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List of famous film directors from Norway, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Norway 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 Norwegian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Norway and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Norwegian directors?" and "Which directors are from Norway?"

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

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Aksel Hennie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Aksel Hennie age 42 Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, director, and screenwriter. He has acted in a number of successful films and has received several awards.

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Aleksander L. Nordaas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Aleksander L. Nordaas age 35 Aleksander Leines Nordaas is a Norwegian screenwriter and film director, and is a co-owner of the Norwegian production company Yesbox Productions. Aleksander is also a published author, as well ...more

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Anja Breien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Anja Breien age 77 Anja Breien is a Norwegian film director and screenwriter. She directed 14 films between 1969 and 2005. Her film Arven was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded the Gina ...more

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Anna Abrahams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Anna Abrahams age 54 Anna Abrahams is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and film editor.

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Anne Sewitsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Anne Sewitsky age 39 Anne Sewitsky is a film director.

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Arild Brinchmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Arild Brinchmann Died at 64 (1922-1986) Arild Brinchmann was a Norwegian stage producer, film producer and theatre director. He was born in Kristiania son of psychologist and writer Alex Brinchmann. He produced the two films Ut av ...more

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Arild Ostin Ommundsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Arild Ostin Ommundsen age 48 Arild Ostin Ommundsen is a film director and screenwriter.

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Arne Lindtner Næss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Arne Lindtner Næss age 73 Arne Lindtner Næss is a Norwegian actor, director, television producer, and writer. He has had many film and television roles. The best known may be Frode Birkeland in the television ...more

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Arne Skouen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Arne Skouen Died at 90 (1913-2003) Arne Skouen was a Norwegian best known for his work as a film director and as a journalist. He was internationally famed for his 1957 film Ni Liv which also received an Academy Award nomination ...more

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Åsleik Engmark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Åsleik Engmark age 52 Åsleik Engmark is a Norwegian comedian, actor and director, living in Oslo. Engmark was one of the co-founders of the Norwegian cabaret group Lompelandslaget in 1987. In 1988 at the age of ...more

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Atle Antonsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Atle Antonsen age 48 Atle Antonsen is a Norwegian comedian and actor. He has participated in and contributed to several television and radio shows, including XL and XLTV, Nissene på låven, Uti vår ...more

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Barthold Halle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Barthold Halle age 92 Barthold Halle is a film director.

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Benedicte M. Orvung is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Benedicte M. Orvung Benedicte M. Orvung is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and editor.

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Bent Hamer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Bent Hamer age 61 Bent Hamer is a film director, writer and producer, born in Sandefjord, Norway in 1956.

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Bente Erichsen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Bente Erichsen age 68 Bente Erichsen is a Norwegian culture director and the current Director of the Nobel Peace Center. A former journalist and commercials producer, Erichsen started her career as feature film ...more

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Bjørn Opsahl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Bjørn Opsahl age 49 Bjorn Opsahl is a Norwegian photographer, director and lecturer from Oslo. Opsahl debuted as an artist with the exhibition "Deadscapes" in 2005 at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, and ...more

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Carsten Byhring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Carsten Byhring Died at 72 (1918-1990) Carsten Byhring was a Norwegian actor. Probably best known for playing Kjell in the Olsenbanden-movies. He is the brother of actor Svein Byhring. He died from cancer in Oslo at the age of 71, in

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Egil Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Egil Pedersen age 41 Egil Pedersen is a film director, film editor, film producer and cinematographer.

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Einar Sissener is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Einar Sissener Died at 71 (1897-1968) Einar Sissener was a Norwegian stage actor, film actor, stage producer, film producer and theatre director.

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Eline McGeorge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Eline McGeorge age 47 Eline McGeorge is an artist and a film director.

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Erik Formo Løchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Erik Formo Løchen Died at 59 (1924-1983) Erik Formo Løchen was a screenwriter.

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Erik Gustavson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Erik Gustavson age 62 Erik Gustavson is a Norwegian film director and producer. He started out as a camera assistant in 1974 and eventually moved on to cameraman before starting to work as a director in 1981. He has ...more

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Erik Poppe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Erik Poppe age 57 Erik Poppe is a Norwegian film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer and press photographer. Poppe started his career as a photographer for the newspaper Verdens Gang. He graduated ...more

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Erik Skjoldbjærg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Erik Skjoldbjærg age 53 Erik Skjoldbjærg is a Norwegian director and writer best known for co-writing and directing the film Insomnia and directing Prozac Nation. His upcoming film Pioneer was selected to be ...more

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Espen Eckbo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Espen Eckbo age 44 Espen Eckbo is a Norwegian actor, writer and comedian. He was born in Oslo, and grew up in Bestum. He now lives in Ullevål Hageby with his wife Rebekka Strandenes and his dog Andreas. ...more

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Espen Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Espen Sandberg age 46 Espen Sandberg is a Norwegian film director and advertising producer, well known to work with his childhood friend and director, Joachim Rønning on several projects such as Bandidas, Max ...more

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Eva Dahr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Eva Dahr age 59 Eva Frederikke Dahr is a Norwegian film director, playwright and film producer. Eva Dahr is one of Norway's most prolific directors of short films. She has studied at the Volda University ...more

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Eva Isaksen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Eva Isaksen age 61 Eva Isaksen is a Norwegian film director. She directed her first feature film Burning Flowers with Eva Dahr, and has worked as an assistant on a number of films, including Sweetwater by Lasse ...more

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Eva Norvind is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Eva Norvind Died at 62 (1944-2006) Eva Norvind was a Norwegian-born Mexican writer, documentary producer, director, sex therapist/ dominatrix, and former actress of the cinema of Mexico. She was the mother of telenovela actress ...more

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Eva Sørhaug is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Eva Sørhaug age 44 Eva Sørhaug is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Even Benestad is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Even Benestad age 43 Even Benestad is a Norwegian documentary film director. Benestad studied cinematography at Oslo Film and Television Academy. His first feature-length documentary All About My Father, which was ...more

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Gill Holland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Gill Holland age 53 John Gill Holland, Jr., better known as Gill Holland, is a Norwegian-American film producer and co-developer of The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Gösta Stevens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Gösta Stevens Died at 67 (1897-1964) Gösta Stevens was a Swedish screenwriter and film director.

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Gyda Christensen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Gyda Christensen Died at 92 (1872-1964) Gyda Marthe Kristine Christensen, was a Norwegian actress, dancer, and choreographer. Later also a Managing Director of Nationaltheatret's ballet school in Oslo.

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Håkon Liu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Håkon Liu age 42 Håkon Liu is a film director.

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Hallvar Witzø is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Hallvar Witzø age 33 Hallvar Witzø is a Norwegian film director. Witzø grew up in the small town of Leksvik in central Norway. He studied film directing at Lillehammer's Norwegian Film School, ...more

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Hanne Myren is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Hanne Myren age 44 Hanne Myren is a Norwegian film producer and documentarian. In 2007 she won two Amanda Awards, for Best Children's Film and Best Documentary, for the movie Jenter, for which she was the ...more

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Hans Petter Moland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Hans Petter Moland age 62 Hans Petter Moland is a Norwegian film director. Hans Petter had been awarded prizes for his commercials at all major festivals, including Cannes, before he made his feature debut in 1993 with ...more

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Harald Zwart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Harald Zwart age 52 Harald Zwart is a Norwegian film director.

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Henrik Elvestad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Henrik Elvestad age 44 Henrik Elvestad is a screenwriter and an actor.

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Jan Erik Düring is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Jan Erik Düring Died at 88 (1926-2014) Jan Erik Düring is a film director, film producer and film editor.

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Jens Lien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Jens Lien age 50 Jens Lien is a Norwegian film director. He graduated from the London International Film School in 1993. His graduation project was the short film "Montana", that was featured at the ...more

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Joachim Rønning is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Joachim Rønning age 45 Joachim Rønning is a Norwegian film director who usually works in a team with Espen Sandberg – both natives of Sandefjord, Norway. As a directing team, they go under the name of Roenberg. ...more

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Joachim Trier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Joachim Trier age 43 Joachim Trier is a Norwegian film director raised in Oslo, Norway. His father Jacob Trier was the sound technician of Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, the most notable film produced in Norway. He is a ...more

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Jon Lennart Mjøen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Jon Lennart Mjøen Died at 85 (1912-1997) Jon Lennart Mjøen was a Norwegian actor, film director and screenwriter. He appeared in twelve films between 1936 and 1968. His film Stevnemøte med glemte år was entered into ...more

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Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen age 35 Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen is a film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Karin Julsrud is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Karin Julsrud age 64 Karin Julsrud is a film and television producer and a film director.

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Katja Eyde Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Katja Eyde Jacobsen age 39 Katja Eyde Jacobsen is a film director.

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Kenneth Elvebakk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway
Kenneth Elvebakk age 51 Kenneth Elvebakk is a Norwegian documentary film director and producer. He has won several awards for his documentary films. Kenneth Elvebakk

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Klaus Sandvik is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Norway