Soviet Era Russian and Eastern European Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Cinema

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1. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the... See full summary »

Director: Yakov Protazanov | Stars: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli, Nikolay Batalov

Votes: 2,136

This is called the first Soviet science fiction film because of its "futuristic" sets on Mars, although most of it takes place in Moscow. The movie is set at the beginning of the NEP (New Economic Policy) in December, 1921. A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the daughter of Tuskub, the ruler of a totalitarian state on Mars in which the working classe are put into cold storage when they are not needed. With a telescope, Aelita is able to watch Los. As if by telepathy, Los obsesses about being watched by her. After some hugger-mugger involving the murder of his wife and a pursuing detective, Los takes the identity of Spiridonov and builds a spaceship. With the revolutionary Gusev, he travels to Mars, but the Earthlings and Aelita are thrown into prison by the dictator. Gusev and Los begin a proletarian uprising, and Aelita offers to lead the revolution, but she then establishes her own totalitarian regime. Los is shocked by this development and attempts to stop Aelita, and then reality and fantasy become confused, and Los discovers what has really happened. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <>

2. Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (1979)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

Police gets a call-out to a lonely hotel in the Alps. When an officer gets to the hotel everything seems to be alright. Suddenly an avalanche cuts them out from the rest of the world and strange things are going to happen.

Director: Grigori Kromanov | Stars: Uldis Pucitis, Jüri Järvet, Lembit Peterson, Mikk Mikiver

Votes: 983

4. Lunnaya raduga (1983)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a strange incident, a group of russian space commandos starts developing supernatural powers. But how did they acquire such abilities and what is their intentions?

Directors: Andrei Yermash, V. Karpichhyov | Stars: Vladimir Gostyukhin, Vasiliy Livanov, Yuriy Solomin, Igor Starygin

Votes: 144

5. Guest from the Future (1984)

PG | 65 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

A school boy finds a time machine and he helps Alisa, a scientist girl in the future, to save a mind-reading device from space pirates. Chased by the pirates and followed by Alisa he saves the device bringing it back to his own time.

Stars: Natalya Guseva, Aleksei Fomkin, Ilya Naumov, Vyacheslav Nevinnyy

Votes: 1,922

6. Lilac Ball (1987)

77 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alisa Seleznyova and her father professor Seleznyov are traveling in space. They meet their old friend archaeologist Gromozeka, who's just discovered a planet all inhabitants of which died.... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Arsyonov | Stars: Aleksandr Gusev, Natalya Guseva, Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Boris Shcherbakov

Votes: 276

7. Begstvo mistera Mak-Kinli (1975)

162 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A science fiction fantasy about a guy who decides to escape into the future by the way of hibernation. When he wakes up, feeling lucky that the experiment worked out well, the staff of the ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Shvejtser | Stars: Donatas Banionis, Zhanna Bolotova, Angelina Stepanova, Boris Babochkin

Votes: 153

8. Cosmic Journey (1936)

70 min | Sci-Fi

In 1946, the Soviet space program is undergoing turmoil. Professor Sedikh, who is planning to lead the first manned exploration to the moon, is denounced by his rival Professor Karin as ... See full summary »

Director: Vasily Zhuravlyov | Stars: Sergey Komarov, K. Moskalenko, Vassili Gaponenko, Nikolay Feoktistov

Votes: 315

9. Serebristaya pyl (1953)

102 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An American scientist invents a new weapon of mass destruction - silver dust. Corporate war breaks out between two military industry giants to own the weapon. The scientist dies and his son... See full summary »

Directors: Pavel Armand, Abram Room | Stars: Mikhail Bolduman, Sofiya Pilyavskaya, Valentina Ushakova, Nikolai Timofeyev

Votes: 32

10. Ya byl sputnikom solntsa (1959)

66 min | Sci-Fi

The first manned trip to the space is - of course - a big success of a soviet science. The movie shows in detail the tremendous work with the preparation of the flight. In the key scene of ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Morgenstern | Stars: Pavel Makhotin, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Georgiy Shamshurin, Anatoliy Shamshurin

Votes: 30

11. Krakh inzhenera Garina (1973– )

247 min | Sci-Fi

A Russian engineer Petr Garin possesses a unique beam-shooting weapon that can destroy any target. His goal is to achieve world domination with the help of this weapon. Vasily Shelga is out... See full summary »

Stars: Oleg Borisov, Sergey Svistunov, Elena Drapeko, Georgiy Teykh

Votes: 132

13. The Big Space Travel (1975)

66 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

Three teens are selected for a space flight on the spacecraft Astra. The children are subjected to crises and breakdowns, they have to deal with all sort of problems in outer space.

Director: Valentin Selivanov | Stars: Ludmila Berlinskaya, Sergey Obrazov, Igor Sakharov, Lyusena Ovchinnikova

Votes: 212

14. Akvanavty (1980)

80 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A giant manta ray starts sending messages in an attempt to communicate with the deep ocean lab aquanauts acquiring, as it seems, the mind of a late human.

Director: Igor Voznesensky | Stars: German Poloskov, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Iren Azer, Vatslav Dvorzhetsky

Votes: 82

15. Konets vechnosti (1987)

137 min | Sci-Fi

Based on the novel by Isaac Asimov.The End of Eternity is a science fiction film with mystery and thriller elements on the subjects of time travel and social engineering.

Director: Andrei Yermash | Stars: Oleg Vavilov, Vera Sotnikova, Georgi Zhzhyonov, Sergey Yurskiy

Votes: 165

16. Trinadtsatyy apostol (1988)

105 min | Sci-Fi

A film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's book The Martian Chronicles.

Director: Suren Babayan | Stars: Juozas Budraitis, Andrei Boltnev, Vladas Bagdonas, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan

Votes: 38

17. The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin (1965)

96 min | Sci-Fi

A talented inventor who created the machine of unprecedented destructive power, obsessed with world domination. In his manic quest he commits one crime after another, without assuming the dreadful consequences would be for him.

Director: Aleksandr Gintsburg | Stars: Evgeniy Evstigneev, Vsevolod Safonov, Mikhail Astangov, Natalya Klimova

Votes: 210

18. Pilot Pirx's Inquest (1979)

95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The movie is about "finite nonlinears," robots that closely resemble human beings but are even more perfect than humans. They are intended to eventually replace human beings in space ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Piestrak | Stars: Sergei Desnitsky, Boleslaw Abart, Vladimir Ivashov, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Votes: 664

19. Veld (1987)

78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In the 18th century, an Irish demon comes back from the grave to haunt his dead mother. But little did he know that she was the devil and has a plan brewing up for him. Now the Irish demon must now protect his children from the devil.

Director: Nozim To'laho'jayev | Stars: Yury Belyayev, Nelli Pshyonnaya, Gogi Gegechkori, Tamari Skhirtladze

Votes: 91

20. Days of Eclipse (1988)

139 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Days of Eclipse is filmed in a psychedelic manner close to stream of consciousness using unusual cinematographic techniques. The action is set in Middle Asia.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Eskender Umarov, Irina Sokolova, Vladimir Zamanskiy

Votes: 816

23. Andromeda Nebula (1967)

77 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

A spaceship from Earth is trapped on the unknown planet. Based on book "Tumannost Andromedy" by Ivan Efremov.

Director: Evgeniy Sherstobitov | Stars: Vija Artmane, Sergey Stolyarov, Nikolai Kryukov, Tatyana Voloshina

Votes: 231

24. Doroga k zvezdam (1957)

52 min | Biography, Sci-Fi

A groundbreaking popular science fiction film about the past and future of astronautics, from the first experiments by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky to the manned spaceflight and colonization of the Moon.

Director: Pavel Klushantsev | Stars: Georgi Solovyov, Leonid Khmara, Georgi Kulbush

Votes: 225

25. Loss of Feeling (1935)

85 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In an unnamed English-speaking capitalist land, a young engineer invents inexhaustible giant robots to replace the fragile human workers on high-volume assembly-lines, and soon finds his ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Andriyevsky | Stars: Sergei Vecheslov, Vladimir Gardin, Mariya Volgina, Anna Chekulaeva

Votes: 103

26. The Golden Key (1939)

70 min | Family, Fantasy

The adventures of a wooden boy.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Aleksandr Shchagin, Sergey Martinson, Olga Shaganova-Obraztsova, Georgiy Uvarov

Votes: 152

27. The Adventures of Buratino (1976 TV Movie)

130 min | Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Several adventurers - cruel and cunning, virtuous and brave - sets off on a quest for the Golden Key - a metaphor of happiness.

Director: Leonid Nechaev | Stars: Dmitriy Iosifov, Tatyana Protsenko, Roman Stolkarts, Thomas Augustinas

Votes: 1,444

28. Frosty (1965)

84 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A fairy-tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, Natalya Sedykh, Eduard Izotov, Inna Churikova

Votes: 4,069

29. Moscow: Cassiopea (1974)

85 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Several children go to a lifelong space mission to Cassiopeia because they don't want to go to school.

Director: Richard Viktorov | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Misha Yershov, Aleksandr Grigoryev, Vasiliy Merkurev

Votes: 636

30. Children in the Universe (1975)

84 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Interstellar expedition equipped by "pioneers"(soviet scouts) reached Alpha Kassiopea and found that smart robots took control on hole planet. Their only goal - to make happy , as they ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Viktorov | Stars: Misha Yershov, Aleksandr Grigoryev, Vladimir Savin, Vladimir Basov Ml.

Votes: 551

31. To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981)

148 min | Sci-Fi

A female creature created in space tries to live on earth and has special (and sometimes dangerous) powers.

Directors: Richard Viktorov, Nikolay Viktorov | Stars: Yelena Metyolkina, Vadim Ledogorov, Uldis Lieldidzs, Yelena Fadeyeva

Votes: 1,054

32. The Sky Calls (1959)

77 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

Directors: Mikhail Karzhukov, Aleksandr Kozyr, Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Ivan Pereverzev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Linda Barrett, Konstantin Bartashevich

Votes: 635

33. Mechte navstrechu (1963)

64 min | Sci-Fi

A rocket from a distant planet approaching Earth must land on Mars due to a technical defect, thus the inhabitants of the Earth rush to their help.

Directors: Mikhail Karzhukov, Otar Koberidze | Stars: Larisa Gordeichik, Boris Borisenko, Otar Koberidze, Peeter Kard

Votes: 149

34. Ferat Vampire (1982)

90 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A doctor Marek is shocked when his beloved nurse Mima signs a contract with foreign car manufacturer Ferat, in order to work for them as a rally-driver. A fellow doctor makes him believe ... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Jirí Menzel, Dagmar Havlová, Jana Brezková, Petr Cepek

Votes: 358

35. Tayna vechnoy nochi (1956)

76 min | Sci-Fi

An underwater explosion at the bottom of the Pacific ocean causes the marine vegetation to grow out of control, a probably cause of which - radiation. An underwater plant species is discovered that resist radiation.

Directors: Dmitriy Vasilev, Abram Room | Stars: Ivan Pereverzev, Konstantin Bartashevich, Mikhail Astangov, Apollon Yachnitskiy

Votes: 55

36. Ori okeanis saidumloeba (1957)

145 min | Adventure, Crime, Fantasy

In post-war years in the Atlantic Ocean under mysterious circumstances the Soviet Arctic motor ship perishes. At the same time in the Pacific Ocean the French Victoire motor ship explodes. ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantine Pipinashvili | Stars: Sergey Stolyarov, Igor Vladimirov, Sergei Golovanov, Pyotr Sobolevsky

Votes: 125

37. Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

75 min | Family, Fantasy

Olya steps through the mirror into the Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors where Yalo resides. The kingdom, under the rule of King Yagupop LXXVII (reverse of Popugay, meaning parrot) produces ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Olga Yukina, Tatyana Yukina, Tatyana Barysheva, Anatoliy Kubatskiy

Votes: 1,007

38. The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Family, Fantasy

A fairytale based on Alexander Pushkin novel.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Vladimir Andreyev, Larisa Golubkina, Oleg Vidov, Kseniya Ryabinkina

Votes: 296

39. The Magic Weaver (1960)

87 min | Family, Fantasy

An old soldier helps a young boy find his mother, who's been kidnapped to the magical underwater kingdom in a remote Russian lake.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Mikhail Kuznetsov, Viktor Perevalov, Anatoliy Kubatskiy, Georgiy Millyar

Votes: 359

40. Vasilisa the Beautiful (1940)

72 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Vasilisa Prekrasnaya, (Vasilisa the Beautiful) is about a father whose three sons go out to finds themselves brides. Two of the boys come home with perfectly normal girls, but the youngest ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Georgiy Millyar, Sergey Stolyarov, Lev Potyomkin, Nikita Kondratyev

Votes: 355

41. By Pike (1938)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

Adapted from four different Russian folk-tales, this early Soviet fantasy film tells the story of Emelya the Fool, who, fishing one day, catches a talking pike who pleads for his life and in return grants Emelya wishes for a life spared.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Pyotr Savin, Mariya Kravchunovskaya, Georgiy Millyar, Ye. Terentyeva

Votes: 147

42. The Humpbacked Horse (1941)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Surreal Soviet fantasy movie about a man whose love is kidnapped by the Tsar and he must save her with the help of a humpbacked horse.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Pyotr Aleynikov, Marina Kovalyova, Georgiy Millyar, Nikolay Gorlov

Votes: 129

43. Kashchei the Immortal (1945)

73 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A beautiful maiden, Marya Morevna, gives her prospective prospective husband, the mighty warrior Nikita Kozhemyaka, three riddles to solve before she'll marry him. Before he can tell her ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Shirshov, Georgiy Millyar, Sergey Stolyarov, Galina Grigoreva

Votes: 314

44. May Nights (1952)

61 min | Comedy

Surreal Soviet fantasy movie based off a short story by Nikolai Gogol.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Nikolai Dosenko, Tatyana Konyukhova, Liliya Yudina, Aleksandr Khvylya

Votes: 96

46. The Night Before Christmas (1961)

68 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Surreal Soviet-era Christmas fantasy movie.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, L. Myznikova, Yuri Tavrov, Lyudmila Khityaeva

Votes: 1,095