Best Swedish Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Swedish Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: touching, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, weird and tense. Plot: loneliness, storytelling, death, blood, snow, bittersweet, sex, husband wife relationship, female nudity and drinking alcohol. Genre: Drama, Romance and Thriller. Country: Sweden, USA and UK.
Best Swedish Movies
Best Swedish Movies
TOP Movies: A Man Called Ove (2015), Another Round (2020), Let the Right One In (2008), Midsommar (2019), Swiss Army Man (2016), The Hunt (2012), The Dead Don't Die (2019), The Best Man's Wedding (2000), Cries & Whispers (1972), The Wife (2017), Black Crab (2022), Persona (1966), Atomic Blonde (2017), Last Man Down (2021), Tumbbad (2018), Only You (2018), Tell It to the Bees (2018), Chappaquiddick (2017), As It Is in Heaven (2004), My Life as a Dog (1985).

List of Best Movies

A Man Called Ove (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Despite grumpy 59 year-old Ove being deposed as president of his condominium association, but he keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite Ove and she ...
Style: touching, compassionate, emotional, ironic, scenic ...
Plot: unlikely friendships, suicide attempt, death, aging, love, swedish, mentor, pregnant woman, neighbor neighbor relationship, husband wife relationship, cancer, destiny ...
Time: year 2014
Place: sweden, scandinavia, spain, eastern 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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Let the Right One In (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, captivating, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: vampire, supernatural, bullying, loneliness, friendship, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, deadly creature, youth, bully, child vampire, hidden identity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, 18th century
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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Midsommar (2019)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Style: psychedelic, brutal, disturbing, enigmatic, rough ...
Plot: ritual, cult, paganism, religious cult, sacrifice, burned alive, isolated community, hallucinogenic drug, emotional breakdown, community, grief, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, europe, new york, eastern europe
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Swiss Army Man (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new ...
Style: surreal, buddy comedy, touching, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: surrealism, corpse, survival, hallucination, loneliness, island, magic realism, friendship, desert island, suicide attempt, life philosophy, dark humor ...
Time: contemporary
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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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The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a small peaceful town, zombies suddenly rise to terrorize the town. Now three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together to defeat the undead.
Style: intense, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: zombie, flying saucer, zombie apocalypse, police officer, small town, cemetery, epidemic, virus, female humanoid alien, back from the dead, police station, recluse ...
Place: pennsylvania
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The Best Man's Wedding (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Roro and Måns who are best friends, work at the park management and get to do all the shit jobs - clean up duck ponds and pick up dog poop. Roro's Swedish girlfriend Lisa wants to be introduced to his family but he refuses for a long time ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, intense, sweet ...
Audience: date night
Plot: impotence, immigrants, erection, culture clash, friends, couples, love triangle, romance, sexual dysfunction, nothing goes right, understanding, lebanese ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, lebanon
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, romantic, philosophical ...
Plot: sex, infidelity, female nudity, love, love triangle, waitress, adultery, voyeurism, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual promiscuity, menage a trois, friendship ...
Time: 60s, year 1968, 20th century
Place: central europe, czechoslovakia, geneva switzerland, california, switzerland ...
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, neo noir, serious, clever ...
Plot: rape, investigation, serial killer, hacker, sexual abuse, strong female character, missing person, mystery, crimes, uncover truth, journalist, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1966, 60s, 2010s ...
Place: stockholm sweden, scandinavia, sweden, europe, eastern europe ...
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Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, family relations, cancer, death, existentialism, nudity (full frontal - brief), bittersweet, dysfunctional family, estate, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 90s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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The Wife (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Sweden, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, sincere, lyrical, sad ...
Plot: infidelity, nobel prize, writers, marriage, family relations, novelist, adulterous husband, aspiring writer, sexism, professor, photographer, love affair ...
Time: year 1992, 90s, 60s, year 1958, year 1968 ...
Place: stockholm sweden, connecticut, new york, manhattan new york city, sweden ...
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Black Crab (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Sweden
Duration: 114 min.
Story: To end an apocalyptic war and save her daughter, a reluctant soldier embarks on a desperate mission to cross a frozen sea carrying a top-secret cargo.
Style: tense, apocalyptic, disturbing, suspense, captivating
Plot: post apocalypse, survival, mission, civil war, military, sniper, soldier, ice, winter, fate of humanity, struggle for survival, climate change ...
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Persona (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually ...
Style: sexual, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, art house ...
Plot: silence, medical, patient, existentialism, lesbian, surrealism, psychiatry, mute character, confession, nurse, sex talk, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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Atomic Blonde (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, sexy, harsh, atmospheric ...
Plot: spy, female assassin, cold war, lesbian, female agent, female spy, lgbt, female killer, undercover agent, double agent, woman fights a man, sexy woman ...
Time: 80s, year 1987, 20th century, year 1989
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, germany, eastern europe, europe ...
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Last Man Down (2021)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Sweden, UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After civilization succumbs to a deadly pandemic and his wife is murdered, a special forces soldier abandons his duty and becomes a hermit in the Nordic wilderness. Years later, a wounded woman appears on his doorstep. She's escaped from a lab ...
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: mercenary, pandemic, virus, commando, forest, epidemic, military, helicopter, male nudity, gunfight, antidote, fog ...
Place: sweden
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Tumbbad (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: India, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: India, 1918. On the outskirts of Tumbbad, a cursed village where it always rains, Vinayak, along with his mother and his brother, care of a mysterious old woman who keeps the secret of an ancestral treasure which Vinayak gets obsessed with.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, scary, slasher ...
Plot: treasure, greed, mythology, treasure hunt, father son relationship, evil, supernatural, village, curse, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, year 1947, 1930s, year 1918
Place: india
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Only You (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Sweden
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A madly-in-love young couple's relationship begins to suffer when they struggle to conceive a child.
Style: captivating, sentimental, tense, touching, realistic ...
Plot: new year's eve, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love story, sex scene, love and romance, couples, trying to get pregnant, anger, teenager, medical clinic, breakup, modern life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: glasgow scotland
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Tell It to the Bees (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the ...
Style: sad, psychological, thought provoking, touching, captivating ...
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbian romance, lesbian sex, lesbian couple, intolerance, emotional abuse, lgbtq, female doctor, lesbian interest ...
Time: 50s, year 1952
Place: scotland
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Chappaquiddick (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ted Kennedy's life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Style: rough, captivating, tense, sad
Plot: politics, kennedy family, scandal, investigation, car accident, senator, public service, tragic event, trust, lie, husband wife relationship, promise ...
Time: 60s, year 1960, year 1972, year 1969, year 1980
Place: massachusetts
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As It Is in Heaven (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A musical romantic tragedy about a famous composer who moves back to his small hometown after having had heart troubles. His search for a simple everyday life leads him into teaching the local church choir which is not easily accepted by the town ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, lyrical, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: choir, music, village, self discovery, character study, musician's life, ambition, teachers and students, human nature, romance, bullying, musician ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, australia, europe, austria, milan italy ...
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My Life as a Dog (1985)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A boy, obsessed with comparing himself with those less fortunate, experiences a different life at the home of his aunt and uncle in 1959 Sweden.
Style: sexy, realistic, sentimental, touching, philosophical ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, boxing, children, childhood, nude model, dog, friendship, tomboy, loneliness, youth, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, scandinavia
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The Huntress: Rune of the Dead (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Runa’s father disappears on a viking journey she steps up as head of her family, but she is tormented by strange nightmares. One day when she is out hunting, she stumbles across a wounded warrior who carries news of her father, new that seem ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, scary, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: forest, treasure, family in danger, life is a bitch, parents and children, adaptation, trapped, supernatural, family problems, family, nightmare, fear ...
Time: 9th century
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Simple Simon (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Simon has Asperger's syndrome and doesn't like changes in his life. He lives with his big brother Sam and Sam's girlfriend Frida. When Frida can't stand having to adapt to Simon's peculiarities anymore she takes off, leaving ...
Style: realistic, feel good, semi serious, touching, offbeat
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: asperger's syndrome, autism, obsessive quest, mental illness, brother brother relationship, youth, couple relations, nursing, teenage life, romance, escapades, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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Red Dot (2021)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 86 min.
Story: On a hiking trip to rekindle their marriage, a couple find themselves fleeing for their lives in the unforgiving wilderness from an unknown shooter.
Style: macabre, suspense, suspenseful, brutal, psychological
Plot: pregnancy, manhunt, survival, snow, cold the temperature, cold weather, racial slur, hunter, racism, drone, northern lights, couples ...
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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The Unthinkable (2018)
Genre: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Sweden faces a mysterious attack while Alex tries to reunite with his youth love, Anna.
Plot: political conflict, invasion, love, attack, christmas present, boy, helicopter, fictional war, power plant, playing piano, plane crash, piano ...
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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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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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, art house, cerebral, surreal ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mental illness, incest, island, existentialism, brother sister incest, insanity, psychology, mental disorder, dysfunctional family, religion, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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Waltz for Monica (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: "Monica Z" is a biopic about the Swedish singer and actress Monica Zetterlund focusing on her journey from a job as a telephone operator in a small town in Sweden to stardom in the clubs of New York and Stockholm.
Style: realistic, emotional, factual, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: jazz singer, single mother, father daughter relationship, rising to stardom, ambition, nightclub singer, female singer, fame, follow your dream, jazz, drinking problem, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, new york, europe, usa ...
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Pure (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Katarina is 20 years old. With a troubled past in a dreary suburb, her life seems to be already set in stone - until she discovers music. Everything changes when she hears a performance of Mozart’s 'Requiem' at the Gothenburg Concert ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, love affair, youth, lifestyle, love and romance, couples, fall in love, adolescence vs adulthood, betrayal, solace, mother daughter relationship, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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