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The 50 Best Canadian Films of the 2000s

The 50 Best Canadian Films of the 2000s
50 Best Canadian Movies / Photo by Katkami / Moment / Getty Images

The 50 Best Canadian Movies of 2000s

Happy Canada Day!

Over the years, Canadian film and television have received a reputation for being something that leaves a lot to be desired. It’s often depicted as low budget productions with mediocre acting, and a film grain to make you cringe.

The truth is, Canadian cinema is great and each year, more and more, outstanding Canadian movies continue making headlines for being cutting edge, artistic, meaningful, not to mention downright funny. From the critically acclaimed Quebec film C.R.A.Z.Y., the Franco Anglo production Bon Cop Bad Cop to The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Canadian films are more than just bad film stereotypes; they’re innovative, imaginative, and a joy to watch.

With Canada Day approaching, we’ve decided to whip up a list of the 50 most critically acclaimed Canadian movies of the past twenty one years. 

If you’re planning on staying home this year, why not catch up on some of these films. 

You might want to bookmark this page for future reference! 

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50) The Rocket (Charles Binamé, 2005)

49) Québec-Montréal (Ricardo Trogi, 2002)

48) Bollywood/Hollywood (2002, Deepa Mehta)

47) Gambling, Gods and LSD (Peter Mettler, 2002)

46) Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Denis Côté, 2013)

45) Les demons (Philippe Lesage, 2015)

44) It's All Gone Pete Tong (Michael Dowse, 2004)

43) Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie, 2016)

42) Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, 2013)

41) The Trotsky (Jacob Tierney, 2007)

40) Ararat (Atom Egoyan, 2002)

39) The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, 2003)

38) Water (Deepa Mehta, 2005)

37) Manufactured Landscapes (Edward Burtynsky, 2006)

36) Café de flore (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2011)

35) Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg, 2012)

34) War Witch (Kim Nguyen, 2012)

33) Bon Cop, Bad Cop (Erik Canuel , 2006)

32) Pontypool (Bruce McDonald 2008)

31) Splice (Vincenzo Natali, 2009)

30) Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino, 2015)

29) Tucker and Dale vs Evil (Eli Craig, 2010)

28) Les amours imaginaires (2010, Xavier Dolan)

27) Curling (Denis Côté, 2010)

26) The Wild Hunt (Alexandre Franchi, 2009)

25) The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, 2003)

24) Un crabe dans la tête (2001, André Turpin)

23) Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000)

22) Vinyl (Alan Zweig, 2000)

21) Bestiaire (Denis Côté , 2012)

20) Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

19) The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003)

18) Fubar (2002, Michael Dowse)

17) Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)

16) Polytechnique (Denis Villeneuve, 2009)

15) Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

14) Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos, 2012)

13) J'ai tué ma mère (Xavier Dolan, 2009)

12) Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, 2001)

11) My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)

10) Tout est parfait (2008, Yves-Christian Fournier)

9)  Monsieur Lazhar (2011, Philippe Falardeau)

8)  Spider (David Cronenberg, 2002)

7)  Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, 2007)

6)  Enemy (Denis Villeneuve, 2013)

5)  Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2011)

4)  C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005)

3)  The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand, 2003)

2)  Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012)

1)  Maelström (Denis Villeneuve, 2000)

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