20 Best Russian Sci-Fi Movies


20 Best Russian Sci-Fi Movies

Russian cinematography is making big progress, and it is mostly seen through their Sci-Fi movies, which, even though not so good in acting as the US, have amazing visual effects, and good stories. Also, throughout history, there were some amazing movies as well, and we will sort them all out in this article.

That’s why we decided to make an article about the best Russian Sci-Fi movies, and they won’t disappoint you. Keep reading to find 20 unexplored SF jewels.

We will sort the best Russian Sci-Fi movies in release order, and won’t directly compare them, because we think they all deserve to be seen.

Best Russian Sci-Fi Movies from the ’60s

1. Amphibian Man (1962)

Amphibian Man (1962)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Directors: Vladimir Chebotaryov, Gennadiy Kazanskiy

Writers: Aleksandr Belyaev (novel), Akiba Golburt

Stars: Vladimir Korenev, Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Mikhail Kozakov

Synopsis: People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is, but it’s really the son of Doctor Salvator. The doctor performed surgery on his son and now young Ichtiandr can live underwater. This gives him certain advantages, but creates a lot of problems.

Best Russian Sci-Fi Movies from the ’70s

2. Solaris (1972)

Solaris (1972)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky

Writers: Stanislaw Lem (novel) (as Stanislav Lem), Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay) (as F. Gorenshteyn)

Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet

Synopsis: Psychologist Chris Kelvin (D. Banionis) is sent to a station orbiting the distant planet Solaris to find out why the crew went crazy.

3. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Directors: Leonid Gaidai

Writers: Mikhail A. Bulgakov (play) (as Mikhail Bulgakov), Vladlen Bakhnov (as V. Bakhnov)

Stars: Yuriy Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Aleksandr Demyanenko

Synopsis: An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to Tsar of All Rus’ – Ivan IV the Terrible (1530 – 1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.

4. Stalker (1979)

Stalker (1979)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Directors: Leonid Gaidai

Writers: Mikhail A. Bulgakov (play) (as Mikhail Bulgakov), Vladlen Bakhnov (as V. Bakhnov)

Stars: Yuriy Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Aleksandr Demyanenko

Synopsis: An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to Tsar of All Rus’ – Ivan IV the Terrible (1530 – 1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.

Best Russian Sci-Fi Movies from the ’80s

5. Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Directors: Georgiy Daneliya

Writers: Georgiy Daneliya, Revaz Gabriadze

Stars: Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeniy Leonov, Yuriy Yakovlev

Synopsis: Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms.

6. Dead Man’s Letters (1986)

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Directors: Konstantin Lopushanskiy

Writers: Konstantin Lopushanskiy, Vyacheslav Rybakov

Stars: Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin, Viktor Mikhaylov

Synopsis: The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving humans vegetate in wet cellars under the nuclear winter. But somehow the human spirit still sees somewhere the dim light of a new and better future. The next generation starts the walk towards a new life.

7. Mirror for a Hero (1987)

Mirror for a Hero (1987)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Directors: Vladimir Khotinenko, Violetta Sedova (co-director)

Writers: Nadezhda Kozhushanaya (screenplay), Svyatoslav Rybas (novel)

Stars: Sergey Koltakov, Ivan Bortnik, Boris Galkin

Synopsis: Two not quite similar men, our contemporaries, psychologist-linguist Sergey Pshenichny and former mining engineer Andrew Nemchinov, are walking in the street in their native miner’s town and found themselves in 1949.

It’s common knowledge that real miracles happen without technical devices: time comes miracle happens. They spend in 1949 only one day the next morning they found that it is the same day that was yesterday.

All several months, they spent in the past, they spent in one and the same day: the 8th of May, Sunday, the day of heightened coal production.

In the morning to the coal mine, in an hour an accident in a coalface, at 10 o’clock wire from the Ministry, after work reunion concerning the Stalins anniversary; robbing of pay desk, death of policeman Ryabenko, in the evening – volunteer Sunday work…and in the morning the same, and so forever and ever Philosophic fiction, accompanied by the music of group Nautilus Pompillius.

8. Zerograd (1988)

Zerograd (1988)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Directors: Karen Shakhnazarov

Writers: Aleksandr Borodyanskiy, Karen Shakhnazarov

Stars: Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Menshov

Synopsis: An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this town, everybody seems to be crazy (a secretary who works naked, a group of people take the engineer as a rock & roll player, etc) and, in addition, this man is a witness to suicide, so he is trapped inside the town.

9. Visitor of a Museum (1989)

Visitor of a Museum (1989)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Directors: Karen Shakhnazarov

Writers: Aleksandr Borodyanskiy, Karen Shakhnazarov

Stars: Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Menshov

Synopsis: An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this town, everybody seems to be crazy (a secretary who works naked, a group of people take the engineer as a rock & roll player, etc) and, in addition, this man is a witness to suicide, so he is trapped inside the town.

Best Russian Sci-Fi Movies from the ’00s

10. 4 (2004)

4 (2004)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Directors: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy

Writers: Vladimir Sorokin

Stars: Yuriy Laguta, Marina Vovchenko, Sergey Shnurov

Synopsis: Meat merchant Oleg, prostitute Marina, and piano tuner “simply Volodya” drop into an all-night bar in Moscow, where they are served by a narcoleptic bartender (three plus one is four) while each regales the others with made-up biographies. Oleg claims to work in President Putin’s administration, supplying him with bottled water and his wife with liquor; Marina passes herself off as a marketing executive; and Volodya, the infamous lead singer of the rock group Leningrad, as a geneticist who clones twins (two times two makes four, again) in a laboratory that has been engaged in these experiments since the days of Stalin. After they separate, these fantasy realities, especially Volodya’s, begin to dominate their everyday lives.

11. Generation P (2011)

Generation P (2011)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Directors: Victor Ginzburg

Writers: Djina Ginzburg (screenplay), Victor Ginzburg (screenplay)

Stars: Vladimir Epifantsev, Mikhail Efremov, Andrey Fomin

Synopsis: A chronicle of the rise of the advertising industry in Post-Soviet Russia.

12. Hard to Be a God (2013)

Hard to Be a God (2013)

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Directors: Aleksey German

Writers: Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel)

Stars: Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo

Synopsis: In the distant future, a space traveler from Earth breaks a special law and interferes with the history of another, Medieval-like, planet.

13. Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Directors: Ilya Naishuller

Writers: Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart (additional writing by)

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett

Synopsis: Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.

14. The Zohar Secret (2016)

The Zohar Secret (2016)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Directors: Vladek Zankovsky

Writers: Vladek Zankovsky

Stars: Israel Sasha Demidov, Irina Barinova, Henry David

Synopsis: Max finds himself in possession of an ancient scroll that describes the entire history of humankind from beginning to end. Seeking to use the information for his own gain, Max triggers the mechanism that begins influencing his own life.

15. Spacewalk (2017)

Spacewalk (2017)

Genre: Drama, History, Sci-Fi

Directors: Dmitriy Kiselev

Writers: Sergey Kaluzhanov, Yuriy Korotkov

Stars: Evgeniy Mironov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Ilin

Synopsis: Trying to keep lead in the Space Race, the Soviet Union is preparing two cosmonauts for the first spacewalk.

16. Attraction (2017)

Attraction (2017)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Directors: Fedor Bondarchuk

Writers: Oleg Malovichko (screenplay), Andrey Zolotarev (screenplay)

Stars: Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov

Synopsis: An alien ship crash lands onto a Russian city, many who saw it and the occupants start to question their own existence, while there are those who demand the aliens leave Earth.

17. The Blackout (2019)

The Blackout (2019)

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Directors: Egor Baranov, Nathalia Hencker

Writers: Ilya Kulikov

Stars: Aleksey Chadov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Svetlana Ivanova

Synopsis: Life on Earth is rapidly destroyed except for a small area in Eastern Europe.

18. Coma (2019)

Coma (2019)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Directors: Nikita Argunov

Writers: Nikita Argunov, Timofei Dekin

Stars: Rinal Mukhametov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Anton Pampushnyy

Synopsis: After a mysterious accident a young architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world. He must find out the exact laws and regulations of it as he fights for his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world.

19. Invasion (2020)

Invasion (2020)

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Directors: Fedor Bondarchuk

Writers: Oleg Malovichko, Andrey Zolotarev

Stars: Alexander Petrov, Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov

Synopsis: With the fall of the alien ship Julia’s life changed, now three years later mankind is about to experience new encounters.

20. Sputnik (2020)

Sputnik (2020)

Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Directors: Egor Abramenko

Writers: Oleg Malovichko, Andrei Zolotarev

Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov

Synopsis: The lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident hasn’t returned back home alone-hiding inside his body is a dangerous creature.

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