The Best NFB Films of the 1960s

Films

With 3000+ films that you can stream for free, picking a starting point can be tricky!

Enjoy a (subjective) list of the 10 best NFB films from the 1960s!

21-87

Part commentary on the dizzying speed of modern life, part ode to the confusing beauty of the human condition, this Oscar-nominated Arthur Lipsett short is said to have inspired George Lucas’ concept of The Force.

21-87, Arthur Lipsett, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Buster Keaton Rides Again

Join legendary comic actor Buster Keaton on the set of <em><strong><a href=”http://www.nfb.ca/film/railrodder/”>The Railrodder</a></strong></em>, where he reminisces on a lifetime in show business between hilarious takes.

Buster Keaton Rides Again, John Spotton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Drylanders

Discover the NFB’s very first feature-length drama about the epic saga of a family who leaves Eastern Canada to stake their future on the Prairies.

Drylanders, Don Haldane, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Ladies and Gentleman… Mr. Leonard Cohen

Tag along a 30-year-old Leonard Cohen as he enjoys a visit to his hometown of Montreal where he reads his poetry, strolls the streets, relaxes in a 3-dollar-a-night hotel room, and even takes a bath.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen , Donald Brittain & Don Owen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Lonely Boy

Meet the real Paul Anka in this short documentary about the Canadian boy who rose from obscurity to become the idol of millions of teens in the 1950s and 60s.

Lonely Boy, Wolf Koenig & Roman Kroitor, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Paddle to the Sea

Dive into this exciting odyssey from Lake Superior to the sea with this adaptation of the tale of a Native boy who carved a man and a canoe and sent them down river.

Paddle to the Sea , Bill Mason, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Pas de Deux

Experience a master class in choreography and cinematography in this mesmerizing Oscar®-nominated short by pioneering filmmaker Norman McLaren.

Pas de deux, Norman McLaren, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

The Railrodder

Behold a comic genius in one of the last films of his long career. The legendary Buster Keaton crosses Canada from east to west… atop a railway track speeder.

The Railrodder, Gerald Potterton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Universe

This doc recreates the universe as it would appear to a voyager barreling through space. This film was among the sources used by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Universe, Roman Kroitor & Colin Low, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Walking

Check out this groovy sixties short that illustrates, through various drawing and painting techniques, the many ways people get around on foot.

Walking, Ryan Larkin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada