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

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Swedish movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Sanna Lenken, Ruben Östlund & Roy Andersson Sweden's biggest directors?

Ever since the invention of the art of film, Sweden played a leading role in European cinema. Check out our list for the latest Swedish revelations!

New Swedish movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Jimmie

    DIRECTOR: Jesper Garlandt
    CAST: Jesper Ganslandt Hunter Ganslandt, Christopher Wagelin

    Told through the eyes of four year old boy, 'Jimmie' evolves around a father and a son who have to leave their native Sweden for a safer country. Director Jesper Ganslandt (and his son Hunter) star in this film that was inspired by the European migrant crisis. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

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Best Swedish movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Swedish movies

  • Sami Blood

    DIRECTOR: Amanda Kernell
    CAST: Lene Cecilia Sparrok Mia Erika Sparrok Maj-Doris Rimpi

    'Sami Blood' tells the inspiring story of strong headed 14-year old Sami girl in the 1930's who is determined to leave her community. She has to face the harsh racism against her people that was widespread throughout Sweden those days. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 12th, 2018

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  • The Square

    DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund
    CAST: Elisabeth Moss Dominic West Terry Notary

    Swedish sociologist/filmmaker Ruben Östlund pulls it off again. Taking place in the world of contemporary art, 'The Square' is a brilliant behavioral study of a self-assured museum director whose life is falling apart. Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 20th, 2017

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Best Swedish movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

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

  • En Man som heter Ove

    DIRECTOR: Hannes Holm
    CAST: Rolf Lassgård Bahar Pars Filip Berg

    An adaptation of Fredrik Backman's well received 2013 novel, and a pretty good one. Ove is a 59 year old, grumpy widow. He is feared in his neighborhood, notorious for his outbreaks of anger and pedantry. But when a immigrant family moves in right next to him, an unexpected bond grows.. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 30th, 2016

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  • Turist

    DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund
    CAST: Johannes Kuhnke Lisa Loven Kongsli Clara Wettergren

    Without a doubt one of the most interesting auteurs of contemporary cinema, Ruben Östlund finally gained the international attention he deserved with his latest masterpiece. Like his other films, Force Majeure is a psychological exploration of human shortcomings. The story evolves around a well-to-do family on a ski holiday which takes an unpleasant turn as the family is (seemlingy) nearly killed by an avalanche and the father runs away to save his own ass instead of his family’s. What follows is darkly comic tale about bad conscience and irretrievable trust. One of our 2014 favorites! Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 30th, 2014

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  • Vi är bäst!

    DIRECTOR: Lukas Moodysson
    CAST: Mira Barkhammar Mira Grosin Liv LeMoyne

    Incorrectly heralded as the new Ingmar Bergman, Moodysson demonstrated that he is a whole different kind of auteur filmmaker. And one that I appreciate immensely. There is no one who can make warm naturalist films like Moodysson, making even clichés feel heartfelt and sincere. Most people will know him from the small-town coming-of-age film Fucking Amal about two young girls exploring their lesbian sexuality. In the meanwhile he made a few darker and heavier drama’s which I am not too excited about, but with We Are the Best! he is back. It is a touching little film about three young girls starting a punk band in the Stockholm of the eighties. Read more

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 20th, 2014

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  • Play

    DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund
    CAST: Anas Abdirahman Sebastian Blyckert Yannick Diakité

    We have reached the very best Swedish film of the 2010’s, and Play deserves the number one spot. There are few observationalist films that can with distanced and static camerawork manage to pull you in. Just like in his earlier film, Involuntary (2008), Ruben Ostlund knows in Play how to expose society’s awkwardness and hypocrisy while at the same time producing hugely enjoyable films. Play is based on real-life examples of bullying in the Gothenburg area. There young gangs robbed middle-class white kids, not by physical violence but by elaborate role-play and psychological games. Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 11th, 2011

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  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    DIRECTOR: Roy Andersson
    CAST: Holger Andersson Nils Westblom Viktor Gyllenberg

    Roy Andersson isn’t exactly what you would call a prolific director; in a carreer spanning over 40 years, he made only five films. Still, he’s one of Sweden’s most beloved and influential film makers of the last decades. A Pigeon is the last part of a trilogy, together with Songs from the Second Floor (2007) and You, the Living (2007). Like these two films, it’s a meticulously crafted mosaic comedy about contemporary Sweden and its (often) unfortunate inhabitants. Andersson is the type of director you’ll love or hate, but his absurd and hilarious vignettes sure won us over. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 6th, 2015

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  • Aterträffen

    DIRECTOR: Anna Odell
    CAST: Anna Odell Anders Berg David Nordström

    A 2013 Swedish film by one of Sweden’s most famous artists Anna Odell. She made a name for herself by faking a psychosis, and since then ranks among the most controversial artists in Europe. I would not say this one is controversial, but it definitely experimentally interesting, and I did really enjoy it. Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 15th, 2013

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  • Den allvarsamma leken

    DIRECTOR: Pernilla August
    CAST: Michael Nyqvist Sverrir Gudnason Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

    Actress-turned-director Pernilla August adapted Hjalmar Söderberg's classic 1912 novel The Serious Game for the big screen. One of Sweden's most beloved tales, it tells the tragic story of a married journalist falling for a young Stockholm socialite. In somebody else's hands, this might have turned into a dull historical weepy, but August managed to stay true to the book while giving it a special touch. Read more

    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 11th, 2016

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  • Call Girl

    DIRECTOR: Mikael Marcimain
    CAST: Sofia Karemyr Simon J. Berger Josefin Asplund

    A very solid drama film based on true events, which takes its time to enfold, but ultimately fails to convince. It does, however, deserve to be mentioned on this top list as it revives the seventies in a pretty good way (don’t resist comparing it to American Hustle), and because it tells a story that needs to be told. Call Girl is inspired on the scandal which had Sweden in its grip in the seventies – high placed officials were being linked to underage prostitution. The film tells the story from multiple perspectives, but together with two young girls being seduced and forced to work as call girls, the viewer gets introduced into the dark hidden side of power. It is gritty and complex, but like American Hustle it remains too much to the surface with a story that gets boring too quickly. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 9th, 2012

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  • Eat Sleep Die

    DIRECTOR: Gabriela Pichler
    CAST: Nermina Lukac Milan Dragisic Jonathan Lampinen

    Another heavy themed drama, but a lot stronger than Call Girl, is Eat Sleep Die (2013). Yet again, a story that needed to be told. Not because of its historic value, but because of its contemporary relevance. It tells the tale of a young hard working low-skilled immigrant coming to Sweden in search of a better life. But like immigrants in the whole of Western Europe, she is amongst the most vulnerable in society. This becomes evident quickly when she gets fired from her factory job, and is left out on the streets. It exposes the hypocrisy of Western societies telling immigrants they are responsible for their own success, but not giving them equal opportunities. It is a raw film with a camera style reminding one of the Dardenne brothers, that although it is not the most coherent of films, is worth the watch. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 5th, 2012

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  • Avalon

    DIRECTOR: Axel Petersén
    CAST: Johannes Brost Peter Carlberg Léonore Ekstrand

    Now we are reaching the very good stuff. Avalon is one of the many films out there about decadence, but it manages to show it an interesting new light. In a sense it is an all-out attack on the older Swedish generation. According to director Axel Petersén the wealthy and decadent older Swedes have no respect for youth and have themselves never grown up, and refuse to make room for younger generations. In Avalon we follow Janne, a 60-year old party promoter, and his blasé sister who both represent this generation to the extreme. They have come over to help a friend out setting up his new nightclub, but all they do is hang around and enjoy themselves at the beach and the countryside. Then an accident happens exposing the depth of their indifference. Read more

    RATING: 54/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 24th, 2012

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