Good Scandinavian movies

by guisreis | created - 01 Jun 2015 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

I am considering only movies I have watched. I know I still have to watch Ingmar Bergman's movies and they will be added as I watch them.

It is amazing how bullying is recurrent in recent Scandinavian movies!

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1. 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: 16,785 | Gross: $4.40M

2. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 197,983 | Gross: $2.12M

3. Terribly Happy (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

74 Metascore

A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen, Kim Bodnia, Lars Brygmann

Votes: 5,018 | Gross: $0.07M

4. 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: 74,414 | Gross: $1.65M

5. Hotel (2013)

97 min | Drama

Erika has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship. Until the day it all falls apart. Suddenly this perfect life means nothing, and the feelings she once was able to ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Langseth | Stars: Alicia Vikander, David Dencik, Anna Bjelkerud, Mira Eklund

Votes: 2,100

6. 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: 92,583 | Gross: $1.20M

7. Kung Fury (2015)

Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Action, Comedy

In 1985, Kung Fury, the toughest martial artist cop in Miami, goes back in time to kill the worst criminal of all time - Kung Führer, a.k.a. Adolf Hitler.

Director: David Sandberg | Stars: David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Steven Chew, Leopold Nilsson

Votes: 53,412

8. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 151,323 | Gross: $12.71M

9. Goutte d'Or (2013)

11 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

As a pirate enters the Kingdom of the Dead he encounters its beautiful Queen. She captures his heart, but hers is not so easily won.

Director: Christophe Peladan

Votes: 126

10. Iron Sky (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.

Director: Timo Vuorensola | Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier

Votes: 88,870

A Finnish-German-Australian production.

11. 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: 251,893 | Gross: $0.69M

12. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 22,032

Heavy and disturbing. Astonishing performances of Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Bergman and Lena Nyman.

13. Bayonet (2018)

TV-MA | 101 min | Drama

Miguel "Bayoneta" Galíndez, a retired boxer after a shocking event in his life, living now in Finland without a purpose until a light situation puts him on the verge of an important decision.

Director: Kyzza Terrazas | Stars: Brontis Jodorowsky, Miriam Balderas, Laura Birn, Jarmo Esko

Votes: 351

14. The Square (2017)

R | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 46,853 | Gross: $1.50M

Very interesting film which unfortunately I could only watch a little more than half of it, as my flight ended.

15. Antboy (2013)

PG | 77 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.

Director: Ask Hasselbalch | Stars: Oscar Dietz, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Samuel Ting Graf, Nicolas Bro

Votes: 1,760

16. Rosa Morena (2010)

90 min | Drama

The story of one man's journey from Denmark to Brazil to get a child.

Director: Carlos Augusto de Oliveira | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Bárbara Garcia, David Dencik, Vivianne Pasmanter

Votes: 231

A Danish-Brazilian production.

17. And Breathe Normally (2018)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two women's lives will intersect while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Director: Isold Uggadottir | Stars: Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Bragi Arnason

Votes: 1,571

18. 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: 129,351 | Gross: $1.53M

19. Sommeren '92 (2015)

93 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The 1992 Danish football team competes for the European Championship.

Director: Kasper Barfoed | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Cyron Melville, Esben Smed

Votes: 2,576

20. Black's Game (2012)

R | 104 min | Crime, Thriller

After being reacquainted with a childhood friend Stebbi joins the drug trade world in order to pay off his debt. Inspired by actual events.

Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson | Stars: Thor Kristjansson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Damon Younger, María Birta

Votes: 3,941

Unfortunately, I have watched just a part of this Icelandic thriller, but I liked it.

21. The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 11,928

22. This is Söderstadion (2014)

82 min | Documentary

The days of being a supporter of the Hammarby football team are hard, even for the most dedicated fan. The unwilling step into the future is embodied by the leaving of the classic home stadium Söderstadion.

Director: Andreas Bjunér | Stars: Kajsa Birgersson, Magnus Hagström

Votes: 33

23. Mifune (1999)

R | 98 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Kresten's dad dies and he returns to the farm on Lolland to take care of things incl. his retarded brother. He employs a hooker as maid. He loses wife and job due to lies. The maid's kid brother moves in and they're a family of 4.

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Iben Hjejle, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jesper Asholt, Emil Tarding

Votes: 7,250 | Gross: $0.59M

24. Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury (2014)

PG | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A superhero called Antboy fights against evil in his hometown.

Director: Ask Hasselbalch | Stars: Oscar Dietz, Samuel Ting Graf, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Astrid Juncher-Benzon

Votes: 517

25. The Tough Guys (2013)

74 min | Family

Modulf is bullied by the toughest guys at school. And that's fine. Because then he saves the other kids from being bullied. Then Lise arrives - a new girl in class.

Director: Christian Lo | Stars: Sondre Blakstad Henriksen, Regine Stokkevåg Eide, Martin Røsjorde Linstad, Lasse Sortland

Votes: 112

26. Shed No Tears (2013)

109 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Pål dreams about success within the musical world, but he has an obstacle; himself. His deep thoughts keeps him end up in trouble. We follow Pål on a emotional inner travel to find his call on the swedish west coast of Gothenburg.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Adam Lundgren, Josefin Neldén, Marie Richardson, Eric Ericson

Votes: 4,532

27. Rocky VI (1986)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Definitely not to be confused with any of Sylvester Stallone's efforts, this is a wicked satire on 'Rocky IV', in which Rocky takes on the monolithic Russian fighter Igor - and loses. ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Silu Seppälä, Sakari Kuosmanen, Heinäsirkka, Mato Valtonen

Votes: 954

Campy Finish spoof.

28. Frostbitten (2006)

98 min | Horror, Comedy

Vampires terrorize a city in Norrbotten.

Director: Anders Banke | Stars: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg

Votes: 3,804

Not really good: silly, with bad visual effects, but also with some dark humor moments which work.



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