Best new Danish Movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

It sure is a miracle that a country so little produces so many brilliant movies. The Danish industry has been one of the leading figures in Europe. This list of movies will show you why.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Danish movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Thomas Vinterberg, Niels Arden Oplev & Anders Thomas Jensen Denmark's biggest directors?

How much greatness are you allowed to reasonably expect from a small film country like Denmark? Judging by the best Danish films in its history, I’d say you may expect a lot. Because their best films are way better and more innovative than most films of small and big European countries alike, and the Danes have not only delivered quality, they also deliver quantity. In recent history, in the 2000’s, Denmark once again had the eye of the international film community following its every move. With Dogme 95 directors hitting maturity, and with other upcoming powerful filmmakers, both male and female, delivering new Danish films cinephiles go crazy for, Danish film was flourishing and breaking language barriers by exporting their films worldwide. Particularly commercially successful were the old Dogme 95 giants like Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac, 2014) and Thomas Vinterberg (Jagten, 2012) who kept experimenting with film and continuously pushing its boundaries, both in terms of style and content. But there were also the luxury oozing drama films by Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, 2005), the magnificently absurd comedies by Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam’s Apples, 2005)), and the violent crime films (the Pusher trilogy) by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, 2011).

Denmark country statistics

Rank#15 (List of most popular countries)
ActorsKristofer Hivju, Nikolaj Lie Kaas & Jakob Oftebro
Trending9. april, Krigen & Men and Chicken
Amount of country films per year from 2010 to 2017

43 Danish movies scheduled for release this year.

Denmark continues to produce few movies a year, but for such a small country it's rather impressive. Especially if you take into account the quality of each film. Nowadays, the number of Danish directors in Hollywood is increasing, and therefore the number of English language movies co-produced by Denmark as well.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
Melancholia (2011)$7.4M$3M
Den skaldede frisør (2012)$1.6M$5.5M
En kongelig affære (2012)46M kr.$7.4M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    At elske Pia (To Love Pia) (Saturday February 25, 2017)

    At elske Pia (To Love Pia) film poster Director
    Daniel Borgman
    Pia Skovgaard
    Jens Jensen
    Céline Skovgaard

    To Love Pia is a touching and sometimes uneasy film about an old, mentally disabled woman looking for love. ... Read more


Best Danish movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated Danish movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Forældre (Parents) (03-11-2016, 86 minutes)
  2. After their son moved out, elderly couple Kjeld and Vibeke decide to move back to the house where to used to live as twenty-somethings. Once they settled in, they try relive and reconstruct their life as it used to be. It starts out as a fun experiment, until they actually start to grow younger gradually. A beautiful and weird film about what growing old together means for a relationship.

    StarringMiri Ann Beuschel, Miri Ann Beuschel & Emilia Imperatore Bjørnvad
    DirectorChristian Tafdrup (En forelskelse)
    Themesmarriage, youth, drama, mystery,
    Keywordsabsurd, surprising, unusual,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Kollektivet (The Commune) (14-01-2016, 1111 minutes)
  4. A great new film by Thomas Vinterberg, one of Denmark's greatest directors (Jagten, Festen). Kollektivet reminds of Tillsammans, that other great Scandinavian commune film by Lukas Moodysson. In Kollektivet, a young bourgouis couple decides to turn their new home into a commune. At first, the group seems to live a life in full harmony, but it doesn't take long they face some serious challenges.
    StarringUlrich Thomsen, Fares Fares & Trine Dyrholm
    DirectorThomas Vinterberg (Jagten & Festen)
    Similar moviesTillsammans
    Themesactivism, infedility, lifestyle, drama, indie,
    CountryDenmark Sweden
    Keywordsaccurate, critically acclaimed,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Kapgang (28-08-2014, 108 minutes)
    StarringVillads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen & Sidse Babett Knudsen
    DirectorNiels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dead Man Down & Worlds Apart)
    Themesgrowing up, sexuality, drama,
    Keywordsconfusing, memorable,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Stille Hjerte (13-11-2014, 97 minutes)
    StarringGhita Nørby, Morten Grunwald & Paprika Steen
    DirectorBille August (The Color of Freedom, Pelle the Conqueror & The House of the Spirits)
    Themesdeath, families, drama,
    Keywordssubtle, tragic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. When Animals Dream (28-08-2015, 84 minutes)
  10. When Animal Dreams is the first feature film of video clip director Arnby turned film director. And that shows; this unusual coming of age werewolf story about a young girl in a remote fishing village who has to come to terms with her strange powers looks very flashy. Plot-wise, When Animals Dreams falls short from time to time, but Arnby succeeds in creating an outlandish world that feels very naturalistic and poetic at the same time.
    StarringSonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen & Sonja Richter
    DirectorJonas Alexander Arnby (Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves & Hjemvendt)
    Themesanimals, village, drama, horror, mystery,
    CountryDenmark France
    Keywordscreepy, dark,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Vicevaerten (06-01-2013, 88 minutes)
  12. This small by Lars von Trier executively produced absurdist, and pleasantly disturbing erotic tale, is one of the most interesting films to have been released in 2013. It was written by Kim Fupz Aakeson (best known for the British Perfect Sense, 2011) who is not unfamiliar with writing screenplays about films in which sex and perversions are exposed incredibly honestly. The premise of Vicevaerten (English title: The Caretaker’s tale) is very rich: it is about a bitter and unpleasant man who comes across a beautiful and mysterious girl who lives in his apartment building, and is completely naked and turns out to have sexual healing powers. He is not very reluctant to make full use of this. It was pretty well exploited, but I cannot help feeling that there was a bit more there. It stays perhaps a little bit too superficial, but this was probably what director Katrine Wiedemann was going for. A film you should definitely check out. Here is a trailer with English subtitles.
    StarringLars Mikkelsen, Julie Zangenberg & Peter Plaugborg
    DirectorKatrine Wiedemann (The Lady of Hamre )
    Themesrelationships, sex, drama,
    Keywordsabsurd, incomparable,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Kapringen (10-01-2013, 103 minutes)
  14. Kapringen or The Hijacking is the new Tobias Lindhom film. Lindhom is probably the most important new name in the Danish cinema of the 10’s. He is best known for writing screenplays for Vinterberg’s drama’s, like for Jagten and Submarino, but he made his own directorial debut with R in 2010, together with action film director Michael Noer. Now at the end of 2012 (released internationally in 2013) he made a film about the hot international topic of Somali pirating, and can therefore best be explained in contrast to that other hijacking film, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips (2013) with Tom Hanks. In Kapringen a ship also gets hijacked by Somalian pirates, but where Captain Phillips relies heavily on suspense, and is tense and jittery with a shaky cam, only to become emotionally engaging at the very end, Kapringen is much more understated and has a lot less ‘action’, but leaves the viewer behind with a better understanding of the pirates, and leaves you behind much more devastated.
    StarringPilou Asbæk, Søren Malling & Dar Salim
    DirectorTobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking & R)
    Themesmen, third world, drama, thriller,
    Keywordsriveting, thrilling,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. Jagten (10-01-2013, 115 minutes)
    Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen & Annika Wedderkopp
    DirectorThomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, Submarino & Far from the Madding Crowd)
    Themesbullying, social issue, drama,
    CountryDenmark Sweden
    Keywordsmagnificent, spot-on,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New Danish movies out now

Best recent & upcoming Danish movies with release dates.

Birkebeinerne by Nils Gaup
Release date12-02-2016
StarringKristofer Hivju, Nikolaj Lie Kaas & Jakob Oftebro
Previous releasesPathfinder, Shipwrecked & The Kautokeino Rebellion
Associated with action, adventure, drama,

Men & Chicken (05-02-2015, 104 minutes))
DirectorAnders Thomas Jensen (Adams Apples, The Green Butchers & Flickering Lights)
StarringDavid Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen & Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Similar moviesIn China They Eat Dogs & Adams Apples
Themesanimals, families, comedy, drama, mystery,
Keywordsabsurd, hilarious, unique,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Krigen (10-09-2015, 115 minutes))
DirectorTobias Lindholm (The Hunt, R & A Hijacking)
StarringPilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny & Dar Salim
Similar moviesBrothers & Stille Hjertje
Themesfamilies, warfare, drama, war,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

9. april (12-03-2015, 93 minutes))
DirectorRoni Ezra (Veninder på 1. klasse, Marts & Patrol)
StarringLars Mikkelsen, Pilou Asbæk & Gustav Dyekjær Giese
Similar moviesIdealisten & A War
Themesresistance, second world war, war,
Keywordshistorical, thrilling,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
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