This is going to be a long one for the lot, because here we have all the list of major movies and TV shows that are NOT available on Netflix Canada, what a sad sentence to speak of.
And these aren’t just any movies, you will find the most amazing hits, from The Dark Knight Trilogy to Interstellar, and don’t even let us talk about the Harry Potter movies!
If your Netflix does not have all the Harry Potter movies, and even the best movie of all times, The Shawshank Redemption, then there is a serious problem here! But we know just how to fix it for you. With a VPN!
VPN is your ultimate solution if you ask us, because it will help you get access to US Netflix, which has the best library, Australian Netflix, which has all the Harry Potter movies in its franchise, and Japanese Netflix where you can find the best manga and anime library.
In short, you can watch any region of Netflix in Canada with the help of a VPN.
Apart from that, there are a ton of titles that you are missing out on, they are as follows:
Note: Keep in mind the mentioned below list is subject to change at any time due to changes in content distribution policies.
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1. The Shawshank Redemption (Available on Netflix in Canada)
Prison movies are never that entertaining for others, but this one is something that you will come back to, over and over again.
Andy, accused of the murder of his wife and her lover, is sentenced to over 2 lifetimes in prison. He’s a successful banker, and prison life did not suit him well until he became friends with Red and his gang.
His intelligence and calm demeanor also earned him a special place amongst the admins of the prison, but the biggest plot twist awaits the repetitive life of Andy, something that will shake the Shawshank prison for life.
2. Schindler’s List
Dedicated to the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust. The film is the story about Oskar Schindler who despite being a German industrialist, and a member of the Nazis, became a ray of hope for all the Jew that were working in his factory.
And as the word got out, the numbers increased, until Oskar created a list to free all the Jews that came under his shelter.
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Based on the book series written by J.R.R Tolkien. The famous Lord of the Ring series is considered as one of the most epic tales in the magical world.
There are a total of 3 movies in the series, and the fourth part is not directly named after the book, but the story somewhat continues in ‘The Hobbit.’
4. Harry Potter All-Parts
What a sad day it is to see Harry Potter not being available on Netflix Canada. We know that most of us have already binge watched this one to the core, but we just can’t get enough of the magical goodness of Hogwarts and don’t we all miss the mysterious corridors of Hogwarts and the oh-so-yummy feasts of the great hall.
5. Forrest Gump
Never thought a guy with a low IQ who has a hard time doing anything a normal person would do, will turn out to become one of the major celebrities and become an extremely wealthy man, all by a few ‘accidents.’
But nothing makes sense to Forrest Gump as he has a hard time living without the love of his life.
6. Good Fellas
Set in 1955, a young boy, Henry, belonging to an Italian-American working class dreams of making it big in life. Soon he finds himself working for an Italian mafia.
Gradually making his way up the food chain, Henry and his friends become a formidable association in the mobs of New York. But soon, a turn of events threatens their loyalty, trust and the whole association.
After discovering numerous sadistic murders that are a direct symbolic representation of the seven deadly sins, two detectives make their way into the city to solve the ultimate crime of their city.
But just when they thought they had it all figured and the culprit caught, all hell breaks loose.
Christopher Nolan had always had an eye for generating some of the best movies one can think of. But he really thought outside himself with Interstellar.
A tale about outer space and how humans struggle big time when it comes to love, life and the sheer lack of time. Interstellar is a one of a kind movie, and it is definitely worth watching, no matter what.
Finally, comes the movie that became the talk of the town back in 2019, and the first movie in foreign language to bag an Academy Award for the best movie.
But what did Parasite do that made it to the list of the best movies to watch? The fact is that Parasite gave us all the biggest reality check one could imagine in terms of capitalism and classism, which has not only ruined lives but has created a major vacuum in our society.
10. Leon: The Professional
Leon is not your old school assassin movie or action movie, it comes with a touch of empathy and sympathy for Mathilda, who just suffered the greatest loss of her life when she finds her family dead.
But her next door neighbour, who happens to be an assassin takes her under his guidance, and helps her get back on her feet and avenge her family’s murder.
11. The Usual Suspects
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world that he didn’t exist”
A ship is set on fire. Police recovers 27 bodies with only 2 survivors, a Hungarian mobster and a disabled con artist. But when the 2 are interrogated, the truth is way more complicated that anyone would’ve ever thought.
12. The Intouchables
The most viewed French movie in the world, tells the tale of the most peculiar friendship of a crippled and a convicted criminal. Philippe is a wealthy but crippled individual who needs a live-in caretaker.
Driss, who has a criminal record, applies as a formality but is selected. Soon a bond of friendship is formed between them as both of them help each other overcome the obstacles of their lives.
13. The Prestige
Is magic really an illusion or is it all just as act of science?
two apprentices of the most popular magician of his time have a fall out after a trick goes bad and a loved one dies. Separated, both of the men develop a bitter rivalry that is manifested as both of them try to sabotage each other’s acts.
This ends up in one of them dying and other one sentenced to death for murder. But, is this all an illusion or just an act of science?
The film that brought international fame to Nolan. Memento is a story of a former insurance investigator, Leonard, who has anterograde amnesia and short term memory loss that lasts till about 15 minutes.
Leonard believes that his wife has been murdered and in order to avenge his wife he must find the killers. Aware of his amnesia, Leonard uses a polaroid camera and tattoos on his body to note down events.
Nobody thought that anyone could ever outdo Heath Ledger’s Joker. But the world was proven wrong by Joaquin Phoenix.
Arthur Fleck, a party clown and stand up comedian, suffers from a neurological disorder that makes him delusional and have inappropriate responses to stressful situations.
Turn of events makes Arthur the symbol of resistance against the rich of Gotham City and Arthur himself confronts Thomas Wayne.
The movie answers the critical question that has been in people’s mind since the beginning. How are Joker and Batman actually related?
16. The Shining
Will you ever accept caretaker-ship of a hotel so remote that it closes in winters and has a violent past? Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic does exactly that.
He moves in the hotel in winter as an off-season caretaker with his family, hoping that it will help him write. But soon the hotel’s past starts haunting the family, making them do unbelievable things.
17. The Dark Knight Rises
The last edition to the famous Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises starts 8 years after the death of Harvey Dent. Batman has disappeared since and crime in Gotham city has been reduced to negligible.
But new forces of evil arise, unlike seen in the past, that turns the balance of power; which forces Batman to come out of retirement and face his biggest enemy yet.
18. Your Name
They say that love knows no bounds, neither of distance nor of time. A high school girl, Mitsuha, in rural Japan experiences an anomaly as she starts switching bodies with a high school boy, Taki, in Tokyo.
Once they realize what is happening to them the two become friends and start helping each other out. But when Taki travels to rural Japan to find Mitsuha, he finds out that she has died 3 years ago.
So were these switching’s a dream or are both of them connected in some other way?
19. Inglourious Basterds
Don’t we all love alternate reality war films, especially when the bad guys are handed justice. Inglourious Basterds is a story set in WWII and revolves around 2 groups that are plotting to assassinate Nazi Germany’s leadership.
And another group of SS-Standartenführer soldiers that are trying to put a stop to these assassination attempts. But amidst foolproof planning, a single gesture gives up the whole plot and the plan falls into jeopardy.
20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
One of the best fiction romantic movies of 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet as lovers that after a bitter fight erase each other from their memory. But fate brings them face-to-face once again.
21. Taxi Driver
A honourably discharged US Marine and veteran of the Vietnam war, Travis returns to normal life while battling with insomnia and PTSD. To cope up with his insomnia he takes up a job as a Taxi driver.
Some events in his daily life turn him into an unstable individual whom people consider a vigilante. But is that his reality?
This movie is what we call the need of time. Amelie is a story of a girl who has been lonely almost all her life. Being home schooled, not having any friends and a father that is reclusive; Amelie leaves her home at the age of 18 and becomes a waitress.
Certain events in her life motivates her to change the lives of people around her by helping them find happiness in life. Meanwhile coping up with her own isolation.
23. A Beautiful Mind
Based on a true story, the movie tells the story of Nobel Laureate in Economics, John Nash, as a scholarship fellow in Princeton University. Soon his theories find him in the Pentagon to study and decode encrypted soviet telecommunication.
But amidst all of this he is diagnosed with schizophrenia, that makes him question everything that has been happening in his life.
24. The Wolf of Wall Street
This is a story of rags to riches like no other. Jordan Belfort lands a job as a Wall Street stockbroker but is soon relieved from the job after Black Monday stock market crash.
Which leaves him brokering penny stocks. Seeing the potential in penny stocks Jordan with come of his friends starts their own company and soon becomes the most profitable company in Wall Street. After which the FBI and SEC started investigating the company.
25. Pan’s Labyrinth
Set in Francoist Spain, 10 year old Ofelia and her mother moves in with her step father who is captain in the army and hunting rebels.
In her new house Ofelia starts interacting with strange magical creatures that tell her that she is the reincarnation of princess of the underworld.
In order to return to the underworld she must perform 3 tasks. With the volatility in the human world, the tasks might not be easy at all, the failure resulting in death.
26. Shutter Island
One of the best thrillers out there, Shutter Island stars Leonardo DeCaprio as US Marshal, who is investigating the disappearance of a patient from a criminally insane hospital on Shutter Island.
During the investigation he finds things getting peculiar and him getting medicines from the head psychiatrist that is causing migraines and hallucinations.
Until the moment he realizes that the whole scenario might just be more than a disappearance investigation.
Once the most celebrated general of Roman empire, Maximus Decimus has his family crucified and him sold to slavery, after he refuses to pledge his loyalty to the new emperor of the Roman empire who seizes the throne after killing the old ruler.
From the ranks of slavery, Maximus vows to rise once again in order to face the emperor and avenge his family.
28. Grave of the Fireflies
A Studio Ghibli film, Grave of the Fireflies is set at the end of WW2 where 2 children, brother and a sister, escape their home in Kobe, Japan after their home is destroyed in bombing which also kills their mother.
The movie narrates the journey of the two siblings struggling to survive amongst a world war, and how innocent lives are affected.
29. The Hunt
Based on ‘Manorgate’ the story revolves around a powerful group of elites that hunt people for fun. But this time, they have a prey which proves too much for the predators.
The comedy-crime genre has a very unique style of storytelling. The movie follows 2 plot lines, one following the sale of a diamond and another following underground boxing ring.
The 2 plot lines intersect at the climax meanwhile the story explores the 2 ends of the crime world, one being on the top and are involved in the sale and purchase of the diamond and other being the underground illegal bare knuckle boxing matches.
31. There Will be Blood
Set in the late 19th and early 20th century during the Southern California oil boom, Daniel Plainview, a silver miner turns his attention to the booming oil business.
But in the quest to become the wealthiest and the richest oil tycoon mistakes are made and rivalries are born that hunt everyone to the very end.
32. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Mildred Hayes’ daughter Angela is murdered and raped in Ebbing, a small fictional town in Missouri. 7 months have passed but there is no lead on the case.
Over the lack of progress on the case Mildred rents out 3 billboards on the most active road of Ebbing on which she questions about the murder of her daughter. Hoping this will help in the progress of the investigation.
33. Gone Girl
When Nick Dunne returns to his home, he finds that his wife, Amy, is missing. During the investigation the detectives find evidences that portrays the picture of a failing marriage, monetary problems, infidelity and points out Nick as a possible murder suspect. But when Nick investigates the clues on his own, he uncovers a dark secret.
34. Catch Me if You Can
Due to tax problems with the IRS, Frank’s (a teenage boy played by Leonardo DiCaprio) family is forced to move from their mansion to a small apartment. Which also causes his parent’s marriage to break and Frank to run away from the home.
Due to monetary problems Frank turns to confidence scams that with the passage of time increase to such an extent that the FBI takes notice of his activities and starts chasing him.
35. Jurassic Park
In the quest to create the most unique theme park, a wealthy businessman John Hammond with a team of genetic engineers find a way to bring back dinosaurs and create a wildlife park. A group of experts are called for an exclusive visit of the park before it opens.
But due to technical fault the park’s power facilities and security checks are compromised. The group must survive the free roaming dinosaurs and escape the park.
36. Castle Rock
Adaptation of stories written by Stephen King and based on the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. The series combines the best-loved work by the author portraying a world filled with both darkness and light; also including the signature mythical and intimate storylines of Stephen King.
37. Death Note
Anime adaptation of a renowned manga of the same name, Death Note tells the story of a boy who discovers a magical journal; which grants the user the ability to kill anyone who’s name is written in the journal.
The series revolves around the boy who after discovering this, pledges to clean the world of people he deems immoral and make the world a better place to live.
38. Rick and Morty
One of the most popular animated series of current times. Rick and Morty follows the misadventure of a sociopath and cynical scientist Rick and his grandson Morty. The series has been critically acclaimed for its humour, originality and creativity.
In 221B Baker’s Street lives a “consultant detective” by the name Sherlock Holmes, who is expert in solving mysterious crimes. His partner Dr. John Watson is his accomplice who assists him in solving these crimes.
The series revolves around the adventures of Sherlock and Watson as they help solve some of the most notorious present day crime mysteries.
Last episode aired in 2004, the series is still so watched and relevant that Netflix bought it’s streaming rights for $100 million.
The story revolves around a group of six friends living in New York and their day-to-day struggle as they face everyday challenges, love, loss and everything in between.
41. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Did you know that it is the longest running live comedy series in America? The series follows a group of narcissist and immoral friends “The Gang” that run an unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia. The group has little to no unity and they often conspire against one another.
42. Top Gear
One of the top motor series the show has been on air since 2002. The show specializes in reviewing motor vehicles, motor challenges and calling celebrities on the show to complete timed laps. Famous hosts of the show includes Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Matt LeBlanc.
Created and starring Donald Grover, Altanta revolves around Earn (Donald) who is a Princeton University dropout, is broke and lives with his parents. Once he realizes that his cousin is on the verge of being famous, Earn reconnects with him in the hopes of improving his life.
44. The Bridge
A body is found in the middle of Oresund Bridge, that is on the border that connects Sweden and Denmark. On investigation it is found that it’s not just one murder but two murders, in which upper half of the body consists of a person in Sweden and lower half of one in Denmark.
Further investigation reveals a ruthless killer that has been planning these murders to perfection. Both the countries join their task forces to bring end to this murderer.
45. Twin Peaks
After a wrapped up body washes on shore, FBI is called for investigation. The body is identified as high school senior Laura Palmer’s. As the investigation begins, truth about Laura’s life emerge that no one could’ve fathomed.
The series was revived for season 3 after 27 years due to it gaining popularity and fandom over the years
46. The Great British Baking Show: Holidays
What’s better than the beloved ‘The Great British Baking Show’? The Great British Baking Show: Holidays seasons. This series features winners of previous seasons or even celebrities, to face off against each other in an intense but fun baking show.
What’s makes it better is that it is released on Christmas, making our holidays better and fun.
Due to his extraordinary abilities, FBI profiler Will Graham is recruited by FBI’s head of behavioural sciences in order to help them catch serial killers.
But everything changes when they realize that there is a copycat serial killer that loves to mimic other serial killers.
After mutiny, Thracian’s village is burned, his wife sold as a slave and he is condemned to die in the gladiator arena.
But after killing the four gladiators against him, he becomes a sensation. From there he vows to rise in rank of gladiators and be united with his wife once again.
49. The Universe
Space has been one of the most fascinating things to mankind, with it’s vastness and unknowns, ‘The Universe’ explores mankind’s adventures into space and speculations of what may lie in this infinite void.
50. Gin Tama
Set Edo period of Japan, it tells an alternate reality story of how aliens attack earth and enslave people and how a small group of odd-jobs freelancers gradually becomes a large force that fends off the conquering aliens.
Unfortunately, you can’t find these great movies and shows on Canadian Netflix. If you want to watch any of these titles you need to get a VPN to access any region of Netflix from Canada.