Top 13 best Russian movies in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema List)


List of the latest Russian movies in 2021 and the best Russian movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Top Russian movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New Russian movies in 2021 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2021 in cinema and on VOD
  • MY

    DIRECTOR: Hamlet Dulyan
    CAST: Egor Koreshkov, Elena Podkaminskaya & Filipp Yankovsky
    In this speculative sci-fi film from director and co-writer Hamlet Dulyan, it has been 200 year since the world-altering events of The Great War. After such a battle, humanity now lives under a totalitarian rule of the prim and perfect One State. Despite living under such strict rules, it appears to be a utopian society. But perhaps something else lurks under all the serial numbers, uniforms, and glass houses. After all, how free can on society be when sex is a scheduled act rather a spontaneous gesture of romance? Read more

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  • Petrov’s Flu

    DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
    CAST: Semen Serzin, Chulpan Khamatova & Ivan Dorn
    Based on the novel by Alexey Salnikov, Petrov’s Flu takes place in post-Soviet Russia and follows the day-to-day life of the comic book artist Petrov and his family. But tragedy strikes as Petrov finds himself infected with the horrible flu. Seeking help, his friend Igor offers to go on a long walk with him. During this walk, Petrov finds himself slipping in and out of reality, unable to tell what’s real anymore. Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, this surreal drama stars Chulpan Khamatova, Semyon Serzin, and Ivan Ivashkin. Read more

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  • Dear Comrades

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Konchalovskiy
    CAST: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov & Andrei Gusev
    t is 1962 and the workers of Novocherkassk are going on strike. The communist government has decided to raise food prices, making it even harder to live in such an industrial environment for the working class. Seen through the perspective of a party activist devoted to the cause, he witnesses a strike soon go from a protest of corrupted government to a gruesome massacre where the small industrial town erupts into political violence in this historical drama from director Andrey Konchalovskiy. Read more

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Best Russian movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2021

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and the 2010's best rated Russian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).
  • Beanpole

    DIRECTOR: Kantemir Balagov
    CAST: Viktoriya Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina & Konstantin Balakirev
    The World War II has ended in Leningrad, life still continues to be a challenge as a city tries to rebuild in the wreckage of war. In a city of ruins, two women make their return and attempt to rebuild their lives as much as Leningrad tries to rebuild itself after such a catastrophe. War has left them drained physically and emotionally as they struggle to find meaning in their lives and hope for the future in this award-winning historical drama. Read more

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  • The Silver Skates

    DIRECTOR: Michael Lockshin
    CAST: Fedor Fedotov, Sofya Priss & Aleksey Guskov
    The 20th century has just began as the show begins on New Year’s Eve of 1900. The young lamplighter Matthew is rather poor and desperately needs money to care for his dying father. At the same time, Alice, a daughter of the elite, dreams of studying science which her father does not favor. The two meet and strive to make their dreams come true but will have to find their way around the conspiring figure of Alice's fiance, Arkadi. Read more

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  • Leto

    DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
    CAST: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk, Anton Adasinsky
    Leningrad, summer of 1981. A young rock musician befriends an older musician and falls in love with his wife. An unusual love triangle emerges. Shot in black and white, this energetic Russian punk rock movie is surely not to be missed. Read more

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  • Dovlatov

    DIRECTOR: Aleksey German
    CAST: Artur Beschastny, Danila Kozlovsky, Milan Maric
    Sergei Dovlatov (1941-1990) is easily one of the most-read Russian writers from the 20th century. While his literary friends got crushed by the Soviet government one by one, Dovlatov persisted in what he did best; writing without taboos. 'Dovlatov' focusses on six crucial days from his turbulent life. Read more

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    RATING: 82/100

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  • Dau

    DIRECTOR: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy
    CAST: Teodor Currentzis, Youriy Alekseev, Radmila Shchyogoleva
    Not much is known about 'Dau', an upcoming about the renowned Russian scientist/physician Lev Landau. Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, who shot the controversial and acclaimed movie '4' back in 2004. Read more

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  • The Student ((M)uchenik)

    DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
    CAST: Yuliya Aug Pyotr Skvortsov Viktoriya Isakova
    Veniamin is a Russian high school student obsessed by Christianity. In his attempt to persuade everyone around him of the omnipresent immorality, he becomes more and more alienated. Beautifully shot and wonderfully deap-pan acted by Pyotr Skvortsov. Read more

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    RATING: 72/100

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  • Leviathan

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Zvyagintsev
    CAST: Aleksey Serebryakov Elena Lyadova Roman Madyanov
    Cannes is said to have been solid but somewhat dull this year. The same cannot be said of Leviathan that, although losing to Ceylan’s ‘Winter’s Sleep’, was one of the buzziest films of 2014. This exceptional film did walk away with the best screenplay award. Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev, tells the gripping and sometimes even funny story of a man who is trying to fight the corrupt major of a small coastal town. Read more

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    RATING: 76/100

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  • Hard to be a God

    DIRECTOR: Aleksey German
    CAST: Leonid Yarmolnik Aleksandr Chutko Yuriy Tsurilo
    It is Hard to be a God’ is the last film by the late Aleksey German. Talented in achieving splendid surrealism but being anything but prolific, he spent the last 12 years of his life making this film. His 3-hour film based on the book by the Strugatsky brothers first opened at the Rome Film Festival in 2013, and it caused quite some waves. Stylistically it takes us back to the crispy black and white films with which Russia conquered the world, but it is not a historic tale. Some are even describing it as the most important science fiction film of this decade. Check out the estranging trailer of Hard to be a God with English subtitles online here. Read more

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    RATING: 67/100

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  • How I Ended This Summer

    DIRECTOR: Aleksey Popogrebskiy
    CAST: Grigoriy Dobrygin Sergey Puskepalis Igor Chernevich
    Like Zvyagintsev, Popogrepsky’s dramas do not require obscure symbolism, unlike most Russian art house films, to get its message across. Its simplicity and straightforwardness captures your attention in a most subtle way. Often described as somewhat of a thriller, this is more of a solid interpersonal drama that plays out suspense very well, and although it moves rather slowly, is never dull. It takes place in the middle of the Arctic and the two protagonists only have each other to turn to when realizing the fragility of humans when compared to nature. Great performance by the two actors who contribute immensely to making it a an emotionally gripping drama. Read more

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    RATING: 70/100

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  • Elena

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Zvyagintsev
    CAST: Nadezhda Markina Andrey Smirnov Aleksey Rozin
    Elena, after the slightly disappointing The Banishment, reminded me that Zvyagintsev is my favorite contemporary Russian filmmaker. He again, impressively zooms in on individuality within family contexts, and how individual decisions affect all. His pure and simple filmmaking instantly feels majestic, and his films stay with you forever. Read more

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    RATING: 73/100

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  • Everyone Dies But Me

    DIRECTOR: Valeriya Gay Germanika
    CAST: Polina Filonenko Agniya Kuznetsova Olga Shuvalova
    Everybody dies but me is one of those realist coming-of-agers that without ever becoming to forced, is successful in its emotionally charged narrative. It demonstrates the naive beauty of ever-lasting teenage friendships that once adolescence kicks in turn out to be anything but infinite. Valeriya Gay Germanika shows she has a background in documentary filmmaking, because her gritty naturalist films have a great observational quality about them. If you are into Lukas Moodysson films (like Fucking Amal or We are the best!), this might be your Russian alternative. It is not as good as a Moodysson, but it is worth your while. (like We are the best! it is about three girls in the suburbs – but now in Moscow) Read more

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    RATING: 66/100

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  • The Student ((M)uchenik)

    DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
    CAST: Yuliya Aug Viktoriya Isakova Aleksandr Gorchilin
    Veniamin is a Russian high school student obsessed by Christianity. In his attempt to persuade everyone around him of the omnipresent immorality, he becomes more and more alienated. Beautifully shot and wonderfully deap-pan acted by Pyotr Skvortsov. Read more

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    RATING: 84/100

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  • Guardians

    DIRECTOR: Sarik Andreasyan
    CAST: Valeriya Shkirando Alina Lanina Anton Pampushnyy
    During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again. Read more

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    RATING: 77/100

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  • Loveless

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Zvyagintsev
    CAST: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasileva
    When a couple is going through a divorce, things change when they have to work together to find their missing 12-year old son. A beautiful and painful portrait of a modern Russian marriage falling apart. Read more

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    RATING: 90/100

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  • Il Peccato

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Konchalovskiy
    CAST: Umberto Orsini, Nicola Adobati, Alberto Testone
    The times and life of the world famous Italian sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti. Read more

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