My Danish Movies

by isaias adames | created - 28 May 2013 | updated - 03 Aug 2016 | Public

I love my danish movies...that dry and sarcastic humor, those taboo topics...oh yes, some of my favorite directors come from this country: Susane Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen, Thomas Vinterberg, Lone Scherfig, Jannik Johansen, Ole Christian Madsen, Lars Von Trier and others.

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1. 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: 73,451 | Gross: $1.65M

The Celebration

2. 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: 29,425 | Gross: $0.41M

After the Wedding

3. In a Better World (2010)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 36,568 | Gross: $1.01M

4. 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: 243,002 | Gross: $0.69M

The Hunt

5. 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: 10,373 | Gross: $0.38M

Brothers

6. Superclásico (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy

Christian is a Copenhagen wine seller on the brink of bankruptcy. Equally unsuccessful in just about every other aspect of life, it has been 17 months since his wife Anna left him. Anna ... See full summary »

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Mikael Bertelsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jamie Morton, Paprika Steen

Votes: 2,302

7. Open Hearts (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 9,006 | Gross: $0.12M

Open Hearts

8. The One and Only (1999)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

When handyman Niller comes to install Sus' new kitchen one day, their immediate crush is a sweet escape from both of their problematic relationships.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Niels Olsen, Søs Egelind, Rafael Edholm

Votes: 3,911

The One and Only

9. 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: 16,476 | Gross: $0.15M

10. 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: 2,571

Worlds Apart

11. A Family (2010)

102 min | Drama

A successful Danish family faces agonizing choices when its charismatic patriarch falls ill.

Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Pilou Asbæk, Anne Louise Hassing

Votes: 1,132

12. Oldboys (2009)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Now in his fifties, Vagn leads a solitary life and plays football with a group of similarly aged men, some even older. After being left behind at a petrol station by his teammates on their ... See full summary »

Director: Nikolaj Steen | Stars: Kristian Halken, Robert Hansen, Laura Christensen, Rasmus Bjerg

Votes: 926

13. 10 timer til Paradis (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.

Director: Mads Matthiesen | Stars: Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, David Winters

Votes: 4,066 | Gross: $0.02M

14. 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 Funen and renovate it.

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

Votes: 17,701

Flickering Lights

15. 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 devotional priest.

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

Votes: 41,910 | Gross: $0.00M

Adam's Apples

16. The Art of Crying (2006)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Schønau Fog | Stars: Jannik Lorenzen, Jesper Asholt, Julie Kolbeck, Hanne Hedelund

Votes: 2,039

17. Fear Me Not (2008)

95 min | Drama, Thriller

A man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results.

Director: Kristian Levring | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen, Emma Sehested Høeg, Lars Brygmann

Votes: 1,449

Fear me not

18. Daisy Diamond (2007)

94 min | Drama

A tragic story about Anna who dreams of one thing only: making it as an actress. She moves from Sweden to Copenhagen to pursue her dream. But fate has something else in store for her. ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Staho | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Thure Lindhardt, Benedikte Hansen, Morten Kirkskov

Votes: 1,072

19. Aftermath (2004)

104 min | Drama

A young married couple has to deal with their emotional breakdowns after the death of their only daughter.

Director: Paprika Steen | Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Mikael Birkkjær, Søren Pilmark, Lena Endre

Votes: 681

Aftermath

20. The Candidate (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

Jonas Bechmann, a defense attorney, is a man of the system. Until the day he himself is accused of murder. Taking matters into his own hands, he throws himself into the hunt for a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Kasper Barfoed | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Ulf Pilgaard, Laura Christensen, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 2,548

21. 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: 17,703 | Gross: $0.00M

The Green Butchers

22. Murk (2005)

124 min | Drama, Thriller

The psychological thriller "Murk" tells the story of Jacob, who is investigating into the circumstances surrounding his sister's death on her wedding night.

Director: Jannik Johansen | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Nicolas Bro, Laura Drasbæk, Lisbet Lundquist

Votes: 2,508

23. Italian for Beginners (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk, Peter Gantzler

Votes: 12,284 | Gross: $4.45M

Italian for beginners

24. Okay (2002)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A bittersweet comedy with dogma star Paprika Steen in the strong leading role.

Director: Jesper W. Nielsen | Stars: Paprika Steen, Troels Lyby, Ole Ernst, Nicolaj Kopernikus

Votes: 1,425

25. Little Soldier (2008)

100 min | Drama

A soldier returning from war is hired by her own father to drive his prostitutes around town. She calls upon herself to help one of them.

Director: Annette K. Olesen | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Lorna Brown, Finn Nielsen, Rasmus Botoft

Votes: 604

26. 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: 4,457

Inheritance

27. Nothing's All Bad (2010)

93 min | Drama

Follows the lives of four longing souls. Ingeborg who feels unattractive and young Jonas who is so attractive that he can literally sell some of what he's got. Anna, a young beautiful woman... See full summary »

Director: Mikkel Munch-Fals | Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Sebastian Jessen, Henrik Prip, Mille Lehfeldt

Votes: 945

Nothing's All Bad

28. Drabet (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A college professor abandons his family and his career in order to champion his mistress, a student radical accused of killing a policeman.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Beate Bille, Charlotte Fich

Votes: 2,265

29. Prague (2006)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

Christoffer and Maja's trip to Prague to bring back Chistoffer's deceased father evolves into the story of a break-up. In the wake of the events that follow, secrets gradually emerge which threaten to destroy their marriage.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Borivoj Navrátil, Jana Plodková

Votes: 2,680

30. Angels in Fast Motion (2005)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The intense, realistic and unflinching tale of Maria, Allan and Steso, who are struggling for survival in urban life, about drugs.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Signe Egholm Olsen, Claus Riis Østergaard, Thure Lindhardt, Farshad Kholghi

Votes: 2,501

31. Brotherhood (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when it's discovered.

Director: Nicolo Donato | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro, Morten Holst

Votes: 2,965 | Gross: $0.02M

Brotherhood

32. A Second Chance (2014)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

35 Metascore

A conscientious police officer who investigates a violent case of domestic dispute in the squalid apartment of a drug addict has to make the most contemptible decision in his life. Just how far would a parent go to get a second chance?

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Roland Møller, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Ulrich Thomsen

Votes: 5,014

A second chance

33. Sorrow and Joy (2013)

107 min | Drama

In SORROW AND JOY filmmaker Johannes and his wife, schoolteacher Signe, experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. Nevertheless, in all the hopelessness they must ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Helle Fagralid, Ida Dwinger, Kristian Halken

Votes: 1,044

In Sorrow and Joy

34. Someone You Love (2014)

95 min | Drama

World famous singer-songwriter Thomas Jacob is based in Los Angeles. He is a very successful man who has burned a lot of bridges. He lives and breathes music and very little else. When ... See full summary »

Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Sofus Rønnov

Votes: 900

Someone you Love

35. Men & Chicken (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling

Votes: 9,176 | Gross: $0.03M

36. A Hijacking (2012)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller

Votes: 14,774 | Gross: $0.41M

37. 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: 4,231

38. Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Police inspector Carl Mørck is put in charge of a department of cold cases, joined only by his assistant, Assad. They dig into a case about a disappeared woman.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Per Scheel Krüger, Troels Lyby, Øyvind B. Fabricius Holm

Votes: 21,246

39. Department Q: The Absent One (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

The murder of young twins initially implicates a group of upper class students as the killers, though the case takes a turn or two from its starting point.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Pilou Asbæk, David Dencik

Votes: 15,733

40. 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: 8,607 | Gross: $0.12M

41. Idealisten (2015)

114 min | Thriller

A whistleblower attempts to reveal the secret behind a nuclear disaster that occurred during the height of the Cold War.

Director: Christina Rosendahl | Stars: Peter Plaugborg, Søren Malling, Arly Jover, Thomas Bo Larsen

Votes: 1,196

42. Speed Walking (2014)

108 min | Drama, History

Martin (14) is forced to deal with confused sexuality and the loss of a mother in a provincial setting in the mid-seventies, where the famed Danish liberation of porn has had its influence on the grownups.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Frederik Winther Rasmussen

Votes: 1,178

43. Sommeren '92 (2015)

93 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The 1992 Danish football team competes for the European Championship.

Director: Kasper Barfoed | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Cyron Melville, Esben Smed

Votes: 2,456

44. The Commune (2016)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

60 Metascore

A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares, Ulrich Thomsen, Julie Agnete Vang

Votes: 5,591 | Gross: $0.04M



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