The best Soviet dramas

Contemporaries have different attitudes towards the USSR, but many consider Soviet cinema to be outstanding. From the beginning of the last century until the collapse of the Union, many interesting paintings were created. Many of them entered the Golden Fund of cinematography and won people’s love for decades. This selection contains the 10 best Soviet dramas that have not lost their relevance and will surely appeal to new generations.

One’s own among strangers, a stranger among one’s own (1974)

20s of the last century, southern Russian city. The gang robs a train carrying gold to the Volga region. The precious metal was supposed to be the payment for food for the starving! Several desperate heroes decide to return the valuables. Facts discovered indicate that one of them is a traitor. To clear his honest name, Yegor Shilov goes on the run. He intends to single-handedly trace the path of the gold and return it to the state.

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Cast:
Yuri Bogatyrev, Alexander Kaidanovsky, Alexander Kalyagin

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+

White Beam Black Ear (1976)

Ivan Ivanovich is a writer, front-line soldier and hunting enthusiast. He was left alone and therefore decided to take the dog. The hero of this drama was a mismatched white setter puppy with only one black ear. The dog was named Bim and became the writer’s closest friend. But when the man got to the hospital, the dog had to move to his neighbor. One day Beam escaped and found himself alone in a hostile world.

Cast:
Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Nikita Astakhov, Valentina Vladimirova

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
12+

And the dawns here are quiet (1972)

1942, the rear of the Soviet troops. Sergeant Major Vaskov complains to the command about the sloppiness of the soldiers. In response to this, the hero of the film receives replenishment in the person of several female volunteers. One of them accidentally notices fascist saboteurs and reports to the foreman. Waiting for support is too long, so Vaskov decides to intercept the enemy group along with the unfired young ladies. The forces are unequal, but the heroes take the fight…

Cast:
Elena Drapeko, Ekaterina Markova, Olga Ostroumova

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
12+

Moscow does not believe in tears (1979)

For many people, the best old Soviet films are associated with this particular drama. Three provincial women live in a Moscow dormitory and dream of a successful marriage. Tonya quickly meets a decent guy. Luda wants to find a Muscovite with an apartment and prospects. Katya falls under her influence and starts an affair with a young cameraman Rodion. But the guy leaves the girl after the news of the pregnancy. This blow of fate becomes the beginning of a long, difficult, but happy life of the heroine…

Cast:
Vera Alentova, Irina Muravyova, Alexei Batalov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+

Cold Summer of 53 (1987)

1953, Soviet hinterland. In a tiny village, two political prisoners, recognized as spies, are serving their exile. In the district there is a raid on a gang of amnestied convicts, led by a seasoned recidivist. Criminals come to the village, capture the head of the trading post and kill the local policeman. The life of the rest of the villagers is in the balance, and then the exiles decide to repulse the bandits. They don’t have weapons, but they have will and character…

Cast:
Valery Priyomykhov, Anatoly Papanov, Viktor Stepanov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+

They fought for the Motherland (1975)

1942 The Nazis are advancing near Kharkov, intending to make a breakthrough to the capital of the USSR. Soviet troops retreat under the onslaught of the enemy, leaving small towns and villages. Their inhabitants are in mortal danger. One of the regiments is trying to hold its position and slow down the advance of the Germans. The soldiers understand that they will not live to see victory, but they fight for every centimeter of the vast Motherland. This Soviet film is one of the best military-themed dramas.

Starring :
Vasily Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Georgy Burkov, Yuri Nikulin

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
0+

Belorussky railway station (1971)

Summer 1945. At the Belorussky railway station, five brother-soldiers who went through a terrible war part ways. They do not yet know that they will see each other only after 25 years! The reason for the meeting is the death of one of the heroes of the film, who was for everyone a model of a Soviet citizen and a good person. Friends urgently need to find a place for a wake. They travel around the changed Moscow, remember their comrade-in-arms and the time when everyone was on the verge of death.

Cast:
Evgeny Leonov, Anatoly Papanov, Alexey Glazyrin, Vsevolod Safonov, Nina Urgant

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
12+

Eldest son (1975)

Students Semyon and Vladimir see the girls out of town and are late for the last train. The guys stay in a strange area and decide to knock on the window of a nearby house. The owner is the father of two adult children Andrei Sarafanov. Volodya jokingly says that he is his eldest son, but the man suddenly takes his words seriously. He sincerely rejoices at this news, causing the guy pangs of conscience. Such events become the beginning of a fascinating film from the times of the USSR, and this drama is able to touch any viewer.

Cast:
Evgeny Leonov, Nikolai Karachentsov, Natalya Egorova, Vladimir Izotov, Mikhail Boyarsky

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
12+

Kalina red (1973)

Even during his imprisonment, the recidivist thief Yegor Prokudin began to correspond with Lyuba. The woman lived in a distant village, where the hero of this Soviet film decided to go immediately after his release from the colony. At first, he wanted to look around and wait out a difficult time with kind Lyuba, but soon he sincerely fell in love with her and stayed. Life in the village with his beloved woman changed Yegor, and he decided to break with crime forever. However, his old friends were against it …

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Starring :
Vasily Shukshin, Lidia Fedoseeva-Shukshina, Ivan Ryzhov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
0+

Guys! (1981)

This Soviet film is a popular drama of the 80s. Pavel Zubov works in the Arctic. He went there immediately after the army because of a letter from his mother, who told about the betrayal of his fiancee Nastya. A few years later, the hero of the drama comes to his native village and learns the news that struck him. It turned out that Nastya’s eldest child is Pavel’s daughter. After his departure, the girl married another man, gave birth to a second child and took an abandoned baby from the hospital. Soon the woman died, her husband drank himself, and the children should be sent to an orphanage. Pavel realizes that he can help orphaned children.

Cast:
Alexander Mikhailov, Irina Ivanova, Petr Glebov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
0+

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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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