Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time

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The Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time is a list compiled by the Toronto International Film Festival ranking what are the considered the best Canadian films. The list is compiled once every decade.[1] The list was started in 1984 because Canadian film was taking off, and was made by polling critics, professors, fans and festival staff.[2] According to Gene Walz, the revisions in 1993 "forced people to rethink their stereotyped notions about Canadian film."[2] The list was updated again in 2004.

In 2015, the polling method was changed, as those who responded were divided into two groups, filmmakers and critics. Filmmakers made up 40% of the respondents.[3] The 2015 poll saw major changes, including in the number one spot, prompting essayist Steve Gravestock to comment, "This is likely the first time that a film by an indigenous filmmaker has topped a poll of national cinema."[3]

The lists[edit]

The lists have been compiled as follows:[1][3][4]

2015 list[edit]

Rank Title Year Director
1 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner 2001 Zacharias Kunuk
2 Mon Oncle Antoine 1971 Claude Jutra
3 The Sweet Hereafter 1997 Atom Egoyan
4 Léolo 1992 Jean-Claude Lauzon
5 Jésus de Montréal 1989 Denys Arcand
6 Goin' Down the Road 1970 Don Shebib
7 Dead Ringers 1988 David Cronenberg
8 C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005 Jean-Marc Vallée
9 My Winnipeg 2007 Guy Maddin
10 Stories We Tell 2012 Sarah Polley
10 Les Ordres 1974 Michel Brault

2004 list[edit]

Rank Title Year Director
1 Mon oncle Antoine 1971 Claude Jutra
2 Jesus of Montreal 1989 Denys Arcand
3 Goin' Down the Road 1970 Don Shebib
3 The Sweet Hereafter 1997 Atom Egoyan
5 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner 2001 Zacharias Kunuk
6 Dead Ringers 1988 David Cronenberg
7 Les Bons Débarras 1980 Francis Mankiewicz
8 Les Ordres 1974 Michel Brault
9 The Decline of the American Empire 1986 Denys Arcand
9 The Barbarian Invasions 2003 Denys Arcand

1993 list[edit]

Rank Title Year Director
1 Mon oncle Antoine 1971 Claude Jutra
2 Jesus of Montreal 1989 Denys Arcand
3 Goin' Down the Road 1970 Don Shebib
4 The Decline of the American Empire 1986 Denys Arcand
5 Les Bons Débarras 1980 Francis Mankiewicz
6 Les Ordres 1974 Michel Brault
7 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1974 Ted Kotcheff
8 The Grey Fox 1983 Phillip Borsos
9 I've Heard the Mermaids Singing 1987 Patricia Rozema
10 The Adjuster 1991 Atom Egoyan

1984 list[edit]

Rank Title Year Director
1 Mon oncle Antoine 1971 Claude Jutra
2 Goin' Down the Road 1970 Don Shebib
3 Les Bons Débarras 1980 Francis Mankiewicz
4 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1974 Ted Kotcheff
5 The Grey Fox 1983 Phillip Borsos
5 Les Ordres 1974 Michel Brault
7 J.A. Martin Photographer 1977 Jean Beaudin
7 Pour la suite du monde 1963 Pierre Perrault
9 Nobody Waved Goodbye 1964 Don Owen
9 The True Nature of Bernadette 1972 Gilles Carle

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time," The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2012, URL accessed 28 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b Gene Walz, "Feature Film," The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 ed., Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1999, p. 823.
  3. ^ a b c Steve Gravestock, "Essay," TIFF.net, URL accessed 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ "[1]," Canada's top 10 films of all time.