Best Danish Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Danish Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, psychological, thought provoking, weird, serious and unusual plot structure. Plot: storytelling, runaway, loneliness, murder, crimes, mentor, brutality, dialogue, male nudity and death. Genre: Drama, Crime and Thriller. Country: Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
Best Danish Movies
Best Danish Movies
TOP Movies: The Hunt (2012), Terribly Happy (2008), The Celebration (1998), Queen of Hearts (2019), Before the Frost (2018), The Purity of Vengeance (2018), The Day Will Come (2016), A Fortunate Man (2018), Open Hearts (2002), Pusher (1996), Worlds Apart (2008), Dogville (2003), The House That Jack Built (2018), Headhunters (2011), The Guilty (2018), The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), Bronson (2008), A Hijacking (2012), Babette's Feast (1987), Valhalla Rising (2009).

List of Best Movies

The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, psychological, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: injustice, false accusation, life turned upside down, pedophile, teacher, child abuse, small town life, father son relationship, social injustice, divorce, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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Terribly Happy (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Robert Hansen, 34, a young police officer from Copenhagen, is transferred against his will to the small town of Skarrild in Southern Jutland as a substitute Marshall. The transfer is Robert’s chance to start over. Whether he is allowed to return ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak, neo noir ...
Plot: infidelity, police investigation, fish out of water, murder, small town, power relations, domestic violence, forbidden love, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, misfit, vigilantism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
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The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: cerebral, art house, gloomy, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: incest, suicide, family secret, child abuse, birthday, sexual abuse, hotel, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, party, child rape, drunk ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, denmark
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Queen of Hearts (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged ...
Style: thought provoking, sexy, emotional, melancholic, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, stepmother stepson relationship, incest, older woman younger man sex, adultery, sex with stepmother, older woman teenage boy sex, sex with stepson, cheating wife, older woman teenage boy relationship, sex with a minor, sexually dissatisfied wife ...
Time: 21st century
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Before the Frost (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The film takes place somewhere in the Danish countryside in the middle of the 19th century. Here within a small Danish peasant family, harsh circumstances reign. With the prospect of yet another tough winter, the farmer Jens faces an unbearable ...
Plot: swamp, fire, marriage, hunger, farmer, swedish, engagement, countryside, patriarch, harvest, farm, death of brother ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
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The Purity of Vengeance (2018)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In an older apartment in Copenhagen, some craftsmen make a scary discovery: behind a fake wall they find three mummified bodies sitting around a dining table with a free space ready. Carl Mørck and Assad from Department Q now have to find out who ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, melancholic, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: investigation, partners, medical experiment, murder, cold case, undercover, mockery, police officer, nypd, crimes, teenager, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, 60s, 2010s, year 1961
Place: denmark, copenhagen
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The Day Will Come (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the blooming 1960s, the film centres around two young brothers who are instantly robbed of their lives when they are placed in a boy's home forgotten by time. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a fickle hope, the boys engage in the ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: orphanage, abuse, escape, brother brother relationship, brother, mockery, bully, violence, rules, corporal punishment, male nudity, medical experiment ...
Time: 60s
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A Fortunate Man (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 162 min.
Story: On his quest for happiness, Per decides to leave Jutland and an upbringing in a strict religious home. He runs from his family and his patriarch father, and sets sail towards Copenhagen to become an engineer. Parallel to his studies, he works on a ...
Style: uplifting, disturbing, touching, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: engineer, religion, jewish family, ambition, love interest, pride, poverty, love, rivalry, adaptation, hopes, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: austria, copenhagen
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Open Hearts (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Cecilie and Joachim are about to get married when a freak car accident leaves Joachim disabled, throwing their lives into a spin. The driver of the other car, Marie, and her family don’t get off lightly, either. Her husband Niels works in the ...
Style: atmospheric, sexy, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: adultery, extramarital affair, infidelity, love story, hospital, relationships, destructive relationship, love, handicapped, car accident, life philosophy, love triangle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, denmark
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Pusher (1996)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Style: tense, atmospheric, intense, brutal, talky ...
Plot: heroin, drug dealing, gangsters, crimes, crime gone awry, character study, drug addiction, drug dealer, solitude, hitman, visceral, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: denmark, copenhagen, california, europe
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Worlds Apart (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, psychological, contemplative
Audience: teens
Plot: jehovah's witness, religions or cults, self discovery, introspection, teenage life, love and romance, moral dilemma, forbidden love, male female relationship, brainwashing, betrayal, separation from family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, scandinavia
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Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: art house, psychological, bleak, twist ending, philosophical ...
Plot: rape, morality, female protagonist, vengeance, society, small town life, haunted by the past, exploitation, rocky mountains, gangsters, brutality, secrets ...
Time: 1930s, future, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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The House That Jack Built (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Tunisia
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A depiction of a serial killer's 12 years' worth of murders and how it shaped his prime intelligence.
Style: scary, psychological, suspense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, sadistic psychopath, cruelty, sadism, kidnapping, extreme violence, violence, murder, psychopath as protagonist, animal cruelty, serial killer as protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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Headhunters (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..
Style: twists and turns, captivating, stylized, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, pre-teens
Plot: art thief, surveillance, heist, art theft, chase, dishonesty, dark humor, collector, mercenary, crimes, deception, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, scandinavia, europe, oslo norway
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The Guilty (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Alarm dispatcher and former police officer, Asger Holm, answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race ...
Style: suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting, enigmatic ...
Plot: police, kidnapping, police vigilantism, one day, guilt, crimes, race against time, police officer, saving a life, woman in danger, murder, snake ...
Time: contemporary, future
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The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the first book in Jussi Adler-Olsen's bestselling thriller series about Department Q THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES tells the story of the two policemen Carl Mørck and Assad who become involved in a five-year-old case concerning a missing ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, missing person, cold case, uncover truth, unsolved crime, false identity, partners against crime, under the surface, disappearance, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, sweden, copenhagen
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Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, disturbing, brutal, harsh, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, brutality, male nudity, crimes, prison life, social misfits, character study, alter ego, violence, society, violence spree, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
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A Hijacking (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations – and an escalating potential for explosive violence.
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: hijacking, pirate, negotiation, hostage, sailor, manipulation, secrets, ransom, character study, confined, captivity, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: denmark
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Babette's Feast (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The guest, a General at the Swedish court, is not related to the sister, but, as a callow young man, was in love with her, but chose his military career over happiness with her. His aunt is a member of the religious community. He is the one who, ...
Style: emotional, touching, atmospheric, talky, sentimental ...
Plot: food, cooking, religion, aging, cooking and food, catholic, elderly, life philosophy, sister sister relationship, redemption, friendship, birthday ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era, 18th century, 1830s ...
Place: denmark, paris france, france, vatican, europe ...
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Valhalla Rising (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, surreal, dark, psychological ...
Plot: viking, norse mythology, new world, warrior, heroes, lone wolves, mute, vengeance, adventure, brutality, christianity, captivity ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century, future
Place: jerusalem, holy land, scotland, europe
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Another Round (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.
Style: unusual plot structure, funny, ironic, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: experiment, friendship, teacher, alcohol abuse, drunkenness, group of friends, dancing, restaurant, marriage, experiment gone awry, teacher student relationship, binge drinking ...
Time: year 2011, year 2013
Place: denmark, copenhagen, eastern europe
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The Green Butchers (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Green Butchers (Danish: De grønne slagtere) is a black comedy featuring two butchers, Svend "Sweat" and Bjarne, who start their own shop to get away from their arrogant boss. Cannibalism is soon introduced to the plot, and further ...
Style: humorous, absurd, semi serious, disturbing, funny ...
Plot: cannibalism, dark humor, butcher, crime gone awry, greed, friendship, workplace situations, buddies, crimes, losing-it hero, workplace, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, california
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The Danish Girl (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, heartbreaking, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, art, gay, lgbtq, artist, couple relations, gays and lesbians, painting, portrait, transvestite, secret ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: denmark, paris france, copenhagen, europe, brussels ...
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Land of Mine (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million ...
Style: suspense, emotional, brutal, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, german soldier, minefield, nazi, teenager, prisoners of war, child soldier, beach, survival, war, war crime, pow ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, future, year 1945, 20th century
Place: denmark, germany
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Darkland (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Zaid is a successful heart surgeon with an expensive apartment and pregnant girlfriend. One night he gets a visit from his brother Yasin, who is desperate for money, but he refuses. Soon after, Yasin is found beaten to death and Zaid is overcome ...
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, drug lord, brother brother relationship, vigilante, police, drugs, guilt, redemption, society, crimes, escapades, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: copenhagen
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In China They Eat Dogs (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An intent fast paced Danish dark comedy film about two separately motivated brothers who with their slightly psychopathic tendencies end up in a touchy situation. One brother gets in serious trouble after a bank robbery and begs the other brother ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, ironic, not serious, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, bank robbery, eccentricity, brutality, violence, sarcasm, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, family relations, fish out of water, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: denmark, china, asia, copenhagen
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Reconstruction (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee. In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, romantic, philosophical ...
Plot: cheating wife, romance, love affair, love story, adultery, love, depression, existentialism, art, imagination, loneliness, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, denmark, copenhagen
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Nightwatch (1994)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. Therefore and because of a strange bet with his fellow ...
Style: macabre, suspenseful, scary, psychological, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, doctors, night watchman, mystery, morgue, bet, brutality, crimes, oral sex, perversion, murder, student ...
Time: 90s
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In a Better World (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 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.
Style: thought provoking, gloomy, emotional, harsh, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bully, bullying, father son relationship, friendship, divorce, loneliness, bomb, parenthood, youth, revenge, childhood, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, sudan, denmark, europe, london ...
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Teddy Bear (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, captivating, serious
Plot: mother son relationship, bodybuilder, looking for love, love and romance, living with parents, bodybuilding, vacation, family disapproval, family relations, bear, fitness, girlfriend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, denmark, asia
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