Best Russian Movies

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1. 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: 35,172 | Gross: $0.50M

2. 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: 10,028 | Gross: $0.02M

3. Klitschko (2011)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.8
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63 Metascore

A documentary encompassing the lives of world heavyweight boxing champions, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko. The first time in history two brothers have shared all the heavyweight world titles,... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt | Stars: Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, Bernd Bönte, Pearlman Hicks

Votes: 2,390

4. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 82,690 | Gross: $0.23M

5. Geograf globus propil (2013)

120 min | Adventure, Drama

7.4
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Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Veledinskiy | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elena Lyadova, Aleksandr Robak, Evgenia Brik

Votes: 3,348

6. Idiot (2003– )

550 min | Drama

8.5
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The thrilling drama based on the world's greatest masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Half-sane Prince Myshkin returns from Swiss psycho-clinic to face the glamorous world of St Petersburg. ... See full summary »

Stars: Marietta Melrose, Evgeniy Mironov, Vladimir Mashkov, Lydia Velezheva

Votes: 1,519

7. 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: 12,553 | Gross: $0.13M

8. O chyom govoryat muzhchiny (2010)

93 min | Comedy

7.6
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The plot revolves around four old friends-Kamil' (Kamil' Larin), Lesha (Leonid Barats), Sasha (Aleksandr Demidov) and Slava (Rostislav Khait)-all well-to-do professionals in their late 30s ... See full summary »

Director: Dmitriy Dyachenko | Stars: Leonid Barats, Aleksandr Demidov, Kamil Larin, Rostislav Khait

Votes: 4,223

9. Den radio (2008)

100 min | Comedy

7.4
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It's the day of radio in Russia. The radio station staff decides to invite famous bands, who will perform live. And something goes wrong!

Director: Dmitriy Dyachenko | Stars: Diana Arbenina, Leonid Barats, Aleksandr Demidov, Nikolay Fomenko

Votes: 2,323

10. Statskiy sovetnik (2005)

191 min | Drama, Crime

7.1
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Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but ... See full summary »

Director: Filipp Yankovskiy | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Mashkov

Votes: 2,455

11. Tycoon: A New Russian (2002)

123 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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49 Metascore

During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Mironova, Andrey Krasko, Levani

Votes: 1,697 | Gross: $0.12M

12. Blind Man's Bluff (2005)

111 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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Sergei and Simon have to deliver a suitcase full of heroin to Mikhalych or else they will be killed. There is one minor detail: the only problem-solving technique they are familiar with is ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Aleksey Panin, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Makovetskiy

Votes: 4,292

13. Piter FM (2006)

Open | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Lyrical story about two young people, Masha and Maksim, who have to decide what to do.

Director: Oksana Bychkova | Stars: Ekaterina Fedulova, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Aleksey Barabash, Irina Rakhmanova

Votes: 2,504

14. O chyom eshchyo govoryat muzhchiny (2011)

Comedy

6.6
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Four friends are forced to stay put in a radio station on New Year's Eve after one of them gets into trouble. They use the opportunity to remember memories from the past, talk about women, ... See full summary »

Director: Dmitriy Dyachenko | Stars: Elena Babenko, Leonid Barats, Anatoliy Belyy, Sergey Burunov

Votes: 1,853

15. Ostrov (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Yuriy Kuznetsov

Votes: 9,360

16. Gloss (2007)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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A pretty, young girl from a coal-mining town comes to Moscow with dreams of becoming a supermodel in this satirical look at the fashion industry.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Irina Rozanova, Aleksandr Domogarov, Efim Shifrin

Votes: 897

17. Pokhoronite menya za plintusom (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

7.1
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A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.

Director: Sergey Snezhkin | Stars: Svetlana Kryuchkova, Aleksey Petrenko, Mariya Shukshina, Konstantin Vorobyov

Votes: 861

18. Sobache serdtse (1988 TV Movie)

136 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.9
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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.

Director: Vladimir Bortko | Stars: Evgeniy Evstigneev, Vladimir Tolokonnikov, Boris Plotnikov, Roman Kartsev

Votes: 5,102

19. Master i Margarita (2005– )

500 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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Master and Margarita (2005) is a Menippean film based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. Set in Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, it has several story-lines ... See full summary »

Stars: Aleksandr Abdulov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vano Miranyan, Semyon Furman

Votes: 2,929

20. The Sacrifice (1986)

PG | 149 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir

Votes: 17,307 | Gross: $0.30M

21. 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: 33,999

22. Sibir. Monamur (2011)

102 min | Drama

7.7
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Siberia. Late autumn. In taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. ... See full summary »

Director: Vyacheslav Ross | Stars: Pyotr Zaychenko, Mikhail Protsko, Sergey Novikov, Lidiya Bayrashevskaya

Votes: 1,728

23. Doch (2012)

110 min | Drama

7.4
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Provincial half-orphan Inna meets two newcomers to her small town: promiscuous classmate Masha and priest's son Ilya. The town is infamous for a serial killer whose victims are indecent teenage girls.

Directors: Aleksandr Kasatkin, Natalya Nazarova | Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yana Osipova, Igor Mazepa, Oleg Tkachyov

Votes: 305

24. Ubit drakona (1988)

123 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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Dragon, a bloody dictator, is challenged by Lancelot, who comes to save the girl, and to liberate the people.

Director: Mark Zakharov | Stars: Aleksandr Abdulov, Oleg Yankovskiy, Evgeniy Leonov, Vyacheslav Tikhonov

Votes: 1,134

25. Kak ya provel etim letom (2010)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

7.0
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74 Metascore

A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey Popogrebskiy | Stars: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergey Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Artyom Tsukanov

Votes: 5,768 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Ya budu ryadom (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

7.1
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(Russian with English subtitles) Inna is a typical 30-something yuppy, who also happens to be a single mother. One day discovering that she has an Incurable illness, Inna sets on finding the right adoptive parents for her son.

Director: Pavel Ruminov | Stars: Mariya Shalayeva, Roman Zenchuk, Mariya Syomkina, Ivan Volkov

Votes: 184

27. 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: 22,658

28. Strana glukhikh (1998)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Alyosha has a gambling problem and his girlfriend becomes a stripper to help pay off his debt.

Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy | Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Dina Korzun, Maksim Sukhanov, Nikita Tyunin

Votes: 1,070

29. The Fool (II) (2014)

116 min | Drama

8.0
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Yuriy Bykov | Stars: Artyom Bystrov, Natalya Surkova, Yuriy Tsurilo, Boris Nevzorov

Votes: 6,465

30. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.3
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74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

Votes: 40,237 | Gross: $5.70M

31. 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: 4,212 | Gross: $1.13M

32. Nachalo (1970)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A film-in-film story set in a provincial town in Russia. Pasha (Churikova) is an amateur actress who plays a witch at a local club, but her dream is to play Joan of Arc. In a strike of luck... See full summary »

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Inna Churikova, Valentina Telichkina, Tatyana Stepanova, Leonid Kuravlyov

Votes: 630

33. Arrhythmia (2017)

116 min | Drama

7.6
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A paramedic devoted to his patients struggles to make time for his wife who begins to believe his patients are more important to him than she is.

Director: Boris Khlebnikov | Stars: Aleksandr Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Nikolay Shrayber, Maksim Lagashkin

Votes: 1,692

34. Koktebel (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's ... See full summary »

Directors: Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksey Popogrebskiy | Stars: Gleb Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Evgeniy Sytyy, Vera Sandrykina

Votes: 1,550