My Favorite Finnish Movies

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1. Cross of Love (1946)

99 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a lighthouse keeper runs away with a shipwrecked businessman to the city. But instead of her dreams, she finds herself selling herself in the streets, until a painter finds her as an ideal model for his next painting.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Oscar Tengström, Ville Salminen, Rauli Tuomi

Votes: 185

3. The Winter War (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 7,539

4. The Unknown Soldier (1955)

177 min | Drama, War

The tale of a platoon of soldiers during the Continuation War. Based on Väinö Linna's book of the same name.

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Veikko Sinisalo

Votes: 6,877

5. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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.

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Elina Pohjanpää, Matti Ranin, Leo Riuttu

Votes: 1,722

6. Hornankoski (1949)

105 min | Drama

Two brothers, one frivolous but fun, the other industrious but dull, both rivals to one woman worker on their farm they both fancy, told in black and white classic melodrama way.

Directors: Teuvo Tulio, Roland af Hällström | Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, William Markus, Åke Lindman, Annie Mörk

Votes: 87

7. Sensuela (1973)

104 min | Drama, Romance

A Lappish girl, the only daughter of a reindeer herder, rescues a crashed German fighter pilot during WW2. The two develop warm feelings for each other during his convalescence.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Marianne Mardi, Ossi Elstelä, Mauritz Åkerman, Ismo Saario

Votes: 542

8. Noita palaa elämään (1952)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Archaeological team unearths a body of a young woman, who was told to be a witch buried in the bog some 300 years ago. Soon a naked woman appears and drives the men of the village crazy. ... See full summary »

Director: Roland af Hällström | Stars: Mirja Mane, Toivo Mäkelä, Hillevi Lagerstam, Sakari Jurkka

Votes: 326

10. Sissit (1963)

106 min | Drama, War

Lieutenant Takala joins a group of war veterans who gather in a restaurant to reminisce their unit's operations on the Finnish-Soviet front. A flashback takes us back to summer 1944 where ... See full summary »

Director: Mikko Niskanen | Stars: Matti Oravisto, Kauko Laurikainen, Paul Budsko, Heimo Lepistö

Votes: 295

11. Gas, Inspector Palmu! (1961)

99 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A rich widow is found dead of gas poisoning in her flat in Helsinki. First the death is thought to be an accident, but lieutenant Palmu notices that the murderer has made a mistake, and ... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Matti Ranin, Leo Jokela, Elina Salo

Votes: 1,362

12. In the Fields of Dreams (1940)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Drama about a young woman in rural Finland in the 1930s. The small village provides a scene for intrigues, fights, love, jealousy, accusations, and revenge.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Sirkka Salonen, Olga Tainio, Kaarlo Oksanen, Kyösti Erämaa

Votes: 109

13. The Song of the Scarlet Flower (1938)

115 min | Drama, Romance

About Olavi, a farmer's son who leaves his home after a dispute with his father and leads a life of a womanizing logger.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Kaarlo Oksanen, Rakel Linnanheimo, Mirjami Kuosmanen, Nora Mäkinen

Votes: 182

14. Passionate Power (1947)

90 min | Drama

Turbulent, then tragic, marital relationship resulting in wife getting the upper hand from oppressive husband, on a post second world war farmstead.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Kullervo Kalske, Eric Gustafson, Aku Peltonen

Votes: 130

15. Mustasukkaisuus (1953)

93 min | Drama, Romance

The siblings Riitta and Anja love the same man, the treasurer Jyri Mara. Riitta ends up marrying Jyri, but when the couple loses their children Riitta gets jealous and mad.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Eero Paganus, Assi Raine, Annie Mörk

Votes: 73

16. Tukkijoella (1951)

96 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Comedy set somewhere in the late 19th or early 20th century tells a story about lumberjacks, several beautiful girls, one family in trouble and one lawman who is willing to break law to get what he wants.

Director: Roland af Hällström | Stars: Tauno Palo, Rauni Ikäheimo, Sirkka Hirvonen, Helge Herala

Votes: 94

18. Rikollinen nainen (1952)

110 min | Drama, Romance

A happy and spirited lady is being courted by two gentlemen. Eventually she marries the other and leads a content family life - until through unlikely events she ends up in a prison, suffering from amnesia.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Eija Karipää, Tauno Majuri, Kurt Ingvall

Votes: 96

20. Evakko (1956)

100 min | Drama, History, War

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.

Director: Ville Salminen | Stars: Santeri Karilo, Linda Lampinen, Aino-Maija Tikkanen, Eila-Kaarina Roine

Votes: 62

21. The Milkmaid (1953)

70 min | Drama, Romance

The farm girl Hilja falls meet Yrjö, a student visiting the country side. They fall madly in love, which leads to consequences.

Director: T.J. Särkkä | Stars: Anneli Sauli, Saulo Haarla, Tauno Palo, Laina Laine

Votes: 155

22. Säkkijärven polkka (1955)

79 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A biopic of Vili Vesterinen, a popular Finnish accordion virtuoso (1907-61). After years of playing by the ear and for free at local country dances in his home province Karelia, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Ville Salminen | Stars: Sakari Jurkka, Marjatta Kallio, Ekke Hämäläinen, Santeri Karilo

Votes: 46

26. The Border (2007)

114 min | Drama, History, Romance

"Raja 1918", also known as "The Border", is a Finnish war drama film directed by Lauri Törhönen set in the immediate aftermath of the Finnish Civil War of 1918. It is spring of 1918. A ... See full summary »

Director: Lauri Törhönen | Stars: Martin Bahne, Minna Haapkylä, Tommi Korpela, Leonid Mozgovoy

Votes: 905

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