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Famous Film Directors from Canada

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List of famous film directors from Canada, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Canada has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Canadian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Canada and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Items on this list include Nicolas Wright and Davyde Wachell.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Canadian directors?" and "Which directors are from Canada?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Canada in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Canadian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Aaron Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 31

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Stay

Aaron Chan is a screenwriter, film director, film editor, cinematographer and film score composer.
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Aaron Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 41

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Two Theories, One Stone, Sunflower Hour

Aaron Houston is an actor, screenwriter, film producer and director.
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Aaron James Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 53

Birthplace: Peace River, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America, England

Films Directed: Hank Williams First Nation

Aaron James Sorensen (born June 6, 1966) is a Canadian musician, writer, producer, and film director living in Calgary, Alberta. He has written, produced and directed several films and a ...more
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Aaron Kim Johnston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Aaron Kim Johnston

Birthplace: Canada, Area code 431, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Area code 204, + more

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: For the Moment

Aaron Kim Johnston is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.
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Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 45

Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Films Directed: Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck, Date Movie, Epic Movie, + more

Aaron Seltzer is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.
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Aaron Woodley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 48

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Rhinoceros Eyes, Toronto Stories, Tennessee, The Wager, The Entitled

Aaron Woodley is a film and television director, screenwriter, and film editor.
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Adam Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 63

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: The Invisible Circus, Almost You, Definitely, Maybe, Red Riding Hood

Adam Brooks (born September 3, 1956) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for writing and directing Definitely, Maybe (2008) and for writing screenplays for ...more
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Adam Reid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 46

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Hello Lonesome

Adam Greydon Reid is a Canadian actor, voice actor, director, and producer. He is best known as the voice actor for Wayne on 6Teen and Justin on Total Drama.
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Adam Smoluk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 39

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Foodland

Adam Smoluk (born June 17, 1980) is a Canadian screenwriter, director, actor, and community leader. His work in media productions often explores themes of alienation and isolation. He has cited ...more
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Aden Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 47

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada, Australia

Aden Young (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian-Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV drama Rectify, for which he was twice nominated for the ...more
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Adrien Lorion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Adrien Lorion Age: 47

Birthplace: Canada, Montreal, Urban agglomeration of Montreal, Québec, Americas

Nationality: Canada

Adrien Lorion is an art director and film writer.
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Al Christie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Dec. at 70 (1881-1951)

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, London, Americas

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Films Directed: An Elephant on His Hands, Charley's Aunt, A Roman Scandal, Half a Sinner, Almost a Rescue, + more

Alfred Ernest Christie (23 October 1881 – 14 April 1951) was a Canadian-born film director, producer, and screenwriter.
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Al Waxman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Dec. at 66 (1935-2001)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: The Diamond Fleece, Tulips, White Light

Albert Samuel Waxman, (March 2, 1935 – January 18, 2001) was a Canadian actor and director of over 1000 productions on radio, television, film, and stage. He is best known for his starring roles ...more
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Alain Chartrand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alain Chartrand Age: 73

Birthplace: Canada, Montreal, Urban agglomeration of Montreal, Québec, Americas

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Une vie comme rivière

Alain Chartrand is a film and TV director.
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Alain Desrochers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Gerry, The Bottle, Nitro, Tribute to Cinema, Wushu Warrior

Alain Desrochers is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. Desrochers studied first at St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu College in the early 1980s and then at Concordia University earning himself a ...more
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Alain Dostie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 76

Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Alain Dostie (born September 12, 1943) is a Canadian cinematographer, film director and screenwriter. His work includes Silk, The Red Violin and The Confessional. He was nominated for a Genie ...more
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Alan Bunce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alan Bunce

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Babar: The Movie, The Wild Puffalumps

Alan Coe Bunce (June 28, 1900 – April 27, 1965) was an American radio and television actor. Bunce was best remembered for playing the role of Albert Arbuckle alongside Peg Lynch on the sitcom ...more
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Alan Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Dec. at 49 (1938-1987)

Birthplace: London, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Dracula A.D.1972, Checkered Flag or Crash, Goodbye Gemini, Churchill and the Generals, The Flipside of Dominick Hide, + more

Alan Gibson (April 28, 1938, London, Ontario, Canada – July 5, 1987, London, UK) was a Canadian director active in British film and television. Particularly notable in his early years for his ...more
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Alan Zweig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Stealing Images, The Boys, Lovable, Vinyl, Trip Sheet, + more

Alan Zweig is a Toronto documentary filmmaker known for often using film to explore his own life. In his 2000 film Vinyl, Zweig explores what drives people to become record collectors. Zweig ...more
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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 45

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Films Directed: Alanis Morissette: Feast on Scraps, Jagged Little Pill, Live

Alanis Nadine Morissette (; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in ...more

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Alanis Obomsawin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 87

Birthplace: Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States of America

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Films Directed: Is the Crown at War with Us?, Rocks at Whiskey Trench, Gene Boy Came Home, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Incident at Restigouche

Alanis Obomsawin, (born August 31, 1932) is an American Canadian Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist primarily known for her documentary films. Born in New Hampshire, United States ...more
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Albert M. Chan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Age: 44

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Albert M. Chan (born October 1, 1975) is a Canadian actor and filmmaker based in the United States.
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Albert Nerenberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Albert Nerenberg Age: 57

Birthplace: London, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Let's All Hate Toronto, Laughology, Stupidity, Escape to Canada

Albert Nerenberg (born October 13, 1962) is a Canadian independent filmmaker, actor, journalist, hypnotist and laughologist. His films include Stupidity (2003), Escape to Canada (2005), Let's ...more
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Albert Tessier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Albert Tessier Dec. at 81 (1895-1976)

Birthplace: Canada, North America, Americas, DVD Region 1

Nationality: Canada

Albert Tessier ((French pronunciation: ​[albɛʁ tɛsje]); March 6, 1895 – September 13, 1976) was a French-speaking Canadian priest, historian and a film maker. He was born on in ...more
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Alex Chapple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada

Birthplace: Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Films Directed: Diverted, The Passion of John Ruskin, Torso, Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story, Mafia Doctor

Alex Chapple is a Canadian director and writer.