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1. Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002)

180 min | Documentary

A filmmaker's inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times. From Toronto, the scene of his childhood, Peter ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mettler | Stars: Govinda, Peter Mettler, Rani Mukerji, John Paul Young

Votes: 487

2. Scissere (1982)

88 min | Drama

A recently released mental patient imagines himself living the lives of three different people he randomly encounters.

Director: Peter Mettler | Stars: Anthony Downes, Greg Krantz, Christie MacFadyen, Sandy MacFadyen

Votes: 33

3. Dying at Grace (2003)

148 min | Documentary

Director Allan King documents the final months of five terminally ill cancer patients at the Toronto Grace Health Centre.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Phyllis Bobbitt, Joyce Bone, Norman Collins, Lloyd Greenway

Votes: 326

4. The End of Time (2012)

TV-G | 109 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Explores our perception of time.

Director: Peter Mettler | Stars: Peter Mettler, Freya Blekman, Richie Hawtin, George Mikenberg

Votes: 350 | Gross: $0.00M

5. So Is This (1983)

48 min | Animation

Experimental short in which sentences are formed by displaying one word at a time and at alternating speeds.

Director: Michael Snow

Votes: 159

6. Haunter (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 15,794

7. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar

Votes: 15,100 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company (2005)

112 min | Documentary

Elderly residents of a Toronto nursing home cope with loss, loneliness and other heartbreaking challenges of growing old, as the home's staff work tirelessly to provide an environment of dignified, compassionate care.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Claire Mandell, Sherry Mandell, Jeff Glickman, Sonny Max Glickman

Votes: 136

9. Back and Forth (1969)

52 min | Documentary

A camera in a classroom continuously sways back and forth at various speeds as people occasionally move around the setting.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Allan Kaprow, Emmett Williams, Max Neuhaus, Joyce Wieland

Votes: 185

10. Misery Loves Company (II) (1993)

60 min | Fantasy, Mystery

A distorted vision of trees and dreams.

Director: Carl Brown

Votes: 29

11. Eastern Avenue (1985)

58 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Peter Mettler

Votes: 13

12. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 76,740

13. Picture of Light (1994)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A documentary of an expedition to Churchill, Manitoba to film the Northern Lights.

Director: Peter Mettler | Stars: Gavin Connor, Brian Ladoon, Don Lind, Peter Mettler

Votes: 214

14. Set Me Free (1999)

95 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 866 | Gross: $0.07M

15. Léolo (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: 6,434 | Gross: $0.61M

16. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A young nurse takes care of an elderly author who lives in a haunted house.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban, Lucy Boynton

Votes: 10,684

17. Warrendale (1967)

100 min | Documentary

Chronicles 7-weeks in the lives of 12 emotionally disturbed children and their therapist's experimental method of treatment at the Toronto-area Warrendale facility.

Director: Allan King | Star: Martin Fischer

Votes: 474

18. A Married Couple (1969)

97 min | Documentary

An "actuality drama" about a real-life marriage in crisis, in which the couple attempts to identify and resolve the conflicts and resentments that have driven them to the brink of separation.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Billy Edwards, Antoinette Edwards, Bogart Edwards, Merton

Votes: 477

19. The End (1995)

6 min | Animation, Short

An animator finds himself trying to explain his (lack of) artistic vision to his creations, who just aren't impressed.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Jeffrey Hirschfield, Gina Clayton, Hannah Kravitz, Vivian Chelette

Votes: 226

20. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 19,471 | Gross: $20.96M

21. 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: 25,397

22. Rispondetemi (1992)

19 min | Short

A car accident victim recalls memories from her life while riding in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Anne Dorval, Marcel Gauthier, Élise Guilbault, Sylvie Legault

Votes: 31

23. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 197,332 | Gross: $0.50M

24. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss

Votes: 156,994 | Gross: $0.22M

25. The Bead Game (1977)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war.

Director: Ishu Patel

Votes: 557

26. The Disappearance (1977)

100 min | Drama, Thriller

Thriller about a contract killer whose wife has disappeared. When he is hired by an international organization to carry out a "shy" or hit, he suspects they are connected with her disappearance.

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Francine Racette, David Hemmings, John Hurt

Votes: 370

27. Parents (1989)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky

Votes: 5,895 | Gross: $0.87M

28. Kamouraska (1973)

R | 124 min | Drama, History

Quebec, the 1830s and 1840s. As she attends the bedside of Jérôme, her second husband, Élisabeth recalls her youth, her marriage to her first husband, Antoine, life in remote Kamouraska ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Jutra | Stars: Geneviève Bujold, Richard Jordan, Marcel Cuvelier, Philippe Léotard

Votes: 319

29. Nuit #1 (2011)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

61 Metascore

It starts as a one night stand that evolves in a long discussion with infinite subjects between a québécoise and an immigrant.

Director: Anne Émond | Stars: Catherine de Léan, Dimitri Storoge, Véronique Rebizov, Raphaël Boulanger

Votes: 769

30. Wavelength (1967)

45 min | Drama

One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd

Votes: 2,152

31. Shivers (1975)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman

Votes: 16,099

32. Out of the Blue (1980)

R | 94 min | Drama

A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon

Votes: 2,100

33. Begone Dull Care (1949)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Music

Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 1,348

34. Laurence Anyways (2012)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A drama that charts ten years in a transgender woman's relationship with her lover.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuel Schwartz, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye

Votes: 16,041

35. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 66,887 | Gross: $3.07M

36. The Sand Castle (1977)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

On a sandy desert, a man made of sand constructs other sand creatures to help make a beautiful sand castle for themselves.

Director: Co Hoedeman

Votes: 882

37. Bingo (1998)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A wildly surrealistic computer-generated animation in which a young man is psychologically brutalized by circus characters into believing he is a clown.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: David Kodeski, Phil Ridarelli, Diana Slickman, Stephanie Shaw

Votes: 330

38. Ryan (2004)

TV-PG | 14 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb

Votes: 2,643

39. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 347,961 | Gross: $31.49M

40. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

67 Metascore

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 43,794 | Gross: $2.54M

41. 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: 44,590 | Gross: $3.49M

42. The Spine (2009)

11 min | Animation, Short

Uses a twisted, beautiful and highly original visual aesthetic to look at the ways individuals evolve, adapt and break.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Alberta Watson, Patrice Goodman, Robert McCarrol

Votes: 192

44. Dead of Night (1974)

PG | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe

Votes: 3,955

45. 'Rameau's Nephew' by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (1974)

255 min | Mystery

Snow's ambitious attempt at exploring the formal intricacies and artificialities of the sound cinema.

Director: Michael Snow

Votes: 62

46. Balifilm (1997)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Peter Mettler

Votes: 12

47. Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, History

A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb

Votes: 798

48. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core in this action thriller.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 213,986 | Gross: $31.49M

49. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History