Best new Danish Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Danish movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Thomas Vinterberg, Niels Arden Oplev & Anders Thomas Jensen Denmark's biggest directors?

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.

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).

New Danish movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018


Best Danish movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Danish movies

  • Du Forsvinder

    DIRECTOR: Peter Schønau Fog
    CAST: Trine Dyrholm Nikolaj Lie Kaas Michael Nyqvist

    Somewhat reminiscent of Susanne Bier's finest drama films, 'You Disappear' tells the touching and thought-provoking story of a successful headmaster who gets caught stealing from his own school. When it is discovered that there's a huge brain tumor in his skull, his wife tries to prevent him going to jail. She believes his personality has changed because of the tumor. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 20th, 2017

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  • Mesteren (The Man)

    DIRECTOR: Charlotte Sieling
    CAST: Jakob Oftebro Ane Dahl Torp Søren Malling

    Simon is a successful, wealthy and respected artist living in Copenhagen with his much younger wife. One day , his unknown son Casper shows up, who happens to be a quite talendted painter too. Soon, the two of them compete instead bond. 'The Man' is not only a clever exploration of a complicated father-son relationship, but often a funny portrayal of the art world at the same time. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 2nd, 2017

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  • At elske Pia (To Love Pia)

    DIRECTOR: Daniel Borgman
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 16th, 2018

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Best Danish movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

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

  • Jagten

    DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg
    CAST: Mads Mikkelsen Thomas Bo Larsen Annika Wedderkopp

    The struggle of a lonely teacher for his son's custody seems to ease when he meets a woman and then a good news from the son follows but the ephemeral joy soon... Read more

    RATING: 8.3/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 10th, 2013

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  • Stille Hjerte

    DIRECTOR: Bille August
    CAST: Ghita Nørby, Paprika Steen Danica Curcic

    An old woman suffers from a fatal disease and wishes to die before the disease worsens but the desire is not easy to handle when old conflicts reappear as three... Read more

    RATING: 7.2/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 13th, 2014

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  • Kapringen

    DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm
    CAST: Pilou Asbæk Søren Malling Dar Salim

    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. Read more

    RATING: 7.2/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 10th, 2013

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  • Kollektivet

    DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg
    CAST: Fares Fares Ulrich Thomsen Trine Dyrholm

    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. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 14th, 2014

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  • Kapgang

    DIRECTOR: Niels Arden Oplev
    CAST: Villads Bøye Anders W. Berthelsen Sidse Babett Knudsen

    The film is set in 1970s in a Danish province where the grown ups are under the effect of porn liberation moment while a young boy who has just lost his mother has to... Read more

    RATING: 6.7/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 28th, 2014

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  • When Animals Dream

    DIRECTOR: Jonas Alexander Arnby
    CAST: Sonia Suhl Lars Mikkelsen Sonja Richter

    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. Read more

    RATING: 5.8/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 28th, 2015

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  • Vicevaerten

    DIRECTOR: Katrine Wiedemann
    CAST: Lars Mikkelsen Julie Zangenberg Peter Plaugborg

    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. Read more

    RATING: 5.4/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 6th, 2013

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