Frank Capra filmography

Publicity photo of director Frank Capra

Frank Capra (born May 5, 1897) was an Italian-American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. Capra directed a total of 36 feature-length films (34 of which are known to survive) and 16 documentary films during his lifetime.

His movies It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It Happened One Night are often cited among the greatest films ever made.[1]

The following are the films directed by Frank Capra, along with a listing of his awards.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Production Co. Cast Notes
Silent films
1922 Fultah Fisher's Boarding House Fireside Productions Mildred Owens/Ethan Allen/Olaf Skavlan short film; directorial debut
1926 The Strong Man Harry Langdon Corporation Harry Langdon
1927 Long Pants Harry Langdon Corporation Harry Langdon
For the Love of Mike Robert Kane Productions Claudette Colbert / Ben Lyon lost
1928 That Certain Thing Columbia Viola Dana
So This is Love? Columbia Shirley Mason
The Matinee Idol Columbia Bessie Love / Johnnie Walker
The Way of the Strong Columbia Mitchell Lewis / Alice Day / William Norton Bailey
Say It with Sables Columbia Helene Chadwick / Francis X. Bushman / Margaret Livingston lost
Submarine Columbia Jack Holt / Ralph Graves / Dorothy Revier
The Power of the Press Columbia Douglas Fairbanks Jr. / Jobyna Ralston
Sound films
1929 The Younger Generation Columbia Ricardo Cortez partially silent
The Donovan Affair Columbia Jack Holt lost soundtrack
Flight Columbia Jack Holt / Ralph Graves
1930 Ladies of Leisure Columbia Barbara Stanwyck / Ralph Graves
Rain or Shine Columbia Joe Cook
1931 Dirigible Columbia Jack Holt / Ralph Graves / Fay Wray
The Miracle Woman Columbia Barbara Stanwyck
Platinum Blonde Columbia Loretta Young / Robert Williams / Jean Harlow
1932 Forbidden Columbia Barbara Stanwyck / Adolphe Menjou
American Madness Columbia Walter Huston
1933 The Bitter Tea of General Yen Columbia Barbara Stanwyck / Nils Asther
Lady for a Day Columbia May Robson / Warren William / Guy Kibbee
1934 It Happened One Night Columbia Clark Gable / Claudette Colbert
Broadway Bill Columbia Warner Baxter / Myrna Loy
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Columbia Gary Cooper / Jean Arthur
1937 Lost Horizon Columbia Ronald Colman / Jane Wyatt
1938 You Can't Take It With You Columbia Lionel Barrymore / Jean Arthur / James Stewart
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Columbia James Stewart / Jean Arthur
1941 Meet John Doe Frank Capra Productions Gary Cooper / Barbara Stanwyck
1943 Why We Fight: Prelude to War U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike U.S. War Department Documentary / Short film / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain Warner Bros. Documentary / Co-directed with Anthony Veiller
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
1944 Why We Fight: The Battle of China U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Tunisian Victory U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Hugh Stewart
The Negro Soldier U.S. War Department Documentary / Capra is producer only; Stuart Heisler, director
Arsenic and Old Lace [2] Warner Bros. Cary Grant / Priscilla Lane
1945 Your Job in Germany U.S. War Department Documentary / Short film
Know Your Enemy: Japan U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Joris Ivens
Two Down and One to Go U.S. War Department Documentary / Short film
Why We Fight: War Comes to America U.S. War Department Documentary / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
1946 It's a Wonderful Life Liberty Films James Stewart / Donna Reed
1948 State of the Union Liberty Films Spencer Tracy / Katharine Hepburn
1950 Riding High Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby Remake of Broadway Bill
1951 Here Comes the Groom Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby / Jane Wyman
1956 Our Mr. Sun Bell Laboratories Eddie Albert / Lionel Barrymore Educational documentary / Producer and writer
1957 Hemo the Magnificent Bell Laboratories Richard Carlson / Dr. Frank Baxter / Mel Blanc Educational documentary / Producer and writer
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays Bell Laboratories Educational documentary
1958 The Unchained Goddess Bell Laboratories Richard Carlson Educational documentary / Producer and writer
1959 A Hole in the Head Sincap Productions Frank Sinatra / Edward G. Robinson First color film
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Franton Production Glenn Ford / Hope Lange / Bette Davis Final film / Remake of Lady for a Day

Films directed by Capra nominated for Academy AwardsEdit

Year Film Oscar Nominations Oscar Wins Performances Nominations
1933 Lady for a Day 4 0 Best Actress for May Robson (nom)
1934 It Happened One Night 5 5 Best Actor for Clark Gable
Best Actress for Claudette Colbert
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 5 1 Best Actor for Gary Cooper (nom)
1937 Lost Horizon 7 2 Best Supporting Actor for H. B. Warner (nom)
1938 You Can't Take It With You 7 2 Best Supporting Actress for Spring Byington (nom)
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 11 1 Best Actor for James Stewart (nom)
Best Supporting Actor for Harry Carey (nom)
Best Supporting Actor for Claude Rains (nom)
1941 Meet John Doe 1 0
1942 Prelude to War 1 1 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
1943 The Battle of Russia 1 0 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (nom)
1946 It's a Wonderful Life 5 0 Best Actor for James Stewart (nom)
1951 Here Comes the Groom 2 1
1959 A Hole in the Head 1 1
1961 Pocketful of Miracles 3 0 Best Supporting Actor for Peter Falk (nom)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Winner
1933 Lady for a Day Outstanding Production Winfield Sheehan – Cavalcade
Best Director Frank Lloyd – Cavalcade
1934 It Happened One Night Outstanding Production  Y With Harry Cohn
Best Director  Y
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Outstanding Production Hunt Stromberg – The Great Ziegfeld
Best Director  Y
1937 Lost Horizon Outstanding Production Henry Blanke – The Life of Emile Zola
1938 You Can't Take It With You Outstanding Production  Y
Best Director  Y
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Outstanding Production David O. Selznick – Gone with the Wind
Best Director Victor Fleming – Gone with the Wind
1943 Prelude to War Best Documentary  Y
1944 The Battle of Russia Best Documentary, Features Desert Victory
1946 It's a Wonderful Life Best Motion Picture Samuel Goldwyn – The Best Years of Our Lives
Best Director William Wyler – The Best Years of Our Lives
American Film Institute
Directors Guild of America
Golden Globe Award
Venice Film Festival
American Film Institute recognition
United States National Film Registry

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