My Favorite Lars von Trier Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *) 

1.   Dogville (2003)

2.   Melancholia (2011)

3.   Dancer in the Dark (2000)

4.   Breaking the Waves (1996)

5.   Antichrist (2009)

6.   The Kingdom (1994-1997)
(Danish TV miniseries)

7.   The Idiots (1998)

8.   The Five Obstructions (2003)
(Documentary)

9.   Europa (1991)
(no relation to Europa Europa)

10. Manderlay (2005)

11. Medea (1988)
(Danish TV Film)

12. Nymphomaniac (2013)

13. The Element of Crime (1984)

14. The Boss of It All (2006)

15. Epidemic (1987)

16. The House That Jack Built (2018)

10 thoughts on “My Favorite Lars von Trier Films

  1. I really didn’t know he had so much going on before Breaking The Waves. I’m torn between that and Dancer in the Dark as my favourite. I have to say I didn’t care for Melancholia. Dogville is a brilliant and bold experiment. I’m also going to have to have a look at The Boss of it All.

  2. I thought Melancholia was a beautiful and interesting film,very different then what I expected. Of course the film I want to see the most is “Antichrist” which I hear is a twisted tale…..

  3. I am 50-50 with Lars, but my top two have never changed.
    1) Dancer In The Dark.
    2) Breaking The Waves.
    (I didn’t care for Dogville much, so it wouldn’t be in my list)
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. The Boss of It All is actually funny in an extremely dry way. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and I must it is great to see you blogging again 🙂

  5. “Of course the film I want to see the most is “Antichrist” which I hear is a twisted tale…..”

    That it most certainly is 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Lars von Trier is really the kind of filmmaker you either love or hate. Sometimes their seems to be an in-between, but he seems to be a take it or leave it filmmaker for one group of people and another group of people. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  7. Hmmm…Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark are such painful films. They are great films, but almost too gut wrenching for me. Emily Watson and Bjork are terrific. I would like to see more of them. These are the only Lars von Trier films I have seen.

  8. For me, Lars von Trier ranks up there with a lot of the other great filmmakers. He is often considered to be a provocateur so I do not know If his films would serve as your cup of tea or not, but If you are an adventurous moviegoer, I can assure that the viewing experience is highly rewarding. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

  9. This is a great list. It is curious the way you put Antichrist above Melancholia. I am so much in love with Melancholia that I would put it at the very top. But I am probably too unreasonable about it and all your ratings are very fair. I am particularly agreeing on Nymphomaniac at being number 12 – for this film the lower the better lol

  10. I love Antichrist because of how extreme it is, but I love Melancholia as well and that is on number 4 right after my number 3 pick, which is Antichrist. It has been reported that Von Trier did both films while battling depression and some cinephiles have implied that If Antichrist serves as an allegory of his suffering from depression, than Melancholia serves as an allegory for his coping of it. For me, that is one of many interesting ways to see it even though others have beat me to those theories. Nymphomaniac (Parts 1 and 2) are polarizing to say the least, but I love them both. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Update 10/06/2019: You will be happy to know that I have now elevated Melancholia to my number 2 spot concerning my favorite Von Trier films 🙂

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