Best Danish films

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1. The Idiots (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby

Votes: 27,686 | Gross: $0.01M

2. The Dark Side of the Moon (1986)

90 min | Drama, Romance

A man has been in prison for sixteen years after killing of his wife. Now he seeks to create a new life, where he only finds warmth and fellowship with Turkish immigrants. He will also try to come to terms with the daughter who hates him.

Director: Erik Clausen | Stars: Christina Bengtsson, Mogens Eckert, Stig Hoffmeyer, Kim Jansson

Votes: 43

4. Long Story Short (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Long Story Short is the story of Ellen and her friends, all in their late thirties/early forties, and their more or less self-inflicted complications of love and longing for romantic ... See full summary »

Director: May el-Toukhy | Stars: Mille Lehfeldt, Peter Gantzler, Trine Dyrholm, Danica Curcic

Votes: 447

5. 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: 238,408 | Gross: $0.69M

6. Submarino (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Votes: 8,650

7. 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: 16,242 | Gross: $4.40M

8. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

72 Metascore

Danish soldiers are sent to Afghanistan in 2009 for 6 month, to help stabilize the country against Taliban. They're stationed on Armadillo military base in Helman province. Unlike other war movies, this is the real deal - no actors.

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 8,876 | Gross: $0.01M

9. 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: 3,695

10. The Kingdom (1994–1997)

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, Holger Juul Hansen

Votes: 16,012 | Gross: $0.09M

11. The Dolphin (2017)

29 min | Short, Drama

Anna takes her 7-years old son Robert to the beach to finish his swimming course, the DOLPHIN, but something is terribly wrong and Anna needs to face reality.

Director: Laurits Munch-Petersen | Stars: Pernille Andersen, Viktor Andersen, Thure Lindhardt, Laurits Munch-Petersen

Votes: 45

12. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 27,766 | Gross: $0.44M

13. Land of Plenty (1983)

106 min | Drama

Knud is a pig farmer, and he lives woth his wife, Katrine, and their two young children. But life gets tough when the problems start to pile up at the pig farm and in their private life.

Director: Morten Arnfred | Stars: Ole Ernst, Karen-Lise Mynster, Anna Vallgårda, Ricki Rasmussen

Votes: 59

15. 1864 (2014)

TV-14 | 460 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

When Prussia and Austria declare war on Denmark, two brothers are called to serve in the bloodiest battle in Denmark's history.

Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Bent Mejding, Marie Tourell Søderberg

Votes: 2,880

16. A War (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, War

81 Metascore

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck

Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $0.12M

17. In the Blood (2016)

114 min | Drama

Four students buy an apartment together in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, and move in together. We follow their 20s, their ups and downs and the loneliness they discover after they split.

Director: Rasmus Heisterberg | Stars: Kristoffer Bech, Susana Hermansen Valenzuela, Nana Kirstine Bruhn-Rasmussen, Elliott Crosset Hove

Votes: 548

18. Benny's Bathtub (1971)

41 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

While Benny's father is busy working and his mother occupied with friends Benny discover a wonderful world in his own bathtub.

Directors: Jannik Hastrup, Flemming Quist Møller | Stars: Bo Jakobsen, Jesper Klein, Peter Belli, Jytte Abildstrøm

Votes: 509

19. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 29,256 | Gross: $0.41M

20. Minor Mishaps (2002)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

When a man's wife dies in an accident, his children return home to deal with the tragedy together.

Director: Annette K. Olesen | Stars: Jørgen Kiil, Maria Rich, Henrik Prip, Jesper Christensen

Votes: 672

22. Hunger (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitte Federspiel, Knud Rex

Votes: 2,493

23. The Biggest Heroes (1996)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

The bank robbers Karsten and Peter are on the run in Sweden. With them is one of their teenage daughter.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Thomas Bo Larsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Mia Maria Back, Bjarne Henriksen

Votes: 985

24. Jauja (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Western

77 Metascore

A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

Director: Lisandro Alonso | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger, Esteban Bigliardi

Votes: 3,448

25. Worlds Apart (2008)

116 min | Drama

The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Jens Jørn Spottag, Sarah Boberg

Votes: 2,558

26. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama

The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 9,175 | Gross: $2.05M

27. 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: 73,104 | Gross: $1.65M

28. 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: 7,174 | Gross: $0.59M

29. Soldaten og Jenny (1947)

92 min | Drama, Romance

A good natured soldier with a killer right hand, falls in love with a beautiful girl who has a troubled past.

Director: Johan Jacobsen | Stars: Bodil Kjer, Poul Reichhardt, Karin Nellemose, Sigfred Johansen

Votes: 137

30. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 10,048

31. Jeppe på bjerget (1981)

110 min | Comedy

The Baron, and his people decide to imagine a social experiment. They carry Jeppe, who is the most inept peasant of all, and who is senseless of drinking, up into the Baron's bed to see ... See full summary »

Director: Kaspar Rostrup | Stars: Buster Larsen, Else Benedikte Madsen, Henning Jensen, Kurt Ravn

Votes: 276

32. Sonny Soufflé chok show (1986–1987)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Animation

Two hosts (Sonny & Sonny) present various segments, including the adventure/romantic series "Tannhäuser" (a spoof on Star Wars featuring the mechanic Reinhardt and his son Kurt struggling ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Wikke, Steen Rasmussen, Dorte Højsted, Nanna Møller

Votes: 94

33. We Are All Demons (1969)

98 min | Drama

He is showing up like a shadow to seamen, and death and shipwreck follow in his tracks. He is their anxiety. Now he is targeting the proud Ariel, and the captain realizes is days are counted.

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Lise Fjeldstad, Hans Stormoen, Claus Nissen, Allan Edwall

Votes: 17

34. Ditte, Child of Man (1946)

99 min | Drama

Ditte grows up with her grandparents. When the mother moves with Lars Peter, Ditte is taken home to take care of her siblings. She comes to work at Bakkegården, but is thrown out as she awaits children.

Director: Bjarne Henning-Jensen | Stars: Tove Maës, Karen Poulsen, Rasmus Ottesen, Karen Lykkehus

Votes: 333

35. Prop and Berta (2000)

Not Rated | 77 min | Animation, Family

Prop & Berta is the story of a friendship between a little stout man and a big and proud cow, who are able to talk to each other. Together they confront an ugly and evil witch who is ... See full summary »

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Otto Brandenburg, Paprika Steen, Lisbet Dahl, Axel Strøbye

Votes: 217

37. Altid ballade (1955)

90 min | Drama

Early Danish kitchen sink drama by Academy Award winner Gabriel Axel with an entertaining mix of working class daily life, children rivalry, crime and romance.

Director: Gabriel Axel | Stars: Sigrid Horne-Rasmussen, Carl Heger, Frode Arne Pedersen, Annie Birgit Garde

Votes: 17

38. Tro, håb og kærlighed (1984)

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: 1,449

39. Tak fordi du kom, Nick (1941)

92 min | Family

Nellemose shines in Kjeld Abell's comedy, meticulously diagnosing weaknesses of gender roles and class cultures of the day.

Director: Svend Methling | Stars: Karin Nellemose, Gunnar Lauring, Sigfred Johansen, Minna Jørgensen

Votes: 7

40. Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy

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: 12,098

41. Vampyr (1932)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz

Votes: 13,612

43. The End of the World (1916)

77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A comet, passing by Earth, causes rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world.

Director: August Blom | Stars: Olaf Fønss, Carl Lauritzen, Ebba Thomsen, Johanne Fritz-Petersen

Votes: 255

44. Kira's Reason: A Love Story (2001)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Kira and Mads try to work out their marriage, after Kira has been two years in a mental institution, but is she really ready for the real world?

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Stine Stengade, Lars Mikkelsen, Sven Wollter, Peaches Latrice Petersen

Votes: 887 | Gross: $0.00M

45. We Shall Overcome (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Family

A drama about a boy who's inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Bent Mejding, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jens Jørn Spottag, Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis

Votes: 2,394

46. The Charmer (2017)

100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

78 Metascore

"The Charmer" is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him.

Director: Milad Alami | Stars: Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann, Susan Taslimi

Votes: 524 | Gross: $0.03M

47. Holiday (I) (2018)

93 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera.

Director: Isabella Eklöf | Stars: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer, Michiel de Jong

Votes: 1,282



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