List of Canadian films of the 1980s

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Atlantic City Louis Malle Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli Crime
Bad Company Peter Wronski
The Changeling Peter Medak Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
Les bons débarras Francis Mankiewicz Genie Award for Best Motion Picture, entered into Berlin
Corridors Robert Favreau
Deadly Companion George Bloomfield John Candy, Anthony Perkins
Every Child Derek Lamb Animation Oscar winner
Fantastica Gilles Carle Entered into the 1980 Cannes Film Festival
Girls Just Jaeckin Anne Parillaud, Zoé Chauveau, Charlotte Walior French-West German-Canadian co-production[1][2]
Head On Michael Grant Entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival
Hey Babe! Rafal Zielinski Yasmine Bleeth, Buddy Hackett Musical
The Hockey Sweater Sheldon Cohen Animation Adaptation of Roch Carrier children's story
Out of the Blue Dennis Hopper Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Raymond Burr
Pris au piège Robert Favreau
Prom Night Paul Lynch Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis Slasher film
Suzanne Robin Spry Jennifer Dale, Winston Rekert, Gabriel Arcand drama
Terror Train Roger Spottiswoode Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis Slasher film
Tribute Bob Clark Jack Lemmon, Robby Benson, Lee Remick
The Burning Tony Maylam Jason Alexander
Le confort et l'indifférence Denys Arcand Documentary Analysis of the 1980 Quebec referendum
Gas Les Rose Philip Akin, Susan Anspach Comedy
Happy Birthday to Me J. Lee Thompson
Heartaches Donald Shebib Margot Kidder Best Actress Genie
Heavy Metal Gerald Potterton Animation
Just Another Missing Kid John Zaritsky Documentary Academy Award for Documentary Feature
My Bloody Valentine George Mihalka Slasher film Shot in Cape Breton Island coal mines
Quest for Fire Jean-Jacques Annaud Rae Dawn Chong, Everett McGill Canada/France/U.S. co-production; César Award-winner
Scanners David Cronenberg Michael Ironside
Surfacing Claude Jutra Joseph Bottoms, R. H. Thomson, Kathleen Beller, Michael Ironside Drama Adaptation of the novel Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Threshold Richard Pearce Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum Science fiction
Ticket to Heaven Ralph L. Thomas Saul Rubinek Drama Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
After the Axe Sturla Gunnarsson Docufiction Academy Award nominee
By Design Claude Jutra Sara Botsford, Patty Duke Astin, Saul Rubinek, Clare Coulter Drama
Deadly Eyes Robert Clouse Scatman Crothers
The Great Chess Movie
The Grey Fox Phillip Borsos Richard Farnsworth Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
Humongous Paul Lynch Janet Julian, David Wallace
If You Love This Planet Terri Nash Helen Caldicott Documentary Oscar winner; labeled subversive by U.S. gov.
Latitude 55° John Juliani August Schellenberg, Andrée Pelletier Drama
Paradise Stuart Gillard
Class of 1984 Mark L. Lester Perry King, Timothy Van Patten, Michael J. Fox Action
La bête lumineuse Pierre Perrault Documentary Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
Flamenco at 5:15 Cynthia Scott Documentary Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
Maria Chapdelaine Gilles Carle Carole Laure, Nick Mancuso historical drama
Narcissus Norman McLaren Jean-Louis Morin McLaren's last film
Rock & Rule Clive A. Smith Greg Salata, Susan Roman Animated musical
Skullduggery Ota Richter David Calderisi, Wendy Crewson Horror
Strange Brew Rick Moranis Dave Thomas Rick Moranis Dave Thomas Comedy
The Tin Flute Claude Fournier Based on the Gabrielle Roy novel
Videodrome David Cronenberg James Woods Cult classic
The Bay Boy Daniel Petrie Kiefer Sutherland Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
A Soft Look Perry Mark Stratychuk Documentary Silver Award Houston Film Festival
Jacques and November Jean Beaudry, François Bouvier
Le jour S... Jean Pierre Lefebvre Screened at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival
Margaret Atwood: Once in August Michael Rubbo Margaret Atwood Documentary film
No More Hiroshima Martin Duckworth Documentary film Genie Award for best short documentary
Anne of Green Gables Kevin Sullivan Megan Follows Television miniseries 10 Genie Awards
The Big Snit Richard Condie Animation Oscar nominee
The Care Bears Movie Arna Selznick Animation Golden Reel for top box office
Crime Wave John Paizs
The Dame in Color Claude Jutra Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
Joshua Then and Now Ted Kotcheff James Woods Written by Mordechai Richler
5 Genie Award wins and 7 nominations [1]
The Last Polka
Le Matou Jean Beaudin
My American Cousin Sandy Wilson Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
Night Magic Lewis Furey Nick Mancuso, Carole Laure Musical Music by Lewis Furey and Leonard Cohen
The Peanut Butter Solution Michael Rubbo Tales for All series
The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood Andy Jones Robert Joy, Greg Malone Featuring CODCO members
Anne Trister Léa Pool Entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival
Bullies Paul Lynch Jonathan Crombie, Janet-Laine Green, Olivia d'Abo Drama
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation Dale Schott Animation
Le Déclin de l'empire américain Denys Arcand Canada's The Big Chill; winner of 9 Genie Awards
Final Offer Sturla Gunnarsson Buzz Hargrove Documentary Genie for Best Documentary
Birth of the Canadian Auto Workers
Toby McTeague Jean-Claude Lord Yannick Bisson, Winston Rekert
The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland Raymond Jafelice Animation Last of the Care Bears features
Family Viewing Atom Egoyan David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney Drama
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Bruce Pittman Michael Ironside
In the Shadow of the Wind Yves Simoneau Entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing Patricia Rozema Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald
Life Classes William D. MacGillivray Entered into the 38th Berlin International Film Festival
Loyalties Anne Wheeler Kenneth Welsh Drama Genie Award for Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Man Who Planted Trees Frédéric Back Academy Award winner and screened at Cannes
Savannah Electric Perry Mark Stratychuk Dean V. Beckman
Storm David Winning David Palffy, Stan Kane Drama
Train of Dreams John N. Smith Special Jury Prize, Chicago International Film Festival
Un zoo la nuit (Night Zoo) Jean-Claude Lauzon Record-setting: 13 Genie Awards
The Accused Jonathan Kaplan Jodie Foster Best Actress Oscar, entered into Berlin
Candy Mountain Robert Frank Kevin J. O'Connor, Tom Waits, Bulle Ogier Drama
Dead Ringers David Cronenberg Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
Portion d'éternité Robert Favreau
Tales from the Gimli Hospital Guy Maddin Cult classic
Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller Michael Rubbo Lucas Evans, Anthony Rogers Children's
50 ans Gilles Carle 50th anniversary tribute to NFB Won the Short Film Palme d'Or at Cannes
American Boyfriends Sandy Wilson Sequel to My American Cousin
Babar: The Movie Alan Bunce Gordon Pinsent, Elizabeth Hanna Animation
Bye Bye Blues Anne Wheeler Rebecca Jenkins Best Actress Genie
Cold Comfort Vic Sarin Paul Gross, Maury Chaykin, Margaret Langrick Thriller
Jesus of Montreal Denys Arcand Lothaire Bluteau Modern day
passion play
Genie Award for Best Motion Picture, Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival
The Paper Wedding Michel Brault Entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival
Roadkill Bruce McDonald Valerie Buhagiar, Don McKellar Genies for best screenplay & supporting actor
Things Andrew Jordan Barry J. Gillis, Amber Lynn horror/exploitation classic cult film


  1. ^ "Girls - Die kleinen Aufreisserinnen". Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Item Display". Collections Canada. Retrieved January 1, 2014.