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Little Vera
7.0

Little Vera

Oct. 01, 1988

Little Vera

Little Vera – a film you could call the Soviet Union’s Saturday Night Fever. No, not because of amazing dance scenes. Rather, ...
Mother
7.5

Mother

Oct. 11, 1926

Mother

Mother is an early revolutionary cinema classic by famed director, Vsevolod Pudovkin. The film tells the story of a family split apart by a ...
Father Sergius
7.2

Father Sergius

May. 14, 1918

Father Sergius

The story of Prince Stepán Kasátsky discovering his fiancée was the mistress of the Czar, so he then becomes a monk.
Happy-Go-Lucky
7.5

Happy-Go-Lucky

Apr. 02, 1972

Happy-Go-Lucky

Happy-Go-Lucky is a fun, and at times sad comedy about a Siberian couple who take the longest trip of their life. Ivan Rastorguyev and his wife, ...
A Severe Young Man
6.8

A Severe Young Man

Dec. 04, 1934

A Severe Young Man

The film’s content makes no concessions to the usual expectations of Soviet audiences of the 1930s. The cast of characters is extremely unlikely ...
Once Upon a Time Twenty Years Later
7.3

Once Upon a Time Twenty Years Later

The lyrical comedy, Once Upon a Time Twenty Years Later, tells the story of a large Soviet family. The Kruglov family has ten children and ...
The Purple Ball
6.0

The Purple Ball

Jan. 01, 1987

The Purple Ball

The Purple Ball is a fun fantasy movie that is the second sci-fi adventures featuring Alisa Seleznyova, after the TV series, Guest from the ...
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
6.9

Aladdin and His Magic Lamp

Aladdin’s Magic Lamp is a wonderful Soviet interpretation of a classic Arabian tale. In the gorgeous city of Agrab, the life of many people ...
Ivan the Terrible, Part I
7.7

Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Ivan the Terrible was Sergei Eisenstein’s final film, created as the Soviet Union was being overrun by Nazi Germany. The biopic film is a ...
Cinema-Circus
6.0

Cinema-Circus

Jan. 01, 1942

Cinema-Circus

One of a handful of animated short propaganda cartoons (“political posters”) that survived World War II. Cinema-Circus, or ...
Circus
6.8

Circus

May. 25, 1936

Circus

Circus was released in the summer of 1936 and met immediate success with Soviet audiences. The film resonated with an increasingly confident ...
¡Que Viva Mexico!
7.6

¡Que Viva Mexico!

Oct. 01, 1931

¡Que Viva Mexico!

¡Qué viva México! is an attempt by the director, Grigory Aleksandrov, to recreate an unfinished documentary film that he filmed in Mexico in 1931 ...
Hussar Ballad
7.6

Hussar Ballad

Sep. 07, 1962

Hussar Ballad

A young girl decides to join a Husar squadron and fight against Napoleon. Dressed as a man she has a hard time adjusting to the rude Husar life styles.
City Zero
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City Zero

Jan. 01, 1989

City Zero

An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions ...
Spring on Zarechnaya Street

Spring on Zarechnaya Street

Spring on Zarechnaya Street is a touching romance that become a cult film in the Soviet Union. The movie’s plot unfolds sometime in the ...
July Rain
7.7

July Rain

Aug. 07, 1967

July Rain

A woman is forced to examine the emptiness of her life in this stark drama from the Soviet Union. Lena (Yevgenya Uralova) is a woman in her late ...
The Color of Pomegranates
7.7

The Color of Pomegranates

The Color of Pomegranates is a breathtaking and unforgettable masterpiece by Armenian director, Sergei Parajanov. Ostensibly, the film is a ...
The Forty-First
7.7

The Forty-First

Oct. 15, 1956

The Forty-First

An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer.
The Snow Queen
7.7

The Snow Queen

Oct. 22, 1957

The Snow Queen

When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to ...
The Inspector-General
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The Inspector-General

Dec. 01, 1952

The Inspector-General

Khlestakov is a young flamboyant crook, who is broke. He finds himself in a small Russian town, where local authorities are waiting for an ...
Oblomov
7.7

Oblomov

Sep. 08, 1980

Oblomov

St. Petersburg, mid 19th century: the indolent, middle-aged Oblomov lives in a flat with his older servant, Zakhar. He sleeps much of the day, ...
Tenderness
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Tenderness

Jul. 31, 1967

Tenderness

Three interrelated stories of thwarted young love in summertime Tashkent.
The House I Live In
7.7

The House I Live In

Jun. 06, 1957

The House I Live In

The House I Live In is a charming black and white drama by Soviet director, Lev Kulidzhanov. The film describes the pre-war and post-war lives ...
Tyll the Giant
7.7

Tyll the Giant

Jan. 01, 1980

Tyll the Giant

Tyll the Giant (Suur Tõll) is based on an Estonian folk tale. Tyll is a giant who reigns as king over the Baltic Sea island of Saaremaa. ...
Alexander Nevsky
7.7

Alexander Nevsky

Nov. 24, 1938

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky (Александр Невский) is a 1938 Soviet classic directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The film depicts famed Russian historical figure, ...
One-Two, Soldiers Were Going…
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One-Two, Soldiers Were Going…

One-Two, Soldiers Were Going… is another superb war movie by director, Leonid Bykov, of Only Old Men Are Going to Battle fame. The film was ...
Alice Through the Looking Glass
7.8

Alice Through the Looking Glass

The second adventure of Alice who steps through the looking glass and finds herself in a wonderful mirror land populated by chess figures and ...
Alice in Wonderland
7.8

Alice in Wonderland

Jan. 31, 1981

Alice in Wonderland

Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, this Soviet adaptation presents a more surreal and dark version than most Western ones. With a ...
Pirosmani
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Pirosmani

Dec. 28, 1969

Pirosmani

Pirosmani is a beautiful biographical film about the self-taught Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani. Pirosmani was the founder of the artistic ...
Quiet Flows the Don
7.8

Quiet Flows the Don

Jan. 05, 1957

Quiet Flows the Don

Quiet Flows the Don (Тихий Дон / Tikhiy Don) is an epic 1957 Soviet film directed by Sergei Gerasimov. Split into three parts, the film is based ...
Domestic Circumstances
7.8

Domestic Circumstances

Multiple love stories are going around this young family, including the newlyweds, the parents, and their grandmother too.
By the Law
7.8

By the Law

Jan. 01, 1926

By the Law

A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps, and suddenly kills two ...
Officers
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Officers

Jul. 26, 1971

Officers

Officers is a movie about two friends’ love for their motherland, for life itself, and, of course, for a woman. Through the lifelong ...
Liberation III: Direction of the Main Blow
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Liberation III: Direction of the Main Blow

Liberation is a five-part epic documentary about WWII from the perspective of the Eastern Front. Created by Yuri Ozerov, the series was primarily ...
Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia
7.7

Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia

In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who ...
It Can’t Be!
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It Can’t Be!

Oct. 23, 1975

It Can’t Be!

The movie includes three diffirent skits, including different actors. The first skit is about a store owner who steals goods from himself. He is ...
The Beginning
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The Beginning

Oct. 12, 1970

The Beginning

A film-in-film story set in a provincial town in Russia. Pasha is an amateur actress who plays a witch at a local club, but her dream is to play ...
My Friend Ivan Lapshin
7.8

My Friend Ivan Lapshin

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 ...
When the Trees Were Tall
7.8

When the Trees Were Tall

This piercing Soviet drama tells the story of two unfortunate strangers who, by the will of fate, become one family. Lovers of Soviet comedy will ...
The Idiot
7.8

The Idiot

Jan. 02, 1958

The Idiot

Upon Prince Myshkin’s return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a ...
Tomorrow Was the War
7.8

Tomorrow Was the War

Oct. 18, 1987

Tomorrow Was the War

Tomorrow Was the War is an exquisite drama about the life of Soviet schoolchildren during the last quiet days before WWII. The film centers ...
Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka
7.8

Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka

Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka is a fun, holiday time film adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s story, The Night Before Christmas. Directed by ...
The Mitten
7.8

The Mitten

Jun. 06, 1967

The Mitten

The Mitten is an award-winning stop motion animation by Roman Kachanov. A clear and simple story, this short film is all about a little girl, ...
Salt for Svanetia
7.8

Salt for Svanetia

May. 24, 1930

Salt for Svanetia

An ethnographic treasure that documents with visual bravado the harsh conditions of life in the isolated mountain village of Ushkul.
A Summer to Remember
7.9

A Summer to Remember

Aug. 12, 1960

A Summer to Remember

Based on the Vera Panova book about a complicated relationships between 8-years boy and his new stepfather.
One Hundred Days After Childhood
7.9

One Hundred Days After Childhood

A group of Russian teenagers spend their summer at a summer camp. Mitia falls in love and gets so occupied with his own problems that he forgets ...
The Republic of ShKID
7.9

The Republic of ShKID

Jan. 01, 1966

The Republic of ShKID

The film is based on the eponymous book, written by two former street gangsters – Grigori Belykh and Leonid Panteleyev. Film is set in the ...
The Last Relic
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The Last Relic

Jan. 01, 1969

The Last Relic

The Last Relic (Viimne reliikvia) is a 1969 Estonian film based on a historical novel by Eduard Bornhöhe. The film was extremely popular when it ...
Katerina Izmailova
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Katerina Izmailova

Jun. 08, 1967

Katerina Izmailova

Katerina Izmailova is a filmization of Dmitry Shostakovich’s long-suppressed 1936 opera. Galina Vishnevskaya stars as Katerina, a bored ...
Falling Leaves
7.9

Falling Leaves

Jan. 16, 1966

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves (Giorgobistve) is a gorgeous 1966 Georgian film directed by Otar Iosseliani. It was first released in Moscow theaters on June 24, ...
Walking the Streets of Moscow
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Walking the Streets of Moscow

“I Am Walking Along Moscow” aka “Ya Shagayu Po Moskve” (1963) is a charming lyrical comedy directed by Georgi Daneliya in ...
Scarecrow
7.9

Scarecrow

Sep. 14, 1984

Scarecrow

A twelve years old girl Lena who has come to live with her grandfather in a small Russian town is being bullied by her classmates. She took the ...
A Man from Boulevard des Capucines
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A Man from Boulevard des Capucines

Really funny, sweet, and moving take on the American western done by a soviet female director. Mr. First comes to a small town in the wild west ...
Three Poplars on Plyuschikha Street
7.9

Three Poplars on Plyuschikha Street

Three Poplars at Plyushchikha is a legendary Soviet melodrama about a simple village woman who, once in Moscow, changes her worldview and life. ...
Crime and Punishment
7.9

Crime and Punishment

Sep. 28, 1970

Crime and Punishment

This is truly the greatest film adaptation of Dostoevsky’s classic, Crime and Punishment, there is. Directed by Lev Kulidzhanov and ...
Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross
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Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross

This is the very first silent slapstick comedy short about adventures of Worldly, Coward, and Fool. What’s more fun: fishing with worms, or ...
Letter Never Sent
7.9

Letter Never Sent

Jun. 27, 1960

Letter Never Sent

Four geologists are searching for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. After a long and tiresome journey they manage to find their luck and put ...
I Am Twenty
7.9

I Am Twenty

Jan. 01, 1965

I Am Twenty

I Am Twenty is a coming-of-age film from the 1960s that demonstrates the differences between the Soviet wartime generation and that which came ...
Ten Little Indians
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Ten Little Indians

Jan. 01, 1987

Ten Little Indians

A disturbing psychological thriller based on the classic novel by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are forced to come face to face with their dark ...
Twenty Days Without War
7.9
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Twenty Days Without War

War correspondent Lopatin takes a 20-day-leave from his hard work at the front in 1942. He travels to faraway Tashkent to meet the family of the ...
Station for Two
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Station for Two

Jun. 06, 1982

Station for Two

Platon Ryabinin, a pianist, is traveling by train to a distant town of Griboedov to visit his father. He gets off to have lunch during a twenty ...
Assa
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Assa

Nov. 01, 1987

Assa

Assa (Асса) is a classic Soviet crime film from 1987 that retains a cult status in Russia to this day. The movie is credited with bringing ...
Cloud Heaven
8.0

Cloud Heaven

Dec. 04, 1990

Cloud Heaven

In this gentle comedy, an unpopular resident in a Russian village has his life completely changed when he announces, entirely on a whim and just ...
At War as at War
8.0

At War as at War

Feb. 23, 1969

At War as at War

To the young lieutenant Maleshkin the war is a minor obstacle, if compared to his personal battle to command his subordinates, while conducting ...
Tears Were Falling
8.0

Tears Were Falling

Jan. 01, 1982

Tears Were Falling

Tears Were Falling is a beautiful fairy tale for adults. Prolific actor, Evgeni Leonov, plays Vasin, a loving husband, father, and all-round ...
Travels of an Ant
8.0

Travels of an Ant

Jan. 01, 1983

Travels of an Ant

Travels of an Ant tells the story of an injured ant who gets blown by the wind far from home. Desperately trying to return home before sundown, ...
The Story of the Voyages
8.0

The Story of the Voyages

In this fantasy with dragons and flying machines, 10-year-old Marta is determined to find her brother who was kidnapped at Christmastime by a ...
The Plea
8.0

The Plea

Dec. 24, 1967

The Plea

The Plea is the first movie in Tengiz Abuladze’s trilogy that includes The Wishing Tree and Repentance. The film is a romantic drama based ...
I Am Cuba
8.0

I Am Cuba

Oct. 26, 1964

I Am Cuba

An unabashed exercise in cinema stylistics, I Am Cuba is pro-Castro/anti-Batista rhetoric dressed up in the finest clothes. The film’s four ...
Two Comrades Were Serving
8.0

Two Comrades Were Serving

Set during the last days of the civil war that followed the Russian Revolution. The Crimea Peninsula is the last stronghold of the White Guard, ...
Tale of Tales
8.0

Tale of Tales

Jan. 01, 1979

Tale of Tales

Tale of Tales (Сказка сказок, Skazka skazok) is a masterpiece by the great animator, Yuri Norstein. Like another Norstein classic, Hedgehog in ...
Autumn Marathon
8.0

Autumn Marathon

Jun. 06, 1979

Autumn Marathon

Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin, who makes a living by teaching at an institute and translating English literature, is cheating on his wife. ...
An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano
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An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano

At the dilapidated country estate of Anna Petrovna Voinitseva, a group of feckless Russian aristocrats whiles away a summer afternoon. ...
Is It Easy to Be Young?

Is It Easy to Be Young?

Is it easy to be young? (Vai viegli būt jaunam?) is a cult classic, Latvian documentary from 1986. The film describes the lives and problems the ...
The Courier
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The Courier

Jun. 06, 1986

The Courier

Ivan Mirosnikov, a cheeky young man in the Gorbachev era, is trying to figure out what to do with his life (he’s not in college, and the ...
Days of the Turbins
7.9

Days of the Turbins

Jun. 06, 1976

Days of the Turbins

Masterfully done re-telling of Bulgakov’s brilliant play (itself a version of the novel, “White Guard”), “Days of the ...
The Girls
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The Girls

Jan. 01, 1961

The Girls

The Girls is one of the most popular Soviet movies from the 1960s. This heartwarming movie is sometimes likened to Cinderella in the rural ...
Love and Lies
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Love and Lies

Jun. 06, 1980

Love and Lies

Love and Lies (also called Could One Imagine?) is a cute teen romantic melodrama about first love. On September 1st, a new student joins ...
Battleship Potemkin
8.0

Battleship Potemkin

Jan. 18, 1926

Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin (Броненосец «Потёмкин» / Bronenosets Potyomkin) is a 1925 Soviet film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. It is widely considered ...
The Flight
8.0

The Flight

Jan. 01, 1970

The Flight

The film is about a group of people who in other times wouldn’t have anything in common, some of them innocent bystanders, some moral ...
Afonya
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Afonya

Oct. 13, 1975

Afonya

The 1975 film by Georgi Daneliya “Afonya” was an unexpected commercial hit in USSR. The main character “Afonya” Borshev ...
Chasing Two Hares
8.1

Chasing Two Hares

Dec. 21, 1961

Chasing Two Hares

Based on the vaudeville by M. Staritsky Svirid Petrovich Golokhvasty had his own barbershop in town and a reputation of a dandy. Once, after ...
Junior and Karlson
8.1

Junior and Karlson

Jan. 01, 1968

Junior and Karlson

Junior and Karlson is a Soviet cult cartoon based on the Swedish story by writer, Astrid Lingren (of Pippi Longstocking fame). In this cartoon, a ...
To Kill a Dragon
8.1

To Kill a Dragon

Jan. 01, 1988

To Kill a Dragon

Dragon is a bloody dictator, who kills every opponent. People live hopelessly, until Lancelot comes to save the beautiful Elsa. Lancelot can only ...
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
8.1

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a 1965 Ukrainian film by Soviet-Armenian filmmaker, Sergei Parajanov, that is based on the novel by Ukrainian ...
Stalker
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Stalker

May. 25, 1979

Stalker

Stalker (Сталкер) is a brilliant 1979 Soviet sci-fi film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Loosely based on the Strugatsky Brothers’ 1972 novel, ...
Solaris
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Solaris

Mar. 20, 1972

Solaris

Solaris – a film about people’s erotic problems in outer space. Or so you’ll see… Unfortunately, the free version of the ...
Siberiade
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Siberiade

Nov. 28, 1979

Siberiade

The evolution of a nation during six decades of turbulent history is dramatized via two families from opposing classes.
They Fought for Their Country
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They Fought for Their Country

Sergei Bondarchuk’s They Fought for Their Country has often been called the best film about WWII.  In the summer of 1942, the Soviet Union ...
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears is a classic, Oscar-winning Soviet movie. It’s said to depict the famous Russian soul better than any ...
Love and Pigeons
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Love and Pigeons

Jan. 07, 1984

Love and Pigeons

Shown a life in the remote siberian village. Vasia, who never leave his family, village, comes to pass summer holiday on the Black Sea. New ...
Ivan’s Childhood
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Ivan’s Childhood

May. 05, 1962

Ivan’s Childhood

Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Mirror
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Mirror

Mar. 07, 1975

Mirror

A dying man in his forties recalls his childhood, his mother, the war and personal moments that tell of and juxtapose pivotal moments in Soviet ...

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