Soviet cinema

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1. The Snow Maiden (1952)

67 min | Animation, Fantasy, Musical

The tale about a girl with a cold heart who is dying in agony because of joy and love.

Directors: Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, Ivan Ivanov-Vano | Stars: Veronika Borisenko, Leonid Ktitorov, Irina Maslennikova, Veniamin Shevtsov

Votes: 227

2. Snegurochka (1969)

90 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

A Russian fairy tale about a maiden named Snegurochka, who is made out of snow.

Director: Pavel Kadochnikov | Stars: Eugenia Filonova, Evgeniy Zharikov, Irina Gubanova, Boris Khimichev

Votes: 209

3. The Little Mermaid (1976)

G | 81 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

As the story opens, a busful of tourists are touring Copenhagen. Their guide draws their attention to the beautiful statue at Langelinie. At that, the film's focus moves below the waterline, where several fish tell the story of ...

Director: Vladimir Bychkov | Stars: Viktoriya Novikova, Valentin Nikulin, Galina Artyomova, Yuri Senkevich

Votes: 471

4. The Little Mermaid (1968)

29 min | Animation, Short, Family

Rusalochka opens in modern day Copenhagen, Denmark. Several tourists gather around the capital's famous mermaid statue, as a tour guide explains its significance. A fish in the water below ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Aksenchuk | Stars: Nina Gulyaeva, Anatoliy Papanov, Vladimir Troshin, Viktoriya Ivanova

Votes: 359

5. A Tale of Lost Times (1964)

85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Kind and instructive tale of four evil wizards who decided to regain youth. But for this it was necessary to find people aimlessly waste their time. Luck smiled on them! They met four ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Oleg Anofriev, Grisha Plotkin, Sergey Martinson, Evgeniy Sokolov

Votes: 452

6. Baba Yaga (1973)

74 min | Family, Fantasy

A long time ago a splendid deer with golden antlers lived in the woods, always protecting the poor and weak and disdaining evil. In a little village nearby the woods widow Yevdokya lived ... See full summary »

Directors: Viktor Makarov, Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Georgiy Millyar, Aleksei Smirnov, Raisa Ryazanova, Volodya Belov

Votes: 312

7. Frosty (1965)

84 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A fairy-tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, Natalya Sedykh, Eduard Izotov, Inna Churikova

Votes: 4,260

8. The Magic Weaver (1960)

87 min | Family, Fantasy

An old soldier helps a young boy find his mother, who's been kidnapped to the magical underwater kingdom in a remote Russian lake.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Ninel Myshkova, Viktor Perevalov, Anatoliy Kubatskiy, Olga Khachapuridze

Votes: 398

9. 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: 10,956 | Gross: $2.50M

10. Viy (1967)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Nikolay Kutuzov

Votes: 5,418

11. The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Family, Fantasy

A fairytale based on Alexander Pushkin novel.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Vladimir Andreyev, Larisa Golubkina, Oleg Vidov, Kseniya Ryabinkina

Votes: 321

12. The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1984)

53 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Czar marries one of three sisters and they have a son. The other two consumed by jealousy throw the girl and the boy into the sea. They end up on an island where the boy meets a magical swan who grants wishes. The boy uses three.

Directors: Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Lev Milchin | Stars: Anastasiya Zueva, Mikhail Zimin, Aleksey Zolotnitskiy, N. Boronina

Votes: 619

13. Winter in Prostokvashino (1984)

16 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Continuing adventures of little Fyodor and his talking cat friend.

Director: Vladimir Popov | Stars: Mariya Vinogradova, Valentina Talyzina, Zinaida Naryshkina, Oleg Tabakov

Votes: 2,179

14. The Snow Queen (1957)

Unrated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.

Director: Lev Atamanov | Stars: Vladimir Gribkov, Yanina Zheymo, Anna Komolova, Mariya Babanova

Votes: 2,130

15. Padal proshlogodniy sneg (1983 TV Short)

20 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Surreal misadventures of a lazy drunkard with speech impediment trying to get a New Year tree on a short notice. Loosely based on folk fairy tales.

Director: Aleksandr Tatarskiy | Stars: Liya Akhedzhakova, Stanislav Sadalskiy

Votes: 1,603

16. Zavtra byla voyna (1987)

89 min | Drama, War

This movie is based on a novel by Boris Vasiliev and describes life in a small Russian provincial town in 1940 - one year before Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Two school girls for the ... See full summary »

Director: Yuriy Kara | Stars: Sergey Nikonenko, Nina Ruslanova, Vera Alentova, Irina Cherichenko

Votes: 738

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: 1,200

18. Savage Hunt of King Stakh (1980)

134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mystical drama based on a story by V. Korotkevich. The film is set in out-of-the-way Belarusian woodlands at the end of the 19th century. A young ethnographer, Andrej Bielarecki, comes here to research local folk legends.

Director: Valeri Rubinchik | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Elena Dimitrova, Igor Klass, Aleksandr Kharitonov

Votes: 477

19. Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (1970)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A Czar who attempts to trick a creature that demands tribute from him into taking a fisherman's baby instead of his newborn heir. Complications arise when the daughter of the creature, Barbara, requests a human suitor to find true love.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Mikhail Pugovkin, Georgiy Millyar, Anatoliy Kubatskiy, Lidiya Korolyova

Votes: 834

20. The Princess with the Golden Star (1959)

80 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

A Czech fairy tale about a princess named Lada who runs away from home in a mouse fur disguise in order to escape an unwanted and forced marriage.

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Frantisek Smolík, Martin Ruzek, Marie Kyselková, Josef Zíma

Votes: 803

21. The Wild Swans (1962)

57 min | Animation, Fantasy, Musical

When a witch transforms her brothers into swans, a young princess must find a way to change them back.

Directors: Vera Tsekhanovskaya, Mikhail Tsekhanovskiy | Stars: Valentina Tumanova, Elena Ponsova, Viktor Sergachyov, Erast Garin

Votes: 270

22. Jak se budí princezny (1978)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The king Dalimil and the queen Eliska waited to see a longed-for offspring - a daughter Ruzenka. But Eliska's envious and bad sister Melánie curses her. When Ruzenka becomes 17 years old ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Jirí Sovák, Vladimír Mensík, Milena Dvorská, Frantisek Filipovský

Votes: 469

23. Sadko (1953)

79 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Arriving home to find his native land under the yoke of corrupt merchants, an adventurer named Sadko sets sail in search of a mythical bird of happiness.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Sergey Stolyarov, Alla Larionova, Ninel Myshkova, B. Surovtsev

Votes: 929

24. Through Fire, Water and... Brass Pipes (1968)

86 min | Family, Musical, Romance

One day, Vasya journeys into the forest to meet his beloved Alyonushka, only to have her forcibly whisked away by the wretched Kashchej. To save her, Vasya must face a number of fabulous, archetypal tests.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Natalya Sedykh, Aleksei Katyshev, Georgiy Millyar, Vera Altayskaya

Votes: 669

25. The Snow Queen (1967)

85 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen".

Director: Gennadiy Kazanskiy | Stars: Valeri Nikitenko, Elena Proklova, Slawa Zjupa, Evgeniya Melnikova

Votes: 772

26. Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

75 min | Family, Fantasy

Olya steps through the mirror into the Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors where Yalo resides. The kingdom, under the rule of King Yagupop LXXVII (reverse of Popugay, meaning parrot) produces ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Olga Yukina, Tatyana Yukina, Tatyana Barysheva, Andrei Stapran

Votes: 1,121

27. Vasilisa the Beautiful (1940)

72 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The younger brother from the common people intends to fight for a salvation of the exiled princess, suffering from a dark magic curse.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Georgiy Millyar, Sergey Stolyarov, Lev Potyomkin, Nikita Kondratyev

Votes: 394

28. May Nights (1952)

61 min | Comedy

Surreal Soviet fantasy movie based off a short story by Nikolai Gogol.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Nikolai Dosenko, Tatyana Konyukhova, Liliya Yudina, Aleksandr Khvylya

Votes: 109

29. Fate of a Man (1959)

103 min | Drama, War

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko, Pavel Volkov

Votes: 2,622

30. Kashchei the Immortal (1945)

73 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A beautiful maiden, Marya Morevna, gives her prospective prospective husband, the mighty warrior Nikita Kozhemyaka, three riddles to solve before she'll marry him. Before he can tell her ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Shirshov, Georgiy Millyar, Sergey Stolyarov, Galina Grigoreva

Votes: 350

31. The Humpbacked Horse (1941)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Surreal Soviet fantasy movie about a man whose love is kidnapped by the Tsar and he must save her with the help of a humpbacked horse.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Pyotr Aleynikov, Marina Kovalyova, Georgiy Millyar, Nikolay Gorlov

Votes: 150

32. Alye parusa (1961)

88 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A little girl Assol met a wizard and it has been foretold: "... it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail comes and the noble prince will take you away from here.... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Vasiliy Lanovoy, Yelena Cheremshanova, Aleksandr Lupenko

Votes: 509

33. War and Peace (1966)

GP | 422 min | Drama, History, Romance

The Russian aristocracy prepares for the French invasion on the eve of 1812.

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Boris Zakhava

Votes: 6,053 | Gross: $0.13M

34. Quiet Flows the Don (1957)

Not Rated | 330 min | Drama, War

A six-hour long epic (original director's cut) about the life of Don Cossacs in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922. The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossac... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Gerasimov | Stars: Pyotr Glebov, Elina Bystritskaya, Zinaida Kirienko, Daniil Ilchenko

Votes: 960

38. Cinderella (1947)

G | 80 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman forced into servitude by her step-family gets a chance to attend the royal ball.

Directors: Nadezhda Kosheverova, Mikhail Shapiro | Stars: Yanina Zheymo, Aleksey Konsovskiy, Erast Garin, Faina Ranevskaya

Votes: 1,085

39. Novye pokhozhdeniya Kota v Sapogakh (1958)

87 min | Family

Girl Luba had a dream. She, the daughter of a chess king in a fairyland, became the victim of a cunning political conspiracy of two cards - the Peak Jack Krivello and the Cross Dame Dvuliche.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Mariya Barabanova, Anatoliy Kubatskiy, Vyacheslav Zharikov, Olga Gorelova

Votes: 124

40. New Year's Eve (1948)

11 min | Animation, Short, Family

The story of what happens when you postpone the buying of New Year gifts on the last day.

Directors: Olga Khodatayeva, Pyotr Nosov | Stars: Georgiy Millyar, Valentina Sperantova

Votes: 76

41. Golden Stalks (1958)

20 min | Animation, Short, Family

Pined Poor orphans, Yanka and Olesya, pined their field. They wanted to start sowing, but the Miller came and took all their wealth from them - a basket of selected grain. He wanted to take... See full summary »

Directors: Leonid Aristov, Olga Khodatayeva | Stars: Nina Gulyaeva, Mariya Vinogradova, Aleksandr Khanov, Georgiy Millyar

Votes: 17

43. The Scarlet Flower (1952)

42 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Nastenka asks her good father to bring her a scarlet flower from his journey One thing she doesn't know: the flower belongs to a horrible beast.

Director: Lev Atamanov | Stars: Mariya Babanova, Nikolay Bogolyubov, Olga Chepurova, Vladimir Gribkov

Votes: 798

45. Ballerina on the Boat (1969)

16 min | Animation, Short