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Each month the SRAS newsletter features a line up of the top films in Russia! YouTube videos of the trailers are included, as are new additions to this page.  

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Modern Russian Film
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The following is meant to provide a glimpse into what's on Russia's screens today. While new release Russian DVDs are not generally easily available in the US (and almost never available with subtitles), you can visit the official sites given below and watch the short trailers there. This page is a supplement to the information given in SRAS's monthly newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, register with our site.

Table of Contents

  1. Online Russian Films and Animation
  2. Russian High-Grossing Movies (Since 2010)
  3. Russian Films with Subtitles (Buy from Amazon)
  4. More Films

I. Online Russian Films, Amimation
and Related Resources

Rent Russian Films
Rent Russian films from with this netflix-like service!

MOSFILM Online Cinema
Mosfilm Cinema, the copyright holder to a unique catalogue of motion pictures made over the 85 years of the studio's existence, has placed much of that collection on YouTube with English subtitles. For more about Mosfilm, click here.

Soyuzmultfilm was the USSR's main animation studio. It is still producing cartoons today - and has many of its classic productions on YouTube.

Советские Movies
This site offers Soviet classics, some dubbed, some with subtitles.

Industria Kino
Industria Kino is a weekly program on Russia's Vesti 24 news network devoted to upcoming Russian and foreign films. They have a large archive on episodes online.

Lenfilm is one of Russia's largest film studios.

Glavkino is one of Russia's newer film studios - and is known for its use of technology in film production.

Baskino is an online film source offering many newer Russian films and foreign films with Russian dubbing in HD quality.

KinoKultura is an English-language source of reviews and articles on Russian-language films.


 III. Russian Films with Subtitles
Click the Title for an Link 

Below are films available on with English subtitles. Most are considered to be modern classics. 



Брат (Brother)
(Russia) Drama, Thriller; released 1997
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Synopsis: Danila returns home after serving two years in the army but, unsatisfied with small town life, he leaves for St. Petersburg where his elder brother Viktor has made a success. Danila soon discovers that his brother is a contract killer and subsequently joins him on a hit for $20,000 but is wounded in the process. Their mark, a well-known Chechin mobster, is now in deadly pursuit of Danila. However this doesn't stop Danila from finding romance with Sveta and, later, Kat.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Starring: Sergey Bodrov Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko, Mariya Zhukova, Yuriy Kuznetsov

Brother 2
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Брат 2 (The Brother 2)
(Russia) Action, Crime, Thriller; released 2000
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Synopsis:The second installment in the Brat /Brother/ series is glitsier and the guns are bigger, as is the body count. Danila Bagrov goes after the killers of his war-time friend. Reunited with his "brother" from the original Brat, played by Victor Sukhorukov, Danila runs, shoots and blows up things - now THIS side of the Pond. This is dynamic movie, and is anything but politically correct - be it the mounting body count or the amount of racial slur.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Starring: Sergei Bodrov Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, Alexander Diachenko

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Стиляги (Hipsters)
(Russia) Drama, Musical, Romance; released 2008
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Synopsis: While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he's become one of them, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone.

(This video (including trailer) may not be appropriate for all audiences).

Director: Valery Todorovsky
Starring: Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Eugenia Khirivskaya, Maksim Matveyev, Igor Voynarovskiy

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Елена (Elena)
(Russia) Drama; released 2012
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Synopsis: Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment. He's a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she's his dowdy former nurse who has clearly married up. Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife's freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan...

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Elena Lyadova

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Изгнание (The Banishment)
(Russia) Drama; released 2007
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Synopsis: Soon after extracting a bullet from his brother's arm, Alex relocates his family from the city to his father's old house in the countryside. As the family settles into their rustic existence, Alex's wife Vera reveals that she is pregnant by another man. Enraged by his wife's announcement, Alex consults with his brother and demands that Vera terminate the pregnancy. When the forced abortion goes horribly awry and Alex's brother suffers a severe heart attack, a confrontation with the man Alex believes to have seduced his wife send events quickly spiraling out of control..

Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
Starring: Maria Bonnevie, Konstantin Lavronenko, Aleksandr Baluyev, Maksim Shibayev, Yekaterina Kulkina

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Тюльпан (Tulpan)
(Kazakhstan) Comedy, Drama; released 2008
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Synopsis: Following his Russian naval service, young dreamer Asa returns to his sister's nomadic brood on the desolate Hunger Steppe to begin a hardscrabble career as a shepherd. But before he can tend a flock of his own, Asa must win the hand of the only eligible bachelorette for miles -his alluringly mysterious neighbor Tulpan.

Director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Starring: Askhat Kuchinchirekov, Samal Yeslyamova, Ondasyn Besikbasov

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Остров (Тhe Island)
(Russia) Drama; released 2006
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Synopsis: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives a very unusual man. His fellow-monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he committed in his youth. The film is a parable, combining the realities of Russian everyday life with monastic ritual and routine.

Director: Pavel Lungin
Starring: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Viktoriya Isakova, Yana Yesipovich, Dmitri Dyuzhev

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Мастер и Маргарита (The Master and Margarita)
(Russia) Drama, Mystery, Romance; released 2005
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Synopsis: The "Master and Margaret" begins with two story lines: the Devil and his retinue show up to make mischief in 1930's Moscow while Matthew the Evangelist attempts to uncover the truth about Pontius Pilate and the Crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem in A. D. 33. Halfway through the novel, Bulgakov unveils a third story line set in Moscow, in which the love-stricken Margarita bargains with the Devil to be reunited with her lover, the Master, a tormented writer-hero who pines away in an insane asylum. Bulgakov gradually weaves the three scenarios together, all the while exercising devilish lampoonery and wit to satirize Soviet life under Stalin.

Director: Vladimir Bortko
Starring: Anna Kovalchuk, Aleksandr Galibin, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladislav Galkin, Kirill Lavrov

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Адмиралъ (Admiral)
(Russia) Drama, History, War; released 2008
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Synopsis: A biographical film about Alexander Kolchak, a Vice-Admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy and leader of the anti-communist White Movement during the Russian Civil War. The film also depicts the love triangle between the Admiral, his wife, and the poetess Anna Timireva.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk
Starring: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergey Bezrukov

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Турецкий Гамбит (The Turkish Gambit)
(Russia) War, Action, Adventure; released 2005
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Synopsis: The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin. The film takes place in 1877 during the Russian-Turkish war. Erast Fandorin has just escaped from Turkish prison and is trying to get on the Russian side as soon as possible to give important information about the upcoming attack of the enemy. On his way he meets Varvara Suvorova, a young lady who is going to see her fiancée - a soldier of the Russian army. Erast also knows that there is a spy somewhere in the Russian army, everyone is under suspicion.

Director: Dzhanik Fayziev, Boris Akunin
Starring: Egor Beroev, Olga Krasko, Marat Basharov

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(Russia) Crime, Drama, Thriller; released 2007
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Synopsis: When a Chechen youth is put on trial for the murder of his stepfather, it's up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy's ultimate fate. One by one, each man takes center stage to confront, connect and confess while the accused awaits a verdict. Slowly the tide of opinion turns, as the jurors begin to realize their decision will forever change the course of another person's life. As they deliberate, the accused revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in a series of powerful flashbacks.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Starring: Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Apti Magamaev, Nikita Mikhalkov, Valentin Gaft

 More Films

More Films About Russia

Academy Award Nominee depicting the controversial WWII-era massacre that long tainted Russian-Polish relations.

Doctor Zhivago 
The classic film, remastered for its 45th anniversary.

Russian Ark 
This Russian-language Russian-directed film film depicting centuries of Russian history in an unbroken 90-minute shot that pans through the Hermitage became an instant classic after its release. Web Guide to Russian Ark provides footnotes to the popular movie.


American Films with Russian Content (and Vice Versa)
This list of films was put together by Ben Rifkin at the College of New Jersey as part of "a series of US and Russian films that depict both cultures."

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