Best Films by Canadian Directors

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1.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Canadian writer/director crash course in cultural and personal conflicts. ” - christian94
 
2.
Chloe (2009)
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A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Atom Egoyan directs a trio of fine actors in a terrific and terrifying love triangle/threesome thriller. This hits you from every angle. ” - christian94
 
3.
Len and Company (2015)
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A successful music producer quits the industry and exiles himself in upstate New York, but the solitude he seeks is shattered when his estranged son and the pop star he's created come looking for answers. (102 mins.)
Director: Tim Godsall
 
4.
Prisoners (2013)
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When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 mins.)
 
5.
Sicario (2015)
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An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. (121 mins.)
 
6.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
 
7.
Polytechnique (2009)
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A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist. (77 mins.)
 
8.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
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During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ Denys Arcand's screenplay was so strong that it was nominated for an Oscar even if it was a Foreign Language Film. It lost to Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, which was a close call. It did however deservingly win in the Foreign Language statuette with its down-to-earth realness and life allegory. ” - christian94
 
9.
The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
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Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat. (101 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
10.
Titanic (1997)
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A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
11.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
12.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
13.
Hochelaga (2000)
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After an unpleasant run-in with a group of bikers, a young convenience store robber (Marc) gets approached... (130 mins.)
Director: Michel Jetté
 
14.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
 
15.
Wild (2014)
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A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy. (115 mins.)
 
16.
Mommy (2014)
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A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. (139 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
17.
eXistenZ (1999)
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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. (97 mins.)
 
18.
Naked Lunch (1991)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
 
19.
It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)
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Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting... (110 mins.)
 
20.
Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
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The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors. (112 mins.)
 
21.
Les manèges humains (2012)
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Would-be filmmaker Sophie left Africa for Canada as a child. After graduating, she films the daily doings as part of a summer job at a fair. When pointing the camera at herself, she reveals painful secrets from the past.. (89 mins.)
Director: Martin Laroche
 
22.
Seducing Doctor Lewis (2003)
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A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village St. Marie-La-Mauderne, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to make Dr. Christopher Lewis a local. (108 mins.)
 
23.
The Dark Hours (2005)
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The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow... (80 mins.)
Director: Paul Fox
 
24.
It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
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Its All Gone Pete Tong is a comedy following the tragic life of legendary Frankie Wilde. The story takes... (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Dowse
 
25.
The Future Is Now! (2011)
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In an effort to re-connect a pessimistic "Everyman" with humanity, a journalist takes him on a voyage of possibilities as seen through the eyes of leading thinkers in the arts and sciences. (92 mins.)
 
26.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
27.
Karakara (2012)
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Pierre, a retired professor in his early sixties who ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko... (101 mins.)
Director: Claude Gagnon
 
28.
Triumph of the Wall (2011 Documentary)
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Work in Progress is a documentary project originally intended to chronicle the path of a first time... (124 mins.)
Director: Bill Stone
 
29.
The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
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A story about Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones. (124 mins.)
Director: Charles Binamé
 
30.
The Five Senses (1999)
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Interconnected stories examine situations involving the five senses. Touch is represented by a massage therapist who is treating a woman... (106 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
 
31.
My Life Without Me (2003)
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A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before. (106 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
 
32.
The Red Violin (1998)
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A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner. (130 mins.)
 
33.
Horloge biologique (2005)
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For three men in their early thirties, the time has come to make a choice: Are they ready to have babies or not ... (100 mins.)
Director: Ricardo Trogi
 
34.
Chaos and Desire (2002)
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A seismologist investigates the mysterious cessation of the tides near her Quebec home town. (115 mins.)
Director: Manon Briand
 
35.
Continental, un film sans fusil (2007)
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The lives of four people intertwine after the disappearance of a man who wanders into the forest. (103 mins.)
 
36.
Surviving My Mother (2007)
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Clara's mother is on her death bed as she tells her daughter that she regrets they are not closer. This revelation causes Clara to pursue a closer relationship with her own daughter, Bianca. (95 mins.)
 
37.
The Five of Us (2004)
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In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While... (87 mins.)
 
38.
The American Trap (2008)
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One of the greatest conspiracies of all time, and one lone man is trying to uncover it. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Binamé
 
39.
Behind Me (2008)
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The twenty-something Betty comes to a remote small town and strikes a friendship with the fourteen-year old local girl Lea... (87 mins.)
Director: Rafaël Ouellet
 
40.
Heaven on Earth (2008)
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Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior. (106 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
41.
Water (2005)
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The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
42.
Passchendaele (2008)
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The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Gross
 
43.
In Their Skin (2012)
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The Hughes cottage vacation is violently interrupted by a family on a murderous and identity stealing journey, in search of the "perfect" life. (97 mins.)
 
44.
The Negro (2002)
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In the middle of the night, in the Quebec countryside, all hell breaks loose as a black teenager is... (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Morin
 
45.
Arcanum (2009)
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(80 mins.)
 
46.
The Dirties (2013)
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Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking. (83 mins.)
Director: Matt Johnson
 
47.
I'll Follow You Down (2013)
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After the disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to make a bizarre discovery years later - one that may bring him home. (93 mins.)
Director: Richie Mehta
 
48.
Sex After Kids (2013)
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A disparate variety of couples from all walks of life strive to maintain active sex lives despite the notable distraction of having kids. (105 mins.)
Director: Jeremy LaLonde
 
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The Little Queen (2014)
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Julie, star of cycling, is two races to win the World Cup. It is the culmination of years of effort... (108 mins.)
 
51.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
52.
Cosmos (1996)
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Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see... (99 mins.)
 
53.
Endorphine (2015)
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Complex time shifting drama revolving about a violent senseless murder and young witness. (84 mins.)
Director: André Turpin
 
54.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
55.
Our Loved Ones (2015)
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After the death of his father, an artisan does his best to raise and nurture his dynamic daughter. (102 mins.)
Director: Anne Émond
 
56.
My Internship in Canada (2015)
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An idealistic young Haitian travels to rural Quebec to intern for an independent Member of Parliament when a national debate erupts that finds the MP holding the tie-breaking vote. (108 mins.)
 
57.
Barney's Version (2010)
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The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky. (134 mins.)
 
58.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
59.
Whale Music (1994)
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Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.'s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation... (107 mins.)
 
60.
Marion Bridge (2002)
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Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface. (90 mins.)
 
61.
YPF (2007)
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On a Tuesday night, five couples have separate sexual adventures. (87 mins.)
Director: Martin Gero