20 Soviet science fiction films

In the era of the USSR, filmmakers paid special attention to science fiction. Incredibly interesting stories about intergalactic flights or time travel are familiar to more than one generation of viewers. The best science fiction films of Soviet cinematographers are distinguished by an exciting, original plot. They can be reviewed several times.

Stalker (1979)

Andrey Tarkovsky’s parable based on the novel by the Strugatsky brothers “Roadside Picnic” has become one of the most significant films in his work. The film won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival and is included in the 250 best films according to IMDb. The Professor and the Writer go in search of a wish-granting room. The conductor Stalker leads them there through the forbidden Zone.

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Actors:
Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Alisa Freindlich …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Solaris (1972)

This film about space in the science fiction genre by the Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky is based on the work of the same name by Stanislav Lem. He won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. Events unfold in the future on a space station. At first, it seems to the newly arrived employee that the astronauts have gone crazy. Then the man himself becomes a victim of the mysterious planet when he begins to see his dead wife.

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Actors:
Natalia Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Yuri Yarvet …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Kin-Dza-Dza! (1986)

The feature film by Georgy Danelia, filmed in the fantasy genre, was very popular in Soviet times. Phrases from it have become stable expressions, and some fictional words have firmly entered the lexicon. Foreman Mashkov, together with a student, meets a strange barefoot stranger on the street with a “moving machine” in his hands. He claims to be an alien. Not believing him, Mashkov presses a button on the typewriter and finds himself with a student on a distant desert planet.

Actors:
Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeny Leonov, Yuri Yakovlev …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
0+


Mirror for a Hero (1987)

The film in the fantasy genre of the Soviet director Vladimir Khotinenko is based on the story of the same name by Svyatoslav Rybas. Sergey and Andrey accidentally travel to 1949 and fall into a time loop. Each time they live the same day until they understand their true task.

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Actors:
Sergey Koltakov, Ivan Bortnik, Boris Galkin …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Dead Man’s Letters (1986)

The picture of the Soviet director Konstantin Lopushansky touches on the theory of nuclear winter. The disaster at the American military base causes the death of most of the population. Survivors are forced to go underground and somehow improve their lives. Scientist Larsen investigates the causes of a nuclear explosion and tries to find a spiritual foothold in order to survive.

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Actors:
Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin, Alexander Sabinin …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
12+


City Zero (1988)

This film by Soviet director Karen Shakhnazarov received several awards from prestigious foreign film festivals. Initially, the picture was conceived as a comedy of the absurd. Engineer Varakin finds himself in a provincial town, where the hidden absurdity of everyday life becomes apparent. Due to the revealed secrets, returning to familiar reality soon becomes impossible.

Actors:
Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Menshov, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Evgeny Evstigneev, Alexei Zharkov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)

In the science fiction directed by Richard Viktorov, the main characters are ordinary Moscow schoolchildren. A team of astronauts is recruited from them to travel to a distant planet. The flight will take at least half a century. But all plans are frustrated when the hooligan Fedya Lobanov secretly sneaks onto the spaceship to the team of Viktor Sereda.

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Actors:
Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Vasily Merkuriev, Lev Durov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
6+


Amphibian Man (1961)

This feature film-fiction became the leader of distribution in the USSR in 1962. It is based on the science fiction novel of the same name by Alexander Belyaev. The fishermen of a small seaside town are terrified by the mysterious Sea Devil. The owner of a local artel of divers for pearls decides to catch him. At the same time, a young man Ichthyander appears in the city – an excellent swimmer, but the guy cannot stay on land for a long time.

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Actors:
Vladimir Korenev, Anastasia Vertinskaya, Mikhail Kozakov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Mystery of the Iron Door (1971)

The top Soviet science fiction films include a picture by Mikhail Yuzovsky, based on the work of Yuri Tomin. The boy Tolik finds magic matches that can fulfill any wish. With their help, a fourth-grader and his friend find themselves on a mysterious island. But this is where the problems start. After all, matches will not help friends return.

Actors:
Evaldas Mikalyunas, Andrey Kharybin, Sergey Evsyunin, Alisa Freindlikh, Oleg Tabakov, Savely Kramarov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Youths in the Universe (1974)

The Soviet film about aliens continues the story begun in the film “Moscow – Cassiopeia”. Young cosmonauts arrive at the final destination of the journey much earlier than the appointed time. There, children discover humanoid robots. It turned out that they were created by aliens to simplify their lives. But the robots turned out to be too smart and took power into their own hands.

  • See also : Best films about UFOs and aliens

Actors:
Alexander Grigoriev, Vladimir Savin, Vladimir Basov ml …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
0+


Through hardships to the stars (1980)

In a Soviet science fiction film, the action takes place in the 23rd century. The team of the patrol starship “Pushkin” finds an unknown spaceship in a remote corner of the Universe. The only survivor is the artificial human Niya. The girl has unique abilities. She is sent to Earth and lodged in the home of an alien contact specialist.

Actors:
Elena Metelkina, Vadim Ledogorov, Uldis Lieldidzh …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Museum Visitor (1989)

The list of the best Soviet science fiction films includes Konstantin Lopushansky’s film about a global environmental catastrophe. As a result of insatiable consumerism, people have lost the remnants of the mind. The only visitor who has retained his human appearance decides to atone for his guilt before nature. The film is known for having actual lunatics in the crowd scenes.

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Actors:
Viktor Mikhailov, Vera Mayorova, Vadim Lobanov …

Country:
USSR, Germany (Germany), Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Island of Lost Ships (1987)

The musical film in the science fiction genre is based on the work of the same name by Alexander Belyaev. A resident of Leningrad, Vladimir mysteriously ends up in Marseille at the end of the 20s. There, the guy is accused of murder and arrested. And later, Vladimir gets acquainted with Vivian, who looks like his wife. Young people are transferred to an island lost in the ocean, inhabited by pirates and murderers.

Actors:
Larisa Belogurova, Gediminas Storpirshtis, Nikolai Lavrov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Hyperboloid engineer Garin (1965)

The list of the best films in the science fiction genre of the times of the USSR includes a picture based on the work of the same name by A.N. Tolstoy. Events unfold in the 20s. Talented engineer Garin creates a powerful weapon with which he is going to conquer the world. For the sake of realizing his dream, the engineer commits several crimes that turn against him.

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Actors:
Evgeny Evstigneev, Vsevolod Safonov, Mikhail Astangov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Witch Dungeon (1990)

The picture of the Soviet-Czechoslovak production is a film adaptation of the story of the same name by Kir Bulychev. In the distant future, a research expedition finds a habitable planet. Dinosaurs live on it next to humans and mammals. Such evolutionary changes are the result of alien experiments.

Actors:
Sergey Zhigunov, Marina Levtova, Nikolai Karachentsov …

Country:
Czechoslovakia, USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


The Invisible Man (1984)

The list of the best science fiction films of the Soviet era includes a picture by Alexander Zakharov based on the novel of the same name by HG Wells. A talented researcher Griffin discovers the secret of invisibility. Using it, the inventor himself becomes invisible. The discovery brings him only misfortunes: he is declared a criminal, his records are stolen, and he himself cannot return to his former appearance.

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Actors:
Andrey Kharitonov, Romualdas Ramanauskas, Leonid Kuravlev …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Planet of Storms (1961)

The action of the film in the fantasy genre takes place on Venus. One of the ships of the expedition crashes on approach to the planet. The other two land safely on its surface. Astronauts move towards each other, overcoming many obstacles. At the same time, people are trying to solve the psychological problems that inevitably arise in a small team.

Actors:
Vladimir Emelyanov, Georgy Zhzhenov, Gennady Vernov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
0+


Great Space Journey (1975)

The action in the children’s fantasy film takes place in the near future. Three Soviet schoolchildren from different cities win the right to participate in a space flight. They are accompanied by a single adult. There are problems while traveling. The captain of the ship gets sick. Schoolchildren have to take control of the flight into their own hands.

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Actors:
Mila Berlinskaya, Sergei Obrazov, Igor Sakharov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Pirx Pilot’s Inquest (1978)

The Soviet film about robots is based on the novel “Inquiry” by Stanislav Lem. Contrary to public opinion and trade unions, a large corporation is engaged in the production of androids. Of these, they make up the crew of the spacecraft and send it to Saturn. An honest and incorruptible pilot Pirks is appointed to lead the flight, but the corporation’s employees begin their game against him.

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Original title:
Test pilota Pirxa

Actors:
Sergey Desnitsky, Boleslav Abart, Alexander Kaydanovsky …

Country:
Poland, USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
6+


Snake Valley Spell (1987)

An antiquary from Paris, Traven, while traveling through monasteries in Laos, steals an artifact and a manuscript, which tells about the most powerful weapon. The item is stored in the Valley of the Thousand Serpents. After some time, an antiquarian, together with a Polish scientist, goes in search of a mysterious weapon. Members of a secret organization follow in their footsteps.

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Original title:
Klatwa doliny wezy

Actors:
Krzysztof Kolberger, Roman Wilhelmi, Eva Salacka…

Country:
Poland, USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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