Swedish movies

List of the best Swedish movies selected by visitors to our site: The Seventh Seal, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Kon-Tiki, Breaking the Waves, The Hunt, Melancholia, Antichrist, Only God Forgives, The Sacrifice.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Genrefantasy, drama
CharactersWitch, Knights, Angels, Actors
PlotApocalypse, Viruses, Religious, Death, Chess
TimeMiddle Ages
StylePhilosophical, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Depressive, Gloomy

When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.

Dogville (2003)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryDenmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Italy
PlotBank robbery, Revenge, Mystery, Slavery, Betrayal
PlaceMountains, Small cities
StyleMakes me think, Action, Depressive, Smart, Explicit scenes

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, musical, crime
CountryDenmark, Sweden, USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, France
CharactersBlind, Friends
PlotFate, Mystery, Dreams, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Depressive, Serious, Heartbreaking

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreadventure, biography, history
CountryNorway, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Survival, Expeditions, Obsession
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Serious, Epic, Action

The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Breaking the Waves (1996)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryDenmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Spain
CharactersGods, Nurses
PlotLove, Depression, Obsession, Self-sacrifice
PlaceScotland, Small cities
StyleAction, Depressive, Sad ones, Psychological problems, Heartbreaking

In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.

The Hunt (2012)
Markimdb: 8.3
CountryDenmark, Sweden
CharactersSisters, Partners
PlotFalse accusations, Rivalry
PlaceAsia, India
StyleExciting, Makes me think, Depressive, Disturbing, Serious

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Melancholia (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryDenmark, Sweden, France, Germany
CharactersHorses, Parents, Family, Sisters, Friends
PlotApocalypse, Disasters, Wedding, Depression, Fear
PlaceParty, Hospitals, Estate, Mansions
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Gloomy, Psychological problems

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Antichrist (2009)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, drama
CountryDenmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
PlotDepression, Death, Obsession, Fear, Hypnosis
StyleDepressive, Explicit scenes, Psychological problems

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Only God Forgives (2013)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryDenmark, Sweden, Thailand, USA, France
PlotBoxing, Revenge
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Fancy, Disturbing, Serious

Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Crystal to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.

The Sacrifice (1986)
Markimdb: 8.1
CountrySweden, United Kingdom, France
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotApocalypse, Chase, Saving the World, Birthday
StyleAtmospheric, Makes me think, Depressive, Gloomy, Serious

Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.

Filth (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, USA
StyleSmart, Black humor, Explicit scenes

A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Wild Strawberries (1957)
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersTeens, Actors
PlotDreams, Loneliness, First love
StyleTouching, Atmospheric, Gloomy

Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne, in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara, a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love.

Let the Right One In (2008)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrehorror, melodrama, drama
CharactersVampire, Teachers, Losers, Immortals
PlotSupernatural, Snow, Fear, Loneliness, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Sweden
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Depressive, Gothic

Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor Eli, who only appears at night in the snow-covered playground outside their building.

Evil (2003)
Markimdb: 7.8
CountrySweden, Denmark
PlotUprising, Friendship
PlaceBoarding school
StyleTouching, Heavy, Serious

Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. In fact already Erik frequently receives a ‘good’ thrashing at the hands of his sadistic stepfather – so he is packed off by his mother to boardingschool

In a Better World (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryDenmark, Sweden
CharactersTeachers, Parents
PlotDivorce, Loneliness, Friendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Soulful, Action, Depressive

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada
PlotInvestigation, Double life
PlaceAircraft, Small cities, Hotels, Texas
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Depressive, Heavy, Serious

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his "sickness": He is a brilliant, but disturbed sociopathic sadist.

The Woman in Black (2012)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, Sweden
PlotGhosts, Supernatural, Revenge, Life after death, Mystery
PlaceEngland, London, Village, Estate
StyleAtmospheric, Gothic, Disturbing, Tense

The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true identity.

Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountrySweden, Hungary, Norway
CharactersLosers, Heroes
PlotOn real events, War, Political, Survival
PlaceGhetto, Sweden
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious

Swedish account of Raoul Wallenberg, the man responsible for the largest rescue of Jews during World War II.

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Markimdb: 8.1
CountrySweden, France, West Germany

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.

Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genredrama, music
CountryFrance, West Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom
PlotLife, Family life
StyleTouching, Soulful, Depressive, Gloomy, Serious

After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.