Genie Award for Best Motion Picture - Nominees and Winners

by kingwilson | created - 28 Apr 2011 | updated - 29 Apr 2011 | Public

The Genies are the major Canadian film awards.

I'm surprised this list doesn't exist yet! It'll be a good way to find good-quality Canadian films.


I list the winner first, followed by the other nominees. If you like this list, you'll love my others. :)

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1. Murder by Decree (1979)

PG | 124 min | Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark

Votes: 4,054

1st Genie Awards Winner

2. Klondike Fever (1980)

PG | 119 min | Adventure

This movie chronicled Jack London's epic journey from San Francisco to the Klondike gold fields in 1898.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Jeff East, Rod Steiger, Angie Dickinson, Lorne Greene

Votes: 99

3. Mourir à tue-tête (1979)

96 min | Drama

A director and an editor, both woman, cannot work on a movie presenting the rape of a nurse without reacting on the scenes they're working on, the situation of womenhood in general, and the... See full summary »

Director: Anne Claire Poirier | Stars: Julie Vincent, Germain Houde, Paul Savoie, Monique Miller

Votes: 136

4. Fish Hawk (1979)

G | 94 min | Drama

An embittered, hard-drinking Indian finds himself befriending a young white farmboy, and together they determine to help him end his drinking problems and return to his former life.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Will Sampson, Don Francks, Charles Fields, Mary Pirie

Votes: 78

5. Wild Horse Hank (1979)

94 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

A teenage girl (Hank) tries to save a herd of wild horses from a local gang intending on capturing and selling them for dogmeat. Unfortunately the nearest Federal land where the horses will... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Linda Blair, Richard Crenna, Helen Hughes, Lloyd Berry

Votes: 104

6. 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.

Director: Francis Mankiewicz | Stars: Charlotte Laurier, Marie Tifo, Germain Houde, Louise Marleau

Votes: 554

2nd Genie Awards Winner

7. Tribute (1980)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Robby Benson, Lee Remick, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 540

8. Hounds of Notre Dame (1980)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

It's the winter of 1940. Father Athol Murray - "Pere" to most that know him - is an opinionated, chain-smoking, hard drinking parish priest at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. ... See full summary »

Director: Zale Dalen | Stars: Thomas Peacocke, Frances Hyland, Barry Morse, David Ferry

Votes: 27

9. The Coffin Affair (1980)

107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In 1953, in the Gaspé forest, there are three bodies half eaten by bears. Fearing repercussions on tourism and investment, Prime minister Maurice Duplessis decided to make an example accusing Wilbert Coffin.

Director: Jean-Claude Labrecque | Stars: Gabriel Arcand, August Schellenberg, Thomas Donohue, Yvon Dufour

Votes: 41

10. L'homme à tout faire (1980)

99 min | Drama, Romance

Le film, qui sera primé à San Sebastian, raconte l'histoire d'un homme dont la naïveté et la galanterie d'un autre âge sont à l'origine de nombreux déboires sentimentaux, tout ... See full summary »

Director: Micheline Lanctôt | Stars: Jocelyn Bérubé, Andrée Pelletier, Janette Bertrand, Madeleine Guérin

Votes: 88

11. Les Plouffe (1981)

227 min | Drama

The lives of the average Quebecois Plouffe family during the final years of the depression and through World War II.

Director: Gilles Carle | Stars: Gabriel Arcand, Rémi Laurent, Pierre Curzi, Juliette Huot

Votes: 377

3rd Genie Awards Winner

12. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 40,097 | Gross: $14.23M

13. Silence of the North (1981)

PG | 94 min | Drama

Based on the biography of Olive Fredrickson, It tells of her life as a girl, then a trapper's wife and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in ... See full summary »

Director: Allan King | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerritt, Gordon Pinsent, Jennifer McKinney

Votes: 188 | Gross: $1.62M

14. Heartaches (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A young wife becomes pregnant, but the child's father is not her husband. Afraid to tell him, she leaves home, and meets an outgoing, free-spirited woman on a bus. Although the two are ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Margot Kidder, Annie Potts, Robert Carradine, Winston Rekert

Votes: 122

15. Ticket to Heaven (1981)

PG | 108 min | Drama

David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Nick Mancuso, Saul Rubinek, Meg Foster, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 624

16. The Grey Fox (1982)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue, Wayne Robson

Votes: 1,411

4th Genie Awards Winner

17. Melanie (1982)

PG | 95 min | Drama

A young woman battles to regain custody of her son.

Director: Rex Bromfield | Stars: Glynnis O'Connor, Paul Sorvino, Burton Cummings, Trudy Young

Votes: 212

18. Les fleurs sauvages (1982)

152 min | Drama

Three generations of a family struggle to be open with each other during a week of summer vacation at their country cottage.

Director: Jean Pierre Lefebvre | Stars: Marthe Nadeau, Michèle Magny, Pierre Curzi, Claudia Aubin

Votes: 28

20. If You Could See What I Hear (1982)

PG | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A light comedy/love story based on the life of blind musician Tom Sullivan.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Marc Singer, R.H. Thomson, Sarah Torgov, Shari Belafonte

Votes: 699 | Gross: $8.69M

21. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 115,881 | Gross: $19.29M

5th Genie Awards Winner (tie)

22. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 69,465 | Gross: $2.12M

5th Genie Awards Winner (tie)

23. Lucien Brouillard (1983)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Montreal provides a backdrop for this intriguing, fast-paced political drama about the later, dangerous interactions of two boys who first became best friends during their years at an ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Carrière | Stars: Pierre Curzi, Roger Blay, Marie Tifo, Paul Savoie

Votes: 18

24. Deserters (1983)

91 min | Drama

Louis is a 27-year-old reservist and patriot, as is his childhood friend and longtime rival Bastien, who sees the war, like everything else, as an opportunity. One night, as their unit ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Darcus | Stars: Jon Bryden, Noel Burton, Ty Haller, Barbara March

Votes: 6

25. Au clair de la lune (1983)

92 min | Drama, Comedy

A friendship between a good man with bowling as his only passion and a queer albino.

Director: André Forcier | Stars: Guy L'Ecuyer, Michel Côté, Pierre Giard, Marcel Fournier

Votes: 129

26. Rien qu'un jeu (1983)

89 min | Drama

A family on vacation must deal with its long-held dark secret when the traumatized eldest daughter tries to break the silence and make her father stop sexually abusing her. Unfortunately, that may prove to be next to impossible.

Director: Brigitte Sauriol | Stars: Madeleine Arsenault, Lothaire Bluteau, Jimmy Bond, Raymond Cloutier

Votes: 18

27. Sonatine (1984)

91 min | Drama

Two teenaged friends have separate difficult experiences that make the girls seriously consider suicide.

Director: Micheline Lanctôt | Stars: Pascale Bussières, Marcia Pilote, Pierre F. Fauteux, Kliment Denchev

Votes: 225

6th Genie Awards Winner

28. Next of Kin (1984)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Drama

Twenty-three-year old Peter Foster is an only child who lives at home, where he constantly hears his parents arguing. Because Peter does nothing all day, the family goes to a clinic where a... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Patrick Tierney, Berj Fazlian, Sirvart Fazlian, Arsinée Khanjian

Votes: 719

29. Le jour S... (1984)

88 min | Drama

A middle-aged man haunted by feelings and memories takes a day off work for reflection and recollection of his past love affairs.

Director: Jean Pierre Lefebvre | Stars: Pierre Curzi, Michel Daigle, Violaine Estérez, Marcel Sabourin

Votes: 5

30. Unfinished Business (1984)

99 min | Drama

Seventeen year old Isabelle Marks lives in Toronto with her divorced mother and finds her life directionless. Isabelle becomes involved with an anti-nuclear group that her boyfriend Jessie ... See full summary »

Director: Don Owen | Stars: Isabelle Mejias, Peter Spence, Leslie Toth, Julie Biggs

Votes: 22

31. La femme de l'hôtel (1984)

89 min | Drama

Tournant un film dans sa ville natale, une réalisatrice trouve l'inspiration chez une femme, Estelle David, qui erre dans un hôtel. Cela l'aide à mieux définir le rôle qu'elle écrit pour sa... See full summary »

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Paule Baillargeon, Raymond Cloutier, Serge Dupire, Louise Marleau

Votes: 56

32. My American Cousin (1985)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama

Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another ... See full summary »

Director: Sandy Wilson | Stars: Margaret Langrick, John Wildman, Richard Donat, Jane Mortifee

Votes: 503

7th Genie Awards Winner

33. Le matou (1985)

141 min

Florent Boissonneault and his young wife Elise always had one dream: own a restaurant. When they meet a strange old man, Egon Ratablavasky, their dream become reality, but only to quick ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Beaudin | Stars: Serge Dupire, Monique Spaziani, Jean Carmet, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 273

34. La dame en couleurs (1985)

112 min | Drama

In Quebec 40s, orphans or abandoned children are placed in a gigantic psychiatric hospital where children were locked. Were they sick? No, they simply had no family. To escape this ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Jutra | Stars: Paule Baillargeon, Ginette Boivin, Claude Desjardins, Lisette Dufour

Votes: 98

35. Joshua Then and Now (1985)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of a Jewish writer, from his life as a young boy in Montreal to his more complicated grown-up life.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: James Woods, Gabrielle Lazure, Alan Arkin, Michael Sarrazin

Votes: 491 | Gross: $0.54M

36. 90 Days (1985)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

90 Days is a tongue-in-cheek look at the misadventures of two modern men in search of romantic bliss: macho Alex, who receives the offer of a lifetime from a mysterious woman, and sincere ... See full summary »

Director: Giles Walker | Stars: Stefan Wodoslawsky, Christine Pak, Sam Grana, Fernanda Tavares

Votes: 56 | Gross: $0.01M

37. 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.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Pierre Curzi

Votes: 6,771 | Gross: $1.90M

8th Genie Awards Winner

39. Pouvoir intime (1986)

PG-13 | 86 min | Thriller

A government ministry's fast-rising head of security asks a shadowy fixer, Meursault, to steal a bag from an armored truck. Meursault goes to Théo, a former night club owner, in prison for ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi, Jacques Godin, Robert Gravel

Votes: 233

40. Sitting in Limbo (1986)

96 min | Drama

In Montreal 's West Indian community, Pat (Dillon) shares an apartment with two unmarried mothers on welfare and is naturally jaded on the subject of men. Fabian (Gibbs) Fabian (Gibbs) is ... See full summary »

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Gaston Belanger, Sally Bochner, André A. Bélanger, Lance Jerome Clarke

Votes: 20

41. Loyalties (1987)

R | 98 min | Drama

Lily and her three youngest children join her husband David Sutton, a doctor in an isolated northern Alberta town. Their eleven-year-old son arrives later from boarding school. David ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Kenneth Welsh, Tantoo Cardinal, Susan Wooldridge, Vera Marin

Votes: 92

42. 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 »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon | Stars: Gilles Maheu, Roger Lebel, Corrado Mastropasqua, Lorne Brass

Votes: 601

9th Genie Awards Winner

43. Family Viewing (1987)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother, Armen. Although he could afford having her at home, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney, Gabrielle Rose, Arsinée Khanjian

Votes: 1,097

44. Marie s'en va-t-en ville (1987)


A young girl who is being abused at home runs away to the seamy side of Montreal where she makes friends with a prostitute who helps her to survive the urban jungle.

Director: Marquise Lepage | Stars: Robert Boivin, Frédérique Collin, Genevieve Lenoir, Denis Levasseur

Votes: 18

45. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Richard Monette

Votes: 1,275 | Gross: $1.41M

46. Train of Dreams (1987)

88 min | Drama

At 16, Tony is an English-speaking high-school drop-out in Montreal. In trouble with the law and at odds with his struggling single parent mother, Tony is sent to Juvie where he realizes ... See full summary »

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Jason St. Amour, Marcella Santa Maria, Christopher Neil, Fred Ward

Votes: 26

47. Dead Ringers (1988)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

86 Metascore

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon

Votes: 33,380 | Gross: $9.13M

10th Genie Awards Winner

48. Malarek (1988)

R | 100 min | Action, Biography

Based on Victor Malarek's best-selling autobiography, this is the true story of a streetwise kid who emerges from a violent and unjust background to become one of journalism's top reporters.

Director: Roger Cardinal | Stars: Elias Koteas, Kerrie Keane, Al Waxman, Daniel Pilon

Votes: 130

49. A Winter Tan (1987)

91 min | Drama

Maryse Holden, a professor, feminist activist spent the last months before her murder in Mexico on "a break from feminism" that became a sexually iconic story reflect in her posthumous book... See full summary »

Directors: Jackie Burroughs, Louise Clark, John Frizzell, John Walker, Aerlyn Weissman | Stars: Jackie Burroughs, Hernando Gonzáles, Anita Olanick, Diane D'Aquila

Votes: 119

50. Les portes tournantes (1988)

101 min | Drama, Music

A quiet painter, separated from his wife for a year, receives a suitcase in the mail from his mother, whom he hasn't seen since infancy. He believes she abandoned him to his wealthy, ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Mankiewicz | Stars: Monique Spaziani, Gabriel Arcand, Miou-Miou, François Méthé

Votes: 157

51. Cowboys Don't Cry (1988)

103 min | Drama