Soviet drama movies

List of the best Soviet dramas movies selected by visitors to our site: The Dawns Here Are Quiet, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, Afonya, Officers, They Fought for Their Motherland, Gentlemen of Fortune, Come and See, Love and Lies, At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own, Heart of a Dog.

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

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:40
PlotWar
TimeGreat Patriotic War
StylePopular

Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the front-line there is an anti-aircraft artillery point, where corporal Vaskov is stationed with a group of many young women in training.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:30
PlotRelationship, True love
PlaceMoscow
StylePopular

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions...

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:32
PlotLove, Dancing, Friendship, Flooding
PlaceVillage, Russia, USSR, Night Clubs
StyleSoulful

The 1975 film by Georgi Daneliya "Afonya" was an unexpected commercial hit in USSR. The main character "Afonya" Borshev is a plumber, who spends his life partying with "buddies", many of whom he doesn't even remember after nights of heavy drinking. His wife leaves him, his boss places him on probation, his whole life is falling apart, but he doesn't realize it. Afonya met Katya at a dance club, yet didn't pay her much attention. But she is the one, who can save him... In this movie Daneliya achieves a perfect balance of satire and drama. Quotes from the movie gained a cult status in USSR.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:31
PlotWar

Two friends are army officers, and the turbulent times throw them from the Civil War in the early 20s to the Soviet conflict in Finland, from China to the Urals.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:40
TimeGreat Patriotic War
StylePopular

In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Russian army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating Russian troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the countryside, the soldiers show their companionship, sentiments, fears and heroism to defend their motherland.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, detective
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:24
CharactersGangsters
PlotPrison Break
StylePopular

A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless...

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:16
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War
StyleHeavy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:26
StyleFor children

Vam i ne snilos... A movie about two high school kids who meet in class and fall madly in love with each other. Unfortunately, His father and her mother had a history of their own between them which creates uneasiness in both of them. Also because of that, the boy's mother is very jealous and tries to separate them. The only person that tries to help them is their teacher who has relationship problems of her own.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:33
CharactersGypsies
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Pads, False accusations
PlaceTrains, Russia
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Patriotic, Serious

Following the Russian Civil War, a loyal Red, Shilov, must prove he is at home among strangers as he attempts to recapture a shipment of gold that he was supposed to deliver to Moscow. Needed as a means of buying food for the people, the gold Shilov was entrusted with is stolen, initially by a group of assassins and then by a group of bandits. In tracking the gold’s whereabouts, Shilov’s motives are questioned and he is suspected of treason, in part because his brother was a devoted White. In an effort to clear his name, Shilov locates the gold, but he also discovers rampant greed and corruption.

Markimdb: 8.7
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:16
PlaceMoscow
StylePopular, Black and White

Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a man, A REAL MAN?"

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:28
CharactersTeens, Family, Friends, Couriers, Guests
PlotLove, Youth

Ivan Mirosnikov, a cheeky young man in the Gorbachev era, is trying to figure out what to do with his life (he's not in college, and the 2-year mandatory military service is looming large ahead of him). Meanwhile, he lives with his divorced mother, and works as a courier at a Russian newspaper. Through his job, he meets patronizing Professor Kuznetzov and his rebellious daughter Katya. To annoy the professor, Ivan claims to have an affair with Katya. To his surprise, Katya backs his story up.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:30
PlotRelationship

An idealistic, sophisticated young woman meets a rough-around-the-edges, blue collar man and rejects him, only to find out later that they are destined for true love together, despite the fact that he cannot now pass his certification test after she threw him out of her adult education class.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:37
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Drivers
PlotWar
PlaceRussia, Germany
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Soulful, By books, Heavy, Depressive

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory...

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration03:03
CharactersDogs

A touching story about a white Gordon Setter with black ear, who became homeless because of his master's illness. His master, Ivan Ivanovich, a man far from being young, fond of hunting and nature, took a puppy to live with him, despite the dog's black ear being a "shame of nature" to his breed. The man always took his dog, whom he called Bim or Bimka, to hunting in country. Later, however Ivan Ivanovich began to have problems with heart and when the disease became worse was taken to a hospital. His dog couldn't bear waiting for the only person that ever cared for him and set out to find his master. Thus began the story of a homeless dog and his many breathtaking and exciting adventures, encounters of many people, kind and evil, and leads to an unexpected and heart-rending end.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, drama, adventure, detective
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:43
CharactersMutant, Scientists, Writers, Soldier, Clairvoyants
PlotFulfillment of desires, Meaning of life, Fog
PlaceChernobyl
TimePost apocalypse
StylePsychological problems, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Smart, Gloomy

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded desires are granted.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union

A story about a difficult life of three women during the years after WWII.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:29
CharactersAlcoholics, Lovers
PlotFriendship, Love triangle, Depression
PlaceRussia
StyleSmart

Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin, who makes a living by teaching at an institute and translating English literature, is cheating on his wife. Buzykin's main problem is that he's a kind man with a weak character. The lies he is telling his wife all the time are inconvincing, but he never has the courage to tell her the truth. His lover, Alla, is aware of his family life, but gets offended when, for example, he cannot meet her so that he doesn't come home late, or when he doesn't want to go home in a new jacket she gives him to avoid having to explain to his wife. Alla and Nina, Andrei's wife, both leave him, forgive him, and return to him at the same time, and Andrei continues with this kind of life, full of suffering and deceit. Finally, both women are so fed up with his lies that they don't believe him even when he is telling the truth...

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, family
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:25
CharactersWitch
PlotLove
PlaceRussia

Once upon a time there lived a Tsar named Yeremey who went on a year-long journey to take inventory of all he owned. One day he is kidnapped by the underwater Tsar Chudo-Yudo. When a ransom is demanded, the Tsar's family is faced with all kinds of intrigue and treachery.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:39
PlotRelationship
PlaceRussia, USSR, Moscow
StyleLight

Anatoli Yefremovich Novoseltsev works in a statistics institution, whose director is an unattractive and bossy woman. An old friend of his, Yuri Grigorievich Samokhvalov, who gets appointed assistant director of the institution, wants to make Novoseltsev the head of the department but encounters objections from Ludmila Prokopievna Kalugina, the director. Samokhvalov then advises Novoseltsev to lightly hit on the boss. Ironically, Novoseltsev and Kalugina fall in love with each other...

Markimdb: 8.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration06:13
CharactersDogs
PlotDancing, Money, Friendship, Death, Betrayal

The first film of a four-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel . In St. Petersburg of 1805, Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a rich nobleman, is introduced to high society. His friend, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, joins the Imperial Russian Army as aide-de-camp of General Mikhail Kutuzov in the War of the Third Coalition against Napoleon.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountrySoviet Union
StyleBlack and White

Year 1947... Yegor Trubnikov is giving all his powers to make life in his own Kolhoz better.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:37
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, Wedding, True love
PlaceUSSR
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Patriotic, Touching, Heartbreaking

Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris' family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama
CountrySoviet Union
PlaceTrains
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II

The heroes of the movie last seen each other on the Belarusian railway station in the summer of 1945. A quarter-century, they meet at the funeral of comrade.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:36
PlotCars
PlaceUSSR
StyleHeavy, For men

An automotive highway is scheduled to be built through the territory of a garage cooperative. A special meeting of the cooperative takes place to reduce the number of garages. As all was already decided and arranged by the chairholder and the board, the decision passes easily at the meeting. But one unexpected event happens - the meeting room's entrance has been locked by an anonymous member and the key is missing...

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:20
CharactersDoctors
PlotLove, Wedding

Stories from the lives of the tenants of the Moscow's communal apartment: Kostik, who is a college student, lives with his aunt while studying; Arkady Velyurov who is a performing artist; Khobotovs, who are a divorced couple; and Sava, who is Margarita Khobotov's new fiancé. All these people live in one apartment and their lives constantly touch each other's.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:17
CharactersWitch, Monsters, Priests, Wizards
PlotSuperpowers, Supernatural, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, Russia, Ukraine
StyleDepressive, Serious, Disturbing

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, drama, detective
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:49
CharactersImmortals, Scientists, Psychologists, Astronauts
PlotInvestigation, Jealousy, Dreams
PlaceSpace
TimeFuture
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Atmospheric, Psychedelic, Makes me think

A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:31

A young Russian girl is in love with show business and wants to leave her small town for Moscow and make it big in the big city. She encounters her long missing, remarried father and gets a boy friend who uses her and then leaves her.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:07
CharactersChildrens, Pupils, Difficult teens
PlotFirst love, Cheating, False accusations
PlaceSchool, Russia
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive, Serious

A twelve years old girl Lena who has come to live with her grandfather in a small Russian town is being bullied by her classmates. She took the rap of being a class traitor because she was in love with the boy who had betrayed his classmates when they were bunking off and going to cinema instead of a literature lesson. The class is penalized for that, not being allowed to go to Moscow for fall holidays with the rest of the school. Lena is being ostracized, "boycotted" however not telling the truth, waiting that the boy himself would confess to be guilty.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:30
CharactersTankman
PlotWar, Tanks
PlaceUSSR
StyleBlack and White

The film tells about the fighting everyday life of the crew of self-propelled guns during the liberation of Right-Bank Ukraine. Junior Lieutenant Maleshkin, an unshooted graduate of the school, commands the crew of the self-propelled gun SU-100. All the subordinates of Maleshkin are older than him and much more experienced. The authority of the young commander is tested at every step, he quarrels, then reconciles with his crew. In addition, Maleshkin is very dissatisfied with the battery commander, he now and then threatens to remove the sluggish young officer from the command. In the crew of Maleshkin, various troubles constantly occur: either the driver will catch the commandant’s eyes in an untidy, grimy look, then a combat grenade with a dropped check will be discovered in the car, or a breakdown will occur just at the moment the regiment enters the march.





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