Nine Movie Genres to Watch on Kanopy

Everybody has their favourite streaming service, but did you know that you can watch the best of those apps, and more, for FREE with your Library card? Pick the perfect movie for date night, watch an inspiring documentary, or share a family friendly film with help from Kanopy.

You can use Kanopyopens a new window to stream thousands of new and classic films, TV shows, documentaries, and tutorials. Library cardholders get 10 credits per month, meaning you can watch 10 titles of your choosing for free from over 30,000 options.

If you haven’t used Kanopy before, click Sign Up and enter your information. You will then receive an email that prompts you to enter your Library card information.

With 300 to 500 new movies added monthly, there’s lots to choose from — so we’ve rounded up some suggestions to get you started. Let the binge-watching begin!


Kanopy brings old favourites to the forefront with an impressive selection of Classic Cinemaopens a new window features.
Find films in the Criterion Collectionopens a new window (like those from Charlie Chaplin, Jean Luc Godard, and Jacques Tati), get dramatic with films from America’s golden ageopens a new window, or go dark in the film noiropens a new window category.

Feature Films

Can’t get enough of mainstream movies? You can watch your fill on Kanopy, including popular titles from Paramount Picturesopens a new window.

Award Winners and Nominees

Having a hard time picking what to watch for movie night? Let the critics guide your choice with films that got the Golden Globe nodopens a new window, or choose from recent Oscar winners and nomineesopens a new window.


If non-fiction is your thing, then you’re in luck! Acclaimed documentaries can be found on Kanopy. Start with staff-curated favourites, including these thought-provoking piecesopens a new window and popular favouritesopens a new window. Get a glimpse into the lives of gamersopens a new window or award-winning photographersopens a new window, or learn about the important social movementsopens a new window that are shaping our world.

International Films

Learn about the stories of refugeesopens a new window and Indigenous peoplesopens a new window from around the world with riveting documentaries. A little bit closer to home, check out international films that have screened recently at the Calgary International Film Festivalopens a new window.


Whether you’re looking for something sweet to watch with your significant other or need a film that’s sure to impress on a first date, Kanopy has you covered. Check out our favourite films about unconditional and undying loveopens a new window, travel the world with international romancesopens a new window, or celebrate the diversity in romance with LGBTQ love storiesopens a new window.


These hysterical films are sure to tickle your funny bone! Get a laugh out of Oscar-winning comediesopens a new window, go off the beaten path with independent cinema comedy gemsopens a new window, or browse our favourite April Fools funniesopens a new window.


Keeping it local, Kanopy also offers a vast selection of works made by and for Canadians. See what our country is coming up with on the silver screen with the best finds in Canadian Cinemaopens a new window, or learn more about our home and the people who live here with Canadian Documentariesopens a new window.


Much like other streaming services, this app also has an entire section devoted to content for kids. But you can find more than just family friendly moviesopens a new window here. Explore educational series about science, math and natureopens a new window, indulge in inventive reimaginings of children’s classic talesopens a new window, check out short films for kidsopens a new window, and settle in for storytime with readings of popular kids’ books.

Download Kanopy today for iOSopens a new window or Androidopens a new window.

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