Best Norwegian Movies

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Best Norwegian Movies

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1. Headhunters (2011)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, 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: 92,202 | Gross: $1.20M

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

2. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History

62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 42,560 | Gross: $1.52M

Oscar Nominee Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

3. 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: 25,150

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

4. Insomnia (1997)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Mathiesen, Gisken Armand

Votes: 12,194 | Gross: $0.22M

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

5. King of Devil's Island (2010)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

Director: Marius Holst | Stars: Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner

Votes: 16,608 | Gross: $0.01M

Blu-ray (UK: English Subtitles)

6. Oslo, August 31st (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: 17,557 | Gross: $0.10M

Blu-ray (France: English Subtitles)

7. Reprise (2006)

R | 105 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman Høiner, Viktoria Winge, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 8,847 | Gross: $0.55M

8. Elling (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 13,574 | Gross: $0.31M

Oscar Nominee

9. 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: 64,700 | Gross: $0.25M

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

10. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 61,543 | Gross: $0.04M

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

11. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

59 Metascore

Still on the run from a group of Nazi zombies, a man seeks the aid of a group of American zombie enthusiasts, and discovers new techniques for fighting the zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 20,899

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

12. Nine Lives (1957)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

During World War II, nine members of the Norwegian Resistance trapped into a deadly Nazi ambush. Only one escapes on foot, and a fierce hunt through the ice desert has begun.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Jack Fjeldstad, Henny Moan, Alf Malland, Joachim Holst-Jensen

Votes: 1,527

Oscar Nominee

13. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A Warband intent on slaughter terrorizes northern Scandinavian villages in 1000 AD.

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi, Henrik H. Buljo

Votes: 4,605

Oscar Nominee Blu-ray (Norway: English Subtitles)

14. The Other Side of Sunday (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

The Other Side of Sunday criticizes the small, and often tight church community. We follow the Preachers Daughter; Maria, in her journey to liberate herself from the stiff church community and her strict religious father.

Director: Berit Nesheim | Stars: Marie Theisen, Hildegun Riise, Bjørn Sundquist, Sylvia Salvesen

Votes: 1,117

Oscar Nominee

15. The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 11,871

Blu-ray (International: English Subtitles)

16. The Bothersome Man (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions.

Director: Jens Lien | Stars: Trond Fausa, Petronella Barker, Per Schaanning, Birgitte Larsen

Votes: 15,523

17. Cold Prey (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

5 young Norwegians head up to the mountains to snowboard. One breaks his leg and it's getting dark soon, so they spend the night in a big, abandoned hotel, closed 30 years ago. They are not alone.

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

Votes: 16,212

Blu-ray (Norway: English Subtitles)

18. Cold Prey 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

Jannicke wakes up in the hospital. All of her friends are dead. As she walks through the dark corridors, she thinks she is left alone. But the nightmare isn't over yet.

Director: Mats Stenberg | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, Kim Arne Hagen, Johanna Mørck

Votes: 8,063

Blu-ray (Norway: English Subtitles)

19. Cold Prey III (2010)

95 min | Horror, Thriller

Takes place in the 80's where a group of teenagers go to visit an abandoned hotel, only to find themselves hunted by a psychotic killer through the Norwegian woods.

Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose | Stars: Ida Marie Bakkerud, Julie Rusti, Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen, Pål Stokka

Votes: 3,539

Blu-ray (Norway: English Subtitles)

20. Buddy (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By ... See full summary »

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Nicolai Cleve Broch, Aksel Hennie, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta

Votes: 4,191

Blu-ray (Germany: No English)

21. Fallen Angels (2008)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Murder and trouble hits Veum when he meets up with classmates in the rock-band Camp, when he resumes contact with a former flame Rebecca, now wife of his buddy. A Varg Veum mystery by best-selling crime novel by Gunnar Staalesen. Staalesen.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Per Kjerstad, Bjørn Floberg, Pia Tjelta

Votes: 1,994

Blu-ray (Norway: English Subtitles)

22. Nokas (2010)

87 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The movie portrays Norway's most spectacular robbery, where 11 men occupied central Stavanger for twenty minutes and escaped with 57 million kroner (appx $10 million). A police officer was shot and killed.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Marit Synnøve Berg, Frode Winther, Morten Larsen, Tov Sletta

Votes: 3,951

Blu-ray (Norway: English Subtitles)

23. Pioneer (2013)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, 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: 4,566 | Gross: $0.01M

Blu-ray (English Subtitles)

24. Gone with the Woman (2007)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A woman moves into a young man's home and starts to run his life -- a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Trond Fausa, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Peter Stormare, Louise Monot

Votes: 1,965

25. Sons of Norway (2011)

87 min | Drama

It's not easy to rebel when your dad wants to join the party... One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son Nikolaj hit the wall in their new terrace house in Rykkinn. Magnus is an architect, ... See full summary »

Director: Jens Lien | Stars: Sven Nordin, Åsmund Høeg, Sonja Richter, John Lydon

Votes: 1,586

26. Kitchen Stories (2003)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson

Votes: 7,748 | Gross: $0.35M

27. Next Door (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: 8,302

28. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Romance

70 Metascore

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen | Stars: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup, Beate Støfring

Votes: 8,857 | Gross: $0.12M

Blu-ray (Germany: No English)

29. Troubled Water (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Music

A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Trine Dyrholm, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Fredrik Grøndahl

Votes: 5,475

Blu-ray (Norway: No English)

30. Lake of the Dead (1958)

76 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director: Kåre Bergstrøm | Stars: André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Henki Kolstad, Per Lillo-Stenberg

Votes: 1,591

31. Zero Kelvin (1995)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Gard B. Eidsvold, Bjørn Sundquist, Camilla Martens

Votes: 1,715

32. Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced (2000)

95 min | Comedy, Music

Norwegian mock-documentary following the trials and tribulations of boy-band Boyzvoice, their fans and management.

Directors: Espen Eckbo, Henrik Elvestad, Mathis Fürst | Stars: Espen Eckbo, Øyvind Thoen, Kaare Daniel Steen, Henrik Elvestad

Votes: 1,369

33. The Wave (2015)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Votes: 29,359 | Gross: $0.18M

34. In Order of Disappearance (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

When his son is mistakenly murdered, a snowplow driver starts seeking revenge, which ignites a war between two gangsters.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro

Votes: 22,081 | Gross: $0.05M

35. 1,000 Times Good Night (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, War

57 Metascore

Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis

Votes: 6,987 | Gross: $0.05M

Blu-ray (UK: Region B)

36. Blind (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Forsaken in a new Oslo apartment, a frail blind woman battles to come to terms with her condition, as she slowly retracts into an elaborate fantasy bubble. Are her stories fanning her suspicions, or is this what total blindness looks like?

Director: Eskil Vogt | Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt

Votes: 6,644

37. Sons (2006)

103 min | Drama

Trouble starts when Lars, a 25-year-old with few prospects for the future, discovers that an older man is fooling around with the teenage boys in his suburb. A terrible rage is triggered in... See full summary »

Director: Erik Richter Strand | Stars: Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Mikkel Bratt Silset, Edward Schultheiss, Henrik Mestad

Votes: 1,356

38. The Art of Negative Thinking (2006)

79 min | Comedy, Drama

The local disability support group visits an involuntary member, not realizing that it will bring them to a critical mass.

Director: Bård Breien | Stars: Fridtjov Såheim, Kirsti Eline Torhaug, Henrik Mestad, Marian Saastad Ottesen

Votes: 3,119

39. Hamsun (1996)

Not Rated | 159 min | Biography, Drama, War

Norwegian Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun's controversial support for the Nazi regime during WW2 and its consequences for the Hamsun family after the war.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby, Anette Hoff, Gard B. Eidsvold

Votes: 1,359

40. Hawaii, Oslo (2004)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 4,435

41. The Man Who Loved Yngve (2008)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A teenage boy loses his footing when he finds himself drawn to the new boy in class.

Director: Stian Kristiansen | Stars: Rolf Kristian Larsen, Arthur Berning, Ida Elise Broch, Ole Christoffer Ertvaag

Votes: 4,182

42. Olsen-banden (II) (1968)

82 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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: 1,478

43. Olsen-banden tar gull (1972)

94 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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: 800

44. Olsenbanden for full musikk (1976)

91 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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: 769

45. Orion's Belt (1985)

PG | 87 min | Action, Thriller

A group of seamen from Norway find a Soviet listening station and they become targets for both America and Russia. Another cold war takes place.

Directors: Ola Solum, Tristan de Vere Cole | Stars: Helge Jordal, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Hans Ola Sørlie, Kjersti Holmen

Votes: 1,898

46. A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang, his ex, a few women - and a snitch. His son has a fiancé. Her family doesn't approve ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Jorunn Kjellsby, Gard B. Eidsvold

Votes: 6,349 | Gross: $0.04M

47. Uno (2004)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

Uno is a story from inner-city Oslo about David, a twentyfive-year-old with few prospects for the future. His days are spent hanging around with petty criminals at an inner-city gym. Still,... See full summary »

Directors: Aksel Hennie, John Andreas Andersen | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Floberg, Espen Juul Kristiansen

Votes: 3,863