Some of my favourite movies.


I am still working on this list. I have watched most of the following movies more than once and still enjoy them a lot.

International movies
Danish movies
Other Scandinavian movies
Animated movies
Documentaries



Year Title (English) Original Title & Comments Links
1927 Metropolis   IMDb
1931 M   IMDb
1936 Modern Times   IMDb
1936 Swing Time I just had to have at least one of the Astaire & Rogers films in this list. "Pick Yourself Up" is great, and you also see Rogers washing her hair in whipped cream. Shampoo wasn't really visible on film, so they had to come up with something else! IMDb
1937 Stage Door   IMDb
1937 Lost Horizon   IMDb
1937 The Good Earth Luise Rainer is amazing. IMDb
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame The version with Charles Laughton & Maureen O'Hara. IMDb
1940 Rebecca   IMDb
1940 His Girl Friday   IMDb
1940 The Grapes of Wrath   IMDb
1940 The Great Dictator   IMDb
1941 How Green Was My Valley   IMDb
1941 The Lady Eve   IMDb
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident   IMDb
1945 Rome, Open City Roma, città aperta IMDb
1945 The Spiral Staircase   IMDb
1945 Brief Encounter   IMDb
1948 The Bicycle Thief Ladri di biciclette IMDb
1948 Rope   IMDb
1949 Passport to Pimlico   IMDb
1949 Whisky Galore! Great casting, and so much fun! IMDb
1950 All About Eve   IMDb
1951 The Lavender Hill Mob   IMDb
1951 Strangers on a Train   IMDb
1952 The Quiet Man Maureen O'Hara & John Wayne at their very best. IMDb
1952 Europa '51 My favourite Ingrid Bergman film. Had it been in the English language I believe it would have been a great classic. IMDb
1954 Voyage to Italy Viaggio in Italia IMDb
1954 Seven Samurai Shichinin no samurai IMDb
1954 La Strada La Strada IMDb
1957 12 Angry Men   IMDb
1957 The Smallest Show on Earth "The Flea Pit", Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford... IMDb
1959 Some Like It Hot "Nobody's perfect!" IMDb
1959 North by Northwest   IMDb
1959 Saturday Night & Sunday Morning   IMDb
1960 Never on a Sunday Pote tin Kyriaki IMDb
1961 The Children's Hour   IMDb
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?   IMDb
1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation   IMDb
1962 To Kill a Mockingbird   IMDb
1964 Dr. Strangelove Best black comedy I can think of IMDb
1967 The Graduate   IMDb
1971 The Last Picture Show   IMDb
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest   IMDb
1978 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (TV)   IMDb
1980 City of Women La città delle donne IMDb
1980 The Gods Must Be Crazy The Kalahari Desert and a Coke bottle. IMDb
1981 On Golden Pond   IMDb
1982 Sophie's Choice   IMDb
1984 This Is Spinal Tap The greatest band which never existed IMDb
1985 Out of Africa   IMDb
1985 Ran   IMDb
1986 Down By Law "It is a sad and beautiful world." IMDb
1987 84 Charing Cross Road   IMDb
1988 Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso. "Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder." IMDb
1988 Mississippi Burning   IMDb
1989 Kieslowski’s Decalogue (TV)   IMDb
1989 My Left Foot   IMDb
1989 Dead Poets Society   IMDb
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV)   IMDb
1990 An Angel at My Table   IMDb
1990 Misery   IMDb
1991 Thelma & Louise   IMDb
1993 Blue Trois couleurs: Bleu. I also like the other two films in the trilogy: Red and White. IMDb
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Lasse Hallström ..... IMDb
1993 Groundhog Day   IMDb
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Generation X IMDb
1993 Short Cuts   IMDb
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy   IMDb
1994 The Postman Il postino IMDb
1994 Camilla One of Jessica Tandy's last projects. IMDb
1995 Dead Man Walking   IMDb
1996 Fargo Frances McDormand, The Coen brothers ... and snow IMDb
1996 Secrets & Lies   IMDb
1997 My Life in Pink Ma vie en rose. The best performance by a child I have ever seen. IMDb
1998 A Simple Plan Sometimes good people do evil things. IMDb
1999 Being John Malkovich   IMDb
1999 Boys Don't Cry   IMDb
1999 All About My Mother   IMDb
2000 Billy Elliot   IMDb
2000 High Fidelity   IMDb
2002 The Laramie Project   IMDb
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding   IMDb
2004 Der Untergang Bruno Ganz is amazing IMDb
2006 Das Leben der Anderen   IMDb
       

Danish films I can recommend

Year Title Original Title & Comments Links
1928 Joan of Arc La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc. This film always has always left me devastated and exhausted. (Maybe it's the many close-ups which cause the exhaustion...?) IMDb
1943 Day of Wrath Vredens Dag IMDb
1943 Ditte, Child of Man Ditte Menneskebarn. The life and tragedy of a young poverty-stricken Danish girl. IMDb
1955 The Word Ordet. Won Golden Globe (Best Foreign Film). IMDb
1966 Hunger Sult. Nominated for the Golden Palms at Cannes, won for Best Actor (Per Oscarsson). IMDb
1987 Babette's Fiest Babettes gæstebud. Won an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film), won BAFTA (Best Film not in the English Language), Cannes Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, IMDb
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Pelle Erobreren. Won an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film), won the Golden Palms at Cannes, won a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film), BAFTA nomination (Best Film not in the English Language). IMDb
1989 Memories of a Marriage Dansen med Regitze. Academy Award nomination (Best Foreign Language Film). IMDb
1991 Europa Europa. Nominated for the Golden palms at Cannes, won Jury Prize. IMDb
1996 Breaking the Waves Breaking the Waves (English language). Academy Award nomination (Best Actress in a Leading Role), won Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes, won European Film Award (Best Film), Golden Globe nomination (Best Motion Picture - Drama) & several other awards and nominations. IMDb
1998 The Celebration Festen, Dogme # 1. BAFTA nomination (Best Film not in the English Language), nominated for Golden Palms at Cannes, Won Jury Prize, Nominated for a Golden Globe, numerous other awards and nominations. IMDb
1999 The Idiots Idioterne, Dogme # 2. Nominated for Golden Palms at Cannes. IMDb
1999 Mifune’s Last Song Mifunes sidste sang, Dogme # 3. Won Silver Berlin Bear & several other international awards. IMDb
2000 The Bench The Bench. Part one of Per Fly's trilogy: working class. IMDb
2000 Flickering Lights Blinkende lygter. The flashbacks from the childhood of the main characters were almost physically painful to watch. IMDb
2000 Italian for Beginners Italiensk for begyndere. Won Silver Berlin Bear & several other international awards. IMDb
2001 Shake it En kort, en lang. Gay comedy IMDb
2002 Open Hearts Elsker dig for evigt, Dogme # 28 IMDb
2002 Okay My favourite performance by Paprika Steen IMDb
2003 Move Me Lykkevej. Reaching out and finding yourself IMDb
2003 Inheritance Arven. Part two of Per Fly's trilogy: upper class. IMDb
2004 In Your Hands Forbrydelser. One of the rare films with mostly women as the main characters. Nominated for a Golden Berlin Bear (Best film). IMDb
2004 Brothers Brødre. Dramatic change in family dynamics. Won Sundance Film Festival Audience Award (World Cinema - Dramatic). IMDb
2004 Aftermath Lad de små børn. Great effect never to film/show us what happened (before the events in this film starts). We have to imagine the incident ourselves, as we get more and more information. IMDb
2005 Adam’s Apples Adams æbler IMDb
2006 Triple Dare Supervoksen. My favourite scene: Rebekka finally telling her parents the truth, and they don't believe a word of it. IMDb
2006 After the Wedding Efter brylluppet. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film) IMDb
       

Other Scandinavian films I can recommend

Year Title Original Title & Comments Links
1938 A Woman's face En kvinnas ansikte. Ingrid Bergman at 23, in Swedish. IMDb
1957 The Seventh Seal Sjunde inseglet IMDb
1957 Wild Strawberries Smultronstället IMDb
1957 Nine Lives Ni liv IMDb
1966 Persona Persona IMDb
1971 The Emigrants Utvandrarna IMDb
1972 Cries and Whispers Viskningar och rop IMDb
1972 The Man Who Quit Smoking Mannen som slutade röka. Great comedy, and I still think of this film wheneven I see a man in dark blue, pinstriped trousers! IMDb
1973 Scenes From a Marriage Scener ur ett äktenskap IMDb
1978 Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten. Bergman, Bergman & Ullmann IMDb
1985 My Life As a Dog Mitt liv som hund IMDb
1986 Peas and Whiskers Morrhår & ärtor IMDb
1991 Frida - Straight from the Heart Frida - med hjertet i hånden IMDb
1992 House of Angels Änglagård. When big city life meets rural Sweden. IMDb
1995 All Things Fair Lust och fägring stor. I usually do not like when adult actors play teenagers, but Johan Widerberg is amazing as the 15-year-old student. IMDb
1998 Show Me Love Fucking Åmål IMDb
2000 Once in a Lifetime Livet är en schlager IMDb
2000 Songs From the Second Floor Sånger från andra våningen IMDb
2001 A Song for Martin En sång för Martin IMDb
2001 Me, My Friend and I Elling IMDb
2008 Kungamordet (TV) I am especially impressed by Marie Richardson's performance. IMDb
       

Animated films

1975 Pinchcliffe Grand Prix Il Tempo Gigante / Flåklypa Grand Prix. World's best animated (stop motion) film!!! IMDb
1986 Valhalla Valhalla. Stories from Nordic mythology IMDb
       

Documentaries

2006 An Inconvenient Truth   IMDb
2004 Super Size Me   IMDb
2002 Stargazer Stjernekigger. About the years leading up to the breakthrough of the rock band Swan Lee. IMDb
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer   IMDb
1991 Giselle Documentary by Anne Wivel. Behind the scenes at The Royal Theatre (Copenhagen) IMDb
2007-2008 Why Democracy? Series from various countries
1982 Atomic Café   IMDb
  Almost anything by Michael Moore IMDb
  All of the travel documentaries by Michael Palin IMDb
       

Links:

The Danish Film Institute
Dogme 95 Manifesto