Soviet and Russian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmby kingwilson | created - 27 May 2011 | updated - 27 May 2011 | Public
Everything up to 1991 is Soviet. If you're looking at this list you knew that already :P .
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1. 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.
2. War and Peace (1966)
Unrated | 427 min | Drama, History, Romance
A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife. Finds acceptance of her death and eventually his chance of true love. A spoiled, ... See full summary »
3. Bratya Karamazovy (1969)
232 min | Drama
Three brothers, one spiritual and living at a monastary, one a gambler, and one an intellectual, work out their problems in 19th century Russia.
4. Tchaikovsky (1970)
Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama
The life and work of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky is shown through his relationship with aristocratic art connoisseur Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck.
5. A zori zdes tikhie (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.
125 min | Drama, Romance, War
This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.
8. 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.
9. Oni srazhalis za rodinu (1975)
137 min | Drama, War
In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Red army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating soviet troops cross the bridge. ... See full summary »
10. The Ascent (1977)
111 min | Drama, War
In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at the home of a German ... See full summary »
13. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
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.
Votes: 8,959 | Gross: $2.50M
15. Chastnaya zhizn (1982)
102 min | Drama
A man gets fired from his cooshie government job. He thinks its the end of the world but slowly finds things to live for. Nominated for Oscar in the foreign language movie category.
16. Vassa (1983)
140 min | Drama
Ruthless millionaire Vassa Zheleznova is the head of a wealthy entrepreneurial family. She can do anything to protect its reputation, even push her husband to suicide.
17. Voenno-polevoy roman (1983)
92 min | Drama, Romance
This melodrama revolves around the post-war meeting reunion an intelligent front-line officer, now happily married, and a woman street vendor. This encounter reawakens in them submerged ... See full summary »
18. 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.
19. Chuzhaya belaya i ryaboy (1986)
100 min | Drama
The small town in the western Kazakhstan. Pigeons is the one of the brightest signs of the post-war happy childhood. Once the fine white a pigeon appearing over the city.
20. Repentance (1984)
PG | 153 min | Comedy, Drama
The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,066 | Gross: $0.22M
21. The Commissar (1967)
110 min | Drama, War
Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life.
Votes: 1,086 | Gross: $0.39M
22. Gorod Zero (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 »
23. Taksi-Blyuz (1990)
110 min | Comedy, Drama
Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,293 | Gross: $0.17M
24. Izydi! (1991)
83 min | Comedy, Drama
In Russia at the turn of the century, a wealthy Jewish merchant enjoys the best of relations with his Russian neighbours, while his respected home forms the obvious social centre of the ... See full summary »
25. Close to Eden (1991)
PG | 119 min | Drama
The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... See full summary »
26. Burnt by the Sun (1994)
R | 135 min | Drama, War
Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things... See full summary »
Votes: 12,158 | Gross: $2.62M
27. Musulmanin (1995)
110 min | Drama
A Russian soldier who spent ten years in captivity in Afghanistan, returns to his home village and shocks all its inhabitants because of his conversion to Islam. During his absence, his ... See full summary »
28. Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
R | 99 min | Drama, War
Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.
Votes: 3,670 | Gross: $0.66M
30. Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (1998)
180 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, ... See full summary »
31. Moloch (1999)
108 min | Drama
In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.
32. Dnevnik ego zheny (2000)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama
A tragic story of love and loneliness - this is the unknown life of the great Russian writer Ivan Bunin. The confused love story that involved Bunin, his wife Vera, the young poet Galina ... See full summary »
33. Romanovy: Ventsenosnaya semya (2000)
140 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the last year and a half of Tsar Nicholas II and his family from the February Revolution of 1917 to their execution in July 1918.
34. House of Fools (2002)
R | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance
In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story.
Votes: 2,422 | Gross: $0.06M
35. The Return (2003)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 34,569 | Gross: $0.50M
36. Nochnoy dozor (2004)
R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.
Votes: 49,050 | Gross: $1.49M
37. The Italian (2005)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 2,868 | Gross: $0.55M
41. Ward No. 6 (2009)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama
Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the ... See full summary »
42. Kray (2010)
124 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1945, Soviet war hero Ignat is sent to work as a locomotive mechanic in a Siberian labor camp where he meets an assortment of Germans and Russians.