Russian Cinema in 100 Names

by kinoholik | created - 31 Mar 2015 | updated - 22 Nov 2016 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Leviafan

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 - ...

5. Larisa Shepitko

Director | Voskhozhdenie

Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Znoy (1963) and Ty i ya (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.

6. 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...

7. Lyubov Orlova

Actress | Tsirk

Lyubov Orlova was a Russian film star of the 1930s who enjoyed the sympathy of Joseph Stalin.

She was born Lyubov Petrovna Orlova on January 29, 1902 in Zvenigorod, a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Her father, Petr Orlov, was an officer in the Russian Imperial Army, her mother, Evgenia Sukhotina, ...

8. Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Writer | Michurin

Aleksandr Dovzhenko was born on September 10, 1894 in Vyunishche, Sosnitsa Ueyzd, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Petrovich Dovzhenko. He was a writer and director, known for Life in Bloom (1949), Zemlya (1930) and Shors (1939). He was married to Yuliya Solntseva. He died on ...

9. Aleksey Batalov

Actor | Letyat zhuravli

Aleksei Vladimirovich Batalov was born on November 20, 1928, into the family of famous Russian theatrical actor Vladimir Batalov. He was born in the city of Vladimir, near Moscow, where his grandmother was the Doctor General at the Vladimir city hospital. His parents, Vladimir Petrovich Batalov and...

10. Nikolay Cherkasov

Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...

11. 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 Pokhozhdeniya zubnogo vracha (1965). He was married to Larisa Shepitko. He died on October 26, 2003 in ...

12. Tatyana Samoylova

Actress | Letyat zhuravli

Tatiana Samoilova (Tatyana Samojlova) is a Russian film actress known for the leading roles in The Cranes Are Flying (1957) and Anna Karenina (1967).

She was born Tatiana Evgenievna Samoilova on May 4, 1934, in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. Her father, Evgeniy Samoylov, was a notable Russian ...

13. Vsevolod Pudovkin

Director | Admiral Nakhimov

Vsevolod Pudovkin was born on February 28, 1893 in Penza, Russian Empire as Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin. He was a director and actor, known for Admiral Nakhimov (1947), Zhukovsky (1950) and Minin i Pozharskiy (1939). He was married to Anna Zemtsova. He died on June 30, 1953 in Jurmala, Latvian ...

14. Grigoriy Kozintsev

Director | Gamlet

Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow ...

15. Inna Churikova

Actress | La delegazione

Inna Mikhailovna Churikova was born on October 5, 1943, in Belebey, near Ufa, Bashkiria Republic, Russia (at that time USSR). Her parents were from peasant families. Her father, Mikhail Kuzmich Churikov, was a veteran of the Second World War, he worked at Academy of Agriculture. Her mother, ...

16. 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.

17. Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Actor | Stalker

The famous Russian actor was discovered by Andrei Tarkovsky. He was looking for an actor to play the part of Andrei Rublev for his second full-length film and accidentally found the completely unknown Solonitsyn in Chelyabinsk. He worked there as an amateur actor. After Andrei Rublev, he played ...

18. 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) (1927), as well as co-star in Battleship Potemkin (1925) by director Sergei M. Eisenstein.

He was born Grigori Vasilyevich Mormonenko on ...

19. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).

20. Oleg Yankovskiy

Actor | Lyubovnik

Yankovsky was named best actor in a 1984 reader poll by Soviet Screen for his role in "In Love Because He Wants to Be." He was awarded the State Prize in 1987 for his role in "Flying Asleep and Awake." In 1989 he received the Vasiliev State Prize for his role in "The Kreutzer Sonata." Yakovsky was ...

21. Lev Kuleshov

Director | Po zakonu

Lev Kuleshov was a Russian director who used the editing technique known as the "Kuleshov effect." Although some of the editing innovations, such as crosscutting were used by other directors before him, Kuleshov was the first to use it in the Soviet Russia. he was driving a Ford sports car amidst ...

22. Nonna Mordyukova

Actress | Brilliantovaya ruka

Nonna Mordyukova, one of the foremost actresses of the Soviet Cinema, was frequently cast as a Russian peasant woman.

She was born Noyabrina (Nonna) Viktorovna Mordyukova on the 25th of November 1925 into a Cossack family in Konstantinovka settlement, Donetsk province, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now ...

23. Eldar Ryazanov

Director | Nebesa obetovannye

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 ...

24. Grigoriy Chukhray

Director | Ballada o soldate

Studied at the Moscow Cinema Institute under Soviet film master Mikhail Romm. He found fame after his 1959 film "Ballad of a Soldier" which is considered one of the best Soviet war films and which has played all over the world.

25. Aleksey Balabanov

Director | Brat

Aleksey Balabanov was born on February 25, 1959 in Sverdlovsk, Sverdlovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Aleksey Oktyabrinovich Balabanov. He was a director and writer, known for Brother (1997), Cargo 200 (2007) and Kochegar (2010). He was married to Nadezhda Vasileva. He died on May 18, 2013 in ...

26. Yakov Protazanov

Director | Aelita

Yakov Protazanov was born on February 4, 1881 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Yakov Aleksandrovich Protazanov. He was a director and writer, known for Aelita (1924), A Narrow Escape (1920) and Adventures in Bokhara (1943). He died on August 9, 1945 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR.

27. 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), Trudno byt bogom (2013) and Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (1985). He was married to Svetlana Karmalita. He died on February 21, 2013 in...

28. Pavel Lungin

Director | Ostrov

Pavel Semyonovich Lungin (born July 12, 1949) is a Russian film director. He is sometimes credited as Pavel Loungine (as in the American release of Tycoon).

Born 12 July 1949 in Moscow, Lungin is the son of a scriptwriter and linguist. He later attended Moscow State University from which he ...

29. Boris Barnet

Director | Miss Mend

Boris Barnet was born on June 18, 1902 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Boris Vasilyevich Barnet. He was a director and actor, known for Miss Mend (1926), Secret Agent (1947) and The Patriots (1933). He was married to Alla Kazanskaya, Yelena Kuzmina, Natalia Glan and Valentina Barnet. He died on ...

30. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Writer | Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna

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 ...

32. Abram Room

Director | Nashestvie

Abram Room was born on June 28, 1894 in Vilna, Russian Empire as Abram Matveyevich Room. He was a director and writer, known for Nashestvie (1945), Sud chesti (1949) and Belated Flowers (1970). He died on July 26, 1976 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR.

33. Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy

Actor | Gamlet

Innokenti Smoktunovsky (birth name Smoktunovich) was born in Siberian village of Tatianovka near Tomsk in 1925. There were some speculations that his ancestors were of Polish nobility or of Jewish ethnicity and that they were exiled to Siberia for participating in the January Uprising of 1863. But,...

34. Sergei Dvortsevoy

Director | Tulpan

Sergei Dvortsevoy was born on August 18, 1962 in Chimkent, Chimkent Oblast, Kazakh SSR, USSR as Sergey Vladimirovich Dvortsevoy. He is a director and writer, known for Tulpan (2008), Schastye (1995) and Bread Day (1998).

35. Vasiliy Shukshin

Writer | Kalina krasnaya

Vasili Shukshin, one of Russian cinema's notable figures, was born Vasili Makarovich Shukshin into a peasant family on July 25, 1929, in the village of Srostki, Altai province, Siberian Russia. His father, named Makar Leontievich Shukshin, was a landlord who refused to join a collective farm and ...

36. Kira Muratova

Director | Nastroyshchik

Kira Muratova was born on November 5, 1934 in Soroca, Romania as Kira Georgiyevna Korotkova. She was a director and writer, known for Nastroyshchik (2004), Vtorostepennye lyudi (2001) and Vechnoe vozvrashchenie (2012). She was married to Yevgeni Golubenko and Aleksandr Muratov. She died on June 6, ...

37. Lyudmila Gurchenko

Actress | Lyubov i golubi

Lyudmila Gurchenko was a popular actress in the Soviet Union during the 1950s - 1980s, she was best known for Carnival in Moscow (1956), Five Evenings (1979) and Siberiade (1979).

She was born Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko on 12 November 1935, in Kharkov, Ukrainian Soviet Republic of the USSR. She ...

38. Alisa Freyndlikh

Actress | Stalker

Alisa Brunovna Freindlikh was born on December 8, 1934, in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia). Her father, named Bruno Frejndlikh, was a notable actor. Alisa Freindlikh graduated from Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography in 1957.

From 1961-1983 Alisa Freindlikh was a ...

39. Aleksey German

Director | Bumazhnyy soldat

Aleksey German was born on September 4, 1976 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for Bumazhnyy soldat (2008), Garpastum (2005) and Posledniy poezd (2003). He is married to Elena Okopnaya.

40. Zinaida Sharko

Actress | Lunoy byl polon sad

Zinaida Maksimovna Sharko was born on May 14, 1929, in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, Soviet Union. Her father, named Maksim Sharko, was a firefighter. From 1947-1951 she studied acting under Boris Zon and graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography. From 1951-1956 she ...

41. Sergey Urusevskiy

Cinematographer | Selskaya uchitelnitsa

Sergey Urusevskiy was born on December 23, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Sergei Pavlovich Urusevsky. He was a cinematographer and director, known for The Village Teacher (1947), Dream of a Cossack (1951) and Beg inokhodtsa (1969). He died on November 12, 1974 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, ...

42. Mikhail Romm

Director | Chelovek No. 217

Mikhail Romm was born in 1901, into a Russian-Jewish family, in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia. He served in the Red Army in 1918-21 as an Inspector of the Special Forces for Food Supplies. He was in charge of confiscations of bread and food from the wealthier farmers (kulaks) in Central ...

43. Aleksey Popogrebskiy

Director | Koktebel

Aleksey Popogrebskiy was born on August 7, 1972 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Aleksey Petrovich Popogrebskiy. He is a director and writer, known for Koktebel (2003), Kak ya provel etim letom (2010) and Prostye veshchi (2007).

44. Ivan Pyrev

Director | Skazanie o zemle sibirskoy

Ivan Pyrev was born on November 4, 1901 in Kamen, Tomsk Governorate, Russian Empire as Ivan Aleksandrovich Pyriev. He was a director and writer, known for Symphony of Life (1948), They Met in Moscow (1941) and Six P.M. (1944). He was married to Lionella Pyryeva and Marina Ladynina. He died on ...

45. Aleksandr Askoldov

Director | Komissar

Aleksandr Askoldov was born on July 17, 1932 in Kiev, Ukraine, USSR as Aleksandr Yakovlevich Askoldov. He was a director and actor, known for The Commissar (1967), La chasse aux papillons (1992) and The Media Show (1987). He was married to Svetlana. He died on May 21, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

46. Konstantin Lavronenko

Actor | Vozvrashchenie

Konstantin Lavronenko was born on April 20, 1961 in Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Konstantin Nikolaevich Lavronenko. He is an actor, known for The Return (2003), Kajinek (2010) and The Banishment (2007).

47. Iosif Kheifits

Director | Deputat Baltiki

Iosif Kheifits was born on December 4, 1905 in Minsk, Russian Empire as Iosif Yefimovich Khejfits. He was a director and writer, known for Baltic Deputy (1937), The Lady with the Dog (1960) and Asya (1978). He was married to Yanina Zheymo. He died on April 24, 1995 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

48. Mikhail Ulyanov

Actor | Bratya Karamazovy

Mikhail Ulyanov was a notable Russian actor and director, who was also an important Soviet political figure, Member of the Central Committe of the Communist Party, Co-Chairman, with Kirill Lavrov, of Theatrical Union of the USSR, and the leader of Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

He was born ...

49. Yuriy Bykov

Director | Mayor

Yuriy Bykov was born on August 15, 1981 in Novomichurinsk, Pronsky District, Ryazan Oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Yuriy Anatolevich Bykov. He is a director and actor, known for The Major (2013), The Fool (2014) and The Factory (2018).

50. Pyotr Mamonov

Actor | Ostrov

Pyotr Mamonov was born on April 14, 1951 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Pyotr Nikolayevich Mamonov. He is an actor, known for Ostrov (2006), Igla (1988) and Taksi-Blyuz (1990).

51. Eduard Tisse

Cinematographer | Bessmertnyy garnizon

Eduard Tisse was born on April 13, 1897 in Libava, Grobina uyezd, Courland Governorate, Russian Empire as Eduard Kazimirovich Tisse. He was a cinematographer and director, known for The Immortal Garrison (1956), Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944) and Battleship Potemkin (1925). He died on November 18...

52. Iya Savvina

Actress | Garazh

Iya Savvina is a Russian actress of Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT).

She was born Iya Sergeevna Savvina on March 2, 1936, in Voronezh, Russia, Soviet Union (now Russia). From 1954 - 1958 she studied Journalism at Moscow University, graduating in 1958 as a journalist. While a student, Savvina was active ...

53. Rolan Bykov

Actor | Chuchelo

Rolan Bykov was born on November 12, 1929 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Rolan Antonovich Bykov. He was an actor and director, known for Chuchelo (1984), Aybolit-66 (1967) and Andrei Rublev (1966). He was married to Elena Sanaeva. He died on October 6, 1998 in Moscow, Russia.

54. Boris Babochkin

Actor | Chapaev

Boris Babochkin was internationally recognized star of Russian cinema who played the title role in the classic film Chapaev (1934) and later played a sharp anti-communist character on stage in Moscow, for which he was ostracized and censored by the Soviet Communist Party.

He was born Boris ...

55. Anatoli Golovnya

Cinematographer | Admiral Nakhimov

Anatoli Golovnya was born on February 2, 1900 in Simferopol, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire as Anatoli Dmitrievich Golovnya. He was a cinematographer, known for Admiral Nakhimov (1947), Zhukovsky (1950) and Mother (1926). He died on June 25, 1982 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

56. Marina Ladynina

Actress | Kubanskie kazaki

Marina Ladynina was born on June 24, 1908 in Skotinino, Smolensk Governorate, Russian Empire as Marina Alekseyevna Ladynina. She was an actress, known for Cossacks of the Kuban (1950), Six P.M. (1944) and Traktoristy (1939). She was married to Ivan Pyrev. She died on March 8, 2003 in Moscow, Russia.

57. Vladimir Mashkov

Actor | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Vladimir Lvovich Mashkov was born in Tula, to Natalia, a puppet theatre director, and Lev Mashkov, an actor. He worked for Oleg Tabakov's theatre where he performed in Alexander Galich's "My Big Land", Neil Simon's "Biloxy Blues", Nickolai Gogol's "The Inspector General", Jean-Batiste Moliere's "...

58. Nikolay Burlyaev

Actor | Andrey Rublev

Nikolay Burlyaev is a Soviet and Russian actor. He was born into a family of actors, Burlyayev started his career in film and theatre when he was still a child. He is best known for his title role in Andrei Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood (1962). He worked with Tarkovsky again four years later, as ...

59. Mayya Bulgakova

Actress | Prestuplenie i nakazanie

Mayya Bulgakova was an Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1969), People's Artist of the RSFSR (7.01.1977). The parents named the girl Mayya because she was born on May 19. Her father was a military man. Besides her, there were three children in the family - two brothers and a sister. Mayya's happy ...

60. 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).

61. Vera Baranovskaya

Actress | Mat

Vera Baranovskaya was born in 1885 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Vera Vsevolodovna Baranovskaya. She was an actress, known for Mother (1926), Takový je zivot (1930) and Leichtsinnige Jugend (1931). She died on December 7, 1935 in Paris, France.

62. Vladimir Vysotskiy

Soundtrack | Atomic Blonde

Vladimir Vysotsky was an iconic Russian actor, singer-songwriter and public figure, who wrote over 700 songs and gave over 2000 public and private performances as an anti-establishment singer of the 60s and 70s in the former Soviet Union. He was one of the Soviet Union's boldest and most celebrated...

63. Irina Kupchenko

Actress | Uchilka

Irina Kupchenko is a Russian actress known for the role as Lisa in A Nest of Gentry (1969) by director Andrey Konchalovskiy.

She was born Irina Petrovna Kupchenko on March 1, 1948, in Vienna, Austria. Her father, Petr Kupchenko, was a Soviet Army officer stationed in Vienna; her mother was a teacher...

64. Andrey Smirnov

Director | Zhila-byla odna baba

Andrey Smirnov was born on March 12, 1941 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Andrei Sergeyevich Smirnov. He is an actor and director, known for Zhila-byla odna baba (2011), Dnevnik ego zheny (2000) and Elena (2011).

65. Oleg Menshikov

Actor | Kavkazskiy plennik

Born 8 November 1960 as Oleg Evgenyevich Menshikov in Serpukhov, USSR (now in Russia). His father was a military engineer and his mother was a doctor. During his childhood he attended music school where he learned to play piano and violin. Later he studied in the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre ...

66. Andrey Myagkov

Actor | Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom!

Andrey Myagkov, one of Russia's most familiar faces and a leading actor of the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) who starred in the 1970's comedy Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (1975), made a comeback in the sequel The Irony of Fate 2 (2007).

He was born Andrey Vasilevich Myagkov on July 8, 1938, in ...

67. Gleb Panfilov

Director | Tema

Gleb Panfilov was born on May 21, 1934 in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR as Gleb Anatolyevich Panfilov. He is a director and writer, known for Tema (1979), Mat (1990) and V ogne broda net (1968). He is married to Inna Churikova.

68. Nikolay Batalov

Actor | Aelita

Nikolai Petrovich Batalov was born on December 6, 1899, in Moscow, Russia, into the family of a clerk. From 1910-1915 he studied at the Moscow Mercantile School named after the Czar Aleksander III. His interest in theatre and literature was supported by his grandmother, who encouraged his voracious...

69. 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 ...

70. Elena Solovey

Actress | We Own the Night

Elena Solovey is a Russian-American film and stage actress best known for her works with director Nikita Mikhalkov.

She was born Elena Yakovlevna Solovey on February 24, 1947, in Neustrelitz, East Germany. Her parents met in Berlin at the end of the Second World War. Her father, Yakov Solovey, was ...

71. Oleg Basilashvili

Actor | Osenniy marafon

Oleg Valerianovich Basilashvili was born on September 26, 1934, in Moscow, USSR. His father, named Valerian Basilashvili, was a director of the Moscow Polytechnical College. His mother, named Irina Ilyinskaya, was a teacher of linguistics.

His father made up a story that his grandfather was a ...

72. 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 ...

73. Oleg Tabakov

Actor | Neokonchennaya pesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino

Oleg Tabakov was a renown Russian actor, director, and public figure, who played over 100 roles in film and on TV. He is best known for his roles as Count Nikita Rostov in War and Peace (1966) by Sergey Bondarchuk, and as Oblomov in the eponymous film by Nikita Mikhalkov.

He was born Oleg Pavlovich ...

74. Pavel Chukhray

Director | Voditel dlya Very

Pavel Chukhray is a Russian screenwriter and film director. He graduated from VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography): in 1971 -- from the cameraman's department, in 1974 -- from the director's department. He began his film career as a cameraman assistant, a director of photography, and ...

75. Sergey Bodrov

Actor | Brat

Sergei Bodrov Jr. was born on December 27th, 1971 to producer and director Sergei Bodrov. He made his film debut in his father's Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) (Prisoner of the mountains) for which he won a Nika. From then on Sergei's career began. In 1997 he played a lead role in Brother (1997) ...

76. Karen Shakhnazarov

Director | Palata N°6

Karen Shakhnazarov was born on July 8, 1952 in Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov. He is a director and producer, known for Ward No. 6 (2009), Belyy tigr (2012) and Den polnoluniya (1998).

77. Natalya Negoda

Actress | Malenkaya Vera

Natalya Negoda was born on November 12, 1963 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR as Natalya Igorevna Negoda. She is an actress, known for Little Vera (1988), Buben, baraban (2009) and The Comrades of Summer (1992).

78. Sergei Bodrov

Writer | Mongol

Sergei Bodrov was born on June 28, 1948 in Khabarovsk, Khabarovskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Sergey Vladimirovich Bodrov . He is a writer and director, known for Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007), Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) and S.E.R. - Svoboda eto rai (1989).

79. Sergey Loznitsa

Director | Donbass

Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian film maker, was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovichi, USSR. He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in ...

80. 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).

81. Anna Melikyan

Producer | Zvezda

Anna Melikian (born February 8, 1976) is an Armenian-Russian film and TV director/ producer whose work has been recognized with several awards. After her participation at Sundance Film Festival she was listed in the TOP 10 of most perspective film directors by Variety magazine.

Melikian studied at ...

82. Sergey Garmash

Actor | Stilyagi

Sergey Garmash was born on September 1, 1958 in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Sergei Leonidovich Garmash. He is an actor and writer, known for Hipsters (2008), 12 (2007) and Svoi (2004).

83. Aleksey Uchitel

Producer | Progulka

Born in Leningrad in 1951. Son of a well-known documentary film director Yefim Uchitel. Graduated in 1975 from VGIK (The All-Russian State University of Cinematography). Worked as a cameraman and documentary film director at the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio. President and CEO of Rock Films, a ...

84. Konstantin Khabenskiy

Actor | Dnevnoy dozor

Konstantin Khabenskiy is a Russian actor known in the West for his working the horror flicks Nochnoy dozor (2004) and Dnevnoy dozor (2006). He is also co-starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Wanted (2008).

He was born Konstantin Yurevich Khabenskiy on January 11, 1972, in Leningrad, USSR (now St. ...

85. Galina Polskikh

Actress | Peterburgskie tayny

Galina Polskikh was born on November 27, 1939 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Galina Aleksandrovna Polskikh. She is an actress, known for Peterburgskie tayny (1994), Dikaya sobaka Dingo (1962) and Razvyazka Peterburgskikh tayn (1998). She was previously married to Aleksandr Surin and Faik Hasanov.

86. Vladimir Fogel

Actor | Po zakonu

Vladimir Fogel was born in 1902 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Vladimir Petrovich Fogel. He was an actor, known for Po zakonu (1926), Miss Mend (1926) and Shakhmatnaya goryachka (1925). He died on June 8, 1929 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia].

87. Kseniya Rappoport

Actress | La doppia ora

Kseniya Rappoport was born on March 25, 1974 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR as Kseniya Aleksandrovna Rappoport. She is an actress and director, known for La doppia ora (2009), The Unknown Woman (2006) and Yurev den (2008). She is married to Dmitriy Borisov.

88. Aleksey Petrenko

Actor | 12

Aleksey Petrenko was born on March 26, 1938 in Chemer, Chernigov Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Alexei Vassilyevich Petrenko. He was an actor, known for 12 (2007), Skaz pro to, kak tsar Pyotr arapa zhenil (1976) and Rasputin (1981). He was married to Azima Abdumaminova, Galina Kozhukhova-Petrenko ...

89. Ivan Vyrypaev

Writer | Eyforiya

Ivan Vyrypaev was born on August 3, 1974 in Irkutsk, Irkutskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Ivan Aleksandrovich Vyrypaev. He is a writer and director, known for Eyforiya (2006), Kislorod (2009) and Tanets Deli (2012). He has been married to Karolina Gruszka since 2007. They have one child. He was ...

90. Yuriy Nikulin

Actor | Brilliantovaya ruka

Yuri Nikulin was a Russian film actor, comedian, mime, and circus clown who was also Artistic Director of Moscow Circus and popular TV show host.

He was born Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin on December 18, 1921, in the town of Demidov, Smolensk province, Central Russia. His father, Vladimir Andreevich ...

91. Sergey Puskepalis

Actor | Prostye veshchi

Sergey Puskepalis was born on April 15, 1966 in Kursk, Kurskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR. He is an actor and director, known for Prostye veshchi (2007), Metro (2013) and Krik sovy (2013).

93. Chulpan Khamatova

Actress | Good Bye Lenin!

Chulpan Khamatova (her name means the Morning Star in Tatar language) was born Chulpan Nailyevna Khamatova on October 1, 1975, in Kazan, Tatarstan Republic, Russia. She is an ethnic Tatar. Her mother, named Marina Galimullovna Khamatova, is an engineer. Her father, named Nail Khamatov, is also an ...

94. Vera Alentova

Actress | I vse-taki ya lyublyu...

Vera Alentova is among the most popular Soviet and Russian actresses, thanks to her wonderful performance in Vladimir Menshov's internationally acclaimed Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980). Born in 1942 into a family of actors (the apple does not fall far from the tree!), she naturally started...

95. Andrey Panin

Actor | Yady, ili vsemirnaya istoriya otravleniy

Panin was rocketed to fame by the hit television detective show "Kamenskaya." In 2000, he had lead roles in both Valery Akhadov's "Don't Offend the Women" and Pavel Lugin's "Wedding," as well as Alexander Atanesyan's action thriller "24 Hours." He won the best actor prize at the Golden Ram film ...

96. Yuliya Solntseva

Actress | Aelita

Yuliya Solntseva was born on August 7, 1901 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Yuliya Ippolitovna Peresvetova. She was a director and actress, known for Aelita (1924), Povest plamennykh let (1961) and Life in Bloom (1949). She was married to Aleksandr Dovzhenko. She died on October 29, 1989 in Moscow, ...

98. Yuriy Arabov

Writer | Monakh i bes

Yuriy Arabov was born on October 25, 1954 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Yuriy Nikolaevich Arabov. He is a writer, known for Monakh i bes (2016), Faust (2011) and Moloch (1999).

99. Fedor Bondarchuk

Actor | 9 rota

Fedor Bondarchuk is famous Russian director, film and TV producer, actor, clip maker and TV host. He was born on May 9, 1967 in Moscow, Russia, and was brought up in the family of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and the Academy Award-winning director Sergey ...

100. Fridrikh Ermler

Director | Velikiy grazhdanin

Retrospective at the Moscow International Festival.



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