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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 30 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 40 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 52 Aaron James Sorensen is a musician, writer, producer, and film director. Sorensen played guitar and aspired to be a musician from a young age, and eventually studied acting—first with Keith ...more

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Aaron Kim Johnston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Aaron Kim Johnston 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 44 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 47 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 62 Adam Brooks is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for writing and directing Definitely, Maybe and for writing screenplays for French Kiss, Wimbledon, and Bridget ...more

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Adam Reid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 45 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 38 Adam Smoluk is a Canadian screenwriter, director and actor. His work often explores themes of alienation and isolation. He has cited Jim Thompson, James M. Cain and Eugene O'Neill as influences. ...more

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Aden Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 46 Aden Young is an Australian–Canadian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV drama Rectify.

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Adrien Lorion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Adrien Lorion age 46 Adrien Lorion is an art director and film writer.The 30th Montreal World Film Festival presents its idea original in the official opening show : Cadavre Exquis premiere edition. A group of ten ...more

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Al Christie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Died at 70 (1881-1951) Al Christie was a Canadian-born motion picture director, producer and screenwriter.

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Al Waxman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Died at 66 (1935-2001) Albert Samuel Waxman, CM OOnt was a Canadian actor and director of over 1000 productions on radio, television, film, and stage. He is best known for his starring roles in the television series ...more

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Alain Chartrand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alain Chartrand age 72 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
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 75 Denis Dostie is a cinematographer.

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Alan Bunce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alan Bunce Alan Bunce is a Canadian animator working at Nelvana Limited, who directed the 1989 film, Babar: The Movie.

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Alan Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Died at 49 (1938-1987) Alan Gibson was a Canadian director active in British film and television. Particularly notable for his work in horror, cinematic films directed by him include Journey to Midnight, Crescendo, ...more

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Alan Zweig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alan Zweig is a film director, screenwriter, actor and a film producer.

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 44 Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for ...more

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Alanis Obomsawin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 86 Alanis Obomsawin, OC is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent. Born in New Hampshire, and raised primarily in Quebec, she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada ...more

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Albert M. Chan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 43 Albert M. Chan is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and acting coach 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 56 Albert Nerenberg is a Canadian independent filmmaker, actor, journalist, and laughologist. His films include Stupidity, Escape to Canada, Let's All Hate Toronto, and Laughology. Both Stupidity ...more

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Albert Tessier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Albert Tessier Died at 81 (1895-1976) Albert Tessier was a French-speaking Canadian priest, historian and a film maker. He was born on in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Mauricie.

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Alex Chapple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alex Chapple is a Canadian director and writer.

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Alex Chu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 33 Alex Chu is an actor, screenwriter, film director and producer.

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Alex Epstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 55 Alex Epstein is a screenwriter and television and film producer.

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Alexander Carson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alexander Carson age 36 Alexander Carson is a film producer, editor and director, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer and film score composer.

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Alexander Dewdney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 77 Alexander Keewatin Dewdney is a Canadian mathematician, computer scientist, author, filmmaker, and conspiracy theorist. Dewdney is the son of Canadian artist and author Selwyn Dewdney, and ...more

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Alexander Schure is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Died at 89 (1920-2009) Alexander Schure was an American academic. Schure founded the New York Institute of Technology in 1955. He also served as the Chancellor of Nova Southeastern University from 1970 until 1985. ...more

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Alexandre Michaud is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alexandre Michaud age 41 Alexandre Michaud is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for the ultra-violent independent gore film; Urban Flesh. His latest film as director was Clean ...more

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Alexandre Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 45 Alexandre "Sacha" Trudeau is a Canadian filmmaker and journalist. He is the second son of Canada's former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and Margaret Trudeau.

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Alexis Fortier Gauthier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alexis Fortier Gauthier age 38 Alexis Fortier Gauthier is a screenwriter, film producer and film director.

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Ali Kazimi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 57 Ali Kazimi is an Indian-born Canadian film-maker and writer.

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Alison Maclean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 60 Alison Maclean is a Canadian film director of music videos, short films, television, commercials and feature films. Her works include the music video Torn, the short film Kitchen Sink and the ...more

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Alison Murray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alison Murray is a Canadian director of films, documentaries and music videos. Murray's documentaries include Carny and Train on the Brain. Her most well known feature length film is Mouth to ...more

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Allan A. Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 69 Allan A. Goldstein is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Allan Dwan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Died at 96 (1885-1981) Allan Dwan was a pioneering Canadian-born American motion picture director, producer and screenwriter.

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Allan Eastman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 70 Haldon Darryl Allan Eastman is a Canadian television director and executive producer. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Eastman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in ...more

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Allan F. Nicholls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 73 Allan F. Nicholls born April 8, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec, is a Canadian actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, composer and musician. He was nominated for both a BAFTA and WGA award ...more

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Allan King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Died at 79 (1930-2009) Allan Winton King, OC was a Canadian film director.

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Allan Kroeker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 67 Allan Kroeker is a Canadian film and television director, cinematographer, screenwriter, film editor and film producer. He has the distinction of directing the series finales for Star Trek: Deep ...more

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Allan Moyle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 71 Allan Moyle is a Canadian film director. He is best known for directing the films Pump Up the Volume and New Waterford Girl.

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Allan Ungar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Allan Ungar Allan Ungar is a film director, film editor and screenwriter.

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Alma Duncan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alma Duncan Died at 87 (1917-2004) Alma Mary Duncan was a Canadian painter, graphic artist, and filmmaker.

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Alvin Rakoff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 91 Alvin Rakoff is a Canadian film and television director who has spent the bulk of his career in England and directed more than 100 television plays, as well as a dozen feature films and numerous ...more

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Amanda Forbis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 52 Amanda Forbis is an animator, film director and screenwriter.

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Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette age 39 Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is a Canadian actress, film director and screenwriter from Quebec. The daughter of documentary filmmaker Manon Barbeau and cinematographer Philippe Lavalette and the ...more

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Anais Granofsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 45 Anais Granofsky is a Canadian actress, screenwriter, producer and director. She is best known for portraying Lucy Fernandez in the Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High series.

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Anand Ramayya is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Anand Ramayya age 46 Anand Ramayya is a film producer, television producer, film director, television director and screenwriter.