20 modern series about the USSR and Soviet times

Nostalgia for the times of the USSR has become one of the trends of recent years. People of all ages yearn for universal equality, the most delicious ice cream and a powerful state. However, there are also enough of those who see in the Red Banner past only an evil empire with censorship, repression and leveling. Series about the Soviet era and the era of the USSR, filmed now, reflect different views on past years, but always have interesting plots and a nostalgic atmosphere.

Food block (2021)

In the summer of the Olympic 80th year, the boy goes to rest in a pioneer camp. The teenager notices that vampires are operating on the territory at night , drinking the blood of the guys. The pioneer shares his suspicions with the counselor. He perceives the stories with skepticism, but, miraculously avoiding the attack of his girlfriend, who released the sting after sunset, decides to fight evil. The vampire-pioneer novelty of the cinema is based on the novel by Alexei Ivanov.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Pyotr Natarov, Fedor Fedoseev, Daniil Vershinin, Nikolai Fomenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


One Hour Before Dawn (2021)

A new modern detective series about life in the USSR creates a realistic post-war noir atmosphere . A demobilized front-line soldier gets a job in the police. There are criminal gangs operating in the city. The newly minted captain proposes a daring plan to counter crime with the introduction, but the idea fails. In the war on crime, it is not always clear who is the enemy and who is the ally.

Genre:
Drama, thriller, detective, crime

Actors:
Andrei Burkovsky, Konstantin Khabensky, Artur Smolyaninov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 4.9


Casanova (2020)

In the late seventies, a dangerous swindler is operating in Moscow . A pleasant, intelligent man rubs himself into the confidence of high-ranking women and extracts large sums of money from seduced ladies. Experienced police officers take over the investigation of the case. The villain is so sure of his irresistibility that he decides to protect himself by having an affair with a law enforcement officer.

Genre:
Detective

Actors:
Anton Khabarov, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Sergey Ugryumov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Magomaev (2020)

An interesting biographical series about a pop star from the USSR, filmed in our time, is worth watching for all fans of the legendary Muslim Magomayev. An outstanding performer meets a young opera singer . A passionate romance flares up between two creative people, although both are not free. But true love prevails over any difficulties and circumstances.

Genre:
Biography, drama, music

Actors:
Milos Bikovich, Irina Antonenko, Svetlana Ustinova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Chernobyl (2019)

A historical foreign series with a high rating about the Soviet Union and the worst man-made disaster in the history of the country . At a nuclear power plant, a reactor explodes and firefighters are sent to fight the fire. A special commission flies out of Moscow to deal with what is happening. Some episodes of the HBO TV show and visual images created by the make-up artists were inspired by the novel “Chernobyl Prayer” by Nobel laureate Svetlana Aleksievich.

Original title:
Chernobyl

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 9.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Red Queen (2015)

After a family tragedy, an ordinary girl from the provinces leaves for Moscow to start life from scratch. The heroine is studying to be an accountant, but understands that a boring profession does not bring her pleasure. To impress a fashion artist , the girl gets a job as a fashion model and finds her calling on the catwalk. Soon the best fashion designers in the world will admire the Soviet beauty queen.

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Ksenia Lukyanchikova, Artem Tkachenko, Anatoly Rudenko …

Country:
Russia, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


In the constellation Sagittarius (2015)

The Russian sports series about the Soviet era in the genre of drama is based on real events from the life of the famous football player Eduard Streltsov. The striker of the Moscow “Torpedo” and the national team triumphantly performed in the most intense matches. False accusation and imprisonment put an end to the athlete’s career, but years later, Streltsov found the strength to return to the field again.

Genre:
Biography, history

Actors:
Dmitry Vlaskin, Natalya Danilova, Alexandra Bogdanova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Mysterious Passion (2015)

The multi-part film adaptation of the last novel by the Soviet writer Vasily Aksenov is dedicated to the fate of the sixties – cultural and art figures who came to the fore during the “thaw”. Although the names of all the characters are fictitious, Yevtushenko, Okudzhava, Voznesensky, Vysotsky and many others are easily recognized in the characters. The creative elite create great works, fall mindlessly in love, and build difficult relationships with the authorities.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Julia Peresild, Alexei Morozov, Philip Yankovsky, Chulpan Khamatova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Fartsa (2015)

The Russian crime series about the Soviet era will reveal the secrets of underground traders – black marketeers. A young guy who was addicted to gambling owed the bandits a tidy sum. Friends of the unlucky gamer decided to help raise money. A friendly company took up speculation – a very profitable business under the Soviet deficit, but dangerous and illegal.

Genre:
Crime, drama

Actors:
Alexander Petrov, Philip Gorenstein, Maxim Emelyanov, Alexei Veselkin, Alexei Serebryakov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Beauty Queen (2015)

In a retro melodrama about the times of the USSR, a simple village girl, striking her fellow villagers with amazing beauty, dreams of Paris and the world of high fashion. In pursuit of her cherished dream, the beauty moves to Moscow and gets a job as a fashion model. A charming girl shines at fashion shows, gets on the covers of magazines and attracts the attention of successful men who are ready for reckless acts for the beauty queen.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Pavel Priluchny, Karina Andolenko, Nastya Zadorozhnaya …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Starborn (2015)

The top Russian TV series about the USSR is continued by the artistic drama, where the biographies of several popular pop singers are reflected in the image of the main character. A girl from Poland comes to study in Leningrad. The foreigner has outstanding vocal abilities. The young singer enters the stage and easily gains all-Union popularity. For fame and success, you have to pay a difficult marriage with a despotic husband.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Marina Alexandrova, Igor Petrenko, Galina Petrova, Vladimir Shevelkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Thaw (2013)

In the early sixties, a budding screenwriter throws himself out of a window during a drinking bout . A cameraman who fell under suspicion wants to make a film based on the latest scenario of a dead friend. A novice director is ready to take on the shooting, but both filmmakers fall in love with the same girl. Each series contains poems and songs of those years, reflecting the mood of the era.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Evgeny Tsyganov, Alexander Yatsenko, Anya Chipovskaya, Victoria Isakova, Mikhail Efremov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Embracing the sky (2013)

In the nostalgic Russian series about the USSR, the story of true and passionate love sweeps through decades. A military air base in the distant Siberian taiga guards the air borders of the motherland. Between the guy and the girl – teenagers who came to the garrison with their parents serving here – mutual feelings arise. The vicissitudes of fate will not allow the couple to be together, but the heroes who have changed internally and externally will meet again after many years.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Alexander Petrov, Lyubov Aksenova, Daniil Strakhov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Shuler (2013)

Multi-part crime story shows the realities of the criminal world of the Soviet era. The scientific researcher of the research institute needs official work only for cover – in fact, the man is engaged in cheating. The hero needs money to leave the country of victorious socialism forever and reunite with his father, who fled abroad with the help of a crime boss because of a murder charge.

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Anton Feoktistov, Olga Lerman, Sergey Sosnovsky, Alexey Gorbunov…

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Leaving nature (2013)

The famous film director is torn between a grumpy wife and an ardent mistress, and also dreams of filming Dostoevsky. Instead of a serious film, an artist is forced to shoot a passing picture about collective farm life based on a mediocre socialist realist novel by a modern author. A trip to the village for field shooting will completely change the fate of the director.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Sergey Koltakov, Maria Shukshina, Igor Sklyar, Alena Babenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Vladimir Menshov…

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Once Upon a Time in Rostov (2012)

Novocherkassk workers went on a peaceful demonstration against wage cuts and rising prices. The army units shot the protesters. A man who witnessed a terrible event, together with his brother, impressed by what he saw, decides to create a gang. Masked raiders rob stores and savings banks. The police and the KGB are vainly investigating crimes – the perpetrators remain elusive.

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Sergey Zhigunov, Alena Babenko, Bogdan Stupka …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Deli Case #1 (2011)

Shot in Russia, a retro series about the Soviet era is based on real events . The new general secretary, the former head of the KGB, Yuri Andropov, having stood at the helm of the country, set about tightening the screws. The director of the Eliseevsky grocery store, who supplied the party bosses with scarce products, bypassing the free sale, fell under the distribution. For malfeasance, the head of the most famous store is facing capital punishment.

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Sergey Makovetsky, Mikhail Porechenkov, Julia Peresild, Maria Shukshina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Furtseva. The Legend of Catherine (2011)

A simple but lively girl from the provinces is making a career along the Komsomol line. While repressed specialists disappear around and party intrigues are woven, the purposeful lady occupies higher and higher positions. The peak of Furtseva’s career will be the post of Minister of Culture of the USSR. Climbing the career ladder hid difficult relationships with colleagues and artists, as well as heartfelt passions that gave rise to rumors and speculation.

Genre:
Biography

Actors:
Irina Rozanova, Tatyana Arntgolts, Nina Usatova, Alexander Domogarov, Gennady Khazanov, Viktor Sukhorukov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Diamond Hunters (2011)

The list of the best domestic series about life in the USSR continues with a detective story with a real story at the heart of the plot. Treasures of colossal value have been stolen from the widow of the famous writer Alexei Tolstoy. The investigation, taken under high control, leads detectives to small performers. Attempts to get to customers show that real criminals occupy too high a position in society.

Genre:
Detective

Actors:
Alexey Serebryakov, Pyotr Fedorov, Vladimir Ilyin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Brezhnev (2005)

The serial biographical drama shows the last days of the life of Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. The decrepit leader of the country goes hunting , watches newsreels and thinks about his resignation. Memories of the most important episodes of life flash through my mind: meeting my wife, battles on Malaya Zemlya, climbing the career ladder, conspiracy against Nikita Khrushchev …

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Sergey Shakurov, Artur Vakha, Vadim Yakovlev, Maria Shukshina, Andrey Krasko, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Vasily Lanovoy, Vladimir Menshov, Valery Zolotukhin, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

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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