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The Best Nordic Noir Movies 

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Nordic noir films are crime mysteries that often have a dark atmosphere and morally ambiguous characters, and deal with social issues, corruption and cover-ups.


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The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Reilcan Jones added Thomas Vinterberg

Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen, Anne Louise Hassing, Susse Wold, + more

Released: 2012

The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man (Mads Mikkelsen) who becomes the target of mass ...more
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The Girl with the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Niels Arden Oplev

Actors: Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre, Ewa Fröling, Michael Nyqvist, + more

Released: 2009

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in the trilogy known as ...more
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Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Morten Tyldum

Actors: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aksel Hennie, Baard Owe, Joachim Rafaelsen, Reidar Sørensen, + more

Released: 2011

Headhunters is a 2011 Norwegian-Swedish action thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. Aksel Hennie portrays the successful but ...more
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The Hunters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kjell Sundvall

Actors: Åke Lindman, Helena Bergström, Rolf Lassgård, Roland Hedlund, Lennart Jähkel, + more

Released: 1996

The Hunters is a 1996 Swedish thriller directed by Kjell Sundvall. A police officer from Stockholm moves back to his hometown Älvsbyn in Norrland in northern Sweden. He starts to work on a ...more
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The Girl Who Kicked the ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Daniel Alfredson

Actors: Noomi Rapace, Hans Alfredson, Lena Endre, Michael Nyqvist, Lennart Hjulström, + more

Released: 2009

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson. It is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by the late Swedish author and ...more
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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Ole Bornedal

Actors: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Ulf Pilgaard, + more

Released: 1994

Nightwatch is a 1994 Danish thriller film directed and written by Danish director Ole Bornedal. The film involves Martin who gets a student job as night watchman at the Forensic Medicine ...more
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The Man on the Balcony ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
The Man on the Balcony Daniel Alfredson

Actors: Kjell Bergqvist, Gösta Ekman, Rolf Lassgård, Tova Magnusson, Ing-Marie Carlsson, + more

Released: 1993

The Man on the Balcony is a 1993 Swedish-German crime thriller film, based on the book The Man on the Balcony written by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. This is the fourth film which ...more
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The Man on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bo Widerberg

Actors: Bo Widerberg, Håkan Serner, Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Ingvar Hirdwall, + more

Released: 1976

The Man on the Roof is a 1976 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg, based on the 1971 novel The Abominable Man by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. The film is a crime thriller about the ...more
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Roseanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Daniel Alfredson

Actors: Kjell Bergqvist, Gösta Ekman, Rolf Lassgård, Anita Ekström, Niklas Hjulström, + more

Released: 1993

Roseanna is a 1993 Swedish police film about Martin Beck, directed by Daniel Alfredson, based on the novel Roseanna.
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The Girl Who Played with... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Daniel Alfredson

Actors: Noomi Rapace, Per Oscarsson, Lena Endre, Michael Nyqvist, Sofia Ledarp, + more

Released: 2009

The Girl Who Played with Fire is a 2009 Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson, and the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is based on the best-selling novel of the same ...more
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Slim Susie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Ulf Malmros

Actors: Tuva Novotny, Kjell Bergqvist, Michael Nyqvist, Lotta Tejle, Malin Morgan, + more

Released: 2003

Slim Susie is a 2003 Swedish comedy crime film. It was directed by Ulf Malmros and written by Malmros and Petteri Nuottimäki. It's condsidered Ulf Malmros most popular film.
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Kim Novak Never Swam in ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret's Lake Martin Asphaug

Actors: Anton Lundqvist, Jesper Adefelt, Jonas Karlsson

Released: 2005

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Erik Skjoldbjærg

Actors: Stellan Skarsgård, Maria Bonnevie, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Bjørn Floberg, Kristian Figenschow Jr., + more

Released: 1997

Insomnia is a 1997 Norwegian thriller film about a police detective investigating a murder in a town located above the Arctic Circle. The investigation goes horribly wrong when he mistakenly ...more
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The Keeper of Lost Cause... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
The Keeper of Lost Causes Mikkel Nørgaard

Actors: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Fares Fares

Released: 2013

The Keeper of Lost Causes is a 2013 thriller film written by Nikolaj Arcel and directed by Mikkel Nørgaard.
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The Man from Majorca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bo Widerberg

Actors: Ernst Günther, Håkan Serner, Sven Wollter, Tomas von Brömsen, Ingvar Hirdwall, + more

Released: 1984

The Man from Majorca is a 1984 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg. The film is based on the novel Grisfesten by Leif G. W. Persson. The novel has big similarities with the Geijer affair. Leif ...more
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Jar City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Baltasar Kormákur

Actors: Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Erlendur Eiriksson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Atli Rafn Sigurðsson, + more

Released: 2006

Jar City is a 2006 Icelandic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is based on Mýrin, a novel written by Arnaldur Indriðason and released in English as Jar City. ...more
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Smilla's Sense of Snow ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bille August

Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris, Julia Ormond, Tom Wilkinson, Gabriel Byrne, + more

Released: 1997

Smilla's Sense of Snow is a 1997 Danish thriller film directed by Bille August and starring Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, and Richard Harris. Based on the 1992 novel Miss Smilla's Feeling for ...more
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Easy Money II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Babak Najafi

Actors: Joel Kinnaman, Fares Fares, Matias Padin Varela, Dejan Čukić, Joel Spira, + more

Released: 2012

Easy Money II is a 2012 action/crime/drama film written by Maria Karlsson/Peter Birro/Babak Najafi/Fredrik Wikström/Jens Lapidus and directed by Babak Najafi.
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False Trail is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kjell Sundvall

Actors: Peter Stormare, Rolf Lassgård, Jarl Lindblad, Eero Milonoff, Annika Nordin, + more

Released: 2011

False Trail is a 2011 Swedish thriller directed by Kjell Sundvall with Rolf Lassgård and Peter Stormare in the main roles. The film is the sequel the 1996 film The Hunters, it ...more
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Raid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Raid Tapio Piirainen

Actors: Kai Lehtinen, Oiva Lohtander, Mari Rantasila

Released: 2003

Raid is a 2003 Finnish crime film directed by Tapio Piirainen. It is an adaptation of the 2000 television series of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nykänen and Piirainen.
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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Crime and Punishment Aki Kaurismäki

Actors: Markku Toikka, Aino Seppo, Esko Nikkari

Released: 1983

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Reykjavík-Rotterd... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Óskar Jónasson

Actors: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Victor Löw, Thröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, + more

Released: 2008

Reykjavík-Rotterdam is an Icelandic film directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar Kormákur.
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Avalon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Axel Petersén

Actors: Johannes Brost, Carl Johan De Geer, Peter Carlberg, Peter Lorentzon, Karin Hallén, + more

Released: 2011

Avalon is a 2011 thriller film written by Axel Petersén and directed by Axel Petersén.
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Nobel's Last Will is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Nobel's Last Will Peter Flinth

Actors: Antje Traue, Björn Kjellman, Leif Andrée, Per Graffman, Kajsa Ernst, + more

Released: 2012

While covering the annual Nobel Banquet for tabloid Kvällspressen, crime reporter Annika Bengtzon witnesses a spectacular murder right in front of her. Two people are shot, one of them the ...more
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Fallen Angels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Fallen Angels Morten Tyldum

Actors: Trond Espen Seim, Bjørn Floberg, Per Kjerstad

Released: 2008

Fallen Angels is a 2008 film directed by Morten Tyldum. It was nominted for numerous Amanda Awards in 2008.