best russian films


A list of 20 Best Russian Films that are both, critically acclaimed and widely lovely by the critics and audience.

Watch these timeless classics and learn Russian along the way.


1. The Diamond Arm (1969) by Leonid Gaidai
Бриллиантовая рука (1969) - Леонид Гайдай

An ordinary Soviet citizen accidentally intervenes into the huge operation of international criminal group that trades illegally obtained jewelry.


2. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971) by Aleksandr Sery
Джентельмены удачи (1971) - Александр Серый

A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless headpiece of Alexander the Great during an archaeological expedition. But after militia "inputs" Troshkin into the criminal environment, he has nothing left to do but to carefully play out the part of his "evil twin".


3. Office Romance (1977) by Eldar Ryazanov
Служебный роман (1977) - Эльдар Рязанов

The life of entire statistical bureau becomes crazy when an ordinary worker - a shy male - falls in love with a boss - a strict female.


4. An Ordinary Miracle (1979) by Mark Zakharov
Обыкновенное чудо (1979) - Марк Захаров

A wizard invents characters who all come to life and start to arrive at his house: a King, his servants, a princes, a bear trapped in a man's body - the usual lot.


5. The Cranes Are Flying (1957) by Mikhail Kalatozov
Летят журавли (1957) - Михаил Калатозов

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.


6. The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (1975) by Eldar Ryazanov
Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром! (1975) - Эльдар Рязанов

An incredible story about a man who misplaced the cities and found his love during the one special night - New Year's celebration.


7. Mimino (1977) by Georgiy Daneliya
Мимино (1977) - Георгий Данелия

Pilot Mimino works at small local airlines in Georgia, flying helicopters between small villages. He dreams of piloting large international airlines aircrafts, so he goes to Moscow for refresher courses. There in a hotel he meets truck driver Rubik from Armenia who is given a place in that hotel by mistake, and they have a lot of adventures in Moscow.


8. Andrei Rublev (1966) by Andrei Tarkovsky
Андрей Рублёв (1966) - Андрей Тарковский

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.


9. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966) by Eldar Ryazanov
Берегись автомобиля (1966) - Эльдар Рязанов

A very good cop tries to catch a very insidious and extremely clever serial car thief. The bitter irony is that the thief is not very clever, absolutely not insidious, and moreover - a virtuous person and his friend.


10. Pokrov Gates (1983) by Mikhail Kozakov
Покровские ворота (1983) - Михаил Козаков

Stories from the lives of the tennants of the Moscow's communal apatment: Kostik, who is a college student, lives with his aunt while studying; Arkady Velyurov who is a performing artist; Khobotovs, who are a divorced couple; and Sava, who is Margarita Khobotov's new fiance. All these people live in one apartment and their lives constantly touch each other's.


11. Stalker (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky
Сталкер (1979) - Андрей Тарковский

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.


12. Solaris (1971) by Andrei Tarkovsky
Солярис (1971) - Андрей Тарковский

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.


13. The Mirror (1975) by Andrei Tarkovsky
Зеркало (1975) - Андрей Тарковский

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.


14. Ivan's Childhood (1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky
Иваново детство (1962) - Андрей Тарковский

In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.


15. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) by Vladimir Menshov
Москва слезам не верит (1980) - Владимир Меньшов

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.


16. Love and Doves (1985) by Vladimir Menshov
Любовь и голуби (1985) - Владимир Меньшов

Injured on the job Vasily Kuzyakin gets a ticket to the resort. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm, moves to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily.


17. Brother (1997) by Aleksey Balabanov
Брат (1997) - Алексей Балабанов

An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.


18. White Sun of the Desert (1970) by Vladimir Motyl
Белое солнце пустыни (1970) - Владимир Мотыль

At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader.


19. Burnt by the Sun (1994) by Nikita Mikhalkov
Утомлённые солнцем (1994) - Никита Михалков

Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call...


20. The Return (2003) by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Возвращение (2003) - Андрей Звягинцев

In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.


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