Norwegian Cinema

by Sublevel4 | created - 08 Feb 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

A list of all the films I have seen that were in Norwegian, not necessarily from Norway tho. As always, recommendations are welcome.

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1. Insomnia (1997)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Mathiesen, Gisken Armand

Votes: 12,011 | Gross: $0.22M

2. Dark Woods (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

5 Norwegians head for a cabin in the wilderness for a few days of team building. But strange things start happening - especially down by the water where they find an abandoned tent. Is there someone else?

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Bjørn Floberg, Kristoffer Joner, Eva Röse, Sampda Sharma

Votes: 5,048

3. Next Door (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 8,239

4. Cold Prey (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

5 young Norwegians head up to the mountains to snowboard. One breaks his leg and it's getting dark soon, so they spend the night in a big, abandoned hotel, closed 30 years ago. They are not alone.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen

Votes: 16,049

5. The Bothersome Man (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions.

Director: Jens Lien | Stars: Trond Fausa, Petronella Barker, Per Schaanning, Birgitte Larsen

Votes: 15,373

6. Manhunt (2008)

78 min | Horror

The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.

Director: Patrik Syversen | Stars: Henriette Bruusgaard, Jørn Bjørn Fuller Gee, Lasse Valdal, Nini Bull Robsahm

Votes: 3,787

7. Cold Prey 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

Jannicke wakes up in the hospital. All of her friends are dead. As she walks through the dark corridors, she thinks she is left alone. But the nightmare isn't over yet.

Director: Mats Stenberg | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, Kim Arne Hagen, Johanna Mørck

Votes: 7,990

8. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 61,091 | Gross: $0.04M

9. Nokas (2010)

87 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The movie portrays Norway's most spectacular robbery, where 11 men occupied central Stavanger for twenty minutes and escaped with 57 million kroner (appx $10 million). A police officer was shot and killed.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Marit Synnøve Berg, Frode Winther, Morten Larsen, Tov Sletta

Votes: 3,914

10. Cold Prey III (2010)

95 min | Horror, Thriller

Takes place in the 80's where a group of teenagers go to visit an abandoned hotel, only to find themselves hunted by a psychotic killer through the Norwegian woods.

Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose | Stars: Ida Marie Bakkerud, Julie Rusti, Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen, Pål Stokka

Votes: 3,489

11. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

61 Metascore

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 63,736 | Gross: $0.25M

12. Headhunters (2011)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Ølgaard

Votes: 91,499 | Gross: $1.20M

13. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History

62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 41,970 | Gross: $1.52M

14. Kill Buljo: The Movie (2007)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A Norwegian parody of Kill Bill.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola, Linda Øverlie Nilsen, Natasha Angel Dahle

Votes: 3,568

15. Hunger (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitte Federspiel, Knud Rex

Votes: 2,533

16. Buddy (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By ... See full summary »

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Nicolai Cleve Broch, Aksel Hennie, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta

Votes: 4,171

17. Oslo, August 31st (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

84 Metascore

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Malin Crépin

Votes: 17,347 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Head Above Water (1993)

97 min | Comedy, Thriller

Einar and Bjørn leave Lene on the island for a fishing trip, when her former lover, Gaute, appears drunk and falls asleep in her bed.

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Lene Elise Bergum, Svein Roger Karlsen, Morten Abel, Reidar Sørensen

Votes: 1,081

19. Nine Lives (1957)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

During World War II, nine members of the Norwegian Resistance trapped into a deadly Nazi ambush. Only one escapes on foot, and a fierce hunt through the ice desert has begun.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Jack Fjeldstad, Henny Moan, Alf Malland, Joachim Holst-Jensen

Votes: 1,513

20. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Ken Duken

Votes: 24,950

21. Fatso (2008)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

Overweight loner Rino spends his days in seclusion, until his dad rents a room to an overtly sexual girl who challenges Rino to break down his walls.

Director: Arild Fröhlich | Stars: Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Josefin Ljungman, Kyrre Hellum, Jenny Skavlan

Votes: 4,145

22. Til siste hinder (2011)

84 min | Family

Ida belongs to the coolest gang in school and live to go shopping with her best friend Karoline. She loves her life, until her mother one day is telling her that they're moving. And it's ... See full summary »

Director: Anders Øvergaard | Stars: Victor Haugen Kristiansen, Marianne Meløy, Elise Strømberg Mærlie, Julie Nordhuus

Votes: 93

23. Blind (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Forsaken in a new Oslo apartment, a frail blind woman battles to come to terms with her condition, as she slowly retracts into an elaborate fantasy bubble. Are her stories fanning her suspicions, or is this what total blindness looks like?

Director: Eskil Vogt | Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt

Votes: 6,568

24. A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang, his ex, a few women - and a snitch. His son has a fiancé. Her family doesn't approve ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Jorunn Kjellsby, Gard B. Eidsvold

Votes: 6,278 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Wolf Summer (2003)

87 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young girl becomes friends with a wolf and its little puppy. She decides to save them from three local shepherds.

Director: Peder Norlund | Stars: Julia Pauline Boracco Braathen, Jørgen Langhelle, Line Verndal, Samuel Fröler

Votes: 932

26. Happy, Happy (2010)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with... See full summary »

Director: Anne Sewitsky | Stars: Agnes Kittelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 2,833 | Gross: $0.04M

27. The Wave (2015)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Votes: 28,521 | Gross: $0.18M

28. Varg Veum - Bitre blomster (2007)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes... See full summary »

Director: Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland, Endre Hellestveit

Votes: 1,958

29. Varg Veum - Tornerose (2008 Video)

90 min | Crime, Thriller

The film begins in Copenhagen, where Varg Veum finds Lisa, the 16-year-old runaway prostitute, daughter of a wealthy businessman. He brings her back to his client, and family in Norway. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Richter Strand | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland, Endre Hellestveit

Votes: 1,561

30. Varg Veum - Din til døden (2008 Video)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

There has been no shortage of women in private investigator Varg Veum's life, but not for the long haul. When the search for her estranged husband Jonas's car brings Varg together with ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Richter Strand | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland, Endre Hellestveit

Votes: 1,344

31. Fallen Angels (2008)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Murder and trouble hits Veum when he meets up with classmates in the rock-band Camp, when he resumes contact with a former flame Rebecca, now wife of his buddy. A Varg Veum mystery by best-selling crime novel by Gunnar Staalesen. Staalesen.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Per Kjerstad, Bjørn Floberg, Pia Tjelta

Votes: 1,977

32. Varg Veum - Begravde hunder (2008 Video)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Racial tension is running high in Bergen after a young black asylum seeker dies at the hands of the police. Shortly afterwards, a right-wing politician is targeted by a gunman at a public ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Eik | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Siv Klynderud, Kyrre Haugen Sydness

Votes: 1,067

33. Varg Veum - Skriften på veggen (2010)

82 min | Crime

Veum is no longer working as a private investigator. He's got a permanent job as a teacher, and has calmed down his life, enjoying the domestic bliss with his new girlfriend Karin. But the ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Faldbakken | Stars: Lars Petter Aase, Thomas Alveberg, Per Egil Aske, Petronella Barker

Votes: 1,073

34. Varg Veum - Svarte får (2011)

90 min | Crime

The plot spins around Veum's girlfriends sister. Her sister is a prostitute, and through her discovered shady actions, drug dealing, pimping and other criminal activity. But even the ... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Apelgren | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Lene Nystrøm, Bjørn Floberg, Alexander Karim

Votes: 1,021

35. Varg Veum - The Consorts of Death (2011)

97 min | Crime

Varg Veum is summoned by the chief of police Hamre to a hostage drama on a farm outside Bergen. A married couple have been brutally murdered, and all evidence points to their foster son, 16... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Apelgren | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Lene Nystrøm, Bjørn Floberg, Line Verndal

Votes: 968

36. Varg Veum - I mørket er alle ulver grå (2011)

87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Private detective Varg Veum investigates a case where his good friend Evans, a highly decorated ex-army officer, is falsely accused of bombing armakon, a weapons storage facility, and to ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Eik | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, George Mendel, Lene Nystrøm

Votes: 1,099

37. Varg Veum - De døde har det godt (2012)

86 min | Crime

Varg tries to help a scared girl lost in the woods at night. But he fails to avoid her death. What was this young asylum seeker fleeing from? Was it an accident, or was she killed as a ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Richter Strand | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Lene Nystrøm, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 838

38. Varg Veum - Kalde hjerter (2012)

90 min | Crime, Thriller

While investigating a case of disappeared sisters, Varg Veum is about to become a father. He realizes that the case has connections to a police investigated murder. Varg obviously is ... See full summary »

Director: Trond Espen Seim | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Lene Nystrøm, Mads Ousdal

Votes: 783

39. Underdog (2014)

97 min | Drama

23-year-old "Dino" (Bianca Kronlöf) dreams of a different life. Like an abundance of Swedes her age, she has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile ... See full summary »

Director: Ronnie Sandahl | Stars: Bianca Kronlöf, Henrik Rafaelsen, Mona Kristiansen, Naomi Emeilie Christensen Beck

Votes: 703

40. Kings Bay (2017)

94 min | Thriller

21 died in the explosion in the kings bay-accident in Ny-Ålesund in Spitsbergen i 1962. The accident led to the fall of the Norwegian labor party government ruling since WW2. Was this really an accident, and was it under Norwegian control?

Director: Stig Svendsen | Stars: Maria Bock, Jørgen Langhelle, Erik Hivju, Kari Bremnes

Votes: 362

41. The King's Choice (2016)

133 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 5,695 | Gross: $0.11M

42. Dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen (2016)

75 min | Animation, Family, Musical

In the woods there lives a mouse and his friends, and they are always scared of getting eaten by the fox or other predators who can't get food in a fair way. They have to make some laws so they all can live togheter in peace.

Director: Rasmus A. Sivertsen | Stars: Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Stig Henrik Hoff, Frank Kjosås, Jakob Schøyen Andersen

Votes: 403

43. Louis & Luca - The Big Cheese Race (2015)

78 min | Animation, Family

A secret bet between Solan and Olvar O. Kleppvold, he loses the house and workshop of the genious inventor Reodor Felgen, and they both bring their allies in the fight to win.

Director: Rasmus A. Sivertsen | Stars: Kari Ann Grønsund, Trond Høvik, Per Skjølsvik, Kåre Conradi

Votes: 446

44. Solan og Ludvig - Jul i Flåklypa (2013)

76 min | Animation, Family

The small town of Flåklypa is experiencing great lack of snow, which is why the inventor Reodor Felgen is asked to create a snow machine. However, things does not go as planned.

Director: Rasmus A. Sivertsen | Stars: Kari Ann Grønsund, Trond Høvik, Trond Brænne, Kåre Conradi

Votes: 1,323

45. Thelma (II) (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

74 Metascore

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Votes: 21,185 | Gross: $0.15M

46. Hawaii, Oslo (2004)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 4,408

47. Utøya: July 22 (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Brede Fristad

Votes: 8,191

48. Handle with Care (2017)

102 min | Drama

After his wife's death, offshore oil worker Kjetil is having a hard time relating to his adopted son Daniel. In an act of desperation, he brings Daniel along to Colombia to search for the boy's biological mother.

Director: Arild Andresen | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Marlon Moreno, Kristoffer Bech, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Votes: 245



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