Last Updated on 11 March 2024

1941-present: Wikipedia

2023The Last Repair ShopBen Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
2022The Elephant WhisperersKartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga
2021The Queen of BasketballBen Proudfoot
2020ColetteAnthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard
2019Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
2018Period. End of Sentence.Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
2017Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405Frank Stiefel
2016The White HelmetsOrlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
2015A Girl in the River: The Price of ForgivenessSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
2014Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
2013The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My LifeMalcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
2012InocenteSean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
2011Saving FaceDaniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
2010Strangers No MoreKaren Goodman and Kirk Simon
2009Music by PrudenceRoger Ross Williams
2008Smile PinkiMegan Mylan
2007FreeheldVanessa Roth, Matthew Syrett, and Cynthia Wade
2006The Blood of Yingzhou DistrictThomas F. Lennon and Ruby Yang
2005A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman CorwinEric Simonson
2004Mighty Times: The Children’s MarchRobert Houston and Robert Hudson
2003Chernobyl HeartMaryann DeLeo
2002Twin TowersBill Guttentag and Robert David Port
2001ThothSarah Hernochan and Lynn Appelle
2000Big MamaTracy Seretean
1999King GimpSusan Hannah Hadary and William A. Whiteford
1998The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden YearsKeiko Ibi
1997A Story of HealingDonna Dewey and Carol Pasternak
1996Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’BrienJessica Yu
1995One Survivor RemembersKary Antholis
1994A Time for JusticeCharles Guggenheim
1993Defending Our LivesMargaret Lazarus and Renner Wunderlich
1992Educating PeterThomas C. Goodwin and Gerardine Wurzburg
1991Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our EnvironmentDebra Chasnoff
1990Days of WaitingSteven Okazaki
1989The Johnstown FloodCharles Guggenheim
1988You Don’t Have to DieWilliam Guttentag and Malcolm Clarke
1987Young at HeartSue Marx and Pamela Conn
1986Women — for America, for the WorldVivienne Verdon-Roe
1985Witness to War: Dr. Charlie ClementsDavid Goodman
1984The Stone CarversMarjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner
1983Flamenco at 5:15Cynthia Scott and Adam Symansky, National Film Board of Canada
1982If You Love This PlanetEdward Le Lorrain and Terre Nash, National Film Board of Canada
1981Close HarmonyNigel Noble
1980Karl Hess: Toward LibertyRoland Hallé and Peter W. Ladue
1979Paul Robeson: Tribute to an ArtistSaul J. Turell
1978The Flight of the Gossamer CondorJacqueline Phillips Shedd and Ben Shedd
1977Gravity Is My EnemyJohn C. Joseph and Jan Stussy
1976Number Our DaysLynne Littman and Barbara Myerhoff
1975The End of the GameClaire Wilbur and Robin Lehman
1974Don’tRobin Lehman
1973Princeton: A Search for AnswersJulian Krainin and DeWitt L. Sage, Jr.
1972This Tiny WorldCharles Huguenot van der Linden and Martina Huguenot van der Linden
1971Sentinels of SilenceManuel Arango and Robert Amram
1970Interviews with My Lai VeteransJoseph Strick
1969Czechoslovakia 1918-1968Denis Sanders and Robert M. Fresco
1968Why Man CreatesSaul Bass
1967The RedwoodsMark Harris and Trevor Greenwood
1966A Year Toward TomorrowEdmond A. Levy
1965To Be Alive!Francis Thompson
1964Nine from Little RockCharles Guggenheim
1963ChagallSimon Schiffrin
1962Dylan ThomasJack Howells
1961Project HopeFrank P. Bibas
1960GiuseppinaJames Hill
1959GlassBert Haanstra
1958Ama GirlsBen Sharpsteen
1956The True Story of the Civil WarLouis Clyde Stoumen
1955Men Against the ArcticWalt Disney
1954Thursday’s ChildrenWorld Wide Pictures and Morse Films
1953The Alaskan EskimoWalt Disney
1952NeighboursNorman McLaren, National Film Board of Canada
1951BenjyFred Zinnemann
1950Why Korea?Edmund Reek
1949 (TIE)A Chance to LiveRichard de Rochemont
1949 (TIE)So Much for So LittleEdward Selzer
1948Toward IndependenceUnited States Army
1947First StepsUnited Nations Division of Films and Visual Information
1946Seeds of DestinyUnited States Department of War
1945Hitler LivesGordon Hollingshead
1944With the Marines at TarawaUnited States Marine Corps
1943December 7thUnited States Navy
1942*The Battle of MidwayUnited States Navy
1942*Kokoda Front Line!Australian News & Information Bureau
1942*Moscow Strikes BackArtkino
1942*Prelude to WarUnited States Army Special Services
1941Churchill’s IslandNational Film Board of Canada

*25 films were nominated and four special awards presented in the Documentary category, in recognition of the Allied war effort