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Top Ten Russian Films

The Cranes ​Are Flying​
The Cranes ​Are Flying​

The Cranes Are Flying (Russian: Летят журавли, translit. Letyat zhuravli) is a 1957 Soviet film about World War II. It depicts the cruelty of war and the damage suffered to the Soviet psyche as a result of World War II (known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War).

Solaris​
Solaris​

A list of "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema" compiled by Empire magazine in 2010 ranked Tarkovsky's Solaris at No. 68. In 2002, Steven Soderbergh wrote and directed an American adaptation of Solaris, which starred George Clooney.

Battleship ​Potemkin​
Battleship ​Potemkin​

Battleship Potemkin (Russian: Бронено́сец «Потёмкин», Bronenosets Potyomkin), sometimes rendered as Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm.

Russian Ark​
Russian Ark​

Russian Ark (Russian: Русский ковчег, Russkij Kovcheg) is a 2002 experimental historical drama film directed by Alexander Sokurov. It was filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. The film was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

The Return​
The Return​

Combining the experience of a museum tour, an insight into Russian history and the richness of the nation’s performing arts, Russian Ark is an extraordinary cinematic achievement. The Return (2003) In the remote wilderness of contemporary Russia, two young brothers set out on a journey with their father.

Moscow Does ​Not Believe in Tears​
Moscow Does ​Not Believe in Tears​

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Russian: Москва слезам не верит, translit. Moskva slezam ne verit) is a 1980 Soviet film made by Mosfilm. It was written by Valentin Chernykh and directed by Vladimir Menshov. The leading roles were played by Vera Alentova and by Aleksey Batalov.

Andrei Rublev​
Andrei Rublev​

Savva Yamshchikov, a famous Russian restorer and art historian, was a scientific consultant of the film. Andrei Rublev is set against the background of 15th-century Russia. Although the film is only loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, it seeks to depict a realistic portrait of medieval Russia.

Stalker​
Stalker​

Stalker (Russian: Сталкер, IPA: [ˈstaɫkʲɪr]) is a 1979 Soviet science fiction art film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky with a screenplay written by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, loosely based on their novel Roadside Picnic (1972). The film combines elements of science fiction with dramatic philosophical and psychological themes.

Burnt by the ​Sun​
Burnt by the ​Sun​

Burnt by the Sun (Russian: Утомлённые солнцем, translit. Utomlyonnye solntsem, literally "wearied by the sun") is a 1994 film by Russian director and screenwriter Nikita Mikhalkov and Azerbaijani screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov.

Ballad of a ​Soldier​
Ballad of a ​Soldier​

Ballad of a Soldier (Russian: Баллада о солдате, Ballada o soldate), is a 1959 Soviet film directed by Grigori Chukhrai and starring Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko. While set during World War II, Ballad of a Soldier is not primarily a war film.

Ivan's ​Childhood​
Ivan's ​Childhood​

Ivan's Childhood (Russian: Ива́ново де́тство, translit. Ivanovo detstvo), sometimes released as My Name Is Ivan in the US, is a 1962 Soviet war drama film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and co-written by Mikhail Papava and an uncredited Tarkovsky, based on Vladimir Bogomolov's 1957 short story Ivan (Russian: Иван).

Come and ​See​
Come and ​See​

Come and See (Russian: Иди и смотри, Idi i smotri; Belarusian: Ідзі і глядзі, Idzi i hlyadzi) is a 1985 Soviet war drama film directed by Elem Klimov, with a screenplay written by Klimov and Ales Adamovich.

The Diamond ​Arm​
The Diamond ​Arm​

The Diamond Arm (Russian: Бриллиантовая рука Brilliantovaya ruka) is a Soviet comedy film made by Mosfilm and first released in 1969. The film was directed by director Leonid Gaidai and starred several famous Soviet actors, including Yuri Nikulin, Andrei Mironov, Anatoli Papanov, Nonna Mordyukova and Svetlana Svetlichnaya.

Night Watch​
Night Watch​

Night Watch (Russian: Ночной Дозор, Nochnoy Dozor) is a 2004 Russian urban fantasy supernatural thriller film written by Timur Bekmambetov and Laeta Kalogridis and directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

Leviathan​
Leviathan​

Leviathan (Russian: Левиафан, Leviafan) is a 2014 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, co-written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, and starring Aleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, and Vladimir Vdovichenkov.

Alexander ​Nevsky​
Alexander ​Nevsky​

Alexander Nevsky (Russian: Алекса́ндр Не́вский) is a 1938 historical drama film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. It depicts the attempted invasion of Novgorod in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights of the Holy Roman Empire and their defeat by Prince Alexander, known popularly as Alexander Nevsky (1220–1263).

The Irony of ​Fate​
The Irony of ​Fate​

The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (Russian: ирония судьбы, или с лёгким паром!, literally: The Irony of Fate, or With Light Steam; trans. Ironiya sudby, ili S lyogkim parom!) is a 1976 Soviet romantic comedy television film directed by Eldar Ryazanov.

The Mirror​
The Mirror​

Zerkalo; known in the United States as The Mirror) is a 1975 Russian art film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is loosely autobiographical, unconventionally structured, and incorporates poems composed and read by the director's father, Arseny Tarkovsky.

Dersu Uzala​
Dersu Uzala​

Dersu Uzala (Russian: Дерсу Узала, Japanese: デルス·ウザーラ, translit. Derusu Uzāra; alternate U.S. title: Dersu Uzala: The Hunter) is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese co-production film directed by Akira Kurosawa, his first non-Japanese-language film and his first and only 70mm film.

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How I Ended ​This Summer​
How I Ended ​This Summer​

How I Ended This Summer (Russian: Как я провёл этим летом, translit. Kak ya provyol etim letom) is a 2010 Russian drama film directed by Alexei Popogrebski. It was critically acclaimed and garnered several awards and nominations; it was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

White Sun of ​the Desert​
White Sun of ​the Desert​

White Sun of the Desert (Russian: Белое солнце пустыни, translit. Beloye solntse pustyni) is a 1970 classic 'Eastern' or Ostern film of the Soviet Union. The film is one of the most popular Russian films of all time.

Office ​Romance​
Office ​Romance​

Office Romance was a Soviet hit movie in 1978 having 58.4 million viewers, and still remains one of the most popular Soviet-era films in Russia and other former Soviet republics. Alisa Freindlich and Andrey Myagkov were named Best Actors of the year by readers of Soviet Screen Magazine.

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The Island​
The Island​

Ostrov (Russian: Остров, The Island) is a 2006 Russian film about a fictional 20th century Eastern Orthodox monk. The film closed the 2006 Venice Film Festival, proved to be a moderate box-office success and won both the Nika Award and the Golden Eagle Award as the Best Russian film of 2006.

Hard to Be a ​God​
Hard to Be a ​God​

Hard to Be a God is a 2013 Russian science fiction film directed by Aleksei German, based on the novel Hard to Be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

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Day Watch​
Day Watch​

Day Watch (Russian: «Дневной Дозор», Dnevnoy Dozor, a.k.a. Night Watch 2: The Chalk of Fate), is a 2006 Russian dark fantasy action film written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Marketed as "the first film of the year", it opened in theatres across Russia on 1 January 2006, the United States on 1 June 2007, and the United Kingdom on 5 October 2007.

Operation Y ​and Shurik's Other Adventures​
Operation Y ​and Shurik's Other Adventures​

Operation Y and Shurik's Other Adventures (Russian: ... Aleksandr Demyanenko was also featured as Shurik in the next two films — The Prisoneress of the Caucasus, ...

Prisoner of ​the Mountains​
Prisoner of ​the Mountains​

Prisoner of the Mountains (Russian: Кавказский пленник, Kavkazskiy plennik), also known as Prisoner of the Caucasus, is a 1996 Russian war drama film directed by Sergei Bodrov and written by Bodrov, Arif Aliyev and Boris Giller.

Ivan ​Vasilievich: Back to the Future​
Ivan ​Vasilievich: Back to the Future​

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession (Russian: иван васильевич меняет профессию, translit. Ivan Vasilyevich menyayet professiyu) is a Soviet comic science fiction film directed by Leonid Gaidai in 1973. In the United States the film has sometimes been sold under the title Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future.

Ivan the ​Terrible, Part I​
Ivan the ​Terrible, Part I​

Ivan the Terrible (Russian: Иван Грозный, Ivan Grozniy) is a two-part historical epic film about Ivan IV of Russia commissioned by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, who admired and identified himself with Ivan, to be written and directed by the filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.

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Gentlemen of ​Fortune​
Gentlemen of ​Fortune​

Gentlemen of Fortune (Russian: Джентльмены удачи, translit. Dzhentlmeny udachi) is a 1971 Soviet comedy film, filmed at Mosfilm and directed by Aleksandr Seryj. The stars of the film include famous Soviet actors such as Savely Kramarov, Yevgeny Leonov, Georgy Vitsin, and Radner Muratov.

The Barber of ​Siberia​
The Barber of ​Siberia​

The Barber of Siberia (Сибирский цирюльник, translit. Sibirskiy tsiryulnik) is a 1998 Russian film that re-united the Academy Award-winning team of director Nikita Mikhalkov and producer Michel Seydoux. It was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Kidnapping, ​Caucasian Style​
Kidnapping, ​Caucasian Style​

Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (Russian: кавказская пленница)[n 1] is a 1967 Soviet comedy film dealing with a humorous plot revolving around bride kidnapping, an old tradition that used to exist in certain regions of the Northern Caucasus.

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Brother 2​
Brother 2​

Brother 2 (Russian: Брат 2, translit. Brat 2) is a 2000 Russian crime film. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Brother, taking place about a year after the first film.

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The Dawns ​Here Are Quiet​
The Dawns ​Here Are Quiet​

The original The Dawns Here Are Quiet - based on a book with the same title - was a "Too Hollywood-sy" . . . that was how the recent remake of the beloved Soviet war film The Dawns Here Are Quiet was described when it premiered just last month.

The Ascent​
The Ascent​

The Ascent (Russian: Восхождение, tr. Voskhozhdeniye) is a 1977 black-and-white Soviet drama film directed by Larisa Shepitko and made at Mosfilm. The movie was shot in January 1974 near Murom, Vladimir Oblast, Russia, in appalling winter conditions, as required by the script, based on the novel Sotnikov by Vasil Bykaŭ.

Beware of the ​Car​
Beware of the ​Car​

Beware of the Car (Russian: Береги́сь автомоби́ля, translit. Beregis Avtomobilya, US titles Uncommon Thief, or Watch out for the Automobile) is a Soviet 1966 crime comedy-drama film directed by Eldar Ryazanov, based on a screenplay by Emil Braginsky and produced by the Mosfilm.

Loveless​
Loveless​

Loveless (Russian: Нелюбовь, French: Faute d'amour) is a 2017 tragedy film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev and co-written with Oleg Negin. The story concerns two separated parents living apart whose affections are long forgotten and whose relationship has become loveless.

The Thief​
The Thief​

The Thief (Russian: Вор, Vor) is a 1997 Russian drama film written and directed by Pavel Chukhrai. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Nika Award for Best Picture and Best Directing.

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Carnival Night​
Carnival Night​

The Carnival Night (Russian: Карнавальная ночь, translit. Karnavalnaya noch) is a 1956 Soviet musical film. It is Eldar Ryazanov's first big-screen film, Lyudmila Gurchenko's first role and also one of the most famous films starring popular comedian Igor Ilyinsky.

The Cuckoo​
The Cuckoo​

The Cuckoo (Russian: «Кукушка», translit. Kukushka) is a 2002 Russian historical comedy drama film directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin. It takes place during World War II from the perspective of opposing Soviet and Finnish soldiers stranded at a Sami woman's farmhouse.

House of ​Fools​
House of ​Fools​

House of Fools (film) House of Fools (Russian: дом дураков, Dom durakov) is a 2002 Russian film by Andrei Konchalovsky about psychiatric patients and combatants during the First Chechen War. It stars Julia Vysotskaya and Sultan Islamov and features a number of cameo appearances by Bryan Adams, with the music composed by Eduard Artemyev.

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Silent Souls​
Silent Souls​

Silent Souls (Russian: Овсянки, "The Buntings") is a 2010 Russian film that was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice Film Festival. It is based on a 2008 novella by Denis Osokin. The film was awarded the Golden Osella for best cinematography and a FIPRESCI award.

Jolly Fellows​
Jolly Fellows​

Russian Jolly Fellows (Russian: Весёлые ребята Vesyolye rebyata), also translated as Happy-Go-Lucky Guys, Moscow Laughs and Jazz Comedy, is a 1934 Soviet musical film, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and starring his wife Lyubov Orlova, a gifted singer and the first recognized star of Soviet cinema.

The ​Postman's White Nights​
The ​Postman's White Nights​

The Postman's White Nights (Russian: белые ночи почтальона алексея тряпицына; Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna) is a 2014 Russian drama film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. It tells the story of the people of a remote Russian village, whose main contact with the outside world is a postman.

My Friend ​Ivan Lapshin​
My Friend ​Ivan Lapshin​

My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Russian: Мой друг Иван Лапшин, Moi drug Ivan Lapshin) is a 1985 Soviet crime drama directed by Aleksei German and produced by Lenfilm. Based on a novel by Yuri German adapted by Eduard Volodarsky.

Nostalghia​
Nostalghia​

Nostalghia (1983) Nostalghia is the most ignored among Tarkovsky films, and perhaps unfairly so. His first film directed outside of his native USSR, it saw him team up with an Italian production company to tell the story of a Russian writer who travels to Italy in order to research an 18th Russian composer who made his home there before going back to Russia to commit suicide.

October: Ten ​Days That Shook the World​
October: Ten ​Days That Shook the World​

October: Ten Days That Shook the World (Russian: Октябрь (Десять дней, которые потрясли мир); translit. Oktyabr': Desyat' dney kotorye potryasli mir) is a 1928 Soviet silent historical film by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov.

An Ordinary ​Miracle​
An Ordinary ​Miracle​

An Ordinary Miracle (Russian: Обыкновенное чудо, translit. Obyknovennoye chudo) is a Soviet 1978 romantic fantasy musical film directed by Mark Zakharov and based on a play by Yevgeni Shvarts. This is the second adaptation of the play; the first one was filmed in 1964 by Erast Garin.

Little Vera​
Little Vera​

Little Vera (Russian: Ма́ленькая Ве́ра, Malenkaya Vera), produced at the Gorky Film Studio and released in 1988, is a film by Russian film director Vasili Pichul. The title in Russian is ambiguous and can also mean "Little Faith," symbolizing the characters' lack of hope (or a glimmer thereof).

Brother​
Brother​

Brother (Russian: Брат, translit. Brat) is a 1997 Russian crime film directed by Aleksei Balabanov. The film stars Sergei Bodrov Jr. as Danila Bagrov, a young Russian ex-conscript. The character of Danila is considered by many in Russia to be a symbol of the early post-Soviet period.

The 9th ​Company​
The 9th ​Company​

The 9th Company (Russian: 9 Рота) is a 2005 Russian war film directed by Fedor Bondarchuk and set during the Soviet War in Afghanistan. The film is loosely based on a real-life battle that took place at Elevation 3234 in early 1988, during the last large-scale Soviet military operation in Afghanistan.

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