According to IMDb: 30 Worst Oscar Documentary Winnersby booklover1 | created - 22 Sep 2014 | updated - 24 Sep 2014 | Public
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1. Daybreak in Udi (1949)
Approved | 47 min | Documentary
This 47-minute documentary, financed by HRH's government, won an Oscar in the special category, and most of it was later edited into a 1953 two-segment documentary called "Savage World" by ... See full summary »
2. Design for Death (1947)
Approved | 48 min | Documentary
An Academy Award winner for best documentary, the film opens with a notice that..."Exhibition of confiscated Japanese film material authorized by permission of the Alien Property Custodian ... See full summary »
4. Kokoda Front Line! (1942)
9 min | Documentary, Short, War
Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of ... See full summary »
41 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
Acclaimed poet Robert Frost reminisces on his career. He is also seen giving lectures at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence Colleges, in daily life at his rural Vermont home, and receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from President Kennedy.
6. He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983)
51 min | Documentary, Family
Jacques d'Amboise, a noted former American ballet star who had dancing roles in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Carousel (1956), and who later became a New York dancing instructor.
7. Albert Schweitzer (1957)
Approved | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, History
This biographical drama/part-time documentary, narrative written by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and spoken by Fredric March, traces the life of Dr. Schweitzer (with actors playing the characters)... See full summary »
8. In the Shadow of the Stars (1991)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film is a hilarious and affectionate look at the path to stardom inside the competitive world of opera.
9. The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Richard Kaplan documents the life of one of America's most influential first ladies. Orphaned at age 10, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt marries her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905. His... See full summary »
10. The Battle of Midway (1942)
TV-G | 18 min | Documentary, Short, War
The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.
15. Desert Victory (1943)
62 min | Documentary, War
The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment.
16. Genocide (1982)
PG | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History
A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles ... See full summary »
17. Moscow Strikes Back (1942)
55 min | Documentary, War
A number of frontline cameramen shot the footage used in this documentary of the Battle of Moscow, between October 1941 and January 1942,in which a people's war against the German invaders,... See full summary »
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography
Dorothy and Bob DeBolt's tale of the struggles and joys involved in their 19 adopted children, many of who are physically disabled war orphans.
19. The Anderson Platoon (1967)
Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, War
The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon of American soldiers for six weeks at the height of fighting in Vietnam in 1966. The ... See full summary »
21. The Titan: Story of Michelangelo (1950)
Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary
The life and works of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti are shown against the historical background of his time. It begins with his earliest artworks, and follows his life and career... See full summary »
22. Le ciel et la boue (1961)
92 min | Documentary
In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya, to trek north to the far side of the island. The journey (450 ... See full summary »
23. The Fighting Lady (1944)
Approved | 61 min | Documentary, History, War
The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. ... See full summary »
24. The True Glory (1945)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, War
A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly one thousand four hundred cameramen. It opens as the assembled Allied ... See full summary »
25. Prelude to War (1942)
Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, War
The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.
26. Love of Life (1969)
91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
An Oscar winning look at the life of Albert Rubinstein shortly after he turned 70. It contains some home movies of him and his family, but is primarily him talking and demonstrating his great skill as a pianist.
27. The Unconquered (1954)
Approved | 55 min | Documentary
This documentary chronicles the life of Helen Keller, who was struck by an illness as a young child that left her both blind and deaf. Aided by her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller is... See full summary »
30. The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)
G | 90 min | Documentary, Drama
A scientist explains how the savagery and efficiency of the insect world could result in their taking over the world.