Maple Leaf Movies: Top 20 Canadian Movies

The absence of large-scale tragic events in the history of the country frees Canadians from the need to make epic films, but allows them to focus on the inner world of heroes. And the stunning nature of Canada and urban landscapes become an excellent backdrop for any plot. If you are tired of great upheavals and ready to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of one of the most peaceful countries in the world, sit back and choose a spectacle that suits your mood among these Canadian films.

Create the Perfect Family (2021)

The Canadian film follows a modern-day married couple who struggle to cope with raising children in a world where success and profit are worth more than human feelings. Martin’s eldest daughter is a golden child, an athlete and a beauty. Rose is only sixteen, but her every day is scheduled by the minute – school, hockey, dancing and classes with tutors. All in order not to upset daddy. However, when medicines and exam forms are found in her locker, her parents realize that the girl is not doing as well as they thought.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Le Guide de la famille parfaite

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Fayçal Azzouz, Bianca Bellange, Emilie Bierre…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
IMDb – 6.5


Young Detective (2020)

New Canadian cinema combines comedy, drama and detective genre. The film is about Abe, a man who, as a teenager, set up a detective agency in a treehouse, solving real cases. Now he has grown, but his activities have not stopped. Although after the disappearance of his assistant, the townspeople began to dislike the amateur detective, and the orders were barely enough to live on. The situation changes when a young guy is murdered in the city, and his girlfriend turns to Abe for help.

Original title:
The Kid Detective

Genre:
Drama, Comedy, Detective

Actors:
Caitlin Chalmers-Rizzato, Adam Brody, Caleb Horn …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


Gray top (2020)

The bloodthirsty Canadian-American thriller tells about a family living far from civilization in a deep forest on the border with Alaska. Once a wolf appears on their territory , skillfully bypassing all the traps set. It causes great material damage to the forest dwellers, and the head of the family decides to hunt down and kill the animal . However, having gone on the trail, the man stumbles upon an unexpected find that radically changes all his plans.

Original title:
Hunter Hunter

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Nightmares (2020)

The action of this feature film, filmed in Canada, develops in a futuristic scientific institute, where the heroine ends up. Sarah has had trouble sleeping since childhood, which led her to problems in real life. Having quarreled with her mother, the girl runs away from home, spends the night where she has to. Somehow, Sarah finds an announcement about an institute where they study dreams and goes there. A strange doctor is overseeing the research , and there is something unsettling about the establishment’s setting. Here the girl sees even more terrible dreams than before, and it soon becomes clear that all the subjects see them.

Original title:
Come True

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carly Risky…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age Limits :
18+


Club Queen (2019)

Church choir leader Maybelline lives in a Texas outback where the intolerance of citizens can be compared, perhaps with their God-fearing. Upon learning that her gay son, with whom she has not spoken for many years, has died of an overdose , the woman goes to the funeral. Arriving in San Francisco – the city of rainbow flags and bright posters, she learns that she inherited the club from her son. Maybelline decides to take over the management of the unprofitable establishment and its staff.

Original title:
Stage Mother

Genre:
Drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, Adrian Grenier…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Matthias and Maxim (2019)

The plot of a dramatic chamber film made in Canada tells about an interesting company of guys. Friends have parties , sing, drink and reminisce about old times. One day, the two of them have to kiss on the set of a provocative short film. Awkwardness, confusion, confusion and new frightening feelings – that’s what awaits the heroes after what happened.

Original title:
Matthias et Maxime

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Luc Funk…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
18+


Believe me. Kidnapping Lisa McVey (2018)

This Canadian film is based on the true events of 1984, when the city of Tampa was overwhelmed by a wave of violent crimes. An unknown maniac attacked young girls, raped and killed them. At this time, the saleswoman of a small store, Lisa McVeigh, after finishing her shift, goes home on a bicycle and falls into the hands of a killer. An armed man forces a girl into his car. It would seem that Lisa’s fate was sealed. However, the perpetrator somehow releases his victim. Returning home, the heroine tells about everything to her relatives, but no one believes her.

Original title:
Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:
Shelby Bain, Alexandra Castillo, Cathy Douglas…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Dolphin Burney (2018)

The top Canadian films will continue with a kind family film about the adventures of several children and a dolphin . Chloe and Kevin live in Florida, enjoying the sun and sea every day. One day, on the coast, the children notice a stranger who clearly has views of the bay where dolphins live. Will the young heroes manage to save their sea buddies – the family of the friendly dolphin Bernie, and prevent the villains from fulfilling their plans?

Original title:
Bernie The Dolphin

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Lola Sultan, Logan Allen, Kevin Sorbo…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
6+


Christmas in a snowy hotel (2017)

Having gone on a business trip, journalists Jenna and Kevin find themselves in a small snow-covered hotel. It was not love that brought young people here, but competition. The layoffs are coming, and the one who writes the best article about Christmas will remain in the magazine . However, their ambitions no longer seem so important when the guys find out that the hotel, owned by sweet old men Christopher and Carol, can be demolished. The heroes of the comedy melodrama decide to help save the hotel. Moreover, the brightest holiday of the year is approaching – the right time for miracles.

Original title:
Snowed-Inn Christmas

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Bethany Joey Lenz, Andrew W. Walker, Belinda Montgomery…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3


Summer 84 (2017)

The next in the list of the best films produced in Canada is a detective thriller, where teenagers will act as detectives. Four 15-year-old friends wander around on vacation doing nothing until they start investigating a series of murders that have been disturbing the locals for years. The guys come to the conclusion that their neighbor is a maniac – a policeman with an excellent track record. Of course, no one will believe the guys, so they are going to unravel the case on their own.

Original title:
Summer of 84

Genre:
Thriller, detective, crime

Actors:
Graham Vercheer, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Monster in the closet (2015)

The director of a fantasy Canadian film is trying to materialize the intangible on the screen – fear. The main fear of high school graduate Oscar Madley is the fear that someone around him will find out about his orientation. Once a guy saw how criminals brutally killed a gay man, and this terrible picture was firmly stuck in his head, like a monster from a closet from childhood. But panic attacks and stress due to the divorce of his parents do not add confidence to Oscar.

Original title:
Closet Monster

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Aaron Abrams, Jack Fulton, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0


Mommy (2014)

One of the best Canadian films of recent years, this highly rated drama centers on the relationship between a single mother and her troubled teenage son. Diana has to pick up her 16-year-old son from the boarding school after he started a fire , otherwise the guy is threatened with a children’s colony. But building a relationship with a difficult child is not so easy. At some point, Kayla’s neighbor comes to the aid of the heroine and in her presence peace in the family is restored. Only for how long?

Original title:
Mommy

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement, Antoine-Olivier Pilon …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Song of the Elephant (2014)

The action of the Canadian film, based on the play of the same name by Nicola Billon, takes place in the mid-60s in a psychiatric hospital where one of the doctors recently disappeared. His last patient was Michael Alyn. Toby Green, a psychiatrist, is going to have a conversation with a young man. An unusual guy is able to confuse anyone, and the conversation turns into real mind games.

Original title:
Elephant Song

Genre:
Drama, thriller

Actors:
Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Carrie-Anne Moss…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Midnight Sun (2014)

Before you is a good family adventure film, which takes place in the north of Canada. In the hands of a little boy, Luke, is an abandoned white bear cub. The animal is not yet adapted to an independent life and, without outside help, certain death awaits it. The young hero decides to find the baby’s mother and sets off on his own journey full of dangers.

Original title:
Midnight Sun

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, Bridget Moynehan …

Country:
Canada, Italy, UAE

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Big Scam (2013)

The small coastal town of just 120 lives solely on unemployment benefits. In order to restore the memory of the past merits of the disappearing historic town, the mayor decides to organize the construction of a plant and provide local people with new jobs. But in order to build a factory in the village, it is necessary to acquire a doctor, and the inhabitants will go to any tricks to keep a suitable candidate.

Original title:
The Grand Seduction

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Leanne Balaban …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Blackbird (2012)

16-year-old Sean is a rather peculiar guy, who are commonly called informals – black nail polish, heavy music in headphones and a pierced eyebrow. At school, he is constantly ridiculed and is the very “black sheep” among his classmates. One day, Sean does something very stupid and puts a plan of revenge on his offenders online, which leads to serious consequences for the teenager.

Original title:
Blackbird

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast, Michael Buie…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1


Looking for Santa Lapus (2010)

At first, Santa Lapus was just a cute soft toy given to Santa Claus for Christmas. But in the North, a funny craft was revived by the Big Christmas Icicle, making it a real snow-white dog. Together with Santa, the dog goes to New York. And when her master disappears, only Lapus can save the holiday and find his wizard with a beard and a bag of gifts.

Original title:
The Search for Santa Paws

Genre:
Musical, fantasy, drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Caitlin Meher, Madison Pettis, Richard Riley…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Killer Vacation (2010)

This world-famous Canadian film is a thrash comedy with an original idea, full of selected black humor. A group of typical American students is going out of town to have a good time. At the gas station, the guys meet two local friends Tucker and Dale. The guys really look like villains from horror films, but in fact they are completely harmless. Young townspeople are sure of the opposite and begin military operations against the villagers.

Original title:
Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Genre:
Horror, comedy

Actors:
Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden…

Country:
Canada, USA, India, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


High price of life (2010)

Henry’s boyfriend lives the most ordinary life – earns money from morning to night, and then breaks away in cereal establishments. At the same time, on the other side of the city , Natalie, pregnant with her first child, suffers from her husband’s coldness. Fate brings the two heroes together in the most inappropriate way, but makes the reckless Henry think about how valuable human life is, and how easy it is to lose it at one moment.

Original title:
The High Cost of Living

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Isabelle Blay, Zach Braff, Patrick Labbe…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
12+


Glorious Future (1997)

The school bus lost control, went off the road and drowned in the lake. Only two out of twenty-two survived – the driver Dolores and the teacher who looks after the children. Attorney Mitchell Stevens arrives in town and tries to convince his parents to sue the bus manufacturers. He does this not for profit, but to teach a lesson to bureaucrats who save on spare parts and prevent similar cases in the future.

Original title:
The Sweet Hereafter

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ian Holm, Kaertan Banks, Sarah Polley …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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