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Top 10 old Dutch movies of all time


Dutch Movies are truly something special in our opinion. Their at times vulgar and in your face scenes manage to maintain a sense of romance and intimacy. There are, however, not a lot of Dutch films that have really had great international recognition. In the history of Dutch cinema, just 3 movies have managed to win an oscar. They are of course on this list. We are bringing you the very best Dutch Movies of all time.

Old Dutch Movies top 10 of all time

By clicking on the titles of the best Dutch movies you can find a review and a trailer of the particular film!

1. Blackbook – Zwartboek (2006)

  • Director: Paul verhoeven
  • Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch and Thom Hoffman
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9

Zwartboek - Terrific war movie by Paul verhoeven from the Netherlands

In the occupied The Netherlands in the Second World War a Jewish female singer gets, after her entire family gets killed by the germans, involved with an underground resitance group. Her mission is clear: infiltrate the german SS by starting a love relationship with the SS- Captain Ludwig Muntze. Slowly she finds out that the worlds is not so black and white.

Zwartboek, or blackbook, has received some international recognition. Also it leadings stars, like actress Carice van Houten, have gotten an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in Hollywood. She can for instance been seen in ‘Valkyrie’ with Tom Cruise, but also soon in the very popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Paul Verhoeven already has some fame in Hollywood, but once again showed his worth. Blackbook received the BAFTA award and the British Indepent Movie Award for best non-English language film. It is one of the best Dutch movies of recent years.

2. Simon (2004)

  • Director: Eddy Terstall
  • Cast: Cees Geel, Marcel Hensema and Rifka Lodeizen
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9.

Simon - Elected as one of the best Dutch movies

Simon is a Jewish Coffee shop manager with a very liberal perspective on life. He meets the somewhat conservative, but gay dentistry student Camiel and lets him be a part of his life for a while. Their ways part, but when Simon shows up at Camiel’s doorstep 10 years later he has incurable cancer.

The movie has received several prizes within the Netherlands, among which the Golden Calf award for the best Dutch Film. Cees Geel won the prize for best actor. Despite the fact that it is one of the less well-known Dutch films, it in the mind of many it is the best Dutch movie ever made

3. Spoorloos (1988)

  • Director: George Sluizer
  • Cast: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets and Johanna ter Steege
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9

Spoorloos - The vanishing - Dutch film based on Tim Krabbe's dutch bestseller

Based on the book of the popular Dutch author Tim Krabbe (brother of actor and director Jeroen Krabbe). A young couple, Saska and Rex, go on a holiday but there Saskia gets kidnapped. She is gone without a trace. Not to be heard from until after three years Lex strarts receiving letters that appear to be from his wife’s abductor.

In comparison to the other Dutch movies on the list, this one has had a fairly modest international succes. Nationally it did receive the prestigious Golden Calf award for best Film. The film, as well as the book, were very popular in the Netherlands.

4. Character – Karakter (1997)

  • Director: Mike van Diem
  • Cast: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir and Fedja van Huêt
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8

Karakter - Winner of the 1997 Oscar for non-english language film

Karakter is probably our favorite Dutch movie of all time. The story deals with a boy thats grows up with his mother without knowing his father. He left them when the boy was still young. The mother is also not able to give him love because she is very cold and a strict hard worker. The boy is very ambitious and wants at all costs to become a lawyer. He finds out who his father is, but instead of reconciling they start competing.

Character is one of the few Dutch films (three in total) that has won an Oscar for best foreign language film. It has had more international succes, and also in Holland it was a great success, and continues to be very popular.


5. Soldaat van Oranje (1977)

  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Cast: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé and Susan Penhaligon
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8.

Soldier of Orange - Best Dutch Movies of all time

A movie that every Dutch person has seen and is on TV every year on liberation day. The movie provides an insight in to the lifes and struggles of a few Dutch students during the Second World War.

This movie was nominated for a Golden Globe, but unfortunately did not win it. It did win a lot of other awards, and is always on filmfan’s list of best Dutch movies. The Dutch probably consider this movie to be its greatest all time classic.