Top 100 Finnish films chosen by the Finnish people

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment... (181 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
2.
Inspector Palmu's Error (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
3.
Eight Deadly Shots (1972 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Small-farmer Pasi shoots four policemen who have come to arrest him for raged drunkenness. The movie... (316 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
4.
The Man Without a Past (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki... (97 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
The White Reindeer (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
The Vagabond's Valse (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Toivo Särkkä
 
10.
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
 
11.
The Boys (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of mischievous Finnish boys experience the ups and downs of life during World War 2. (106 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
12.
The Harvest Month (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Viktor Sundvall is a guard of a little channel in the Finnish countryside. He is an unsuccessful playwright... (94 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
13.
The Winter War (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939... (199 mins.)
Director: Pekka Parikka
 
14.
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
 
15.
Skin, Skin (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Depiction of four urban youths and their excursion to the countryside. (89 mins.)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
 
16.
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
 
17.
Mother of Mine (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict... (111 mins.)
Director: Klaus Härö
 
18.
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
 
19.
Gas, Inspector Palmu! (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A rich widow is found dead of gas poisoning in her flat in Helsinki. First the death is thought to be an accident... (99 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
20.
Hilmanpäivät (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(77 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
21.
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster... (68 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Wedding Waltz (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Viltteri, a balding guy in his thirties living in rural northern Finland, is hopelessly clueless about... (56 mins.)
Director: Matti Ijäs
 
27.
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
 
28.
Upswing (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Katri and Janne want to make a trip, which none of their friends have made. They end up in Jakomäki. (98 mins.)
 
29.
Calamari Union (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An exodus to a better life in Eira (84 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
30.
Pohjanmaa (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(127 mins.)
Director: Pekka Parikka
 
31.
Niskavuoren Heta (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
32.
Ihmiset suviyössä (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A visual poem based on a story by Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää. The fates of various characters become... (66 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
33.
The River (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
34.
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
 
35.
Juurakon Hulda (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
36.
The Man Who Couldn't Say No (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Young priest returns from America to work in an old Helsinki neighbourhood with idyllic wooden houses... (103 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
37.
Restless (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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
 
38.
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
 
39.
The Unknown Soldier (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film... (199 mins.)
Director: Rauni Mollberg
 
40.
Uuno Turhapuro (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
 
41.
The Stars Will Tell, Inspector Palmu (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
42.
Little Presents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
43.
Louisa (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
44.
Borrowing Matchsticks (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
 
45.
A Long Hot Summer (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of a rock band "Kalle Päätalo" in the 1980s. (100 mins.)
Director: Perttu Leppä
 
46.
Sleeping Beauty (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Edvin Laine
 
47.
Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
 
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49.
Scarlet Week (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Bergmanesque triangle drama. After a weekend of dancing and camping on a recreation island near the city... (70 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
50.
Pekka Puupää (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(71 mins.)
Director: Ville Salminen
 
51.
Simpauttaja (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Imppa has to leave home and finds a job at the farm. There he meets an enigmatic hired hand known as Simpauttaja. (151 mins.)
Director: Veikko Kerttula
 
52.
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
 
53.
Niskavuoren naiset (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
54.
Olympian Holiday (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A shy Finn boards a wrong plane and ends up on a beach holiday instead of skiing. (113 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
55.
Rosso (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Giancarlo Rosso, a Sicilian hit man, gets a job to kill someone in Finland. His new target is Maria... (76 mins.)
 
56.
Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis... (77 mins.)
Director: Klaus Härö
 
57.
Valkoiset ruusut (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Hannu Leminen
 
58.
Poika ja ilves (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 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
 
59.
The Life of Aleksis Kivi (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Finland in the 1850's take the first steps towards independence. The Finnish-language authors introduce themselves. (104 mins.)
Director: Jari Halonen
 
60.
Bad Boys (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The story bases on four Finnish brothers, nicknamed 'the Eura Daltons' who received nation-wide notoriety... (126 mins.)
Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
 
61.
Badding (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki, a Finnish singer. (103 mins.)
 
62.
Stolen Death (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to... (101 mins.)
 
63.
La Vie de Bohème (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies. (100 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
64.
Pretty Good for a Human (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 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
 
65.
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
 
66.
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
 
67.
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
 
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69.
Radio tekee murron (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Eager young radio reporter Teräsvuori stages a one-man burglary into the Helsinki Art Museum, recorded... (91 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
70.
Tulipunainen kyyhkynen (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Doctor Aitamaa is spending holiday with his family at their summer villa. He accidentally reads a letter that was meant to his wife... (86 mins.)
Director: Matti Kassila
 
71.
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living... (62 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
72.
Ryysyrannan Jooseppi (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(91 mins.)
 
73.
Gabriel, Come Back (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Valentin Vaala
 
74.
Pähkähullu Suomi (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Losing faith in their original idea for a movie to celebrate Finland's 50 years of independence, a film... (84 mins.)
Director: Jukka Virtanen
 
75.
Ariel (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... (73 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
76.
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
 
77.
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide... (79 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
78.
Rovaniemen markkinoilla (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Jorma Nortimo
 
79.
The Christmas Party (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Mike is getting out of prison after serving four years for a bank robbery. Bona is arranging the party of all parties for him: a Christmas party. (84 mins.)
Director: Jari Halonen
 
80.
The Swan and the Wanderer (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo)... (117 mins.)
Director: Timo Koivusalo
 
81.
Open Secret (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Maunu Kurkvaara
 
82.
The Rose of the Rascal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The life of Irwin Goodman, a Finnish singer. (102 mins.)
Director: Timo Koivusalo
 
83.
Pearls and Pigs (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks... (113 mins.)
Director: Perttu Leppä
 
84.
Fire-Eater (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother... (100 mins.)
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
 
85.
Lapatossu (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(83 mins.)
 
86.
Vieras mies tuli taloon (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(106 mins.)
Director: Wilho Ilmari
 
87.
Juha (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Eastern Finland in 18th century. Farmer Juha has raised an orphan girl Marja and married her. Karelian... (101 mins.)
 
88.
The Leaning Tower (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A middle-aged mental patient suffering from a split personality travels to Italy where his two personalities set off all kinds of confusing developments. (96 mins.)
Director: Timo Koivusalo
 
89.
Aliisa (1970 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Aliisa is a poor pensioner struggling to survive in the 1970s' Helsinki. This was the last role of the prolific finnish actor Siiri Angerkoski. (80 mins.)
Director: Jukka Sipilä
 
90.
One Man's War (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Man leaves his factory job and sells everything to buy an earth mover and start his own business, travelling... (108 mins.)
Director: Risto Jarva
 
91.
Born American (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they... (97 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
92.
Noidan kirot (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(82 mins.)
Director: Teuvo Puro
 
93.
The Snow Queen (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's longest story, the beautiful Snow Queen has captured two children and now keeps them apart... (89 mins.)
Director: Päivi Hartzell
 
94.
The Liar (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses. (53 mins.)
 
95.
Vares: Private Eye (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions. (95 mins.)
Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
 
96.
Olet mennyt minun vereeni (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Innocent girl gets lead astray by Lothario, not only into adultery, because he's already married, but devilish drink... (102 mins.)
Director: Teuvo Tulio
 
97.
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
98.
The Unhanged (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two outlaws, The Lonely Rider and the Indian Tonto, have caught (at least they think they have) Speedy Gonzales... (85 mins.)
Director: Loiri, Pasanen
 
99.
Flowers and Binding (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Small town butchers and florists grow tired of local sausage factory owner. They want to teach him a lesson but things get out of hand. (114 mins.)
Director: Janne Kuusi
 
100.
Kiss Me in the Rain (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Middle-aged Maire's husband spends most of his time abroad on business. Alone in their large house,... (101 mins.)
Director: Veikko Aaltonen