17 films about Afghanistan, Chechnya and other hot spots

Military themes in Russian cinema have always been one of the main ones. But it so happened that the events of the war in the same Afghanistan or Chechnya in Russian cinema are revealed much worse than the Second World War. Despite the severity of these topics for the modern viewer, high-quality pictures still appear. We present a list of the best Russian films about the war in Chechnya, Afghanistan and other hot spots.

Shugaley (2020)

The novelty of 2020 is a film by Denis Neymand about the military conflict in Libya, based on real events. Two Russian sociologists are sent to the country on the eve of the elections. By chance, they learn information that poses a threat to the Libyan government. Russians are caught and tortured for a long time in prison. Attempts to release through diplomatic channels fail. The captives can only wait for a chance to escape …

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

Actors:
Kirill Polukhin, Oleg Abalyan, Sergey Yatsenyuk…

Country:
Russia, Tunisia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Brotherhood (2019)

The newest Russian film about Afghanistan from our selection. An interesting novelty by Pavel Lungin caused a lot of controversy and indignation in the veteran community. Formally, the movie tells about a special rescue operation in the territory controlled by the Mujahideen. In the center of the plot is a company of scouts, whose fighters must save the pilot who was taken prisoner. But in fact, the director tried to make a truthful film about the war in Afghanistan in general.

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Actors:
Kirill Pirogov, Jan Tsapnik, Vitaly Kishchenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Balkan frontier (2019)

After the failure of the operation in Bosnia in 1995, the special forces group of Andrey Shatalov is outlawed. In Russia, a tribunal awaits them, so the fighters decided to arrange their lives on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. After 4 years, the special forces are given a chance to rehabilitate themselves and return to their homeland. To do this, it is necessary to occupy and hold the airport in Pristina until the arrival of Russian peacekeepers. A dynamic action movie based on real events, received a high rating and a lot of positive feedback from viewers.

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Actors:
Anton Pampushny, Gosha Kutsenko, Milos Bikovich …

Country:
Russia, Serbia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Badaber Fortress (mini-series 2018)

Spring 1985, the height of the war in Afghanistan. GRU intelligence learns that the CIA has set up a Mujahideen training center in the Pakistani fortress of Badaber. Yuri Nikitin will have to penetrate the territory of the fortress and collect evidence. Having completed the task, Yuri notices a group of Russian prisoners, including his friend. The scout decides to save the guys alone.

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Actors:
Sergey Marin, Svetlana Ivanova, Sergey Kolesnikov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Donbass. Outskirts (2018)

The film by Renat Davletyarov tells about a local war in the east of Ukraine. In the basement of a residential building, completely different people are hiding from the bombing: a soldier of the Ukrainian army and a “DPR” fighter, a local resident and a volunteer girl from the capital, a man and a boy. All of them are united by a single goal – to survive. And at the same time try to understand each other and realize the senselessness of this war.

Actors:
Gela Meskhi, Evgeny Mikheev, Sergey Kholmogorov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 2.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Simple Story (2016)

A fighter of the OMON special forces Vyacheslav Vorobyov is unfairly accused of the death of a colleague. In order to rehabilitate himself before his comrades-in-arms, Vyacheslav goes to Chechnya with the most dangerous task in his life. In the Caucasus, Vorobyov meets Natalya, they begin an affair. But the girl still does not know who Slava really is …

  • Related selection : 20 best films about the Chechen war

Actors:
Sergey Marin, Anastasia Tyunina, Ekaterina Proskurina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


no comment (2014)

A feature film about the war in Chechnya stands out from our TOP-a with an unusual pseudo-documentary shooting style. The two main characters are recording what is happening on video cameras. The first one is Thomas. This German guy falls in love with a Turkish girl. In an effort to stay with his beloved, the hero falls under the influence of her relatives and goes to Chechnya to join the militants. Together with other Wahhabis, he participates in a sortie and runs into the second hero – Alexei, a simple Russian guy who will soon return to his family.

Actors:
Alexander Novin, Leonard Proksauf, Dmitry Zhuravlev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


August. 8th (2012)

The events of this military drama take place in 2008 in South Ossetia, during the armed conflict with Georgia. Xenia’s ex-husband serves as a peacekeeper there and takes their son to his place for the weekend. When the war begins, Ksenia realizes that only she can save her son. The mother’s long journey begins under the whistle of bullets and the growl of tanks.

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Actors:
Svetlana Ivanova, Maxim Matveev, Yegor Beroev, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Gosha Kutsenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Caravan Hunters (2010)

This Russian war film about Afghanistan shows the role of the American government in the success of the Mujahideen. In 1986, Soviet helicopters and planes reigned supreme in the skies over Afghanistan, and the USSR actively used this advantage. At the same time, the US sent a shipment of Stingers and trained the locals to use them properly. A reconnaissance group led by Major Okovalkov is to intercept the supply of missile systems.

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Actors:
Alexey Serebryakov, Andrey Saminin, Alexey Longin …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Quiet Outpost (2010)

An army film based on a true story about a little-known armed conflict that took place in 1993. A group of armed Afghan fighters attacked a border outpost, trying to break into the territory of Tajikistan. The Russian border guards first retreated, but then gave a worthy rebuff to the enemy.

Actors:
Andrey Chadov, Sergey Selin, Igor Savochkin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Kandahar (2009)

The action of this movie takes place after the end of the war in Afghanistan, and its plot is based on a real story. The pilots of a Russian cargo plane were captured in Kandahar, Afghanistan by Taliban terrorists. They are forced to teach Afghans piloting, but the pilots refuse. After spending more than a year in Afghan captivity, the heroes make a risky escape attempt to return to their homeland.

Audience reviews of the film were mixed. In particular, critics point out that in the film all the characters are replaced by Slavs, although the real crew included Tatars, and the captain was a Mari. Nevertheless, the picture is worth seeing for all fans of the war movie genre.

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Actors:
Alexander Baluev, Vladimir Mashkov, Andrey Panin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Captive (2008)

2000, Chechnya. A military convoy comes under fire in the gorge and is deprived of the opportunity to get in touch with its own. Two soldiers manage to reach headquarters but are denied military support. Colleagues decide to go to a neighboring village and take hostage a local who knows forest paths to help lead the column out of the gorge. Their choice falls on a Chechen teenager.

Actors:
Julia Peresild, Vyacheslav Krikunov, Petr Logachev …

Country:
Russia, Bulgaria

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Live (2006)

The protagonist of the film, Kir, is a soldier who returned from the war in Chechnya as a completely different person. In battle, he lost part of his leg. The world and those around him do not accept him, just as he does not accept reality. The soldier constantly comes into conflict and even kills a military official. In addition, he sees hallucinations – his dead colleagues.

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Actors:
Olga Arntgolts, Alexey Chadov, Andrey Chadov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


9th company (2005)

The most famous action film about Afghanistan still causes a lot of controversy to this day. Experts note that the picture is not realistic and even offensive to veterans of the Afghan war. But at the same time, the 9th Company is a big step forward for Russian cinema from a technical point of view. The film is an artistic retelling of the events of 1988 and the battle at height 3234. The viewer is shown the fate of a group of recruits from the moment of conscription to the fighting.

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Actors:
Fedor Bondarchuk, Alexey Chadov, Ivan Kokorin …

Country:
Russia, Ukraine, Finland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


War (2002)

In 2001, in Chechen captivity, two Russian soldiers, shell-shocked Captain Medvedev and Englishman John Boyle, meet with their fiancee. The militants demand a ransom for the prisoners. Since more money can be taken from foreigners, field commander Gugaev decides to let the Briton go so that he returns with a ransom for the girl. Russian soldiers are released with him. After the agreed two months, the Englishman was unable to collect the required two million pounds. To save the bride, he suggests that one of the soldiers go to Chechnya, sneak into the village of Gugaev and steal the girl.

Actors:
Alexey Chadov, Ian Kelly, Ingeborga Dapkunaite …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Checkpoint (1998)

This Russian film is an action movie about the events in Chechnya that took place in 1996. In a small mountain village, a teenager dies on a mine. The Russian military had a conflict with local residents, as a result of which several more people were injured, and a local village policeman died. The locals blame the military for everything and promise to take revenge. In order to prevent bloodshed, a platoon of Russian soldiers is sent to a remote checkpoint before the trial, where they become an easy target for a sniper.

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Actors:
Andrey Krasko, Sergey Gusinsky, Denis Kirillov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Prisoner of the Caucasus (1996)

One of the most famous films about the events of the first war in Chechnya. Two soldiers, played by Sergei Bodrov Jr. and Oleg Menshikov, are captured by the highlander Abdul-Murat. The son of a Chechen is also in captivity, and the man is trying to exchange two Russian soldiers for him. However, the military does not want to conduct a prisoner exchange, because they are afraid of an ambush. Meanwhile, Dina, the daughter of Abdul-Murat, begins to show sympathy for one of the captives.

Actors:
Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov Jr., Dzhemal Sikharulidze …

Country:
Russia, Kazakhstan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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