Canada may not be nearly as famous as Hollywood when it comes to moviemaking on a grand scale. However, many of the ones which have been produced there have been very successful. It is interesting to look at the different movie categories to see how Canada did in each of them.

Gambling Movies

The US has churned out some famous gambling movies, and Canada has produced a few of these as well.

  • The Last Casino: A lot of film buffs claim that this was one of the best Canadian movies made.
  • Owning Mahowny: The movie owning mahowny is a famous canadian movie about casinos, it’s not as glamorous as Macau)

Love Stories

Quite often, movies are made in Canada, and viewers don’t realize it. Some of these are love stories, and include:

  • Brokeback Mountain: This was made in 2005 and was so successful it was awarded many Oscars.
  • Titanic: Out of all the movies, Titanic is considered to be an epic. There are several versions. The 1997 version had ocean scenes which were produced very close to where the Titanic went down, which was near Halifax, Nova Scotia.


For those who enjoy good thrillers, Canada has done well at producing a few good ones.

  • Dead Ringers: This was produced in 1988 but is one which has been played many times over during the following years.
  • Monkey Warfare: Produced in 2006, and was a mix of being a thriller and futuristic.


There are not as many Canadian made comedies as there are for the other categories of movies.

  • Adventures in Public School: Was geared for release in 2017.
  • Don’t Talk to Irene: Another comedy released in 2017, which was considered to be successful.

Most Popular

Canada has enjoyed recognition for producing some very successful movies in the different genres, which are classed as the most popular. This is supported by the gross income that they received.

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding: This Canadian made movie produced in 2002 created a gross box office total of $240 million.
  • Resident Evil Afterlife: Brought in $60 million for this movie released in 2010.

Top Canadian Films

Compiling a list of which are considered to be the top Canadian films is based on many factors. The following are examples of those that fit into the various lists that have been compiled.

The 2015 list: Includes the following top five:

  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
  • Mon Oncle Antoine
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Jesus of Montreal
  • Leolo

1984 List: Going back in movie history, the top five for this year were:

  • Mone Oncle Antoine
  • Goin Down the Road
  • Good Riddance
  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  • The Grey Fox

The Oscars

Canadian movies have always done well in the Oscars both for nominations and awards. The following are just a few of those which won and on what basis:

  • Churchill’s Island: A 1941 documentary which was also the first movie made in Canada to win an Oscar. The category it won under was Best Documentary Short Subject.
  • My Fair Lady: Dates back to winning the Oscar for best picture in 1964.

Many of the movies showcased here are now considered classic. It was these movies which put Canada on the map for film making recognition which still continues today. Not only does Canada have excellent directors, but the landscape of the country is ideal for movie making for the many different categories.