Films have been made in Canada almost as long as they have been made in the U.S., but unfortunately Canadian cinema didn’t receive the same attention as American made movies. It wasn’t until the late 60′s and early 70′s when directors such as David Cronenberg and Ivan Reitman arrived on the scene that movies made north of the border started to get the attention they deserved. Here is our list of the top 6 Canadian made movies.
Perhaps one of the most well known Canadian movies is Goin’ Down the Road. This 1970′s movie follows two friends as they travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto, and it is still one of the most influential movies made in the country. A Sequel was made over 30 years later, but didn’t quite reach the same plateau.
Porky’s was made in America, directed by an American, and yet because it was produced by the Canadian company Astral Media it is considered a Canadian movie. Until 2006 this sex comedy about the escapades of a group of high-schoolers was the highest grossing Canadian movie of all time. Watch for Canadian born actress and future Sex in the City star Kim Cattrall.
Even if you don’t like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, you may still find yourself enjoying Strange Brew. This movie follows the adventures of Bob and Doug Mckenzie, two regulars on the SCTV television series, as they try to stop an evil brewmaster from taking the Elsinore brewery from it’s rightful owner. It’s an adaptation of Hamlet, but it turns the dramatic play into a comedy.
Jesus of Montreal follows a group of actors who are hired to put on a passion play by a Roman Catholic site of pilgrimage. The actors however create a controversy among the church when they use their creative license to change the story to their liking, and as the story unfolds they find their lives paralleling that of the passion itself.
Cube is Canada’s foray into science fiction and horror, and it follows 7 strangers as they awaken in a maze where each room contains deadly traps. The special effects may not be the best, but the story definitely holds your interest and makes you want to know what is going on.
Perhaps the greatest Canadian movie ever made is The Sweet Hereafter. Not only does this movie hold a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes(which is extremely rare), but it also won three awards at Cannes in 1997, 7 Genie Awards, and was nominated for two Oscars. Unfortunately it was up against Titanic that year and lost the Oscars. The movie follows the lives of townsfolk after a tragic bus accident devastates them.