Lars von Trier is a restless filmmaker – in a good way. He strives hard to give us a new experience every time we buy a ticket to watch his films. His deep understanding of the human psyche combined with his penchant for innovative filmmaking is what has made him such a tour de force in world cinema. Once you are introduced to his world you will be hooked for lifetime. Here’s a list of the top Lars von Trier movies. You can watch several of these Lars von Trier movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Boss of it All (2006)
Trust Lars von Trier to come up with something innovative with every film of his own. This one involved an automated camera. ‘The Boss of it All’ stands out as the only attempt by the prolific director in dabbling with full fledged comedy – a black comedy to be precise – and he proved that he can bring something new to the table even in the used and abused genre of comedy. The plot involves a scheming and secretive owner of a Danish IT firm who almost falls into the grave dug by him when he decides to sell it to potential buyer. The film also works as a situational comedy with the aid of the impeccable coming timing of Danish actor Jens Albinus.
9. Europa (1991)
The film has all the makings of a crowd pleaser – an idealistic American, post WW II Germany and a Pro Nazi femme fatale. Add to it the director’s experimentation of combining black and white visuals with intrusions of colour and use of rear projection screens which makes watching the film a surrealistic experience. The film set new benchmarks in the field of visual experimentation on screen. It also helped that apart from all that eye catching visuals, the film had a gripping story line and a heart and soul to match the chaos so inherent to the plot. It won three awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival but lost out on the Palme d’Or to ‘Barton Fink’ by the Coen brothers which made the director visibly quite upset.
8. The Kingdom (1994)