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List of famous film directors from Finland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Finland has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Finnish directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Finland and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Items here include everything from Janne Kuusi to Heikki Partanen.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Finnish directors?" and "Which directors are from Finland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Finland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Finnish directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Åke Lindman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 81 (1928-2009) Åke Leonard Lindman, born Åke Leonard Järvinen, was a Finnish director and actor. In his youth Lindman was a football player, playing defence for the Finnish national team ...more

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Aki Kaurismäki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 61 Aki Olavi Kaurismäki is a Finnish screenwriter and film director.

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Aku Louhimies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 50 Aku Louhimies is a Finnish film director and screenwriter.

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Aleksi Bardy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 48 Aleksi Bardy is a Finnish television writer, screenwriter and film producer. He has been a political activist on the left of the political spectrum, once standing in elections for the Finnish ...more

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Aleksi Mäkelä is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 49 Tane Aleksanteri ”Aleksi” Mäkelä is a Finnish film director and occasional actor. He is best known for having directed several popular films such as Häjyt, Matti and Vares – ...more

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Aleksi Salmenperä is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Aleksi Salmenperä age 45 Aleksi Salmenperä is a Finnish film director. He is a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki; among his films are 2004's Producing Adults, 2007's A Man's Work and 2010 Bad ...more

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Alexis Kouros is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 57 Alexis Kouros is an Iranian-Finnish writer, documentary-maker, director and producer. His first book, Gondwana's Children, won the Finlandia Junior award in 1997. His first film was the 2000 ...more

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Anne Riitta Ciccone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 51 Anne Riitta Ciccone is a screenwriter and director.

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Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 66 Antero Alli was born 11 November 1952, in Finland. Alli currently resides in Berkeley, California, where he conducts workshops and stages theatrical productions, some of which have been released ...more

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Antti Heikki Pesonen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Antti Heikki Pesonen age 36 Antti Heikki Pesonen is a film director and screenwriter.

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Antti Jokinen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Antti Jokinen age 50 Antti Jokinen is a Finnish music video and film director, as well as a former college basketball player.

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Antti-Jussi Annila is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Antti-Jussi Annila age 41 Antti-Jussi Annila is a film director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer.

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Armand Lohikoski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 93 (1912-2005) Armand Lohikoski was an American born - Finnish movie director and writer. He is best known as a director of a number of Pekka ja Pätkä movies.

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Arto Halonen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Arto Halonen age 54 Arto Halonen is a documentary filmmaker from Finland. He was also teacher of cinematography in Joensuu between 1986-1989. In 2008 China did not give visa to Arto Halonen to participate 2008 ...more

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Auli Mantila is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 54 Auli Mantila is a Finnish film director, writer, producer and actress.

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Claes Olsson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 70 Claes Olsson is a screenwriter, film director, cinematographer, actor, film editor and film producer.

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Dome Karukoski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Dome Karukoski age 42 Thomas "Dome" Karukoski is a Finland-Swedish film director. He is considered to be one of the most successful Finnish film directors with over 30 festival awards and having directed ...more

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Edvin Laine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Edvin Laine Died at 84 (1905-1989) Edvin Laine was a Finnish film director. Laine was born Bovellán. Laine directed Aaltoska orkaniseeraa, a comedy, in 1949. The Unknown Soldier, a film Laine directed in 1955 based on ...more

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 59 Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a video artist and photographer. She lives and works in Helsinki. Her first conceptual works were motivated by art philosophy, by a critique of art institutions and by ...more

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Elina Katainen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 57 (1943-2000) Elina Katainen is a director, producer, editor and screenwriter.

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Ere Kokkonen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 70 (1938-2008) Erkki Olavi "Ere" Kokkonen, born in Savonlinna, was a Finnish film director. He worked closely with Spede Pasanen all the way from the 1960s until Spede's death, as a director and also ...more

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Erik Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 83 (1913-1996) Erik Blomberg was a Finnish cinematographer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He was married to actress Mirjami Kuosmanen.

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Erkka Nissinen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 43 Erkka Nissinen is a film director, film editor, production designer, film score composer, cinematographer and screenwriter.

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Erkki Karu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 48 (1887-1935) Erkki Karu was a Finnish film director, screenwriter and producer, and one of the pioneers of the Finnish cinema.

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Erkko Kivikoski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Erkko Kivikoski Died at 69 (1936-2005) Erkko Kivikoski was a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He directed nine films between 1962 and 1981. His 1963 film Kesällä kello 5 was entered into the 14th Berlin International ...more

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Gustav Wiklund is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Gustav Wiklund age 84 Gustav Wiklund is a Finnish actor and writer.

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Hanna Hemilä is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 55 Hanna Hemilä is a Finnish film director, producer and writer. Some of her most notable producing credits include Moomins on the Riviera, Pelikaanimies, Lapin kullan kimallus and the more ...more

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Hanna Maylett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Hanna Maylett age 45 Hanna Maylett is a film director, television director, and screenwriter.

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Hannu Salonen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Hannu Salonen age 46 Hannu Salonen is a screenwriter, television and film director.

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Hannu Seikkula is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Hannu Seikkula age 68 Hannu Seikkula is a film director.

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Harri J. Rantala is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Harri J. Rantala age 38 Harri J. Rantala is a Finnish film director. He has directed films like Kotiinpaluu – Return and Nurmoo – Shout from the plain. He is a native of Nurmo, Finland.

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Heikki Nousiainen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 73 Heikki Nousiainen is a Finnish film actor. Nousiainen entered film in 1971 as both a director and actor in Saatanan radikaalit and has made over 40 Finnish film and TV appearances to date. He ...more

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Heikki Partanen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Heikki Partanen Died at 48 (1942-1990) Heikki Partanen was a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He directed fifteen films between 1966 and 1989. His 1976 film Antti the Treebranch was entered into the 10th Moscow International ...more

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Heikki Seppälä is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Heikki Seppälä age 77 Heikki Seppälä is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Iikka Vekhalti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Iikka Vekhalti age 69 Iikka Vehkalahti is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

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Ilmari Unho is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Ilmari Unho Died at 55 (1906-1961) Ilmari Unho was a Finnish actor, film director and screenwriter. Unho was employed by Suomi-Filmi for most of his filmmaking career. Unho was born in Uusikaupunki in 1906. He started his film ...more

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Ilppo Pohjola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Ilppo Pohjola age 61 Ilppo Pohjola is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Jaakko Korhonen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 45 (1890-1935) Jaako Korhonen was an actor, a film producer and a screenwriter.

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Jaakko Pakkasvirta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 84 Jaakko Pakkasvirta is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He has directed more than 30 films between 1958 and 2000. His 1975 film Home for Christmas was entered into the 9th Moscow ...more

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Jaakko Talaskivi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Died at 53 (1945-1998) Jaakko Talaskivi was an actor, film director and film producer.

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Jack Witikka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Jack Witikka Died at 86 (1916-2002) Jack Witikka was a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He directed 15 films between 1951 and 1968. His 1961 film Little Presents was entered into the 12th Berlin International Film

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Jalmari Helander is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 42 Jalmari Helander is a film director and screenwriter.

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Jani Ruscica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 40 Jani Ruscica is a film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and production designer.

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Janne Kuusi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Janne Kuusi age 64 Janne Kuusi is a Finnish television and film director, screenwriter, producer and occasional actor.

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Jimi Tenor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 53 Jimi Tenor is a Finnish musician. His artist name is a combination of the first name of his youth idol Jimmy Osmond and the tenor saxophone. His band Jimi Tenor & His Shamans released its ...more

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Johanna Vuoksenmaa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 53 Johanna Vuoksenmaa is a film and tv director, screenwriter.

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Joona Tena is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
Joona Tena age 53 Joona Tena is a film director, screenwriter and film score composer.

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Jörn Donner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 85 Jörn Donner is a writer, film director, film producer. politician, actor and film editor.

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Jouko Aaltonen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 62 Jouko Aaltonen is a film producer, film director, screenwriter, and film editor.

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Juha Mäki-Jussila is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Finland
age 51 Juha Mäki-Jussila is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film editor, film score composer and a film production designer.