Best (watchable) Russian movies

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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: 47,711

2. 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: 5,622

3. Zerograd (1988)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov | Stars: Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Menshov, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan

Votes: 1,535

4. A Driver for Vera (2004)

105 min | Drama

A General, who had sent for a cadet from the Kremlin Guard to work as his personal driver, decided to marry him to his physically disabled daughter

Director: Pavel Chukhray | Stars: Igor Petrenko, Elena Babenko, Bogdan Stupka, Andrey Panin

Votes: 1,729

5. Satana (1991)

106 min | Drama, Thriller

The daughter of Alyona Pavlovna, the chairman of the city executive committee is abducted. The crime is committed by a seemingly handsome young man named Vitaliy. He continues to live, as ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Aristov | Stars: Svetlana Bragarnik, Sergei Kupriianov, Veniamin Malochevskiy, Anatoliy Aristov

Votes: 70

6. The Return (2003)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

82 Metascore

In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 39,737 | Gross: $0.50M

7. Little Vera (1988)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment ... See full summary »

Director: Vasili Pichul | Stars: Natalya Negoda, Andrey Sokolov, Yuriy Nazarov, Lyudmila Zaytseva

Votes: 1,619 | Gross: $1.26M

8. Blind Man's Bluff (2005)

111 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

This movie is about the stern gangster customs of one of the Russian provincial cities in the mid-90s . And you could expect either a stupid game of blind man's buffets or a truly bloody showdown with the stacks of "bluffers".

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Aleksey Panin, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Makovetskiy

Votes: 5,581

9. 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. The 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: 13,574 | Gross: $2.62M

10. Burnt by the Sun 2 (2010)

181 min | Drama, History, War

A look at the horrors of the Eastern Front of World War II from the points of view of repressed soldier of penal battalion and his young daughter, who stayed behind enemy lines.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Oleg Menshikov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Sergey Makovetskiy

Votes: 3,996

11. Bed and Sofa (1927)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them.

Director: Abram Room | Stars: Vladimir Fogel, Nikolay Batalov, Lyudmila Semyonova, Leonid Yurenev

Votes: 984

12. Dom na Trubnoy (1928)

Not Rated | 64 min | Comedy

A girl Parasha Pitunova comes to Moscow from a deep province, eventually she arrives at a house. This is a story about the house and its inhabitants.

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Vera Maretskaya, Anel Sudakevich, Ada Vojtsik, Vladimir Fogel

Votes: 531

13. A Cruel Romance (1984)

142 min | Drama, History, Romance

A bitter story about tender love and its cruel betrayal set in Russia of the 19th century.

Director: Eldar Ryazanov | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Larisa Guzeeva, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrey Myagkov

Votes: 3,016

14. 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: 13,618 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War

Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray | Stars: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova, Nikolay Kryuchkov

Votes: 8,920

16. I Am Twenty (1965)

189 min | Drama

Following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union.

Director: Marlen Khutsiev | Stars: Valentin Popov, Nikolay Gubenko, Stanislav Lyubshin, Marianna Vertinskaya

Votes: 992

17. Nine Days of One Year (1962)

111 min | Drama

Two young scientists are exploring new fields of nuclear physics. Dmitry Gusev and Ilya Kulikov are good friends, but rivals in love. Dmitry marries Lyolya and they live happily together. ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Aleksey Batalov, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Tatyana Lavrova, Nikolai Plotnikov

Votes: 917

18. Brief Encounters (1967)

96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Country girl Nadia moves to the city and becomes a maid in Valya's apartment. Valya, who is a member of the local District Committee, does not know that Nadia fell in love with her ... See full summary »

Director: Kira Muratova | Stars: Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Vysotskiy, Kira Muratova, Yelena Bazilskaya

Votes: 641

19. 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: 1,510

20. 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: 15,323

21. Brat 2 (2000)

122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Arriving in Moscow, Danila discovers Konstantin dead and he sets out to avenge his death; a journey that leads him to Chicago and a whole new experience.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Makovetskiy, Irina Saltykova

Votes: 11,245

22. Brigada (2011– )

60 min | News

In the tradition of the classic investigative news program "Brigada Siete," the new "Brigada" presents news features and in-depth reports by a new generation of GMA News reporters.

Stars: Jessica Soho, Marisol Abdurahman, Theresa Andrada, Pia Arcangel

Votes: 9

23. Everybody Dies But Me (2008)

80 min | Drama

One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which... See full summary »

Director: Valeriya Gay Germanika | Stars: Polina Filonenko, Agniya Kuznetsova, Olga Shuvalova, Yuliya Aleksandrova

Votes: 2,053

24. Faust (III) (2011)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

65 Metascore

A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 4,874 | Gross: $0.06M

25. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama

92 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Votes: 45,571 | Gross: $1.09M

26. How I Ended This Summer (2010)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

74 Metascore

One place. One day. Two men. The place is a polar research station on an island in the Arctic Ocean, inhabited now only by Sergei and Pavel. One day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he daren't communicate.

Director: Aleksey Popogrebskiy | Stars: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergey Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Artyom Tsukanov

Votes: 6,265 | Gross: $0.01M

27. The Island (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Yuriy Kuznetsov

Votes: 10,445

28. Tsar (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History

In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Oleg Yankovskiy, Ramilya Iskander, Anastasiya Dontsova

Votes: 2,740

29. Paper Soldier (2008)

118 min | Drama, Romance

In 1961, a Soviet medical officer is conflicted about his position overseeing the health of future cosmonauts.

Director: Aleksey German Jr. | Stars: Merab Ninidze, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Shevelyova, Aleksandr Glebov

Votes: 810

30. Lessons at the End of Spring (1991)

75 min | Drama

A young boy's loss of innocence in a pre-perestroika Russian prison is the harrowing, Kafkaesque premise of LESSONS AT THE END OF SPRING. During the chaotic last months of the Khrushchev ... See full summary »

Director: Oleg Kavun | Stars: Valeriy Barinov, Nartay Begalin, Aleksandr Feklistov, Sergey Gabrielyan

Votes: 118

31. Cargo 200 (2007)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer gone mad.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Agniya Kuznetsova, Aleksey Poluyan, Leonid Gromov, Aleksey Serebryakov

Votes: 7,113

32. Of Freaks and Men (1998)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Dinara Drukarova, Anzhelika Nevolina, Viktor Sukhorukov

Votes: 2,830

33. It Doesn't Hurt Me (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

Three young friends have all they need for a sterling life besides money. The pursuit of them leads guys to Natella Antonovna. She'll show them luxury life. Unless, one surprise is going to turn up...

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Renata Litvinova, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Nikita Mikhalkov

Votes: 1,370

34. The Stoker (2010)

87 min | Crime, Drama

The film, set in the mid 1990s outside of St. Petersburg, tells the story of an ethnic Yakut, Major Skryabin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, who works as a stoker.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Mikhail Skryabin, Yuriy Matveev, Aleksandr Mosin, Aida Tumutova

Votes: 1,731

35. Mermaid (2007)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In Moscow, a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man.

Director: Anna Melikyan | Stars: Mariya Shalayeva, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Mariya Sokova, Anastasiya Dontsova

Votes: 3,071

36. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

Votes: 43,002 | Gross: $5.70M

37. Hipsters (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

67 Metascore

Young people struggle to do things their way in the 1950s.

Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy | Stars: Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Evgenia Brik, Maksim Matveev

Votes: 4,173

38. Elena (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Aleksey Rozin, Elena Lyadova

Votes: 12,046 | Gross: $0.02M

39. The Fool (II) (2014)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.

Director: Yuriy Bykov | Stars: Artyom Bystrov, Natalya Surkova, Yuriy Tsurilo, Boris Nevzorov

Votes: 9,812

40. The Italian (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Nikolay Spiridonov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Nikolay Reutov, Yuriy Itskov

Votes: 3,012 | Gross: $0.55M

41. Interdevochka (1989)

151 min | Drama, Romance

A hospital nurse becomes an "international girl", a prostitute who caters to foreigners with hard currency.

Director: Pyotr Todorovskiy | Stars: Elena Yakovleva, Tomas Laustiola, Anastasiya Nemolyaeva, Irina Rozanova

Votes: 933

42. Schastlivye dni (1991)

86 min | Drama

The story begins when a young man with a head injury is released from the hospital and begins searching modern-day St. Petersburg for a room or a place to stay.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Viktor Sukhorukov, Anzhelika Nevolina, Evgeniy Merkurev, Georgiy Teykh

Votes: 415

43. Peculiarities of the National Hunt (1995)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin | Stars: Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, Sergey Russkin, Aleksey Buldakov

Votes: 3,576

44. Peculiarities of the National Fishing (1997)

94 min | Comedy

General Ivolgin, forester Kuzmich, and good-natured Lyova lose their way on a fishing trip and wind up in a neighboring country, where they decide to have a good time anyway but end up ... See full synopsis »

Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin | Stars: Aleksey Buldakov, Viktor Bychkov, Semyon Strugachyov, Sergey Russkin

Votes: 3,172

45. The Diamond Arm (1969)

PG-13 | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.5