Best Films by Canadian Directorsby christian94 | created - 14 Jun 2011 | updated - 4 days ago | Public
Top 70 films by Canadian Directors seen and rated 8, 9 or 10/10
And extra suggestions (from 71 onwards)
Top directors include: James Cameron Paul Haggis Denis Villeneuve Denys Arcan Jean-Marc Vallee Xavier Dolan Atom Egoyan Sarah Polley Deepa Mehta Ricardo Trogi David Cronenberg Philippe Falardeau François Girard
Some have English, French, Spanish, Inuktitut or even Hindi language
Noteworthy Canadian films from non-Canadian directors are: Atlantic City, USA (1980) - Director: Louis Malle (France) Bowling for Columbine (2002) - Director: Michael Moore (USA) My Life Without Me (2003) - Director: Isabel Coixet (Spain) Room (2015) - Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland) Brooklyn (2015) - Director: John Crowley (Ireland)
Oscar-nominated other films (I rated 5, 6 or 7) In the Heat of the Night (1967) - 5 Love Story (1970) - 7 Jésus de Montréal (1989) - 7 The Sweet Hereafter (1997) - 6 Up in the Air (2009) - 7 Rebelle (2012) - 7 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - 7 Arrival (2016) - 6
- Instant Watch Options
- Movies or TV
- IMDb Rating
- In Theaters
- On TV
- Release Year
1. Crash (I) (2004)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Votes: 383,382 | Gross: $54.58M
Canadian writer/director crash course in cultural and personal conflicts. - 3 OSCARS incl. Best Motion Picture of the Year (Paul Haggis); Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Paul Haggis) and Best Directing nomination (Paul Haggis)
2. The Next Three Days (2010)
PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.
Votes: 157,576 | Gross: $21.15M
3. Chloe (2009)
R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger.
Votes: 61,438 | Gross: $3.07M
Atom Egoyan directs a trio of fine actors in a terrific and terrifying love triangle/threesome thriller. This hits you from every angle.
4. Len and Company (2015)
Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
5. Prisoners (2013)
R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 465,093 | Gross: $61.00M
6. Sicario (2015)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 271,253 | Gross: $46.89M
7. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
R | 164 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
Votes: 210,313 | Gross: $91.94M
8. Incendies (2010)
R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes.
Votes: 102,654 | Gross: $6.86M
Denis Villeneuve - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nom
9. Enemy (2013)
R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.
Votes: 123,321 | Gross: $1.01M
10. Polytechnique (2009)
Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, History
A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.
11. Cosmos (1996)
99 min | Comedy, Drama
Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see, a mystery man, a gay man who may or may not be ... See full summary »
12. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.
Votes: 26,029 | Gross: $3.43M
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. - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar WINNER
13. The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.
Votes: 6,699 | Gross: $1.90M
Denys Arcand - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nom
14. Montréal vu par... (1991)
125 min | Comedy, Drama
Six stories about Montreal. 1: A young housewife from Toronto samples the nightlife using basic French. 2: The tale of a painting of Montreal's first mayor, Jacques Viger. 3: During a ... See full summary »
15. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 877,426 | Gross: $0.69M
James Cameron - 11 Oscars and World Breaking Box Office sales
16. Avatar (2009)
PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 970,228 | Gross: $760.51M
James Cameron - 9 Oscar noms (3 wins) and World Breaking Box Office sales
17. Avatar 2 (2020)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Filming
A sequel to Avatar (2009).
18. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 829,446 | Gross: $204.84M
19. Demolition (2015)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
Votes: 67,389 | Gross: $1.98M
20. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama
A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.
21. Wild (I) (2014)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.
Votes: 101,234 | Gross: $37.88M
Jean-Marc Vallée - 2 acting Oscar noms
22. Mommy (I) (2014)
R | 139 min | Drama
A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
Votes: 37,256 | Gross: $3.49M
23. Laurence Anyways (2012)
Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance
A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover.
24. Heartbeats (2010)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.
Votes: 21,990 | Gross: $0.06M
Drama | Post-production
A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.
28. Away from Her (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama
A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
Votes: 19,786 | Gross: $4.57M
30. eXistenZ (1999)
R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 83,180 | Gross: $2.84M
31. Naked Lunch (1991)
R | 115 min | Drama
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.
Votes: 39,821 | Gross: $2.54M
32. C'est pas moi, je le jure! (2008)
Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
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, and those annoying neighbors who get to spend the ... See full summary »
33. Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (2015)
108 min | Comedy
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.
34. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 17,211 | Gross: $2.01M
Philippe Falardeau - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nom
35. Le mirage (2015)
101 min | Comedy, Drama
« Le Mirage » is the perspective of a man in his thirties asking himself "what am I chasing?" Our society has become all about consumerism, if not excess. Success is determined by what and ... See full summary »
36. Horloge biologique (2005)
100 min | Comedy
For three men in their early thirties, the time has come to make a choice: Are they ready to have babies or not ? Sébastien has one; Paul soon have one; Fred has none and doesn't want any. ... See full summary »
37. Maurice Richard (2005)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
39. Heaven on Earth (2008)
106 min | Drama
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.
40. Water (I) (2005)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,191 | Gross: $3.22M
Deepa Mehta - Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nom
41. La grande séduction (2003)
Unrated | 108 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 4,677 | Gross: $0.49M
42. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
R | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Its All Gone Pete Tong is a comedy following the tragic life of legendary Frankie Wilde. The story takes us through Frankie's life from one of the best DJ's alive, through subsequent battle... See full summary »
Votes: 17,728 | Gross: $0.12M
43. The Dark Hours (2005)
R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller
The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow. Felling totally stressed, she decides to spend the weekend ... See full summary »
44. Les manèges humains (2012)
89 min | Drama
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..
45. Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
R | 112 min | Drama, History, War
The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.
47. Hochelaga (2000)
130 min | Drama, Crime
After an unpleasant run-in with a group of bikers, a young convenience store robber (Marc) gets approached by the same bikers to help out with a picnic. After the picnic, seeing he has guts... See full summary »
Votes: 458 | Gross: $0.38M
48. Karakara (2012)
101 min | Drama
Pierre, a retired professor in his early sixties who ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The confused intellectual would rather ... See full summary »
49. The Hurricane (1999)
R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Votes: 82,037 | Gross: $50.67M
3 Godlen Globe Nominations Best Motion Picture - Drama Best Director - Motion Picture (Norman Jewison) Best Actor - Drama (Denzel Washington) - WIN
50. The Future Is Now! (2011)
TV-G | 92 min | Drama
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.
51. The Five Senses (1999)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Interconnected stories examine situations involving the five senses. Touch is represented by a massage therapist who is treating a woman, while her daughter accidentally loses the woman's ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,863 | Gross: $0.50M
52. The Red Violin (1998)
R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
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.
Votes: 28,477 | Gross: $9.47M
François Girard - Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe nom
53. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Votes: 3,248 | Gross: $1.57M
54. Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (2017)
100 min | History
Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny engages in a search for his ancestors following a tragic terrain slump in the Percival Molson Stadium.
57. Surviving My Mother (2007)
95 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
58. Elles étaient cinq (2004)
87 min | Crime, Drama
In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While spending a couple of days in the cottage of Sophie's parents nearby a lake, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 676 | Gross: $0.41M
59. Derrière moi (2008)
87 min | Drama
The twenty-something Betty comes to a remote small town and strikes a friendship with the fourteen-year old local girl Lea, who is fascinated by her new friend's tales of partying and ... See full summary »
60. Passchendaele (2008)
R | 114 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
61. Hyena Road (2015)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars - all stand at the intersection of modern warfare - a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.
Votes: 5,248 | Gross: $0.00M
62. In Their Skin (2012)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller
The Hughes cottage vacation is violently interrupted by a family on a murderous and identity stealing journey, in search of the "perfect" life.
63. Le nèg' (2002)
92 min | Drama
In the middle of the night, in the Quebec countryside, all hell breaks loose as a black teenager is caught smashing a racially denigrating lawn ornament. Together the neighbours attend to ... See full summary »
66. I'll Follow You Down (2013)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
68. Le bonheur des autres (2011)
101 min | Comedy, Romance
A quirky, gentle humor pervades this dramedy about family dysfunction, second families, and generational issues. Despite their age difference, 30-year-old Evelyn is happy in her ... See full synopsis »
69. La petite reine (2014)
108 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Julie, star of cycling, is two races to win the World Cup. It is the culmination of years of effort. Julie loves the spotlight. His entourage too. Encouraged by her coach and doctor, she ... See full summary »
71. One Week (I) (2008)
Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Drama
Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.
73. Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (2008)
PG | 102 min | Drama
In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »
75. Les bons débarras (1980)
120 min | Drama
A woman is overwhelmed with having to deal with her emotionally unstable daughter, mentally-challenged brother and two suitors while simultaneously trying to run her small firewood business.
76. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Votes: 32,449 | Gross: $80.50M
Unrated | 126 min | Comedy, War
Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.
Votes: 6,698 | Gross: $21.69M
79. Moonstruck (1987)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Votes: 39,461 | Gross: $80.64M
80. Barney's Version (2010)
R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama
The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.
Votes: 22,208 | Gross: $7.50M
81. The Young Victoria (2009)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Votes: 50,270 | Gross: $11.00M
82. Whale Music (1994)
107 min | Comedy, Drama
Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.'s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringaton's Governor General's Award-winning novel about the redemption of a... See full summary »
Votes: 497 | Gross: $0.04M
86. Iqaluit (2016)
102 min | Drama
Travelling to the Arctic for the first time, Carmen arrives in Iqaluit to tend to her husband, Gilles, a construction worker who has been seriously injured. Trying to get to the bottom of ... See full summary »
87. Operation Avalanche (2016)
R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.
Votes: 4,792 | Gross: $0.06M
88. Eldorado (1995)
104 min | Drama
It's summer and it's hot in Montreal, and we meet many people: Rita, the nice homeless girl, who moves to Roxan's house; Henriette, who falls in love with her neighbour, Lloyd, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 286 | Gross: $0.55M
89. Set Me Free (1999)
95 min | Drama, Romance
Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her ... See full summary »
Votes: 812 | Gross: $0.07M
90. L'enfant d'eau (1995)
103 min | Drama
A small plane crashes in the Caribbean, leaving only two survivors: a precocious teenage girl and a simple-minded grown-up. They end up on a desert island, with no inhabitants and no rescue... See full summary »
Votes: 161 | Gross: $0.29M
91. Dinner with Friends (2001 TV Movie)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends, another couple decide to split up after twelve years.
92. The Hospital (1971)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.
Votes: 4,551 | Gross: $19.71M
93. The Harder They Fall (1956)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.
96. Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama
Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business.
97. Orderers (1974)
109 min | Drama, History
A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec.
98. Un zoo la nuit (1987)
115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Marcel, recently released from prison, attempt to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie (now a prostitute) and especially his father Albert (who thinks he's been away on a long... See full summary »
99. Léolo (1992)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,016 | Gross: $0.61M