Top Tens

*Films are listed by year of their first public release in Canada, either theatrical or direct to DVD.


2017 (Full write-up)

1. Wonderstruck (Dir. Todd Haynes)
2. Step (Dir. Amanda Lipitz)
3. Kedi (Dir. Ceyda Torun)
4. Faces Places (Dir. Agnès Varda, JR)
5. I, Tonya (Dir. Craig Gillespie)
6. The Post (Dir. Steve Spielberg)
7. Dunkirk (Dir. Christopher Nolan)
8. Don't Talk to Irene (Dir. Pat Mills)
9. The Shape of Water (Dir. Guillermo del Toro)
10. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (Dir. Martin McDonagh)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

2016 (Full write-up)

1. Jackie (Dir. Pablo Larraín)
2. The Apology (Dir. Tiffany Hsiung)
3. Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming (Dir. Ann Marie Fleming)
4. Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Dir. Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie)
5. Nocturnal Animals (Dir. Tom Ford)
6. Arrival (Dir. Denis Villeneuve)
7. I am Not Your Negro (Dir. Raoul Peck)
8. Hell or High Water (Dir. David Mackenzie)
9. La La Land (Dir. Damien Chazelle)
10. Love & Friendship (Dir. Whit Stillman)

Also: The best performances of 2016, the best Canadian films of 2016, and the worst films of 2016.


2015 (Full write-up)

1. Youth (Dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
2. Carol (Dir. Todd Haynes)
3. Sicario (Dir. Denis Villeneuve)
4. Phoenix (Dir. Christian Petzold)
5. Sunshine Superman (Dir. Marah Strauch)
6. Far from the Madding Crowd (Dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
7. The Forbidden Room (Dir. Guy Maddin)
8. In Her Place (Dir. Albert Shin)
9. The Hateful Eight (Dir. Quentin Tarantino)
10. What Happened, Miss Simone? (Dir. Liz Garbus)

Also: The Best Performances of 2015, the Best Canadian Films of 2015, and the Worst Films of 2015.

Stories We Tell

The Best Canadian Films of the Decade so Far (Full write-up)

1. Stories We Tell (Dir. Sarah Polley, 2012)
2. Incendies (Dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2010)
3. Mommy (Dir. Xavier Dolan, 2014)
4. Trigger (Dir. Bruce McDonald. 2010)
5. The F Word (Dir. Michael Dowse, 2014)
6. The Whistleblower (Dir. Larysa Kondracki, 2011)
7. Café de flore (Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, 2011)
8. Barney's Version (Dir. Richard J. Lewis, 2010)
9. Gabrielle (Dir. Louise Archambault, 2013)
10 Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Dir. Jeff Barnaby, 2013)


2014 (Full write-up)

1. Wild (Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée)
2. Mommy (Dir. Xavier Dolan)
3. A Most Violent Year (Dir. JC Chandor)
4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Dir. Alejandro G. Inarritu)
5. The F Word (Dir. Michael Dowse)
6. The Immigrant (Dir. James Gray)
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Dir. Wes Anderson)
8. Gone Girl (Dir. David Fincher)
9. Maps to the Stars (Dir. David Cronenberg)
10. Finding Vivian Maier (Dir. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel)

Also: The Best Performances of 2014, The Best Canadian Films of 2014, and The Worst Films of 2014.

12 Years a Slave

2013 (Full write-up)

1. 12 Years a Slave (Dir. Steve McQueen)
2. Blue Jasmine (Dir. Woody Allen)
3. Labor Day (Dir. Jason Reitman)
4. 20 Feet from Stardom (Dir. Morgan Neville)
5. In the House (Dir. Francois Ozon)
6. Frances Ha (Dir. Noah Baumbach)
7. Inside Llewyn Davis (Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
8. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Dir. Felix Van Groeningen)
9. The Wolf of Wall Street (Dir. Martin Scorsese)
10. August: Osage County (Dir. John Wells)

Also: The Best Performances of 2013, The Best Canadian Films of 2013, and The Worst Films of 2013.

2012 (Full write-up)

Anna Karenina
1. Anna Karenina (Dir. Joe Wright)
2. Stories We Tell  (Dir. Sarah Polley)
3. Zero Dark Thirty (Dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
4. We Are Wisconsin (Dir. Amie Williams)
5. Quartet (Dir. Dustin Hoffman)
6. Silver Linings Playbook (Dir. David O. Russell)
7. The Imposter (Dir. Bart Layton)
8. Rust and Bone (Dir. Jacques Audiard)
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dir. Benh Zeitlin)
10. Skyfall (Dir. Sam Mendes)
10. Smashed (Dir. James Ponsoldt)

Honourable mentions: Argo, Cosmopolis, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, English VinglishThe Hunger Games, The Impossible, Inch’Allah, The Invisible War, Les Misérables, Lore, The Master, Midnight's ChildrenMoonrise Kingdom, Rebelle, The Sessions, Take This Waltz.

Also: The Best Performances of the Year, The Best Canadian Films of the Year and The Worst Films of the Year

Midnight in Paris

2011 (Full write-up)

1. Midnight in Paris (Dir. Woody Allen)
2. The Descendants (Dir. Alexander Payne)
3. Shame (Dir. Steve McQueen)
4. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Dir. Lynne Ramsay)
5. The Tree of Life (Dir. Terence Malick)
6. The Whistleblower (Dir. Larysa Kondracki)
7. The Help (Dir. Tate Taylor)
8. Café de Flore (Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée)
9. Take Shelter (Dir. Jeff Nichols)
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dir. Tomas Alfredson)

Honourable Mentions: The Artist, Beginners, Bridesmaids, Contagion, Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hanna, Higher Ground, The Housemaid, Hugo, Jane Eyre, Last Night, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Rampart, Tyrannosaur.

Also: The best canadian films of 2011, the best performances of 2011, and the 10 worst films of 2011.

Black Swan

2010 (Full write-up)

1.    Black Swan (Dir: Darren Aronofsky)
2.    Inception (Dir: Christopher Nolan)
3.    Another Year (Dir: Mike Leigh)
4.    The King’s Speech (Dir: Tom Hooper)
5.    Winter’s Bone (Dir: Debra Granik)
6.    127 Hours (Dir: Danny Boyle)
7.    Please Give (Dir: Nicole Holofcener)
8.    Trigger (Dir: Bruce McDonald)
9.    Incendies (Dir: Denis Villeneuve)
10a.  I am Love (Dir: Luca Guadagnino)
10b. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (D: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg)
Honourable mentions: Animal Kingdom, Barney’s Version, Chloe, Fair Game, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, How to Rid Your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You!, The Kids Are All Right, Made in Dagenham, Nowhere Boy, Rabbit Hole, The Town.

Mulholland Dr.

Top Ten of  the 2000s:

1. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)
2. Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004)
3. The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand, 2003)
4. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
6. Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002)
7. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Lee Daniels, 2009)
8. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood, 2004)
9. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme, 2008)
10. In the Bedroom (Todd Field, 2001)

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire


1. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (D: Lee Daniels)
2. The Hurt Locker (D: Kathryn Bigelow)
3. Inglourious Basterds (D: Quentin Tarantino)
4. A Single Man (D: Tom Ford)
5. Away We Go (D: Sam Mendes)
6. Fantastic Mr Fox (D: Wes Anderson)
7. Antichrist (D: Lars von Trier)
8. Bright Star (D: Jane Campion)
9. Up in the Air (D: Jason Reitman)
10. An Education (D: Lone Scherfig)

Rachel Getting Married


1. Rachel Getting Married (D: Jonathan Demme)
2. Revolutionary Road (D: Sam Mendes)
3. The Visitor (D: Tom McCarthy)
4. Doubt (D: John Patrick Shanley)
5. The Wrestler (D: Darren Aronofsky)
6. I’ve Loved You So Long (D: Philippe Claudel)
7. Happy-Go-Lucky (D: Mike Leigh)
8. The Reader (D: Stephen Daldry)
9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (D: David Fincher)
10. Australia (D: Baz Luhrman)



1. Atonement (D: Joe Wright)
2. Away From Her (D: Sarah Polley)
3. No Country For Old Men (D: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
4. A Mighty Heart (D: Michael Minterbottom)
5. Michael Clayton (D: Tony Gilroy)
6. Jindabyne (D: Ray Lawrence)
7. Once (D: John Carney)
8. The Bourne Ultimatum (D: Paul Greengrass)
9. I’m Not There. (D: Todd Haynes)
10. There Will Be Blood (D: Paul Thomas Anderson)

Little Children


1. Little Children (D: Todd Field)
2. The Departed (D: Martin Scorsese)
3. United 93 (D: Paul Greengrass)
4. Notes on a Scandal (D: Richard Eyre)
5. Volver (D: Pedro Almodovar)
6. Children of Men (D: Alfonso Cuaron)
7. Stranger than Fiction (D: Marc Forster)
8. Babel (D: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu)
9. Dreamgirls (Bill Condon)
10. Shut up and Sing (D: Barbara Koppel & Cecila Peck)

The Constant Gardener


1. The Constant Gardener (D: Fernando Meirelles)
2.  A History of Violence (D: David Cronenberg)
3. Match Point (D: Woody Allen)
4. Good Night, and Good Luck (D: George Clooney)
5. Crash (D: Paul Haggis)
6. Syriana (D: Stephen Gaghan)
7. Grizzly Man (D: Werner Herzog)
8. Me and You and Everyone We Know (D: Miranda July)
9. Capote (D: Bennett Miller)
10. The Squid and the Whale (D: Noah Baumbach)



1. Sideways (D: Alexander Payne)
2. Million Dollar Baby (D: Clint Eastwood)
3. Hotel Rwanda (D: Terry George)
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (D: Quentin Tarantino)
5. The Manchurian Candidate (D: Johnathan Demme)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (D: Michel Gondry)
7. A Very Long Engagement (D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
8. Dogville (D: Lars von Trier)
9. The Aviator (D: Martin Scorsese)
10. The Door in the Floor (D: Tod Williams)

The Barbarian Invasions


1. The Barbarian Invasions (D: Denys Arcand)
1.5 House of Sand and Fog (D: Vadim Perleman)
2.Mystic River (D: Clint Eastwood)
3. Kill Bill: Vol 1 (D: Quentin Tarantino)
4. Finding Nemo (D: Andrew Stanton)
5. A Mighty Wind (D: Christopher Guest)
6. Monster (D: Patty Jenkins)
7. Cold Mountain (D: Anthony Minghella)
8. Lost in Translation (D: Sofia Coppola)
9. American Splendor (D: Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman)
10. The Triplets of Belleville (Dir. Sylvain Chomet)



1. Adaptation. (D: Spike Jonze)
2. About Schmidt (D: Alexander Payne)
3. Bowling for Columbine (D: Michael Moore)
4. The Hours (D: Stephen Daldry)
5. Talk to Her (D: Pedro Almodovar)
6. Far From Heaven (D: Todd Haynes)
7. Catch Me if You Can (D: Steven Spielberg)
8. Gangs of New York (D: Martin Scorsese)
9. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (D: George Clooney)
10. Femme Fatale (D: Brian De Palma)

Mulholland Dr.


1. Mulholland Dr (D: David Lynch)
2. In the Bedroom (D: Todd Field)
3. Vanilla Sky (D: Cameron Crowe)
4. Amélie (D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
5. A Beautiful Mind (D: Ron Howard)
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (D: Peter Jackson)
7. In the Mood for Love (D: Wong Kar Wai)
8. Gosford Park (D: Robert Altman)
9. Shrek (D: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson)
10. Wit (D: Mike Nichols)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (D: Ang Lee)
2. Requiem for a Dream (D: Darren Aronofsky)
3. Traffic (D: Steven Soderbergh)
4. Best in Show (D: Christopher Guest)
5. The Contender (D: Rod Lurie)
6. Almost Famous (D: Cameron Crowe)
7. The Taste of Others (D: Agnes Jaoui)
8. Wonder Boys (D: Curtis Hanson)
9. You Can Count on Me (D: Kenneth Lonergan)
10. Gladiator (D: Ridley Scott)

Pulp Fiction


1. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
2. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)
3. The Silence of the Lambs (Johnathan Demme, 1991)
4. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
5. Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996).
6. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997)
7. The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993)
8. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
9. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
10. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar, 1999)
10. Exotica (Atom Egoyan, 1994)

Blue Velvet


1. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
2. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)
3. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987)
4. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
5. Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
6. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)
7. The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand, 1985)
8. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
9. Blood Simple (Joel Coen, 1985)
10. Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
10. Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1981)

Annie Hall


1. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
2. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
3. The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
4. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
5. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
6. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
7. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
9. Mon Oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, 1971)
10. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966)
2. La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1961)
3. The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
4. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1966)
5. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
6. West Side Story (Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins; 1961)
7. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
9. Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)
10. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)

Sunset Blvd.


1. Sunset Blvd (Billy Wilder, 1950)
2. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)
3. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
4.  Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
5. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
6. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1951)
7. Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
8. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
9. Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
10. Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus, 1959)

Double Indemnity


1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
2. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
4. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
5. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
6. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)
7. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
8. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
9. Gentleman’s Agreement (Elia Kazan, 1947)
10. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945)

*Lists are subject to change due to rescreening and/or new additions.