The Best Swedish Films

This list shows the Swedish (or swedish produced) films that in my opinion truly are masterpieces. The list does not follow a chronological order of any kind.
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1.
A Man There Was (1917)
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Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later... (48 mins.)
 
2.
Here Is Your Life (1966)
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A working class teenager comes of age in 1910s rural Sweden, moving from job to job and meeting a variety of individuals who gradually shape his future. (169 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
3.
The Emigrants (1971)
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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden)... (191 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
4.
The New Land (1972)
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The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota's forests, during mid 19th century (204 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
5.
Il capitano (1991)
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The film is based on a true occurrence in Sweden in 1988. A Finish couple murdered a young boy and his... (110 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
6.
Torment (1944)
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An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover. (101 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
 
7.
Miss Julie (1951)
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Late 19th century. The young miss Julie lives in a mansion with her father. She has recently broken... (90 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
 
8.
The Heavenly Play (1942)
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Mats Ersson is engaged to Marit and they plan to get married in the spring. But when the plague comes... (106 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
 
9.
Elvira Madigan (1967)
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The Danish tightrope dancer Elvira Madigan meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away. (91 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
10.
Man on the Roof (1976)
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Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve... (110 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
11.
The Flight of the Eagle (1982)
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The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His... (145 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
12.
Raven's End (1963)
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An aspiring young writer lives in a bleak working class block in the late 1930s. (101 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
13.
Show Me Love (1998)
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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
14.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
15.
A Hole in My Heart (2004)
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In a decript apartment, a young man watches as his father and a friend shoot an amateur porn film. Issues of morality, reality TV and friendship are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
16.
Container (2006)
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Poetic, experimental and different, Container is described by Lukas Moodysson as "a black and white... (72 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
17.
Att angöra en brygga (1965)
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A group of party goers have trouble getting their boat ashore on a small island. The inhabitants of the island try to help, often with the help of an old sailor, and the results are absurd and hilarious. (101 mins.)
Director: Tage Danielsson
 
18.
The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)
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A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in. (108 mins.)
Director: Hans Alfredson
 
19.
I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
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Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything... (121 mins.)
Director: Vilgot Sjöman
 
20.
I Am Curious (Blue) (1968)
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The same movie with the same characters, cast and crew as I am Curious (Yellow), but with some different scenes and a different political slant... (107 mins.)
Director: Vilgot Sjöman
 
21.
One Summer of Happiness (1951)
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After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation... (103 mins.)
Director: Arne Mattsson
 
22.
Girl with Hyacinths (1950)
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The young Dagmar Brink commits suicide. Her belongings are inherited by the resident caretaker in the house she lived in... (89 mins.)
Director: Hasse Ekman
 
23.
Banketten (1948)
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Jacob Cotten is a rich banker, quickly approaching his 60th birthday. He is concerned that none of his... (106 mins.)
Director: Hasse Ekman
 
24.
You're Lying! (1969)
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About an alcohol-damaged young man, his life in and out of prison, his friend the art teacher and his difficulties reintegrating into society. (107 mins.)
Director: Vilgot Sjöman
 
25.
Prison (1949)
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A movie director is approached by his old math teacher with a great movie idea: the Devil declares that the Earth is hell... (79 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
26.
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
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It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current... (108 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
27.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
28.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
29.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
30.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
31.
Winter Light (1963)
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A small town priest struggles with his faith. (81 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
32.
The Silence (1963)
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Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
33.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
34.
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
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While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. (90 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
35.
Shame (1968)
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In the midst of a civil war, former violinists Jan and Eva Rosenberg, who have a tempestuous marriage, run a farm on a rural island. In spite of their best efforts to escape their homeland, the war impinges on every aspect of their lives. (103 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
36.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
37.
Autumn Sonata (1978)
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. (99 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
38.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
39.
Erotikon (1920)
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EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist... (106 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
40.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (93 mins.)
 
41.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
“ Danish/Swedish production ” - femtonglasvatten
 
42.
Sir Arne's Treasure (1919)
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Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with gold... (122 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
43.
The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924)
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Gösta Berling is a young and attractive minister. Because he is an alcoholic and his preaches are far too daring... (183 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
44.
Falkenberg Farewell (2006)
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The last summer the five boys are together in Falkenberg. They are now grown up to be young men, on their way out into the world. At least most of them. (91 mins.)
 
45.
The Ape (2009)
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A descent into hell, Jesper Ganslandt's disturbing and suspenseful second feature begins with a man waking up in unfamiliar surroundings, only to find the life he knew the day before is gone. (81 mins.)
 
46.
The Girl (2009)
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Story of a nine-and-a-half year old girl left alone in Sweden while her family is in Africa during the summer of 1981. (100 mins.)
Director: Fredrik Edfeldt
 
47.
The Serpent's Way (1986)
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A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids. (111 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
48.
491 (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Six youth criminals are chosen to participate in a social experiment, named "Guesthouse Objectivity" (Pensionatet Sakligheten)... (110 mins.)
Director: Vilgot Sjöman
 
49.
The Brothers Lionheart (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Brothers Jonatan and Skorpan lead a revolution against the tyrant Tengil in the magical afterlife land of Nangijala. (106 mins.)
Director: Olle Hellbom
 
50.
As It Is in Heaven (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland... (133 mins.)
Director: Kay Pollak
 
51.
The Girl from the Third Row (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Is man's existence really meaningful and hopeful? As a reply to Ingmar Bergman's Prison, this movie claims that it is... (88 mins.)
Director: Hasse Ekman
 
52.
Intermezzo (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The world famous violinist Holger Brandt comes back to his family after a tour. He and his wife have been married for many years... (93 mins.)
Director: Gustaf Molander
 
53.
Syskonbädd 1782 (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Sweden in 1782. A young nobleman, named Jacob (Per Oscarsson) returns from France to his home and cherished... (97 mins.)
Director: Vilgot Sjöman
 
54.
A Swedish Love Story (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two teenagers fall in love over the summer, in spite of cynical and disapproving adults who dismiss their relationship as being nothing but young love. (115 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
55.
You, the Living (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved. (95 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
56.
Dom kallar oss mods (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The first in Stefan Jarl's Mods Trilogy, the film documents the life of two teenagers, Kenta and Stoffe... (100 mins.)
 
57.
Dunderklumpen! (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
On an evening in northern Sweden, during one night when the sun only partially sets, the animated character... (97 mins.)
Director: Per Åhlin
 
58.
Involuntary (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
59.
Hugo and Josephine (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Josefin is a six-year-old girl who lives isolated in the countryside, where her father is a priest. She has no friends until she meets Hugo... (82 mins.)
Director: Kjell Grede
 
60.
Barnen från Frostmofjället (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Northern Sweden in the middle of the 19th century. Seven children lose their parents, and to avoid the poor-house... (102 mins.)
Director: Rolf Husberg
 
61.
Faithless (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An imaginary woman recollects the painful experience of adultery to a storyteller. (155 mins.)
Director: Liv Ullmann
 
62.
Loving Couples (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three expectant mothers think back over their sex lives. (118 mins.)
Director: Mai Zetterling
 
63.
The Great Adventure (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A vixen mother invades a chicken coop to provide food for her cubs. She continues to raid the coop until she is shot by a farmer... (94 mins.)
Director: Arne Sucksdorff
 
64.
Love Mates (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Bank janitor play the stock market and compete with the bank. (108 mins.)
 
65.
Smutsiga fingrar (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A young woman dies from a drug overdose, and her brother and his friend try to find out who supplied her with the narcotics... (107 mins.)
Director: Arne Mattsson
 
66.
Montenegro (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle. (96 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
“ Partly Swedish produced ” - femtonglasvatten
 
67.
Zero Kelvin (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland... (118 mins.)
“ Norwegian Swedish production ” - femtonglasvatten
 
68.
Sacrifice (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. (149 mins.)
 
69.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
70.
Play (2011)
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An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys... (118 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund