The best russian directors (random order)

by deller06 | created - 11 Apr 2011 | updated - 12 Jan 2015 | Public

1. Sergei M. Eisenstein

Director | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...

2. Leonid Gayday

Director | 12 stulev

Leonid Iovich Gaidai was born on January 30, 1923, in the town of Svobodny, Amur region of Siberia, USSR. He was the third child in the family of a railroad worker. His father, named Iov Isidorovich Gaidai, was exiled to Siberia from Poltava, Ukraine. His mother, named Maria Ivanovna Lubimova, came...

3. Elem Klimov

Director | Idi i smotri

Elem Klimov was born on July 9, 1933 in Stalingrad, Nizhne-Volzhskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Elem Germanovich Klimov. He was a director and actor, known for Come and See (1985), Rasputin (1981) and Dobro pozhalovat, ili Postoronnim vkhod vospreshchen (1964). He was married to Larisa Shepitko. He died ...

4. Marlen Khutsiev

Director | Beskonechnost

Marlen Khutsiev was born on October 4, 1925 in Tiflis, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR as Marlen Martynovich Khutsiyev. He is a director and writer, known for Infinity (1992), Mne dvadtsat let (1965) and Iyulskiy dozhd (1967).

5. Sergey Bondarchuk

Actor | Voyna i mir I: Andrey Bolkonskiy

Sergei Bondarchuk was one of the most important Russian filmmakers, best known for directing an Academy Award-winning film epic War and Peace (1966), based on the book by Leo Tolstoy, in which he also starred as Pierre Bezukhov.

He was born Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk on September, 25, 1920, in the ...

6. Tatyana Lioznova

Director | Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe

Tatyana Lioznova was born on July 20, 1924 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Tatyana Moiseevna Lioznova. She was a director and writer, known for Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe (1968), Konez sveta s posleduyschim simposiumom (1986) and Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny (1973). She died on September 29, 2011 in ...

7. Eldar Ryazanov

Director | Sluzhebnyy roman

Eldar Aleksandrovich Ryazanov was born on November 18, 1927 in Samara, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1950, as a film director. He was making documentaries for five years. In 1955 Ryazanov came to work at the Mosfilm Studios under the ...

8. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

9. Georgiy Daneliya

Director | Kin-dza-dza!

Georgi Daneliya was born on August 25, 1930 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Since 1939 the family lived in Moscow, where Danelia's father was the chief engineer for the Moscow Underground Metro System. Daneliya's father became a decorated WWII General, specializing in construction of underground bunkers for ...

10. Aleksandr Rou

Director | Morozko

Aleksandr Rou was born on February 24, 1906 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Arturovich Rou. He was a director and writer, known for Frosty (1965), The Night Before Christmas (1962) and Without Dowry (1937). He was married to Irina Zarubina. He died on December 28, 1973 in Moscow, Russian ...

11. Nikita Mikhalkov

Actor | 12

Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of the famous communist poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem and had strong connections to the Communist Party. Nikita Mikhalkov's mother, Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, was also a poet and daughter of famous painter Pyotr Petrovich...

12. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Writer | Dom durakov

The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he ...

13. Vladimir Menshov

Actor | Nochnoy dozor

Vladimir Menshov - Russian director and actor, noted for the depicting of the Russian Everyman and working class life in his films. Born on September, 17, 1937 in Baku (then USSR, now the territory of Azerbaijan) like many Russian directors and actors Menshov studied acting and directing at the ...

14. Aleksandr Rogozhkin

Director | Kukushka

Aleksandr Rogozhkin was born on October 3, 1949 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Aleksandr Vladimirovich Rogozhkin. He is a director and writer, known for Kukushka (2002), Blokpost (1999) and Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty (1995).

15. Aleksandr Mitta

Director | Ekipazh

Aleksandr Mitta was born on March 28, 1933 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR as Alexander Naumovich Rabinovich. He is a director and writer, known for Ekipazh (1980), Raskalyonnaya subbota (2002) and Granitsa. Tayozhnyy roman (2001).

17. Stanislav Rostotskiy

Director | Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho

Stanislav Rostotsky was a renown Russian film director whose two films, A zori zdes tikhie (1972) and Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho (1977) were nominated for Oscar and won other international awards.

He was born Stanislav Iosifovich Rostotsky on April 21, 1922, in Rybinsk, north of Moscow, Russia. His ...

18. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Vozvrashchenie

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...

19. Timur Bekmambetov

Director | Nochnoy dozor

Timur Bekmambetov is a Russian-Kazakh film director known for vampire franchise Nochnoy dozor (2004) and Dnevnoy dozor (2006).

He was born Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov on June 25, 1961, in Guryev, Soviet Union (now Atyrau, Kazakhstan). His father, Nuruakhit Bekmambetov, is a manager at Guryev ...

20. Grigoriy Aleksandrov

Director | Vesna

Grigori Aleksandrov was a Soviet-Russian filmmaker best known as director of Volga - Volga (1938), Tsirk (1936), and October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928), as well as co-star in Battleship Potemkin (1925) by director Sergei M. Eisenstein.

He was born Grigori Vasilyevich Mormonenko on ...

21. Aleksandr Sokurov

Director | Russkiy kovcheg

He was born with a disability because of an anatomic defect of his leg, in 1951 in Podorvikha village in Siberian Russia. His father was a Red Army veteran of WW2. One of most important contemporary filmmakers, Sokurov worked extensively in television and later graduated from the prestigious film ...

22. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), Vernye druz'ya (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

23. Aleksey German

Director | Khrustalyov, mashinu!

Aleksey German was born on July 20, 1938 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR as Aleksei Yuryevich German. He was an actor and director, known for Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998), Hard to Be a God (2013) and Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (1985). He was married to Svetlana Karmalita. He died on February 21, 2013 in...