The Best Russian Movies

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1. Shapito-shou (2011)

207 min | Comedy, Musical

7.7
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It is a movie-riddle, a movie-joke, a movie-labyrinth. 4 parts and 4 travels to the sea, 4 crossed short stories: Love, Friendship, Respect and Cooperation. Heroes of each of the short ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Loban | Stars: Jim Avignon, Stas Baretskiy, Dmitriy Bogdan, Stepan Devonin

Votes: 1,063

2. Dirizhyor (2012)

86 min | Drama

6.6
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The conductor goes with the orchestra to Jerusalem to execute the oratorio "Passion according to St.Matthew". But tours are wrapped in the tragedy. The black sun of Jerusalem unmasks with ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Vladas Bagdonas, Inga Strelkova-Oboldina, Karen Badalov, Sergey Koltakov

Votes: 299

3. Katka (2010)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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Helena Trestikova is the author of 10 episodes from the series Women on the Brink of the New Millennium, intimate portraits of both successful women and women on the social periphery. The ... See full summary »

Director: Helena Trestíková

Votes: 203

4. 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: 12,230 | Gross: $2.62M

5. 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: 12,507 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Revizor (1996)

100 min | Comedy

6.6
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This is a new screen adaptation of the famous satirical play «The Inspector General» («Revizor») by Nikolay Gogol, and it was Alexander Pushkin who gave the idea of the plot. The events ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Gazarov | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Marina Neyolova, Anna Mikhalkova, Zinoviy Gerdt

Votes: 141

7. 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: 10,052

8. 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: 3,688 | Gross: $0.66M

9. Brother (1997)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.0
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An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova

Votes: 12,263

10. Brat 2 (2000)

122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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Here goes "kirdyk" to America, as it was promised in first part.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Makovetskiy, Irina Saltykova

Votes: 8,929

11. Syostry (2001)

83 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Two young girls, Sveta and Dina, go on the run to avoid being kidnapped by the former associates of Dina's recently released gangster father.

Director: Sergey Bodrov | Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Katya Gorina, Roman Ageev, Tatyana Kolganova

Votes: 2,291

12. Bear's Kiss (2002)

101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.2
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A fairy tale-like love story between young circus artist Lola and the bear Misha, who one day transforms into a human.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Rebecka Liljeberg, Joachim Król, Sergey Bodrov, Keith Allen

Votes: 740

13. Mama (1999)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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A chronicle of a Soviet family folk-band founded by a mother of six.

Director: Denis Evstigneev | Stars: Nonna Mordyukova, Vladimir Mashkov, Oleg Menshikov, Evgeniy Mironov

Votes: 353

14. Elena (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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87 Metascore

When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Aleksey Rozin, Elena Lyadova

Votes: 9,886 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The Return (2003)

Not Rated | 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: 34,872 | Gross: $0.50M

16. Voyna (2002)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, War

7.7
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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.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Aleksey Chadov, Ian Kelly, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Sergey Bodrov

Votes: 2,960

17. Rusalka (1997)

10 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.9
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An elderly monk, while training the young novice who will succeed him, recalls the mysterious lost love of his past - just as his young successor appears to be encountering her himself.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Star: Yevgeniya Smolyaninova

Votes: 728