Sakari Toiviainen's 100 Finnish Films

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1.
Olli's Apprenticeship (1920)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Teuvo Puro
 
2.
Anna-Liisa (1922)
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(70 mins.)
 
3.
The Village Shoemakers (1923)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Erkki Karu
 
4.
Pohjalaisia (1925)
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(118 mins.)
 
5.
Elämän maantiellä (1927)
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(126 mins.)
 
6.
Meidän poikamme (1929)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Erkki Karu
 
7.
Mustalaishurmaaja (1929)
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(69 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
8.
Kuisma ja Helinä (1932)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Kalle Kaarna
 
9.
Juha (1937)
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Eastern Finland in 18th century. Farmer Juha has raised an orphan girl Marja and married her. Karelian... (101 mins.)
 
10.
Juurakon Hulda (1937)
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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... (82 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
11.
Women of Niskavuori (1938)
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The first Finnish talking picture(with English subtitles) to be released in the United States is a story... (84 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
12.
Soldier's Bride (1938)
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(97 mins.)
Director: Risto Orko
 
13.
Stolen Death (1938)
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A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to... (101 mins.)
 
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16.
Kaksi Vihtoria (1939)
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(110 mins.)
 
17.
SF-paraati (1940)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Yrjö Norta
 
18.
One Man's Fate (1940)
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Young farmer Paavo's wife dies in childbirth, and their baby soon after. The wife's family claim back the dowry she brought to their marriage... (93 mins.)
 
19.
The Vagabond's Valse (1941)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Toivo Särkkä
 
20.
Valkoiset ruusut (1943)
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The uncredited adaptation of Stefan Zweig's novel (1922), made five years before Max Ophüls' more widely recognized Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948). (102 mins.)
Director: Hannu Leminen
 
21.
Tositarkoituksella (1943)
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A young woman leaving the city for the countryside encounters the concept of voluntary work - new to her. She eventually does good, and charms the employer at the same time. (79 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
22.
Kirkastettu sydän (1943)
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(99 mins.)
Director: Ilmari Unho
 
23.
The Way You Wanted Me (1944)
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A girl who moves to the city after her fiancé lacks the courage to face his father ,who is against their relationship. In the city the girls winds up being abused by men, giving birth to a child and supporting herself on prostitution. (102 mins.)
Director: Teuvo Tulio
 
24.
Levoton veri (1946)
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A love triangle of two sisters, both passionately desiring the same man. (91 mins.)
Director: Teuvo Tulio
 
25.
'Minä elän' (1946)
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The life story of Aleksis Kivi, author of the first Finnish novel in Finnish language and (posthumously) its most successful writer. (115 mins.)
Director: Ilmari Unho
 
26.
Louisa (1946)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
27.
Ihmiset suviyössä (1948)
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A visual poem based on a story by Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää. The fates of various characters become... (66 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
28.
Soita minulle, Helena! (1948)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Hannu Leminen
 
29.
Sleeping Beauty (1949)
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(99 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
30.
Gabriel, Come Back (1951)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
31.
Radio tekee murron (1951)
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Eager young radio reporter Teräsvuori stages a one-man burglary into the Helsinki Art Museum, recorded... (91 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
32.
Rovaniemen markkinoilla (1951)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Jorma Nortimo
 
33.
The White Reindeer (1952)
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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. (74 mins.)
Director: Erik Blomberg
 
34.
Niskavuoren Heta (1952)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
35.
Pekka Puupää (1953)
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(71 mins.)
Director: Ville Salminen
 
36.
Scarlet Week (1954)
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A Bergmanesque triangle drama. After a weekend of dancing and camping on a recreation island near the city... (70 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
37.
Kun on tunteet (1954)
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Based on short stories by early 20th century feminist writer Maria Jotuni, the film is a series of lively dialogue scenes between men and women... (75 mins.)
Director: Erik Blomberg
 
38.
Ryysyrannan Jooseppi (1955)
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(91 mins.)
 
39.
The Unknown Soldier (1955)
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It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment... (177 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
40.
Evakko (1956)
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Fast-paced war drama about a village in Karelia, Finland and its people the summer before Winter War and in the beginning of the Winter War in November, 1939. (100 mins.)
Director: Ville Salminen
 
41.
Olet mennyt minun vereeni (1956)
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Innocent girl gets lead astray by Lothario, not only into adultery, because he's already married, but devilish drink... (102 mins.)
Director: Teuvo Tulio
 
42.
The Harvest Month (1956)
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Viktor Sundvall is a guard of a little channel in the Finnish countryside. He is an unsuccessful playwright... (94 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
43.
A Man from This Star (1958)
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Office clerk Eero Koskinen prefers to spend his nights drinking and reminiscing the war with his friends... (97 mins.)
Director: Jack Witikka
 
44.
Inspector Palmu's Error (1960)
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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. (109 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
45.
Little Presents (1961)
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In a small Finnish town in the 1920s, 12-year-old Pietari Jormalainen lives in a lively courtyard surrounded by wooden houses... (73 mins.)
Director: Jack Witikka
 
46.
Hän varasti elämän (1962)
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A government official decides to steal a $25-million payroll and then fake his own death. However, in... (105 mins.)
Director: Aarne Tarkas
 
47.
Open Secret (1962)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Maunu Kurkvaara
 
48.
The Boys (1962)
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A group of mischievous Finnish boys experience the ups and downs of life during World War 2. (106 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
49.
This Summer at 5 (1963)
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A summer romance remembered. (75 mins.)
Director: Erkko Kivikoski
 
50.
A Report (1964)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Maunu Kurkvaara
 
51.
Onnenpeli (1965)
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Magazine editor Jussi and his girlfriend Leena, an airline stewardess, share an apartment with Jussi's sister Eeva... (93 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
52.
Här börjar äventyret (1965)
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(84 mins.)
Director: Jörn Donner
 
53.
Skin, Skin (1966)
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Depiction of four urban youths and their excursion to the countryside. (89 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
54.
The Diary of a Worker (1967)
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Leftist welder and right wing clerk get married. Soon enough they find themselves covered with finacial and emotional problems. (87 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
55.
Pähkähullu Suomi (1967)
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Losing faith in their original idea for a movie to celebrate Finland's 50 years of independence, a film... (84 mins.)
Director: Jukka Virtanen
 
56.
The Green Widow (1968)
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(76 mins.)
 
57.
Hot Cat? (1968)
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Classic student beds teacher tale, while latter fends off advances of (elder) work colleague. (78 mins.)
Director: Erkko Kivikoski
 
58.
Black on White (1968)
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Juha is a sales manager of a refrigerator company. His perfect-looking family and glittering array of... (95 mins.)
Director: Jörn Donner
 
59.
Here, Beneath the North Star (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village... (186 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
60.
Summer Rebellion (1970)
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Young photography model Susanna and her alienated teenage brother Veli spend the summer of 1969 travelling around Finland... (81 mins.)
 
61.
Eight Deadly Shots (1972 Mini-Series)
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Small-farmer Pasi shoots four policemen who have come to arrest him for raged drunkenness. The movie... (316 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
62.
When the Heavens Fell (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A psyhiotherapist's life is wrecked when her private life is exposed in a sensation magazine. (100 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
63.
One Man's War (1973)
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Man leaves his factory job and sells everything to buy an earth mover and start his own business, travelling... (108 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
64.
Uuno Turhapuro (1973)
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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. (87 mins.)
Director: Ere Kokkonen
 
65.
The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula... (108 mins.)
Director: Rauni Mollberg
 
66.
Pretty Good for a Human (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rhapsodic story from a small Finnish town in the 1920s. The wounds of the civil war in 1918 are not yet fully healed. The current ban legislation on alcohol triggers a diligently moon-shining. (132 mins.)
Director: Rauni Mollberg
 
67.
The Year of the Hare (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness... (129 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
68.
Täältä tullaan, elämä! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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... (118 mins.)
Director: Tapio Suominen
 
69.
Flame Top (1980)
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The life of early 20th century author, journalist, and revolutionary Algot Untola (also known as Maiju Lassila... (155 mins.)
 
70.
Sign of the Beast (1981)
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Follows several Finnish officers and soldiers during World War II, mainly in the Finnish headquarters. (120 mins.)
 
71.
Gotta Run! (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Juuso, Late, and Pyry return from military service to their small village in the Finnish countryside... (107 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
72.
The Worthless (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other. (105 mins.)
 
73.
Hello, Mr. Kivi (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Eccentric small town librarian Helinä struggles between everyday life and her love for the theatre,... (88 mins.)
Director: Timo Linnasalo
 
74.
The Blue Mammy (1985)
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(99 mins.)
 
75.
Rosso (1985)
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Giancarlo Rosso, a Sicilian hit man, gets a job to kill someone in Finland. His new target is Maria... (76 mins.)
 
76.
Shadows in Paradise (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a coworker, a love affair and much more. (76 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
77.
The Winter War (1989)
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Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939... (199 mins.)
Director: Pekka Parikka
 
78.
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution. (68 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
79.
The Prodigal Son (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Esa is a small time crook who has been precisely released from prison. He starts to make money by mugging people... (97 mins.)
Director: Veikko Aaltonen
 
80.
The Land of Happiness (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Nostalgic comedy set in the early 1960s, when the tango was all the rage. The "prodigal son" Tenho returns... (60 mins.)
 
81.
Kivenpyörittäjän kylä (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Pekka returns to his native village to attend a wedding. The village has lost its younger generations... (90 mins.)
 
82.
Drifting Clouds (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The recession hits a couple in Helsinki. (96 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
83.
Sairaan kaunis maailma (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two teenagers from Helsinki are sent on a mission by their drug dealer. (96 mins.)
Director: Jarmo Lampela
 
84.
The Collector (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Auli Mantila
 
85.
Underbara kvinnor vid vatten (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In the early 1960s, Bella, her husband Kajus and their young son, Thomas, spend seemingly endless holidays together... (104 mins.)
Director: Claes Olsson
 
86.
Säädyllinen murhenäytelmä (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In the 1930s, middle-aged museum curator Tauno Saarinen yearns for a young beautiful maid and writes... (112 mins.)
Director: Kaisa Rastimo
 
87.
Poika ja ilves (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Twelve-year-old Tommy reluctantly moves with his father from the big city to a small Lapp village - the childhood home of his mother... (102 mins.)
Director: Raimo O. Niemi
 
88.
The Tough Ones (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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... (105 mins.)
Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
 
89.
Ambush (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt... (123 mins.)
Director: Olli Saarela
 
90.
Sokkotanssi (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two 9-year-old boys, Jontti and Länki, grow up in a Finnish seaside town in the 1960s. Länki's biggest... (90 mins.)
Director: Matti Ijäs
 
91.
Restless (2000)
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An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic... (111 mins.)
Director: Aku Louhimies
 
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93.
The Rose of the Rascal (2001)
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The life of Irwin Goodman, a Finnish singer. (102 mins.)
Director: Timo Koivusalo
 
94.
The River (2001)
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Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman... (104 mins.)
Director: Jarmo Lampela
 
95.
The Man Without a Past (2002)
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The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki... (97 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
96.
Upswing (2003)
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Katri and Janne want to make a trip, which none of their friends have made. They end up in Jakomäki. (98 mins.)
 
97.
Dog Nail Clipper (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s... (105 mins.)
 
98.
Frozen Land (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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... (130 mins.)
Director: Aku Louhimies
 
99.
Mother of Mine (2005)
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During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict... (111 mins.)
Director: Klaus Härö
 
100.
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki