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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 Man on the Balcony

    Daniel Alfredson

    ActorsKjell Bergqvist, Gösta Ekman, Rolf Lassgård, Tova Magnusson, Ing-Marie Carlsson

    Released1993

    The Man on the Balcony is a 1993 Swedish-German crime thriller film, based on the book The Man...  more
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  • Nightwatch2
    30
    11

    Nightwatch

    Ole Bornedal

    ActorsNikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Ulf Pilgaard

    Released1994

    Nightwatch is a 1994 Danish thriller film directed and written by Danish director Ole...  more
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  • Roseanna3
    25
    6

    Roseanna

    Daniel Alfredson

    ActorsKjell Bergqvist, Gösta Ekman, Rolf Lassgård, Anita Ekström, Niklas Hjulström

    Released1993

    Roseanna is a 1993 Swedish police film about Martin Beck, directed by Daniel Alfredson, based...  more
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  • The Hunt (Jagten)4
    23
    6

    The Hunt (Jagten)

    Thomas Vinterberg

    ActorsMads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen, Anne Louise Hassing, Susse Wold

    Released2012

    The Hunt is a 2012 Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The story is set in a...  more
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    7

    Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret's Lake

    Martin Asphaug

    ActorsAnton Lundqvist, Jesper Adefelt, Jonas Karlsson

    Released2005

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  • Slim Susie6
    23
    7

    Slim Susie

    Ulf Malmros

    ActorsTuva Novotny, Kjell Bergqvist, Michael Nyqvist, Lotta Tejle, Malin Morgan

    Released2003

    Slim Susie is a 2003 Swedish comedy crime film. It was directed by Ulf Malmros and written by...  more
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  • Headhunters7
    22
    9

    Headhunters

    Morten Tyldum

    ActorsNikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aksel Hennie, Baard Owe, Joachim Rafaelsen, Reidar Sørensen

    Released2011

    Headhunters is a 2011 Norwegian-Swedish action thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and...  more
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  • The Man from Majorca8
    15
    4

    ActorsErnst Günther, Håkan Serner, Sven Wollter, Tomas von Brömsen, Ingvar Hirdwall

    Released1984

    The Man from Majorca is a 1984 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg. The film is based on the...  more
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  • The Hunters9
    15
    6

    The Hunters

    Kjell Sundvall

    ActorsÅke Lindman, Helena Bergström, Rolf Lassgård, Roland Hedlund, Lennart Jähkel

    Released1996

    The Hunters is a 1996 Swedish thriller directed by Kjell Sundvall. A police officer from...  more
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  • False Trail10
    9
    4

    False Trail

    Kjell Sundvall

    ActorsPeter Stormare, Rolf Lassgård, Jarl Lindblad, Eero Milonoff, Annika Nordin

    Released2011

    False Trail is a 2011 Swedish thriller directed by Kjell Sundvall with Rolf Lassgård and Peter...  more
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  • Smilla's Sense of Snow11
    11
    6

    ActorsVanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris, Julia Ormond, Tom Wilkinson, Gabriel Byrne

    Released1997

    Smilla's Sense of Snow is a 1997 Danish thriller film directed by Bille August and starring...  more
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  • The Keeper of Lost Causes12
    7
    2

    The Keeper of Lost Causes

    Mikkel Nørgaard

    ActorsNikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Fares Fares

    Released2013

    The Keeper of Lost Causes is a 2013 thriller film written by Nikolaj Arcel and directed by...
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    11
    6

    Easy Money II

    Babak Najafi

    ActorsJoel Kinnaman, Fares Fares, Matias Padin Varela, Dejan Čukić, Joel Spira

    Released2012

    Easy Money II is a 2012 action/crime/drama film written by Maria Karlsson/Peter Birro/Babak...  more
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  • Jar City14
    6
    2

    Jar City

    Baltasar Kormákur

    ActorsÁgústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Erlendur Eiriksson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Atli Rafn Sigurðsson

    Released2006

    Jar City is a 2006 Icelandic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is based on Mýrin, a novel...  more
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  • Nobel's Last Will15
    7
    4

    Nobel's Last Will

    Peter Flinth

    ActorsAntje Traue, Björn Kjellman, Leif Andrée, Per Graffman, Kajsa Ernst

    Released2012

    While covering the annual Nobel Banquet for tabloid Kvällspressen, crime reporter Annika...
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  • Raid16
    8
    6

    Raid

    Tapio Piirainen

    ActorsKai Lehtinen, Oiva Lohtander, Mari Rantasila

    Released2003

    Raid is a 2003 Finnish crime film directed by Tapio Piirainen. It is an adaptation of the 2000...  more
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  • Snabba cash - Livet deluxe17
    9
    7

    Snabba cash - Livet deluxe

    Jens Jonsson, Daniel Espinosa

    ActorsJoel Kinnaman, Fares Fares, Matias Padin Varela, Dejan Čukić, Godehard Giese

    Released2013

    Easy Money is a Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa that was released on 15...  more
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  • Avalon18
    6
    4

    Avalon

    Axel Petersén

    ActorsJohannes Brost, Carl Johan De Geer, Peter Carlberg, Peter Lorentzon, Karin Hallén

    Released2011

    Avalon is a 2011 thriller film written by Axel Petersén and directed by Axel Petersén....  more
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  • Insomnia19
    10
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    Insomnia

    Erik Skjoldbjærg

    ActorsStellan Skarsgård, Maria Bonnevie, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Bjørn Floberg, Kristian Figenschow Jr.

    Released1997

    Insomnia is a 1997 Norwegian thriller film about a police detective investigating a murder in...  more
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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo20
    20
    27

    ActorsNoomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre, Ewa Fröling, Michael Nyqvist

    Released2009

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of...  more
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    Crime and Punishment

    Aki Kaurismäki

    ActorsMarkku Toikka, Aino Seppo, Esko Nikkari

    Released1983

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  • The Man on the Roof22
    14
    18

    ActorsBo Widerberg, Håkan Serner, Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Ingvar Hirdwall

    Released1976

    The Man on the Roof is a 1976 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg, based on the 1971 novel...  more
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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest23

    ActorsNoomi Rapace, Hans Alfredson, Lena Endre, Michael Nyqvist, Lennart Hjulström

    Released2009

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film directed by Daniel...  more
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  • The Girl Who Played with Fire24
    13
    22

    ActorsNoomi Rapace, Per Oscarsson, Lena Endre, Michael Nyqvist, Sofia Ledarp

    Released2009

    The Girl Who Played with Fire is a 2009 Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson,...  more
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  • Reykjavík-Rotterdam25
    6
    2

    Reykjavík-Rotterdam

    Óskar Jónasson

    ActorsBaltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Victor Löw, Thröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

    Released2008

    Reykjavík-Rotterdam is an Icelandic film directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar...  more
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