Russian films I've seen

by wolfecastle86 | created - 20 Apr 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Includes films from the Soviet Union. I know I'm forgetting some.

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1. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 46,899

The hardest movie I've ever had to watch.

2. Night Watch (2004)

R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

58 Metascore

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, Valeriy Zolotukhin

Votes: 51,147 | Gross: $1.49M

3. Day Watch (2006)

R | 132 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov, Galina Tyunina

Votes: 32,549 | Gross: $0.45M

4. Battle for Sevastopol (2015)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history.

Director: Sergey Mokritskiy | Stars: Yuliya Peresild, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Oleg Vasilkov, Nikita Tarasov

Votes: 9,052

5. Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War

In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov, Stepan Krylov

Votes: 27,868

6. Wings (1966)

85 min | Drama

A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the ... See full summary »

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Mayya Bulgakova, Sergey Nikonenko, Zhanna Bolotova, Panteleymon Krymov

Votes: 1,492

7. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches.

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova

Votes: 5,564

8. Goryachiy sneg (1972)

105 min | Drama, War

In November, 1942, near the Volga, Stanlingrad is under siege of Commander Friederich Paulus and his 330,000 men. The Russian high command unleashes an operation to protect the Mishkova ... See full summary »

Director: Gavriil Egiazarov | Stars: Georgi Zhzhyonov, Anatoliy Kuznetsov, Vadim Spiridonov, Boris Tokarev

Votes: 346

More tanks than have probably been in any other movie.

9. Siberiade (1979)

206 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov, Natalya Andreychenko

Votes: 1,774

Great film. Make sure and make time to sit through it without stopping, at least once.

10. Burnt by the Sun (1994)

R | 135 min | Drama, History, War

In the Soviet Union in 1936, shadow of Stalin's repressions lie on a famous revolution hero. An accusations of being him a foreign spy are nonsense, and all known that, but a slow process of his life's downfall is already running.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menshikov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova

Votes: 13,516 | Gross: $2.62M

11. Afghan Breakdown (1991)

140 min | War

The film opens with a scene of an Islamic circumcision. After the opening credits, a line of Mujahedin are shown approaching a roadway where a squad of Soviet soldiers has been slaughtered.... See full synopsis »

Director: Vladimir Bortko | Stars: Michele Placido, Tatyana Dogileva, Mikhail Zhigalov, Filipp Yankovskiy

Votes: 383

12. White Sun of the Desert (1970)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader.

Director: Vladimir Motyl | Stars: Anatoliy Kuznetsov, Pavel Luspekayev, Spartak Mishulin, Kakhi Kavsadze

Votes: 6,145

13. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulyov

Votes: 21,845

I guess it could also be called a Japanese movie, but I'll put it in here for now.

14. The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)

PG-13 | 188 min | Drama, History, War

During WWII in a small village outpost, a commander has his troop replaced by an all female unit. As they finally begin to appreciate one another, German paratroopers are spotted nearby and the realities of war emerge.

Director: Stanislav Rostotskiy | Stars: Andrey Martynov, Irina Dolganova, Elena Drapeko, Ekaterina Markova

Votes: 3,385

Excellent, but get some tissues ready.

15. Operation 'Y' & Other Shurik's Adventures (1965)

TV-G | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Three stories about Shurik - a young student. He fights against criminals, falls in love, confuses apartments, passes exams - he lives after all.

Director: Leonid Gaidai | Stars: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Mikhail Pugovkin, Aleksei Smirnov, Vladimir Basov

Votes: 10,995

Classic.

16. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)

PG | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.

Director: Vladimir Menshov | Stars: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Raisa Ryazanova

Votes: 10,575 | Gross: $2.50M

Great movie.

17. Rasputin (1981)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Petrenko, Anatoliy Romashin, Velta Line, Alisa Freyndlikh

Votes: 1,156

Not particularly accurate historically, and the narrative is a little too episodic, but I think a lot of that probably had to do with the censors. For strange and unhinged artsy-ness, it's a winner.

18. Famine '33 (1991)

115 min | Drama, History

This film looks at the artificial famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine through the eyes of a single family. The famine, which killed millions of people, was the result of a Soviet policy intended ... See full summary »

Director: Oles Yanchuk | Stars: Galina Sulima, Georgiy Morozyuk, Aleksey Gorbunov, Maksim Koval

Votes: 295

It's a Ukrainian film, but I thought it should go on here nonetheless.

19. The Thief (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet...

Director: Pavel Chukhray | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Yekaterina Rednikova, Mikhail Filipchuk, Dima Chigaryov

Votes: 4,652 | Gross: $1.13M

I first heard of this movie twenty years ago, and after a lot of searching I found it. Then I found out that the international ending and the Russian ending weren't the same, so I put off watching it. After a random fit of annoyance, I decided to watch the shorter version, which was still great. But it still bugged me that I couldn't see the long one. I even looked on Ozon (the Russian Amazon) to see if they had the long version, which they didn't. After a lot of digging, I found the original ending online, and while my Russian isn't that good, I could follow the ending. It was a good movie and I enjoyed it a lot, but I can't believe how hard it was for me to find any version of it, let alone the Russian ending.

20. Admiral (2008)

Not Rated | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of admiral Aleksandr Kolchak who remained faithful to his oath to the Russian Emperor and fought against the Bolshevik rule after the 1917 October Revolution.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergey Bezrukov, Vladislav Vetrov

Votes: 7,342

21. Legend No. 17 (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biopic of Russian ice hockey legend Valeri Kharlamov from early childhood, rising to the pinnacle of the sport and his untimely death.

Director: Nikolay Lebedev | Stars: Danila Kozlovsky, Oleg Menshikov, Svetlana Ivanova, Vladimir Menshov

Votes: 4,812

22. Gagarin. Pervyy v kosmose (2013)

108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE, is a feature film featuring amazing SFX, that celebrates the bravery and achievements of Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Parkhomenko | Stars: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Olga Ivanova, Vadim Michman

Votes: 2,545

23. Pyat nevest (2011)

104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

May 1945, a young pilot Aleksey Kaverin stationed in Germany is going home to Russia for vacation. The problem is he needs to bring a bride. And not only to himself but to four his friends as well.

Director: Karen Oganesyan | Stars: Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Aleksey Dmitriev, Andrey Fedortsov, Marina Golub

Votes: 573

24. Lucky Trouble (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A school teacher from a small Russian town falls for a beautiful Moscow woman who is engaged to be married.

Director: Levan Gabriadze | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Milla Jovovich, Ivan Urgant, Sergey Garmash

Votes: 2,708

25. Brother (1997)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova

Votes: 15,169

26. Moy paren - angel (2012)

97 min | Comedy

A romance fantasy humorous situations cleverly made, with a perfume of youth and romance modern, in which prejudice and Christian spirituality are not lacking in a medley that culminates ... See full summary »

Director: Vera Storozheva | Stars: Artur Smolyaninov, Anna Starshenbaum, Sergey Puskepalis, Nikita Efremov

Votes: 500

27. Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (1975)

192 min | Comedy, Romance

An incredible story about a man who misplaced the cities and found his love during the one special night - New Year's celebration.

Stars: Liya Akhedzhakova, Aleksandr Belyavskiy, Barbara Brylska, Georgiy Burkov

Votes: 10,261

28. Kandagar (2010)

103 min | Action, Drama, War

1995. Russian transport aircraft IL-76, carrying a cargo of ammunition under the guise of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan from Albania, forced to put interceptors at Kandahar Airfield (... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Kavun | Stars: Aleksandr Baluev, Yury Belyayev, Bogdan Benyuk, Aleksandr Golubev

Votes: 1,773

29. Bilet na Vegas (2013)

86 min | Comedy

Four Russian friends come from Moscow to Las Vegas to get 5 million dollars they've won in lottery. But everything goes wrong, when they discover that someone stole their winning ticket.

Director: Gor Kirakosian | Stars: Ivan Stebunov, Ingrid Olerinskaya, Vladimir Yaglych, Nataliya Nozdrina

Votes: 820

30. Marshrut postroen (2016)

85 min | Horror, Thriller

Contemporary Russia. A young couple finds a great deal on a used BMW. Unfortunately, it's haunted.

Director: Oleg Assadulin | Stars: Pavel Chinaryov, Svetlana Ustinova, Vitaliya Kornienko, Diana Melison

Votes: 443

31. The Power of Fear (2006)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror

Ivan, a cynical journalist, is assigned to investigate mysterious events in a small town. During his first night, he is seduced by a strange and mysterious girl. As they embrace, she ... See full summary »

Director: Oleg Fesenko | Stars: Valeriy Nikolaev, Evgeniya Kryukova, Lembit Ulfsak, Arnis Licitis

Votes: 521

32. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

TV-G | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus' - Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.

Director: Leonid Gaidai | Stars: Yuriy Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Saveliy Kramarov

Votes: 13,970

33. Plokhaya sosedka (2015 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

Contemporary Russia. Katya, an attractive 23-year-old make-up artist from a small-town theater, comes to the big city to seek her fortune.

Director: Roman Barabash | Stars: Viktoriya Bulitko, Zhanna Epple, Ekaterina Gulyakova, Aleksandr Ignatusha

Votes: 17

34. Six Degrees of Celebration (2010)

90 min | Comedy

One of the biggest Russian hits in years, this epic comedy shows how the largest country on the planet can come together on New Year's. (Russian with English subtitles)

Directors: Timur Bekmambetov, Yaroslav Chevazhevskiy, Ignas Jonynas, Dmitriy Kiselev, Aleksandr Voytinskiy | Stars: Dmitry Medvedev, Alina Bulynko, Sergey Pokhodaev, Ivan Urgant

Votes: 2,759

35. Idealnaya zhena (2007 TV Movie)

95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

When an angel grants his wish that his wife Viktoriya was a successful businesswoman at work, a culinary expert in the kitchen, and a sexy mistress in the bedroom, Oleg learns that she is already the perfect wife just as she is.

Director: Vladimir Yankovskiy | Stars: Elena Biryukova, Andrey Kuznetsov, Svetlana Nemolyaeva, Galina Polskikh

Votes: 24

37. The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Aleksandr Shvorin

Votes: 13,509 | Gross: $0.02M

38. O, Luckyman! (2009)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Recently, Slavik has started to question the meaning of life and he has not found a positive or satisfactory answer. On the brink of suicide and about to end it all, Slavik is offered a chance to alter the outcome of his life.

Director: Eduard Parri | Stars: Mikhail Tarabukin, Vladimir Menshov, Sergey Shakurov, Vladimir Kristovskiy

Votes: 152

39. Lyubit nelzya zabyt (2013 TV Movie)

Drama

Marina is a 37-year-old divorcee who raises her 12-year-old daughter alone and works as a teacher at an art school. It seems to Marina that her ordinary life is already over until she ... See full summary »

Director: Vyacheslav Lavrov | Stars: Natalya Antonova, Dmitriy Bederin, Polina Tarasova, Svetlana Galka

Votes: 6

40. Spacewalk (2017)

140 min | Drama, History

Trying to keep lead in the Space Race, the Soviet Union is preparing two cosmonauts for the first spacewalk.

Director: Dmitriy Kiselev | Stars: Evgeniy Mironov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Ilin, Anatoliy Kotenyov

Votes: 5,276

41. Yolki 2 (2011)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

Film is a collection of several interlinked stories that happen on the New Year's eve.

Directors: Aleksandr Baranov, Levan Gabriadze, Dmitriy Kiselev, Aleksandr Kott | Stars: Evgeniya Abramova, Irina Arkhipova, Dato Bakhtadze, Pavel Barshak

Votes: 2,068



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