Best Danish Movies

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1. Master of the House (1925)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

When a man becomes tyrannical towards his family, the women of the house decide to teach him a lesson in gratitude.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Johannes Meyer, Astrid Holm, Karin Nellemose, Mathilde Nielsen

Votes: 1,493

2. Day of Wrath (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Kirsten Andreasen

Votes: 8,180

3. Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy

Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Hanne Aagesen

Votes: 12,165

4. Gertrud (1964)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Romance

In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe

Votes: 4,919

5. The Olsen Gang Sees Red (1976)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Egon and the gang are hired to stage a robbery of an antique Chinese vase for an economically challenged baron. Naturally they fooled, which infuriates Egon. The gang tries to get back at ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Ove Sprogøe, Morten Grunwald, Poul Bundgaard, Kirsten Walther

Votes: 1,828

6. Tree of Knowledge (1981)

101 min | Drama

As a group of Danish children pass into adolescence, gradually the most popular girl becomes an outcast, for trivial reasons that she never understands.

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Eva Gram Schjoldager, Jan Johansen, Line Arlien-Søborg, Marian Wendelbo

Votes: 1,368

7. Babette's Feast (1987)

G | 103 min | Drama

During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.

Director: Gabriel Axel | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle

Votes: 16,313 | Gross: $4.40M

8. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama

The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Björn Granath

Votes: 9,215 | Gross: $2.05M

9. Europa (1991)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Votes: 18,268 | Gross: $1.01M

10. Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labovic

Votes: 31,166 | Gross: $0.00M

11. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 57,042 | Gross: $4.04M

12. The Celebration (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama

82 Metascore

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 73,273 | Gross: $1.65M

13. The Idiots (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby

Votes: 27,761 | Gross: $0.01M

14. In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures.

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Tomas Villum Jensen

Votes: 18,407

15. Italian for Beginners (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk, Peter Gantzler

Votes: 12,251 | Gross: $4.45M

16. Flickering Lights (2000)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

A gang of 4 Danish criminals are ordered by Færingen to steal a bag from a safe. When they see DKK4,000,000 in the bag, they keep it for themselves and head for Spain. They end up in a ruin of an old restaurant on Funen and renovate it.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Votes: 17,632

17. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 93,402 | Gross: $4.18M

18. Open Hearts (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 8,990 | Gross: $0.12M

19. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 126,065 | Gross: $1.53M

20. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 29,341 | Gross: $0.41M

21. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 106,265 | Gross: $0.40M

22. Applause (2009)

R | 85 min | Drama

68 Metascore

When the critically acclaimed, tough and aging actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Paprika Steen, Michael Falch, Sara-Marie Maltha, Shanti Roney

Votes: 913

23. Submarine (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor

Votes: 79,632 | Gross: $0.47M

24. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 153,011 | Gross: $3.03M

25. A Funny Man (2011)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

A biography of the Danish actor and comedian, Dirch Passer.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Ranthe, Lars Brygmann, Malou Reymann

Votes: 2,457

26. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 240,394 | Gross: $0.69M

27. Ted (2012)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

Director: Seth MacFarlane | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale

Votes: 536,990 | Gross: $218.82M

28. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 106,413 | Gross: $0.79M

29. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

60 Metascore

The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman's care.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Bell

Votes: 78,591 | Gross: $0.33M

30. Kraftidioten (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

The honorable citizen Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, which ignites a war between the vegan gangster "the Count" and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro

Votes: 20,578 | Gross: $0.05M

31. A War (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, War

81 Metascore

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck

Votes: 8,559 | Gross: $0.12M

32. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 28,064 | Gross: $0.44M



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