by: Giacomo Gentilomo
Release date: 1946-10-24

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