Sweden has given us a lot of cool movies but since the 2009 movie “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, the whole world started paying more attention to Swedish cinema. Whether you see it online or at the cinema, Swedish movies are always an exciting cinematic experience. Hollywood has made a remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, with famous movie stars like the James Bond Daniel Craig and the newcomer but truly talented Rooney Mara, as the main characters. We want to show you our list of the best Swedish movies so far.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
This is one of the most successful Swedish movies of the last years. It was based on the eponymous novel by Swedish literary sensation Stieg Larsson. The movie tells the story of a mysterious hacker who helps a journalist find a woman who has been missing for forty years. The movie is full of conspiracies, violence, sex and action and will appeal to any movie fan.
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The second movie adapted from the Millennium novel series written by Stieg Larsson is a continuation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” which follows Lisbeth, the computer hacker and journalist Mikael as they investigate a mafia ring of sex traffic in Sweden. It’s a highly entertaining movie Hollywood action blockbusters could learn a few things from this movie.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
The third part of the Millennium series is the The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest released in 2009 and starring the same actors as in the first two movies: Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) the computer hacker and her friend Mikael (Michael Nyqvist). In this movie Lisbeth is recovering in the hospital after she’s been framed with three murders.
Let the Right One In
One of the best Swedish movies on our list is this unconventional horror movie about vampires. It’s an adult story about a child vampire who befriends a shy boy and defends him from the bullies at his school. It’s a fascinating story about friendship with lots of bloody and scary scenes. If you want to see a deep art horror movie, Let The Right One In is the perfect movie for you.
Easy Money is a Swedish crime thriller about Serbian mafia, drugs and lots of edge-of-your-seat action. It was released in 2010 and was based on the novel of the same name written by Swedish crime novelist Jens Lapidus. Hollywood is filming the remake as we speak with Zac Efron as the lead actor.
Evil is a 2004 Swedish thriller based on the novel written by Jan Guillou about a 16 year old boy who is expelled from his school for fighting and sent at a boarding school where he is faced with a lot of hostility and violence from his colleagues. It’s a story of survival told in a sophisticated European cinematic way.
This Swedish movie is known as one of the most disturbing movies ever made. It was written and directed by Lukas Moodysson and was inspired by a true event. It’s a depressing movie about human sex-trafficking in Europe. The movie has won many awards for its portrayal of a bleak underground reality. Be warned, Lilya 4-Ever is not for the faint of heart.
You, the Living
You, the Living is an amazing Swedish movie written and directed by Roy Anderson and released in 2007. It’s a very poetic, often surreal movie about the absurd, the comic and the tragic sides of life. It’s made of 50 short vignettes with no apparent relation to each other, but if you pay close attention you will notice that they make a lot of sense.
We Are the Best
This is one of the most recent Swedish movies to enter our list. It was released in 2013 and it tells the story of three young outsider girls living in the 1980s in Stockholm, who want to start a punk rock band, even though they didn’t play any instruments and everyone kept telling them that punk was dead
10. Everlasting Moments
This 2008 Swedish drama movie was inspired by the life story of Maria Larsson whose life changes after she wins a camera in a lottery. At first she wants to sell the camera to support her family but decides to keep and start taking pictures with it. Everlasting Moments is a superb period drama about following your dreams no matter what.
P.S.: If you are into Swedish movies and Swedish dance music you should check out the documentary movie (Leave the World Behind) about the most famous DJs in the world, the Swedish House Mafia.