My favourite Canadian films

by Canada80 | created - 01 Dec 2010 | updated - 28 Sep 2014 | Public

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1. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée

Votes: 29,278

2. Mambo Italiano (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

Director: Émile Gaudreault | Stars: Luke Kirby, Peter Miller, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino

Votes: 5,893 | Gross: $6.24M

3. La grande séduction (2003)

Unrated | 108 min | Comedy

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-François Pouliot | Stars: David Boutin, Lucie Laurier, Raymond Bouchard, Dominik Michon-Dagenais

Votes: 4,717 | Gross: $0.49M

4. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,516 | Gross: $0.53M

5. Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.

Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Sandra Oh, Valerie Tian, Ric Young, Tseng Chang

Votes: 496

6. The Trotsky (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A Montreal high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky starts a revolution against apathy among his fellow students.

Director: Jacob Tierney | Stars: Liane Balaban, Jay Baruchel, Taylor Baruchel, Dan Beirne

Votes: 5,235

7. Double Happiness (1994)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Twenty-two year old Chinese-Canadian Jade Li comes from a traditional Chinese family, who try to put on the perfect public persona at all cost so as to "save face". One primary part of this... See full summary »

Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Sandra Oh, Stephen Chang, Alannah Ong, Donald Fong

Votes: 977 | Gross: $0.76M

8. Last Night (I) (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell

Votes: 8,597

9. Waydowntown (2000)

R | 87 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

A group of young employees bet a month's salary, winner takes all, on who can last the longest without going outside.

Director: Gary Burns | Stars: Fab Filippo, Don McKellar, Marya Delver, Gordon Currie

Votes: 1,738 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

TV-G | 199 min | Drama, Family

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.

Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Patricia Hamilton

Votes: 16,787

11. New Waterford Girl (1999)

97 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A gifted teenager, dreaming of life beyond her small town, becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Liane Balaban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Mary Walsh, Nicholas Campbell

Votes: 1,613 | Gross: $0.77M

12. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,160 | Gross: $1.88M

13. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,552 | Gross: $0.24M

14. Love That Boy (2003)

85 min | Drama

A young women who sets out to find a boyfriend get's more than she bargained for when she falls for a much younger boy.

Director: Andrea Dorfman | Stars: Nadia Litz, Nikki Barnett, Adrien Dixon, P.J. Crosby

Votes: 368

15. The Lotus Eaters (1993)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

A family of Canadian pig farmers find their lives addled with dysfunction and underlying problems beneath their cheerful facade.

Director: Paul Shapiro | Stars: Tara Frederick, Aloka McLean, R.H. Thomson, Sheila McCarthy

Votes: 179

16. Everything's Gone Green (2006)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime

57 Metascore

Ryan, a good-natured slacker, is tempted into a money laundering scheme while working for a lottery magazine. A capitalistic comedy that asks the question - when is "enough" enough?

Director: Paul Fox | Stars: Paulo Costanzo, Steph Song, JR Bourne, Aidan Devine

Votes: 1,931

17. Whole New Thing (2005)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention... See full summary »

Director: Amnon Buchbinder | Stars: Aaron Webber, Robert Joy, Rebecca Jenkins, Daniel MacIvor

Votes: 1,200 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Monkey Warfare (2006)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

Two ex-revolutionaries living underground have their lives turned upside down by a sexy young radical who goes from smashing SUVs to fighting gentrification with firebombs.

Director: Reginald Harkema | Stars: Don McKellar, Tracy Wright, Nadia Litz, Marya Delver

Votes: 487

19. Rare Birds (2001)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: William Hurt, Andy Jones, Molly Parker, Vicky Hynes

Votes: 1,443

20. Who Loves the Sun (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

A troubled young man's sudden return after a mysterious five-year disappearance reunites him with his wife and his best friend.

Director: Matt Bissonnette | Stars: Lukas Haas, Molly Parker, Adam Scott, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 480

21. Take This Waltz (2011)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Abrams

Votes: 24,727 | Gross: $1.24M

22. 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.

Director: Michael McGowan | Stars: Joshua Jackson, Peter Spence, Marc Strange, Gage Munroe

Votes: 10,461

23. Goon (2011)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

64 Metascore

Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Eugene Levy

Votes: 77,518 | Gross: $4.17M

24. The Grand Seduction (2013)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent

Votes: 13,535 | Gross: $3.41M