Best Scandinavian Movies of The 21st Century

List by john Last updated June 14, 2017

Language barrier aside, Scandinavia has produced some of the best movies of the last 17 years in an array of different genres. Some have even been made into English such as the 2009 Swedish film "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" created by danish director Niels Arden Oplev.

With all the glitz and glamour (and budget) of Hollywood Scandinavian films are more often than not swept under the run but they should not be because cinema is about story telling and that is something movies made in Scandinavia do in a unique way.

So here is my list of the Best Scandinavian Movies of The 21st Century chosen for:

  • general critical acclaim
  • My personal thought from viewing
  • story


Scandinavia best List order as defined by john

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Drama Thriller Crime
Based on the Worldwide Best Seller
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Vote count 864 Vote avg 74 Release date 2009-02-27
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Pathfinder (2007)

Two Worlds, One War. The Ultimate Battle Begins.
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Vote count 140 Vote avg 53 Release date 2007-01-11


Troll Hunter (2010)

You believe it when you see it!
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Vote count 509 Vote avg 67 Release date 2010-10-29
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Headhunters (2011)

Thriller Crime
The hunt is on.
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Vote count 349 Vote avg 72 Release date 2011-08-04
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Let the Right One In (2008)

Horror Drama
Eli is 12 years old. She’s been 12 for over 200 years and she just moved in next door.
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Vote count 844 Vote avg 74 Release date 2008-01-26
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The Hunt (2011)

Action Horror Thriller
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Vote count 5 Vote avg 54 Release date 2011-01-01


Brothers (2009)

Drama Thriller War
There are two sides to every family.
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Vote count 528 Vote avg 68 Release date 2009-01-27


After the Wedding (2006)

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Vote count 84 Vote avg 73 Release date 2006-02-24


Valhalla Rising (2009)

Adventure Drama Action
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Vote count 253 Vote avg 58 Release date 2009-09-04



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