Russian (post-Soviet) movies you should watch

List of best (in my opinion) postsoviet russian films. Soviet cinematography was legendary epic and modern russian cinematography is in crisis, but from time to time there are still good movies are being made in Russia. Check them.
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1.
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.)
“ One of the best European movie of the decade and probably the best post-Soviet Russian movie. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
2.
Fortress of War (2010)
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A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. (138 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Kott
“ Simply the best post-Soviet Russian WW2 war movie. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
3.
Playing the Victim (2006)
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A young man drops out of university and goes to the police. He's done nothing wrong he just wants a job. A particular job. Playing the victim in murder reconstructions. Maybe by getting close to death he can manage to cheat on his own. (95 mins.)
“ Funny and weird independent film. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
4.
The Old Man and the Sea (1999 Short Film)
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An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. (20 mins.)
“ Oscar for best short animated film of 1999. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
5.
The Italian (2005)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrey Kravchuk
“ Dramatic story of orphan child. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
6.
The Cuckoo (2002)
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The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end. (99 mins.)
“ Another great WW2 drama. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
7.
The Island (2006)
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Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. (112 mins.)
Director: Pavel Lungin
“ If you are interested in Russian Orthodoxy - must see. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
8.
V avguste 44-go (2001)
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The movie is set in Belarus, where a team of counter-intelligence officers is given only three days... (109 mins.)
Director: Mikhail Ptashuk
“ Great WW2 spy movie. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
9.
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
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One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco... (80 mins.)
“ Emotional and very lifelike teen drama. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
10.
Idiot (2003 Mini-Series)
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The thrilling drama based on the world's greatest masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Half-sane Prince... (550 mins.)
Director: Vladimir Bortko
“ In my opinion, best post-Soviet Russian TV show. Adaptation of Dostoevsy's "Idiot". ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
11.
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.)
“ Cult Russian film. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
12.
Brother 2 (2000)
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Here goes "kirdyk" to America, as it was promised in first part. (122 mins.)
“ Sequel of "Brat". ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
13.
Bummer (2003)
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Corrupted cops, street gangs, "bratki" on "bummers" and "merins", angry truck drivers, beautiful women... (110 mins.)
Director: Pyotr Buslov
“ Lifelike gungster movie. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
14.
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.)
“ One single shot movie filmed in Hermitage museum. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
15.
“ Russian "Hangover". 8) ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
16.
Night Watch (2004)
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A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle. (114 mins.)
“ Russian blockbuster. Vampires, witches and *beep* ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
17.
What Men Talk About (2010)
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The plot revolves around four old friends-Kamil' (Kamil' Larin), Lesha (Leonid Barats), Sasha (Aleksandr... (93 mins.)
“ Best Russian comedy of recent years. Good choice for sausage party. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
18.
Inadequate People (2010)
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Adequacy is relative. Vitalik, the main character of the movie, seems to be pretty normal. With a respectable office job... (106 mins.)
Director: Roman Karimov
“ Love story of troubled teen girl and depressed young man who lost his wife in car accident. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
19.
Turetskiy gambit (2005)
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The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin... (208 mins.)
Director: Dzhanik Fayziev
“ Adaptation of Russian Sherlock adventures (Erast Fandorin). ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
20.
The State Counsellor (2005)
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Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St... (191 mins.)
“ Another film about Erast Fandorin. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
21.
The Stroll (2003)
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Watch the exploits of three young romantics as they dance around St. Petersburg, Russia, getting themselves... (90 mins.)
Director: Alexey Uchitel
“ Youth, friendship and love. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
22.
War (2002)
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During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom. (120 mins.)
“ Another cult Balabanov's movie. Young Russian soldier and British actor trying to rescue actor's fiancee from Chechen captivity. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
23.
Legend No. 17 (2013)
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Biopic of Russian ice hockey legend Valeri Kharlamov from early childhood, rising to the pinnacle of the sport and his untimely death. (134 mins.)
Director: Nikolay Lebedev
“ Story of soviet hockey legend Valery Harlamov. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
24.
We Are from the Future (2008)
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My iz budushchego, or We Are from the Future, is a movie about time travel. Four 21st century treasure... (110 mins.)
Director: Andrey Malyukov
“ 4 treasure hunters being transported back into the WWII in Russia. ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
25.
The Fool (2014)
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Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse. (116 mins.)
Director: Yuriy Bykov
“ Young plumber fighting the corruption in local Russian town. It is way better than "Leviathan". ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
26.
Gagarin. Pervyy v kosmose (2013)
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GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE, is a feature film featuring amazing SFX, that celebrates the bravery and achievements of Yuri Gagarin... (108 mins.)
“ Story of first ever man in space - Yuri Gagarin. A little childish but realy cute movie ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
27.
Hardcore Henry (2015)
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Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers. (96 mins.)
Director: Ilya Naishuller
“ First person perspective action movie. With Sharlto Copley and Tim Roth. Yes, it is crazy and good! ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
28.
Liquidation (2007 TV Series)
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The year is 1946. World War II is over, but it doesn't mean that there is no one to fight with. The... (45 mins.)
Director: Sergey Ursulyak
“ I love this detective TV show about postwar Odessa (Soviet Odessa, of course). ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
29.
Spacewalk (2017)
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The film is set in the 60s of the 20th century, during the Cold War and the space race between USSR and the United States... (140 mins.)
Director: Dmitriy Kiselev
“ Truly great story of first ever spacewalk. Epic space movie! ” - ArthurDzhankoy
 
30.
Panfilov's 28 (2016)
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USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper... (105 mins.)
“ Croudfunding WWII drama. ” - ArthurDzhankoy