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1. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

120 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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85 Metascore

The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula, Bill O'Farrell

Votes: 1,282 | Gross: $0.13M

2. Battle of the Brave (2004)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.4
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In the mid-18th Century, as England and France battle over control of Canada, an epic romance between a peasant woman and a trapper unfurls.

Director: Jean Beaudin | Stars: Noémie Godin-Vigneau, David La Haye, Juliette Gosselin, Sébastien Huberdeau

Votes: 1,146

3. Being Canadian (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.2
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What does it actually mean to be Canadian? This humorous documentary, featuring interviews with a who's-who of famous media related Canadians, hopes to find the answer.

Director: Robert Cohen | Stars: Robert Cohen, Kathy Griffin, Conan O'Brien, Dan Aykroyd

Votes: 756

4. Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)

115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune journeys 1500 miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will build hospitals, provide care, and train medics.... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Helen Shaver, Colm Feore

Votes: 306

5. February 15, 1839 (2001)

120 min | Drama, History

7.2
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French Canadians face execution after a revolt against British bureaucrats in Quebec.

Director: Pierre Falardeau | Stars: Luc Picard, Sylvie Drapeau, Frédéric Gilles, Pierre Rivard

Votes: 724 | Gross: $0.25M

6. Hudson's Bay (1941)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, History

6.4
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Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Paul Muni, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar, John Sutton

Votes: 309

7. Merchants of the Wild (2019– )

22 min | Documentary

9.3
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Following the journey of six participants traveling and surviving as their ancestors once did, learning history and culture from Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Stars: Falen Johnson, Caleb Kinew Nini Musgrave

Votes: 9

8. The Campbells (1986–1990)

Adventure, Drama, Family

8.0
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Doctor James Campbell, a widower, moves to Upper Canada with his three children. Taking place during the 1830s, the family and their community deal with both adventure and misfortune.

Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Amber Lea Weston, Eric Richards, Cedric Smith

Votes: 67

9. Canada: A People's History (2000– )

120 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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A dramatized comprehensive survey of the history of Canada.

Stars: Maggie Huculak, Lorne Cardinal, Eric Peterson, Nigel Bennett

Votes: 290

10. 1943: Operation Husky (2015 TV Movie)

73 min | Documentary

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A group of Canadians set out to retrace the footsteps of the 1st Canadian Division by marching through the hills and countryside of Sicily, commemorating each stage of the battle.

Director: Giuseppe Di Tacchio | Stars: Agatino Acireale, Sheridan Atkinson, Phil Curran, Steve Gregory

11. One Dead Indian (2006 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, History

6.8
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Stoney Point Natives assemble at Ipperwash Provincial Park for what began as a peaceful protest.

Director: Tim Southam | Stars: Eric Schweig, Dakota House, Gabrielle Miller, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 115

12. The Greatest Canadian (2004– )

Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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After listing the top 50 Canadians voted as the greatest, 10 celebrities each state their case to the viewers why they should select their top 10 member is the greatest of all.

Stars: Sook-Yin Lee, Melissa Auf der Maur, Frederick Banting, Alexander Graham Bell

Votes: 103

13. Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters (2017)

Documentary

8.6
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Meet Beau Dick gives an intimate look into the life of one of Canada's greatest artists. Beau Dick worked within an ancient tradition and rose to the ranks of international success within the white cube world of contemporary art.

Directors: Natalie Boll, LaTiesha Fazakas | Stars: Bruce Alfred, Wayne Alfred, Eric Angus, Roy Arden

Votes: 11

14. Empress of Ireland (2012)

70 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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After his disappearance on May 29, 1914, the Empress of Ireland still arouses passionate curiosity of crowds. Shipwreck disaster (there are more than twelve thousand victims), this ... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Parent | Stars: Gabrielle Alicot, Marilyn Bali, Alexis Barbe, David Batani

Votes: 30

15. John and the Missus (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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A small Canadian town is devasted when a local mine--the town's only source of income--is closed. One man incurs the wrath of the townsmen when he stubbornly refuses the small amount of ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Pinsent | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Jackie Burroughs, Randy Follett, Jessica Steen

Votes: 94

16. The Stork Derby (2002 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama, History

6.5
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The story of a bizarre bequest of a wealthy late Canadian lawyer: the woman who birthed the most children in the City of Toronto within a certain time period would inherit a fortune in the midst of the Great Depression.

Director: Mario Azzopardi | Stars: Megan Follows, Pascale Montpetit, Terry Simpson, Kyra Azzopardi

Votes: 74

17. Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command (1992 TV Special)

Documentary, War

6.5
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About the Canadian pilots in the British Royal Air Force Bomber Squadrons during World War II.

Director: Brian McKenna | Stars: Terence McKenna, Graeme Campbell, Gilbert Turp, Nicholas Shields

Votes: 35

18. René Lévesque (2006– )

Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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The life and career of former journalist and politician René Lévesque, from 1958 to 1970.

Stars: Emmanuel Bilodeau, Pascale Bussières, Gilles Renaud, Roc LaFortune

Votes: 63

19. Nations at War (2017)

22 min | Documentary

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At the end of the 15 century two worlds which had stood apart for generations violently collided: The kingdoms of Europe and the indigenous nations of the Americas. Despite being divided by... See full summary »

Stars: David Lyle, Erika Stocker

20. City of Gold (1957)

22 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.3
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Author Pierre Berton tells the history of his hometown of Dawson City at its heyday during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Directors: Wolf Koenig, Colin Low | Star: Pierre Berton

Votes: 219

21. Origins: A History of Canada (1987– )

History

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A comprehensive survey of the history of Canada from Native American settlement to the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885.

Stars: Chantal Beauregard, Fred Napoli

22. 40 Years of One Night Stands (2008 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

7.0
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The story of a small dance club that would became one of the world's premiere dance companies and the oldest continuously running ballet company in North America.

Director: Jeffrey McKay | Star: Brent Carver

Votes: 5

23. The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson (1964)

28 min | Short

6.3
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Director: Richard Gilbert | Stars: Powys Thomas, Peter Donat, Drew Thompson, Hugh Webster

Votes: 9

24. This Riel Business (1974)

28 min | Short

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In a theater in Regina, Canada, a play about the Northwest Rebellion during the opening of Canada's west by white settlers, is shown to an audience of Indians and Métis. We see scenes from ... See full summary »

Directors: Ian McLaren, Ken Kramer | Stars: Tom Celli, Mario Crudo, Bill Hugli, Ken Kramer

25. Expo 67 Mission Impossible (2017)

68 min | Documentary

8.0
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This documentary let us to relive the challenge of the men behind the 1967 Universal Exposition in Montréal, Canada. By searching trough 80,000 archival documents at the national Archives, ... See full summary »

Directors: Michel Barbeau, Guylaine Maroist, Eric Ruel | Stars: Bill Bantey, Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, Edward Churchill, Pierre de Bellefeuille

Votes: 18

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

121 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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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: 41

27. 1943: Operazione Husky (2014 TV Movie)

73 min | Documentary

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A group of Canadians set out to retrace the footsteps of the 1st Canadian Division by marching through the hills and countryside of Sicily, commemorating each stage of the battle.

Director: Giuseppe Di Tacchio | Stars: Agatino Acireale, Sheridan Atkinson, Antonio Giorgi, Steve Gregory

28. The Romance of Transportation in Canada (1952)

12 min | Animation, Short, History

6.5
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A humourous survey of the history of the development of transportation technology in Canada.

Director: Colin Low | Stars: Guy Glover, Max Ferguson, Jean-Louis Roux

Votes: 99

29. The Road to Patriation (1982)

94 min | Documentary, History

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The story of Canada's struggle to gain control and define its own constitution.

Director: Robert A. Duncan | Star: Alan Maitland

30. Canada Vignettes: Spence's Republic (1978)

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.2
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The humourous history of the short lived tiny Republic of Manitobah.

Director: Brad Caslor | Stars: Len Cariou, Cliff Gardner, Brian Richardson

Votes: 31

31. Le sort de l'Amérique (1997)

81 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

6.4
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Director: Jacques Godbout | Stars: René-Daniel Dubois, Jacques Godbout, Andrew Wolfe-Burroughs, George Savarin de Marestan

Votes: 20

32. The Relationship (1988)

56 min | Documentary, History

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The modern history of the relationship of Canada and the United States of America.

Directors: John Kramer, Barbara Sears | Star: Michael J. Reynolds

33. The Canadian Experience (2004– )

Documentary, History

7.7
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A series of documentaries on various elements and the history of Canadiana.

Stars: Scott Beaudin, Kevin Caudle, Mark Starowicz, Melanie Tonello

Votes: 6

34. The Ballad of Crowfoot (1969)

Documentary, Short, Musical

7.6
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A musical telling of the life of the Blackfoot Chief and the betrayal and fall of his tribe with the White conquest of the Canadian West.

Director: Willie Dunn

Votes: 40

35. Mulroney: The Opera (2011)

Comedy, Musical

5.9
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Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Rick Miller, Stephanie Anne Mills, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Best

Votes: 22

36. Wolfe; Or, The Conquest of Quebec (1914)

Drama, History

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General Wolfe, appointed commander of the expedition against Quebec, comes to bid his mother goodbye. Before sailing, the general calls upon his sweetheart, Katherine Lowther. She presents ... See full summary »

Director: Kenean Buel | Stars: Guy Coombs, Helen Lindroth, Alice Hollister, Jere Austin

37. The Defence of Canada (1985– )

History

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A documentary about the history and contemporary state of Canadian military and foreign policy.

Stars: Gwynne Dyer, Robert Borden, John Buchan, Arthur Currie

38. Remember Africville (1991)

35 min | Documentary, Short, History

8.3
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Director: Shelagh Mackenzie | Star: Delvina Bernard

Votes: 6

39. Canada Vignettes: Trading Post (1978)

1 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.8
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An illustration of a typical 18th-19th fur trade post where Native Americans traded furs and received only a fraction of their true value.

Star: Michael Kane

Votes: 12

40. Canada Vignettes: Bill Miner (1978)

1 min | Animation, Short, Biography

6.1
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The story of Bill Miner and the bungled train robbery that got him caught.

Director: Marv Newland | Star: Joe Austin

Votes: 33

41. Robert Baldwin: A Matter of Principle (1961)

32 min | Short, Biography, Drama

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Director: John Howe | Stars: Leo Ciceri, Ed McGibbon, Alan Mills, Alfred Gallagher

42. Fields of Endless Day (1978)

58 min | Documentary, History

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The ethnic history of the Black population in Canada.

Director: Terence Macartney-Filgate | Stars: Lili Francks, Winston Sutton, Ricardo Keens-Douglas, Mireilla Metellus

43. Canada Vignettes: Fort Prince of Wales (1978)

1 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.7
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A humourous short lived history of an English fort.

Director: Brad Caslor | Stars: Len Cariou, Cliff Gardner, Brian Richardson

Votes: 42

44. The Cultured Criminal (2012)

PG-13 | 39 min | Short, Crime, History

7.1
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Revisit the 1890 Birchall-Benwell Affair, one of the most sensational murder cases in Canadian history.

Director: Florin Marksteiner | Stars: Mark Cowling, Shannyn Kelly, Paul Watson, Lars Classington

Votes: 19

45. Camp 30 (2015)

3 min | Short, Biography, History

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Retracing the history of Camp 30, a site in Ontario that began as a school for delinquent youths, became a Canadian POW camp for captured Nazi soldiers in World War 2 and is now a collection of abandoned, graffiti-ridden buildings.

Director: Calyx Passailaigue

46. Finding Mary March (1988)

100 min | Drama, History

7.8
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Director: Ken Pittman | Stars: Rick Boland, John Budden, Jacinta Cormier, Austin Davis

Votes: 11

47. Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America (2009 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.4
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The animated story of the great explorer, and founder of Quebec, Samuel De Champlain.

Director: Marc Hall | Stars: Kathleen Fee, Brady Moffatt

Votes: 5

48. Canada Vignettes: The Horse (1978)

1 min | Animation, Short, History

6.1
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The story of the impact that the introduction of the horse had on the North American West.

Director: Michael Mills | Star: Vlasta Vrana

Votes: 25

49. Le choix d'un peuple (1985)

100 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Hugues Mignault | Stars: Robert Bourassa, Pierre Bourgault, Claude Charron, Jean Chrétien

50. Toujours Artiste (2015)

46 min | Documentary

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A foray into the lives of four Quebecers "stars" who left their marks between 1960 to 1980, having helped shape the cultural and artistic heritage of Quebec. Although they are no longer in ... See full summary »

Director: Nathalie Ducharme | Stars: René Caron, Muriel Millard, Claude Steben, Roger Sylvain



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