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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.
  • Aaron Chan

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada


    Films DirectedStay

    Aaron Chan is a screenwriter, film director, film editor, cinematographer and film score...
  • BirthplaceMontreal, Canada


    Films DirectedTwo Theories, One Stone, Sunflower Hour

    Aaron Houston is an actor, screenwriter, film producer and director.
  • BirthplaceCanada, Alberta, Peace River, Division No. 19, Alberta

    NationalityCanada, United States of America, England

    Films DirectedHank Williams First Nation

    Aaron James Sorensen (born June 6, 1966) is a Canadian musician, writer, producer, and film... more on Wikipedia
  • Aaron Kim Johnston

    Aaron Kim Johnston is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.
  • Aaron Seltzer

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Americas, Mississauga, Regional Municipality of Peel

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Films DirectedMeet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck, Date Movie, Epic Movie

    Aaron Seltzer is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.
  • BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas


    Films DirectedRhinoceros Eyes, Toronto Stories, Tennessee, The Wager, The Entitled

    Aaron Woodley is a film and television director, screenwriter, and film editor.
  • Adam Brooks

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Films DirectedThe Invisible Circus, Almost You, Definitely, Maybe, Red Riding Hood

    Adam Brooks (born September 3, 1956) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Adam Reid

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada


    Films DirectedHello Lonesome

    Adam Greydon Reid is a Canadian actor, voice actor, director, and producer. He is best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Adam Smoluk

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada


    Films DirectedFoodland

    Adam Smoluk (born June 17, 1980) is a Canadian screenwriter, director, actor, and community... more on Wikipedia
  • Aden Young

    Aden Young

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada, Australia

    Aden Young (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian-Australian actor. He is best known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • Adrien Lorion

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceCanada, Montreal, Urban agglomeration of Montreal, Québec, Americas


    Adrien Lorion is an art director and film writer.
  • Al Christie

    Al Christie

    Dec. at 70 (1881-1951)

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, London, Americas

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Films DirectedAn Elephant on His Hands, Charley's Aunt, A Roman Scandal, Half a Sinner, Almost a Rescue

    Alfred Ernest Christie (23 October 1881 – 14 April 1951) was a Canadian-born film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Al Waxman

    Al Waxman

    Dec. at 66 (1935-2001)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Films DirectedThe Diamond Fleece, Tulips, White Light

    Albert Samuel Waxman, (March 2, 1935 – January 18, 2001) was a Canadian actor and director of... more on Wikipedia
  • Alain Chartrand

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceCanada, Montreal, Urban agglomeration of Montreal, Québec, Americas


    Films DirectedUne vie comme rivière

    Alain Chartrand is a film and TV director.
  • Alain Desrochers is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. Desrochers studied first at... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceQuebec City, Canada


    Alain Dostie (born September 12, 1943) is a Canadian cinematographer, film director and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Bunce

    Alan Coe Bunce (June 28, 1900 – April 27, 1965) was an American radio and television... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Gibson

    Dec. at 49 (1938-1987)

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada


    Films DirectedDracula A.D.1972, Checkered Flag or Crash, Goodbye Gemini, Churchill and the Generals, The Flipside of Dominick Hide

    Alan Gibson (April 28, 1938, London, Ontario, Canada – July 5, 1987, London, UK) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Zweig is a Toronto documentary filmmaker known for often using film to explore his own... more on Wikipedia
  • Alanis Morissette

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Films DirectedAlanis Morissette: Feast on Scraps, Jagged Little Pill, Live

    Alanis Nadine Morissette (; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alanis Obomsawin

    BirthplaceLebanon, New Hampshire, United States of America

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Films DirectedIs 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,... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert M. Chan

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Albert M. Chan (born October 1, 1975) is a Canadian actor and filmmaker based in the United... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert Nerenberg

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada


    Films DirectedLet's All Hate Toronto, Laughology, Stupidity, Escape to Canada

    Albert Nerenberg (born October 13, 1962) is a Canadian independent filmmaker, actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert Tessier

    Dec. at 81 (1895-1976)

    BirthplaceCanada, North America, Americas, DVD Region 1


    Albert Tessier ((French pronunciation: ​[albɛʁ tɛsje]); March 6, 1895 – September 13, 1976)... more on Wikipedia
  • Alex Chapple is a Canadian director and writer.