100 norske filmer du må se (100 Norwegian films you must see)by Labraxas | created - 28 Aug 2011 | updated - 02 Oct 2011 | Public
This is a list of the one hundred and one films listed in the book "100 norske filmer du må se" (100 Norwegian films you must see), published in 2008. The list, as stated in the book, is more a list of Norwegian films worth seeing, rather than an attempt to create a definitive list of "the best Norwegian films of all time". Something that's made pretty clear by the inclusion of for instance Aune Sands 1995 film Dis - en historie om kjærlighet. A film that is in fact commonly known as the "the worst Norwegian film of all time", but is also known as a film that i so bad it's hilarious. But the list is first and foremost a presentation of lots of evidence that Norwegian film is better than it's reputation.
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1. Markens grøde (1921)
75 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.
2. 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 »
3. 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 »
4. Cafe X (1928)
100 min | Crime, Drama
The journalist Karl Kraft solves a case about weapon and ammunition-smuggling in Oslo, which leads to him getting to know Lilly, which is involved, at least until she meets Karl.
6. Den store barnedåpen (1932)
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 »
7. Syndere i sommersol (1934)
103 min | Drama
Eight young people decide to detach themselves from all moral prejudices in their love life. They travel to an idyllic island in the archipelago. A paradise is founded, based on a thesis ... See full summary »
8. 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.
9. 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 »
10. Ungen (1938)
100 min | Drama
Milja and Julius are a happy couple working at the factory, and everything is good until Petrina shows up at the arena. Julius is bewitched by the girl, who gets him to drink and steal. ... See full summary »
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.
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 »
13. Tørres Snørtevold (1940)
102 min | Comedy, Drama
Young fisherman Tønnes want to get rich, to get his revenge over Consul Krøger, who has taken over his childhood home. After acquiring a shop he gets in position of getting what he wants.
14. 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.
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.
17. Den hemmelighetsfulle leiligheten (1948)
75 min | Drama, Mystery
A conservative old bachelor buys an apartment previously owned by an artist who died suddenly. He has a weird feeling about the place from the start, and gets more and more obsessed by the ... See full summary »
19. 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 »
21. To mistenkelige personer (1950)
92 min | Crime, Drama
Two police officers lie dead. Ekstrøm and the youngster Gustav are on their flight. Originally a 1926 story, this film was banned for more than 50 years, due to a high court order banning the film for the sake of human privacy.
22. Vi gifter oss (1951)
103 min | Comedy
Petter and Kari meet, fall in love, and get married. But it is not easy for a young couple of limited means to find a place to live. Moving in with Petter's parents proves impossible, Kari ... See full summary »
23. 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.
24. Aldri annet enn bråk (1954)
77 min | Comedy, Drama
The Bråten family lives on the top floor in a sublet appartment in the suburbs of Oslo. The father, mother and 5 kids all share the space of this 1 room and a kitchen appartment. The father... See full summary »
25. 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 »
26. 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.
28. Krvavi put (1955)
95 min | Drama, War
Yugoslav Partizans, captured by Nazis, are sent to concentration camps in distant Norway. The local population help some Partizans survive or flee to neutral Sweden.
29. 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.
30. Nine Lives (1957)
96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
During World War II, nine members of the Norwegian Resistance trapped into a deadly Nazi ambush. Only one escapes on foot, and a fierce hunt through the ice desert has begun.
31. Lend Me Your Wife (1958)
83 min | Comedy
The movie takes place in a company that sells baby toys. It is time to fill a leading position, and it is known the owner of the company only places married men on leading positions. This ... See full summary »
32. 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.
33. 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?
34. 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 »
35. Surrounded (1960)
89 min | Drama, War
From his secret radio transmitter in the tower of a woman's hospital in Oslo during WW2, Per keeps contact with London, while being sought after by the German occupiers. Based on true events about war-hero Knut Haugland.
36. Line (1961)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama
(1961 aka LINE) Margarete Robsahm, Toralv Maurstad, Henki Kolstad, Elisabeth Bang.. Youthful drama about a young guy and his struggles with his hatred of his father. Not even a relationship... See full summary »
37. Tonny (1962)
86 min | Drama
Tonny is a schoolboy in fostercare who serves his first sentence in a jail for adults. We follow him 24 hours before his parole and 48 hours after his release. We get to see his experiences... See full summary »
38. 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.
40. Skjær i sjøen (1965)
96 min | Drama, Romance
En eremitt av en forfatter har, etter sin skilsmisse for fem år siden, vært bosatt i et deilig, ensomtliggende hus på Sørlandet. Her får han en vakker dag sommerbesøk av sin datter og to av... See full summary »
41. 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 »
42. Liv (1967)
88 min | Drama
A day in the life of photo model Liv. But it's no ordinary day. She's break up with her fiance, father and her own empty life as a model, and has to find a new place to live. But is it that easy to make a clean break?
44. Olsen-banden (II) (1968)
82 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Egon Olsen has been behind bars for some time, but that hasn't stopped the criminal mastermind from making a plan - a plan to steal a very valuable golden statue, and never to fall behind ... See full summary »
45. Heaven and Hell (1969)
94 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Norwegain cult drama about Eva (16) and Arne (17), both from well established homes, attend a class where a professor says that cannabis is harmless. Together with some friends they decide to try. The start of a drug Hell for all involved.
46. Douglas (1970)
90 min | Crime, Thriller