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A Century of Northern Films, 1897-1997


    Alaska and northern Canada having been luring film-makers and audiences since 1897 when the Klondike Gold Rush caught the world's interest. Documentaries and feature films made in or about the north have attracted untold millions of people since that time, and in 1997, I spent hundreds of hours researching those films. This listing of 421 films is a summary from that database - as time permits, I'll expand the information about some of the most significant ones beyond this simple listing.



Chronological listing:

[D] : Documentary
[T] : Made for Television
  1. [D] Horses Loading for the Klondike (1897)
  2. [D] Loading Baggage for the Klondike (1897)
  3. [D] S.S. Willamette Leaving for Klondike (1897)
  4. [D] Pack Train on the Chilkoot Pass (1901)
  5. [D] Packers on the Trail (1901)
  6. [D] Panoramic View of the White Pass Railroad (1901)
  7. [D] Washing Gold in the Klondike (1901)
  8. [D] Rocking Gold in the Klondike (1901)
  9. [D] Washing Gold on 20 Above Hunker - Klondike (1901)
  10. Voyage of the "Arctic", or How Captain Kettle Discovered the North Pole (1903)
  11. The Frozen North (1910)
  12. (1910)[1908?-Norris]
  13. The Kid From the Klondyke (1911)
  14. A Klondyke Steal (1911)
  15. Lost in the Arctic (1911)
  16. The Ace of Spades (1912)
  17. Atop the World in Motion (1912) a.k.a. Beverly C. Dobbs Original Alaska-Siberian Motion Pictures
  18. The Alaska-Siberian Expedition (1912)
  19. (Captain F. E. Kleinschmidt's) Arctic Hunt (1914)
  20. Burning Daylight: The Adventures of "Burning Daylight" in Alaska (1914)
  21. Burning Daylight: The Adventures of "Burning Daylight" in Civilization (1914)
  22. The Chechako (1914)
  23. In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)
  24. Klondyke Bubble (1914)
  25. The Lure of the Yukon (1914)
  26. An Odyssey of the North (1914)
  27. Rescue of the Stefannson Arctic Expedition (1914)
  28. The Spoilers (1914)
  29. The Darkening Trail (1915) a.k.a. Hell Hound of Alaska
  30. The Deathlock (1915)
  31. Dorothy of the Snows (1915)
  32. The Iron Strain (1915)
  33. Little Pal (1915) Kirby Grant in Yukon Manhunt
  34. The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1915)
  35. Song of the Wage Slave (1915)
  36. The Trail of the Upper Yukon (1915)
  37. The Girl From Alaska (ca. 1915-1918)
  38. Lure of Alaska (1915-1919)
  39. The Spell of the Yukon (1916)
  40. Sins of Her Parent (1916)
  41. Spell of the Yukon (1916)
  42. The Spoilers (1916)
  43. Tangled Fates (1916)
  44. Alaska Wonders in Motion (1917)
  45. The Barrier (1917)
  46. The Flame of the Yukon (1917)
  47. Golden Rosary (1917)
  48. The Great White Trail (1917)
  49. Pardners (1917)
  50. The White Raven (1917)
  51. Wolf Lowry (1917)
  52. Carmen of the Klondike (1918)
  53. Code of the Yukon (1918)
  54. Girl With the Champagne Eyes (1918)
  55. The Guilt of Silence (1918)
  56. Laughing Bill Hyde (1918)
  57. Rough and Ready (1918)
  58. Shark Munroe (1918)
  59. Social Ambition (1918)
  60. Alaska (1919)
  61. The Alaska Girl (1919)
  62. An Alaskan Romance (1919)
  63. Back to God's Country (1919)
  64. The Brand (1919)
  65. The Girl From Outside (1919)
  66. [D] Lure of Alaska (1919)
  67. The Mints of Hell (1919)
  68. Shadows (1919)
  69. The Trap (1919) a.k.a. A Woman's Law
  70. The Way of the Strong (1919)
  71. Burning Daylight (1920)
  72. The Golden Trail (1920)
  73. The Law of the Yukon (1920)
  74. Nomads of the North (1920)
  75. North Wind's Malice (1920)
  76. The Rose of Nome (1920)
  77. The Silver Horde (1920)
  78. Smouldering Embers (1920)
  79. The Tiger's Club (1920)
  80. Blind Hearts (1921)
  81. Bucking the Tiger (1921)
  82. The Golden Snare (1921)
  83. Idol of the North (1921)
  84. The Iron Trail (1921)
  85. Roads to Destiny (1921)
  86. Shame (1921)
  87. Snowblind (1921)
  88. Wolves of the North (1921)
  89. Belle of Alaska (1922)
  90. Brawn of the North (1922)
  91. Caught Bluffing (1922)
  92. The Great Alone (1922)
  93. [D] Nanook of the North (1922)
  94. Perils of the Yukon (1922)
  95. The Siren Call (1922)
  96. The Son of the Wolf (1922)
  97. Adventures in the Far North, Captain Kleinschmidt's (1923)
  98. Bucking the Barrier (1923)
  99. Call of the Wild (1923)
  100. The Cheechakos (1923)
  101. The Eternal Struggle (1923)
  102. The Grub Stake (1923)
  103. Snowdrift (1923)
  104. The Spoilers (1923)
  105. Where the North Begins (1923)
  106. The Alaskan (1924)
  107. The Chechahcos (1924), a.k.a. The Great White Silence, a.k.a. Mount McKinley
  108. Dynamite Smith (1924)
  109. Heart of Alaska (1924)
  110. Lure of the Yukon (1924)
  111. North of Alaska (1924)
  112. The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924)
  113. Yukon Jake (1924)
  114. The Gold Rush (1925)
  115. The Hunted Woman (1925)
  116. Justice of the Far North (1925)
  117. North of Nome (1925)
  118. Shattered Lives (1925)
  119. Silent Sanderson (1925)
  120. Steele of the Royal Mounted (1925)
  121. The True North (1925)
  122. White Fang (1925)
  123. Winds of Chance (1925)
  124. Alaskan Adventures (1926)
  125. Barrier (1926)
  126. Call of the Klondike (1926)
  127. The Flame of the Yukon (1926)
  128. Isle of Retribution (1926)
  129. Morganson's Finish (1926)
  130. The New Klondike (1926)
  131. Rocking Moon (1926)
  132. Satan Town (1926)
  133. 30 Below Zero (1926)
  134. The Wilderness Woman (1926)
  135. Alice in the Klondike (1927)
  136. Back to God's Country (1927)
  137. Eyes of the Totem (1927)
  138. Golden Yukon (1927)
  139. The Heart of the Yukon (1927)
  140. Primitive Love (1927)
  141. Very Confidential (1927)
  142. Burning Daylight (1928)
  143. [D] The Great Arctic Seal Hunt (1928)
  144. The Great White North (1928), a.k.a. Lost in the Arctic
  145. The Grip of the Yukon (1928)
  146. Gypsy of the North (1928)
  147. The Michigan Kid (1928)
  148. [D] Yukon (1928)
  149. Frozen Justice (1929)
  150. [D] Lost in the Arctic (1929)
  151. Smoke Bellew (1929)
  152. The Trail of 98 (1929)
  153. Arctic Antics (1930)
  154. The Break Up (1930)
  155. The Sea Wolf (1930)
  156. The Silver Horde (1930)
  157. The Spoilers (1930)
  158. Alaska Love (1932)
  159. [D] Igloo [a.k.a. Manna] (1932)
  160. Klondike (1932)
  161. The Klondike Kid (1932)
  162. Eskimo (1934), a.k.a. Mala the Magnificent
  163. Call of the Wild (1935)
  164. [D] Alaska's Silver Millions (1936)
  165. Klondike (1936)
  166. Klondike Annie (1936)
  167. The Mighty Tundra (1936), a.k.a. Tundra
  168. North of Nome (1936)
  169. White Fang (1936)
  170. The Barrier (1937)
  171. Call of the Yukon (1938)
  172. Golden River (1938)
  173. Spawn of the North (1938)
  174. Frozen Limits (1939)
  175. North of the Yukon (1939)
  176. Outpost of the Mounties (1939)
  177. Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
  178. Murder on the Yukon (1940)
  179. Queen of the Yukon (1940)
  180. Renfrew of the Royal Mounted -series (1940)
  181. Taku (1940), a.k.a. Orphans of the North
  182. Untamed (1940)
  183. Yukon Flight (1940)
  184. [D] Eskimo Children (1941)
  185. Mutiny in the Arctic (1941)
  186. Captains of the Clouds (1942)
  187. Girl From Alaska (1942)
  188. The Gold Rush (1942)
  189. King of the Mounties (1942)
  190. Klondike Fury (1942)
  191. North to the Klondike (1942)
  192. Northwest Rangers (1942)
  193. Riders of the Northland (1942), British title: Next in Line
  194. The Spoilers (1942)
  195. The Yukon Patrol (1942)
  196. Alaska Highway (1943)
  197. Destination Tokyo (1943)
  198. Jack London (1943)
  199. Klondike Kate (1943)
  200. Law of the Northwest (1943)
  201. Report from the Aleutians (1943)
  202. Thousands Cheer (1943)
  203. [D] U.S. News Review No. 2 (ca. 1943)
  204. Alaska (1944)
  205. Alaska Military Highway (1944)
  206. Belle of the Yukon (1944)
  207. Destination Tokyo (1944)
  208. The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944)
  209. [D] Highways North (1944)
  210. [D] Land for Pioneers (1944)
  211. [D] Pincers on Japan (1944)
  212. [T] The Royal Mounted Rides Again (1945)
  213. Northwest Trail (1945)
  214. [D] Canada's Screen Magazine No. 12 (1946)
  215. Dumbbell of the Yukon (1946)
  216. [D] The New North (1946)
  217. [D] Northern Rampart (1946)
  218. Road to Utopia (1946)
  219. White Fang (1946)
  220. [D] Eskimo Summer (1947)
  221. Spoilers of the North (1947)
  222. [D] Alaska - A Modern Frontier (1948)
  223. Alaska Patrol (1948)
  224. [T] Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)
  225. RCMP and the Treasures of Ghengis Khan (1948)
  226. Alaska Patrol (1949)
  227. Arctic Fury (1949)
  228. Arctic Manhunt (1949)
  229. [D] Eskimo Sea Hunters: Northwestern Alaska (1949)
  230. Fangs of the Arctic (ca. 1949-1954)
  231. Kazan (1949)
  232. Mrs. Mike (1949)
  233. Rose of the Yukon (1949)
  234. Seal Island (1949)
  235. Trail of the Yukon (1949)
  236. Call of the Klondike (1950)
  237. [D] Hunters of the North Pole (1950)
  238. Snow Dog (1950)
  239. Gene Autry and The Mounties (1951)
  240. [D] How to Build an Igloo (1951)
  241. Northwest Territory (1951)
  242. Yukon Manhunt (1951)
  243. Abbott and Costello Lost in Alaska (1952)
  244. Arctic Flight (1952)
  245. [D] Eye Witness No. 47 (1952)
  246. [D] Giant of the North (1952)
  247. Lost in Alaska (1952)
  248. Pony Soldier (1952), a.k.a. MacDonald of the Canadian Mounties
  249. The Wild North (1952)
  250. Red Snow (1952)
  251. The World in His Arms (1952)
  252. Yukon Gold (1952)
  253. The Alaskan Eskimo (1953)
  254. Back to God's Country
  255. [T] Canadian Mounties Versus the Atomic Invaders (1953)
  256. Those Redheads From Seattle (1953)
  257. Alaska Seas (1954)
  258. Cry Vengeance (1954)
  259. The Far Country (1954)
  260. Yukon Vengeance (1954)
  261. [D] Family Afoot in the Yukon (1955)
  262. [D] Gold (1955)
  263. [D] Gold Rush Land (1955)
  264. [D] Men Against the Arctic (1955)
  265. The Spoilers (1955)
  266. [T] Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1955-1958)
  267. [D] Alaska: Our Pioneer Heritage (1956)
  268. [D] City of Gold (1957)
  269. [D] Canada: The Pacific Province (1958)
  270. Alaska Passage (1959)
  271. [D] Living Stone (1959)
  272. The Savage Innocents (1959)
  273. The Alaskans - TV series (1959-1960)
  274. [D] Alaska: The 49th State (1960)
  275. Heart of the Yukon (1960)
  276. Ice Palace (1960)
  277. [T] Klondike (1960-1961)
  278. North of the Sun (1960)
  279. North to Alaska (1960), a.k.a. Go North
  280. [D] Dawson City Relives Its Gold Rush Days (1961)
  281. Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)
  282. [D] North West Mounted Police: The Klondike Gold Rush (1961)
  283. [D] People of the Rock (1961)
  284. [D] Yukon Old, Yukon New (1961)
  285. Gay Purr-ee (1962)
  286. Goldraush (1962)
  287. [D] Rail Journey - Skagway to Whitehorse (1962)
  288. [D] Rig With a View (1963)
  289. Alaska, Cruise Style (1964)
  290. Alaskafuesche (1964)
  291. Arctic Safari (1964)
  292. [D] Eskimo Artist Kenojuak (1964)
  293. [D] Places to Go (1964)
  294. [D] Alaska: America's Northern Frontier (1965)
  295. The Great Race (1965)
  296. [D] In Search of Man (1965)
  297. Mara of the Wilderness (1965), a.k.a. Valley of the White Wolves
  298. Safari in Alaska (1965)
  299. [D] At Slack Tide Only (1966)
  300. [D] Breaking the Ice Barrier (1966)
  301. [D] The Accessible Arctic (1967)
  302. [D] Alaska (1967)
  303. [D] Life Line (1967)
  304. Alaskan Safari (1968)
  305. [D] At the Winter Sea Ice Camp (1968)
  306. The Outdoorsman (1968)
  307. [D] Beyond the 40 Mile (1969)
  308. [D] Great American Novel: Moby Dick (1969)
  309. Jonico and the Kush Ta Ka (1969)
  310. This is My Alaska (1969)
  311. White Fury (1969)
  312. Wilderness Calling (1969)
  313. [D] Yukon - Getaway Country (1969)
  314. Call of the North (1970)
  315. Gas-s-s-... Or It May Become Necessary to Destroy the Earth in Order to Save It! (1970)
  316. [D] Geography of Alaska and Hawaii (1970)
  317. [D] Ice People (1970)
  318. [D] Legend of the Raven (1970)
  319. [D] North of 60 East (1970)
  320. NO Substitute for Victory (1970)
  321. Safari Moja (Alaska to Africa) (1970)
  322. Track of the Giant Snow Bear (1970)
  323. [D] Yukon 70 - The Call of the North (1970)
  324. [D] Alaska - End of the Last Frontier (1971)
  325. Alaska Wilderness Lake (1971)
  326. [D] Assignment Northwest (1971)
  327. [D] People of the Seal, Part 1: Eskimo Summer (1971)
  328. [D] People of the Seal, Part 2: Eskimo Winter (1971)
  329. [D] Three Stone Blades (1971)
  330. [D] Yesterday, Today (1971)
  331. [T] White Fang (nd)
  332. Call of the Wild (1972)
  333. [D] Emerging Eskimo (1972)
  334. [D] Great Rain Mountain (1972)
  335. [D] Images of Canada: Heroic Beginnings (1972)
  336. [D] Kluane - Yukon Territory (1972)
  337. [D] The Second Arctic Winter Games (1972)
  338. White Fang (1972)
  339. Zanna Bianca (1972)
  340. [D] Alaskan Eskimo - A Way of Life (1973)
  341. Die Blutigen Geier von Alaska (1973)
  342. [D] Matthew Aliuk: Eskimo in Two Worlds (1973)
  343. [D] Noah (1973)
  344. [D] Three Above 60° North (1973)
  345. [D] Canada, The Northern Giant (1973-1975)
  346. [D] Nahanni (1974)
  347. [D] New Gold For Alaska (1974)
  348. Ritorno di Zanna Biance (1974)
  349. [D] Touch of legend (1974)
  350. Two Against the Arctic (1974)
  351. The White Dawn (1974)
  352. [D] Me and Sam McGee (1975)
  353. [D] Trans-Alaska Pipeline (1975)
  354. Timber Tramps (1975)
  355. Challenge To Be Free (1976), a.k.a. Mad Trapper of the Yukon
  356. Pipe Dreams (1976)
  357. [D] Two Artists in the Klondike (1976)
  358. Claws (1977)
  359. Joyride (1977)
  360. Nanook Taxi (1977)
  361. [D] Permafrost Frontier (1977)
  362. Sourdough (1977)
  363. [D] New for Tomorrow (ca. 1977)
  364. [D] Pipe Dream to Pipeline (ca. 1977)
  365. [D] The Chilkoot Trail (1978)
  366. [D] Canada Vignettes: Land Bridge (1978)
  367. [D] Eight Hundred Miles of Winter (1978)
  368. [D] Pipeline (1978)
  369. [D] Canada Vignettes: Wop May (1979)
  370. [D] Do We Want Us To? (1979)
  371. The Force (1979)
  372. Spirit of the Wind (1979)
  373. Bear Island (1980)
  374. Bush Pilot: Reflections on a Canadian Myth (1980)
  375. [D] Harrison's Yukon (1980)
  376. [D] Inupiatun: In the Manner of the Eskimo (1980)
  377. Klondike Fever (1980), a.k.a. The Jack London Story
  378. [D] Protein From the Sea (1980)
  379. Death Hunt (1981)
  380. Tales of the Klondike (1981)
  381. [D] Wop May, Bush Pilot (1982)
  382. Pilots North
  383. Never Cry Wolf (1983)
  384. [T] The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)
  385. North of the Yukon (1984)
  386. North to the Yukon (1984)
  387. Ice Man (1984)
  388. Runaway Train (1985)
  389. White Fang and the Hunter (1985)
  390. Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
  391. [T] Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987)
  392. L'Ours (The Bear) (1988)
  393. Star Trek VI
  394. Das Alaska Syndrom (1989)
  395. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  396. [T] Northern Exposure (1990-1996)
  397. White Fang (1991)
  398. Alaska, Sir! (1992); German title: Alyaska, ser!
  399. [D] Coppermine (1992)
  400. Leaving Normal (1992)
  401. Saviour of the Soul II (1992)
  402. Shadow of the Wolf (1992)
  403. Alaska Kid (1993)
  404. Arctic Blue (1993)
  405. [T] Gross Misconduct (1993)
  406. [T] North of 60 (1993-1996)
  407. [T] Ordeal in the Arctic (1993)
  408. [T] Baree (1994), a.k.a. Northern Passage
  409. [T] Frostfire (1994)
  410. Nanook (1994)
  411. The Never-Ending Story III (1994)
  412. On Deadly Ground (1994)
  413. [T] Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)
  414. [T] Warrior Spirit (1994)
  415. White Fang II: Myth of the White Wolf (1994)
  416. Ace of Huskies (1995)
  417. Blood of the Hunter (1995)
  418. [D] Broken Promises - The High Arctic Relocation (1995)
  419. [T] Murder on the Iditarod Trail (1995)
  420. Alaska (1996)
  421. [D] The Spell of the Yukon (1996)
  422. [T] To Brave Alaska (1996)