If you are a movie buff or have an affinity for watching movies from across the globe, you would agree that film-watching wouldn’t be complete unless you have seen Canadian movies like ‘Jesus of Montreal’, ‘Mon oncle Antoine’, ‘Goin’ Down the Road’, ‘Les Ordres’ or even ‘Dead Ringers’. These are some of the classic cult Canadian films that every movie buff should watch. Having said that, it is only natural to think what would these movies had been, if not for their directors! A director is often the unsung hero of a film – you appreciate an actor for his on-screen performance, a singer for his songs, music director for the music, choreographer for the dance moves and the art director for the fights. But all those wouldn’t have meant anything if not for a director’s vision! Directors are the backbone of every film – they are the reason why a unit comes together on the floor and works hard to come up with a film. It is a director’s dream and his visualizations that get enlivened on the camera roll. Canada has a pool of visionary directors who have put to canvas some masterpieces that are hard to beat, be it Claude Jutra, Atom Egoyan, Don Shebib, Denys Arcand or Ted Kotcheff. With this section, explore the life and career of top Canadian directors.
Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves
02 September 1964
Actor
Eugene LevyEugene Levy
17 December 1946
Actor, Comedian, Producer, Director

James CameronJames Cameron
16 August 1954
Filmmaker

Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director

Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland
21 December 1966
Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor

Mike MyersMike Myers
25 May 1963
Actor
Tosca MuskTosca Musk
20 July 1974
Filmmaker, Entrepreneur

David FurnishDavid Furnish
25 October 1962
Filmmaker

Denis VilleneuveDenis Villeneuve
03 October 1967
Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Jason PriestleyJason Priestley
28 August 1969
Actor
Nia VardalosNia Vardalos
24 September 1962
Actress, Screenwriter, Producer, Singer

Jennifer FinniganJennifer Finnigan
22 August 1979
Actress

Leslie HopeLeslie Hope
06 May 1965
Actress

Jean-Marc ValléeJean-Marc Vallée
09 March 1963
Director

Hart BochnerHart Bochner
03 October 1956
Actor
Edward DmytrykEdward Dmytryk
04 September 1908
Film Director

Arthur HillerArthur Hiller
22 November 1923
Film Director

Michael MandoMichael Mando
13 July 1981
Actor

David CronenbergDavid Cronenberg
15 March 1943
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film producer,
Ivan ReitmanIvan Reitman
27 October 1946
Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter,

Aden YoungAden Young
30 November 1971
Actor
Amy Jo JohnsonAmy Jo Johnson
06 October 1970
Actress

Jason ReitmanJason Reitman
19 October 1977
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor

Enrico ColantoniEnrico Colantoni
14 February 1963
Actor
Saul RubinekSaul Rubinek
02 July 1948
Actor

George A. RomeroGeorge A. Romero
04 February 1940
American-Canadian filmmaker
Evan GoldbergEvan Goldberg
11 May 1982
Screenwriter

Neill BlomkampNeill Blomkamp
17 September 1979
Film director, Screenwriter

Xavier DolanXavier Dolan
20 March 1989
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,
Peter DeLuisePeter DeLuise
06 November 1966
Actor

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Paulo CostanzoPaulo Costanzo
21 September 1978
Actor
Peter LynchPeter Lynch
12 June 1957
Filmmaker

Gil BellowsGil Bellows
28 June 1967
Actor

Shawn LevyShawn Levy
23 July 1968
Director

Joanna GleasonJoanna Gleason
02 June 1950
Actress
David SutcliffeDavid Sutcliffe
08 June 1969
Actor
Katherine BarrellKatherine Barrell
12 February 1990
Actress

Paul GrossPaul Gross
30 April 1959
Actor

Jonathan CrombieJonathan Crombie
12 October 1966
Actor

Raymond MasseyRaymond Massey
30 August 1896
Actor
Norman JewisonNorman Jewison
21 July 1926
Film director, Film producer, Actor, Screenwriter

David HewlettDavid Hewlett
18 April 1968
Actor

Crystal LoweCrystal Lowe
20 January 1981
Actress

Director XDirector X
13 July 1975
music video director, film director

June HavocJune Havoc
08 November 1912
Actress
Atom EgoyanAtom Egoyan
19 July 1960
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor,

John KastnerJohn Kastner
1946 AD
Actor
Mary HarronMary Harron
12 January 1953
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter

Tyler HynesTyler Hynes
06 May 1986
Actor

Steve BacicSteve Bacic
13 March 1965
Actor
Mike ClattenburgMike Clattenburg
Director

Laurieann GibsonLaurieann Gibson
14 July 1969
Choreographer
Anna SilkAnna Silk
31 January 1974
Actress

Mack SennettMack Sennett
17 January 1880
Actor

Vincenzo NataliVincenzo Natali
06 January 1969
Film director, Screenwriter

Ted KotcheffTed Kotcheff
07 April 1931
Film director, Film producer

Brad PeytonBrad Peyton
16 September 1980
Film director, Film producer
Roger SpottiswoodeRoger Spottiswoode
05 January 1945
Film director, Film editor, Screenwriter

Astra TaylorAstra Taylor
1979 AD
film director

Guy MaddinGuy Maddin
28 February 1956
Film director, Screenwriter, Camera operator

Avi LewisAvi Lewis
1968 AD
Film director
Sidney J. FurieSidney J. Furie
25 February 1933
film director, film producer, screenwriter

Bruce LaBruceBruce LaBruce
03 January 1964
Writer, Photographer, Film director, Screenwriter
Denys ArcandDenys Arcand
25 June 1941
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor

Paul AlmondPaul Almond
26 April 1931
Television Director

Patrick LussierPatrick Lussier
1964 AD
screenwriter, film director, film editor
Jeremy PodeswaJeremy Podeswa
1962 AD
screenwriter, film director, television director

Daniel PetrieDaniel Petrie
26 November 1920
Film director, Film producer
Lloyd RichardsLloyd Richards
29 June 1919
Theatrical Director

Claude JutraClaude Jutra
11 March 1930
Actor

Kevin MunroeKevin Munroe
1972 AD
film director, screenwriter
Allan KingAllan King
06 February 1930
Film Director

Phillip BorsosPhillip Borsos
05 May 1953
Film Director
Joyce WielandJoyce Wieland
30 June 1930
Filmmaker

Ping ChongPing Chong
02 October 1946
Theater director

Jean GasconJean Gascon
21 December 1920
Actor

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams
19 March 1933
Film producer, Film director, Animator,
Rob ColemanRob Coleman
27 April 1964
Animator
Francis MankiewiczFrancis Mankiewicz
15 March 1944
Film Director

Margaret AnglinMargaret Anglin
03 April 1876
Actress

Gratien GélinasGratien Gélinas
08 December 1909
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