Top 50 Greatest Films from the Soviet Union

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1.
Repentance (1984)
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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... (153 mins.)
Director: Tengiz Abuladze
 
2.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions... (150 mins.)
 
3.
Nostalgia (1983)
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The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Sacrifice (1986)
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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. (149 mins.)
 
6.
Father of a Soldier (1965)
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During World War II, Georgy Makharashvili, an old peasant wine-grower, leaves his Georgian village and goes off to the front lines to find his son... (83 mins.)
Director: Rezo Chkheidze
 
7.
The Ascent (1977)
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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... (111 mins.)
Director: Larisa Shepitko
 
8.
Heart of a Dog (1988 TV Movie)
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Professor Preobrazhensky and his colleague place some human parts into a dog named Sharik. Soon the dog transforms into a human. (136 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Bortko
 
9.
The Cremator (1969)
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Kopfrkingl enjoys his job at a crematorium in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. He likes reading the Tibetan book of the dead... (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
10.
Mimino (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Pilot Mimino works at small local airlines in Georgia, flying helicopters between small villages. He... (91 mins.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
The Lady with the Dog (1960)
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In the Nineteenth Century, at the seaside resort of Yalta, the upper class Dimitri Gurov from Moscow meets Anna Sergeyovna walking with her little dog... (83 mins.)
Director: Iosif Kheifits
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... (142 mins.)
 
15.
The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985)
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A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces. (88 mins.)
 
16.
The Patriots (1933)
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Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I... (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Barnet
 
17.
Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983)
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An author - a passive young man - enters the Soviet-controlled bureaucracy of Georgia attempting to get his novel published only to be neglected and compartmentalized at every turn. (97 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
War and Peace (1966)
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A Russian Prince experiences battle against Napoleon and a troubled relationship with his father and wife... (427 mins.)
 
20.
Diamonds of the Night (1964)
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Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another... (63 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
 
21.
The Diamond Arm (1969)
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Semyon Gorbunkov goes on a cruise. In Istanbul, he slips and breaks his arm. What he didn't know is... (100 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
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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. (144 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
 
24.
Ne goryuy! (1969)
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A young happy-go-lucky village doctor lives a leisurely life as comic events unfold around him. (90 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Family Relations (1982)
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A woman from the countryside comes to the city to visit her only daughter and granddaughter. She is hopelessly lost in this world she does not understand. (98 mins.)
 
27.
Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
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Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager... (93 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
 
28.
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
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Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime. (88 mins.)
 
29.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
30.
Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (1975 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Incidentally... (192 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
 
31.
Ashik Kerib (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her... (73 mins.)
 
32.
White Sun of the Desert (1970)
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At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader. (84 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Motyl
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
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Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms. (135 mins.)
 
35.
Little Vera (1988)
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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... (128 mins.)
Director: Vasili Pichul
 
36.
Office Romance (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Anatoli Yefremovich Novoseltsev works in a statistics institution, whose director is an unattractive and bossy woman... (159 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
 
37.
Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In this comic but dated story, nerdy Shurik travels to the Caucasus in search of native legends and folklore... (82 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
 
38.
Operation 'Y' & Other Shurik's Adventures (1965)
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The movie consists of 3 short movies, each about Shurik - a nerdy student.. 1. "Naparnik" ("Partner")... (95 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
 
39.
Karnaval (1982)
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A coming-of-age story about a small town girl's struggle to become an actress in Soviet Moscow. (151 mins.)
 
40.
Man of Iron (1981)
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love... (156 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
41.
Twelve Chairs (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him... (161 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gayday
 
42.
Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people... (94 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
 
43.
The Asthenic Syndrome (1990)
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In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome... (153 mins.)
Director: Kira Muratova
 
44.
The Duel (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dramatic story about two young men, two intellectuals of the 1890th. It is a story about a complex human character... (98 mins.)
Director: Iosif Kheifits
 
45.
Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
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A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless... (88 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Seryj
 
46.
Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar. (88 mins.)
 
47.
D'artagnan and Three Musketeers (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Yet another version of Alexander Duma's novel "The Three Musketeers." (220 mins.)
 
48.
The Red Snowball Tree (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story about people who gathered for debauchery. (110 mins.)
 
49.
Pastorali (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of musicians moved into the field for testing in an atmosphere of calm, however, seeking bucolic setting, hidden deep human conflicts. (95 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
50.
Afonya (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The 1975 film by Georgi Daneliya "Afonya" was an unexpected commercial hit in USSR. The main character Borshev A.N... (92 mins.)