List of Amanda Award winning films

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1. Orion's Belt (1985)

PG | 87 min | Action, Thriller

A group of seamen from Norway find a Soviet listening station and they become targets for both America and Russia. Another cold war takes place.

Directors: Ola Solum, Tristan de Vere Cole | Stars: Helge Jordal, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Hans Ola Sørlie, Kjersti Holmen

Votes: 1,897

2. On the Threshold (1984)

90 min | Drama

The summer Lars turned 12, he still feels he should stay away from the girls, but the prostitute Lill teaches him to dance tango. He also have an uncle with a motorbike.

Director: Leif Erlsboe | Stars: Magnus E. Haslund, Joachim Calmeyer, Anne Krigsvoll, Peder Hamdahl Naess

Votes: 41

3. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 343,718 | Gross: $51.97M

4. Wives - Ten Years After (1985)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

Ten years have passed since our three heroines' first outing in 1975. Now the women meet at yet another class reunion. Not surprisingly, they are still unwilling to call it a night after ... See full summary »

Director: Anja Breien | Stars: Frøydis Armand, Katja Medbøe, Anne Marie Ottersen, Mathias Armand

Votes: 111

5. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 101,719 | Gross: $3.52M

6. Blackout (1986)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The hard-boiled private eye, Werner, has to deal with a beautiful and deadly femme fatale, a brutal chief of police, and a gangster boss called "the Spaniard" as he fights against crime and... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gustavson | Stars: Henrik Scheele, Juni Dahr, Elisabeth Sand, Tommy Körberg

Votes: 67

7. X (1986)

94 min | Drama

Photographer John Gabriel, in his mid-twenties, coincidentally meets 13 year old Flora, who's run off from home and has nowhere to sleep. They start a love affair due to her need for affection.

Director: Oddvar Einarson | Stars: Bettina Banoun, Jørn Christensen, Sigrid Huun, Hege Schøyen

Votes: 141

8. Feldmann saken (1987)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Jacob and Rachel was killed on their flight to Sweden in 1942, and a year later their bodies are discovered, but after the war the case is again is opened, and the guilty is hunted.

Director: Bente Erichsen | Stars: Bjørn Sundquist, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Ingerid Vardund, Finn Kvalem

Votes: 29

9. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 44,320 | Gross: $1.44M

10. Hard asfalt (1986)

109 min | Drama

Suburban teenager Ida grows up outside Oslo, is starting off with drugs and meets the homeless alcoholic charmer Knut, which soon is her big love. Destined for a hard life in drugs and alcohol, how can they turn their lives around?

Director: Sølve Skagen | Stars: Kristin Kajander, Frank Krog, Marianne Nielsen, Morten Faldaas

Votes: 56

11. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A Warband intent on slaughter terrorizes northern Scandinavian villages in 1000 AD.

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi, Henrik H. Buljo

Votes: 4,603

12. Nattseilere (1986)

113 min | Adventure, Drama

Set on the island of Senja in Northern Norway in 1877. Båremor, a 14 year old girl is washed ashore almost dead. No-one knows her and she remembers nothing of her past. A poor fisherman ... See full summary »

Director: Tor M. Tørstad | Stars: Vera Holte, Helge Jordal, Per Oscarsson, Frode Rasmussen

Votes: 191

13. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 181,083 | Gross: $0.62M

14. Is-slottet (1987)

78 min | Mystery, Drama

In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the 1930s, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meet. They are friends, but for Unn it is more serious. She admits to having secret and indecent ... See full summary »

Director: Per Blom | Stars: Line Storesund, Hilde Nyeggen Martinsen, Merete Moen, Sigrid Huun

Votes: 505

15. For harde livet (1989)

101 min | Documentary

A warm story about the fight for a decent life. Deals with teenagers having problems with alcohol and drugs.

Director: Sigve Endresen

Votes: 53

16. Karachi (1989)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sara Philips is pressured into smuggling 2 kg heroin into Norway. She meets up with the narcotics agent Ted Hansen and lets him use her in a scheme to catch the powerful people in the drug ... See full summary »

Director: Oddvar Einarson | Stars: Jon Eikemo, Amanda Ooms, Hans Ola Sørlie, Ståle Bjørnhaug

Votes: 46

17. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 11,461 | Gross: $3.59M

18. A Handful of Time (1989)

97 min | Drama

Gothic thriller about Old Martin who heeds the voice of Anna, who calls him back to the mountain cabin where he left her to die while she gave birth to their surviving son.

Director: Martin Asphaug | Stars: Espen Skjønberg, Nicolay Lange-Nielsen, Camilla Strøm Henriksen, Per Jansen

Votes: 251

19. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Music

85 Metascore

The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. The first part, "Distant Voices", focuses on the father's role in the family. The second part, "Still Lives", focuses on his children.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams

Votes: 3,251 | Gross: $0.69M

20. Landstrykere (1990)

138 min | Drama

The Knut Hamsun story about young adventurer Edevart and his friend and admirer August., which goes on a stray as salesmen, before they grow apart, split up due to life and love, before they meet up again.

Director: Ola Solum | Stars: Trond Peter Stamsø Munch, Marika Lagercrantz, Helge Jordal, Liv Heløe

Votes: 128

21. Herman (1990)

88 min | Drama, Family

"Herman", based on Lars Saabye Christensen's novel of the same name, tells the story of the young boy Herman who suddenly loses his hair and becomes bald at the age of eleven. He follows ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gustavson | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Frank Robert, Elisabeth Sand, Kai Remlow

Votes: 484

22. Døden på Oslo S (1990)

99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young boy named Pelle falls in love with the drug addict Lena. Then he and his friend Proffen tries to save her from the drugs.

Director: Eva Isaksen | Stars: Håvard Bakke, Tommy Karlsen, Helle Beck Figenschow, Henning Syverud

Votes: 1,212

23. Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »

Directors: Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang | Stars: Li Gong, Wei Li, Baotian Li, Ma Chong

Votes: 6,963 | Gross: $1.99M

24. Frida - med hjertet i hånden (1991)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

Frida, aged 13, has discovered a book by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm called "The art of loving". Using it as a reference she sets out to better the love lives of her family and friends. But ... See full summary »

Director: Berit Nesheim | Stars: Maria Kvalheim, Ellen Horn, Helge Jordal, Andreas Bratlie

Votes: 396

25. The Warrior's Heart (1992)

102 min | Drama, War

A Norwegian nurse falls in love with a Finnish soldier in the Winter War of 1939/40 between Finland and the Soviet Union. After settling down WW2 erupts, and he is lost in Finland, as she falls in love with the German soldier Maximilian.

Director: Leidulv Risan | Stars: Anneke von der Lippe, Peter Snickars, Thomas Kretschmann, Mona Hofland

Votes: 85

26. Il capitano (1991)

110 min | Crime, Drama

The film is based on a true occurrence in Sweden in 1988. A Finish couple murdered a young boy and his parents when they prevented the theft of the son's bicycle. The film tries to describe... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Maria Heiskanen, Antti Reini, Berto Marklund, Antti Vierikko

Votes: 652

27. The Telegraphist (1993)

102 min | Drama

Mack is the most important man in a little society in North Western Norway around 1900. Telegrapher Rolandsen is a smart, funny and charming the ladies, even Mack's daughter.

Director: Erik Gustavson | Stars: Bjørn Floberg, Marie Richardson, Jarl Kulle, Ole Ernst

Votes: 602

28. The Prodigal Son (1992)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

Esa is a small time crook who has been precisely released from prison. He starts to make money by mugging people. One day psychiatrist Lindström rings Esa's doorbell. He has a very strange ... See full summary »

Director: Veikko Aaltonen | Stars: Hannu Kivioja, Esko Salminen, Leea Klemola, Markku Peltola

Votes: 310

29. De frigjorte (1993)

97 min | Comedy

The early 1990's: 300,000 Danes are out of work. Viggo, a machinist with two grown children, is silent about feelings, scared he'll lose his job, loud about the value of trade unionism, ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Clausen | Stars: Erik Clausen, Helle Ryslinge, Leif Sylvester, Anne Marie Helger

Votes: 419

30. As in Heaven (1992)

122 min | Drama, History

The west Coast of Iceland, late summer 1936. On a desolate farm, believed to be cursed since the 14th century, a tragic fate is about to befall the French exploration ship Pourquoi-pas.

Director: Kristín Jóhannesdóttir | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Pierre Vaneck, Sigursteinn Brynjólfsson, Christian Charmetant

Votes: 53

31. Stella polaris (1993)

89 min | Drama, History

A woman returns up North to her rural fishing village, and re-lives the village's history through work, war, rebuilding and depopulation.

Director: Knut Erik Jensen | Stars: Anne Krigsvoll, Ketil Høegh, Eirin Hargaut, Vegard Jensen

Votes: 102

32. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 48,023 | Gross: $62.55M

33. Speak Up! It's So Dark... (1993)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

This provocative, penetrating drama revolves around Jacob, a Jewish pyschiatrist, and Soren, a Nazi skinhead, who meet accidently. Soren has just been beaten up while taking part in a neo-Nazi demonstration.

Director: Suzanne Osten | Stars: Etienne Glaser, Simon Norrthon, Anna-Yrsa Falenius, Anders Garpe

Votes: 188

34. Head Above Water (1993)

97 min | Comedy, Thriller

Einar and Bjørn leave Lene on the island for a fishing trip, when her former lover, Gaute, appears drunk and falls asleep in her bed.

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Lene Elise Bergum, Svein Roger Karlsen, Morten Abel, Reidar Sørensen

Votes: 1,086

35. Secondløitnanten (1993)

102 min | Drama, War

The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Espen Skjønberg, Lars Andreas Larssen, Gard B. Eidsvold, Bjørn Sundquist

Votes: 311

36. Høyere enn himmelen (1993)

90 min | Drama, Family

Based upon the novel by Klaus Hagerup, we follow the grumpy 12 year old Mari, without any friends, not at all content with her body or her family. Interesingly enough, quite like her grumpy teacher, actually.

Director: Berit Nesheim | Stars: Inger Lise Winjevoll, Harriet Andersson, Arne Willy Granli Johnsen, Birgitte Victoria Svendsen

Votes: 192

37. Movie Days (1994)

82 min | Drama

The story of a boyhood spent in Iceland in the 1960's. Tomas loves the movies and is highly influenced by them.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Örvar Jens Arnarsson, Rúrik Haraldsson, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, Orri Helgason

Votes: 308

38. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,114,311 | Gross: $96.90M

39. Eggs (1995)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

Two brothers in their seventies, Pa and Moe, have lived together all their lives in a little house in the country, the only interruption being when Pa made a weekend trip to Småland on his ... See full summary »

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Sverre Hansen, Kjell Stormoen, Leif Andrée, Juni Dahr

Votes: 815

40. Over stork og stein (1994)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

A married couple, unable to conceive, search for a male donor, but jealousy creates problems when the husband spies on his wife while posing as her brother.

Director: Eva Isaksen | Stars: Johannes Joner, Anneke von der Lippe, Dennis Storhøi, Kari Ann Grønsund

Votes: 102

41. Pan (1995)

115 min | Drama

Lt. Thomas Glahn and Edvarda fall in love, but love can turn to hate.

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Lasse Kolsrud, Sofie Gråbøl, Bjørn Sundquist, Anneke von der Lippe

Votes: 228

42. Höst i paradiset (1995)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ragnar Persson, a 68-year-old widower, is living at his summer cottage with his son, Mikael, and his son's pregnant girlfriend, Catti. Ragnar falls in love with his neighbour, Vendela, who ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Hobert | Stars: Mona Malm, Sven Lindberg, Göran Stangertz, Camilla Lundén

Votes: 170

43. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,652,791 | Gross: $330.25M

44. Zero Kelvin (1995)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Gard B. Eidsvold, Bjørn Sundquist, Camilla Martens

Votes: 1,714

45. The Other Side of Sunday (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

The Other Side of Sunday criticizes the small, and often tight church community. We follow the Preachers Daughter; Maria, in her journey to liberate herself from the stiff church community and her strict religious father.

Director: Berit Nesheim | Stars: Marie Theisen, Hildegun Riise, Bjørn Sundquist, Sylvia Salvesen

Votes: 1,117

46. Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

180 min | Drama

Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties, social pride and devout Christianity. She... See full summary »

Director: Liv Ullmann | Stars: Linus Aaberg, Gisken Armand, Berard Arnø, Bernhard Arnø

Votes: 927

47. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 58,232 | Gross: $4.04M

48. Il Postino (1994)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 31,058 | Gross: $21.85M