Soviet and Russian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by 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 .

Other former Soviet states' lists can be found by clicking on my name.

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1. Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War

8.1
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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: 22,184

2. War and Peace (1966)

Unrated | 427 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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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 »

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

Votes: 5,087

3. Bratya Karamazovy (1969)

232 min | Drama

7.8
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Three brothers, one spiritual and living at a monastary, one a gambler, and one an intellectual, work out their problems in 19th century Russia.

Directors: Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyrev, Mikhail Ulyanov | Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Lionella Pyryeva, Kirill Lavrov, Andrey Myagkov

Votes: 510

4. Tchaikovsky (1970)

Not Rated | 157 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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The life and work of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky is shown through his relationship with aristocratic art connoisseur Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck.

Director: Igor Talankin | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Antonina Shuranova, Kirill Lavrov, Vladislav Strzhelchik

Votes: 322

5. A zori zdes tikhie (1972)

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

8.3
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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: 2,694

6. Osvobozhdenie: Napravlenie glavnogo udara (1971)

125 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.7
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This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.

Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Mikhail Nozhkin, Nikolay Olyalin, Mikhail Ulyanov, Larisa Golubkina

Votes: 320

7. Lyutyy (1974)

97 min | Drama

7.3
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On the Kazakh steppe during the days of the Revolution a young boy raises a wolf cub.

Director: Tolomush Okeev | Stars: Kambar Valiyev, Suymenkul Chokmorov, Aliman Zhankorozova, Kargynbai Satayev

Votes: 70

8. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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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 Khrulev

Votes: 19,439

9. Oni srazhalis za rodinu (1975)

137 min | Drama, War

8.1
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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 »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Vasiliy Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Georgiy Burkov

Votes: 1,639

10. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

8.3
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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 »

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

Votes: 4,440

11. Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho (1977)

182 min | Drama

8.4
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A white dog called Bim is looking for its owner. It encounters all kinds of people and situations.

Director: Stanislav Rostotskiy | Stars: Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Valentina Vladimirova, Mikhail Dadyko, Ivan Ryzhov

Votes: 1,389

12. Osenniy marafon (1979)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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School teacher is cheating on his wife and lies about it.

Director: Georgiy Daneliya | Stars: Oleg Basilashvili, Natalya Gundareva, Marina Neyolova, Evgeniy Leonov

Votes: 2,096

13. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)

150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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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: 8,959 | Gross: $2.50M

14. O Sport, You Are Peace! (1981)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Sport

7.4
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Add a Plot

Director: Yuriy Ozerov

Votes: 29

15. Chastnaya zhizn (1982)

102 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Yuli Raizman | Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Iya Savvina, Irina Gubanova, Tatyana Dogileva

Votes: 137

16. Vassa (1983)

140 min | Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Inna Churikova, Vadim Mikhaylov, Nikolai Skorobogatov, Valentina Telichkina

Votes: 185

17. Voenno-polevoy roman (1983)

92 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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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 »

Director: Pyotr Todorovskiy | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Natalya Andreychenko, Inna Churikova, Ekaterina Yudina

Votes: 378

18. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

8.2
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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: 33,004

19. Chuzhaya belaya i ryaboy (1986)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Sergey Solovev | Stars: Vyacheslav Ilyushchenko, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Sultan Banov, Vladimir Steklov

Votes: 98

20. Repentance (1984)

PG | 153 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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 »

Director: Tengiz Abuladze | Stars: Avtandil Makharadze, Zeinab Botsvadze, Ia Ninidze, Ketevan Abuladze

Votes: 3,066 | Gross: $0.22M

21. The Commissar (1967)

110 min | Drama, War

7.7
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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.

Director: Aleksandr Askoldov | Stars: Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov, Raisa Nedashkovskaya, Lyudmila Volynskaya

Votes: 1,086 | Gross: $0.39M

22. Gorod Zero (1988)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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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: 1,202

23. Taksi-Blyuz (1990)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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 »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Pyotr Zaychenko, Vladimir Kashpur, Natalya Kolyakanova

Votes: 1,293 | Gross: $0.17M

24. Izydi! (1991)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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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 »

Director: Dmitriy Astrakhan | Stars: Otar Megvinetukhutsesi, Elena Anisimova, Tamari Skhirtladze, Tatyana Kuznetsova

Votes: 27

25. Close to Eden (1991)

PG | 119 min | Drama

7.8
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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 »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Babushka

Votes: 3,014

26. Burnt by the Sun (1994)

R | 135 min | Drama, War

8.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 12,158 | Gross: $2.62M

27. Musulmanin (1995)

110 min | Drama

7.1
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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 »

Director: Vladimir Khotinenko | Stars: Evgeniy Mironov, Aleksandr Baluev, Nina Usatova, Ivan Agafonov

Votes: 389

28. Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)

R | 99 min | Drama, War

7.6
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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.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov, Susanna Mekhraliyeva, Jemal Sikharulidze

Votes: 3,670 | Gross: $0.66M

29. The Thief (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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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: 4,162 | Gross: $1.13M

30. Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (1998)

180 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.9
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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 »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Aleksey Petrenko, Richard Harris

Votes: 9,998

31. Moloch (1999)

108 min | Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Irina Sokolova, Yelena Spiridonova

Votes: 1,907

32. Dnevnik ego zheny (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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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 »

Director: Aleksey Uchitel | Stars: Andrey Smirnov, Galina Tyunina, Olga Budina, Evgeniy Mironov

Votes: 459

33. Romanovy: Ventsenosnaya semya (2000)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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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.

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Aleksandr Galibin, Lynda Bellingham, Vladimir Grachyov, Yuliya Novikova

Votes: 203

34. House of Fools (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Bryan Adams, Evgeniy Mironov

Votes: 2,422 | Gross: $0.06M

35. The Return (2003)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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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: 34,569 | Gross: $0.50M

36. Nochnoy dozor (2004)

R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

6.5
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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: 49,050 | Gross: $1.49M

37. The Italian (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

7.6
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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: 2,868 | Gross: $0.55M

38. 9th Company (2005)

R | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk | Stars: Artur Smolyaninov, Aleksey Chadov, Konstantin Kryukov, Ivan Kokorin

Votes: 17,642

39. 12 (2007)

PG-13 | 159 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Apti Magamaev, Nikita Mikhalkov

Votes: 12,446 | Gross: $0.13M

40. Mermaid (2007)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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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: 2,755

41. Ward No. 6 (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

6.4
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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 »

Directors: Aleksandr Gornovskiy, Karen Shakhnazarov | Stars: Vladimir Ilin, Aleksey Vertkov, Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy, Evgeniy Stychkin

Votes: 561

42. Kray (2010)

124 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.5
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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.

Director: Aleksey Uchitel | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Anjorka Strechel, Yuliya Peresild, Sergey Garmash

Votes: 2,564