Goombastomp's Made in Canada: The 80 Greatest Canadian Movies of All Time

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by Ricky Fernandes Da Conceição
Published: July 1, 2020 Last Updated on January 1, 2021

Greatest Canadian Films
Today is Canada Day and to celebrate I’ve compiled a list of the best Canadian movies of all time. What follows is a list of films spanning decades and covering a wide variety of genres, themes, and styles— and all made in Canada.

A few quick notes before moving ahead:

I’ve decided not to include short films so don’t expect something like Norman McLaren’s Neighbours to appear on the list.

As with all lists, the choices here are obviously subjective.

Normally, in the past, I would write one capsule review for each film but since I plan on releasing a list for every other year in the decade, I’ve instead decided to simply include one screenshot along with the official plot synopsis courtesy of IMDB.com. Sorry guys, but these lists are time-consuming, and I’ve quickly come to learn that most people don’t bother reading every capsule review either way— so why bother?

That out of the way, here are the 80 best Canadian movies, each represented by one perfect screenshot.

Special Mention: Sweet Movie (1974)

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    Videodrome

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
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    Dead Ringers

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
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    Maelström

    2000, in 2 top lists Check
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    Crash

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
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    Mon oncle Antoine

    1971 — a.k.a. Mon Oncle Antoine, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1986, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Sweet Hereafter

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
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    Goin' Down the Road

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
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    Warrendale

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
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    Laurence Anyways

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
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    Naked Lunch

    1991, in 4 top lists Check
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    Jésus de Montréal

    1989 — a.k.a. Jesus of Montreal, in 5 top lists Check
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    Les invasions barbares

    2003 — a.k.a. The Barbarian Invasions, in 7 top lists Check
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    Incendies

    2010, in 8 top lists Check
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    C.R.A.Z.Y.

    2005, in 1 top list Check
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    Enemy

    2013, in 3 top lists Check
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    Léolo

    1992, in 5 top lists Check
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    Hard Core Logo

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    Eastern Promises

    2007, in 5 top lists Check
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    My Winnipeg

    2007, in 9 top lists Check
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    Spider

    2002, in 5 top lists Check
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    Monsieur Lazhar

    2011, in 2 top lists Check
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    Le chat dans le sac

    1964 — a.k.a. Cat in the Sack, in 1 top list Check
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    Tout est parfait

    2008 — a.k.a. Everything Is Fine, in 0 top lists Check
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    Atanarjuat

    2001 — a.k.a. The Fast Runner, in 6 top lists Check
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    J'ai tué ma mère

    2009 — a.k.a. I Killed My Mother, in 1 top list Check
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    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    2010, in 2 top lists Check
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    Room

    2015, in 6 top lists Check
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    Dead of Night

    1974 — a.k.a. Deathdream, in 1 top list Check
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    Les ordres

    1974 — a.k.a. Orderers, in 3 top lists Check
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    Stories We Tell

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
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    Polytechnique

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    The Brood

    1979, in 4 top lists Check
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    Fubar

    2002, in 1 top list Check
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    Les triplettes de Belleville

    2003 — a.k.a. The Triplets of Belleville, in 9 top lists Check
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    Vinyl

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nobody Waved Good-bye

    1964, in 1 top list Check
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    Ginger Snaps

    2000, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Saddest Music in the World

    2003, in 4 top lists Check
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    Curling

    2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    Un crabe dans la tête

    2001 — a.k.a. Soft Shell Man, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Hanging Garden

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Wild Hunt

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    A History of Violence

    2005, in 11 top lists Check
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    Heavy Metal

    1981, in 2 top lists Check
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    Les amours imaginaires

    2010 — a.k.a. Heartbeats, in 0 top lists Check
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    Black Christmas

    1974, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Bitter Ash

    1963, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wavelength

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
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    Sleeping Giant

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
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