The Best Canadian films of the decade

Top Films

In 2002, Playback polled the industry in order to find out what you thought were the greatest Canadian films of all time. Now that we’re about to wrap the first decade of the new millennium, we thought it was time to check in for an update of sorts.

So… what do you think have been the greatest Canadian films released since 2000?

Email your picks to We’d love to hear the reason for your selections too.

There are only two restrictions on your choices: the films have to have had original release in this decade; and they must be Canadian. Other than that, the skies the limit.

Please get your picks in before Friday, November 26. Your top selections will be printed in Playback’s End of the Year print issue (street December 13) and online at

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the greatest Canadian films of all time, according to Playback readers in 2002, were:

1. The Sweet Hereafter (1997) - Atom Egoyan (director/writer)
2. Jesus of Montreal (1989) – Denys Arcand (director/writer)
3. The Red Violin (1998) – Francois Girard (director), Francois Girard /Don McKellar (writers)
4. Hard Core Logo (1996) – Bruce McDonald (director), Noel S. Baker (writer)
5. Goin’ Down the Road (1970) – Donald Shebib (director), William Fruet /Donald Shebib (writers)
6. Leolo (1992) – Jean-Claude Lauzon (director/writer)
7. Exotica (1994) – Atom Egoyan (director/writer)
8. Mon oncle Antoine (1971) – Claude Jutra (director), Clement Perron (writer)
9. Last Night (1998) – Don McKellar (director/writer)
10. The Decline of the American Empire (1986) – Denys Arcand (director/writer)