Norwegian Movies Worth Watching

by lineamalie_88 | created - 08 Apr 2012 | updated - 22 Oct 2013 | Public

This is a list of Norwegian movies that I think is worth watching. There are a lot of foreign people asking me what Norwegian movies I would recommend if they should ever watch one, and these are pretty darn good!

And yes, I am a Norwegian :)

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1. Olsenbanden for full musikk (1976)

91 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

Valborg needs to get her son Basse married, after getting a girl pregnant, while Egon has got work for a baron. However a spook makes trouble for his planned coup against the National Theater.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 729

2. Olsen-banden og Dynamitt-Harry (1970)

100 min | Comedy, Crime

After jail, the Olsen gang meets up again, but there's love in the air for Egon. he decides that ordinary steady work is the future. But honest work doesn't help if you are wrongfully accused. But Dynemite Harry is their secret weapon.

Director: Ove Kant | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Sverre Holm, Carsten Byhring, Harald Heide-Steen Jr.

Votes: 860

3. 'Men Olsenbanden var ikke død!' (1984)

89 min | Comedy, Crime

The Olsen Gang has traveled south after having success with their last coup. But someone still hasn't given up catching them.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 581

4. Olsenbanden og Data-Harry sprenger verdensbanken (1978)

101 min | Comedy, Crime

With the help of a corrupt diplomat the Olsen Gang plans to rob the World Bank, with the re-schooled dynamite Harry, now a computer expert.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 671

5. Olsenbanden og Dynamitt-Harry på sporet (1977)

98 min | Comedy, Crime

The Olsen Gang is robbed in Spain for the millions from their last coup. But Egon has a genius plan to get the money back by robbing the national railways for a gold transport.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Harald Heide-Steen Jr.

Votes: 649

6. Olsenbanden gir seg aldri! (1981)

101 min | Comedy, Crime

Kontanter er snart avlegs med det inflasjonstempoet vi har. Bedre med verdipapirer og fast eiendom. Disse tankene har Olsenbanden gjort seg, og de tenker stort: Ved å skaffe tilveie et ... See full summary »

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 571

7. Olsen-banden møter kongen og knekten (1974)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

It's all about the big money, four millions in easy coins. The Olsen Gang meets the King and the Jack., both criminals to fear.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 712

8. Olsenbanden og Dynamitt-Harry mot nye høyder (1979)

99 min | Comedy, Crime

A formerly respected oil company man wants to sell company secrets to a foreign company for 100 million German mark. Egon Olsen gets hold of the micro film. The worst is not the police, since Dynamite Harry is near in his helicopter.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 616

9. Olsen-banden og Dynamitt-Harry går amok (1973)

102 min | Comedy, Crime

Egon Olsen and his gang is about to commit their biggest heist - stealing 6 millions from an under cover operation at a freight company, which the police also follows closely. The safe is both guarded by alarm and the company gorillas.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Harald Heide-Steen Jr.

Votes: 764

10. Olsen-banden tar gull (1972)

94 min | Comedy, Crime

Egon returns from prison with the key to a big heist, a hidden Nazi-treasure. After some trouble, the Olsen Gang finds the place, but problems are still topped when the international criminals Carina and Ricco turns up.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 746

11. 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 »

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 1,368

The cover of this film is all wrong. This is a photo of the Danish actors (Olsen-banden is originally Danish, but the Norwegians did (in my opinion) a splended job making it Norwegian - They're all classics here in Norway!). The Norwegian head-actors in these Norwegian films are Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring and Sverre Holm.

12. Olsenbandens aller siste kupp (1982)

101 min | Comedy, Crime

Weapon trade for half a billion, and the Olsen Gang is involved. They plan their final coup, and finally is Valgjerd allowed to participate, but not without some challenges.

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 589

13. Olsenbandens siste bedrifter (1975)

91 min | Comedy, Crime

The Olsen Gang has to pay for their summer vacation in Spain, and Egon is hired to open a safe with black market money in Switzerland. He is conned, but Egon has sworn revenge.

Director: Knut Andersen | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 625

14. Olsenbandens siste stikk (1999)

90 min | Comedy

Fifteen years after they last saw each other Benny, Valborg and Dynamitt-Harry discovers that Egon Olsen is out of prison and living in a retirement home. Olsenbanden is reunited, and Egon ... See full summary »

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann, Harald Heide-Steen Jr.

Votes: 581

15. Hodejegerne (2011)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, 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: 87,841 | Gross: $1.20M

Aksel Hennie is almost in every Norwegian movie, but this is one of his best works.

16. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 17,124 | Gross: $0.00M

This movie is not all-Norwegian, but one of the best Norwegian actors is playing a German soldier: Stig Henrik Hoff. So this movie is Norwegian, German and British.

17. 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: 24,014

Aksel Hennie is almost in every Norwegian movie, but this is one of his best works.

18. Kompani Orheim (2012)

104 min | Drama

Jarle Klepp gets a message that forces his mind back to something he'd rather forgotten - his childhood with his father in Stavanger. When "Orheim" was his surname.

Director: Arild Andresen | Stars: Vebjørn Enger, Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Glenn André Viste Bøe

Votes: 1,145

19. 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 »

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

Votes: 15,200

In my opinion, Norwegians aren't great at horror movies, but this is actually pretty good! :)

20. Naboer (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: 7,919

This might seem a little boring at times, but it has a sick twist at the end.

21. Oslo, 31. august (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: 15,997 | Gross: $0.10M

22. Pionér (2013)

R | 111 min | Thriller

58 Metascore

A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Stephanie Sigman

Votes: 4,258 | Gross: $0.01M

23. 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: 60,578 | Gross: $0.25M

24. Ragnarok (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure

52 Metascore

Norwegian archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen forms a small team and sets off to find the true meaning of the secret runes found carved in rock and accidentally awakens a giant monster.

Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Sofia Helin, Bjørn Sundquist

Votes: 6,533 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Kompani Orheim (2012)

104 min | Drama

Jarle Klepp gets a message that forces his mind back to something he'd rather forgotten - his childhood with his father in Stavanger. When "Orheim" was his surname.

Director: Arild Andresen | Stars: Vebjørn Enger, Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Glenn André Viste Bøe

Votes: 1,145