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Frank Capra filmography

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Publicity photo of director Frank Capra
Publicity photo of director Frank Capra

Frank Capra (May 5, 1897 – September 3, 1991) 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.



Year Title Production Co. Cast Notes
Silent films
1921 "La Visita Dell'Incrociatore Italiano Libya a San Francisco" independent ---- short news film; directorial debut
1922 Fultah Fisher's Boarding House Fireside Productions Mildred Owens/Ethan Allen/Olaf Skavlan short film
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
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace [2] Warner Bros. Cary Grant / Priscilla Lane
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
1959 A Hole in the Head Sincap Productions Frank Sinatra / Edward G. Robinson First narrative color film
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Franton Production Glenn Ford / Hope Lange / Bette Davis Final film / Remake of Lady for a Day


Year Title Notes
1943 Why We Fight: Prelude to War Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike Short film / Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain Co-directed with Anthony Veiller
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
1944 Why We Fight: The Battle of China Co-directed with Anatole Litvak
Tunisian Victory Co-directed with Hugh Stewart
The Negro Soldier Capra is producer only; Stuart Heisler, director
1945 "Your Job in Germany" Short film
Know Your Enemy: Japan Co-directed with Joris Ivens
"Two Down and One to Go" Short film
Why We Fight: War Comes to America Co-directed with Anatole Litvak

Films directed by Capra nominated for Academy Awards

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 nominations

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 checkY With Harry Cohn
Best Director checkY
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Outstanding Production Hunt Stromberg – The Great Ziegfeld
Best Director checkY
1937 Lost Horizon Outstanding Production Henry Blanke – The Life of Emile Zola
1938 You Can't Take It With You Outstanding Production checkY
Best Director checkY
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 checkY
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


This page was last edited on 31 March 2022, at 02:12
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