Top 100 Finnish films chosen by the Finnish people

by olli-makkonen | created - 14 Nov 2012 | updated - 14 Nov 2012 | Public

This is a list of the best Finnish films as voted by the Finnish people in a poll by Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in 2007.

Source for the list: http://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/artikkeli/HS-%C3%A4%C3%A4nestyksen+sata+parasta+elokuvaa/1135227575718

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1. The Unknown Soldier (1955)

177 min | Drama, War

Finnish Continuation War rages and a platoon of soldiers is forced to face the horrors of the forefront. Based on Väinö Linna's book of the same name.

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Veikko Sinisalo

Votes: 6,668

2. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A closed room mystery begins when an infamous tycoon is found dead in his bath tub. The famous police lieutenant Palmu is summoned to investigate.

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Elina Pohjanpää, Matti Ranin, Leo Riuttu

Votes: 1,650

3. Eight Deadly Shots (1972– )

316 min | Drama

Small-farmer Pasi shoots four policemen who have come to arrest him for raged drunkenness. The movie is a flashback examining the events that finally lead to the tragic shooting. As time ... See full summary »

Stars: Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala, Mikko Niskanen, Paavo Pentikäinen, Tauno Paananen

Votes: 715

4. The Man Without a Past (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

Votes: 20,577 | Gross: $0.92M

5. Here, Beneath the North Star (1968)

186 min | Drama, History, War

Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story ... See full summary »

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Titta Karakorpi, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

Votes: 832

6. The Year of the Hare (1977)

129 min | Comedy, Drama

Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his ... See full summary »

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Antti Litja, Kauko Helovirta, Markku Huhtamo, Paavo Hukkinen

Votes: 1,120

7. The White Reindeer (1952)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.

Director: Erik Blomberg | Stars: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola

Votes: 1,219

8. The Worthless (1982)

105 min | Crime, Drama

A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas, Esko Nikkari

Votes: 973

10. Drifting Clouds (1996)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

The recession hits a couple in Helsinki.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo, Sakari Kuosmanen

Votes: 6,252

11. The Boys (1962)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, War

A group of mischievous Finnish boys experience the ups and downs of life during World War 2.

Director: Mikko Niskanen | Stars: Pentti Tarkiainen, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Uti Saurio, Hannu Vironmäki

Votes: 785

12. The Harvest Month (1956)

94 min | Drama

Viktor Sundvall is a guard of a little channel in the Finnish countryside. He is an unsuccessful playwright who is frustrated with his marriage and his life and therefore he has became an ... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Toivo Mäkelä, Emma Väänänen, Rauni Luoma, Aino-Maija Tikkanen

Votes: 227

13. The Winter War (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 7,259

14. Shadows in Paradise (1986)

Not Rated | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a coworker, a love affair and much more.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Esko Nikkari

Votes: 4,236

15. Skin, Skin (1966)

89 min | Drama

Depiction of four urban youths and their excursion to the countryside.

Director: Mikko Niskanen | Stars: Eero Melasniemi, Kristiina Halkola, Pekka Autiovuori, Kirsti Wallasvaara

Votes: 639

16. Ambush (1999)

Not Rated | 123 min | War, Drama

Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to ... See full summary »

Director: Olli Saarela | Stars: Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen, Taisto Reimaluoto

Votes: 3,947

17. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,047

18. Frozen Land (2005)

130 min | Drama

When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola, Petteri Summanen

Votes: 5,472

19. Gas, Inspector Palmu! (1961)

99 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A rich widow is found dead of gas poisoning in her flat in Helsinki. First the death is thought to be an accident, but lieutenant Palmu notices that the murderer has made a mistake, and ... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Matti Ranin, Leo Jokela, Elina Salo

Votes: 1,309

21. The Match Factory Girl (1990)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Comedy

A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko

Votes: 7,970

22. Kivenpyörittäjän kylä (1995)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Pekka returns to his native village to attend a wedding. The village has lost its younger generations, and the movie tells the story of the last wedding in the village.

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Martti Suosalo, Henrika Andersson, Matti Varjo, Tanja Kortelainen

Votes: 807

23. The Land of Happiness (1993)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Nostalgic comedy set in the early 1960s, when the tango was all the rage. The "prodigal son" Tenho returns from his unlucky adventures in the city back to his parents' farm. Tenho becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Katariina Kaitue, Pertti Koivula, Anja Pohjola, Veikko Tiitinen

Votes: 353

24. Dog Nail Clipper (2004)

105 min | Drama

Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s he wanders around the Finnish countryside looking for simple work and relying on ... See full summary »

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Peter Franzén, Taisto Reimaluoto, Ahti Kuoppala, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 1,306

25. The Tough Ones (1999)

105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä | Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Juha Veijonen, Teemu Lehtilä, Kalevi Haapoja

Votes: 4,510

26. The Wedding Waltz (1988 TV Movie)

56 min | Comedy, Drama

Viltteri, a balding guy in his thirties living in rural northern Finland, is hopelessly clueless about his new role as a married man and the father of a newborn son. A perfect escape from ... See full summary »

Director: Matti Ijäs | Stars: Vesa Vierikko, Sulevi Peltola, Markku Maalismaa, Kaija Pakarinen

Votes: 1,009

27. Täältä tullaan, elämä! (1980)

118 min | Drama, Romance

In the punk rock era of the late 1970s three restless teenagers, two boys and a girl, spend their time in and out of a special class for problem kids. Jussi seldom sees his parents at home,... See full summary »

Director: Tapio Suominen | Stars: Esa Niemelä, Tony Holmström, Kati Outinen, Risto Piskunen

Votes: 567

28. Upswing (2003)

98 min | Comedy

Katri and Janne want to make a trip, which none of their friends have made. They end up in Jakomäki.

Director: Johanna Vuoksenmaa | Stars: Petteri Summanen, Tiina Lymi, Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Juha Veijonen

Votes: 2,704

29. Calamari Union (1985)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

An exodus to a better life in Eira

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula, Sakke Järvenpää

Votes: 2,839

30. Pohjanmaa (1988)

127 min | Drama, Comedy

Based on a novel of the same name by the Finnish author, Antti Tuuri, this delicious late-80's comedy builds its dark humour on the stereotypical mentality of the northern part of Finland. ... See full summary »

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Esko Salminen, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Mäkelä

Votes: 630

32. Ihmiset suviyössä (1948)

66 min | Drama

A visual poem based on a story by Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää. The fates of various characters become interlaced over a long and light-filled summer night in the Finnish countryside. ... See full summary »

Director: Valentin Vaala | Stars: Eila Pehkonen, Martti Katajisto, Emma Väänänen, Eero Roine

Votes: 149

33. The River (2001)

104 min | Drama, Romance

Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck ... See full summary »

Director: Jarmo Lampela | Stars: Sanna Hietala, Antti Ikkala, Jyri Ojansivu, Antti Mikkola

Votes: 792

34. The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama

An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Maritta Viitamäki, Pauli Jauhojärvi, Aimo Saukko, Milja Hiltunen

Votes: 688

35. Juurakon Hulda (1937)

82 min | Comedy, Romance

Poor but ambitious country girl Hulda arrives in the country's capital and gets a job as a maid for a bachelor Member of Parliament, Judge Soratie. She works hard, never loses her common ... See full summary »

Director: Valentin Vaala | Stars: Irma Seikkula, Tauno Palo, Topo Leistelä, Hugo Hytönen

Votes: 145

36. The Man Who Couldn't Say No (1975)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

Young priest returns from America to work in an old Helsinki neighbourhood with idyllic wooden houses. The shy but handsome bachelor is assigned the duty of marriage counseling but is soon ... See full summary »

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Antti Litja, Kirsti Wallasvaara, Matti Ruohola, Vivi-Ann Sjögren

Votes: 278

37. Restless (2000)

111 min | Drama, Romance

For Ari, nothing feels like anything. He doesn't do relationships, doesn't do attachments. There's only sex. That is until he meets Tiina. Together with Tiina and her closest circle of friends, this could be their last summer of freedom.

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Mikko Nousiainen, Laura Malmivaara, Petteri Summanen, Matleena Kuusniemi

Votes: 3,548 | Gross: $0.02M

38. The Collector (1997)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

Eevi's life isn't going the way she would want it to, so she runs away, leaving destruction in her wake. No one will ever say no to her again.

Director: Auli Mantila | Stars: Leea Klemola, Elina Hurme, Rea Mauranen, Henriikka Salo

Votes: 397

39. The Unknown Soldier (1985)

199 min | Drama, War

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Risto Tuorila, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Paavo Liski, Mika Mäkelä

Votes: 2,477

40. Uuno Turhapuro (1973)

87 min | Comedy

Uuno Turhapuro is a man who can convince anyone of anything by simply talking them into submission. Uuno learns to play the violin and becomes famous, but discovers that fame is both a gift and a curse.

Director: Ere Kokkonen | Stars: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Marjatta Raita, Spede Pasanen, Juhani Kumpulainen

Votes: 894

42. Little Presents (1961)

73 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In a small Finnish town in the 1920s, 12-year-old Pietari Jormalainen lives in a lively courtyard surrounded by wooden houses. While God sees everything and everyone - and takes care of his... See full summary »

Director: Jack Witikka | Stars: Leif Aaltonen, Aapeli, Kaarlo Halttunen, Pia Hattara

Votes: 87

44. Borrowing Matchsticks (1980)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

In Eastern Finland, in Liperi to be exact, Anna-Liisa Ihalainen asks her husband Antti to get some matches from the Ihalainen household. Unfortunately that trip takes a little longer than expected.

Directors: Leonid Gaidai, Risto Orko | Stars: Evgeniy Leonov, Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Rita Polster, Ritva Valkama

Votes: 855

45. A Long Hot Summer (1999)

100 min | Comedy, Music

The story of a rock band "Kalle Päätalo" in the 1980s.

Director: Perttu Leppä | Stars: Unto Helo, Hanna-Mari Karhinen, Mikko Hakola, Jimi Pääkallo

Votes: 2,197

47. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, War

67 Metascore

A searing examination of the unrelenting Chechen conflict, observed through the prisms of a Russian military boys academy, a war-torn town and a children's refugee camp.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Star: Pirkko Saisio

Votes: 601