The best Soviet films about the police

Against the background of indistinct serials about the modern police, it is pleasant to watch much better Soviet films about the police: detectives, action films and even dramas. The pictures that we have collected in this selection have become classics of Russian cinema.

Petrovka, 38 (1980)

Moscow police are investigating a series of daring robberies, one of which kills a district police officer. For the next robbery of the savings bank, the criminals take a teenager with them, who must stand on the lookout. The boy is identified by witnesses, and now the detectives have a lead on this fundamental case. The film was the first in a dilogy about Colonel Sadchikov and his colleagues Roslyakov and Kostenko.

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Starring :
Georgy Yumatov, Vasily Lanovoy, Evgeny Gerasimov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+

Proceed to liquidation (1983)

The action of this film takes place in 1945 in Belarus. Not far from the city of Grodno, a daring gang of raiders is operating, led by a deserter and accomplice of the Nazis. The policemen arrest their accomplice, the former Soviet pilot Chistyakov, who repents of his deed and agrees to help the investigation in eliminating the gang. As in many other films about the police of the USSR, the main characters are former military men, and the topic of the recent war is well disclosed.

Cast:
Oleg Strizhenov, Mikhail Zhigalov, Vasily Lanovoy

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
6+

Return of “Saint Luke” (1971)

The first film in the trilogy about police colonel Ivan Zorin was based on real events. A painting by master Frans Hals is stolen from the museum. A well-known speculator is under suspicion. By order of a foreign collector, he organized the theft, but he himself was left in the cold – the thief disappeared along with the masterpiece.

Starring :
Vsevolod Sanaev, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Oleg Basilashvili

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
0+

Sixth (1981)

Roman Glodov arrives in a small town where he is to become a police chief. Five of his predecessors died at the hands of a tough gang that operates in these parts. Glodov gathers a team of old colleagues to fight back the bandits. This film about the Soviet militia, filmed in the 1980s, is essentially an adaptation of the classic plot of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.

Cast:
Sergey Nikonenko, Mikhail Kozakov, Vladimir Grammatikov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+

Master of the Taiga (1969)

In a tiny village in the taiga, a crime is taking place – a store robbery. Almost immediately, a young rafter comes with a confession, but inconsistencies in the testimony haunt the policeman. He soon realizes that many more people are involved in the case. The main roles in the film were played by Valery Zolotukhin and Vladimir Vysotsky.

Cast:
Valery Zolotukhin, Vladimir Vysotsky, Lionella Pyrieva

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
0+

Crime Quartet (1989)

A case of theft on an especially large scale was detected at a shoe factory. The investigator of the prosecutor’s office seeks the closure of warehouses and workshops and is looking for the culprits when someone kidnaps his son. The criminals demand that the case be dropped. The protagonist cannot officially continue the investigation without risking the child. Three childhood friends come to the rescue – two policemen and a journalist.

Cast:
Nikolai Karachentsov, Vladimir Steklov, Boris Shcherbakov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+

Tavern on Pyatnitskaya (1977)

The plot of this film about police officers of the times of the USSR is built around a criminal group, which is based in the same tavern on Pyatnitskaya Street. The bandits suspect that there is a police informant among them and are trying to track him down. Meanwhile, a double agent is also hiding among the law enforcement officers. Each of the warring parties is trying to figure out the traitor in their ranks.

Cast:
Gennady Korolkov, Tamara Syomina, Konstantin Grigoriev

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
0+

Probation (1960)

Two young Komsomol members Zaitsev and Yegorov enter the militia service. One deals with documents, and the second is taken to operational service. An experienced investigator enlists both friends to investigate the suspicious suicide of a pharmacist. The roles of the main characters were played by famous Soviet actors Efremov and Tabakov.

Cast:
Oleg Efremov, Oleg Tabakov, Vyacheslav Innocent

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+

Profession – investigator (1982)

A serious and complex investigation into the fraud of socialist property begins only thanks to an observant janitor at the station: he notices how two men are trying to discreetly exchange suitcases. Checking on this insignificant report reveals a large-scale scam with fictitious harvesting of agricultural products.

Cast:
Georgy Burkov, Nikolai Pastukhov, Emmanuil Vitorgan

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+

My friend Ivan Lapshin (1984)

The film tells about criminal investigator Ivan Lapshin, who investigates the brutal murders committed by a local gang. In addition to the criminal plot, the film has a magnificent depiction of the life and customs of Soviet citizens in the thirties and even a love triangle between the main character, journalist Khanin, and local theater actress Adashova.

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Cast:
Andrei Boltnev, Andrei Mironov, Nina Ruslanova

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
0+

Rumyantsev case (1955)

The protagonist of the film is a simple driver Alexander Rumyantsev, whom a dishonest boss decided to set up. Due to fake documents and a large amount of money that was planted on him, Rumyantsev is accused of embezzlement. Fortunately for the guy, police colonel Afanasiev intervenes in the investigation, who believes him and begins his own investigation. This tape is the oldest film about the Soviet police on our list.

Cast:
Alexei Batalov, Nelli Podgornaya, Sergei Lukyanov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+

Green Van (1983)

The plot of this film tells about a young policeman who is sent to work in a small village near Odessa. The hero dreams of the glory of the greatest Soviet detective, and honors Sherlock Holmes as his idol. Having dealt with local moonshiners and speculators, the policeman finds his Moriarty, the crime boss Cherven.

Cast:
Dmitry Kharatyan, Alexander Demyanenko, Borislav Brondukov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+

To me, Mukhtar! (1964)

The former owner refuses the dog Mukhtar, but Lieutenant Glazychev picks him up in the kennel. The dog and the policeman become best friends, and each of them is ready to sacrifice his life for the other. Mukhtar turns out to be incredibly useful in the service and returns more than three million stolen rubles. This film about the police and criminal investigation, filmed in the USSR in the 1960s, is a rare example of the dramatic role of Yuri Nikulin.

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Cast:
Yuri Nikulin, Vladimir Emelyanov, Leonid Kmit

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+

Confrontation (1985)

The plot of this film tells in parallel about the events of the Second World War and the 70s. In the 70s, Soviet police are looking for a brutal criminal who killed a gold mine worker and stole a large nugget. And during the Great Patriotic War, a traitor and defector helps the Nazis in the occupied territories. When he realizes that the war is heading towards the defeat of his patrons, he crosses the front line again and returns to the USSR under a false name. But changing a criminal nature is not as easy as changing documents, which means that punishment will await the traitor, even after twenty-five years.

Cast:
Oleg Basilashvili, Andrei Boltnev, Yuri Kuznetsov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+

The meeting place cannot be changed (1979)

The action of this legendary serial film develops immediately after the end of World War II. The young lieutenant Sharapov returns to the capital to serve in the criminal investigation department. His boss turns out to be tough but fair Gleb Zheglov. At this time, a cruel gang of robbers “Black Cat”, led by Hunchback, begins to operate in the city. The images of the main characters have become the most vivid images of policemen in Soviet films about the police and the criminal investigation department.

Cast:
Vladimir Vysotsky, Vladimir Konkin, Sergey Yursky

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 9.0, IMDb – 8.9

Age restrictions:
12+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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