What are the best Russian movies?

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    #1Come and See

    Come and See

    Come and See is a 1985 Soviet movie directed by Aleksey Kravchenko that tells the story of a boy during the Nazi invasion of Belarus. The movie is a perfect display of the horrors and slaughtering committed by the Nazis.

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    Matthew Cooper
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "This is truly the best Russian war drama film I've ever watch! The scenes shot in this film are jaw-droppingly powerful. This even left me emotionally drained. The aura of sadness is still left in my mind and heart. The slaughtering of the inhabitants is still fresh in my memory. I don't think I could ever forget that scene. "
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    #2Stalker

    Stalker

    Stalker is a Russian science fiction movie directed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1979 starring Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, and Nikolai Grinko. It was based on the novel Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.

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    Hannah George
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "This film is indeed flawless. I personally liked the survival techniques that they use in this film. It was unlike the other techniques that I've seen in other films. This movie is mesmerizing and incredibly made. Tarkovsky and the team did a great creating this film! A high-class art! "
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    #3Brother

    Brother

    Brother is a Russian crime movie directed by Aleksei Balabanov in 1997 starring Sergei Bodrov Jr, Viktor Sukhorukov, and Yury Kuznetsov. It became one of the most successful films of the 1990s followed by a sequel in 2000. 

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    Janet Robertson
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I am usually not a huge fan of foreign movies....let alone Russian ones but I decided to give this one a chance and it didn't disappoint. But it's never dull, and has some nice subtle touches, wry commentary on the ruthlessness of capitalism and the 'free market' taken to the extreme, and solid performances. Overall, Great movie, even if it has a slow start once the plot points start falling into place it's a very enjoyable story."
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    #4The Thief

    The Thief

    The Thief is a Russian drama movie directed by Pavel Chukhrai in 1997 starring Vladimir Mashkov, Yekaterina Rednikova, and Misha Philipchuk. It was nominated for the Academy Award and won at the Venice Film Festival. 

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    Gloria Schneider
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "A film that is worth re-watching every now and then. This a very honest, powerful and emotional movie. It will surely move your heart. Also, acting and cinematography wise this movies is excellent!"
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    #5The Island

    The Island

    The Island is a Russian movie directed by Pavel Lungin in 2006 starring Petr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, and Dmitri Dyuzhev. It won Best Film at the Moscow Premiere Festival and six awards at Golden Eagle Awards. 

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    Ling Wu
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "The Island is a fantastic film. Not only is the landscape amazing to look at, the acting in this film is superb. I have watched it twice now and both times have found new meaning in the film. It is a Christian film and really enforces your faith. I would give this 5 stars as a great Russian movie."
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    #6House of Fools

    House of Fools

    House of Fools is a Russian movie directed by Andrei Konchalovsky in 2002 starring Julia Vysotskaya and Sultan Islamov. This psychological film won at the Venice Film Festival and Bergen International Film Festival. 

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    Lauren Griffin
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "The staff and inmates of a marginally budgeted mental institution on the Russia-Chechnyn border come under fire, finding themselves betwixt the Russian Army and the Muslim Rebel Guerillas. The staff is forced to vacate the premeses to try to get some busses to evacuate their patients but they are compelled, due to the hot battle, to stay away for a few days. In the meantime, the patients are free to roam."
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    #7Elena

    Elena

    Elena is a Russian drama movie directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev in 2011 starring Nadezhda Markina and Elena Lyadova. It won Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and Nika Award for Best Actress. 

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    Ann Oliver
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This sounds like a really good Russian movie. First it was directed by Russian Filmmaker, Andrey Zvyaginstev in 2011 and it takes place in Moscow. It won special jury prize in 2011 at the cannes film festival and Nika award for best actress. It sounds really good as it says a couple in their 60s share an apartment, the man being rich and the girl who married up. His family sees the girl and her son as a free loader and this becomes an issue."
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    #8The Geographer Drank His Globe Away

    The Geographer Drank His Globe Away

    The Geographer Drank His Globe Away is a Russian drama movie directed by Alexander Veledinsky in 2013 starring Konstantin Khabensky and Elena Lyadova. It was based on the novel of the same title by Alexei Ivanov. 

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    Song Zhao
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I’ve a first-year cinema student taking a class in Russian cinema and this was one of my favorite movies. I wouldn’t say it’s the best Russian movie ever made or anything; the plot is relatively straightforward, involving a young student falling in love with her teacher. This plotline is one that we in America might find “problematic” – she’s way too young for him – but in terms of cultural insights, it was fun and interesting to watch. It’s also got very good music, production values. What I liked most is that the dialogue is really well-spoken by the actors; they’re entirely in character, and played really well. All in all I’ll give it 4 stars, it’s a great part of an introduction to Russian cinema and a fun movie if you aren’t instantly turned off by the core plot. "
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    #9The Duelist

    The Duelist

    The Duelist is a 2016 thriller adventure drama film directed by Aleksey Mizgirev. The story revolves around a retired officer who returns to St. Petersburg from a long exile. This movie features Pyotr Fyodorov, Vladimir Mashkov, and Yuliya Khlynina.

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    Jose Carroll
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "I watch Russian movies. I like the genre of film and the acting. Most of the directors shoot different from the American style. The Duelist was a thriller that got my attention from the first scene. It delves into the life of a retired officer who goes back to the country's capital/"
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    #10Orange Love

    Orange Love

    Orange Love is a 2007 romantic drama movie flick revolving around two young lovers who are in a passionate romance. It was directed by Alan Badoev. This movie stars Aleksey Chadov, Olga Makeeva, and Oleksiy Vertynskyi.

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    Thomas Cox
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "Leave it to the Russians to come up with this twisted take on romance and lechery! I loved it. Passion gone dark and disturbing in this clever tale. Check it out! "
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    #11Burnt by the Sun

    Burnt by the Sun

    Burnt by the Sun is a 1994 war drama film about the story of a senior Red Army officer and his family during the Great Purge. It was directed by Nikita Mikhalkov which also features stars Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Oleg Menshikov.

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    Nancy Mendez
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "Burnt by the Sun is yet another great movie that the Russians produced. The power of this film is very subtle but will move you to tears. Until now, I can't forget the beauty of the scenes and the warmth of the characters. Its tattooed on my mind. "
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    #12Barber Of Siberia

    Barber Of Siberia

    Barber of Siberia is a historical comedy-drama created from the story and direction of Nikita Mikhalkov. It was released on February 20, 1999. It features movie stars like Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, and Aleksey Petrenko.

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    Christopher Lane
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "Russian film has seen a boom of production over the recent decades. Many of these films speak to the themes that affect the people of the country and are told through various formats. Because some of Russian history is dark and intimately related to cold weather, many successful Russian films are horror or suspense movies. While the Barber of Siberia is a decent film, it isn't a film that speaks to the Russian people with intense symbology."

Summary

Best What are the best Russian movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Come and SeeMovies 24 Paid
2Stalker Movies 22 Paid
3BrotherMovies 19 Paid
4The ThiefMovies 18 Paid
5The IslandMovies 15 Paid
6House of FoolsMovies 14 Paid
7ElenaMovies 11 Paid
8The Geographer Drank His Globe AwayMovies 11 Paid
9The DuelistMovies 10 Paid
10Orange LoveMovies 7 Paid
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