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: serious, psychological, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric and unusual plot structure. Plot: friendship, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, death, mentor, loneliness, dialogue, obsession and vengeance. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Comedy. Country: Denmark, UK and USA.
Best Danish Movies
Best Danish Movies
TOP Movies: Valhalla Rising (2009), Terribly Happy (2008), Melancholia (2011), Queen of Hearts (2019), Bronson (2008), Dogville (2003), The House That Jack Built (2018), The Lego Movie (2014), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Testament of Youth (2014), Wolfwalkers (2020), Red Road (2006), The Hunt (2012), The Danish Girl (2015), Bridgend (2015), A Hijacking (2012), Another Round (2020), Babette's Feast (1987), The Day Will Come (2016), The Neon Demon (2016).

List of Best Movies

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, contemplative, surreal, rough ...
Plot: vikings, viking, warrior, lone wolves, captivity, heroes, danger, new world, one eyed man, adventure, vengeance, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century, future
Place: holy land, scotland, europe, jerusalem
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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 thriller, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, police investigation, fish out of water, murder, small town, forbidden love, power relations, domestic violence, dangerous attraction, vigilantism, dishonesty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 173K
Melancholia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, serious ...
Plot: depression, nihilism, human nature, wedding, apocalypse, collision, suicide, nervous breakdown, sister sister relationship, power outage, fear, doubts and hesitations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: sexy, thought provoking, emotional, melancholic, disturbing
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man sex, stepmother stepson relationship, older woman younger man relationship, adultery, incest, sex with stepmother, cheating wife, sex with a minor, unfaithful wife, older woman teenage boy sex, erotic thriller, explicit sex ...
Time: 21st century
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 7.1
 125K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
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, rough, realistic, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, social misfits, violence spree, society, robbery, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, confined, human nature, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
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 8.0
 143K
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: psychological, bleak, art house, clever, philosophical ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, morality, society, rocky mountains, small town life, haunted by the past, gangsters, vengeance, mob boss, victim, woman in danger ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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The House That Jack Built (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
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: bleak, psychological, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, sadistic psychopath, violence, cruelty, extreme violence, sadism, kidnapping, murder, psychopath as protagonist, psycho murderer, animal cruelty ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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 7.7
 333K
The Lego Movie (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Denmark, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An ordinary Lego mini-figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together.
Style: not serious, humorous, satirical, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: lego, adventure, save the world, creativity, computer animation, friendship, toys, chosen one, prophecy, heroic mission, family, teamwork ...
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The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Denmark, Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—Lego Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he ...
Style: psychotronic, humorous, stylized, colourful, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: lego, batman, anti hero, superhero, super villain, warner bros, family, super strength, orphan, policewoman, adopted son, father son relationship ...
Time: 2010s
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Testament of Youth (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, war, period piece, life is a bitch, wartime life, love affair, love and romance, nurse, poetry, wartime, compassion, nursing ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1918, 19th century ...
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 24K
Wolfwalkers (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, UK, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when she saves a wild native girl, their friendship leads ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, stylized
Plot: friendship, lone wolves, celtic, father daughter relationship, wolf, folklore, family relations, happy ending, hunter, good versus evil, legends and myths, human animal relationship ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: ireland
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 6.8
 13K
Red Road (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jackie is a CCTV operator. Each day, she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day, a man shows his face on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she hoped ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, contemplative, clever ...
Plot: stalking, couple relations, couples, surveillance, ex convict, dishonesty, danger, crimes, vengeance, voyeurism, sexual relations, wedding ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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 8.3
 300K
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, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, social relations, family relations, teacher, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 172K
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: captivating, serious, emotional, touching, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, couple relations, art, gays and lesbians, gender identity, artist, painter, society, gender, love and romance, gay ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: denmark, copenhagen, paris france, copenhagen denmark, europe ...
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 5.5
 2K
Bridgend (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Over a 5-year period in Bridgend in Wales, 79 people, many of them teenagers, committed suicide without leaving any clue as to why. This is the starting point for this mysterious social drama.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: suicide, small town, teenage life, teenage love, police investigation, under the surface, parents and children, danger, youth, society, fall in love, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wales, england
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 16K
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, tense, psychological, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: hijacking, pirate, negotiation, hostage, ransom, cargo ship, hostages, sailor, moral dilemma, captivity, confined, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: denmark
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 100K
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, semi serious, ironic, humorous, entertaining ...
Plot: teacher, alcohol abuse, drinking, drinking alcohol, binge drinking, drunkenness, group of friends, experiment gone awry, friendship, teacher student relationship, experiment, alcohol ...
Time: year 2013, year 2011
Place: copenhagen, denmark, copenhagen denmark, eastern europe
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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: touching, atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: cooking, aging, elderly, cooking and food, eccentric family, siblings relations, birthday, lifestyle, maid, lottery, family relations, refugee ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1870s, 1830s, 18th century
Place: denmark, france, europe, paris france, stockholm sweden
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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: realistic, touching, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: orphanage, mockery, escape, abuse, rules, brother, brother brother relationship, beating, undressing, bully, male nudity, medical experiment ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 89K
The Neon Demon (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Belgium, Denmark, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Style: art house, neo noir, psychological, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: neon light, fashion, model, obsession, teenage girl, cannibalism, murder, photographer, rivalry, party, cannibal, eyeball ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, pasadena california, california
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 59K
The Square (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A satirical drama reflecting our times — about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Style: satirical, thought provoking, intellectual, absurd, surreal ...
Plot: theft, shame, art museum, art, society, party, father daughter relationship, altruism, modern art, symbolism, dark humor, ape man ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, 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, semi serious, absurd, parody, realistic ...
Plot: cannibalism, dark humor, butcher, friendship, family relations, business venture, buddies, losing-it hero, crimes, workplace, workplace situations, coma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, denmark, california
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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Denmark, Norway, Australia, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, light, touching ...
Plot: lego, toy, toys, time travel, parallel world, friendship, space travel, queen, danger, adventure, escapades, family ...
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 5.7
 1K
Z.P.G. (1972)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules and gets in a lot of trouble. (Z.P.G. ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, controversial, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: pregnancy, birth control, robot, distopia, overpopulation, contamination, legal action, babies and infants, life is a bitch, unsupportive spouse, androids and robots, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, distant future
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 13K
Copenhagen (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA, Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After weeks of traveling through Europe, the immature William finds himself in Copenhagen, the place of his father’s birth. He befriends the youthful Effy, who works in William’s hotel as part of an internship program, and they set off to find ...
Style: sincere, disturbing, serious, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, older man teenage girl relationship, fall in love, older man younger woman relationship, romance, womanizer, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life, misfit, coming of age, older man young girl relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, berlin germany, scandinavia ...
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 46K
Vivarium (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman and her fiancé are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an ...
Style: surreal, suspense, suspenseful, absurd, disturbing ...
Plot: trapped, psychological torture, paradox, real estate agent, human monster, suburbs, evil child, unhappy ending, young couple, death, maze, lost ...
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 7.5
 10K
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, touching, realistic, romantic, captivating ...
Plot: hospital, destructive relationship, handicapped, love triangle, extramarital affair, love affair, fall in love, relationships, adultery, secret love, love and romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 6K
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: captivating, suspense, exciting, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, drug lord, vigilante, brother brother relationship, police, drugs, beaten to death, masked vigilante, danger, redemption, guilt, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Belgium, France, UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that ...
Style: stylized, exciting, fairy tale, serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, fairy, in the woods, good versus evil, monastery, legends and myths, viking, imaginary, self discovery, heroic mission, monk, underwater scene ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: ireland, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 38K
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, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: german soldier, minefield, soldier, world war two, war crime, pow, nazi, moral dilemma, teenager, child soldier, military officer, abuse of power ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, future
Place: denmark, germany
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