The best Soviet films about school

Watching old movies brings back nostalgic memories for many. These films evoke such realistic experiences that older viewers can feel like they are in the shoes of the characters. Touching, instructive, and in some ways even philosophical pictures can brighten up an ordinary evening. We present a selection of the best films about the school released in the Soviet era.

You never dreamed … (1980)

High school students Katya and Roma are crazy about each other, but their parents hinder the wonderful feelings of schoolchildren. It turns out that Katya’s mother and Roma’s father were also connected by warm feelings in their youth, but their relationship did not develop.

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Now Roma’s mother is jealous of her husband for her former lover and angry at her, and at the same time at her daughter. Trying to separate the young couple, the woman sends Roman to his grandmother in another city. Which feeling will be stronger: love or jealousy?

Cast:
Tatyana Aksyuta, Nikita Mikhailovsky, Elena Solovey, Irina Miroshnichenko, Lidia Fedoseeva-Shukshina, Tatyana Peltzer

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
0+

School Waltz (1977)

This Soviet film about the love of schoolchildren was able to go beyond the strict thinking of those times and show life as it is. A couple of tenth-graders in love, Zosya and Gosha, are broken up by Dina, whose parents are ready to help the guy become a volcanologist.

The young man leaves Zosya pregnant and marries Dina, but they cannot achieve happiness in marriage. At a meeting of classmates, Gosha learns that Zosya has given birth to a son and is trying to improve relations with her, but it is not so easy to forgive betrayal…

Cast:
Elena Tsyplakova, Sergey Nasibov, Evgenia Simonova, Yuri Solomin

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
0+

Freak from the fifth “B” (1972)

It is at school that a person’s character and social position are finally formed, so the film pays special attention to the child as a person. The protagonist is fifth-grader Boris Zbanduto, a prankster and a dreamer, who is chosen as a counselor for first-graders.

At first, the boy is dissatisfied with the new “position”, but over time he becomes responsible and reliable. Together with their younger comrades, they spend their leisure time, attend a swimming school and take care of a sick grandmother of one of the schoolgirls.

Cast:
Andrey Voinovsky, Roza Agisheva, Tatyana Peltzer

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
6+

We’ll Live Until Monday (1968)

The plot of this Soviet film about school and love develops against the backdrop of the usual school days of the 9th grade. The protagonist of the picture is the history teacher Ilya Semenovich. He is a lonely man who unwillingly falls into a love triangle. Immediately two colleagues give him signs of attention.

This is the head teacher Svetlana Mikhailovna, a woman of Soviet hardening, and a young teacher Natalya Sergeevna, who until recently herself was a graduate of this school. The situation in the team is heating up, and the historian is seriously thinking about leaving the school. But the love of the school and the profession make this decision extremely difficult.

Cast:
Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Irina Pechernikova, Nina Menshikova

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
0+

When I Become a Giant (1979)

This film about the school shows the confrontation between two eighth graders – Petya Kopeikin and Fyodor Lastochkin. Their antipathy arose after Fedya was chosen for one of the important roles in the school play.

Petya is in love with his classmate Masha Goroshkina, who has an interest in 9th grade student Kolya Kristallov. Kopeikin, out of deep nobility, agrees to transfer love poems to Masha from a high school student, which he writes himself. Wanting to avenge the disruption of the performance, Lastochkin makes it clear to Masha who is the true author of the poems.

Cast:
Mikhail Efremov, Liya Akhedzhakova, Natalya Seseman

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
6+

Big Change (1972)

This multi-part Soviet film tells about adult students of an evening school. A new teacher comes to the teaching staff – Nestor Petrovich Severov. Despite the fact that the mentor is younger than many of his students, he has to fulfill not only the role of a teacher.

The hero of the Soviet comedy is struggling to instill an interest in the sciences of the hooligan Grigory Ganzha and helps the windy Gennady Lyapishev to fit into the class schedule. But the most difficult thing for Nestor Petrovich is to resolve his personal relationship with his student Nelly, who has fallen in love with him. In addition, the girl’s father is in the same class, which greatly complicates the situation.

Cast:
Mikhail Kononov, Evgeny Leonov, Rolan Bykov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
0+

Scarecrow (1983)

The best example of morality and fortitude in this Soviet film about school was the twelve-year-old Lena Bessoltseva. The girl moves to her grandfather in another city and ends up in a new 6th grade. The newcomer is received coldly, and after she takes the guilt of Dima’s classmate, they begin to despise and mock at all.

The young man does not find the courage to confess his guilt to the team. Moreover, he takes the side of the offenders, betraying Lena’s affection. Whether the girl will be able to adequately pass all the tests of fate and not fall into the dirt on her face – one can only guess.

Cast:
Kristina Orbakaite, Yuri Nikulin, Elena Sanaeva

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
12+

Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, ordinary and incredible (1984)

The plot of this Soviet film in a comedic form shows the life of two close friends: Vasya Petrov and Petya Vasechkin. The boys are in the same class, so they are practically inseparable. Ironically, the guys fall in love with their classmate Maria Startseva.

Vasya is the first to try to win the girl’s attention, but fails. Petya volunteers to help a friend, but in his heart he also has warm feelings for Masha. Now the comrades are faced with a dilemma, which is more important – love or friendship?

Cast:
Egor Druzhinin, Dmitry Barkov, Inga Ilm

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
0+

Please blame Klava K. for my death (1979)

Of all the Soviet films about school love, this film can be called one of the brightest and most memorable. Serezha and Klava have been friends since kindergarten. A beautiful girl has no other virtues than good looks. The boy, on the contrary, is the pride of the school and the winner of the Olympiads.

Despite being friends in elementary school, in high school Klava stops appreciating Serezha’s warm attitude. She begins to taunt him and his threat to commit suicide. The only one who can pull the young man out of deep anguish is classmate Tanya. But will she succeed?

Cast:
Vladimir Shevelkov, Nadezhda Gorshkova, Elena Hopshonosova

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
6+

Draw (1976)

The final in the list of Soviet films about the school was a picture of how an unsuccessful joke can be the cause of great contention. An unusual situation occurs in the class: all the students conspire to play the teacher and say that she did not warn about the control.

After the modest Taya Petrova cannot keep silent about the deceit, her classmates begin to poison her. Igor, who recently appeared in the team, comes to the defense of the girl, which Oleg, the leader of the class, strongly dislikes.

Cast:
Evgenia Khanaeva, Dmitry Kharatyan, Andrey Gusev, Natalia Vavilova

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+

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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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