Film 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 Hunters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kjell Sundvall 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 Man on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bo Widerberg 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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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Niels Arden Oplev 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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Slim Susie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Ulf Malmros 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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The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Reilcan Jones added Thomas Vinterberg The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man who becomes the ...more

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Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesa... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret's Lake Martin Asphaug

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Roseanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Daniel Alfredson Roseanna is a 1993 Swedish police film about Martin Beck, directed by Daniel Alfredson, based on the novel Roseanna.

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The Man on the Balcony is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
The Man on the Balcony Daniel Alfredson 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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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Ole Bornedal 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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Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Morten Tyldum Headhunters is a 2011 Norwegian-Swedish action thriller film, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. The film was directed by Morten Tyldum and stars Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj ...more

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Daniel Alfredson 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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The Girl Who Played with Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Daniel Alfredson 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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The Man from Majorca is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bo Widerberg 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) 14 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Baltasar Kormákur 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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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Erik Skjoldbjærg 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 Causes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
The Keeper of Lost Causes Mikkel Nørgaard The Keeper of Lost Causes is a 2013 thriller film written by Nikolaj Arcel and directed by Mikkel Nørgaard.

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Nobel's Last Will is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Nobel's Last Will Peter Flinth 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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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Crime and Punishment Aki Kaurismäki

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Easy Money II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Babak Najafi 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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Raid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Raid Tapio Piirainen 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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Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bille August 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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False Trail is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kjell Sundvall 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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Reykjavík-Rotterdam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Óskar Jónasson Reykjavík-Rotterdam is an Icelandic film directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar Kormákur.

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The Kiss of Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
The Kiss of Evil Anders Engström The Kiss of Evil is a 2011 Finnish crime film directed by Anders Engström.

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Avalon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Axel Petersén Avalon is a 2011 thriller film written by Axel Petersén and directed by Axel Petersén.

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Bitter Flowers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Bitter Flowers Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen Bitter Flowers is 2007 Norwegian crime thriller directed by Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen. It is the first in a series of six films about the private detective Varg Veum, based on the books by Gunnar ...more

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
KathyGrieco added Christopher Menaul Prime Suspect is a British police procedural television drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in ...more

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Fallen Angels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Fallen Angels Morten Tyldum Fallen Angels is a 2008 film directed by Morten Tyldum. It was nominted for numerous Amanda Awards in 2008.

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A Somewhat Gentle Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Hans Petter Moland A Somewhat Gentle Man is a 2010 Norwegian comedy film directed by Hans Petter Moland. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Just Another Love Story is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Ole Bornedal Just Another Love Story is a 2007 film directed by Ole Bornedal.

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Pioneer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Pioneer Erik Skjoldbjærg

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Priest of Evil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Priest of Evil Olli Saarela

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V2: Dead Angel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
V2: Dead Angel Aleksi Mäkelä V2: Dead Angel is a 2007 Finnish crime film directed by Aleksi Mäkelä. It is based on the novel Jäätynyt enkeli by Reijo Mäki. In the film private detective Jussi Vares ...more

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The Girls of April is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
The Girls of April Lauri Törhönen

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Uro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Uro Stefan Faldbakken

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The Hypnotist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Lasse Hallström The Hypnotist is a 2012 Swedish crime film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the Swedish novel of the same name by Lars Kepler. The film was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best ...more

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Executive Protection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Anders Nilsson Executive Protection is a Swedish action film from 2001 directed by Anders Nilsson. It is the second film in the series about police officer Johan Falk.

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Kissed by Winter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Kissed by Winter Sara Johnsen Kissed by Winter is a Norwegian film that first premiered February 11, 2005 starring Norwegian actor Kristoffer Joner and Swedish actress Annika Hallin. Vinterkyss is similar to the Danish film ...more

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Black's Game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Óskar Thór Axelsson Black's Game is a 2012 action crime thriller film written by Óskar Thór Axelsson and Stefán Máni and directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson.

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Vares: the Path of the Righteo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Vares: the Path of the Righteous Men Anders Engström

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Vares: Tango of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Vares: Tango of Darkness Lauri Törhönen

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Vares: Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Vares: Private Eye Aleksi Mäkelä Vares: Private Eye is a 2004 Finnish crime film directed by Aleksi Mäkelä. It is based on the novel Keltainen leski by Reijo Mäki. The setting is Turku, a city on the west coast ...more

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Snabba cash - Livet deluxe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Nordic Noir Movies
Jens Jonsson, Daniel Espinosa Easy Money is a Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa that was released on 15 January 2010. It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Jens Lapidus. Joel Kinnaman stars in the ...more