Best Soviet Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Soviet Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, humorous, serious, stylized, talky and allegory. Plot: soviet, surrealism, husband wife relationship, russian, storytelling, culture clash, melancholy, suprisingly clever, life & death and family relations. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: Soviet Union.
Best Soviet Movies
Best Soviet Movies
TOP Movies: Stalker (1979), Come and See (1985), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975), Andrei Rublev (1966), Heart of a Dog (1988), Gentlemen of Fortune (1971), Kin-dza-dza! (1986), The Diamond Arm (1969), The Ascent (1977), Ivan's Childhood (1962), Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967), Office Romance (1977), Return to Treasure Island (1989), Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965), Love and Pigeons (1985), The Color of Pomegranates (1969), Twelve Chairs (1971), Mimino (1977), Watch Out for the Automobile (1966).

List of Best Movies

 8.2
 118K
Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: philosophical, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, surrealism, russian, wish come true, desire, post apocalypse, future dystopia, human nature, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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 8.3
 60K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, rough, thought provoking, serious, surreal ...
Plot: genocide, war crime, against humanity, atrocity, world war two, holocaust, occupation, brutality, military, anti war, survival, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, germany, poland
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 8.1
 82K
Solaris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, intellectual, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, hallucination, space and aliens, investigation, astronaut, dreams, russian, back from the dead, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 70s
Place: soviet union, russia, tokyo
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 8.1
 40K
The Mirror (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 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.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, psychological, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, nature, countryside, poetry, memory, human nature, family life, stream of consciousness, existentialism, childhood, haunted by the past, hypnosis ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 60s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: russia, europe, ussr, soviet union, moscow russia ...
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 8.1
 47K
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 165 min.
Story: An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art. But after Rublev witnesses ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, epic, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: monk, christianity, artist, monastery, human spirit, social misfits, prince, horse, hopes, invasion, painting, greek ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Heart of a Dog (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a ...
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, cerebral, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: medical experiment, experiment gone awry, dog, life philosophy, society, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, soviet, farce, revolution, obsession, adaptation ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: ussr, russia
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Operation 'Y' & Other Shurik's Adventures (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film consists of three independent parts: "Workmate", "Déjà vu" and "Operation Y". The plot follows the adventures of Shurik (alternative spelling — Shourick), the naive and nerdy Soviet student who often gets ...
Style: feel good, light, humorous, witty, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: soviet, construction worker, studying, exam, nothing goes right, goofy hero, misfit partners, student, disorder, burglary, workplace, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 1950s, 50s
Place: soviet union, russia
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Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless...
Style: witty, humorous, funny, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: cons and scams, criminal heroes, lookalikes, hidden identity, crimes, crime, disguise, criminal gang, kindergarten, undercover, escape, petty criminal ...
Time: 70s
Place: soviet union, russia
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 8.1
 12K
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The story takes place on the desert planet "Pluke" in the "Kin-dza-dza" galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other ("Uncle Vova", a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and "The ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, philosophical, humorous, enigmatic ...
Plot: desert, alien, alien encounter, distopia, society, satire, totalitarianism, social differences, teleportation, soviet, outer space, absurdism ...
Time: future
Place: soviet union, russia, poland
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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973.
Style: humorous, light, feel good, funny, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: time travel, time machine, adventure, fish out of water, comedy of errors, inventor, escapades, changing the past or future, race against time, goofy hero, disorder, misfit ...
Time: year 1973, 16th century
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
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The Diamond Arm (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Semyon Gorbunkov goes on a cruise with a smuggler on board. In Istanbul, he slips and breaks his arm. What he didn't know is that this was a signal for the gang of smugglers.
Style: humorous, light, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: smuggling, cons and scams, undercover agent, farce, soviet, crimes, nothing goes right, mistaken identity, gem, espionage, police station, seduction ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, istanbul turkey, russia
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 8.3
 7K
The Ascent (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, cold weather, village, betrayal, partisan, captivity, wartime life, graphic violence, death sentence, atrocity, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: soviet union, russia, europe
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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, orphan, war, anti war, great patriotic war, heroes, youth, red army, battles, german, child spy, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany, japan
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Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In this comic but dated story, nerdy Shurik travels to Caucas in search of native legends and folklore. But what he finds is a beautiful girl whom, due to intoxication and deceit of the local "gang", he ends up literally stealing for the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, romantic
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: soviet, kidnapped woman, student, corrupt official, couple relations, love affair, social relations, criminal gang, human relationship, love and romance, uncle niece relationship, save the lady ...
Place: soviet union, caucasus, russia
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Office Romance (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 159 min.
Story: Anatoli Yefremovich Novoseltsev works in a statistics institution, whose director is an unattractive and bossy woman. An old friend of his, Yuri Grigorievich Samokhvalov, who gets appointed assistant director of the institution, wants to make ...
Style: feel good, light, funny, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: office romance, boss and employee, female boss, unlikely couple, soviet, love affair, single father, relationship vs career, social relations, heterosexuality, awkwardness, clerk ...
Time: 70s
Place: soviet union, moscow russia, russia
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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 150 min.
Story: This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, love and romance, soviet, midlife crisis, life, career, women, couple relations, women in society, happiness, female friendship, love story ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: russia, moscow russia, soviet union, new jersey, china
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Return to Treasure Island (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A USSR-made adaptation of the famous Robert Louis Stevenson's book that combines animated sequences with live action parts. This is Part 1.
Style: dark humor, captivating, humorous, feel good, entertaining ...
Plot: adaptation, pirate, island, treasure, 2d animation, journey, uptight character, mystery, rivalry, adventure, redemption, greed ...
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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna. She wants children but his mind ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, stylized, realistic, epic ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, family feud, wizards and magicians, couple relations, romance, adventure, couples, rivalry, forbidden love, true love, hopes, legends and myths ...
Time: 19th century
Place: ukraine, europe
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Love and Pigeons (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 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 world, new people - so, hi's temted by a half-crazy woman (Raisa Zaharovna). And after short time Vasia ...
Style: humorous, realistic, light, talky, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: village life, love and romance, love triangle, resort, social relations, village, everyday life, family relations, soviet, husband wife relationship, life philosophy, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, russia
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The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 79 min.
Story: The life of revered the 18th-century Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova (Vilen Galstyan). Portraying events in the life of the artist from childhood up to his death, the movie addresses in particular his relationships with women, including his ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, sexual, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: poet, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, state affairs, love and romance, treasure, couples, performer's life, clergy, artists and showbiz, writer's life, lifestyle ...
Time: 18th century
Place: russia, georgia (former ussr), armenia, caucasus
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Twelve Chairs (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him - she hid family diamonds in one of the twelve chairs they once had. Vorobyaninov in cooperation with a young con artist ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, exciting, cynical ...
Plot: treasure, con artists, partners, cons and scams, crimes, treasure hunt, soviet, jewelry, escapades, adventure, rivalry, improv ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union
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Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Bogdan Titarenko is very talented pilot and brave leader of "Singing group". He also must look after some new cadets and fight together with them against German Luftwaffe planes. Close to Bogdan always are his friends, they are all from ...
Style: rough, sentimental, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: fighter pilot, soviet, great patriotic war, aerial combat, aviation, fighter plane, love, camaraderie, patriotism, life & death, friendship between men, music ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ukraine, ussr, russia
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 8.2
 5K
Mimino (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Georgian bush pilot Valentin (Valiko) Mizandari a.k.a. Mimino works at small local airlines, flying helicopters between small villages. But he dreams of piloting large international airlines aircrafts, so he goes to Moscow for refresher courses. ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: hotel, friendship, helicopter, pilot, soviet, social relations, disorder, ethnic, initially antagonists, urban, city life, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: russia, georgia (former ussr), berlin germany, armenia, caucasus ...
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Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An insurance agent who moonlights as a carthief steals cars various crooks and never from the common people. He sells the stolen cars and gives the money to charity. His best friend, a cop, is assigned to bring in this modern robin hood.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, sincere
Plot: car, car theft, poetic justice, irony of fate, police, stealing a car, friendship, escapades, storytelling, dishonesty, streetcar, stolen car ...
Place: russia
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A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance, Western
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mr Jonny First arrives to the Wild West to present the art of the Cinematograph.
Style: entertaining, captivating, humorous, cult film, wild
Plot: adventurer, bar fight, cinematographer, highwayman, drinking, drunkenness, drinking alcohol, cowboy, armed robbery, stagecoach, cinema, outlaw ...
Time: 19th century
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The Mystery of the Third Planet (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 48 min.
Story: At the end of the 22nd century Alisa Seleznyova, her father Professor Seleznyov and pilot Zelyony go on a space expedition to find rare animals for Moscow Zoo. On the way they seem to encounter a mysterious conspiracy led by Doctor Verhovtsev ...
Style: entertaining, suspense, tense, talky, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: space travel, space and aliens, outer space, adventure, soviet, intergalactic, family, animal life, invisibility, mystery, invisible, spacecraft ...
Time: future, 22nd century, 80s
Place: russia, europe, moscow russia
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 8.4
 4K
Repentance (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 153 min.
Story: The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden. Although it is secretly reburied, the corpse keeps returning until the police capture the local woman who is ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, totalitarianism, jury, satire, josef stalin, chaos and mayhem, political unrest, political corruption, uncover truth, social decay, vengeance, small town life ...
Place: russia, georgia, soviet union, tbilisi, caucasus ...
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today's Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the Civil War in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalised and then demobbed, he sets off home ...
Style: serious, exciting, sincere, entertaining
Plot: desert, red army, civil war, culture clash, leadership, soldier, husband wife relationship, russian civil war, heroes, adventure, society, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1910s
Place: asia, russia, soviet union
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A Railway Station for Two (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 141 min.
Story: 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 minute stop at Zastupinsk railway station. He meets Vera, a waitress, after he refuses to pay her for the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic, romantic ...
Plot: love and romance, train, haunted by the past, nothing goes right, romance, down on your luck, disorder, false accusation, tragic love, station, chance meeting, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: soviet union, russia
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An Ordinary Miracle (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 138 min.
Story: 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. The Plot mainly rotates around the bear, who the wizard had turned into a man. ...
Style: humorous, stylized, entertaining, touching, surprise ending
Plot: spell, love, magic, bear, werewolf, princess, hunter, evil man, irony, palace intrigue, satire, kiss ...
Place: russia
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