Best European Movies

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Sometimes, I like European movies better than American films. There’s something unique about European films that you don’t really see in American movies. I just can’t explain. Maybe because I live in Europe. And also maybe because I see American movies everywhere. So I get used to it. Then, when I watch something different that has nothing to do with America, I see things in a new perspective which fascinates me. The Danish Girl has received many good reviews. So, it must be an excellent movie. But since I am straight so I thought, maybe this film is not for me. But when I browsed through Netflix one evening searching for an interesting film to watch, I stumbled upon it. Then I thought to myself, why not? I shall try to watch it. And it turned out to be a fantastic film. It made me miss Denmark all the more. Even though Britain is also in Europe like Denmark, but these two countries are totally different in, almost, every way. It’s difficult to describe. I just think, the Danish culture, mentality, way of life, and so on, are very much unlike England. You have to try to live in Scandinavia for a while, to notice a lot of differences. But of course, each country has its own identity which should be kept intact as much as possible.

Back to The Danish Girl, I think, it’s a film for everyone. It’s not just for homosexual. It has universal themes that we all can relate to: Love, courage, and be yourself. In fact, I have watched many good gay/lesbian movies that were equally good, which were also for everybody. Here’s a list of some of the films:

  1. The Danish Girl
  2. Boys Don’t Cry
  3. Brokeback Mountain
  4. Dog Day Afternoon
  5. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  6. Gia
  7. Bound

And this is a list of some of the best European films I have seen:

  1. A Clockwork Orange
  2. Trainspotting
  3. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  4. Betty Blue
  5. Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)
  6. Breaking The Waves
  7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  8. Amélie
  9. Nightwatch
  10. The Danish Girl
  11. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (I consider it a European movie anyway since it’s based on a Swedish novel. And I read the novel in Danish before the movie was made. The book was very captivating to read, especially when you read it in its original language Swedish/Danish. I have never read it in English version. Stieg Larsson, he had such a unique writing style that kept you turning pages.)
  12. A Fish Called Wanda

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