The Best NFB Films of the 1970s

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 1970s!

Cry of the Wild

Filmed over 3 years in the Northwest Territories, B.C., the High Arctic and Quebec, this feature-length Bill Mason doc is the definitive tribute to that fascinating inhabitant of the Canadian wilderness, the wolf.

Cry of the Wild, Bill Mason, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Every Child

Discover this animated short about a baby that gets passed from house to house before finding an unusual home.

Every Child, Eugene Fedorenko, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Games of the XXIst Olympiad

Revisit the 1976 Montreal Olympics with this sweeping feature doc that reveals the outstanding athletes – winners and losers – who participated in this mythical sports event.

Games of the XXI Olympiad, Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière, Georges Dufaux & Jean-Claude Labrecque, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Hunger

Watch one of the world’s first computer-animated films. Director Peter Foldès uses seamlessly morphing imagery and an eerie soundtrack to paint a picture of unstoppable gluttony.

Hunger, Peter Foldès, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

I’ll Find A Way

Fall in love with this Oscar®-winning doc about Nadia DeFranco, a 9-year-old girl born with spina bifida who refuses to let her disability be an obstacle in her life.

I'll Find a Way, Beverly Shaffer, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

King of the Hill

Get an inside look at the real world of baseball with this Donald Brittain doc that profiles pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, one of the greatest Canadian ball players of all time.

King of the Hill , Donald Brittain & William Canning, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Log Driver’s Waltz

Sing along with Kate and Anna McGarrigle in this beloved film about a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a carefree log driver.

Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz, John Weldon, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Mon Oncle Antoine

Get lost in the magic of Claude Jutra’s recreation of 1940s life in rural Quebec – a time of innocence… and innocence lost.

Mon oncle Antoine , Claude Jutra, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Mr. Frog Went A-courting

Watch as a handsome frog courts and wins a mouse for his bride in this brilliantly animated rendition of the old classic.

Mr. Frog Went A-Courting, Evelyn Lambart, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry

Dive into the universe of acclaimed novelist Malcolm Lowry with this Oscar-nominated doc produced by former NFB commisioner James de Beaujeu Domville.

Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry , Donald Brittain & John Kramer, provided by the National Film Board of Canada