List of Canadian films

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A list of films produced in Canada ordered by year and date of release. For an alphabetical list of Canadian films see Category:Canadian films

Pre 1960[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Ten Years in Manitoba James Freer James Freer
Hiawatha, the Messiah of the Ojibway Joe Rosenthal A lost film.[1]
Evangeline Edward P. Sullivan, William Cavanaugh William Cavanaugh, Marguerite Marquis, Laura Lyman, John Carleton Drama First feature-length film in Canada[2]
Back to God's Country David Hartford Nell Shipman
The Great Shadow Harley Knoles
Big Timber John W. Noble Richard Travers
Blue Water David Hartford Norma Shearer
Yamekraw Murray Roth
Damaged Lives Edgar G. Ulmer Diane Sinclair, Lyman Williams Exploitation co-produced with USA
Bosom Friends Short Nominated for Oscar
La Maison en ordre Gordon Sparling
The Kinsmen Gordon Sparling
Churchill's Island Stuart Legg Documentary First Oscar for short documentary
Banshees Over Canada James Beverage Documentary Allied progaganda film
Fighting Norway Sydney Newman Documentary Allied progaganda film
Bush Pilot
Whispering City Fyodor Otsep Helmut Dantine, Mary Anderson, Paul Lukas Mystery
Begone Dull Care Norman McLaren Direct film Visual music presentation of
Oscar Peterson
Around Is Around Norman McLaren Short animation Won Special award
Neighbours Norman McLaren Grant Munro, Jean Paul Ladouceur Pixilation Oscar winner
Rythmetic Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart Entered into the 6th Berlin International Film Festival
A Chairy Tale Norman McLaren, Claude Jutra Claude Jutra Pixilation Oscar nominee
City of Gold Colin Low,
Wolf Koenig
Documentary Klondike Gold Rush; Oscar nominee; inspiration for the Ken Burns effect


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Universe Roman Kroitor, Colin Low Documentary Major influence for 2001: A Space Odyssey
Macbeth Paul Almond Sean Connery
Very Nice, Very Nice Arthur Lipsett Experimental Academy Award nominee
Alexander Galt: The Stubborn Idealist Julian Biggs
Lonely Boy Roman Kroitor Documentary Cinema verite classic on Paul Anka
Amanita Pestilens René Bonnière Jacques Labrecque
Huguette Oligny
Geneviève Bujold
Drama First Canadian colour feature film [1]
For Those Who Will Follow Michel Brault Documentary Entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival
21-87 Arthur Lipsett Experimental Major influence on George Lucas [2]
Le chat dans le sac Gilles Groulx Claude Godbout
Nobody Waved Goodbye Don Owen Peter Kastner, Julie Biggs, Claude Rae, Toby Tarnow, Charmion King, Ron Taylor, Bob Hill, Jack Beer, John Sullivan, Lynne Gorman, Ivor Barry, Sharon Bonin, Norman Ettlinger, John Vernon AV Trust "Masterwork" [3]
The Railrodder Gerald Potterton Buster Keaton Keaton's last silent film role
Winter Kept Us Warm David Secter John Labow, Henry Tarvainen, Joy Fielding, Janet Amos, Iain Ewing, Jack Messinger, Larry Greenspan, Sol Mandelsohn, George R. Appleby
Le roi de cœur
The Trap Sidney Hayers Rita Tushingham, Oliver Reed Adventure British/Canadian co-production
The Ernie Game Don Owen Entered into the 18th Berlin International Film Festival
Wavelength Michael Snow Hollis Frampton, Joyce Weiland Structural film AV Preservation Trust Masterwork
In the Labyrinth Roman Kroitor
Colin Low
Hugh O'Connor
Multi-screen Major attraction at Expo 67
precursor to IMAX
From the Drain David Cronenberg
Warrendale Allan King Documentary Canadian Film Award winner
Isabel Paul Almond Geneviève Bujold
The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes Bill Mason Educational, Comedy BAFTA award-winner
Don't Let the Angels Fall George Kaczender Entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Act of the Heart Paul Almond Geneviève Bujold, Donald Sutherland, Monique Leyrac
Crimes of the Future David Cronenberg Ronald Mlodzik
Goin' Down the Road Donald Shebib Doug McGrath, Paul Bradley, Jayne Eastwood AV Trust "Masterwork"
The Hart of London Jack Chambers Experimental
Rip-Off Donald Shebib Don Scardino, Ralph Endersby, Michael Kukulewich, Peter Groß, Hugh Webster, Coming of Age Comedy Coming of age movie about four soon-to-graduate high school students in suburban Toronto in this 1971 film
Fleur bleue (The Apprentice) Larry Kent Susan Sarandon Comedy Bilingual film
Fortune and Men's Eyes Harvey Hart Wendell Burton, Michael Greer, Zooey Hall Based on award-winning play
Controversial look at homosexuality
Mon oncle Antoine Claude Jutra Voted greatest Canadian film of all time, entered into Moscow
A Fan's Notes Eric Till Entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival
Wedding in White William Fruet Carol Kane, Donald Pleasence, Doris Petrie, Doug McGrath Canadian Film Award winner for Best Feature Film
Cannibal Girls Ivan Reitman Eugene Levy Horror spoof Reitman's third film
The Death of a Lumberjack Gilles Carle Entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival
Golden Apples of the Sun Barrie McLean, Kristen Weingartner Elizabeth Suzuki
The Hard Part Begins Paul Lynch, Donnelly Rhodes, Nancy Belle Fuller, Doug McGrath Drama
Paperback Hero Peter Pearson Keir Dullea, Elizabeth Ashley Drama
Slipstream David Acomba Luke Askew, Patti Oatman Canadian Film Award winner for Best Feature Film
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff Richard Dreyfuss Based on Mordechai Richler novel
Golden Bear winner
Black Christmas Bob Clark Olivia Hussey Slasher film First modern Slasher film
Orders Michel Brault Jean Lapointe Historical drama Cannes award winner
Once Upon a Time in the East André Brassard Entered into the 1974 Cannes Film Festival
Christmas Two Step
Duo/Duel Animation
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Denis Héroux Mort Shuman, Elly Stone, Joe Masiell Musical
Lies My Father Told Me Ján Kadár Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film
Le Soleil a pas d'chance Robert Favreau
Shivers David Cronenberg
The Clown Murders Martyn Burke John Candy Horror
Shoot Harvey Hart
J.A. Martin Photographer Jean Beaudin Entered into the 1977 Cannes Film Festival
Le soleil se lève en retard André Brassard Entered into the 10th Moscow International Film Festival
Skip Tracer Zale Dalen David Petersen, John Lazarus Drama
Who Has Seen the Wind Allan King Brian Painchaud, Gordon Pinsent, Patricia Hamilton, Helen Shaver, José Ferrer Drama Adaptation of W. O. Mitchell's novel Who Has Seen the Wind
Bears and Man Bill Schmalz Chief Dan George, Patricia Best Documentary Co-produced with the NFB and Parks Canada
In Praise of Older Women George Kaczender Tom Berenger, Karen Black Drama
Tomorrow Never Comes Peter Collinson Entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival
The Brood David Cronenberg Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar Sci-fi Horror
Bye, See You Monday Maurice Dugowson Entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival
City on Fire Alvin Rakoff Resurrected from obscurity by Mystery Science Theater 3000
Fish Hawk Donald Shebib Entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival
H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come George McCowan Barry Morse
Meatballs Ivan Reitman Bill Murray Comedy Reitman's first major hit as a director
A Scream from Silence Anne Claire Poirier Entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival





See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hiawatha, the Messiah of the Ojibway". Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Film Encyclopedia - Evangeline". TIFF. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 

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