Soviet movies about love

List of the best Soviet movies about love, selected by visitors to our site: Love, Courier, Crazies, Assa, The Most Charming and Attractive, Afonya, Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair, Father Frost, The Inner Circle, Ashik Kerib.

In the top there are new films of 1991, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Love (1991)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.1)
CountrySoviet Union
CharactersJews, Friends
PlaceParty, Moscow, USSR

Two Moscow students are mostly concerned with scoring with women but their lives change radically when one of them falls for a Jewish girl whose family is being persecuted by anonymous anti-Semites and is preparing to emigrate to Israel.

Courier (1986)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
CharactersTeens, Family, Friends, Guests, Couriers
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.

Crazies (1991)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.4)
CountrySoviet Union
PlaceRussia, USSR

A romantic and funny fantasy about the events occurred during the building of a first railroad in Russia.

Assa (1987)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, music, history
CountrySoviet Union
CharactersGangsters, Criminals
PlotLove triangle, Love, Snow
PlaceRussia, Ukraine
Time18th century
StyleDepressive, Gloomy

ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century assassination plot.

The Most Charming and Attractive (1985)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 7.5)
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountrySoviet Union
PlotLove, Happiness
StyleMakes me think, To cry

Nadya Klyueva is a single woman. Persuaded by her friend, she decides to charm her co-worker whom she doesn't really love, but who is the most popular man around.

Afonya (1975)
Mark9.8 (imdb: 7.9)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySoviet Union
PlotLove, Dancing
PlaceUSSR, Russia, Village, Night Clubs

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.

Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (1969)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, family
CountrySoviet Union

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.

Father Frost (1964)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, family
CountrySoviet Union
CharactersWizards, Family, Heroes
PlotRivalry, Jealousy, Love, Money
StyleAtmospheric, Touching

A fairy tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together.

The Inner Circle (1991)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.1)
CountryItaly, Soviet Union, USA
PlotPolitical, Love, On real events
PlaceTrains, Russia
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Depressive

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. Written by Martin H. Booda

Ashik Kerib (1988)
Markimdb: 7.4
CountrySoviet Union
PlotAdventure, Love
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's got the daughter to promise not to marry till his return. It's told in typical Paradjanov style, in a series of visually ravishing 'tableaux vivants' overlaid with Turkish and Azerbaijani folksongs.