Best new Canadian Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Canadian movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Atom Egoyan, François Delisle & Xavier Dolan Canada's biggest directors?

When it comes to Canadian films, it is often the Quebecois that get the most attention. This list is an attempt to capture the brilliance of both English and French language Canadian cinema.

It’s always interesting, when making end of year lists, to look at Canadian cinema. The best Canadian films of 2014 and 2013 once again prove Canada is a film country you should not think too little of. It’s the country where geniuses like David Cronenberg (Videodrome (1983) ), Atom Egoyan (Exotica (1994) ), Xavier Dolan (J’ai Tué Ma Mère (2009) ) and Denys Arcand (Le Déclin de l’Empire Américain (1986) ) have been born, or in the case of Egoyan, born in Cairo, Egypt, spent most of their lives. Nonetheless, Canada remains a strange country in many regards. Suffering from the little brother syndrome, it has been determined to deviate from America’s classic Hollywood cinema. As a result it became a country that produced an enormous amount of great documentaries and horror films, but always had trouble finding its own identity. As some say, just like Canada it is a very hybrid identity based on having no essential identity. This lead to English-Canadian films to become largely marginalized – a lot of art house hits abroad, but no blockbusters or commercial success at home. English-Canadian films became ‘foreign films’ in their own country. French-Canadian films fared much better, with a viable film industry in Quebec.

New Canadian movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Bella Thorne

    After the somewhat disappointing 'Juste la fin du monde ', Québécois film prodige Xavier Dolan returns with 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan', his first movie in English. The film, which features A-stars such as Kit Harrington, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain, evolves around the written correspondence between a twenty-something actor and an eleven year old boy. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

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Best Canadian movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Canadian movies

  • The Space Between

    DIRECTOR: Amy Jo Johnson
    CAST: Amy Jo Johnson Michael Ironside Julia Sarah Stone

    An interesting looking low-budget dramedy about a man who discovers his son is not actually his. In his little yellow old-timer, he hits the road, looking for answers. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 12th, 2018

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Best Canadian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Canadian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Mommy

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Anne Dorval Antoine Olivier Pilon Suzanne Clément

    A single, widowed mother is weary of raising her teenager and chaotic son but the household's introduction to a neighbour seems to change her life around. Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 29th, 2014

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  • Laurence Anyways

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Melvil Poupaud Emmanuel Schwartz Suzanne Clément

    A movie that showcases ten years of a transsexual's life in relationship with her partner as she completes the journey from being a male to a beautiful female. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 28th, 2013

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  • Corbo

    DIRECTOR: Mathieu Denis
    CAST: Anthony Therrien Antoine L'Écuyer Karelle Tremblay

    A gripping tale of the origin of FLQ that highlights the evolution of a young pro-independence lad through the decade of 1960s as he turns into a complete terrorist by... Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 2nd, 2015

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  • Tu Dors Nicole

    DIRECTOR: Stéphane Lafleur
    CAST: Julianne Côté Pierre-Luc Lafontaine Luc Senay

    Nicole's parents are not at home so she is having a peaceful summer time at home with her friend Veronique, that is till her older brother arrives with his band and... Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 9th, 2014

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  • Tom a la Ferme

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Xavier Dolan Pierre-Yves Cardinal Lise Roy

    A man who is in deep grief, bearing the loss of love meets his lovers family, who are not aware of the fact that their son had a gay sexual orientation. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 14th, 2015

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  • Félix et Meira

    DIRECTOR: Maxime Giroux
    CAST: Martin Dubreuil Hadas Yaron Luzer Twersky

    A beautiful love story; two people who live in the same neighborhood but in environments so different as if they are worlds apart, fall in love almost instantaneously... Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 17th, 2015

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  • Enemy

    DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
    CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal Mélanie Laurent Sarah Gadon

    A thrilling and satirical suspense drama based on the modern man; a man spots his exact look-alike on TV so he decides to track him only to instigate weird developments... Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 6th, 2014

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  • The Dirties

    DIRECTOR: Matt Johnson
    CAST: Matt Johnson Owen Williams Padraig Singal

    Two best friends decide to make a comedy film highlighting revenge on bullies; the catch is that only one of them knows the real motive as he harbours a secret ambition... Read more

    RATING: 68/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 13th, 2013

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  • Two Lovers and a Bear

    DIRECTOR: Kim Nguyen
    CAST: Dane DeHaan Tatiana Maslany Gordon Pinsent

    The story is based in the region close to the North Pole where life is simple and reserved; two aspiring people fall in passionate love and decide to take a chance at... Read more

    RATING: 64/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 7th, 2016

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