The Top 30 Danish movies of all time according to the DAHF.dk community (2012 vote).

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1. Nattevagten (1994)

R | 107 min | Thriller

A law student starts working as a night watchman at The Department of Forensic Medicine in Copenhagen. His mad friend gets him on a game of dare that escalates. As a serial-killer's victims start piling up at work, he becomes a suspect.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Lotte Andersen

Votes: 16,406

2. 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: 87,731 | Gross: $1.65M

3. Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labovic

Votes: 40,635 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Flickering Lights (2000)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

A gang of 4 Danish criminals are ordered by Færingen to steal a bag from a safe. When they see DKK4,000,000 in the bag, they keep it for themselves and head for Spain. They end up in a ruin of an old restaurant on Jutland and renovate it.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Votes: 22,417

5. The Bench (2000)

93 min | Drama

Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Marius Sonne Janischefska, Stine Holm Joensen, Nicolaj Kopernikus

Votes: 4,193

6. Tree of Knowledge (1981)

101 min | Drama

We follow the Danish students in a class at Århus Katedralskole late 1950s, from age 13 till 16.

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Eva Gram Schjoldager, Jan Johansen, Line Arlien-Søborg, Marian Wendelbo

Votes: 1,732

7. In the Middle of the Night (1984)

131 min | Drama, Comedy

Benny and Arnold and other squatters are evicted by cops from a building in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. They start a commune in an abandoned factory. Harmony breaks when politicians, capitalists and a violent gang get involved.

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Kim Larsen, Erik Clausen, Birgitte Raaberg, Holger Boland

Votes: 2,806

8. Stolen Spring (1993)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

We follow 4 classmates in a strict boys' secondary school in 1950s Copenhagen, where a sadistic teacher torments his students. We meet them again at their 35 year class reunion.

Director: Peter Schrøder | Stars: Frits Helmuth, Tomas Villum Jensen, Jesper Langberg, Adam Simonsen

Votes: 2,134

9. The Kingdom (1994–2022)

TV-MA | 561 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Doctors at an ultramodern hospital in Denmark become convinced, by way of weird, inexplicable happenings, that the place is haunted.

Stars: Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Ghita Nørby, Søren Pilmark

Votes: 18,804 | Gross: $0.09M

10. Klown (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard | Stars: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen, Mia Lyhne

Votes: 11,225 | Gross: $0.07M

11. Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Hanne Aagesen

Votes: 16,082

12. Zappa (1983)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the early '60s, 3 Danish classmates join a "den"/tree house. Steen likes his pet fish Zappa because it eats the weaker fish. Bjørn attracts girls and Mulle is a talkative, strong boy. Steen gets them into burglary and later escalates.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Peter Reichhardt, Morten Hoff, Lone Lindorff

Votes: 2,823

13. Twist and Shout (1984)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Denmark, 1963: Teenagers Bjørn and Erik are into girls and being in a band helps Bjørn meet Anna. Erik likes Kirsten but she likes Bjørn. Having a mentally ill mom at home also ruins Erik's chances. Anna's pregnancy changes everything.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Lars Simonsen, Camilla Søeberg, Ulrikke Bondo

Votes: 1,837

14. The Inheritance (2003)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A young man is torn between his individual hopes and his sense of duty when his father dies and he is expected to take over the family industry.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Lisa Werlinder, Ghita Nørby, Karina Skands

Votes: 4,779

15. In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures.

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Tomas Villum Jensen

Votes: 22,051

16. Day of Wrath (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th-century Denmark.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Kirsten Andreasen

Votes: 10,410

17. The Green Butchers (2003)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

2 Danish friends are tired of their employer and open their own butcher shop. An electrician accidentally dies in the freezer and he's sold as marinated chicken and business picks up. What happens when they run out of "chicken"?

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse, Ole Thestrup

Votes: 22,638 | Gross: $0.00M

18. King's Game (2004)

Not Rated | 107 min | Thriller

Election for the Danish parliament is up and the main opposition party has a chance at winning and its leader at becoming the next prime minister. The leader is hospitalized and the scheming begins.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel, Nicolas Bro

Votes: 4,455

19. The Olsen Gang in Jutland (1971)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

At the end of WWII, a German general hid a fortune in a bunker on the west coast of Jutland. The Olsen gang and company venture all the way from Copenhagen to find the treasure. They're not alone.

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Ove Sprogøe, Morten Grunwald, Poul Bundgaard, Kirsten Walther

Votes: 2,328

20. The Olsen Gang Sees Red (1976)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Egon Olsen and his 2 friends are hired to stage the theft of a Ming vase. He's double-crossed by the baron and wants revenge by swapping the Ming vase with a cheap copy during a big party at the castle. Will they succeed?

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Ove Sprogøe, Morten Grunwald, Poul Bundgaard, Kirsten Walther

Votes: 2,268

21. R (2010)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward... See full summary »

Directors: Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Roland Møller, Jacob Gredsted

Votes: 4,952

22. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama

When his wife dies, Lasse takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle, from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Björn Granath

Votes: 11,226 | Gross: $2.05M

23. Flame & Citron (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

74 Metascore

A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Peter Mygind

Votes: 19,066 | Gross: $0.15M

24. The Boys from St. Petri (1991)

111 min | Drama, War

A group of school-mates form a resistance group in nazi-occupied Denmark.

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Tomas Villum Jensen, Morten Buch Jørgensen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Christian Grønvall

Votes: 2,123

25. Brothers (2004)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Juel Werner

Votes: 11,402 | Gross: $0.38M

26. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A neo-Nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devoted minister.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

Votes: 51,283 | Gross: $0.00M

27. Martha (1967)

93 min | Comedy, Family

S/S Martha is from 1927 and no maintenance's been done since. Forgotten by HQ in CPH, the Danish crew has a good, stressless time. They celebrate a virgin crew member's 17th birthday buying him a woman. Suddenly, Martha's noticed by HQ.

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Poul Bundgaard, Morten Grunwald, Ove Sprogøe

Votes: 978

28. Cafe Paradise (1950)

97 min | Drama

This is the story of two different men and their struggle against alcoholism.

Directors: Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Ib Schønberg, Ingeborg Brams, Karin Nellemose

Votes: 198

29. Me and Charly (1978)

98 min | Drama

Steffen is picnicking with his girlfriend, daughter of a rich businessman, when he meets Charly - trying to steal Steffen's moped. Later they end up as BFFs despite the differences.

Directors: Morten Arnfred, Henning Kristiansen | Stars: Kim Jensen, Allan Olsen, Helle Nielsen, Ghita Nørby

Votes: 444

30. The Chronic Innocence (1985)

97 min | Drama

Danish high school seniors Janus and Tore are BFFs. They meet the new girl in school, Helle, at a party and Tore falls in love and starts dating her. Helle's mom is also interested in Tore.

Director: Edward Fleming | Stars: Allan Olsen, Thomas Algren, Simone Bendix, Susse Wold

Votes: 589



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