Norwegian films

by aforeginer | created - 16 Jun 2017 | updated - 21 May 2018 | Public

a list of essential norwegian films in chronological order.

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1. Gipsy Anne (1920)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The story of an orphaned girl brought up by the Storlein family. Young Anne (Asta Nielsen) is brought as an infant to the Storlein farm by her mother, who has been traveling and is in need ... See full summary »

Director: Rasmus Breistein | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Einar Tveito, Johanne Bruhn, Lars Tvinde

Votes: 109

2. Markens grøde (1921)

107 min | Drama

After the Nobel prize winning Knut Hamsun-novel, with it's criticism of industrialization, urbanizing and loss of values. The farmer Isak makes a farm out of barren soil, together with Inger and their two sons. She kills the third.

Director: Gunnar Sommerfeldt | Stars: Amund Rydland, Karen Poulsen, Ragna Wettergreen, Gunnar Sommerfeldt

Votes: 177

3. Pan (1922)

96 min | Drama

Lieutenant Thomas Glahn, a hunter and ex-military man, lives alone in a forest hut with his faithful dog. Meeting Edvarda, the daughter of a merchant, they feel strongly attracted to each other, but neither understands the other's love.

Director: Harald Schwenzen | Stars: Hjalmar Fries, Hans Bille, Gerd Egede-Nissen, Rolf Christensen

Votes: 32

4. The Bridal Party in Hardanger (1926)

104 min | Drama, Romance

Based on the novel "Marit Skjølte" by Kristofer Janson, this Norwegian silent movie tells the story of young Marit and her love, Anders, who travels to America to seek his fortune. Without ... See full summary »

Director: Rasmus Breistein | Stars: Aase Bye, Gunhild Schytte-Jacobsen, Henry Gleditsch, Alfred Maurstad

Votes: 111

5. The Bride of Glomdal (1926)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Tore takes over the rundown family farm. Applying his youthful energy, he intends to make it into a big farm like Glomgården on the other side of the river, where beautiful Berit lives. ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Einar Sissener, Tove Tellback, Stub Wiberg, Harald Stormoen

Votes: 373

6. Laila (1929)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Romance

A spirited Norwegian Lass is torn between two suitors and two cultures.

Director: George Schnéevoigt | Stars: Mona Mårtenson, Tryggve Larssen, Harald Schwenzen, Peter Malberg

Votes: 201

7. Kristine Valdresdatter (1930)

97 min | Drama, Romance

Every year Lord Wakefield goes to beautiful Vang in Norway to fish. One summer he meets the beautiful Anne, and falls in love. Next spring Anne gives birth to a child.

Director: Rasmus Breistein | Stars: Aase Bye, Rasmus Rasmussen, Tore Foss, Sigurd Eldegard

Votes: 32

8. Den store barnedåpen (1931)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Den arbeidsløsa Harald får bo hos dobbelt-Petra, hvor også Alvilde bor med sitt barn som hun har med en sjøgutt som stakk av. Harald treffer sjøgutten og denger ham opp. Harald har trodd ... See full summary »

Director: Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Einar Sissener, Aase Bye, Agnethe Schibsted-Hansson, Hjalmar Fries

Votes: 67

9. To levende og en død (1937)

82 min | Crime, Drama

A postal clerk is robbed and threatened to his life, giving up the money. In his community he is seen upon as a coward, ruining his family. After moving he meets a man who seems to knows it, wanting to help him regain his life and honor.

Directors: Gyda Christensen, Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Hans Jacob Nilsen, Unni Torkildsen, Jan Vaage, Toralf Sandø

Votes: 57

10. Fant (1937)

95 min | Crime, Drama

An orphan, Josefa, runs away from her threatening uncle with whom she is living, and stows away on traveller Fændrik's boat. She is no better off with him, however, as he forces himself on ... See full summary »

Director: Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Alfred Maurstad, Lars Tvinde, Guri Stormoen, Sonja Wigert

Votes: 177

11. Gjest Baardsen (1939)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Crime

In the poor Norway in the early 1800s Gjest Baardsen starts off like a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich, giving to the poor. Based on the real character which became the poor mans hero, and got lots of help to get away from the law.

Director: Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Alfred Maurstad, Vibeke Falk, Joachim Holst-Jensen, Lauritz Falk

Votes: 234

12. Tante Pose (1940)

92 min | Comedy, Family

Under julefeiringen hos sorenskriver Bals blir det hemmelig forlovelse mellom to av hans vakre døtre og to studenter på julebesøk. Husdragen, tante Pose, spionerer på de unge. Tante Pose ... See full summary »

Director: Leif Sinding | Stars: Henny Skjønberg, Einar Vaage, Hans Bille, Joachim Holst-Jensen

Votes: 304

13. Den forsvundne pølsemaker (1941)

98 min | Comedy

The detectives Gløgg and Rask is put on the task of finding out what has happened to the lost sausage maker H. Brand. They find him after a lot of trouble.

Director: Toralf Sandø | Stars: Leif Juster, Ernst Diesen, Joachim Holst-Jensen, Eva Steen

Votes: 230

16. Kampen om tungtvannet (1948)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

A factual reconstruction of the sabotage events which took place to prevent Hitler's Germany in getting the heavy water needed to make an atomic bomb during WW2.

Directors: Jean Dréville, Titus Vibe-Müller | Stars: Raoul Dautry, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Lew Kowarski, H.H. Halban

Votes: 511

17. Boys from the Streets (1949)

77 min | Drama

The movie takes place on Oslo's east side sometime during the twenties. It depicts the workers' environment by traditional elements like unemployment, strike, poverty, alcoholism, absent ... See full summary »

Directors: Ulf Greber, Arne Skouen | Stars: Tom Tellefsen, Ivar Thorkildsen, Pål Bang-Hansen, Svein Byhring

Votes: 225

18. Death is a Caress (1949)

88 min | Drama, Romance

The story of a working man who has a gorgeous fiancee but she falls for a rich older woman - who turns out to be a femme fatale.

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Claus Wiese, Bjørg Riiser-Larsen, Eva Bergh, Ingolf Rogde

Votes: 238

19. Kon-Tiki (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

Director: Thor Heyerdahl | Stars: Thor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Erik Hesselberg, Knut Haugland

Votes: 2,124

20. Skadeskutt (1951)

94 min | Drama

In "Skadeskutt" we follow the couple Einar and Else Wang in a painful drama about love, happiness, sorrow and eternal damnation. About a couple's struggle trying to get pregnant and the ... See full summary »

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Carsten Winger, Eva Bergh, Sigrun Otto, Gunnar Simenstad

Votes: 48

21. Emergency Landing (1952)

100 min | Drama, Crime, War

World War 2: An American bomber is shot down over the western side of the Oslo fjord, and survivors are hidden in a church by local citizens to escape German occupants.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Henki Kolstad, Jack Kennedy, Randi Kolstad, Bjarne Andersen

Votes: 79

22. Ung frue forsvunnet (1953)

91 min | Drama

A young teacher comes back home after a mountain trip, and finds his wife missing. Noone has seen her since the day he left for the trip. The police starts an investigation starts to find out what has happened.

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Astri Jacobsen, Adolf Bjerke, Espen Skjønberg, Wenche Foss

Votes: 94

23. Suicide Mission (1954)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, War

"Shetlandsgjengen", which translates as "the Shetland-gang", relates the true story of the illegal traffic across the North Sea from German occupied Norway to Shetland during World War II. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Forlong | Stars: Leif Larsen, Palmar Bjørnøy, Anthony Oliver, Johannes Kalve

Votes: 150

24. Cirkus Fandango (1954)

87 min | Drama

Circus Fandango is a traveling workplace where everyone has to work together to make their living. A trade where occupational pride, commitment, but maybe also loneliness when getting old, like the clown Papa.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Arne Arnardo, Joachim Holst-Jensen, Ilselil Larsen, Toralv Maurstad

Votes: 42

25. Fire in the Night (1955)

96 min | Drama, Thriller

Tim works at a newspaper during day time, and is a pyromaniac at night. Only the newspaper's editor, which also is a childhood friend, knows about Tim's dark side. Until Margrethe also gets to know.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Claes Gill, Elisabeth Bang, Harald Heide Steen, Gudrun Waadeland

Votes: 73

26. På solsiden (1956)

81 min | Drama

Ester (Randi Kolstad) has married into a wealthy family which lives in ignorant bliss about the world's problems. She doesn't get along with her mother-in-law (Ellen Isefjær), who thinks ... See full summary »

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Haakon Arnold, Lalla Carlsen, Joachim Holst-Jensen, Ellen Isefiær

Votes: 46

27. Nine Lives (1957)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Jack Fjeldstad, Henny Moan, Alf Malland, Joachim Holst-Jensen

Votes: 1,501

28. Fools in the Mountains (1957)

90 min | Comedy

At a high mountain hotel in Norway the porter Poppe tries to do the best he can for the guests with an often unhelpful piccolo Rudolf. This, however, leads to a lot of problems, and Poppe thinks some of the guests behave inappropriate.

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Leif Juster, Unni Bernhoft, Frank Robert, Nanna Stenersen

Votes: 1,009

29. Lake of the Dead (1958)

76 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

A group of friends travel to a cabin in the Norwegian forest. It's a rumor that at night a crazy man can be heard screaming at a lake nearby the cabin.

Director: Kåre Bergstrøm | Stars: André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Henki Kolstad, Per Lillo-Stenberg

Votes: 1,559

30. The Chasers (1959)

94 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Two men attracted to the same woman are attending a trip with her in the Mountains during the bird hunting season. A triangular love drama ending with tragedy. Or is it, really?

Director: Erik Løchen | Stars: Rolf Søder, Bente Børsum, Tor Stokke, Harald Aimarsen

Votes: 347

31. Ugler i mosen (1959)

94 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

Olso-familien Monsen arver onkel Pavels hus på Sørlandet. Når de reiser dit setter pikene på en gammel grammafonplate der onkel Pavel forteller om en formue som er gjemt i huset. Men for å ... See full summary »

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Grethe Kausland, Kari Borg, Turid Balke, Sverre Hansen

Votes: 280

32. The Wayward Girl (1959)

95 min | Drama

The story of a young Gerd, played by Liv Ullmann in her first leading role, who falls in love with a young boy. She is considered a 'loose' woman, and the boy's family does not accept their... See full summary »

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Atle Merton, Rolf Søder, Nanna Stenersen

Votes: 222

33. Støv på hjernen (1959)

94 min | Comedy

Randi Svendsen is happy. Her everyday life is about keeping windows, floors, and clothes cleaner than the neighbour's. Randi's friend Edna however got a different view on the values of life... See full summary »

Director: Øyvind Vennerød | Stars: Inger Marie Andersen, Odd Borg, John Aamdahl, Turid Balke

Votes: 124

34. Kalde spor (1962)

96 min | Drama, War

Wartime 1944. Oddmund stays at a remote cabin in the high mountains, about to lead 12 refugees out of the country. But he also awaits the most important person is his life, Ragnhild, which isn't coming.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Toralv Maurstad, Henny Moan, Alf Malland, Ragnhild Hald

Votes: 86

35. Hunger (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitte Federspiel, Knud Rex

Votes: 2,510

36. Det største spillet (1967)

129 min | Drama, War

Dette er bertningen om sørlending Gunvald Tomstad og hans dramatiske opplevelser da han under okkupasjonen måtte ta på seg en byrde som ingen kunne bære uten å bli merket for livet, hvis de... See full summary »

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Gard Øyen, Carl Henrik Størmer, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Alf Hallgren

Votes: 57

37. Motforestilling (1972)

97 min | Crime, Drama

A meta-film about a film and the common man in our own political reality. A reality that is just scenes of a film without any cinematic development, but which might be plain reality tomorrow.

Director: Erik Løchen | Stars: Espen Skjønberg, Per Theodor Haugen, Kari Rasmussen, Knut Husebø

Votes: 110

38. Edvard Munch (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 210 min | Biography, Drama, History

Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Kerstii Allum, Eric Allum

Votes: 2,645 | Gross: $0.04M

39. The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 11,728

40. Them and Us (1976)

91 min | Crime, Drama

The teenagers Lasse and Geir are arrested after making trouble on a night bus into town. After a night in the slammer they go home. To Geir's alcoholic mother and to Lasse's father, who is terrorizing the entire family.

Director: Svend Wam | Stars: Torgeir Schjerven, Lasse Tømte, Kjersti Døvigen, Jorunn Kjellsby

Votes: 408

41. Reisen til julestjernen (1976)

92 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A small princess in a small kingdom in Adventureland disappears on Christmas eve. She has gone out to find the Christmas Star. The Queen follows and the King curses the Christmas Star, so it disappears for years, until young Sonja arrives.

Director: Ola Solum | Stars: Hanne Krogh, Knut Risan, Bente Børsum, Ingrid Larsen

Votes: 1,075

42. Orion's Belt (1985)

PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, 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: 1,868

43. 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: 136

44. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 4,537

45. 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: 1,195

46. 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

47. 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: 304

48. Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (1994)

96 min | Drama

The young teenager Otto is entering the summer holidays in 60s Oslo, without getting a real holiday, and he is not accepted in the gang or the football team. But then he meets exciting mysterious Frank, which changes everything.

Director: Marius Holst | Stars: Martin Dahl Garfalk, Trond Halbo, Jan Devo Kornstad, Ingar Helge Gimle

Votes: 618