Best Dutch Movies of all time

Introduction to the best Dutch movies

great dutch cinema - turks fruit 1973
Dutch Movies are truly something special in our opinion. Their at times vulgar and in your face scenes manage to maintain a sense of romance and intimacy. There are, however, not a lot of Dutch films that have really had great international recognition. In the history of Dutch cinema, just 3 movies have managed to win an oscar. They are of course on this list. We are bringing you the very best Dutch Movies of all time. When you click on the titles you will find reviews and trailers for every film. If you would like to read more about Dutch cinema, you should have a look in our Dutch Movies Section. Enjoy!

The Best Dutch movies ranking is partly based on our personal opinion and partly based on the IMDb user rating. All movies are films that have been watched by a lot of people in the Netherlands and abroad.


Best Dutch Movies top 10 of all time

By clicking on the titles of the best Dutch movies you can find a review and a trailer of the particular film!

1. Blackbook – Zwartboek (2006)

  • Director: Paul verhoeven
  • Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch and Thom Hoffman
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9

Zwartboek - Terrific war movie by Paul verhoeven from the Netherlands

In the occupied The Netherlands in the Second World War a Jewish female singer gets, after her entire family gets killed by the germans, involved with an underground resistance group. The movie was chosen to be the Dutch movie by the Dutch population.


2. Simon (2004)

  • Director: Eddy Terstall
  • Cast: Cees Geel, Marcel Hensema and Rifka Lodeizen
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9.

Simon - Elected as one of the best Dutch movies

Simon is a Jewish Coffee shop manager with a very liberal perspective on life, and now struggling with cancer.


3. Spoorloos (1988)

  • Director: George Sluizer
  • Cast: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets and Johanna ter Steege
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9

Spoorloos - The vanishing - Dutch film based on Tim Krabbe's dutch bestseller

Three years after Lex his wife gets kidnapped he starts getting letters from her abductor.


4. Character – Karakter (1997)

  • Director: Mike van Diem
  • Cast: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir and Fedja van Huêt
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8

Karakter - Winner of the 1997 Oscar for non-english language film

A very ambitious young lawyer finds out who his father is, but instead of reconciling they start competing. In our eyes one of the very best Dutch movies atmosphere wise.


5. Soldaat van Oranje (1977)

  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Cast: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé and Susan Penhaligon
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8.

Soldier of Orange - Best Dutch Movies of all time

This classic Dutch movie provides an insight in to the lives and struggles of a few Dutch students during the Second World War. This film made Steven Spielberg notice the talented young Paul Verhoeven.


6. De tweeling (2002)

  • Director: Ben Sombogaart
  • Cast: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras and Thekla Reuten
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6

Twin Sisters - Harry Mullish' masterpiece brought to the screeen

De Tweeling takes us back to the 1920 in which two sisters at the age of six are separated from each other because both of their parents die.

7. The Northerners – De noorderlingen (1992)

  • Director: Alex van Warmerdam
  • Cast: Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe and Rudolf Lucieer
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4

The Northerners - Great Dutch films

A surrealistic dark comedy about a young man who escapes from his difficult circumstances in daily life to a world filled with his own fantasies.


8. Antonia (1995)

  • Director: Marleen Gorris
  • Cast:  Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir and Veerle van Overloop
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4

Antonia's Line - Another Oscar winning Dutch movie

An old woman looks back upon her live in the small Dutch village in which she used to run everything. Oscar-winning Dutch film.


9. De aanslag (1986)

  • Director: Fons Rademakers
  • Cast: Derek de Lint, Marc van Uchelen, Monique van de Ven
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3

The Assault - The first Dutch film to win an Oscar

Based on the amazing book by Harry Mulish. It is one of those books that all the kids read for school. The film was the very first dutch movie to be awarded with an Oscar for best Foreign language film.


10. Turkish Delight – Turks fruit (1973)

  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Cast: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer and Tonny Huurdeman
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2

Turkish Delight - Top 10 Best Dutch Movies

One of the most well-known best Dutch movies. This Dutch cult film deals with the story of a stormy relationship between a very talented Dutch.

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