16 films about the siege of Leningrad

The siege of the city on the Neva lasted for 872 days, which was literally blocked by enemy forces. Touching stories, heroic deeds, disappointments and rescues taken from real life are presented in the list of the best feature films about the siege of Leningrad.

Africa (2021)

The action of the novelty of Russian cinema takes place in the suburban village of Valeryanovka, in which only a woman with three children managed to survive. The mother is too weak to go far in search of food, and the sons take on the role of earners. The guys go to the forest through a mined field, where they find a wounded shepherd dog. Children are faced with a difficult choice – to save the dog ‘s life or save the family from the German invaders.

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Actors:
Alexei Rodionov, Oleg Chugunov, Ekaterina Guseva, Igor Petrenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0

Age restrictions:
6+


Save Leningrad (2019)

In the autumn of 1941, several residents try to escape from the besieged city on a small barge. Because of the storm, the barge crashes and begins to sink, and you can’t do without help. But before the arrival of help, you need to hold out under the fire of enemy fighters . An exciting modern film about one of the episodes of the blockade of Leningrad is based on real events.

Actors:
Maria Melnikova, Andrey Mironov-Udalov, Gela Meskhi …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Corridor of Immortality (2019)

Another novelty of 2019 tells about a student of railway courses, who finds herself in the most dangerous section of besieged Leningrad. The Shlisselburg highway, which transports the bulk of all ammunition and products, is in direct line of sight of the German army. A story that catches the eye, completely draws the viewer into the intriguing plot of historical events.

Actors:
Artem Alekseev, Anastasia Tsibizova, Igor Yasulovich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Holiday (2019)

A new film by Alexei Krasovsky in the dramedy genre shows the life of an intelligent family in besieged Leningrad. Preparing to celebrate the New Year, the Voskresensky family is horrified to discover that none of them knows how to cook, and the cook has recently been taken away from them. An interesting film filled with comic incidents, intrigues in balance with the tragedy of the difficult times of the Great Patriotic War.

Actors:
Yan Tsapnik, Alena Babenko, Pavel Tabakov, Anfisa Chernykh …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9


Cry of Silence (2019)

Cold winter, war and famine. Evacuation is the only chance for salvation, but they do not take children with them. Out of desperation, the distraught mother leaves her weakened son alone and leaves the city. The boy is found by a teenage girl and pretends to be her brother, trying to save him from death. The monstrous act of the most dear person, the raid of strangers carrying death and the struggle for life will not leave anyone indifferent after watching a modern Russian film about the blockade of Leningrad.

Actors:
Alina Sargina, Lev Girshov, Artem Bystrov, Vladimir Menshov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
6+


Three days until spring (2017)

At the end of February 1942, the Germans were preparing to use bacteriological weapons in the besieged city. State security officer Vladimir Andreev and epidemiologist Olga Maritskaya undertake to prevent mass infection . Two people were on the verge of death, standing on the threshold of love and betrayal. Their one decision can save the lives of many people, but can they save each other during this difficult time?

Actors:
Kirill Pletnev, Elena Lotova, Evgeny Sidikhin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Martha’s Line (mini-series 2014)

The action of the drama series takes place in two time periods: during the blockade of Leningrad and in modern St. Petersburg. In 1942, the boy writes words of recognition addressed to Marta on the wall of the apartment. Today, a mother and teenage daughter move into this apartment and see the old inscription. An important mission fell on the shoulders of a small and adult woman – to find the one to whom a very important message was addressed. A motivational movie that awakens the desire to live, received a high rating and good reviews from the audience.

Actors:
Alisa Freindlich, Maria Anikanova, Beata Tyshkevich, Lidia Fedoseeva-Shukshina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Ladoga (mini-series, 2013)

The “Road of Life” is the only way to supply food to the starving city. Soviet counterintelligence becomes aware that the Nazis are planning a major sabotage on the road. Drivers of trucks transporting food are under suspicion. To calculate the saboteur is taken by the captain of the NKVD. The Russian series about besieged Leningrad is an exciting combination of military drama and a detective story.

Actors:
Ksenia Rappoport, Alexei Serebryakov, Andrey Merzlikin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Leningrad (mini-series, 2007)

Because of the blockade, the inhabitants of Leningrad find themselves in a critical situation. A young American journalist , Kate Davis, wants to tell the world about what is happening in a war-shrouded city, but her entire team, as soon as they reach the front line, comes under fire. The girl finds herself in a besieged city and, together with its inhabitants, is trying to survive.

Actors:
Mira Sorvino, Armin Muller-Stahl, Olga Sutulova, Mikhail Efremov, Alexander Abdulov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Gunpowder (1985)

A Soviet feature film based on real events tells about a military operation in the vicinity of besieged Leningrad. The task of delivering gunpowder from Kronstadt falls on the shoulders of the most ordinary soldiers. The path is very dangerous: air raids , battles at sea and not a single chance to survive. The film very vividly describes the fear of death of each soldier, but even more fear for the lives of his comrades.

Actors:
Yuri Belyaev, Svetlana Bragarnik, Lyubov Kalyuzhnaya …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


We looked death in the face (1980)

How to bring the war-broken people back to life and make them move on? Lieutenant Korbut, in his “past life” choreographer, gathers a dance group for a performance. Young dancers manage to perform at the front in front of the fighters. A touching and heroic film about besieged Leningrad and the war chains every viewer to the screens.

Actors:
Oleg Dal, Lyubov Malinovskaya, Larisa Tolkacheva …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Blockade (1974)

The four-episode Soviet epic film was filmed for 7 years, many Leningraders participated in extras. The picture tells about how ordinary people survived during the blockade of the city and organized defense. Heroism and courage, tragic twists and turns and touching moments filled the movie with deep meaning and revealed the whole tragedy of wartime.

Actors:
Yuri Solomin, Evgeny Lebedev, Irina Akulova …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Day Stars (1966)

The Soviet film is based on the autobiographical book by Olga Berggolts, whose creative work peaked during the Siege of Leningrad. The writer opens her soul to the reader, as well as to the viewer, telling us the story of the most difficult years. The picture brought the “Gold Medal of Participation” to director Igor Talankin.

Actors: Alla Demidova, Andrei Popov, Konstantin Baranov … Country: USSR Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.5 Age restrictions: 0+


Winter Morning (1966)

Children and war, what could be worse? The girl Katya rescues an unfamiliar boy and takes care of him. She is brave, full of determination, but still a child, although she takes responsibility for someone else’s life. And one day, while caring for the wounded in one of the hospitals, she discovers a big secret. A touching movie about the blockade of Leningrad and children who have become brother and sister to each other, pierces to the core.

Actors:
Tatyana Soldatenkova, Konstantin Kornakov, Nikolai Timofeev …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
0+


Leningrad Symphony (1957)

In the most difficult times, people who have lost hope simply need to be reminded of the great and beautiful. So they decided on the Leningrad radio, having received the score of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony. But where to get the musicians to perform it? Those who did not go to war died of starvation. Musicians are sent from all sectors of the front, soldiers remember who they were in a past life. Will there be music on the radio?

Actors:
Mark Pertsovsky, Olga Malko, Nikolai Kryuchkov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
0+


Once upon a time there was a girl (1944)

The last film about the blockade of Leningrad from our list came out during the war. All the hardships of wartime, unfortunately, fell on the lot of children. Two girls who have known cold and hunger seem to have seen everything, even death. How to overcome all trials and survive in such a difficult time is told in this heartbreaking story.

Actors:
Nina Ivanova, Natalya Zashchipina, Ada Wojcik …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.6

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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