Movies about Soviet reality and everyday lifeby georgekaplan2 | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Movies (and a few documentaries) that most authentically portray how ordinary people lived in the Soviet Union and under Communism, how it looked like and how it felt like. No fantasy, no varnish, no propaganda.
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1. Chernobyl (2019)
TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller
In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.
2. Taxi Blues (1990)
110 min | Comedy, Drama
Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,458 | Gross: $0.17M
4. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)
100 min | Drama
Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.
5. July Rain (1967)
107 min | Drama
Lena is about to marry when she finds out her fiance is a bad person. After leaving him, she seeks for a sense in her life through adventures with artists who are also searching their own identity. When raining, she meets Zhenya.
7. My Joy (2010)
Not Rated | 127 min | Adventure, Drama
The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,039 | Gross: $0.01M
8. The Mirror (1975)
G | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
10. Tema (1979)
99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A self-pitying but popular playwright drives to Vladimir to relax with a doting female student and another writer. He's convinced his writing is of no lasting value, but he still has an ego... See full summary »
11. Falling Leaves (1966)
91 min | Drama, Romance
A young idealist takes a job at a local state run winery only to discover and become disillusioned by the corruption of the Soviet State.
12. Ideaalmaastik (1981)
91 min | Drama
In post-World War II Estonia, Mait Kukemeri, an activist of the Young Communist League arrives to the Metsa collective farm in the back of a travelling cinema truck. As a commissary of the ... See full summary »
13. The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)
153 min | Drama
In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has ... See full summary »
14. Vaikai is Amerikos viesbucio (1990)
88 min | Drama, History, Music
Rebellious Lithuanian teenagers in early 1970s are immensely influenced by Western culture, especially Radio Luxembourg, the Rolling Stones and Woodstock. After taking part in a hippie camp at the seaside, problems start to ensue.
15. Vanished Empire (2008)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and ... See full summary »
Votes: 458 | Gross: $0.01M
16. Wings (1966)
85 min | Drama
A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the ... See full summary »
17. Assa (1987)
153 min | Crime, Drama, History
ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century... See full summary »
19. Skersiela (1988)
89 min | Documentary
The Crossroad Street is a small street in the outskirts of Latvia's capital Riga, and its various inhabitants with their destinies, everyday routines and neighborly relations form the micro-model of society during the Awakening.
Director: Ivars Seleckis
21. The Event (2015)
Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, History
In August 1991 a failed coup d'état attempt (known as Putsch) led by a group of hard-core communists in Moscow, ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. The USSR collapsed soon after, ... See full summary »
Director: Sergey Loznitsa