Friday, October 19, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Canada (107 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


NOTE: After the main list, the films are shown again divided accorded to language - French, English etc

When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1949 Begone Dull Care (Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren)
1952 Neighbours (Norman McLaren)
1961 La Lutte (Michel Brault, Marcel Carriere, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra)
1962 Lonely Boy (Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor)
1963 A Tout Prendre* (Claude Jutra)
1963 Pour La Suite Du Monde (Michel Brault, Marcel Carriere, Pierre Perrault)
1964 Le Chat Dans Le Sac (Gilles Groulx)
1964 The Luck of Ginger Coffey* (Irvin Kershner)
1965 La Vie Heureuse De Leopold Z (Gilles Carle)
1966 Warrendale (Allen King)
1967 Wavelength* (Michael Snow)
1970 Goin' Down the Road (Donald Shebib)
1971 La Region Centrale (Michael Snow)
1971 Mon Oncle Antoine* (Claude Jutra)
1972 La Vie Revee (Mireille Dansereau)
1973 Kamouraska (Claude Jutra)
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz* (Ted Kotcheff)
1980 Good Riddance (Francis Mankiewicz)
1980 Les Bons Debarras (Francis Mankiewicz)
1980 The Changeling (Peter Medak)
1980 The Handyman (Micheline Lanctot)
1981 Scanners (David Cronenberg)
1981 Ticket to Heaven (Ralph L. Thomas)
1982 Just Another Missing Kid (John Zaritsky)
1982 The Grey Fox* (Phillip Borsos)
1983 Stations (William D. MacGillivray)
1983 The Terry Fox Story (Ralph L. Thomas)
1983 Videodrome* (David Cronenberg)
1984 A Woman in Transit (Lea Pool)
1984 Sonatine (Micheline Lanctot)
1984 The Bay Boy (Daniel Petrie)
1985 My American Cousin (Sandy Wilson)
1986 Anne Trister (Lea Pool)
1986 Decline of the American Empire* (Denys Arcand)
1987 Family Viewing (Atom Egoyan)
1987 I've Heard the Mermaids Singing* (Patricia Rozema)
1987 Life Classes (William D. MacGillivray)
1987 Un Zoo La Nuit (Jean-Claude Lauzon)
1988 Dead Ringers* (David Cronenberg)
1988 Tales from the Gimli Hospital (Guy Maddin)
1989 Jesus of Montreal* (Denys Arcand)
1989 Road Kill (Bruce MacDonald)
1989 Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan)
1990 Archangel (Guy Maddin)
1990 The Company of Strangers (Cynthia Scott)
1990 Une Histoire Inventee (Andre Forcier)
1991 Black Robe (Bruce Beresford)
1991 Highway 61 (Bruce MacDonald)
1991 Montreal Vu Par... (Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan etc)
1991 Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg)
1991 The Adjuster (Atom Egoyan)
1991 White Room (Patricia Rozema)
1992 Being at Home with Claude (Jean Beaudin)
1992 Boys of St Vincent (John N. Smith)
1992 Leolo* (Jean-Claude Lauzon)
1992 Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar etc)
1993 Calendar (Atom Egoyan)
1993 I Love a Man in Uniform (David Wellington)
1993 Love and Human Remains (Denys Arcand)
1993 The Lotus Eaters (Paul Shapiro)
1993 Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould* (Francois Girard)
1994 Exotica* (Atom Egoyan)
1994 Fun (Rafal Zielinski)
1995 Le Confessionnal* (Robert Lepage)
1995 Margaret's Museum (Mort Ransen)
1995 When Night Is Falling (Patricia Rozema)
1996 Crash* (David Cronenberg)
1996 Hard Core Logo (Bruce MacDonald)
1996 Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich)
1996 Lilies - Les Feluettes (John Greyson)
1997 Cube (Vincenzo Natali)
1997 The Hanging Garden* (Thom Fitzgerald)
1997 The Sweet Hereafter* (Atom Egoyan)
1998 Earth (Deepa Mehta)
1998 Hathi (Philippe Gautier)
1998 Last Night (Don McKellar)
1998 No* (Robert Lepage)
1998 Such a Long Journey (Sturla Gunnarsson)
1998 The Red Violin* (Francois Girard)
1999 Emporte-Moi (Lea Pool)
1999 Existenz (David Cronenberg)
1999 Felicia's Journey (Atom Egoyan)
1999 Jesus' Son (Alison Maclean)
1999 New Waterford Girl (Allan Moyle)
1999 The Five Senses (Jeremy Podeswa)
2000 Maelstrom (Denis Villeneuve)
2000 Possible Worlds (Robert Lepage)
2000 Waydowntown (Gary Burns)
2001 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner* (Zacharias Kunuk)
2001 Khaled (Asghar Massombagi)
2001 Rare Birds (Sturla Gunnarsson)
2001 Un Crabe Dans La Tete (Andre Turpin)
2002 Ararat* (Atom Egoyan)
2002 Quebec-Montreal (Ricardo Trogi)
2002 Spider* (David Cronenberg)
2003 La Grande Seduction (Jean-Francois Pouliot)
2003 Luther (Eric Till)
2003 Owning Mahoney (Richard Kwietniowski)
2003 The Barbarian Invasions* (Denys Arcand)
2003 The Far Side of the Moon (Robert Lepage)
2003 The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin)
2003 The Snow Walker (Charles Martin Smith)
2004 Memoires Affectives (Francis Leclerc)
2004 The Take (Avi Lewis)
2005 Familia (Louise Archambault)
2005 Water (Deepa Mehta)
2005 Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan)

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The 107 Films Divided According to Language

In English 
1. Ararat (Atom Egoyan, 2002)*
2. Archangel (Guy Maddin, 1990)
3. Begone Dull Care (Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren, 1949)
4. Black Robe (Bruce Beresford, 1991)
5. Boys of St Vincent (John N. Smith, 1992)
6. Calendar (Atom Egoyan, 1993)
7. Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996)*
8. Cube (Vincenzo Natali, 1997)
9. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988)*
10. Existenz (David Cronenberg, 1999)
11. Exotica (Atom Egoyan, 1994)*
12. Family Viewing (Atom Egoyan, 1987)
13. Felicia's Journey (Atom Egoyan, 1999)
14. Fun (Rafal Zielinski, 1994)
15. Goin' Down the Road (Donald Shebib, 1970)
16. Hard Core Logo (Bruce McDonald, 1996)
17. Highway 61 (Bruce Macdonald, 1991)
18. I Love a Man in Uniform (David Wellington, 1993)
19. I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (Patricia Rozema, 1987)*
20. Jesus' Son (Alison Maclean, 1999)
21. Just Another Missing Kid (John Zaritsky, 1982)
22. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996)
23. La Region Centrale (Michael Snow, 1971)
24. Last Night (Don McKellar, 1998)
25. Life Classes (William D. MacGillivray, 1987)
26. Lonely Boy (Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor, 1962) (Short)
27. Love and Human Remains (Denys Arcand, 1993)
28. Luther (Eric Till, 2003)
29. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar etc,1992)
30. Margaret's Museum (Mort Ransen, 1995)
31. My American Cousin (Sandy Wilson, 1985)
32. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991)
33. Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952) (Short)
34. New Waterford Girl (Allan Moyle, 1999)
35. Owning Mahoney (Richard Kwietniowski, 2003)
36. Possible Worlds (Robert Lepage, 2000)
37. Rare Birds (Sturla Gunnarsson, 2001)
38. Road Kill (Bruce Macdonald, 1989)
39. Scanners (David Cronenberg, 1981)
40. Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan, 1989)
41. Spider (David Cronenberg, 2002)*
42. Stations (William D. MacGillivray, 1983)
43. Tales from the Gimli Hospital (Guy Maddin, 1988)
44. The Adjuster (Atom Egoyan, 1991)
45. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Ted Kotcheff, 1974)*
46. The Bay Boy (Daniel Petrie, 1984)
47. The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980)
48. The Company of Strangers (Cynthia Scott, 1990)
49. The Grey Fox (Phillip Borsos, 1982)*
50. The Hanging Garden (Thom Fitzgerald, 1997)*
51. The Lotus Eaters (Paul Shapiro, 1993)
52. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (Irvin Kershner, 1964)*
53. The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, 2003)
54. The Snow Walker (Charles Martin Smith, 2003)
55. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)*
56. The Take (Avi Lewis, 2004)
57. The Terry Fox Story (Ralph L. Thomas, 1983)
58. Ticket to Heaven (Ralph L. Thomas, 1981)
59. Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)*
60. Warrendale (Allen King, 1966)
61. Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967)*
62. Waydowntown (Gary Burns, 2000)
63. When Night Is Falling (Patricia Rozema, 1995)
64. Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan, 2005)
65. White Room (Patricia Rozema, 1991)

In French
1. A Tout Prendre (Claude Jutra, 1963)*
2. A Woman in Transit (Lea Pool, 1984)
3. Anne Trister (Lea Pool, 1986)
4. Being at Home with Claude (Jean Beaudin, 1992)
5. Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand, 1986)*
6. Emporte-Moi (Lea Pool, 1999)
7. Familia (Louise Archambault, 2005)
8. Good Riddance (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980)
9. Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand, 1989)*
10. Kamouraska (Claude Jutra, 1973)
11. La Grande Seduction (Jean-Francois Pouliot, 2003)
12. La Lutte (Michel Brault, Marcel Carriere, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra, 1961)
13. La Vie Heureuse De Leopold Z (Gilles Carle, 1965)
14. La Vie Revee (Mireille Dansereau, 1972)
15. Le Chat Dans Le Sac (Gilles Groulx, 1964)
16. Le Confessionnal (Robert Lepage, 1995)*
17. Leolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1992)*
18. Les Bons Debarras (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980)
19. Lilies - Les Feluettes (John Greyson, 1996)
20. Memoires Affectives (Francis Leclerc, 2004)
21. Mon Oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, 1971)*
22. No (Robert Lepage, 1998)*
23. Pour La Suite Du Monde (Michel Brault, Marcel Carriere, Pierre Perrault, 1963)
24. Quebec-Montreal (Ricardo Trogi, 2002)
25. Sonatine (Micheline Lanctot, 1984)
26. The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand, 2003)*
27. The Far Side of the Moon (Robert Lepage, 2003)
28. The Handyman (Micheline Lanctot, 1980)
29. Un Crabe Dans La Tete (Andre Turpin, 2001)
30. Un Zoo La Nuit (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1987)
31. Une Histoire Inventee (Andre Forcier, 1990)

In French and English
1. Khaled (Asghar Massombagi, 2001)
2. Maelstrom (Denis Villeneuve, 2000)
3. Montreal Vu Par... (Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan etc, 1991)
4. The Five Senses (Jeremy Podeswa, 1999)
5. The Red Violin (Francois Girard, 1998)*
6. Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould (Francois Girard, 1993)*

In Hindi and other Indian languages
1. Earth (Deepa Mehta, 1998)
2. Water (Deepa Mehta, 2005)
3. Hathi (Philippe Gautier, 1998)
4. Such a Long Journey (Sturla Gunnarsson, 1998).

In Inuktitut
1. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, 2001)*





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