Movies about Soviet reality and everyday life

by georgekaplan2 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 2 weeks 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

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.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 311,351

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 »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Pyotr Zaychenko, Vladimir Kashpur, Natalya Kolyakanova

Votes: 1,448 | Gross: $0.17M

3. Courier (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The story of a teenager boy in times of the comunism fall in the Soviet Union.

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov | Stars: Fyodor Dunayevsky, Anastasiya Nemolyaeva, Oleg Basilashvili, Inna Churikova

Votes: 2,664

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.

Director: Aleksey German | Stars: Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrey Mironov, Aleksey Zharkov

Votes: 1,754

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.

Director: Marlen Khutsiev | Stars: Evgeniya Uralova, Aleksandr Belyavskiy, Yuriy Vizbor, Evgeniya Kozyreva

Votes: 680

6. Autumn Marathon (1979)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

School teacher is cheating on his wife and lies about it.

Director: Georgiy Daneliya | Stars: Oleg Basilashvili, Natalya Gundareva, Marina Neyolova, Evgeniy Leonov

Votes: 2,447

7. My Joy (2010)

Not Rated | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov, Dmitriy Gotsdiner

Votes: 2,019 | 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.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 32,587

9. You and Me (1971)

97 min | Drama

Because of the failed marriage neurosurgeon Pyotr going through an identity crisis by trying to solve accepting a job in far Siberia .

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Leonid Dyachkov, Yuriy Vizbor, Alla Demidova, Natalya Bondarchuk

Votes: 262

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 »

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Inna Churikova, Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeniy Vesnik

Votes: 354

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.

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Ramaz Giorgobiani, Gogi Kharabadze, Marina Kartsivadze, Aleksandre Omiadze

Votes: 645

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 »

Director: Peeter Simm | Stars: Arvo Kukumägi, Tõnu Kark, Kalju Komissarov, Priit Adamson

Votes: 97

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 »

Director: Kira Muratova | Stars: Olga Antonova, Sergei Popov, Galina Zakhurdaeva, Natalya Buzko

Votes: 849

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.

Director: Raimundas Banionis | Stars: Grazina Balandyte, Tauras Cizas, Elena Gaigalaite, Gabija Jaraminaite

Votes: 473

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 »

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov | Stars: Aleksandr Lyapin, Lidiya Milyuzina, Egor Baranovskiy, Ivan Kupreenko

Votes: 454 | 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 »

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Mayya Bulgakova, Sergey Nikonenko, Zhanna Bolotova, Panteleymon Krymov

Votes: 1,420

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 »

Director: Sergey Solovev | Stars: Natan Eidelman, Anatoly Slivnikov, German Shorr, Ilya Ivanov

Votes: 2,038

18. 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

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

Votes: 56

20. Mr. Jones (2019)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, James Norton, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 227

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

Votes: 316

22. Blockade (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The city of Leningrad and the blockade during the Second World War. No words. No music. Only sounds and black and white images of a dying city.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa

Votes: 360

23. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 34,561 | Gross: $4.57M



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