Foreign Oscar Nominees from Canada

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1. Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business.

Director: Claude Jutra | Stars: Jacques Gagnon, Lyne Champagne, Jean Duceppe, Olivette Thibault

Votes: 2,683

2. La vraie nature de Bernadette (1972)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman imbued with naturalistic and libertarian theories leaves her city home to live in the countryside with her young son. There she meets a litigious farmer who fights against the banks... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Carle | Stars: Micheline Lanctôt, Donald Pilon, Reynald Bouchard, Robert Rivard

Votes: 394

3. Orderers (1974)

109 min | Drama, History

A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec.

Director: Michel Brault | Stars: Hélène Loiselle, Jean Lapointe, Guy Provost, Claude Gauthier

Votes: 985

4. J.A. Martin photographe (1977)

100 min | Drama

The wife of photographer J.A. Martin decides to go with him in his tour of the hard Canadian countryside at the turn of the century. She hopes the intimacy will revive their marriage.

Director: Jean Beaudin | Stars: Marcel Sabourin, Monique Mercure, Marthe Thierry, Catherine Tremblay

Votes: 338

5. A Scream from Silence (1979)

96 min | Drama

A director and an editor, both woman, cannot work on a movie presenting the rape of a nurse without reacting on the scenes they're working on, the situation of womenhood in general, and the... See full summary »

Director: Anne Claire Poirier | Stars: Julie Vincent, Germain Houde, Paul Savoie, Monique Miller

Votes: 151

6. Les bons débarras (1980)

120 min | Drama

A woman is overwhelmed with having to deal with her emotionally unstable daughter, mentally-challenged brother and two suitors while simultaneously trying to run her small firewood business.

Director: Francis Mankiewicz | Stars: Charlotte Laurier, Marie Tifo, Germain Houde, Louise Marleau

Votes: 670

7. Les Plouffe (1981)

227 min | Drama

The lives of the average Quebecois Plouffe family during the final years of the depression and through World War II.

Director: Gilles Carle | Stars: Gabriel Arcand, Rémi Laurent, Pierre Curzi, Juliette Huot

Votes: 424

8. Les fleurs sauvages (1982)

152 min | Drama

Three generations of a family struggle to be open with each other during a week of summer vacation at their country cottage.

Director: Jean Pierre Lefebvre | Stars: Marthe Nadeau, Michèle Magny, Pierre Curzi, Claudia Aubin

Votes: 32

9. Bonheur d'occasion (1983)

123 min | Drama

In the early 1940's, Canada is a country at war and Florentine is a young woman, from a very poor family, looking for love. She meets two suitable men, a nice soldier from a good and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Fournier | Stars: Mireille Deyglun, Pierre Chagnon, Michel Forget, Marilyn Lightstone

Votes: 85

10. Sonatine (1984)

91 min | Drama

Two teenaged friends have separate difficult experiences that make the girls seriously consider suicide.

Director: Micheline Lanctôt | Stars: Pascale Bussières, Marcia Pilote, Pierre F. Fauteux, Kliment Denchev

Votes: 242

11. Jacques et novembre (1984)

72 min | Drama

Les derniers jours d'un homme qui filme avec humour sa propre mort. Un film surprenant et singulier comme il existe peu d'exemples dans notre cinématographique et qui s'impose par la démarche unique des deux réalisateurs.

Directors: Jean Beaudry, François Bouvier | Stars: Jean Beaudry, Léa-Marie Cantin, Marie Cantin, Carole Chatel

Votes: 26

12. The Decline of the American Empire (1986)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Pierre Curzi

Votes: 7,817 | Gross: $1.90M

Nominated

13. Un zoo la nuit (1987)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Marcel, recently released from prison, attempt to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie (now a prostitute) and especially his father Albert (who thinks he's been away on a long... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon | Stars: Gilles Maheu, Roger Lebel, Corrado Mastropasqua, Lorne Brass

Votes: 672

14. Les portes tournantes (1988)

101 min | Drama, Music

A quiet painter, separated from his wife for a year, receives a suitcase in the mail from his mother, whom he hasn't seen since infancy. He believes she abandoned him to his wealthy, ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Mankiewicz | Stars: Monique Spaziani, Gabriel Arcand, Miou-Miou, François Méthé

Votes: 173

15. Jesus of Montreal (1989)

R | 120 min | Drama

A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Rémy Girard

Votes: 6,788 | Gross: $1.60M

Nominated

16. Une histoire inventée (1990)

100 min | Drama

An irresistible woman, Florence, dragging her last 50 disconsolate lovers behind her. A trumpet in the end of his career, loved by Florence and the only one who had refuse her. An amateur ... See full summary »

Director: André Forcier | Stars: Jean Lapointe, Louise Marleau, Charlotte Laurier, Marc Messier

Votes: 143

17. A Bullet in the Head (1990)

89 min | Drama

A civilian and a soldier become unlikely allies in this allegorical examination of friendship and the evils of war. Filmed in Quebec, Canada.

Director: Attila Bertalan | Stars: Kathy Horner, Andrew Campbell, Jan Stychalsky, Victoria Sands

Votes: 141

18. Leolo (1992)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon | Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 6,674 | Gross: $0.61M

19. Le sexe des étoiles (1993)

104 min | Drama

Camille don't like the man her mother seen. She still dreaming about her father who's living in New York. One day, she saw her mother arguing with a woman prowling around her house for some... See full summary »

Director: Paule Baillargeon | Stars: Marianne Coquelicot Mercier, Denis Mercier, Tobie Pelletier, Sylvie Drapeau

Votes: 216

20. Mon amie Max (1994)

106 min | Drama

Catherine, a concert pianist, is surprised one night by the arrival of her best friend from childhood, Marie-Alexandrine (Max), whom she hasn't seen for 25 years. Catherine and Max were ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Brault | Stars: Geneviève Bujold, Marthe Keller, Johanne McKay, Marie Guillard

Votes: 196

21. The Confessional (1995)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The year is 1952, in Québec City, Québec. Rachel (Suzanne Clément), sixteen, unmarried, and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame, she unburdens her guilt to a young Priest under... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lepage | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Patrick Goyette, Jean-Louis Millette, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 1,525 | Gross: $0.58M

23. Cosmos (1996)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see, a mystery man, a gay man who may or may not be ... See full summary »

Directors: Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Marie-Hélène Montpetit, Pascal Contamine, France Castel, Marie-France Lambert

Votes: 463

24. August 32nd on Earth (1998)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Young Simone is involved in a near fatal car crash, and as she questions her mortality, she also decides to have a baby. Her candidate for a father is her best friend Phillipe who happens ... See full summary »

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Pascale Bussières, Alexis Martin, Serge Thériault, Ivan Smith

Votes: 1,860

25. Set Me Free (1999)

94 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

In the year 1963, an awkward thirteen-year-old girl comes of age during her escapism into the world of cinema, with potentially dangerous results.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Karine Vanasse, Pascale Bussières, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Alexandre Mérineau

Votes: 899 | Gross: $0.07M

26. Maelstrom (2000)

R | 87 min | Drama

66 Metascore

After plunging her car into a river, a woman encounters a man who helps her come to terms with her life.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern, Pierre Lebeau

Votes: 4,806 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

R | 172 min | Drama

91 Metascore

The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk

Votes: 6,281 | Gross: $3.79M

28. Soft Shell Man (2001)

102 min | Drama, Romance

An emotionally immature underwater photographer returns home to an affair with his best friend's deaf girlfriend and unresolved issues with the wife he left six months before.

Director: André Turpin | Stars: David La Haye, Isabelle Blais, Emmanuel Bilodeau, Chantal Giroux

Votes: 820

29. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 28,264 | Gross: $3.43M

Won

30. The Far Side of the Moon (2003)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

76 Metascore

After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother.

Director: Robert Lepage | Stars: Robert Lepage, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Marco Poulin, Céline Bonnier

Votes: 1,884 | Gross: $0.01M

31. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée

Votes: 31,455

32. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Set in colonial India against Gandhi's rise to power, it's the story of 8-year-old Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to a home to live in penitence; once there, Chuyia's feisty presence deeply affects the lives of the other residents.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 14,306 | Gross: $3.22M

Nominated

33. Days of Darkness (2007)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Jean-Marc Leblanc (Labrèche), a desperate civil servant, escapes reality as we all know it, to imagine himself as the hero in imaginary adventures.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Marc Labrèche, Diane Kruger, Sylvie Léonard, Caroline Néron

Votes: 2,899

34. The Necessities of Life (2008)

PG | 102 min | Drama

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »

Director: Benoit Pilon | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Éveline Gélinas, Paul-André Brasseur, Louise Marleau

Votes: 848

35. I Killed My Mother (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 27,747

36. Incendies (2010)

R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War

80 Metascore

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Mustafa Kamel

Votes: 149,705 | Gross: $6.86M

Nominated

37. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx

Votes: 19,179 | Gross: $2.01M

Nominated

38. War Witch (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

Director: Kim Nguyen | Stars: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper

Votes: 7,011 | Gross: $0.07M

Nominated

39. Gabrielle (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they... See full summary »

Director: Louise Archambault | Stars: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Vincent-Guillaume Otis

Votes: 1,549

40. Mommy (I) (2014)

R | 139 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Patrick Huard

Votes: 50,608 | Gross: $3.49M

41. Felix and Meira (2014)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

In Félix and Meira, an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds.

Director: Maxime Giroux | Stars: Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron, Luzer Twersky, Melissa Weisz

Votes: 1,481 | Gross: $0.45M

42. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 20,989

43. Hochelaga, Land of Souls (2017)

100 min | History

Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny engages in a search for his ancestors following a tragic terrain slump in the Percival Molson Stadium.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Samian, Raoul Max Trujillo, Gilles Renaud, Siân Phillips

Votes: 449

44. Family First (2018)

TV-MA | 87 min | Drama

JP and Vincent, two brothers from a dysfunctional family, get involved in their uncle's drug cartel. Things quickly start spiraling out of control for Vincent, the younger and more unstable of the two.

Director: Sophie Dupuis | Stars: Théodore Pellerin, Jean-Simon Leduc, Paul Ahmarani, Sylvio Archambault

Votes: 439

45. Antigone (I) (2019)

109 min | Crime, Drama

A modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy which falls within a social realism. To the law of men, the young Antigone apposes her own sets of values.

Director: Sophie Deraspe | Stars: Nahéma Ricci, Rawad El-Zein, Antoine DesRochers, Sebastien Beaulac

Votes: 1,051