Norwegian movies: Ranked in order of preferenceby Sigurd Mæle | created - 27 Aug 2012 | updated - 28 Aug 2016 | Public
Please note that this list is not limited to my "top picks". It is rather every Norwegian film I've seen, descending from my favorite Norwegian movie ever.
I like to think that I am at least a tad selective in which movies I bother watching, but there might still be some pretty bad ones-or at least a couple of mediocre ones-in the bottom portion of this list that I really do not recommend all that highly.
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1. Oslo, 31. august (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 15,846 | Gross: $0.10M
2. Mot naturen (2014)
80 min | Comedy, Drama
A journey inside Martin's head. He's on a weekend mountain trip, and we get to know his thoughts. Unsensored, essential, existential and silly about feelings and fantasies. A recognizable film about being human, and how we tick and think.
3. Reprise (2006)
R | 105 min | Drama
Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.
Votes: 8,262 | Gross: $0.55M
4. Elling (2001)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »
Votes: 13,047 | Gross: $0.31M
6. Uno (2004)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama
Uno is a story from inner-city Oslo about David, a twentyfive-year-old with few prospects for the future. His days are spent hanging around with petty criminals at an inner-city gym. Still,... See full summary »
7. Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008)
Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, History, News
Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.
Votes: 2,206 | Gross: $0.05M
8. Herman (1990)
88 min | Drama, Family
"Herman", based on Lars Saabye Christensen's novel of the same name, tells the story of the young boy Herman who suddenly loses his hair and becomes bald at the age of eleven. He follows ... See full summary »
9. Den brysomme mannen (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.
12. DeUsynlige (2008)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Music
A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered.
13. Pathfinder (1987)
86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »
14. 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 »
16. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.
17. En ganske snill mann (2010)
Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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 »
Votes: 5,974 | Gross: $0.04M
19. Trollhunter (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 60,275 | Gross: $0.25M
21. Svidd neger (2003)
87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Anna lives with her father Karl someplace in the outskirts of northern Norway. Karl killed his ex-wife and threw her newborn colored child into the sea when he discovered that she obviously... See full summary »
22. Kon-Tiki (2012)
PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History
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.
Votes: 39,059 | Gross: $1.52M
23. Kunsten å tenke negativt (2006)
79 min | Comedy, Drama
The local disability support group visits an involuntary member, not realizing that it will bring them to a critical mass.
24. Ti kniver i hjertet (1994)
96 min | Drama
The young teenager Otto is entering the summer holidays in 60s Oslo, without getting a real holiday, and he is not accepted in the gang or the football team. But then he meets exciting mysterious Frank, which changes everything.
25. Villmark (2003)
Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
The crew of the TV show "Real TV" with controlling boss Gunnar on the front line will soon begin production of a reality show for which participants are selected to survive in the ... See full summary »
27. Detektor (2000)
104 min | Comedy, Drama
Daniel Jul is a 28 year old psychiatrist, still living with his mom. He and his friend Ronny have one thing in common, they like searching for metallic objects in the ground. One day they ... See full summary »
28. I Am Dina (2002)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother's death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the ... See full summary »
29. Upperdog (2009)
100 min | Comedy, Drama
As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. ... See full summary »
30. Fritt vilt (2006)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller
Jannicke, Morten Tobias, Eirik, Mikal and Ingunn are on a snowboarding vacation in Jotunheimen. They are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel when Morten Tobias breaks his leg and ... See full summary »
33. Mors Elling (2003)
78 min | Comedy, Drama
In this prequel to Elling (2001), Elling, a slightly autistic, but opinionated young man, lives with his aging mother who is worried what he'll do without her. She decides to take him on a trip to Spain to see new things.
34. Den forsvundne pølsemaker (1941)
98 min | Comedy
The detectives Gløgg and Rask is put on the task of finding out what has happened to the lost sausage maker H. Brand. They find him after a lot of trouble.
35. Den siste Fleksnes (1974)
86 min | Comedy, Romance
Fleksnes has a good life, but misses the woman in his life. His mother is helpful, and has several solutions to the problem to prevent him from being the last Fleksnes. Charm school must be a solution.
36. The Other Side of Sunday (1996)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
The Other Side of Sunday criticizes the small, and often tight church community. We follow the Preachers Daughter; Maria, in her journey to liberate herself from the stiff church community and her strict religious father.
38. Reisen til julestjernen (1976)
92 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A small princess in a small kingdom in Adventureland disappears on Christmas eve. She has gone out to find the Christmas Star. The Queen follows and the King curses the Christmas Star, so it disappears for years, until young Sonja arrives.
39. Gjest Baardsen (1939)
99 min | Comedy, Drama, Crime
In the poor Norway in the early 1800s Gjest Baardsen starts off like a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich, giving to the poor. Based on the real character which became the poor mans hero, and got lots of help to get away from the law.
40. Elsk meg i morgen (2005)
90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three years have passed since Elling moved to town together with Kjell Bjarne, his roommate from the institution at Brøynes. Elling now lives on his own in the apartment. Kjell Bjarne has ... See full summary »
42. Fjols til fjells (1957)
90 min | Comedy
At a high mountain hotel in Norway the porter Poppe tries to do the best he can for the guests with an often unhelpful piccolo Rudolf. This, however, leads to a lot of problems, and Poppe thinks some of the guests behave inappropriate.
43. Olsen-banden (II) (1968)
82 min | Comedy, Crime
Egon Olsen has been behind bars for some time, but that hasn't stopped the criminal mastermind from making a plan - a plan to steal a very valuable golden statue, and never to fall behind ... See full summary »
44. Frida - med hjertet i hånden (1991)
113 min | Comedy, Romance
Frida, aged 13, has discovered a book by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm called "The art of loving". Using it as a reference she sets out to better the love lives of her family and friends. But ... See full summary »
45. Tante Pose (1940)
92 min | Comedy, Family
Under julefeiringen hos sorenskriver Bals blir det hemmelig forlovelse mellom to av hans vakre døtre og to studenter på julebesøk. Husdragen, tante Pose, spionerer på de unge. Tante Pose ... See full summary »
47. The Polar Bear King (1991)
PG | 88 min | Family, Adventure, Fantasy
After his father is killed, King Valemon ascends the throne, only to be turned into a polar bear by a bitter witch who wants to be his queen. Valemon must find a bride in the seven year ... See full summary »
49. Kamilla og tyven (1988)
106 min | Drama, Family
Orphan Kamilla moves in with her rich uncle who lives in Kristiansand, Norway in the early 1900, Norway. Her uncles wife however does not approve of Kamilla and want to send her to a ... See full summary »
50. Dis - en historie om kjærlighet (1995)
70 min | Romance
Two young people stand on a street corner in a run-down part of New York, kissing. Despite the lawlessness of the district they are left unmolested. A short distance away walk Maria and ... See full summary »
51. Kongen av Bastøy (2010)
Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?
Votes: 15,382 | Gross: $0.01M