Bodil award for best danish film

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1. 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: 150

2. The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman (1948)

105 min | Drama, War

On the 9th of April 1940, the crew of a Danish merchant ship receives the news of Germany's invasion of Denmark. Instead of returning home, they vote in favor of setting course for England.... See full summary »

Directors: Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Lisbeth Movin, Lau Lauritzen, Johannes Meyer

Votes: 37

6. Adam og Eva (1953)

96 min | Comedy

Early romantic and mildly erotic comedy by Danish star director Erik Balling who earned his first Bodil awards from this 1953 movie. It's all about an anonymous little gray book originating... See full summary »

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Louis Miehe-Renard, Sonja Jensen, Per Buckhøj, Inger Lassen

Votes: 37

7. Farlig ungdom (1953)

104 min | Crime, Drama

Egon, a young man from Jutland living with relatives in Copenhagen, meets sensible young girl Ruth and falls in love. But Egon is involved with a gang of criminals, and when they assault a ... See full summary »

Director: Lau Lauritzen | Stars: Ib Mossin, Birgitte Price, Per Lauesgaard, Ole Wisborg

Votes: 39

8. 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: 12,307

11. Be Dear to Me (1957)

101 min | Drama, Family

The eight year old girl, Lene, feels neglected by her loving, but busy parents. One day when she is once again let down, she run away from home. On her adventure she meets new people, buys a dog and see the ocean.

Director: Annelise Hovmand | Stars: Eva Cohn, Lily Weiding, Hans Kurt, Jørgen Reenberg

Votes: 43

12. Sin Alley (1957)

86 min | Crime, Drama

Desperation has a good hold of the youngsters. There are no more than 30,000 teacherships. Young people from the province are flowing to Copenhagen in the hope that the possibilities are greater there.

Directors: Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt, Robert Saaskin | Stars: Birgitte Price, Ib Mossin, Ghita Nørby, Bent Christensen

Votes: 58

13. En fremmed banker på (1959)

83 min | Drama

A stranger - a fugitive, a sought-after - walks through a deserted landscape a late rainy day in August 1947. He reaches the sea, walks along the beach, the waves scream. He is lost. As ... See full summary »

Director: Johan Jacobsen | Stars: Birgitte Federspiel, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Victor Montell

Votes: 56

14. Vi er allesammen tossede (1959)

83 min | Comedy

A comedy of a man's Kafkaesque experience with the Danish welfare system starting with the IRS, the traffic police thinking he's drunk because he's seeing elephants (he drove into one earlier) and finally from jail to a mental hospital.

Director: Sven Methling | Stars: Kjeld Petersen, Jessie Rindom, Birgitte Reimer, Buster Larsen

Votes: 153

15. Den sidste vinter (1960)

91 min | Drama, War

During the latter part of WW2, The Danish resistance is taking care of an English agent after getting hurt on his arrival by plane. The agent's goal is a sabotage action, but a traitor is among them.

Directors: Frank Dunlop, Anker Sørensen, Edvin Tiemroth | Stars: Tony Britton, Dieter Eppler, John Wittig, Birgitte Federspiel

Votes: 46

16. Harry og kammertjeneren (1961)

105 min | Comedy, Family

Set in the late fifties in Denmark the poor junk yard assistant Harry inherits some money. He decides to use the money to hire a butler. The butler isn't too keen on the job at first, but ... See full summary »

Director: Bent Christensen | Stars: Osvald Helmuth, Ebbe Rode, Gunnar Lauring, Henning Moritzen

Votes: 348

17. Weekend (1962)

84 min | Drama

A group of wealthy middle-aged people meet at a summerhouse. They spend the time nagging and quarreling out of frustration.

Director: Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt | Stars: Jens Østerholm, Birgit Brüel, Willy Rathnov, Elsebet Knudsen

Votes: 54

18. Street Without End (1963)

80 min | Drama

The workdays of three Copenhagen street prostitutes. 22-year-old Sunny lured by a friend how to make easy money. Doris the luxury escort suffers of an urge for love. Connie drinks to forget.

Director: Mogens Vemmer | Stars: Sunny Nielsen, Poul Jacobsen, Doris Johansen, Connie Ohlsen

Votes: 12

19. Gertrud (1964)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Romance

In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe

Votes: 4,964

20. Strike First Freddy (1965)

100 min | Comedy

A sales agent of prank items, a real prankster, is returning to Denmark by ferry, when his bag is exchanged with a secret agent's bag. He ends up as a not so secret agent - bringing fun into the otherwise serious spy business.

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

Votes: 646

21. 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: 2,533

22. People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart (1967)

X | 95 min | Comedy

It's a story of fire and play. About women and men. About life and death. About the marvelous legality of coincidences. . It's a story of love. About heavenly and mortal and devilish love.

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Preben Neergaard, Eva Dahlbeck, Erik Wedersøe

Votes: 45

23. Ballad of Carl-Henning (1969)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

The warmhearted but rather naive Carl Henning (Jesper Klein) is an 18 y.o. dairy apprentice. He takes the run after a nightly fight with his employer (John Wittig), and is soon introduced to society's darker sides.

Directors: Lene Grønlykke, Sven Grønlykke | Stars: Jesper Klein, Paul Hüttel, Inge Baaring, Edith Thrane

Votes: 77

25. Ang.: Lone (1970)

97 min | Drama

Lone flees from a girls' home in Jutland, and goes to Copenhagen after a showdown. Here we follow her through various environments until she disappears into the city's throng.

Director: Franz Ernst | Stars: Pernille Kløvedal, Margit Iversen, Steen Kaalø, Peter Engberg

Votes: 52

26. Den forsvundne fuldmægtig (1971)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Two men disappear at the same time, one of them commits suicide with dynamite. The police try to figure out who it was and what happened to the other.

Director: Gert Fredholm | Stars: Ove Sprogøe, Bodil Kjer, Karl Stegger, Poul Thomsen

Votes: 306

28. Lars Ole, 5c (1973)

84 min | Drama

It's nice to be a kid with school, play and friends. But just below the surface is astonishing cruelty, craftiness and seriousness that can make the life hell for a 12-year-old boy in the 5th grade.

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Søren Rasmussen, Knud Randa Frank Nielsen, Lars Randrup Mikkelsen, Judith Nysom

Votes: 158

29. That Brief Summer (1976)

96 min | Drama, War

During the German occupation of Denmark in WW2, a Danish woman falls in love with a German officer.

Director: Edward Fleming | Stars: Ghita Nørby, Casper Bjørk, Bo Jeppesen, Henning Jensen

Votes: 32

30. Boys (1977)

83 min | Drama

Three episodes that illustrate three steps in a boy's relationship with the sexual. First as five-years old meeting with the more experienced cousin, then the first serious crush as seventeen and finally the student's carefree girl hunt.

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Lars Junggren, Inez Thomsen, Ilse Rande, Jesper Hede

Votes: 219

31. 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: 378

32. Honning måne (1978)

95 min | Drama, Romance

A young man finds love and settles down, but when his young wife spirals into depression they both have decisions to make.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Claus Strandberg, Kirsten Olesen, Jens Okking, Poul Bundgaard

Votes: 115

33. Johnny Larsen (1979)

100 min | Romance, Drama

The coming of age of a young man in the 1950s.

Director: Morten Arnfred | Stars: Allan Olsen, Ole Dupont, Aksel Erhardtsen, Jannie Faurschou

Votes: 181

34. 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: 277

35. Rubber Tarzan (1981)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Family

Ivan is a very lonely 8 year boy who is bullied almost every day in school. Even his father taunts him because Ivan litteraly is a weakling (That should explain the title Rubber Tarzan). As... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Alex Svanbjerg, Otto Brandenburg, Peter Schrøder, Susanne Heinrich

Votes: 982

36. 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

37. Beauty and the Beast (1983)

87 min | Drama

In Århus, Denmark, mom's in hospital, pregnant, while dad and 16 y.o.daughter are spending time together painting the baby room. Dad can't accept that his daughter has grown up with interest in guys etc. Instead, he turns to spying on her.

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Line Arlien-Søborg, Jesper Klein, Carsten Jørgensen, Merete Voldstedlund

Votes: 437

38. The Element of Crime (1984)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells

Votes: 8,557

39. 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

40. Flamberede hjerter (1986)

114 min | Comedy

Henriette is a fiercely independent nurse with the knack of solving all her friends problems, without being able to cope with her own. Lonely and single, she conceals a soft centre beneath ... See full summary »

Director: Helle Ryslinge | Stars: Kirsten Lehfeldt, Torben Jensen, Peter Hesse Overgaard, Søren Østergaard

Votes: 170

41. 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: 9,276 | Gross: $2.05M

42. Skyggen af Emma (1988)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven-year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma's parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Line Kruse, Börje Ahlstedt, Erik Wedersøe, Søren Østergaard

Votes: 299

43. Memories of a Marriage (1989)

90 min | Drama

The active Regitze and passive Karl Aage have a party with friends and family at their allotment garden. He reminisces his life with her from meeting her during WWII, having a son, the son graduating, etc. up to present day.

Director: Kaspar Rostrup | Stars: Frits Helmuth, Mikael Helmuth, Ghita Nørby, Rikke Bendsen

Votes: 595

45. Europa (1991)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Votes: 18,371 | Gross: $1.01M

46. Kærlighedens smerte (1992)

115 min | Drama

A young woman who falls in love with her teacher is hit by heartache and challenges she is not prepared for and struggles to escape her dark frame of mind.

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Tanja Skov, Martin Berg, Marianne Pedersen, Majken Jensen

Votes: 388

47. De frigjorte (1993)

97 min | Comedy

The early 1990's: 300,000 Danes are out of work. Viggo, a machinist with two grown children, is silent about feelings, scared he'll lose his job, loud about the value of trade unionism, ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Clausen | Stars: Erik Clausen, Helle Ryslinge, Leif Sylvester, Anne Marie Helger

Votes: 415

48. 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: 16,123 | Gross: $0.09M

49. The Beast Within (1995)

79 min | Drama

Through the adults surrounding him, eight year-old Frederik is confronted with animalistic desires, abandonment, death, hatred, and envy. His parents hold little love for each other, and ... See full summary »

Director: Carsten Rudolf | Stars: Cyron Melville, Michelle Bjørn-Andersen, Jens Okking, Søren Pilmark

Votes: 87

50. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

7.9