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List of Lars von Trier Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Dogville (2003)
20
5
Dogville
R
20
5

Grace Mulligan is given refuge from gangsters by the people of Dogville, an American town, in exchange for doing small chores. But things take a darker turn when chores turn into torture and rape. When Grace finally accepts her identity of being the gang leader’s daughter she burns the town and its people to the ground. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Crime, Drama
2. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
17
5
Dancer in the Dark
R
17
5

Dancer in the Dark is the story of a young East European immigrant, who comes to the USA with her young son with a dream in her eyes. Struggling to survive, herself suffering from degenerating eye condition, she continues to save money so that her son can undergo surgery to save his eyesight. But fate is not kind to her and she ends up being labeled as a communist sympathizer and murderer. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Musical, Drama, Crime
3. Breaking the Waves (1996)
19
5
Breaking the Waves
R
19
5

A religious Scottish young woman Bess McNeil, who is naïve in her beliefs, falls in love and marries Jan Nyman, a Danish oil-rig worker. When an accident aboard the rig paralyses him, Bess blames herself for praying for his return. Jan impels her to have sex with other men, which initially shocks her but she starts believing that God is guiding her. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Adrian Rawlins, Jean-Marc Barr
4. Europa (1991)
13
4
Europa
R
13
4

Europa is a drama thriller film which takes us to the time after the end of the Second World War. A young idealistic American of German descent tries to help the German people, and takes up a railway job in Germany. However, he soon gets involved in a terrorist conspiracy.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Max von Sydow, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa
5. A Royal Affair (2012)
13
5
A Royal Affair
R
13
5

This Danish historical drama film, tells the story of a young queen, married to an insane king. She falls in love with her physician, and the two eventually start a revolution that leads to the nation changing. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Nikolaj Arcel
Genres:
Drama, History, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm
6. Melancholia (2011)
18
2
Melancholia
R
18
2

The second installment of Lars von Trier’s Depression Trilogy, Melancholia follows the two sisters Justine and Claire. The severely depressed Justine and the fearful Claire must come to terms with their destinies as a rogue planet named Melancholia heads on a direct collision course towards Earth.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
7. Manderlay (2005)
14
4
Manderlay
14
4

In 1933, while traveling through Alabama, Grace Mulligan and her father come across a plantation, ‘Manderley,’ where slavery still persists. Repulsed by the owner’s rules for the slaves, Grace intervenes. Although some of her suggestions backfire, but by harvest time, she succeeds in applying rules of democracy to white owners and black slaves. Eventually, it is Grace who learns the most from the experience. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
8. The Five Obstructions (2003)
13
5
The Five Obstructions
13
5

Jorgen Leth has created a striking short film ‘The Perfect Human’ in 1967, which revolved around a man and a woman sitting in a box, while the narrator poses questions regarding their relationship and humanity. Danish director Lars von Trier challenges Jorden years later, to remake the film using a different set of circumstances.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier, Jørgen Leth
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Patrick Bauchau, Jacqueline Arenal, Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez
10. The Element of Crime (1984)
13
4
The Element of Crime
13
4

When a mysterious killer takes the lives of several young girls, a former detective named Fisher decides to take up one final case. Unable to find the culprits, he turns to Osborne, a writer who is known for his contribution to the field of criminology. Following the theories put forward in a book named ‘The Element of Crime’, Fisher tries to retrace the steps of the suspect.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Esmond Knight, Michael Elphick, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells
11. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
14
2
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
14
2

A young woman Joe, badly injured from a beating, is found unconscious in a dark lane by a man named Seligman. She refuses his offer to call an ambulance and police and he ultimately takes her to his apartment. While he takes care of her, she reveals that she is a nymphomaniac and tells him about her erotic experiences since adolescence.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
12. Italian for Beginners (2000)
12
4
Italian for Beginners
R
12
4
As:
Producer
Director:
Lone Scherfig
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk, Peter Gantzler, Lars Kaalund
13. The Idiots (1998)
14
2
The Idiots
R
14
2

Karen is dining in a restaurant when few mentally disturbed people enter and disrupt everyone’s peace. Soon it seems that the group is behaving like ‘idiots’ in public, just to prove a point.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby
14. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)
14
2
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
14
2

This is the second volume of a two part erotic art film created by Lars von Trie.  In this volume, Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, continues to recount her erotic experiences to Seligman, a bachelor who has brought her home after she was assaulted. In this volume, she delves deeper into her adulthood before recounting how she came to be assaulted, which finally helps her to find peace.   

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
15. Antichrist (2009)
16
3
Antichrist
16
3

While a couple is busy having sex, their toddler son dies falling from the bedroom window, leaving the mother grief-stricken. The father, a therapist, decides to treat her himself and takes her to an isolated cabin in a woods where she spent a previous summer with the boy. However, she becomes maniacal amidst ominous natural occurrences.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
17. The Boss of It All (2006)
13
3
The Boss of It All
13
3

For years, the owner of an IT company has pretended that the real boss lives in America, and communicates with all their staff only by email. The purpose of this is to attribute all the unpopular decisions to the 'absentee boss'. However, things get complicated when a prospective buyer wants to meet the ‘real boss’ in person, and the owner is forced to hire an actor to portray him.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Iben Hjejle, Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler
18. Dear Wendy (2005)
13
3
Dear Wendy
13
3

In a small town in the US, a group of teens sharing an interest in guns, decides to form a gang named the Dandies led by Dick Dandelion. Despite the fact that they all carry guns, they all follow a code of pacifism. Along with his gang, Dick tries to protect his childhood nanny Clarabelle, when she is threatened by other gangs.

As:
Writer
Director:
Thomas Vinterberg
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Alison Pill, Bill Pullman, Novella Nelson, Michael Angarano, Danso Gordon
19. Epidemic (1987)
11
2
Epidemic
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
Ole Ernst, Allan De Waal, Michael Gelting, Colin Gilder, Svend Ali Hamann
20. Nocturne (1980)
10
2
Nocturne
10
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Masked Man Bashing Through Window (uncredited)
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Yvette, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Anne-Lise Gabold
21. A Chess Game (1969)
10
2
A Chess Game
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
22. Befrielsesbilleder (1982)
10
2
Befrielsesbilleder
10
2

This war drama film tells the story of a German Officer, who, after the occupation of Denmark ends, pays a visit to his Danish mistress. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Edward Fleming, Kirsten Olesen
23. A Flower (1971)
9
2
A Flower
9
2

This short film shows us a boy planting a flower on a plot of empty land, even though construction trucks are driving all around, hinting that the flower may be end up destroyed in some way soon.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
24. Why Try to Escape from Which You Know You Can't Escape from? Because You Are a Coward (1970)
9
2
Why Try to Escape from Which You Know You Can't Escape from? Because You Are a Coward
9
2

This short film revolves around a man who finds himself being haunted by a masked stranger.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
25. A Dead Boring Experience (1969)
8
2
A Dead Boring Experience
8
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
26. Good Night, Dear (1968)
8
2
Good Night, Dear
8
2

Good Night, Dear is one of the first short films by Lars von Trier, where a bank employee is shown being subjected to a brutal robbery.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
27. Menthe - la bienheureuse (1979)
8
2
Menthe - la bienheureuse
8
2

Menthe - la bienheureuse is a short film based on a novel which tells the story of a voluntary female submission.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
The Driver
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Inger Hvidtfeldt, Annette Linnet, Carl-Henrik Trier, Jenni Dick
28. The Orchid Gardener (1978)
7
1
The Orchid Gardener
7
1

Victor Marse is a young artist of Jewish descent, who has shunned his heritage, and soon arrives at the realization that he is alone. He starts doubting humanity’s willingness to help each other, and meanwhile, he starts falling for a young nurse named Eliza.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Victor Morse
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Inger Hvidtfeldt, Karen Oksbjerg, Brigitte Pelissier, Maurice Drouzy
29. The Last Detail (1981)
7
1
The Last Detail
7
1
As:
Director
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Otto Brandenburg, Torben Zeller, Gitte Pelle, Ib Hansen, Michael Simpson
30. Kaptajn Klyde og hans venner vender tilbage (1980)
6
1
Kaptajn Klyde og hans venner vender tilbage
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jesper Klein, Per Holst
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jesper Klein, Jess Ingerslev, Tom McEwan, Lykke Nielsen
31. Hemmelig sommer (1969)
4
1
Hemmelig sommer
4
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lars (as Lars Trier)
Director:
Thomas Winding
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Short
Star Cast:
Jens Okking, Maria Edström, Elin Bing, Charlotte Vøhtz
32. The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1 (2007)
11
3
The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1
11
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Jacob Thuesen
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, David Dencik, Jonatan Spang, Carl Martin Norén
33. Visions of Europe (2004)
10
2
Visions of Europe
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Aki Kaurismäki, Peter Greenaway, Fatih Akin, Barbara Albert
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Johanna Troell, Safia Aggoune, Abel Alves, Benzirar Baroudi, Ina-Marija Bartare
34. South (2004)
10
2
South
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Martin Koolhoven
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Monic Hendrickx, Frank Lammers, Oksana Akinshina, Olga Louzgina, Nazmiye Oral
35. The Erotic Man (2010)
8
2
The Erotic Man
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Jørgen Leth
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jørgen Leth, Angeli Bayani, Sue Prado, Marie Marthe Dorothie Laguerre, Giovanna Biotto
36. A World of Difference (1989)
7
1
A World of Difference
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Leif Magnusson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Adam Kozlowski, Boguslaw Linda, Hilda Jensen, Mirek Dymitrow
37. The Exhibited (2000)
7
1
The Exhibited
7
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Jesper Jargil
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
Carsten Bjørnlund, Regitze Estrup, Lotte Aske Fredskov, Betina Henriette Grove, Niels Peter Johansen
38. Lars from 1-10 (1998)
6
1
Lars from 1-10
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Sophie Fiennes, Shari Roman
Genres:
Short, Documentary

TV Movie(s)

1. Medea (1988)
13
3
Medea
13
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Kirsten Olesen, Henning Jensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye
2. D-dag (2000)
7
1
D-dag
7
1
As:
Director
Director:
Lars von Trier, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Thomas Vinterberg
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Nicolaj Kopernikus, Jesper Asholt, Bjarne Henriksen, Charlotte Sachs Bostrup, Dejan Cukic
3. D-dag - Den færdige film (2001)
6
1
D-dag - Den færdige film
6
1
As:
Director
Director:
Lars von Trier, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Thomas Vinterberg
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Nicolaj Kopernikus, Jesper Asholt, Bjarne Henriksen, Charlotte Sachs Bostrup, Dejan Cukic
4. D-dag - Lise (2000)
5
1
D-dag - Lise
5
1
As:
Director
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Stellan Skarsgård, Nicolaj Kopernikus, Bjarne Henriksen, Charlotte Sachs Bostrup, Dejan Cukic
5. Kayaking on the Top of the World (2000)
4
1
Kayaking on the Top of the World
4
1
As:
Producer
Director:
Andreas Hvidt
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
John Andersen, Frederik Jacobi

Animation(s)

The Trip to Squash Land (1967)
The Trip to Squash Land
Plot:

The stop motion, cardboard animation which is Lars von Trier’s directorial debut, features a Super Sausage. When a group of bunnies are frolicking around, one of them gets abducted by some strange troll-like creatures. Then the anthropomorphized sausage, the Super Sausage, comes to the rescue and rides a whale with other two bunnies as they travel underwater to save the kidnapped one. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Animation, Short

TV Shows and Videos

Klovn (2005)
Klovn
TV-MA
As:
Cast, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
David Dencik, Melinda Kinnaman, Iben Hjejle, Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam
Selma Jezková (2011)
Selma Jezková
As:
Writer
Director:
Uffe Borgwadt
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Ulla Kudsk Jensen, Guido Paevatalu, Gert Henning-Jensen, Hanne Fischer, Palle Knudsen
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)
Hollywood's Best Film Directors
As:
Cast
Genres:
Biography
Star Cast:
Danny Boyle, John Woo, Francis Ford Coppola, John Boorman
Morten Korch - Ved stillebækken (1999)
Morten Korch - Ved stillebækken
As:
Producer
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Iben Hjejle, Sanne Grangaard, Henrik Ipsen, Morten A. Korch, Stig Hoffmeyer
Laid Back: Bakerman (1989)
Laid Back: Bakerman
As:
Director
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Laid Back, John Guldberg, Tim Stahl
The Teacher's Room (1994)
The Teacher's Room
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Klaus Rifbjerg, Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen, Ulla Dahlerup, Søren Gericke, Claes Kastholm Hansen
Dogville: The Pilot (2003)
Dogville: The Pilot
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Jens Albinus, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Gitte Brandt, Peter Gilsfort
HotMen CoolBoyz (2000)
HotMen CoolBoyz
X
As:
Producer
Director:
Knud Vesterskov
Genres:
Adult
Star Cast:
Billy Herrington, Rune Gärtner, Michael Thomsen, Bo Larsen, Taus Stanley Borgquist
Dimension 1991-2024 (2010)
Dimension 1991-2024
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Lars von Trier
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Eddie Constantine, Jean-Marc Barr, Jens Okking, Katrin Cartlidge
All About Anna (2005)
All About Anna
As:
Producer
Director:
Jessica Nilsson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eileen Daly, Gry Bay, Adrian Bouchet, Thomas Raft, Ovidie
Pink Prison (1999)
Pink Prison
As:
Producer
Director:
Lisbeth Lynghøft
Genres:
Adult, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sussi Dollenz la Cour, Mark Duran, Anders Nyborg, Alberto Rey, Mr. Marcus
Constance (1998)
Constance
As:
Producer
Director:
Knud Vesterskov
Genres:
Adult
Star Cast:
Sussi Dollenz la Cour, Anaïs, Mark Duran, Niels Dencker, Michael Larsen
Marathon (1996)
Marathon
As:
Writer
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Svend Ali Hamann, Jens Arentzen, Anne Marie Helger, Peter Øvig Knudsen, Tine Bryld