45 Best Scandinavian Movies_(Updated_2022)

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1. 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: 323,957 | Gross: $0.69M

2. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Russia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, Pavel Ponomaryov, Lyubov Agapova

Votes: 45,643 | Gross: $0.18M

3. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 47,580 | Gross: $1.55M

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years by young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 459,222 | Gross: $102.52M

5. The Bombardment (2021)

TV-MA | 107 min | Drama, History, War

The fates of several Copenhagen residents collide when a WWII bombing mission accidentally targets a school full of children.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Caspar Phillipson, Alex Høgh Andersen, Danica Curcic, Olaf Johannessen

Votes: 9,981

6. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 54,834 | Gross: $1.36M

7. Nomadland (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

Votes: 154,745

8. 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: 34,706 | Gross: $0.41M

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 216,382 | Gross: $10.10M

10. 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: 40,976 | Gross: $0.44M

11. 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: 50,642 | Gross: $0.00M

12. A Man Called Ove (2015)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Director: Hannes Holm | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll

Votes: 54,675 | Gross: $3.36M

13. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,435

14. 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: 10,363 | Gross: $0.12M

15. 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: 18,877 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Riders of Justice (2020)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Markus goes home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Lars Brygmann

Votes: 48,255

17. 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: 24,566 | Gross: $0.10M

18. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Gotthardt Olsen

Votes: 58,255 | Gross: $0.21M

19. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 123,717 | Gross: $0.79M

20. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

60 Metascore

The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman's care.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Bell

Votes: 92,219 | Gross: $0.33M

21. Headhunters (2011)

R | 100 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: 102,026 | Gross: $1.20M

22. Heartstone (2016)

Unrated | 129 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl.

Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson | Stars: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir

Votes: 5,432

23. Reprise (2006)

R | 105 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, two competitive friends 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: 12,596 | Gross: $0.55M

24. Frozen Land (2005)

130 min | Drama

When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola, Petteri Summanen

Votes: 5,869

25. Sami Blood (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

79 Metascore

A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930's at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

Director: Amanda Kernell | Stars: Maj-Doris Rimpi, Olle Sarri, Ánne Biret Somby, Bo Lundmark

Votes: 7,612

26. Rams (2020)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A decades-long feud between two sheep farming brothers comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.

Director: Jeremy Sims | Stars: Sam Neill, Michael Caton, Wayne Blair, Kipan Rothbury

Votes: 2,584

27. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 181,403 | Gross: $3.03M

28. The Square (2017)

R | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 63,599 | Gross: $1.50M

29. Utøya: July 22 (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Brede Fristad

Votes: 14,275

30. In Order of Disappearance (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

74 Metascore

After his son is murdered by drug dealers, a snowplow driver starts seeking revenge.

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

Votes: 27,150 | Gross: $0.05M

31. Jordskott (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A detective returns to her hometown seven years after her daughter's disappearance, trying to find a connection to a current case.

Stars: Moa Gammel, Göran Ragnerstam, Richard Forsgren, Happy Jankell

Votes: 4,661

32. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Kaija Pakarinen, Tuomari Nurmio

Votes: 12,284 | Gross: $0.18M

33. 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: 8,459

34. And Breathe Normally (2018)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two women's lives will intersect while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Director: Isold Uggadottir | Stars: Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Kolbeinn Arnbjörnsson

Votes: 3,089

35. Border (2018)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

75 Metascore

A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

Director: Ali Abbasi | Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén

Votes: 29,580 | Gross: $0.77M

36. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 57,597 | Gross: $3.83M

37. Copenhagen (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

When the girl of your dreams is half your age, it's time to grow up.

Director: Mark Raso | Stars: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Olivia Grant

Votes: 13,277

38. Hope (2019)

125 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.

Director: Maria Sødahl | Stars: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne, Alfred Vatne

Votes: 1,805

39. A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Ulrik's released from prison after 12 years for murder. Will he go straight? He gets a room and a job as mechanic. He hooks up with his old gang. His son introduces him as uncle to his pregnant fiancée.

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

Votes: 6,982 | Gross: $0.04M

40. Aberdeen (2000)

106 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A mom dying in Aberdeen, Scotland, asks her coke snorting, nympho, London lawyer daughter to get her estranged, alcoholic dad in Oslo, Norway, to Aberdeen. He's drunk at the airport, so they travel together by car and ferry.

Directors: Hans Petter Moland, Tony Spataro | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Lena Headey, Jean Anderson, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 3,290 | Gross: $0.06M

41. The Father Who Moves Mountains (2021)

TV-MA | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

Mircea, a retired intelligence officer, finds out that his son from has gone missing in the mountains. After days of searches, Mircea put his own rescue team together, leading to altercation with the local squad.

Director: Daniel Sandu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Elena Purea, Judith State, Valeriu Andriuta

Votes: 3,489

42. Silent Heart (2014)

97 min | Drama

Three generations of a family coming together over a weekend. A sick mother's wish to die before her disease worsens gets harder to handle as old conflicts come to the surface.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Ghita Nørby, Paprika Steen, Danica Curcic, Morten Grunwald

Votes: 1,805

43. Blackbird (I) (2019)

R | 97 min | Drama

53 Metascore

A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies. A remake of the 2014 Danish film 'Silent Heart'.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Sam Neill, Susan Sarandon, Anson Boon, Kate Winslet

Votes: 4,657

44. The Worst Person in the World (2021)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, Hans Olav Brenner

Votes: 54,883

45. The Day Will Come (2016)

119 min | Drama

7.8