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Top 10 Best Russian and Soviet Movies

  • Сталкер (Stalker) 1. Stalker (Сталкер 1979) The science fiction art drama describes how Stalker guides a professor and a writer to the room in a forbidden Zone, where all dreams come true. The movie called ‘a soul of the Russian language’ helps better understand the philosophy of Russian and know many interesting aphorisms.
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  • Брат (The Brother) 2. The Brother (Брат 1997) The science fiction art drama describes how Stalker guides a professor and a writer to the room in a forbidden Zone, where all dreams come true. The movie called ‘a soul of the Russian language’ helps better understand the philosophy of Russian and know many interesting aphorisms.
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  • Ирония судьбы, или С легким паром! (The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!) 3. The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (Ирония судьбы, или С легким паром! 1975) After getting drunk in a bath on the eve of the New Year, a group of friends sends one of the men to Leningrad (the wrong city) by mistake. This classical movie will allow learning new vocabulary, better understanding Russian humor, and finding out many incredible set phrases used in the modern language.
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  • Нелюбовь (Loveless) 4. Loveless (Нелюбовь 2017) A 12-year-old neglected son of a couple going to divorce runs away from home and disappears. The drama demonstrates the spoken language in modern Russia and allows learning family relations vocabulary.
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  • Бриллиантовая рука (The Diamond Arm) 5. The Diamond Arm (Бриллиантовая рука 1968) In the crime comedy, a plain office worker gets a cast with diamonds on his arm by mistake. The film contains many criminal and humoristic phrases, which are interesting to learn.
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  • Левиафан (Leviathan) 6. Leviathan (Левиафан 2014) In the drama, you’ll see a man living in the North, who suffers from and fights against the ‘strong’ of the world. Watching a movie, you can learn legal vocabulary and get familiar with the realities of Russia.
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  • Собачье сердце (Heart of a Dog) 7. Heart of a Dog (Собачье сердце 1988) After the transplantation of hypophysis, a dog gradually transforms into a human. The movie helps discover the world of Russian literature, learn scientific vocabulary, and peculiar aphorisms.
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  • Салют-7 (Salyut-7) 8. Salyut-7 (Салют-7 2017) The contact with the unmanned space station is lost, which makes a space crew find it and dock a huge uncontrollable station for the first time in history. The movie helps learn interesting space vocabulary as well as know about the country’s background during the Cold War.
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  • Легенда №17 (Legend No. 17) 9. Legend No. 17 (Легенда №17 2012) The biographical sports movie tells about the hockey player on the top of glory after the victory of the Soviet Union in the NHL. It’s a perfect film to learn sports vocabulary.
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  • Матильда (Mathilde) 10. Mathilde (Матильда 2017) The exciting historical drama tells about the struggle of love and duty, featuring the romantic relationship between Nikolai Romanov and ballerina from the Imperial Theater. In the movie, you can know about the history of Russia and learn relations and imperial family vocabulary.
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All Russian and Soviet Movies

Soviet Movies offers the interested viewer the opportunity to learn about the unique history of the largest country in the world, USSR. While the early Soviet movies of 1920-1950, for example: Battleship Potemkin (1925), Cossacks of Kuban (1949), are cinematographic reflections of the Soviet Propaganda, based on glorifying and white washing of everything related to the Communist ideology, they are a great source for understanding that point in time. The changes and challenges of the Soviet Society, such as industrialization, free education of the masses and granted access of the common man to the national cultural treasures, reshaped the society over time in more positive ways.

The separate place in Soviet and Russian cinematography belongs to the movies dedicated to the Great Patriotic War, known as WWII in the West, the bloodiest war in the history of mankind. Affecting every family in the Soviet Union, it claimed over 27 million lives, most of those being lost lives of the civil population due to the Nazi invasion. The heroism of the Soviet soldiers shown in the war was unparalleled, their endurance and patriotism was unsurpassed. Some examples of the earlier war movies are One-Two, Soldiers Were Going... (1977), Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1973), They fought for their country (1975) offer a great reflection on patriotism of the soldiers. Trilogy Burnt by the Sun (1994) wins an Oscar in 1995 for the Best international film, and the Grand Prize in Cannes of 1994. It has the new take on war, where strong anti-Stalinist ideas live side by side with a sense of patriotism, hate for fascism, resilience of the Soviet people, and feelings of compassion and the eternal search of the main hero for truth. Some modern bright examples of Great Patriotic War movies, Come and see (1985), Panfiloves 28 men (2016), Battle for Sevastopol (2015), are just a few to mention. Many people find them to be so realistic and raw that they can scare the unprepared viewer by the ugliness and cruelty of war.

Some modern Russian movies are dedicated to highlight many achievements of Soviet Union, such as the success in Space Programs, the great examples of those movies would be thrilling docudramas The Spacewalk (2017), Gagarin (2013), Legend 17 (2013) helps the viewer to appreciate the sports achievements of Soviet athletes during the times of the cold war. The modern thrillers in Russia Flight Crew (2016), Metro (2013) are rivals to the ones made in this same genre in the West. Caravan Hunters (2010) is a great historical movie about the Afghan War, when the Soviet Union was the first and only country fighting the modern terrorism at its roots.

The strongest side of the Russian movies, as well as the Russian literature comes from the depths of the story told in it. The main heroes often go through the personal growth, self reflection and continuous search for truth.

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For the last years we have been selecting the best Soviet and Russian films in order to make them available for our viewers. The subtitles are in English, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Chinese, Arabic and other languages. Using Soviet and Russian Movies website will give you an opportunity to view the films online as well as download the Soviet and Russian films of different genres, encompassing the wide variety from the very popular pictures to the rare finds.

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