Russian movies about the prison and the zone

List of the best Russian movies about the prison and the zone, selected by visitors to our site: Soulless 2, Two Women, Kira, Baron, Jester's Night: Seriously Off Nut, Dubrovskiy, Light Up!, Sparta, Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive, High Security Vacation.

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Soulless 2 (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration02:30

Max Andreev thought the best place to start a new life would be at the other end of the world. What he didn't know, is that you can't outrun your past.

Two Women (2014)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama
CountryRussia, France, Latvia, United Kingdom
Duration01:38

A headstrong young woman is married to land baron. Her feelings for her son's tutor becomes a complex web of unrequited love.

Kira (2015)
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Genreshort
CountryRussia

The story of a day in freedom. After two years in a penal colony for minors, Kira is released ahead of schedule. She goes home to Borisoglebsk to see her mother. On the way Kira meets different people, who do not allow her plans to come true.

Baron (2016)
Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryRussia, Uzbekistan

One of the most pressing issues of our day - the fight against drugs based disorders and logical solution. Uzbek film between the peoples of the world is a global problem, a broader and deeper look sharp sense of his goals in front of him

Jester's Night: Seriously Off Nut (2020)
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Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryRussia

"Jester's Night: Seriously Off Nut" tells us a story that happened the day before - The New Year. It is the time when we wait for the wishes to come true. The picture is about our dreams that change with time and, unfortunately, become more pragmatic. The characters dedicate their lives to the career without noticing anything around them even their lovers' worries. Living this day together with characters, a viewer understands that it is never too late to implement in life their dreams. A businessman and a housewife; a cab driver and a man-hater; a secretary and a barbershop; a director and an ordinary tutor - everyone has their own New Year. For someone it is a pleasant fuss and an opportunity to make a secret wish. For others it is an annual tradition to make fun of oneself and to laugh at others during "Jester's Night".

Dubrovskiy (2014)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryRussia
Duration02:03

A modern take on the classic novel by Alexander Pushkin. Vladimir is a successful banker and a regular at trendy night clubs. Masha is a diligent graduate of a British college and a loving daughter. It looks like they have bright future ahead. However, an unexpected quarrel between two eccentric fathers forces their offspring to live through the conflict of Pushkin's novel.

Light Up! (2017)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration02:25

Alevtina Romanova is a warden in the woman's colony, and the only thing that is different from her «iron lady» image is her voice - a voice which even a notable opera diva would envy. However, Alevtina has been ashamed of her talent since the times she was a kid and nowadays, preliminarily making sure no one's around, she rarely sings for herself. Despite the fact that Alevtina is trying to stay invisible, one of the prisoners secretly records her singing on video by a cellphone and puts it online. The tape becomes a real sensation, and soon Alevtina is invited to Moscow to participate in the main singing show on national television. A sincere desire to change her life awakens inside Alevtina but she's not ready to compete in the show at all. The only person who could train her voice and prepare her for the performance is that very prisoner, who recorded the video, who turns out to be a singer in the past.

Sparta (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, drama
CountryRussia
Duration02:06

Sparta is a new kind of martial arts and also the only way for Nikolay to return to sport.

Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive (2011)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryRussia
Duration02:08

Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last great love as handed down to his son from a family friend. Written by nitorch.

High Security Vacation (2009)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryRussia
Duration01:53

Two escaped convicts pose as children's summer camp staff in order to evade capture and learn about caring for others in the process. Sumrak has been in prison since he was 16 years old but is pushing thirty now, is well acquainted with prison gang culture and covered with tattoos. Evgeni Koltsov is a former police officer unjustly imprisoned and destined for a death sentence from the other inmates if he stays in prison.

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The Bull (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryRussia
Duration02:14

The 1990s. Empty shelves in the shops, an economic abyss and criminal dramas that unfold literally at every corner. The young leader of a criminal gang Anton Bykov, with the nickname “Bull”, must make money in whatever way to provide for his family. After a local shootout, Anton ends up in the police station, from where he is released at the intervention of Moscow’s crime lords. In exchange, the latter asks Anton for a small, but dangerous service

The Monk and the Demon (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, fantasy, comedy, drama
CountryRussia
Duration01:49

Fantastic story of the first half of the XIX century about a monk named Ivan who must fight the dark forces in his monastery.

Gentlemen, Good Luck!‎ (2012)
Markimdb: 2.7
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryRussia
Duration01:36

The remake of the soviet classic with a modern setting. Troshkin, a children's party entertainer, uncannily resembles the notorious criminal "Smilik". After the thief steals a valuable artifact, Troshkin is forced to act as his dead ringer in order to restore his reputation and good name.

The Muslim (1995)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:50

A Russian soldier who spent ten years in captivity in Afghanistan, returns to his home village and shocks all its inhabitants because of his conversion to Islam. During his absence, his father hanged himself, his brother served a prison term and his former fiancée has become a woman of very low morals. The village is the scene of endless drinking while the local boss is selling off the land for dollars to new-rich Russians. Our hero turns out as the only sober and hard-working member of the community. However, his attachment to his new faith soon provokes the hatred and rejection of everyone else, including his own family.

The Edge (2010)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:50

The action takes place shortly after the end of the Second World War in the Siberian hinterland, among Russians and Germans with damaged personal stories and a strange transformation: the victors seem to be crawling into the skins of the defeated, and vice versa. Ignat, is the embodiment of the larger-than-life image of the Soviet victorious warrior who, in fact, proves to be shell-shocked, sick and broken, although not completely destroyed. Trains become fetish for the heroes of the film, and speed becomes a mania; they virtually become one with their steam engines, while the machines take on human names. The heroes set up an almost fatal race in the Siberian forest, risking their own lives and those of others.

The Thief (1997)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryRussia, France
Duration01:38

In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where he becomes everyone's favorite through his good looks and generosity. Meanwhile he gives the boy, Sanya, lessons in life: to fight back, to win at all costs. The child's mother, Katya, is head-over-heels in love with Tolyan, the soldier, but the relationship becomes rocky when Tolyan's true plans for the rooming house become clear. It starts them on a treadmill of flight that risks Katya's life, Tolyan's liberty, and Sanya's trust.

Celestial Camel (2015)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefamily
CountryRussia

When his father sells their baby camel Altynka, his mother, Mara, escapes to be find her calf. Her disappearance is a potential disaster for the family so eldest son, Bayir, takes off to retrieve her. What follows is part road movie, part coming-of-age as Bayr adventures across the Kalmyk steppe.

A Gentle Creature (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, detective
CountryFrance, Russia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Ukraine
Duration01:26

Loosely inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story A Gentle Creature about a woman who travels to a prison in a remote region to track down her incarcerated husband.

American Heist (2014)
Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Russia
Duration01:31

Two brothers, both with troubled paths, find themselves in the middle of one last bank job.

Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military
CountryRussia, Kazakhstan
Duration01:40

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Paradise (2016)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia, Germany
Duration02:10

The historical drama set during the Second World War centres on three people whose paths cross: a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking German SS officer.

Lucky (2006)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, crime, military
CountryRussia

Vadim Uporov is desperate to escape from the Gulag. He tries and tries - again and again...

I Want To Go To Prison (1998)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy
CountryRussia

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Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (1994)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, military
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Russia

Set in a small Ukrainian village during the outbreak of war with Germany in 1941 Private Chonkin, not overly endowed with intelligence, is left to guard a downed military aircraft. The authorities appear to have forgotten about him so this leaves him free to work his chams on the village postmistress, Njura, untill the local militia are tipped off.

Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23

The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ultimate fate of Gretchen Morgan.

King of Devil's Island (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryNorway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration01:56

Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, determined to escape from the island. After a tragic incident, he ends up leading the boys in a violent uprising. When the boys manage to take over the island, 150 soldiers are sent in to restore order.

The Experiment (2001)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryGermany
Duration01:54

Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted prematurely when the experimenters lost control.

Marquis de Sade (1996)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, Russia

Based on the true story of the notorious Marquis de Sade. In 18th century Paris, an innocent beauty's search for her missing sister leads her into the deadly sensuous realm of the infamous Marquis de Sade. Imprisoned for his sordid crimes, the Marquis likewise has the beauty morally trapped... for she must help him complete his banned book of lust, or never learn the fate of her sister. It becomes a test of wills and wit, as the Marquis attempts to convert her to his deviously sexual philosophy. When the Marquis escapes his prison, she must follow him to his remote chateau of sin to finally discover her sister's fate, and to face her own.

The Next Three Days (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, France
Duration02:13

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.

Felon (2008)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:44

A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.




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