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1. Three Songs About Lenin (1934)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary

Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Stars: Dolores Ibárruri, Nadezhda Krupskaya, V.I. Lenin, Joseph Stalin

Votes: 592

2. Our Century (1983)

47 min | Documentary

A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama. The road moving through the cosmic distances is a flight into one's internal ... See full summary »

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 269

3. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 19,930

4. Kino Eye (1924)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

This documentary promoting the joys of life in a Soviet village centers around the activities of the Young Pioneers. These children are constantly busy, pasting propaganda posters on walls,... See full summary »

Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 782

5. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927)

95 min | Drama, History

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov, Layaschenko

Votes: 6,337

6. The Sixth Part of the World (1926)

68 min | Documentary

"Sixth Part of the World" was the size of Soviet Union of the time. Many peoples of many customs composed it. Ice and desert, forest and ocean. Bread, furs, machines. All and every is a part of great unity.

Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 390

7. Ten Minutes Older (1978)

10 min | Documentary, Short

A 10 minute long journey of emotions that befall children faces. Fear, Curiosity; a Smile. They all sit in a dark theater. What they see, we don't; we can only guess from their faces.

Director: Herz Frank

Votes: 526

8. Vzglyanite na litso (1968)

11 min | Documentary, Short

A hidden camera captures the reaction of various people who are viewing Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting of "Madonna and Child".

Director: Pavel Kogan

Votes: 76

9. Beginning (1967)

10 min | Short, Documentary

Philosophical essay about the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia, its influence on the destiny of the world in the 20th century.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian | Stars: Feliks Dzierzynski, V.I. Lenin, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Joseph Stalin

Votes: 254

10. Pesn o geroyakh (1983)

50 min | Documentary

Soviet solidarity is strong in Germany where the Communist Party (KPD) marches under the clenched fist in spite of police harassment... Radio broadcasts reach all parts of the Soviet Union,... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens

Votes: 68

11. Paradise (1995)

25 min | Documentary, Short

Set in a nomad shepherd's camp in the Southern Kazakhstan mountains, Paradise is a portrait of the simple life of the Kazakhs.

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Votes: 96

12. Bread Day (1998)

55 min | Documentary

The story of old people living in a forgotten village. Once a week they need to push the carriage with bread for several kilometers towards their gloomy settlement.

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Votes: 142

13. Highway (1999)

57 min | Documentary

The highway of the title is a 2,000 mile dirt road in Kazakhstan. Along this route, a traveling family circus journeys in their crowded hand-cranked bus, stopping in villages. The filmmaker... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Votes: 76

14. In the Dark (2004)

41 min | Documentary, Short

This excellent low-key documentary records the daily life of an elderly blind man in Russia. He spends his days at home in a tiny flat making bags out of string. His only companion is a cat... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Votes: 99

15. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The last emperor in the long line is Tsar Nicholas II. He rules over a country with huge social and ... See full summary »

Director: Esfir Shub | Stars: Mikhail Alekseyev, Alexei Brusilov, Nikolai Chkheidze, Emperor Franz Josef

Votes: 253

16. Triumph Over Violence (1965)

R | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary about the rise and fall of fascism and the effects of Nazism on German society.

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Mikhail Romm, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring

Votes: 1,335

18. Anna ot 6 do 18 (1994)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

Director Nikita Mikhalkov documents the history of Russia from 1980 to 1991 by annually asking his daughter Anna such questions as "What do you love the most?", "What scares you the most?",... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Anna Mikhalkova, Nadezhda Mikhalkova

Votes: 622

19. Altovaya sonata. Dmitriy Shostakovich (1981)

77 min | Documentary

The life and work of the great Russian composer Dmitriy Shostakovich is presented in this documentary through rare images and audios from many archives, at one time censored by the Soviet ... See full summary »

Directors: Semyon Aranovich, Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Tamara Alyoshina, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Joseph Stalin

Votes: 140

20. ¡Vivan las antípodas! (2011)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

What would be the shortest route between Entre Rios in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Votes: 568

21. Hush! (2003)

82 min | Documentary

The director films the street where he lives in St. Petersburg, for a whole year, documenting the changes caused by the celebration of its 300th anniversary.

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Votes: 300

22. Belovy (1992)

60 min | Documentary

"Belovy (the Belovs)" is a breathtaking portrait of a troubled peasant family. It's poetry in the form of a documentary that won many prizes. Beautifully shot in vintage black and white, ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky | Stars: Anna Fyodorovna Belova, Mikhail Fyodorovich Belov, Vasiliy Fyodorovich Belov, Sergey Fyodorovich Belov

Votes: 254

23. Pavel i Lyalya (1999)

34 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Votes: 14

24. Sreda (1997)

93 min | Documentary

Viktor Kossakovsky was one of 101 children born in Leningrad on Wednesday 19 July 1961. Three decades later he tries to trace the people whose birthday he shared.

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Votes: 59

25. Devstvennost (2008)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

Three young women, who each have a sought-after commodity - their virginity. Kristina, Karina and Katya each try to make their way in a world ruled by fame, popularity and money.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Kseniya Borodina, Karina Sharabokova, Aleksandr Tsekalo

Votes: 177

28. Tender's Heat: Wild Wild Beach (2007)

125 min | Documentary

A drunk couple spend their summer-holiday at sea. Their life is not everything they hoped for, and abuse is part of their relationship. At sea they dream about love and understanding, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Susanna Barandzhiyeva, Vitaliy Manskiy, Aleksandr Rastorguev

Votes: 136

29. The Halt (2000)

25 min | Short, Documentary

People sleeping at a train station.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa

Votes: 172

30. Is It Easy to Be Young? (1986)

83 min | Documentary, Drama

Portrayal of rebellious teenagers growing up under Communist rule in Latvia.

Director: Juris Podnieks

Votes: 294

32. Transformator (2003)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Antoine Cattin, Pavel Kostomarov

Votes: 52

33. The Diary of St. Petersburg: Inauguration of the Monument to Dostoevsky (1997 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

This documentary film describes the inauguration of the monument to the Russian writer Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Star: Aleksandr Sokurov

Votes: 11

35. Voyage in Time (1983 TV Movie)

62 min | Documentary

Like the Russian poet of 'Nostalghia', who, accompanied by his Italian guide and translator, traveled through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer, Andrei ... See full summary »

Directors: Tonino Guerra, Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Tonino Guerra, Andrei Tarkovsky

Votes: 1,330

36. Born in the USSR (1991– )


Born in the USSR: Up follows the lives of people who grew up in the Soviet Union. They give an insight into Russian life.

Stars: James McAvoy, Seva Novgorodtsev, Almaz, Andrei

Votes: 69

38. A Bitter Taste of Freedom (2011)

85 min | Documentary, History

In her quest to uncover the wrongdoings of the Russian authorities, Anna Politkovskaya inspired awe in some and fear in countless others. An investigative journalist for Moscow's liberal ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Goldovskaya | Star: Anna Politkovskaya

Votes: 80

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