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.

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

Votes: 194

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 »

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

Votes: 408

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 »

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

Votes: 117

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.

Director: Walter Fyrst | Stars: Tove Tellback, Bengt Djurberg, Ellen Isefiær, Harald Steen

Votes: 7

5. 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: 210

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 »

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

Votes: 74

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 »

Director: Einar Sissener | Stars: Einar Sissener, Tore Segelcke, Hans Jacob Nilsen, Hjørdis Bjarke

Votes: 20

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.

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

Votes: 62

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 »

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

Votes: 190

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 »

Director: Rasmus Breistein | Stars: Eva Sletto, Harald Heide Steen, Ragnhild Hald, Tove Bryn

Votes: 49

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: 246

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: 312

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.

Director: Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Alfred Maurstad, Folkman Schaanning, Wenche Foss, Erna Schøyen

Votes: 84

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.

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

Votes: 240

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: 538

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 »

Director: Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Ola Isene, Sonja Wigert, Egil Hjorth-Jenssen, Joachim Holst-Jensen

Votes: 76

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: 263

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 »

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

Votes: 238

20. 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: 2,265

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.

Director: Tancred Ibsen | Stars: Peter Lindgren, Ivar Svendsen, Britta Lech-Hanssen, Bjarne Andersen

Votes: 116

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 »

Director: Nils R. Müller | Stars: Henki Kolstad, Inger Marie Andersen, Nanna Stenersen, Lars Nordrum

Votes: 222

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.

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

Votes: 102

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 »

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Turid Haaland, Stig Egede-Nissen, Vigdis Røising, Sven Libaek

Votes: 120

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 »

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

Votes: 155

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.

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

Votes: 84

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.

Directors: Kåre Bergstrøm, Rados Novakovic | Stars: Milan Milosevic, Milivoje Zivanovic, Antun Nalis, Ola Isene

Votes: 90

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.

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

Votes: 1,100

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.

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

Votes: 1,591

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 »

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Tore Foss, Sonja Wigert, Vigdis Røising, Atle Merton

Votes: 112

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.

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

Votes: 1,655

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?

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

Votes: 371

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 »

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

Votes: 258

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.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Ivar Svendsen, Kari Øksnevad, Rolf Kirkvaag, Alf Malland

Votes: 29

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 »

Director: Nils-Reinhardt Christensen | Stars: Margrete Robsahm, Toralv Maurstad, Henki Kolstad, Sissel Juul

Votes: 76

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 »

Directors: Per Gjersøe, Nils R. Müller | Stars: Per Christensen, Wenche Foss, Liv Ullmann, Joachim Calmeyer

Votes: 69

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.

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

Votes: 93

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 »

Director: Knut Andersen | Stars: Henki Kolstad, Tone Danielsen, Solfrid Heier, Wenche Sandnæs

Votes: 87

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 »

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

Votes: 2,693

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?

Director: Pål Løkkeberg | Stars: Vibeke Løkkeberg, Per Theodor Haugen, Bente Børsum, Helen Brinchmann

Votes: 33

43. An-Magritt (1969)

100 min | Drama

In Norway in the 1600s, An-Magritt is born as the result of a rape.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Per Oscarsson, Wolf von Gersum, Claes Gill

Votes: 149

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 »

Director: Knut Bohwim | Stars: Arve Opsahl, Carsten Byhring, Sverre Holm, Aud Schønemann

Votes: 1,527

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.

Director: Øyvind Vennerød | Stars: Sigrid Huun, Lillebjørn Nilsen, Georg Richter, Randi Kolstad

Votes: 184

46. Douglas (1970)

90 min | Crime, Thriller