MestnyiGeroi's (aka Local Hero's) 1000+ Quintessential Russian Movies

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"This huge list is the result of about six months of work. I began thinking and digging in the summer of 2007, and then I posted the list in progress on the Classics forum at imdb, receiving many further contributions from numerous posters (but very special gratitude is due to the posters named Colomba, JeNeRegretteRien and WhiteFun for their generous assistance).

This list is an attempt at a fairly thorough compilation of films that I deem quintessential contributions to Russian cinema for one (or more) of three reasons:

1. Critical Acclaim — The film has met with national and/or international critical acclaim (e.g., Tarkovsky’s Mirror or Klimov’s Come and See). Films might also make the list if I feel they are overlooked gems that should have met with critical acclaim.

2. Popular Appeal in Russia — The film has garnered considerable popular appeal among Russians, measured either through initial box office, or by eventual status as a beloved classic (e.g., Diamond Arm or The Irony of Fate).

3. Historical/Cultural Importance – - The film has historical importance, either for its cultural or cinematic impact, or for its significance as a historical artifact. (Two examples: The Battle of Stalingrad is considered by most an example of egregious propaganda fairly lacking in artistic merit or historical veracity, but it is in the list nonetheless as an important reflection of Stalinism at its most absurd; on a different level, I personally feel that Night Watch is a rather painfully vapid film, but it is included because – - along with its record-breaking box office – - it has marked a sea change in Russian cinema.)

Some details about the list:

—The dates are taken from the imdb website for sake of a consistent point of easy reference (although this raises some problems, it solves the main one of consistency). The films are given chronologically, but within each year films are listed alphabetically by their English-translated titles.

— The list focuses on pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras of Russian film. Some non-Russian Soviet films have also been included if they are at least partially in Russian, if they were produced in Russian studios, or, in a few cases, if they are considered an inextricable part of Russian culture.

— Genre is a particularly difficult matter when it comes to Russian cinema, as the lines of demarcation are so easily blurred. The list is primarily composed of feature-length, cinema-released movies. However, many beloved and important Russian films began in a form that in North America would be called television mini-series; several of these are included. At the compiler’s discretion, numerous short films (live-action and animated) were also included.

Please use the comments box below for any further suggestions or points of criticism, both of which are welcome.

Well, that’s it. Enjoy!"

Movies with no IMDb-entry:

Boris Godunov (unfinished; fragments of Pushkin’s play)(Drankov, 1907)
A Peasant’s Lot (Krestyanskaya dolya)(V. Goncharov, 1912)
The Wedding Day (Den’ venchaniya; Yom Hakhupe)(E. Slavinsky, 1912)
Merchant Bashkirov's Daughter (Drama na Volga; aka Doch' kuptsa Bashkirova)(N. Larin.1913)
Antosha Ruined by a Corset (Antoshu korset pogubil)(Puchalsky, 1916)
The Ice Rink (Katok)(I. Ivanov-Vano, 1927)
The Tale of the Priest and of his Workman Balda (Skazka o pope i o ego rabotnike Balde)(unfinished, fragment)(M. Tsekhanovsky, 1934)
The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish (Skazka o rybake i rybke)(M. Tsekhanovsky, 1950)
A Cloud in Love (Vlyublyonnoye oblako)(A. Karanovich, R. Kachanov, 1959)
The Poodle (Pudel)(N. Shorina, 1985)
Years and Fates (Gody i sudby)(M. Litvyakov, 1988)
Glory of the Bolshoi / Vladimir Vasiliev, Galina Ulanova, Irek Mukhamedov, more
Glory of the Kirov / Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Natalia Dudinskaya, more
The Time When Dreams Melt (A. Vakhrushev, 1996)
The Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh (Zhitie Prepodobnogo Sergiya)(T. Novikova, 2005)

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    Couronnement du Czar: Les Souverains et les...

    1896, in 1 top list Check
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    Donskie kazaki

    1908 — a.k.a. The Cossacks, in 0 top lists Check
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    Drama v tabore podmoskovnykh tsygan

    1908 — a.k.a. Drama in a Gypsy Camp Near Moscow, in 0 top lists Check
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    Usine à Astrakhan

    1908 — a.k.a. Fish Preserving at Astrakhan, in 0 top lists Check
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    Stenka Razin

    1908, in 0 top lists Check
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    Smert Ioanna Groznogo

    1909 — a.k.a. The Death of Ivan the Terrible, in 0 top lists Check
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    1909 — a.k.a. The Happy-Go-Lucky Merchant, in 0 top lists Check
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    Russkaya svadba XVI stoletiya

    1909 — a.k.a. 16th Century Russian Wedding, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pesn pro kuptsa Kalashnikova

    1909 — a.k.a. Song About the Merchant Kalashnikov, in 0 top lists Check
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    V polnoch na kladbishche

    1910 — a.k.a. At Midnight in the Graveyard, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zhizn i smert A.S. Pushkina

    1910 — a.k.a. Life and Death of Pushkin, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pyotr Velikiy

    1910, in 0 top lists Check
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    Knyazhna Tarakanova

    1910 — a.k.a. Princess Tarakanova, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pikovaya dama

    1910, in 0 top lists Check
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    Oborona Sevastopolya

    1911 — a.k.a. Defense of Sevastopol, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kreitzerova sonata

    1911, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zhivoy trup

    1911, in 0 top lists Check
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    Krestyanskaya svadba

    1911 — a.k.a. A Peasant Wedding, in 0 top lists Check
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    Roman s kontrabasom

    1911 — a.k.a. Romance with a Double Bass, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yevgeni Onegin

    1911, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bratya Razboiniki

    1912, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mest kinematograficheskogo operatora

    1912 — a.k.a. The Cameraman's Revenge, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ukhod velikogo startsa

    1912 — a.k.a. Departure of a Grand Old Man, in 0 top lists Check
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    Votsareniye doma Romanovykh

    1913 — a.k.a. Accession of the Romanov Dynasty, in 0 top lists Check
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    Strekoza i muravey

    1913 — a.k.a. The Dragonfly and the Ant, in 0 top lists Check
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    Domik v Kolomne

    1913 — a.k.a. The Little House in Kolomna, in 0 top lists Check
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    Rozhdestvo obitateley lesa

    1913 — a.k.a. The Insects' Christmas, in 0 top lists Check
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    Klyuchi schastya

    1913 — a.k.a. The Keys to Happiness, in 0 top lists Check
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    Noch pered Rozhdestvom

    1913 — a.k.a. Christmas Eve, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sumerki zhenskoy dushi

    1913 — a.k.a. Twilight of a Woman's Soul, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ditya bolshogo goroda

    1914 — a.k.a. Child of the Big City, in 1 top list Check
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    1914 — a.k.a. The Coward, in 0 top lists Check
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    Volnaya ptitsa

    1914 — a.k.a. Freed Bird, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nemye svideteli

    1914 — a.k.a. Mute Witnesses, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sonka zolotaya ruchka

    1914 — a.k.a. Sonka the Golden Hand, in 0 top lists Check
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    1914 — a.k.a. Tears, in 0 top lists Check
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    Posle smerti

    1916 — a.k.a. After Death, in 3 top lists Check
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    Gibel amerikanskogo milliardera na Lusitanii

    1915 — a.k.a. An American Millionaire Perishes on the Lusitania, in 0 top lists Check
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    Krovavyy vostok

    1915 — a.k.a. The Bloody East, in 0 top lists Check
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    Deti veka

    1915, in 0 top lists Check
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    1915 — a.k.a. Daydreams, in 0 top lists Check
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    1915 — a.k.a. Ghosts, in 0 top lists Check
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    Liliya Belgii

    1915 — a.k.a. The Lily of Belgium, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tysyacha vtoraya khitrost

    1915 — a.k.a. The 1002nd Ruse, in 0 top lists Check
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    Peterburgskiye trushchobi

    1915 — a.k.a. Petersburg Slums, in 0 top lists Check
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    Obozhzhenniye krylya

    1915 — a.k.a. Singed Wings, in 0 top lists Check
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    Voyna i mir

    1915 — a.k.a. War and Peace, in 0 top lists Check