The Best NFB Films of the 1990s

Films

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

Enjoy a (subjective) list of the 10 best NFB films from the 1990s!

Baseball Girls

Girls knock it out of the park in this fun feature doc that uncovers the history of Canadian women in baseball.

Baseball Girls, Lois Siegel, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Blackfly

Celebrate the joys of Canadian summer (and the pesky critters it spawns) with this animated short based on a song written and sung by folk singer Wade Hemsworth, with back-up vocals by the McGarrigle sisters.

Blackfly, Christopher Hinton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Bob’s Birthday

Follow Bob’s meandering descent into an existential midlife crisis as his wife Margaret plans his surprise 40th birthday party. Will Bob’s reaction ruin the whole thing?

Bob's Birthday, David Fine & Alison Snowden, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Company of Strangers

When 8 elderly women find themselves stranded in the wilderness, they share their life stories and turn a potential crisis into a magical time of humour, spirit and camaraderie.

The Company of Strangers, Cynthia Scott, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Family: A Loving Look at CBC Radio

Reflect on our beloved coast-to-coast radio broadcaster with this Donald Britton doc that presents the history and development of CBC Radio, and captures critical moments on air.

Family: A Loving Look at CBC Radio, Donald Brittain & Robert Duncan, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Delve into the action of an age-old struggle as Alanis Obomsawin spends 78 tense days filming the now-infamous stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Alanis Obomsawin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts

Enjoy this beautifully crafted tale about Oscar® winner Torill Kove’s grandmother and how her seemingly simple ironing job may have altered Norway’s history during World War II.

My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, Torill Kove, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Project Grizzly

Join Troy James Hurtubise as he goes face to face with Canada’s most deadly land mammal – the grizzly bear – in this unbelievable doc rumoured to be one of Tarantino’s favourites.

Project Grizzly , Peter Lynch, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Through a Blue Lens

Follow 7 police officers through the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as they document the people on their beat. A cautionary tale about addiction.

Through a Blue Lens, Veronica Alice Mannix, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

When the Day Breaks

Oscar®-nominees Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby explore the notion of loneliness in their short about a pig who witnesses an accidental death.

When the Day Breaks, Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby, provided by the National Film Board of Canada