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, Lucky, Light Up!, Dubrovskiy, The Edge, The Bull, The Muslim, Kira, Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 6.2
PlotLove, Money, Friendship
PlacePrison, Sea, Russia, Party, Moscow
StyleBy books

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.

Markimdb: 6.3
CountryRussia, France, Latvia, United Kingdom
PlotLove, Mental disorders, Adoption
PlacePrison, Russia, Siberia, Caucasus, St. Petersburg

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

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, crime, military
PlotSurvival, Prison Break, Fight, Pads
PlacePrison, Gulag
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, For men, Disturbing

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

Markimdb: 6.1
CharactersFriends, Singers
PlotOn real events, Music, Friendship, Art, Birthday
PlacePrison, Women's Prison, Russia
StyleFascinating, Tense, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genredrama, crime
PlotLove, Death
PlacePrison, Russia
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

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.

Markimdb: 6.5
PlacePrison, Trains, Russia, Gulag, USSR
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CharactersCowboys, Family
PlotFight, Friendship, Justice
PlacePrison, Russia, Small cities
StyleAction, Heavy, Black humor, Makes me think

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

Markimdb: 6.9
PlotLove, Death
PlacePrison, Russia, USSR
StylePsychological problems, To cry, By books, Fascinating, Tense

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.

PlacePrison, Russia

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.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Actors, Singers
PlotOn real events, KGB, Uprising, Youth
PlacePrison, Russia, USSR, Moscow
StyleFascinating, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 2.7
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersKillers, Police, Twins, Criminals, Losers
PlotLove, Adventure, Prison Break, Abduction, The escape
PlacePrison, Egypt, Russia
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Action, Light

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.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
PlotAdventure, Prison Break, Parenting
PlacePrison, Russia, Summer camp, Lake

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.

Genrecomedy, melodrama
PlotLove, Revenge
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating, Heavy

"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".

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia, Germany
CharactersDogs, Jews
PlotLove, Relationship, Death, Love triangle, Fate
PlacePrison, Concentration camp, France
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StylePsychological problems, Philosophical, Heavy, Touching

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.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryRussia, Uzbekistan
PlacePrison, Russia
StyleAction, Fascinating

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

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, detective
CountryFrance, Russia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Ukraine
CharactersDogs, Family
PlotTime travel
PlacePrison, Trains
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense

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.

Markimdb: 6.8
CharactersAnimals, Brothers, Fathers, Poor
PlotTravel, Motorcycles, Friendship, Debts
PlacePrison, Deserts
StyleLight, Soulful, Fascinating

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military
CountryRussia, Kazakhstan
PlacePrison, Chechnya, Russia, Caucasus

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.

Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Russia
PlotRobbery, Bank robbery, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlacePrison, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Serious, For men, Disturbing

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

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, military
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Russia
CharactersSpy, Stalin, Jews, Military, Old man
PlacePrison, Aircraft
TimeWorld War II

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.

Markimdb: 6.3
StyleLight, Makes me think

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Markimdb: 4.3
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, Russia
CharactersWriters, Actors
PlotMissing people
PlacePrison, France
Time18th century

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.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, drama
PlotSports, Betrayal

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

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, fantasy, comedy, drama
PlotObsession, Religious
PlacePrison, Nature
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Creepy, Disturbing

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

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama
PlotExperiments, Quests
StylePsychological problems, Action, Heavy, Makes me think

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.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, crime
CountrySoviet Union
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts

Saveliy Govorkov, an Afghanistan war veteran tries to fight mafia in his own town.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, comedy
PlotDancing, Martial Arts, Revolution, Justice
StyleExciting, By comics

Rob Schneider writes and stars in this comedy about a nerdy con man whose swindling ways land him a stiff prison sentence. Terrified at the prospect of being raped in prison he enlists the aid of a mysterious kung-fu expert to teach him how to fight.

Markimdb: 9.3
CharactersScammers, Prisoner, Friends, Good people
PlotSurvival, Prison Break, The escape, Freedom, Fate
PlacePrison, Mexico, USA
StyleInteresting, Popular, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryRussia, France
CharactersHorses, Spy, Thieves, Soldier
PlotLove, Dancing, Money, Death
PlacePrison, Russia, Party
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

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.

CharactersBodyguards, Good people, Guards
PlotSuperpowers, Supernatural, False accusations
StylePopular, To cry, Inspirational, By books, Touching

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.