Our top 13 films with darkest humor

April 20, 2020

1. in china they eat dogs (1999) - Anders Thomas Jensen

Hanne (Trine Dyrholm) thinks her boyfriend, bank employee Arvid (Dejan Cukic), is the world's biggest bore. And this despite the fact that Arvid knocks down a bank robber and is therefore celebrated. She leaves the hero of the day, leaving him alone in the apartment they share. A short time later, a strange woman rings the doorbell and accuses Arvid of having ruined her life - after all, the bank robber was her husband, who wanted to use the loot to finance a much-desired artificial insemination. Arvid is plagued by remorse and decides to find the money for the two of them. He turns to the only criminal he knows: his brother Harald (Kim Bodnia), who runs a shady restaurant with his cooks Martin (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Peter (Tomas Villum Jensen) and kitchen assistant Vuk (Brian Patterson)....

2. old men in new cars (2002) - Anders Thomas Jensen

Harald (Kim Bodnia) is barely out of jail when trouble starts again. The local Balkan mafia is already waiting outside the gates to collect outstanding debts. And then Harald also has to learn that his foster father Munken (Jens Okking) is dying in hospital, liver failure. Before it ends with Munken, he finally wants to meet his illegitimate son Ludvig (Torkel Petersson).

3. 7 Psychos (2012) - Martin McDonagh

Marty (Colin Farrell) is a down-on-his-luck writer who wants nothing more than to finish his screenplay "Seven Psychopaths." His friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), an unemployed actor who keeps his head above water by stealing dogs, wants to help him at all costs. What Marty lacks most, however, is inspiration. Billy's thief buddy Hans (Christopher Walken), on the other hand, is a formerly violent man who has now found faith. The duo unwittingly made a big mistake and recently stole the beloved dog of psychopathic gangster Charlie (Woody Harrelson). If the latter should get wind of the identity of the perpetrators, he would kill them without batting an eye. Marty is soon to get the inspiration he needs - the only question is whether he and his friends will survive...

4. see Bruges... and die? (2008) - Martin McDonagh

The last mission of the two professional killers Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Collin Farrell) went anything but as planned. Now the two find themselves in Bruges waiting for instructions from their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes). Ken, in the meantime, tries his hand at being a model tourist and sets out on the circuit to see all the sights of the city, while the aggressive Ray, as is his old habit, gets himself into trouble at every turn. When Boss Harry calls, the tranquility of beautiful Bruges is finally over...

5. Deadpool (2016) - Ryan Reynolds/Lauren Shuler Donner/Simon Kinberg

Ex-elite soldier Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is now a mercenary who prefers to spend his free time in whorehouses. When he learns about his cancer, he undergoes a risky experiment in the laboratory of the unscrupulous Ajax (Ed Skrein). Afterwards he has enormous self-healing powers, but looks ugly - so he doesn't want to face his girlfriend, the prostitute Vanessa Carlisle (Morena Baccarin). So Wade slips into a red and black suit with a mask and, as Deadpool, tries to get Ajax to make him pretty again. He gets help from two X-Men, the metal man Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), a young woman with explosive abilities. However, Deadpool goes about his mission differently than other super-powered people. The most obvious differences are his pitch-black humor, his biting mouth and his habit of addressing the movie audience directly...

6. Deadpool 2 (2018) -Ryan Reynolds/Lauren Shuler Donner/Simon Kinberg

Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, who was nastily disfigured and genetically altered in the first film, gets pissed in the face by fate once again. Fortunately, his X-Men buddy Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) takes him to the mutants' refuge, a remote estate. Here, Deadpool reunites with his sidekick Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), who has since grown up - and foolishly meets supervillain Cable (Josh Brolin), who is after angry teenage mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) aka Firefist. Deadpool knows he won't be able to flatten Cable on his own. So he rounds up his own crew of superheroes, the X-Force, including Domino (Zazie Beetz), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Weasel (T.J. Miller) - and regular Peter (Rob Delaney), who has absolutely no superhero powers but liked the job ad.

7. men and chicken (2015) - Anders Thomas Jensen

Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are brothers, but they could hardly be more different. Gabriel is a depressed philosophy professor, while Elias is interested exclusively in women, laziness and other everyday pleasures. Accordingly, the two don't get along very well. When the brothers learn of their father's death, they receive a video recording in which the deceased tells them that they are adopted and had different mothers, each of whom did not survive childbirth. In order to find their biological father, a famous stem cell researcher, Gabriel and Elias travel to the island of Ork, where their creator is said to live. There they soon make the rude acquaintance of their half-brothers Gregor (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), Josef (Nicolas Bro) and Franz (Søren Malling). The newcomers hope for explanations from the relatives about their mysterious origins and move into the run-down mansion...

8. danish delicacies (2003) - Anders Thomas Jensen

Butchers and buddies Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kass) and Svend (Mads Mikkelsen) are already two pretty opposite types. Svend has an inferiority complex as well as ambition, while Bjarne pretty much doesn't give a damn about anything, apart from his new girlfriend Astrid (Line Kruse). With these conditions, it's not so easy for the two to escape their nasty boss Holger (Ole Thestrup) and open their own meat store. However, it doesn't work at all until Svend, by a bizarre coincidence, concocts a new dish that has it all. Suddenly business is booming, but all too soon the mysterious secret ingredient of their culinary discovery runs out. If Bjarne and Svend want to stay in the meat business, they'll have to throw all moral scruples overboard from now on....

9. adam's apples (2005) - Anders Thomas Jensen

Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) is a good man. A very good one. Almost too good for this world. That's why the village priest takes care of lost souls in his remote church: kleptomaniac sex offenders, irresponsible alcoholics, trigger-happy gas station robbers... They all thank Ivan for his unshakable belief in the good in people in their own way. The game works splendidly - until Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) shows up, a lumbering skinhead who is determined to put Satan's horns on the halo. Ivan and Adam start a power struggle, which eventually leads the priest to face his own repressed problems as well...

10. a million ways to die in the west (2014) - Seth McFarlane

Sheep farmer Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is not exactly what you imagine a real cowboy to be in his Wild West town of Old Stump. Not only is he a big coward, has never fired a gun and avoids every fight; he also annoys the villagers with his loose mouth. It comes as it must come: Girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) soon flees into the arms of another, a seasoned cowboy. Albert is deeply depressed until one day the beautiful Anna (Charlize Theron) shows up in town. He falls in love with the tough blonde - and along with his feelings, new courage sprouts in him. He needs it, because Anna's husband (Liam Neeson) is an unscrupulous, trigger-happy bandit. When the brutal husband finds out what his wife is up to, he is furious. Jealousy and gunpowder make an explosive mixture...

11. a man called Ove (2012) - Hannes Holm

The grumpy pensioner Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is unpopular in his neighborhood. He reports parking violations, inspects the garbage cans for correct waste separation and barks at playing children. Since the death of his beloved wife, he has been trying to put an end to his life, which now seems pointless, but something always gets in the way. Just as he is about to make another attempt, his new neighbors (including Bahar Pars) crash their car into Ove's mailbox and interrupt his efforts - but what initially drives the curmudgeon up the wall turns out to be a real stroke of luck, because little by little the widower, who hides a velvety core behind his rough exterior, discovers that there are still things right around him that are worth living for.

12 Bad Santa (2003) - Glenn Ficarra/John Requa

Two scammers, disguised as Santa Claus and his elf, make their way to large shopping malls. But not to spread Merry Christmas greetings, but to rob every single store. But this turns out to be a difficult task when they meet an 8-year-old who teaches them the true meaning of Christmas.

13 The Good Cop (2004) - Lasse Spang Olsen/Kim Bodnia

The now disgraced ex-police officer of the NYPD, Tony Sr (Tony Danza), shares an apartment with his son Tony Jr (Josh Groban). Unlike his father in the past, young Tony is extremely conscientious and follows the rules. Nevertheless, Tony Senior doesn't miss the opportunity to give his son unsolicited practical advice for all situations in life. Whether it's about how to deal with criminals or about his son's love life. Finally, it comes as it must and the two behind the scenes even become partners.