Top 13 best Russian movies in 2020 & 2019 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema List)


List of the latest Russian movies in 2020 and the best Russian movies of 2019 & 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 2020 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2020 in cinema and on VOD
  • 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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Best Russian movies on Netflix or DVD in 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).
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    RELEASE DATE: February 23rd, 2017

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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

    RELEASE DATE: May 18th, 2017

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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

    RELEASE DATE: May 13th, 2016

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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

    RELEASE DATE: August 29th, 2014

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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

    RELEASE DATE: January 21st, 2012

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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

    RELEASE DATE: May 13th, 2016

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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

    RELEASE DATE: January 28th, 2011

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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

    RELEASE DATE: May 16th, 2014

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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

    RELEASE DATE: October 23rd, 2008

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