Canadian Cinema (from excellent to horrible)

by guisreis | created - 12 May 2014 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

We use to think that films from Quebec are French and that films in English are from the United States. That is unfair. That is why I made this list.

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1. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 66,850 | Gross: $3.07M

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 632,360 | Gross: $233.92M

3. I Killed My Mother (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 25,367

4. Defendor (2009)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as "Defendor", combs the city streets at night, in search of his archenemy, Captain Industry.

Director: Peter Stebbings | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas

Votes: 34,535 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Last Night (I) (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell

Votes: 8,942

6. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 89,011 | Gross: $2.84M

7. Suck (2009)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

A comedy centered on a rock 'n' roll band that will do anything to become famous.

Director: Rob Stefaniuk | Stars: Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Paré, Paul Anthony, Mike Lobel

Votes: 4,197

8. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 534,310 | Gross: $42.34M

Co-production USA/Canada, filmed in New York.

9. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 94,507 | Gross: $5.70M

Co-production.

10. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 547,046 | Gross: $124.99M

An USA/Taiwan/UK/Canada co-production, partially shot in Montreal.

11. X2: X-Men United (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 489,873 | Gross: $214.95M

12. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 102,034 | Gross: $23.22M

Very nice and often unfairly criticised sword-and-sandal movie. A Canada/Germany/USA production, partially shot in Toronto.

13. Snake Eyes (1998)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino

Votes: 72,532 | Gross: $55.59M

14. The Memory Book (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

A budding photographer seeks out the same true love she finds in an old photo album.

Director: Paul A. Kaufman | Stars: Meghan Ory, Luke Macfarlane, Art Hindle, John Cassini

Votes: 1,230

The production is not Canadian, it is from the USA. Though, it was shot in Canada with Canadian actors. It is very predictable, but it is also cute and moving.

15. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 845,442 | Gross: $363.07M

16. Three Kings of Belize (2007)

88 min

In a small Central American country with a population of 270000, three veteran musicians share moments of their daily lives with us.

Director: Katia Paradis | Stars: Florencio Mess, Paul Nabor

Votes: 5

17. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

The human government develops a cure for mutations, and Jean Gray becomes a darker uncontrollable persona called the Phoenix who allies with Magneto, causing escalation into an all-out battle for the X-Men.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen

Votes: 461,810 | Gross: $234.36M

18. Porky's (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

40 Metascore

In 1954, a group of Florida high school students try to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seeking revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

Votes: 35,852 | Gross: $111.29M

19. A Done Deal (2016)

9 min | Short, Comedy

Remy, a hitman for a small-time Montreal mobster, has to kill Fernand, an old associate who talks too much. The plan is simple: invite him for coffee, offer him a ride and shoot him in the alley. Easy! A done deal...

Directors: Pierre-Marc Drouin, Simon Lamarre-Ledoux | Stars: Eve Duranceau, Richard Fréchette, Steve Laplante, Pascale Tremblay

Votes: 54

20. Ice Guardians (2016)

108 min | Documentary, Sport

On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world's most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new found fight for the existence of the role itself.

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Brett Hull, Chris Chelios, Bobby Hull

Votes: 1,154

21. The Cola Conquest (1998)

50 min | Documentary

The Cola Conquest tells the story of Coca-Cola - the 'sublimated essence' of all that American stands for - and the century-long competition with its rival, Pepsi-Cola. Challenging, ... See full summary »

Director: Irene Lilienheim Angelico

Votes: 91

22. Underworld Awakening (2012)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

39 Metascore

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Stephen Rea

Votes: 140,211 | Gross: $62.32M

23. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 27,228 | Gross: $3.43M

24. Overpass (II) (2015)

19 min | Short, Drama

One night, Mathieu, 17, goes under an overpass to do a graffiti.

Director: Patrice Laliberté | Stars: Téo Vachon Sincennes, Sandrine Bisson, Stéphane Jacques, Jean-François Garceau

Votes: 92

25. Burning Mussolini (2009)

85 min | Crime, Drama

.Ex-boxer Paul Choquino decides to finance his upcoming wedding by robbing reputed drug lord Benito Mussolini Bonacci. But everything that can go wrong in the burn does and Paul is left ... See full synopsis »

Director: Conrad Pla | Stars: Conrad Pla, Chelah Horsdal, Richard Chevolleau, David Zayas

Votes: 63

26. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 76,791 | Gross: $2.12M

27. The Decline of the American Empire (1986)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Pierre Curzi

Votes: 7,313 | Gross: $1.90M

28. Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

17 min | Animation, Short, Thriller

Solitary, exhausted, and profoundly melancholic--the anachronistic, Madame Tutli-Putli--waits patiently to board a train, surrounded by a lifetime's worth of personal belongings. Is she running away from a bleak past?

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski | Star: Laurie Maher

Votes: 2,424

29. Black Fox: The Price of Peace (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Western

In 1860s Texas, a man whose abused wife fell in love with a Kiowa organizes a hunting party to recapture her.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Raoul Max Trujillo, Tony Todd, Janet Bailey

Votes: 109

30. Underworld: Evolution (2006)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

36 Metascore

Picking up directly from the previous movie, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Tony Curran

Votes: 182,498 | Gross: $62.32M

31. Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2017)

95 min | Documentary, History

The history of Mattel's definitive action figure toy line.

Directors: Randall Lobb, Robert McCallum | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Anthony De Longis, Richard Edlund

Votes: 843

32. True Justice (2010–2012)
Episode: Dark Vengeance: Part 2 (2011)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

With the killer seemingly caught the team believe the case is closed, when another woman is found dead matching the m.o. of the serial killer. Sarah unwittingly becomes the target of the real killer.

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Steven Seagal, Meghan Ory, Warren Christie, William 'Big Sleeps' Stewart

Votes: 105

33. Below Zero (2011)

R | 99 min | Thriller

Jack, a writer who goes to a remote meat cooler, where his agent has set it up for him, to be locked in for five days so he can meet his deadline while he writes the ending to his book.

Director: Justin Thomas Ostensen | Stars: Edward Furlong, Kristin Booth, Michael Eisner, Michael Berryman

Votes: 756

34. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

33 Metascore

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West

Votes: 123,341 | Gross: $31.17M

35. Dans les eaux profondes (2014)

13 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Three characters have in common a secret and intimate experience which seems to have a strong impact on their life...

Director: Sarah Van den Boom | Stars: Fred Bianconi, Julian Casey, Miranda Handford, Richard Jutras

Votes: 69

36. Black Fox (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Romance, Western

A former slave affects peace between Native American tribes and homesteaders in 1860s around western Texas.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Raoul Max Trujillo, Tony Todd, Janet Bailey

Votes: 256

37. Turbo Kid (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 1997, a comic book fan adopts the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.

Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell | Stars: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright

Votes: 24,474 | Gross: $0.05M

38. Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

32 Metascore

As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper

Votes: 230,112 | Gross: $47.37M

39. Mostly Sunny (2016)

TV-MA | 83 min | Documentary

Mostly Sunny is a documentary that tells the remarkable story of Sunny Leone, the Canadian-born, American-bred adult film star who is pursuing her dreams of Bollywood stardom.

Director: Dilip Mehta | Stars: Sunny Leone, Daniel Weber, Sundeep Vohra, Kiran Bedi

Votes: 550

40. The Colony (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature.

Director: Jeff Renfroe | Stars: Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan

Votes: 41,345

41. Her Husband's Betrayal (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A suspicious woman spies on her husband, only to find he has committed a murder and framed her for it.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Shawn Roberts, Marc Bendavid, Jacob Horsley

Votes: 412

A horrible film, very boring.

42. Goon (2011)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

64 Metascore

Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Eugene Levy

Votes: 80,633 | Gross: $4.17M

I only watched the end.

43. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,764 | Gross: $1.88M

I haven't watched yet.



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