Newfoundland on the Small and Big Screen

by NovaBrunswick | created - 04 Jan 2019 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Movies and TV shows set in, filmed in, or which mention the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland (including Labrador).

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1. Republic of Doyle (2010–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.

Stars: Allan Hawco, Krystin Pellerin, Mark O'Brien, Marthe Bernard

Votes: 3,406

Set and filmed in St. John’s, NL.

2. The Shipping News (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama

47 Metascore

An emotionally beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 31,989 | Gross: $11.43M

Set and partly filmed in Newfoundland. The rest was filmed in Nova Scotia.

3. Maudie (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Bennett, Gabrielle Rose

Votes: 16,686 | Gross: $6.17M

Though it focuses on the Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis, the movie was in fact filmed in Newfoundland.

4. Orca (1977)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

27 Metascore

A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek

Votes: 10,735 | Gross: $14.72M

This Jaws rip-off was partly filmed off Petty Harbour, NL.

5. Codco (1986–1992)

30 min | Comedy

A Newfoundland, Canada focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Cathy Jones, Greg Malone, Tommy Sexton, Mary Walsh

Votes: 185

Comedy show based in Newfoundland. Partly filmed in St. John’s, NL (with others filmed in Halifax, NS).

6. Anchor Zone (1994)

82 min | Sci-Fi

In the future, a young trainee with a corporation that runs society, falls in with a group of young runaways, one of whom is escaping from a company experiment.

Director: Andrée Pelletier | Stars: Michael Luke, Henry Czerny, Nicole Stoffman, Pheilm Martin

Votes: 63

Filmed in St. John’s, NL.

7. The Grand Seduction (2013)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent

Votes: 16,179 | Gross: $3.41M

Filmed in Trinity Bight, Bonavista and St. John’s, NL.

8. The Boys of St. Vincent (1992 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Brian Dooley, Philip Dinn

Votes: 1,610 | Gross: $0.20M

Filmed in St. John’s, NL. Based on a case of boys being abused at a religious orphanage in Newfoundland.

9. The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later (1992 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Drama

Fifteen years after the events of The Boys of St. Vincent took place, the various boys involved are brought in to testify against the brothers, now finally standing trial, who assaulted ... See full summary »

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Henry Czerny, Sebastian Spence, Lise Roy, David Hewlett

Votes: 482

Sequel to The Boys of St. Vincent. Filmed in St. John’s, NL.

10. Above and Beyond (2006)

Drama, War

True Story about the Atlantic Ferry Operation during World War II.

Stars: Peter MacNeill, Robert Wisden, Jason Priestley, Joss Ackland

Votes: 199

Filmed in Gander and St. John's, NL.

11. Love & Savagery (2009)

95 min | Drama, Romance

In 1969, a visiting geologist from Newfoundland arouses scandal in a small Irish village when he romances a local girl who's destined for the convent.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Allan Hawco, Sarah Greene, Louise Nicol, Martha Burns

Votes: 287

Partially filmed in Newfoundland. The protagonist travels from Newfoundland to Ireland.

12. Frontier (2016–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Follows Declan Harp, a half-Irish/half Cree Native-Canadian outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.

Stars: Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Greg Bryk

Votes: 17,510

Partially filmed in Newfoundland.

13. Making Love in St. Pierre (2004)

86 min | Drama

A couple trying to rekindle their relationship travel to St. Pierre, a French island off the Newfoundland coast, and become entangled with another couple.

Director: John Vatcher | Stars: Nicole Underhay, Allan Hawco, Chérie Ouellet, Aiden Flynn

While not technically set in Newfoundland or even Canada, the protagonist is a down-and-out fisherman forced out of his job after the collapse of the Newfoundland cod fisheries.

14. Behind the Red Door (2003)

R | 105 min | Drama

A dying man must reunite with his sister to face their family's violent past and find peace in their lives.

Director: Matia Karrell | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Kiefer Sutherland, Stockard Channing, Chuck Shamata

Votes: 1,426

Filmed in St. John's, NL.

15. Little Dog (2018– )

22 min | Comedy

Five years after quitting a match, boxer Tommy "Little Dog" Ross begins a quest for redemption.

Stars: Joel Thomas Hynes, Ger Ryan, Katharine Isabelle, Stephen Oates

Votes: 145

Filmed in St. John’s, NL.

16. An Audience of Chairs (2018)

93 min | Drama

A mother living with mental illness struggles to cope after losing custody of her two daughters.

Director: Deanne Foley | Stars: Carolina Bartczak, Peter MacNeill, Gord Rand, Edie Inksetter

Votes: 92

Filmed in Tors Cove, NL.

17. Crown and Anchor (2018)

119 min | Crime, Drama

A raw look at the effects of childhood trauma through the eyes of two estranged cousins.

Director: Andrew Rowe | Stars: Michael Rowe, Matt Wells, Natalie Brown, Robert Joy

Votes: 75

Filmed in St. John's, NL.

18. The Terry Fox Story (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Eric Fryer, Robert Duvall, Chris Makepeace, Rosalind Chao

Votes: 580

Partially filmed in St. John's, NL, where Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope.

19. Terry (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Terry Fox's unprecendented cross-Canada marathon on an artificial leg for cancer research that made him a national hero.

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Ryan McDonald, Noah Reid, Matt Gordon

Votes: 493

Partially filmed in St. John's, NL, where Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope.

20. John and the Missus (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama

A small Canadian town is devasted when a local mine--the town's only source of income--is closed. One man incurs the wrath of the townsmen when he stubbornly refuses the small amount of ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Pinsent | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Jackie Burroughs, Randy Follett, Jessica Steen

Votes: 96

Filmed in Petty Harbour, NL.

21. Down to the Dirt (2008)

117 min | Drama

When Keith and Natasha's relationship goes rotten, Natasha runs away to Halifax. Keith makes it his mission to track her down, only to learn things about himself that he never realized before.

Director: Justin Simms | Stars: Joel Thomas Hynes, Robert Joy, Paula Morgan, Kristina Andrews

Votes: 119

Partly filmed in St. John's, NL. The protagonist moves from St. John's, NL to Halifax, NS.

22. Crackie (2009)

TV-MA | 94 min | Drama

Life in a small never seemed easy, but for Mitsy (Meghan Greeley) it is especially rough.

Director: Sherry White | Stars: Mary Walsh, Meghan Greeley, Cheryl Wells, Joel Thomas Hynes

Votes: 141

Set in Newfoundland.

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