Russian action movies

List of the best Russian action movies selected by visitors to our site: Brother, Brother 2, We Are From The Future, Black Lightning, The Star, I Am, War, Antikiller, The Inhabited Island, The Inhabited Island 2: Rebellion.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Brother (1997)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 8)
Genreaction, drama, crime, music
CharactersBrothers, Hired assassins
PlaceSt. Petersburg, Russia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Fascinating, Disturbing

Danila goes to his older brother to start a new life in Petersburg. His brother is a gangster and a killer, and he puts Danila into this criminal world asking him to kill someone.

Brother 2 (2000)
Mark9.8 (imdb: 7.8)
Genreaction, crime
CountryRussia, USA

Arriving in Moscow, Chechen veteran Danila (Sergei Bodrov Jr) meets Konstantin, an old friend who tells him that his twin brother has been forced into signing a crooked contract with a US ice hockey team. Soon after this meeting, Danila discovers Konstantin dead and he sets out to avenge his death; a journey that leads him to Chicago and a whole new experience.

We Are From The Future (2008)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantastic, action, adventure, military, history
CharactersFriends, Soldier, Military
PlotLove, War, Time travel, Survival, Adventure, Death
TimeWorld War II

Four 21st century treasure seekers are transported back into the middle of a WWII battles in Soviet Union...

Black Lightning (2009)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, melodrama, adventure
PlotAdventure, Love

Black Lightning is a Russian superhero film about a Moscow University student who discovers that his otherwise unremarkable car can fly. After his father is attacked, he decides to use the car to fight crime and becomes the city's defender against an evil millionaire.

The Star (2002)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CharactersHeroes, Soldier, Military, Snipers
PlotAdventure, Death, War
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Depressive, Fascinating

The film is based on the eponymous book by Emmanuil Kazakevich. In the summer of 1944 the Nazi Armies prepare a massive Tank Division named 'Viking" for the offensive on occupied Russian land. The Russian Army's special group of seven snipers named "Zvezda" is sent for a reconnaissance operation behind the enemy lines in the back of the Nazi Tank Division. Two previous Russian groups never came back. The seven Russians know that they are going to an almost certain Death for the sake of Victory.

I Am (2009)
Mark5.4 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, drama

The film tells the story of a young Russian in the early 90s, trying to escape the army in a psychiatric clinic. He's released years later, after intensive compulsory treatment. Has a documentary film maker he gets involved in the Chechen conflict, where he meets his own apparent death. He recalls his life and realizes it mirrors that of his whole generation.

War (2002)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.7)
Genreaction, drama, military
CharactersHeroes, Soldier, Military
PlotWar, Hostage
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Disturbing

During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

Antikiller (2002)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, crime

Former criminal investigator, Major Korenev, nicknamed Fox is released from prison. He has been detained there as a result of planted incriminating evidence of unlawful investigation techniques. Setting accounts with Shaman - a big criminal boss, who ordered the evidence planted and also with his former colleagues was not a part of Korenev's agenda. As he returns to Moscow he finds a new world ruled by underworld bosses, criminal clans fighting each other and utter chaos on the desperately keeping appearances streets of Russian capital. Facing death of his friends, Major Korenev decides to re-install law and order using some unorthodox methods that are only relevant in 21st century Russia.

The Inhabited Island (2008)
Mark5.8 (imdb: 5.1)
Genrefantastic, action
CharactersHeroes, Losers
PlotRivalry, Conspiracies

On the threshold of 22nd century, furrowing the space, protagonist from the Free Search Group makes emergency landing on an unknown planet where he must stay. People who are living on this planet have remained at the stone level of the 20th century, with its social problems, miserable ecology and shaky world..

The Inhabited Island 2: Rebellion (2009)
Mark3.8 (imdb: 5)
Genrefantastic, action
CharactersHeroes, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Revolution, Uprising
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Depressive, Disturbing

Maxim Kammerer fights for his love and freedom. He leads a rebel movement challenging the five greedy rulers. One of the rulers, Strannik, knows how dangerous Maxim can be. He makes up his mind to stop the young man at any cost. The last close fight will decide everything.

Olimpius Inferno (2009)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.2)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersMilitary, Journalists

The movie is based on the events in South Ossetia in August 2008, and portraying a brutal Georgian army engaging in ethnic cleansing at the behest of its omnipresent American masters.

Bastards (2006)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genreaction, drama, military
CharactersHeroes, Military, Difficult teens
PlotDeath, War
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Disturbing, Fascinating

A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin.

Day Watch (2006)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.5)
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy
PlotDeath, Investigation
PlaceRussia, Moscow

A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

Night Watch (2004)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.4)
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy
CharactersVampire, Hunters, Witch, Wizards
PlotCars, Supernatural, Death, Apocalypse, Fate, Fear
PlaceAircraft, Russia
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Depressive, Gothic, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage

The Apocalypse Code (2007)
Mark5.4 (imdb: 4.4)
Genreaction, adventure

Terrorist Jaffad Ben Zayidi steals four nuclear bombs from a sunken American submarine and hides them in four major cities throughout the world. The charges can be activated by an 11-digit code. Zayidi dies and his accomplice, nicknamed "The Executioner," is about to blow up the bombs. The Executioner is chased by FSB, whose agent Marie has previously infiltrated Zayidi's team.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Russia
CharactersSpecial agents

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Revenge (2007)
Mark9 (imdb: 5.9)
Genreaction, drama, crime
PlotBoxing, Rivalry, Jealousy
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating, Action

When Artem Kolchin, Denis Nikiforov, arrives in the U.S. to fight for the championship, he soon finds himself fighting for his life after he sends a young, aggressive boxer, who provokes him into sparring, into a coma and ultimately killing him. That is when Artem finds out that the young boxer was none other than the only son of Felix Mendez, the powerful Mexican mafia kingpin, played masterfully by Victor Herminio Lopez, and when the real fight begins.

Newsmakers (2009)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryRussia, Sweden
PlotRivalry, Pursuit
PlaceRussia, Moscow
StyleExciting, Heavy, For men, Disturbing

A gang of crooks robbing cash collectors, run into a police surveillance team and the inadequate police response results in a gunfight. A TV crew on assignment in the area happens to capture this humiliation on camera, and this example of police incompetence is soon the lead story in every news bulletin. Public confidence in law and order now suffers irreparable harm. The head of the Moscow force welcomes a public search-and-destroy operation against these thugs, the brainchild of Katya, his PR director. She proposes that the capture of this dangerous gang be transformed into a live TV show of a kind never seen before. At this point she cannot know that the gang leader's life-and-death struggle with the police is destined to lead to a media duel. Besieged in a huge apartment block, the crooks hold hostage a father and his son and daughter. A massive special forces rescue operation is mounted but fails miserably.

In August of 1944 (2001)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, detective, military
CountryRussia, Belarus

The movie is set in Belarus, where a team of counter-intelligence officers is given only three days to find a German radio operator posing as a Soviet soldier, behind soviet lines, on the eve of a major offensive.

На безымянной высоте (2004)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genreaction, military, history
CountryRussia, Belarus
PlotLove, War

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