My 25 Favourite Russian/Soviet Feature Films

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1.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
2.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
3.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
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In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her... (97 mins.)
 
4.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
 
5.
The Return (2003)
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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. (105 mins.)
 
6.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
7.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
 
8.
Solaris (1972)
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A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
 
9.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
 
10.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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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. (95 mins.)
 
11.
Earth (1930)
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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. (75 mins.)
 
12.
Russian Ark (2002)
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A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
 
13.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
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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. (97 mins.)
 
14.
The Mirror (1975)
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. (108 mins.)
 
15.
Mother and Son (1997)
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A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The... (73 mins.)
 
16.
Come and See (1985)
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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. (136 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
17.
Mother (1926)
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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
 
18.
Letter Never Sent (1960)
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Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. (97 mins.)
 
19.
By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
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Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working as... (71 mins.)
 
20.
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his... (135 mins.)
 
21.
Brother (1997)
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An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Days of Eclipse (1988)
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(139 mins.)
 
23.
Whispering Pages (1994)
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The existential protagonist is a hungry, homeless, socially isolated, and socially alienated young man... (77 mins.)
 
24.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
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The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
 
25.
Morfiy (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama that chronicles the civil war that raged after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. (110 mins.)