Canadian Documentary Watch List

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1. R.C.M.P. File 1365: The Connor Case (1947)

36 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

A recreation of how the RCMP investigated a real-life murder case in Saskatchewan, Canada. Included are documentary sequences showing the mounties at work in their crime labs.

Star: John Drainie

8. City Out of Time (1959)

16 min | Short, Documentary

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Director: Colin Low | Star: William Shatner

Votes: 12

9. High Arctic (1959)

11 min | Documentary, Short

This film records the struggle for life within the Arctic Circle. It reveals flowers of startling beauty, whose entire life cycles last less than thirty days, and strange animals like the ... See full summary »

Director: Dalton Muir | Star: Michael Kane

12. Circle of the Sun (1960)

28 min | Documentary, Short

A Native American young man of the Blood tribe shows us contemporary life of people as he attends a Sun Dance ceremony with the tribe.

Director: Colin Low | Stars: Pete Standing Alone, Stanley Jackson

Votes: 22

13. La lutte (1961)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Follows the professional wrestling scene in Montreal and observes the before, during, and after portions of a major show and the spectators who are enthralled by it.

Directors: Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra | Stars: Edouard Carpentier, Al Costello, Dominic DeNucci, Ivan Kalmykov

Votes: 144

14. Nahanni (1962)

18 min | Documentary, Short

The legend of a lost gold mine and a river in the Northwest Territories that lures men to their doom. Albert Faille, an aging prospector, has set out time and again to find hidden gold. His... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wilder | Stars: William Weintraub, Albert Faille

Votes: 12

16. Pour la suite du monde (1963)

105 min | Documentary

At the instigation of the filmmakers, the young men of the Ile-aux-Coudres in the middle of the St-Lawrence River try as a memorial to their ancestors to revive the fishing of the belugas ... See full summary »

Directors: Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault | Stars: Léopold Tremblay, Alexis Tremblay, Abel Harvey, Louis Harvey

Votes: 579

17. Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

This film is a documentary about the filming of one of Buster Keaton's movies: The Railrodder (1965).

Director: John Spotton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Eleanor Keaton, Gerald Potterton, Michael Kane

Votes: 369

18. The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (1965)

56 min | Documentary, War

A documentary on the war in South Vietnam shot entirely on location. There is no narration and no use of archive footage. The participants speak for themselves. The filmmakers spend time ... See full summary »

Director: Beryl Fox | Stars: Bernard Fall, Thai Nguyen

Votes: 16

19. Satan's Choice (1965)

28 min | Documentary, Short

A rare "inside" view of a motorcycle club in Toronto. The names they adopt (Satan's Choice is only one) are as individual as their special ethics and views of life, all freely expressed in this film.

Director: Donald Shebib

Votes: 21

20. Les montréalistes (1965)

28 min | Documentary, Short

A look back at the small band of missionaries that founded the city of Montréal, Canada.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Gilles Marsolais, Gisèle Trépanier

Votes: 17

22. High Steel (1966)

14 min | Short, Documentary

A very engaging short documentary of how a native Indian from Quebec works building skyscrapers in New York City, with breathtaking shots of walking on narrow beams 25 stories in the air, ... See full summary »

Director: Don Owen | Star: Don Francks

Votes: 54

23. Never a Backward Step (1966)

57 min | Documentary

A profile of press tycoon and businessman, Lord Thomson.

Directors: Donald Brittain, Arthur Hammond, John Spotton | Star: Lord Thomson of Fleet

24. Blades and Brass (1967)

10 min | Documentary, Short

A look at the 1967 National Hockey League season.

Director: William Canning

Votes: 13

26. Impressions of... EXPO 67 (1967)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Bill Brind

Votes: 17

27. Memorandum (1967)

58 min | Documentary

A Jewish Holocaust survivor travels through Germany recalling scenes from his memory.

Directors: Donald Brittain, John Spotton | Stars: Bernard Laufer, Emil Bednarek, Wilhelm Boger, Arthur Breitwieser

Votes: 58

28. Ride for Your Life (1967)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Robin Spry | Star: Mike Duff

Votes: 6

30. Le règne du jour (1967)

118 min | Documentary

Four years after Pour la suite du monde (1963), the director 'Pierre Perrault' ask Alexis Tremblay if he agreed to travel with his wife Marie in the country of their ancestors, France. In a... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Perrault | Stars: Alexis Tremblay, Marie Tremblay, Léopold Tremblay, Marie-Paule Tremblay

Votes: 57

32. The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (1968)

17 min | Short

Both a documentary and a comedy. It features a man on a canoe tour of the Great Lakes while the geological time frame changes around him. He finds himself atop the great glacier, and then ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Mason | Star: Blake James

Votes: 63

33. Twenty-four Hours in Czechoslovakia (1968)

57 min | Documentary

A North American hockey star visits his family in Czechoslovakia where the camera follows him for a day.

Director: David Bairstow | Star: Stan Mikita

38. Temples of Time (1971)

27 min | Documentary, Short

The natural wonder of the Canadian Rockies and Garibaldi Park in British Columbia.

Director: William Canning

Votes: 9

39. Québec: Duplessis et après... (1972)

121 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about Maurice Duplessis and the quebec nationalism which to new levels after the death of this Premier of the Province of Quebec. The director used the electoral campaigns of ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Robin Spry, Gisèle Trépanier, Denys Arcand, Robert Bourassa

Votes: 42

41. Cry of the Wild (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

This feature-length documentary from Bill Mason imparts his affection for the big northern timber wolves and the pure-white Arctic wolves. Filmed over three years in the Northwest ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Mason | Star: Bill Mason

Votes: 38 | Gross: $10.90M

47. The Streets of Saigon (1973)

29 min | Documentary, Short