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1. The River (2001)

104 min | Drama, Romance

Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck ... See full summary »

Director: Jarmo Lampela | Stars: Sanna Hietala, Antti Ikkala, Jyri Ojansivu, Antti Mikkola

Votes: 799

2. Rare Exports Inc. (2003)

8 min | Short, Action, Comedy

An elite trio of expert hunters venture into the woods to track and capture an especially rare and dangerous prey for the Christmas season.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Otso Tarkela, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Tazu Ovaska

Votes: 2,049

3. The Unknown Soldier (1985)

199 min | Drama, War

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Risto Tuorila, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Paavo Liski, Mika Mäkelä

Votes: 2,585

4. 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: 7,536

5. The Match Factory Girl (1990)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Comedy

A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko

Votes: 8,536

6. Purge (2012)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past.

Director: Antti Jokinen | Stars: Laura Birn, Liisi Tandefelt, Amanda Pilke, Peter Franzén

Votes: 3,448

7. Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Antti "Zombie" Autiomaa does two things well: play the bass guitar and drink. After several months' sleeping on the streets of Istanbul, he returns to Helsinki where he's called into the ... See full summary »

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Silu Seppälä, Marjo Leinonen, Matti Pellonpää, Vieno Saaristo

Votes: 929

8. Calamari Union (1985)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

An exodus to a better life in Eira

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula, Sakke Järvenpää

Votes: 3,003

9. 1944 (2015)

100 min | Drama, History, War

In 1944 Estonia, a fratricide war ensues when Estonians of the retreating German forces fight against Estonians conscripted into the advancing Soviet Red Army.

Director: Elmo Nüganen | Stars: Kaspar Velberg, Kristjan Üksküla, Maiken Schmidt, Gert Raudsep

Votes: 4,659

10. Fire-Eater (1998)

100 min | Drama

The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother, Sirkka, leaves the girls in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and... See full summary »

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Stars: Elina Hurme, Tiina Weckström, Elena Leeve, Elsa Saisio

Votes: 318

11. Concrete Night (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Stars: Johannes Brotherus, Jari Virman, Anneli Karppinen, Juhan Ulfsak

Votes: 1,038

12. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,823

13. The Fencer (2015)

99 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere Sr., Liisa Koppel

Votes: 4,344 | Gross: $0.10M

14. The Mine (2016)

97 min | Drama

Fictionalized story about the founding of the ill-fated Finnish mining company Talvivaara.

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä | Stars: Joonas Saartamo, Jani Volanen, Peter Franzén, Saara Kotkaniemi

Votes: 782

15. Rare Exports (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 25,276 | Gross: $0.26M

16. The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama

An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Maritta Viitamäki, Pauli Jauhojärvi, Aimo Saukko, Milja Hiltunen

Votes: 713

17. Tulipunainen kyyhkynen (1961)

86 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Doctor Aitamaa is spending holiday with his family at their summer villa. He accidentally reads a letter that was meant to his wife. The letter is from another man. Aitamaa fallows his wife... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Tauno Palo, Gunvor Sandkvist, Helen Elde, Matti Oravisto

Votes: 215

18. Stolen Death (1938)

101 min | Thriller

A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to tell the story of Finnish resistance fighters smuggling arms to overthrow the Tsarist ... See full summary »

Director: Nyrki Tapiovaara | Stars: Tuulikki Paananen, Ilmari Mänty, Santeri Karilo, Annie Mörk

Votes: 231

19. Frozen Land (2005)

130 min | Drama

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. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola, Petteri Summanen

Votes: 5,593

20. Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)

Not Rated | 62 min | Comedy, Romance

Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Matti Pellonpää, Kirsi Tykkyläinen, Mato Valtonen

Votes: 2,762

21. The Prodigal Son (1992)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

Esa is a small time crook who has been precisely released from prison. He starts to make money by mugging people. One day psychiatrist Lindström rings Esa's doorbell. He has a very strange ... See full summary »

Director: Veikko Aaltonen | Stars: Hannu Kivioja, Esko Salminen, Leea Klemola, Markku Peltola

Votes: 324

22. The Land of Happiness (1993)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Nostalgic comedy set in the early 1960s, when the tango was all the rage. The "prodigal son" Tenho returns from his unlucky adventures in the city back to his parents' farm. Tenho becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Katariina Kaitue, Pertti Koivula, Anja Pohjola, Veikko Tiitinen

Votes: 368

23. Lapland Odyssey (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip... See full summary »

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pamela Tola, Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Pääkkönen, Timo Lavikainen

Votes: 5,619

24. The Golem (1920)

Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror

In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener | Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova

Votes: 6,345

25. The White Reindeer (1952)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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.

Director: Erik Blomberg | Stars: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola

Votes: 1,359

26. Borrowing Matchsticks (1980)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

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.

Directors: Leonid Gaidai, Risto Orko | Stars: Evgeniy Leonov, Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Rita Polster, Ritva Valkama

Votes: 928

27. Black Ice (2007)

110 min | Drama, Thriller

Upon discovering that her husband is having an affair, a Helsinki gynecologist attempts to gather more knowledge about her rival and, in the process, becomes hopelessly entangled in the other woman's life.

Director: Petri Kotwica | Stars: Outi Mäenpää, Martti Suosalo, Ria Kataja, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 2,597

28. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, War

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Star: Pirkko Saisio

Votes: 623

29. Steam of Life (2010)

81 min | Documentary

Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.

Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen | Stars: Timo Aalto, Pekka Ahonen, Aarne Aksila, Mauno Alasuutari

Votes: 2,393

30. The Punk Syndrome (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A Finnish punk-rock band formed by four mentally disabled guys.

Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi | Stars: Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Toni Välitalo

Votes: 1,463

31. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,174

32. The Man Without a Past (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

M arrives in Helsinki only to be viciously attacked by thugs and pronounced dead by medics. He revives but with no memory of his past or his identity. He rebuilds his life from scratch, but the past inevitably catches up with him.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

Votes: 21,384 | Gross: $0.92M

33. Drifting Clouds (1996)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

The recession hits a couple in Helsinki.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo, Sakari Kuosmanen

Votes: 6,650

34. Lights in the Dusk (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen, Ilkka Koivula

Votes: 6,232 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Christmas Story (2007)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

The touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

Director: Juha Wuolijoki | Stars: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Otto Gustavsson, Jonas Rinne, Kari Väänänen

Votes: 3,434

36. Euthanizer (2017)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A man who euthanizes animals as a side job runs afoul of a white supremacist.

Director: Teemu Nikki | Stars: Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousiainen

Votes: 1,569

37. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Tommi Korpela, Kati Outinen

Votes: 10,192 | Gross: $0.18M

38. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 19,570 | Gross: $0.61M

39. La Vie de Bohème (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Kari Väänänen

Votes: 4,789

40. The Unknown Soldier (2017)

132 min | Drama, War

A film adaptation of Väinö Linna's best selling novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) and the novel's unedited manuscript version, Sotaromaani.

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Eero Aho, Johannes Holopainen, Jussi Vatanen, Aku Hirviniemi

Votes: 8,092

41. Shadows in Paradise (1986)

Not Rated | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a coworker, a love affair and much more.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Esko Nikkari

Votes: 4,587

42. Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää, Eetu Hilkamo

Votes: 5,820

43. 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: 6,873

44. Hot Cat? (1968)

78 min | Drama, Romance

Classic student beds teacher tale, while latter fends off advances of (elder) work colleague.

Director: Erkko Kivikoski | Stars: Maarita Mäkelä, Eero Melasniemi, Kurt Ingvall, Urpo Poikolainen

Votes: 85



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