This page lists movies made by Canadian directors, based on novels by Canadian authors, or set in Canada.
See also the list of documentaries on Canadian Studies.
PN1997.2 .A836 2002 DVD
172 minutes; released 2001.
Atanarjuat, a young Inuit hunter, wins the affections of the beautiful Atuat, depsite her having been promised to the camp leader's son, Oki. The jealous Oki ambushes Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep, killing the latter while Atanarjuat runs for his life across miles of arctic ice.
Winner of the 22nd Genie Award for Best Motion Picture, the Camera d'Or at Cannes, and Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In Inuktitut with English subtitles.
PS8576 .U57 B4322 2007 DVD
100 minutes; released 2007.
A married couple's happiness is interrupted by the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Based on Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came over the Mountain".
Starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent and Olympia Dukakis.
Directed by Sarah Polley.
Winner of 28th Genie Award for Best Motion Picture.
PN1997 .B592 1992 DVD
101 minutes; released 1991.
A feature-length movie about a fictional 17th century Jesuit priest in the Canadian wilderness. Based on the novel by Brian Moore.
Starring Lothaire Bluteau.
Directed by Bruce Beresford.
BX4827 .B57 B664 2000z DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
When an English-speaking cop from Toronto gets partnered with a French-speaking cop from Quebec to solve a crime, they must resolve their personal differences before they threaten the investigation.
Starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore.
Directed by Eric Canuel.
In English and French with English or French subtitles.
BX4827 .B57 B664 2000z DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
This film dramatizes the last years of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran minister who spoke out against Hitler, participated in the German resistance, and paid for his convictions when the Nazis hanged him in 1945.
Starring Ulrich Tukur, Johanna Klante, Robert Joy and R.H. Thomson.
Directed by Eric Till.
See also the documentaries: Hanged on a Twisted Cross and Bonhoeffer.
PN 1997 .B698 1994 VHS
92 minutes; released 1993.
Dramatization of the scandal involving the sexual and physical abuse of boys at St. Vincent's Orphanage in Newfoundland. Co-Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Telefilm Canada and Tele-Action.
PN1997 .C354 2001 DVD
85 minutes; released 1993.
When a self-absorbed photographer and his wife visit Armenia to take pictures of historical churches for a calendar, their relationship begins to fall apart. In Armenian and English with optional English subtitles. Starring Arsine Khanjian and Atom Egoyan. Directed by Atom Egoyan.
PR9313 .O59 C32 1999 DVD
80 minutes; released 1973.
A priest is sent from Rome to reform a traditional monastery in Ireland. Based on the novel by Brian Moore. Starring Martin Sheen and Michael Gambon. Directed by Jack Gold.
PN1997.2 C73 2004 DVD
122 minutes; released 2004.
In a 36-hour timespan, a diverse group of characters crash into each other's lives. In 2006, this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Starring Karina Arroyave, Dato Bakhtadze, Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle. Directed by Paul Haggis.
PN1997.2 .C739 2006 DVD
127 minutes; released 2005.
The fourth in a family of five boys shares his story of being different but trying desperately to be more like his brothers. This film won many prizes in 2005-2006, including 11 Genie Awards. In French with English subtitles. Starring Michel Ct and Marc-Andr Grondin. Directed by Jean-Marc Valle.
D756.5 .D5 D53 1993 DVD
102 minutes; released 1986.
Eight academics, four men and four women, meet to have dinner together and end up discussing sex, their lives and, unwittingly, the society they live in. Directed by Denys Arcand.
D756.5 .D5 D53 1993 DVD
180 minutes; released in 1993.
A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation dramatization of the events culminating in the Battle of Dieppe, August 19, 1942. Starring Gary Reineke, Victor Garber and Robert Joy. Directed by John N. Smith.
PS8529 .N283 E532 2004 DVD
162 minutes; released 1996.
A Canadian nurse during the Second World War cares for a wounded stranger with a mysterious past. Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Anthony Minghella.
103 minutes; released 1994.
The stories of a DJ, a lap-dancer, a nightclub proprietress and a pet-shop owner all unfold and converge around the Exotica nightclub, its customers and its employees. Starring Mia Kirshner, Arsine Khanjian and Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Atom Egoyan.
PN1997 .F579 2007 DVD
123 minutes; released 1941
A German submarine crew is stranded in Canada in 1941 and tries to cross the border into the still-neutral United States.
PN1997 .G63 2002 DVD
90 minutes; released 1970.
Two young, uneducated Maritimers leave poverty in Nova Scotia for the opportunities of the Big City in Toronto. Starring Doug McGrath and Paul Bradley. Directed by Donald Shebib.
PS8501 .T8 H36 2001 DVD
109 minutes; released 1990.
A woman fights against the tyranny of a totalitarian regime. In English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway. Directed by Volker Schlndorff.
HV4510 .M25 H43 2002 DVD
85 minutes; released 1999.
Two homeless men battle bitter cold, ruthless fellow human beings, and their difficulty in clinging to each other. Directed by Terrance Odette.
PN6727 .W235 H5722 2006 DVD
95 minutes; released 2005.
When two criminals show up at his diner, the mild-mannered owner thwarts the robbery attempt and gets praised for standing up to crime. But all the media attention attracts the mob, who show up at his doorstep. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt. Directed by David Cronenberg.
PN1997.2 .I574 2008 DVD D
121 minutres; released 2006.
A soldier returns to the U.S. after his tour of duty in Iraq and quickly goes missing. His father enlists the help of a police officer and conducts his own investigation. Directed by Paul Haggis.
PN1997 .J438 2004 DVD
120 minutes; released 1989.
When some Montreal actors put on an unorthodox Passion Play, they incite the opposition of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, their lives begin to mirror the Passion itself. The earlier edition, PN1997 .J438 2002z DVD, is in French only. The other comes with English or Spanish subtitles. Starring Lothaire Bluteau. Directed by Denys Arcand.
PN1997 .J63 1999 DVD
180 minutes; released 1999.
A pious young woman unites the people of France against the English. Starring Leelee Sobieski, Shirley MacLaine and Peter O'Toole. Directed by Christian Duguay.
PR4034 .M32 2003 DVD
102 minutes; released 1999.
A young woman, Fanny Price, is sent to live at the country estate of her rich cousins to learn how to be a proper lady. Based on the novel by Jane Austen. Starring Embeth Davidtz, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola and Harold Pinter. Directed by Patricia Rozema.
PN1997 .M59 2001 DVD
104 minutes; released 1971.
An orphaned 14-year-old youth comes to live with his Aunt Cecile and Uncle Antoine in a 1940s Canadian mining village. Then on Christmas Day, he and his uncle--who is the village undertaker--are called out when they hear a boy has died. Directed by Claude Jutra.
PS3552 .U75N32 2003 DVD
115 minutes; released 1991.
An exterminator and drug addict seeks to escape from his troubled existence in 1953 New York and flees to a hallucinatory version of Tangiers where reality and fantasy have merged. Compelled to make sense of this alien territory, he writes a book called "Naked lunch." Based on the novel by William S. Burroughs. Directed by David Cronenberg.
E99 .E7 N3 1998 DVD
79 minutes; released 1922.
This silent film tells the story an Inuit family struggling to survive in Canada's inhospitable Hudson Bay region. It juxtaposes the frozen, Arctic surroundings with the warmth of the family's affection for one another. Starring Allakariallak as Nanook. Directed by Robert Flaherty.
PS8585 .I377R3722 2001 DVD
101 minutes; released 2001.
Dave Purcell just woke up on the wrong side of life: his marriage is dead and his restaurant just went belly up. Things look pretty bad until his eccentric neighbour comes to the rescue.
FC3217.1 .R53 R54 1979 VHS
150 minutes; released for TV 1979.
A dramatization of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. Starring Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, Leslie Nielson, Raymond Cloutier and Arthur Hill. Directed by George Bloomfield.
PN1997.2 .S344 2004z DVD
100 minutes; released 2003.
A depression-era beer baroness sponsors a contest to find the world's saddest tune. Starring Isabella Rossellini and Mark McKinney. Directed by Guy Madden.
PN1997.2 .S25 2003 DVD
110 minutes; released 2002.
A young Portuguese girl living in Toronto wants to be an angel in the annual summer church procession. Audio-track in English or French. Directed by Terrance Odette.
FC2346.4 .S5 2003 DVD
180 minutes; released 2003.
A dramatization of the explosion in the Halifax harbour on December 6, 1917. Directed by Bruce Pittman.
PN1997.2 .S669 2007 DVD
102 minutes; released 2006.
When a hitch-hiker is killed in a car crash, the driver of the car finds and begins a friendship with the victim's mother. He also develops a relationship with her neighbour. Starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, and Carrie-Anne Moss.
PN 1997 S737 2003 DVD
103 minutes; released 2000.
Follows the story of newfound supermodel Tina Menzhal as seen through the eyes of the hordes of television cameras who follow her every move as she catapults from ordinary small-town life to celebrity status. Directed by Denys Arcand.
PN1997 .A45 1998 DVD
98 minutes; released 1975.
A talented young French writer, desperately in love with her womanizing lover, travels to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to pursue him. Starring Isabelle Adjani and Bruce Robinson. Directed by François Truffaut.
FC 626 .T78 T78 2002 DVD
192 minutes; released 2002.
Originally aired on CBC Television, Trudeau explores 15 years in the political and personal life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The film explores Trudeau's passionate commitment to individual rights as the cornerstone of democracy.
FC 626 .T78 T783 2002 DVD
180 minutes; released 2004.
Trudeau II is a drama chronicling the coming of age of Canada's 15th Prime Minister. Importantly, the film shows how the conservatism of Quebec, and the autocratic premiership of Maurice Duplessis, shaped Trudeau into a man who helped begin the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.
PN1997 .V534 2004 DVD
89 minutes; released 1983.
A cable TV executive discovers an underground TV show called Videodrome, a hyperviolent torture show. His quest to find the origin of the show may result in the loss of his sanity. Directed by David Cronenberg.