Gulag movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant gulag movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, rough, bleak, suspenseful and tense films and TV shows about / with gulag, prison, survival, world war two, escapades, snow, danger, nudity (full frontal - brief), train and communism plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, Russia, Germany and other countries.
gulag movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as gulag: The Edge (2010), The Way Back (2010), Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977), Ulzhan (2007), Freeze Die Come to Life (1990), Coming Out of the Ice (1982), The Chronicles of Melanie (2016), Lost in Siberia (1991), East/West (1999), In the Crosswind (2014).

List of gulag movies

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 158 min.
Story: The German soldier Clemens Forel - determined to be reunited with his beloved family - makes a dramatic escape through bitter cold winters, desolate landscapes, and life threatening ventures from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. 8000 miles ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: adventure, gulag, pow, survival, world war two, captivity, confined, getting home, fugitives, danger, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944 ...
Place: ussr, russia, poland, soviet union, alaska ...
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The Edge (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The action takes place shortly after the end of the Second World War in the Siberian hinterland, among Russians and Germans with damaged personal stories and a strange transformation: the victors seem to be crawling into the skins of the defeated, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: gulag, rivalry, train, prison life, ex military, captivity, pow, soldier, wilderness, confined, danger, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: russia, soviet union
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The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, freedom, journey, prison escape, escape, world war two, gulag, pow, danger, russian, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Siberia 1953: Ilsa is now working in a Gulag prison camp. Her mission is to "retrain the minds" of those who don't agree with the communists.
Style: erotic, serious, rough, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: gulag, prison, nudity (full frontal - brief), humiliation, violence, sexual abuse, sexploitation, gory, deadly, danger, confined, vengeance ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: siberia, russia, canada, montreal, montreal quebec canada
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Ulzhan (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kazakhstan, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Somewhere in the endless steppes of Central Asia lies a treasure. One man holds the key to it, a fragment of an ancient map. But in his restless quest, Charles isn't looking for fame or glory. He's looking for a way to heal his wounded ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: gulag, introspection, looking for love, mountain, oil well, nuclear explosion, quest, travel, treasure, loss of family, ruins, shaman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kazakhstan, asia
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Freeze Die Come to Life (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stuck in a mining town near Vladivostok in 1947 amongst Soviet exiles and Japanese POWs (Japanese prisoners remained in Siberia for years after the war had ended), the kids have to come up with something to keep them busy. Two friends, Valerka and ...
Style: bleak, contemplative, serious, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: gulag, loss of daughter, anti hero, heist, anti heroes, poverty, children, child as adult, coming of age, mine, youth, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: russia, soviet union, siberia, ussr
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Coming Out of the Ice (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Victor and his family moved to the USSR in the mid '30's. When he refused to sign his skydiving accomplishment as a citizen of the USSR, he was not tried but simply sent to prison. His horrific imprisonment, beating and torture culminated ...
Plot: gulag, teenager, immigrants
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: soviet union, siberia
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The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandr and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, bleak, rough
Plot: deportation, survival, grief, cruelty, world war two, politics, political prisoner, gulag, life is a bitch, mother son relationship, period piece, blood transfusion ...
Time: year 1941, year 1957, 1940s, 1950s, 50s
Place: siberia, soviet union, russia, latvia
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Norway, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fly-on-the-wall treatment of an ordinary day in the life of a prisoner in Stalin's Gulag. Closely adapted from Solzhenitsyn's classic novel based on his own experiences. Shot entirely on location in northern Norway
Plot: gulag, winter, job, human nature, weather, veteran, prisoner, snow, prison, prisoner of war camp, punishment, one day ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: soviet union, russia
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Lost in Siberia (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The political drama is set in the Stalin's Soviet Union after the Second World War. A British archaeologist Andrei Miller is working in Iran. He is mistakenly kidnapped and arrested by the KGB. He is falsely accused of spying and wrongfully ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic
Plot: survival, false accusation, escape, kgb, gulag, chases and races, escapades, fugitives, confined, state affairs, mistaken identity, espionage ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: iran, russia, persia, siberia, moscow russia
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East/West (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, immigration, emigrant, survival, josef stalin, brutality, communism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
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In the Crosswind (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: deportation, getting home, life is a bitch, family in danger, survival, wartime life, family relations, parents and children, danger, on the road, escapades, stalinism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941, 1950s ...
Place: siberia, estonia, europe, russia, soviet union ...
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Superman: Red Son (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Set in the thick of the Cold War, Red Son introduces us to a Superman who landed in the USSR during the 1950s and grows up to become a Soviet symbol that fights for the preservation of Stalin’s brand of communism.
Style: suspense, serious, adult animation, psychotronic, surprise ending
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, pre-teens
Plot: monster, super villain, flying man, danger, alien, superhuman powers, revenge, superhero, human alien, humanoid alien, destruction, fictional city ...
Time: year 1983, 50s, year 1961, 80s, year 1955 ...
Place: russia, soviet union, nevada, berlin germany, moscow russia ...
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Eternal Winter (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The true story of an unlikely romance in a Soviet labor camp.
Plot: coal mine, labor camp, stalinism, survival, communism, world war two, female nudity, gulag
Place: soviet union
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8 Heads of Madness (2017)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: ANNA ALEXANDROVNA BARKOVA (1901-1976) Journalist and poet, meeting suspicious characters. Involved in immoral love affairs. Work in the Kremlin, fired. 1934 - Arrested, 5 years of penal servitude in Karaganda. Lived in Ukraine during the WWII. 1946 ...
Style: non-linear
Plot: gay protagonist, breaking the fourth wall, writers, gay interest, gulag, repeated scene, poet, gay, gay lead character, strong female character, park, mausoleum ...
Time: 1920s
Place: russia
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Gulag Barashevo (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Artists, Poets, Writers, Musicians, and Dissidents, Husbands and Wives, in the Marxist USSR GULAG camps of Barashevo and Vorkuta, suffer in and survive their Gulag death camps. It is a ultimately a spiritual struggle.
Style: spiritual
Plot: dissident, gulag, freedom, genocide, courage, humanity, love, artist
Place: ussr
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Once My Mother (2013)
Genre: Family, History, War
Country: Australia, Poland, Ukraine
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz investigates why her Polish mother abandoned her and uncovers the truth behind her mother's wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, leaving Sophia to confront her own capacity for forgiveness.
Plot: refugee, world war two, parent child relationship, female director, mother, daughter, gulag, family relations, mother daughter relationship
Place: poland, siberia, australia
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Gulag Vorkuta (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two dissidents, fall in love in a Marxist USSR Gulag death camp. As their friends die, they commit to the seeming impossible, escape, but both must first answer their deepest moral questions about the meaning of life, sacrifice and freedom.
Plot: marxism, genocide, communism, dissident, gulag, love, artist, faith, christian
Place: ussr
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Kharms (2017)
Genre: Biography
Country: Russia, Lithuania
Duration: 95 min.
Story: He considers himself a genius but the publishers refuse to print his works. He loves women but they don’t always understand him. Constantly without money and out of touch with reality. The elegant fop Daniil Yuvachov names himself Kharms- a name ...
Style: avant garde, absurd
Plot: rat, death of father, archive footage, gulag, arrested, writers, world war two, flashback, dating, father son relationship, loss of father, absurdism ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s
Place: st. petersburg russia, soviet union
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The Confession (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Story: The Confession (1990) survives in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) in its original camera negative. It remained unfinished due to the death of Sergei Parajanov. The Confession (1990) was his favorite screenplay, which was written in the 1960s and ...
Plot: genius, prison, confession, gulag, kgb
Place: ukraine, caucasus, armenia, georgia (former ussr), soviet union ...
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The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: bathtub, husband wife relationship, traveler, male nudity, surrealism, male female relationship, gulag, nudity (full frontal - brief)
Place: russia
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Larks on a String (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.
Style: gloomy, touching, serious, realistic, intellectual
Plot: politics, satire, mind control, re-education, against the odds, prison life, society, romance, love affair, against the rules, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: europe, czech republic, czechoslovakia, prague
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The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Metropolitan Archbishop Lakota of L'viv, freed after twenty years in the Soviet Gulag, travels to Rome where circumstances conspire to see him elevated to the Papacy. Inspired by the life story of Ukrainian Catholic Cardinal Josyf Slipyj,
Style: tense, epic, serious, realistic
Plot: catholic church, vatican, pope, politics, society, state affairs, rebelliousness, prison, revolution, rebellion, political unrest, leadership ...
Time: 60s
Place: china, europe, soviet union, rome italy, asia ...
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Freedom Is Paradise (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Young Sasha is brought into a state-run children's home because his mother died early and his father spends most of his life in prison. The conditions are like in a penal institution. Sasha tries several times to escape and to search for his ...
Plot: girl, bare breasts, prison, butt naked, gulag, gay interest, undressing, prisoner, puberty, dead mother, reform school, female nudity ...
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One War (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: May, 8, 1945. Maxim Prokhorov, major of People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs, arrives at a small northern island. There live eleven people: five young women, five children from one to three years, and the captain Karp Nichiporuk. The young ...
Plot: gulag, boat, post world war two, island, officer, stalinism, rowboat, uniform
Time: year 1945
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Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Military doctor General Klenski is arrested in Stalin's Russia in 1953 during an anti-Semitic political campaign accused of being a participant in so-called "doctors' plot".
Style: dark humor, humorous, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: train, kgb, hospital, gang, downfall, politics, injustice, on the run, riddles and clues, head of state, state affairs, twins ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Yugoslavia
Duration: 200 min.
Story: The story of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat responsible for saving thousands of lives from the Nazi Holocaust.
Plot: holocaust, lifesaver, starvation, heroes, diplomat, jewish, world war two, captive, prejudice, racism, rescue, nazi ...
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The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Sweden, Russia, UK, France, Spain, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.
Style: feel good, semi serious, absurd, non-linear, entertaining ...
Plot: adventure, retirement home, escapades, comedy of errors, aging, chase, wanted, deadpan, starting over, runaway, sarcasm, old man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, soviet union, russia, eastern europe, spain
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Within the Whirlwind (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Poland, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During Stalin's reign of terror, Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor, was sent to 10 years hard labor in a gulag in Siberia. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life.
Plot: female director, starvation, male female relationship, steam train, train, gulag
Place: siberia, soviet union
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The Phobos (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Estonia, Russia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Rainy summer evening... Young people are arriving at the new trendy club named Phobos which is still under construction. Or re-construction - since it's a former bomb shelter which is reconstructed to become a club. At first, the party sees ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, rough
Plot: survival, bomb shelter, fear, isolation, panic, danger, torture, ghost, dj, group of strangers, club, confined ...
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