Favorite French-Canadian Films

by thenolanfan | created - 23 Jun 2021 | updated - 23 Jun 2021 | Public

According to Wikipedia: Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, la Saint-Jean, Fête nationale du Québec), also known in English as St John the Baptist Day, is a holiday celebrated on June 24 in the Canadian province of Quebec and by French Canadians across Canada and the United States.

To highlight this day, we have compiled a list of French-Canadians films. Which one is your favorite?

Rules: French needs to be the predominant language

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1. Incendies (2010)

R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Mustafa Kamel

Votes: 175,181 | Gross: $6.86M

2. Mommy (I) (2014)

R | 139 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Patrick Huard

Votes: 56,745 | Gross: $3.49M

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

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A young French Canadian, one of five boys in a conservative family in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging identity with his father's values.

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

Votes: 32,893

4. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 29,309 | Gross: $3.43M

5. I Killed My Mother (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 29,853

6. Heartbeats (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Anne Dorval

Votes: 29,190 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx

Votes: 20,461 | Gross: $2.01M

8. Starbuck (2011)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father.

Director: Ken Scott | Stars: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie

Votes: 16,536 | Gross: $0.34M

9. Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, History

63 Metascore

A dramatization of the 1989 Montréal Massacre, during which several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Martin Watier

Votes: 16,671

10. Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Canadian detectives, one from Ontario and the other from Quebec, must work together when a murdered victim is found on the Ontario-Quebec border.

Director: Erik Canuel | Stars: Michel Beaudry, Patrice Bélanger, Pierre Boudreau, Sarain Boylan

Votes: 12,703

11. Ravenous (2017)

TV-MA | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a small, remote village in northern Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore - their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding in the woods, looking for others like them.

Director: Robin Aubert | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin, Micheline Lanctôt

Votes: 9,310

12. The Decline of the American Empire (1986)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

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: 8,341 | Gross: $1.90M

13. The Decline (2020)

TV-MA | 83 min | Action, Thriller

A fatal accident at a remote survivalist training camp sends participants into a panic - and sets the stage for a chilling showdown.

Director: Patrice Laliberté | Stars: Guillaume Laurin, Marie-Evelyne Lessard, Réal Bossé, Marc Beaupré

Votes: 8,833

14. 7 Days (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.

Director: Daniel Grou | Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil, Fanny Mallette

Votes: 8,017

15. Seducing Doctor Lewis (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 Dagenais

Votes: 5,303 | Gross: $0.49M

16. The Rocket (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.

Director: Charles Binamé | Stars: Roy Dupuis, Stephen McHattie, Julie LeBreton, Philip Craig

Votes: 5,277

17. Maelstrom (2000)

R | 87 min | Drama

66 Metascore

After plunging her car into a river, a woman encounters a man who helps her come to terms with her life.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern, Pierre Lebeau

Votes: 6,293 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A francophone S.Q. officer and an anglophone O.P.P officer reunite to investigate a large car theft ring led by an Italian mobster.

Director: Alain Desrochers | Stars: Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Marc Beaupré, Noam Jenkins

Votes: 4,173

19. Most Wanted (2020)

R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

62 Metascore

In 1989, a Canadian journalist investigates the circumstances surrounding the suspicious arrest of a heroin addict imprisoned in a Thai jail.

Director: Daniel Roby | Stars: Antoine Olivier Pilon, Josh Hartnett, Stephen McHattie, Jim Gaffigan

Votes: 5,070

20. 5150 Elm's Way (2009)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5150 ELM'S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Tessier | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Normand D'Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylène St-Sauveur

Votes: 3,413

21. The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and picks up two bags of cash and hides them. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker released from jail might get him out of trouble.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Alexandre Landry, Maripier Morin, Rémy Girard, Louis Morissette

Votes: 3,790 | Gross: $2.18M

22. 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.

Director: Claude Jutra | Stars: Jacques Gagnon, Lyne Champagne, Jean Duceppe, Olivette Thibault

Votes: 2,959

23. August 32nd on Earth (1998)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

After surviving a car wreck virtually unscathed, a young model compels her best friend to impregnate her at the salt flats in Utah.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Pascale Bussières, Alexis Martin, Serge Thériault, Ivan Smith

Votes: 2,978

24. It's Not Me, I Swear! (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 »

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Antoine L'Écuyer, Gabriel Maillé, Catherine Faucher, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 2,300

25. Les Boys (1997)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Ever wanted to know what guys say when they get together? This light- hearted comedy explores the male world through an amateur hockey team. Every male stereotype is analyzed, comically of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Saia | Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard, Serge Thériault

Votes: 2,155 | Gross: $4.60M

26. You're Sleeping, Nicole (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

While her parents are away, a young woman and her friend are hanging out for the summer, and are joined by her brother and his bandmates.

Director: Stéphane Lafleur | Stars: Julianne Côté, Pierre-Luc Lafontaine, Luc Senay, Anne-Renée Duhaime

Votes: 2,188

27. The Far Side of the Moon (2003)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

76 Metascore

After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother.

Director: Robert Lepage | Stars: Robert Lepage, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Marco Poulin, Céline Bonnier

Votes: 1,947 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Father and Guns (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Father and son, both cops, who despise each other must unite and infiltrate a Father/Son therapy retreat in order to make an important biker gang leader fall and save a brother cop who's been kidnapped.

Director: Émile Gaudreault | Stars: Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde, Rémy Girard, Caroline Dhavernas

Votes: 1,953

29. The Dog Who Stopped the War (1984)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

During Christmas holidays, the children of a small village split themselves into two groups and begin preparing a week-long snowball war. The rivalry opens up tension among group members, especially leaders Luc and Sophie.

Director: André Melançon | Stars: Cédric Jourde, Marie-Pierre A. D'Amour, Julien Elie, Minh Vu Duc

Votes: 1,920

30. Nitro (2007)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Max leads a good life with Alice and their son Théo; that is until Alice is threatened with death while waiting for a heart transplant. Max promises Théo that he will save Alice, but to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Desrochers | Stars: Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Lucie Laurier, Martin Matte, Raymond Bouchard

Votes: 1,807

31. Québec-Montréal (2002)

104 min | Comedy, Romance

Québec-Montréal: 250 km of asphalt, nine thirty-something travelers, four cars, one destination. The journey becomes an opportunity to share points of view about life and discuss troubling ... See full summary »

Director: Ricardo Trogi | Stars: Patrice Robitaille, Jean-Phillipe Pearson, Stéphane Breton, François Létourneau

Votes: 1,790

32. The Year I Became a Liar (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Filmmaker Ricardo Trogi recalls the events surrounding his family moving to a new neighborhood when he was 11 years old.

Director: Ricardo Trogi | Stars: Jean-Carl Boucher, Claudio Colangelo, Sandrine Bisson, Gabriel Maillé

Votes: 1,894

33. Louis Cyr (2013)

123 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of Louis Cyr, strongest man in the world at the end of the 19th Century.

Director: Daniel Roby | Stars: Antoine Bertrand, Guillaume Cyr, Rose-Maïté Erkoreka, Gilbert Sicotte

Votes: 1,772

34. Gabrielle (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they... See full summary »

Director: Louise Archambault | Stars: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Vincent-Guillaume Otis

Votes: 1,659

35. Aurore (2005)

115 min | Drama

After the sudden death of her mother, Aurore Gagnon is abused by her disturbed step-mother as her town remains in the silence followed by her death. Based on a true story.

Director: Luc Dionne | Stars: Marianne Fortier, Serge Postigo, Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, Yves Jacques

Votes: 1,586



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