Movies about the USSR

List of the best movies about the USSR, selected by visitors to our site: Endings, Beginnings, Narcissus and Goldmund, Hypnosis, Superman: Red Son, The Father, Tigertail, Odessa, The Frenchman, The Lenin Factor, Matthias & Maxime
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Endings, Beginnings (2020)
Markimdb: 5.6
CountryUSA, South Korea
PlotDeath, Love

An artist dumps her longtime boyfriend, but her attempt to take a break from dating ends when she quickly finds herself in two passionate romances.

Narcissus and Goldmund (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
TimeMiddle Ages

In the dark middle ages young unruly Goldmund is sent to a monastery by his father to atone for the sins of his mother, who abandoned them. It is there that he meets Narcissus, a brilliant, scholarly novice, who is introverted and aloof. A unique and deep life-long friendship is born. Narcissus chooses to remain detached from the world in prayer and meditation. Goldmund, who is passionate, sensual and impulsive, runs away from the monastery to live a picaresque wanderer’s life, his amorous and artistic adventures leading him to discover the extremes of both ecstasy and pain. Several thrilling years pass, until one day these friends cross paths again...

Hypnosis (2020)
PlaceUSSR, Hospitals, Russia

Teenage boy Misha attends hypnosis sessions with psychotherapist Volkov to recover from sleepwalking. As a result, Misha falls under the influence of a hypnologist to such an extent that he ceases to understand where reality is and where illusion is. After the mysterious death of one of Volkov’s patients, Misha decides to conduct an investigation to get to the bottom of the truth. But what if the dream and reality merged into one, and in the end he becomes the main suspect?

Superman: Red Son (2020)
Markimdb: 6.3
CharactersSuperhero, Aliens, Monsters
PlotRivalry, Superpowers, Confrontation, Cheating
TimeCold War

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.

The Father (2020)
Markimdb: 7.9
StyleSoulful, Fascinating

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Tigertail (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5

A man reflects on the lost love of his youth and his long-ago journey from Taiwan to America as he begins to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Odessa (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
PlotLove, Mystery, Relationship

Odessa, August 1970. A heat wave. The city is full of tourists. Boris, a journalist and foreign affairs specialist, and his eight-year-old son Valeri arrive from Moscow to visit Boris’ in-laws, Grigori Iosifovich and Raisa Irovna Davidov. But on the day of their arrival, Odessa declares a quarantine due to a cholera outbreak, and the city is closed off. Having come for a few days, the son-in-law is plunged into a world changed by serious danger. Family secrets will be disclosed, improbable events happen, and a great forbidden love starts.

The Frenchman (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, history
PlaceMoscow, USSR

In 1957 Pierre Duran, a graduate of the École Normale, comes to Moscow on a university exchange. Here he gets acquainted with the ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre, Kira Galkina, and the photographer Valeri Uspensky. Thanks to this acquaintance, Pierre plunges into the cultural life of the capital, not only official but also underground culture. He starts an affair with Kira. But his studies and his acquaintance with Soviet life are not Pierre’s only aim. He is searching for his father, the White officer Tatischev, who was arrested in the late 1930s. Their meeting is the film’s climax. During his year in Moscow Pierre lives a whole life, absolutely unlike everything that he knew before. When Pierre returns to Paris, he hopes to see Kira again some time. In the pocket of his jacket he has a microfilm with the issue of the underground journal “Gramota”.

The Lenin Factor (2019)
PlotRevolution, Love
PlaceRussia, USSR

Having dedicated his life to the preparation of the revolution in the Russian Empire, Vladimir Lenin, living in exile in Switzerland, desperately seeks a way back to Russia to take control. Options are few when Lenin receives an offer from Alexander Parvus, the most infamous of political opportunists, who has made a deal with Germany to sponsor the revolution under Lenin's command and smuggle Lenin and his comrades into Russia. Aware that making a deal with 2 devils could cost him everything including his political influence, Lenin knows he must outsmart and outmaneuver Parvus and the Germans at any cost...

Matthias & Maxime (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
CountryCanada, France
PlotDancing, Cars

Two childhood best friends are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. Soon, a lingering doubt sets in, confronting both men with their preferences, threatening the brotherhood of their social circle, and, eventually, changing their lives.

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The Champion (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
PlaceUSSR, School, Village

Christian is an extremely talented as well as unpredictable football player. After his latest screw-up, the president of his team decides to assign him a personal tutor, to help him in controlling his temper. Valerio is a shy and solitary professor, the exact opposite of the champion. Sparks will fly between the two at first, but soon their relationship will change both for the better.

Ржев (2019)
PlotDeath, War
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing, For men

After several months of fierce fighting, the Red Army finally knocks the enemy out of the village of Ovsyannikovo, which costs huge losses - only a third of the personnel remain from the company. Exhausted to the limit, the soldiers are waiting for reinforcements, but an order comes from the headquarters - to keep the village at all costs, and this is tantamount to a death sentence. The company commander faces a difficult choice - either to lose the remnants of the company, following a meaningless command order, or to withdraw his people from mortar fire, but at the same time leave their positions and go to the tribunal for violating the order. In extremely realistic details, only one fierce battle is shown, in which, like in a drop of water, the whole truth about the war is reflected.

Guppy (2018)
Markimdb: 5.7

One day, Tamara went out to throw out the garbage and met Pasha at the entrance with a bottle of wine and a desire to talk. After a visit, the man gets into the apartment of a new acquaintance, and she tells him how much she loves her husband Lenechka, who took her "rejected" from the village, planted her at home for a sewing machine and called "gupeshka" - in honor of an aquarium fish, submissive , silent, unwittingly devoted to the owner.

The Trial (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
CountryRussia, Netherlands
PlaceMoscow, USSR, Court

In 1930 in Moscow, USSR. the Soviet government puts a group of top rank economists and engineers on trial, accusing them of plotting a coup d'état. The charges are fabricated and the punishment, if convicted, is death.

A.I. Rising (2018)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Relationship, Obsession
PlaceSpace, USSR

On a lonely mission to Alpha Centauri, Milutin is teamed up with Nimani 1345, a female cyborg designed to fulfill his every need. At first thrilled to be able to control her, Sebastian grows tired of having his desires fulfilled so easily. Longing for human intimacy, Sebastian alters Nimani's programmed responses, but in doing so he risks the mission's security — and his own life.

Cruise (2018)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 5.3)
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersDifficult teens, Students
PlotLove, Relationship, Love triangle, Jealousy
PlaceNew York, USA, USSR

Set in the 1980s, a young Italian-American from the wrong side of the tracks falls for a Jewish girl from Long Island.

Tanks For Stalin (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 4.7)
Genreadventure, military, history
CharactersSoldier, Tankman, Inventors
PlotTanks, War, Adventure, Skirmishes, Chase
PlaceUSSR, Lake
TimeWorld War II
StylePatriotic, Disturbing, Exciting, Action, For men, Tense

A prototype of a new cutting edge tank is being taken on a secret mission to Moscow, to Comrade Stalin. Soon the cross-country run turns into a ruthless race. Followed by Nazis, the tanks' team defeats their pursuers and proves the great ability and vast superiority of the machine that is about to become a legendary T-34.

Red Joan (2018)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersStrong women, Spy
TimeCold War
StylePatriotic, Womens in main roles, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

London, England, May 2000. The peaceful life of elderly Joan Stanley is suddenly disrupted when she is arrested by the British Intelligence Service and accused of providing information to communist Russia during the forties.

Chi La Sow (2018)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama
PlotJealousy, Love

While Arjun doesn't want to get married, his parents set up a blind date for him at his place. The story revolves around Arjun, how he falls for the girl he's about to meet, why and how he changed his decision to get married.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018)
Markimdb: 6
PlaceUSSR, India

The life of three friends takes a tragic turn due to an inflated electricity bill, which leads to a courtroom drama and social awakening.

The Spacewalker (2017)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, history
CharactersScientists, Military, Astronauts, Astronauts, Pilots
PlaceSpace, Russia, Moscow, USSR, Spaceships
TimeCold War
StylePatriotic, Tense, Inspirational

March 1965. In the heat of the Cold War, the USA and the USSR are competing for supremacy in space. What both superpowers aim for in this race, is to be the first to have a man walk in outer space. To accomplish that, no price is too high and no risk is too great. Now it’s up to the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran and a hot-headed test-pilot to fulfill this mission. Two men in a tiny spaceship, without proper testing, facing the complete unknown… They were supposed to do what no man has done before – and no man imagined what would happen next…

Hostages (2017)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryRussia, Georgia
CharactersParents, Military
PlotLove, Freedom, On real events
PlaceAircraft, USSR, Sea, Court, Beach

Soviet Georgia, 1983. Preparations for Nika and Ana's wedding are in full swing and it's a big day for both of their elite families. For the newlyweds and their friends, however, the celebrations are in fact part of a cover-up, as they plot an audacious escape from the Soviet Union.

Cold Tango (2017)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.4)
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CharactersFriends, Orphans
PlotLove, War, Survival
PlaceRussia, USSR

By miracle he avoided death and returns to the house where he was born. In the house now lives the love of his life. But the hope for happiness turns sour with a terrible discovery: his beloved is the daughter of his enemy.

The Eternal Road (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, history
CountryFinland, Estonia, Sweden
CharactersSpy, Family
PlotThe escape
PlaceRussia, USSR

Based on true events an epic story of one man's struggle for survival. Jussi Ketola, returns to Finland from the great depression struck America only to face growing political unrest. One summer night of 1930, nationalist thugs violently abduct Ketola from his home. Beaten and forced to walk the Eternal Road towards a foreign Soviet Russia, where cruelty seems to know no end, his only dream is to return to his family cost it what it may. Hope dies last.

Russian Jews. Part Three. After 1948. (2017)
Markimdb: 7.9

Third movie in the series.

My Best Friend (2017)
Genredrama, history
PlaceMoscow, USSR

After an accident at a compressor station in Kazakhstan kills her husband, Ainur, a young Kazakh woman, travels to Russia to find Andrei Artamonov, her husband's former university classmate and best friend. Together with Ainur and the head of the station Lykov, Andrei has to find a solution to a problem that failed his university project many years ago and make what might be the hardest choice of his life.

Era Of Dance (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
CountryRussia, Latvia
PlotDancing, Revolution

The film tells a story about the latest musical revolution in recent history – the early days of the rave scene and the golden age of techno culture. International political changes in the mid-80s and early 90s, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, in a short period of time allowed this cultural phenomenon to become a mass movement which was almost completely independent from the global corporations and which did not fight with the system but created its own system.

Three Days Till The Spring (2017)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredetective, military
PlotLove, Death, Relationship, Betrayal

Leningrad, February 1942. A German air raid has destroyed Block A of the Institute of Experimental Medicine where lethal viruses are researched. The containers with those viruses have disappeared. Severe frosts prevent the outbreak of an epidemic in the besieged city. However, spring is approach- ing and the thaw will set in soon. A young lady doctor, Maritskaya, and an NKVD officer have only 72 hours to prevent a disaster. Life and death, love and betrayal are interlaced in the rapidly unfolding events...

Unknown Soldier (2017)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, military
CountryFinland, Belgium, Iceland
CharactersMilitary, Snipers, Soldier

The film follows Finnish army machine gun company in Continuation War against Soviet Union, 1941–1944. Based on Väinö Linna's best selling novel Tuntematon Sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) and the novel's uncensored version, Sotaromaani (A War Novel).

The Death of Stalin (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Belgium, Canada
CharactersMilitary, Dogs
PlotDeath, Funeral, Political, Money, Hockey
PlaceRussia, USSR, Prison, Siberia

Stalin's core team of ministers tussle for control following the Russian leader's stroke in 1953.

His Daughter (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
PlaceUSSR, Russia

biography movie

The Land of the Enlightened (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.1)
Genredrama, documentary, military
CountryBelgium, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Afghanistan
PlotWar, Survival

A group of Kuchi children are living in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan. They dig out anti-personal mines in order to sell the explosives to child workers mining in a Lappis Lazulli mine. The trajectory of the blue precious stones goes towards Tajikistan and China, through an area controlled by child soldiers. When they are not waging their own mini-wars in the daily madness of life in Afghanistan, the children are fleeing away in their personal fantasies and dreams, while the American soldiers are planning their retreat...

Close Relations (2016)
Genredrama, documentary
CountryUkraine, Germany, Latvia, Estonia
PlotTime travel, Revolution
PlaceRussia, Ukraine, USSR

Vitaly Mansky’s intimate and insightful new documentary finds him crisscrossing the Ukraine in the wake of the Maidan uprising, which has left his relatives scattered on both sides of a highly charged and dizzyingly complex political situation.

Panfilov's 28 Men (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, military
PlotWar, Death
PlaceMoscow, USSR, Russia, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleTouching, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight soldiers of the Red Army's 316th Rifle Division, under the command of General Ivan Panfilov, that stopped the advance on Moscow of a column of fifty-four Nazi tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days. Though armed only with standard issue Mosin-Nagant infantry rifles and DP and PM-M1910 machine guns, all useless against tanks, and with wholly inadequate RPG-40 anti-tank grenades and PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles, they fight tirelessly and defiantly, with uncommon bravery and unwavering dedication, to protect Moscow and their Motherland.

In the Autumn of the 41st (2016)
Genremelodrama, adventure, family, military
CharactersFriends, Soldier
PlotWar, Revenge
PlaceRussia, USSR

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Rayony (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.4)
Genredrama, crime
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotMoving, First love
PlaceSchool, Kazakhstan, USSR

A crime drama about teenage student from province who has to deal with new environment after moving to city.

Despite the Falling Snow (2016)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada
CharactersSpy, Artists, Lesbians
PlotLove triangle, Mystery, Love, Political
PlaceMoscow, USSR, Russia
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Touching, Tense, Disturbing

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him. Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, The White Queen), is young, beautiful – and a spy for the Americans. When she and Mischa (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Emerald City), begin spying on Alexander ( Sam Reid, Anonymous), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander (Charles Dance, The Imitation Game) can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most.

The Earthquake (2016)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.3)
CountryArmenia, Russia
CharactersLifeguards, Orphans

After the devastating Spitak earthquake of December 7th, Konstantin Berezhnoy, a 50-year-old Russian, and Robert Melkonyan, a 28-year-old Armenian, work together to rescue the desperate survivors.

Surgeon (2016)
Mark3 (imdb: 5.2)
CharactersDoctors, Nurses
PlotRelationship, Love, Death
PlaceRussia, Hospitals, USSR

A few days from the life of the neurosurgeon working in the big hospital.

Bridge of Spies (2015)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Germany, India
CharactersScouts, Lawyers, Spy, Judge, Pilots, CIA
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice
TimeCold War
StyleTense, Disturbing

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel, the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

Child 44 (2015)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia
CharactersManiacs, Pregnant, Police, Photographers, Serial killers, Military
PlotInvestigation, Relationship, Power, The escape, Blackmail, Adoption, Political, Justice, Uprising
PlaceSchool, Forest, Trains, USSR, Russia
StyleDisturbing, Action, Tense, Creepy

Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.

The End of a Great Era (2015)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotLove, Tracking, Loneliness
PlaceRussia, USSR

Drama based on life and stories of one of the most popular Soviet/Russian writers - Sergei Dovlatov.

1944 (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, history
CountryEstonia, Finland
PlotWar, Death, Weapon, Funeral

The events of the war in 1944, from the Blue Hills to Sõrve Peninsula. Shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to pick sides and fight against fellow brothers. Choices have to be made, not only by the soldiers, but also by their loved ones.

The Fencer (2015)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history, sport
CountryFinland, Estonia, Germany
CharactersTeachers, Trainers, Orphans
PlaceSchool, USSR

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Battle for Sevastopol (2015)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryRussia, Ukraine
CharactersSnipers, Soldier
PlotWar, Death
PlaceUSSR, Ukraine, Russia
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women alike. Seeing Pavlichenko as a tangible threat, the German High Command gives orders to eliminate the girl whatever the cost. In the meanwhile, Lyudmila meets a man and falls in love. War fades into the background... Soon, however, another misfortune befalls Lyudmila leaving the man she loves on the brink of death and herself seriously wounded. The girl is pulled out of combat and later goes to the United States with a publicity visit. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomes Lyudmila in the White House and the two women soon become close. It won't be long before Pavlichenko stands before an audience in Chicago pressing for a second front. Will her words have the capacity to change the course of war?

Barcelona Christmas Night (2015)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.6)
CharactersFamily, Newlyweds
PlotLove, Happiness, Holidays, Love at first sight
PlaceSpain, USSR
TimeNew Year, Winter

Multiple love stories unfold in Barcelona during Christmas's Eve.

My Golden Days (2015)
Markimdb: 6.8
PlaceUSSR, Trains
StyleSoulful, Tense, Fascinating, To cry

Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.

Sweet Alibis (2014)
Markimdb: 6.1

Chi-yi is a veteran cop, who values his own safety more than anything else and is therefore infamous for his cowardice and poor efficiency at work. Yi-ping, on the other hand, has just graduated from the police academy and is more than ready to prove herself regardless of any risks. Daughter of the head of the National Policy Agency, Yi-ping is secretly kept away from danger by being appointed to team up with Chi-yi. Starting from a seemingly pointless case of a puppy’s accidental death, the essentially incompatible pair unexpectedly dig up the clues to a series of mysterious deaths.

The Coldest Game (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, history, sport
CountryPoland, USA
CharactersSpy, CIA
PlotRivalry, Political, Chess, Competitions, Fear
TimeCold War
StyleTense, Inspirational, Smart

During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.

Отличница (2017)
Genredrama, adventure, detective
PlotLove, Investigation

April 1958. Maria Krapivina, a graduate of the law faculty of Leningrad University, Department of criminal procedure and criminalistics, is assigned to the UGRO of the Central district police Department. Just a girl, an excellent student, the daughter of intelligent parents falls into a team consisting of rough and experienced operatives who have passed the war. On the first day, Masha wants to quit. But she gets her hands on information about a traitor in the Department associated with a large and audacious gang. Masha decides that it is her duty to stay and uncover the "mole". And also to prove that it is worth something. Everyone falls under suspicion, including the head of the Opera Department of the Swedes ,the "uncouth lout", with whom Masha unexpectedly falls in love, and every day more and more..