Entertainment

Famous Film Directors from Canada

Reference
11.5k views 1,147 items

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.
1
Aaron Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 31
Aaron Chan is a screenwriter, film director, film editor, cinematographer and film score composer.
2
Aaron Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 41
Aaron Houston is an actor, screenwriter, film producer and director.
3
Aaron James Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 53
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
4
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.
5
Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 45
Aaron Seltzer is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.
6
Aaron Woodley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 48
Aaron Woodley is a film and television director, screenwriter, and film editor.
7
Adam Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 63
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
8
Adam Reid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 46
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.
9
Adam Smoluk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 39
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
10
Aden Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 47
Aden Young is an Australian–Canadian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV drama Rectify.
11
Adrien Lorion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Adrien Lorion age 47
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
12
Al Christie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Dec. at 70 (1881-1951)
Al Christie was a Canadian-born motion picture director, producer and screenwriter.
13
Al Waxman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Dec. 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
14
Alain Chartrand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alain Chartrand age 73
Alain Chartrand is a film and TV director.
15
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
16
Alain Dostie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 76
Denis Dostie is a cinematographer.
17
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.
18
Alan Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Dec. 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
19
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.
20
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 45
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
21
Alanis Obomsawin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 87
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
22
Albert M. Chan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
age 44
Albert M. Chan is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and acting coach based in the United States.
23
Albert Nerenberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Albert Nerenberg age 57
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
24
Albert Tessier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Albert Tessier Dec. 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.
25
Alex Chapple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Canada
Alex Chapple is a Canadian director and writer.