Which great foreign films never show up in the United States?
As a fan of those quirky movies by the great Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, I wondered, “What else do they make in Finland?”
In a semi-scientific quest for highly rated Finnish films, I looked up movies from Finland at www.imdb.com, which helpfully lets you see a ranking of the top-rated films from each country … top-rated, that is, according to the people who have voted at the Internet Movie Database. Not a definitive ranking, I know, but at least it’s a start.
First of all, it’s interesting to see that 2,325 films listed on imdb are Finnish productions or co-productions… of which only a handful have even been shown in the U.S.
The top films by vote are:
|132||9.1||Katsastus (1988) (TV)|
|50||9.1||Kahdeksan surmanluotia (1972)|
|150||8.6||Komisario Palmun erehdys (1960)|
|146||8.5||Kaasua, komisario Palmu! (1961)|
|144||8.3||Chavez: Inside the Coup (2003) (TV)|
|242||8.0||Calamari Union (1985)|
|2794||7.6||Mies vailla menneisyyttä (2002)|