Russian War Movies about World War II

Russian film industry is one of the most famous film industries in the world. Russians have produced great movies. This is a list of top Russian movies on Second World War. The list is according to the year of release of the films.

Even if you do not understand Russian language, you will enjoy the movies I have listed here. If you read the storyline before watching a movie, it will be easy for you to understand what is going on the screen.

Most of the movies are available on internet, just search for them. DVDs of these movies are also available in market. English versions of some of the movies listed here were released.

The name of the movies I have given are English translation, original names are in Russian language.

Attack on Leningrad

2009

Attack on Leningrad is a story of Kate Davis, a young British Journalist, who missed her plane and had to stop in Leningrad when Nazis occupied a part of Russia and surrounded the city. A young Police Officer Nina Tsvetnova and the British journalist together fought for their survival, as well as helped many others to survive.

Russian Movie: Attack on Leningrad
Russian Movie: Attack on Leningrad | Source
The Brest Fortress
The Brest Fortress | Source

Brest Fortress

2010



Brest Fortress, which was released as Fortress of War in English, is a story of Nazi attack on the Belorussian city of Brest and how the Russian soldiers and citizens defended it for 9 days. The violence and brutality of Nazi soldiers shown in this film is horrible. Arial attack by German planes on the city is one of the best actions shown in this movie.

The Star: Russian War Movie
The Star: Russian War Movie | Source

The Star

2002

The story of this film is based on a short story Zvezda by Emmanuil Kazakevich. It is about a special task group of Russian army which was sent to Nazi Camp in summer of 1944. The task was to locate German Armour Forces behind enemy lines. Despite of many deadly encounters with the enemy, the group succeeds to locate enemy positions, which was promptly informed to the base command. But in a brutal battle with Germans, all the seven members of the Zvezda group were killed.

The film was directed by Nikolay Lebedev.

Come and See

1985

Come and See is a story of a young Byelorussian boy Flyora who joins Russian Partisan Army. Then the boy experiences the horror of World War II.

The story is based on real life experience of Ales Adamovich.

Torpedo Bombers DVD Image
Torpedo Bombers DVD Image

Torpedo bombers

1983

Torpedo Bombers is a film about Russian Pilots and their mission against German convoy in Arctic area during World War II. Based on short stories of Yuri German, it is a great war film from all perspectives. It has a great story, excellent cinematography, use of real footage and thrilling and horrible battle scenes. The film was directed by Semyon Aranovich.

The movie is considered as one of the best airborne war movie.

The Hot Snow
The Hot Snow | Source

The Hot Snow

1974



The story of this movie is about Russian Artillery Soldiers. Their task was to stop four hundred German tanks which were going to join 3,30000 Germans who had occupied Stalingrad. Russian Artillery Soldiers succeeded in their mission, but in the battle most of them lost their lives.

A poster of the film The Dawns Here Are Quiet
A poster of the film The Dawns Here Are Quiet

The Dawns Here Are Quiet

1972

The story of this movie is based on Boris Vasilyev's Russian book of the same name (А зори здесь тихи). During World War II, Sergeant Vaskov (Andrei Martynov) and a group of young trainee women were stationed at an Anti-Aircraft Artillery training point. One of the trainee women while going away from the camp to visit her son, sees two German Paratroopers in the nearby forest. The Corporal with his five trainees goes to stop them, but finds that the number of paratroopers was 16. The Sergeant decides to fight. He sends one of the women gunners back to the base for reinforcement. In an unequal fight, all the four women are killed, and the Sergeant is seriously wounded.

What happens next? To watch it is a thrilling experiment.

The film was Directed by Stanislav Rostotsky. It was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1972.

A poster of the Russian movie Liberation
A poster of the Russian movie Liberation

Liberation

1970

This is a great epic movie on World War II. It is made in five parts. First part of the series was released in 1970. The movie is about liberation of Russian land from Nazis, and defeat of Germany.

This movie was a joint venture of Soviet Russia, East Germany, Italy, Poland and Yugoslavia. The film depicts major battles fought on Eastern Front during World War II. It includes Battle of Kursk, the Lower Dnieper Offensive, Operation Bagration, Battle of Berlin etc.

Poster of Ballad of a Soldier
Poster of Ballad of a Soldier | Source

Ballad of a Soldier

1959

This is a story of a young war hero Alyosha. He single handedly destroyed two German tanks. He gets a Gallantry Award, but instead of the medal, he wants a leave to meet his mother. Accordingly he gets a short leave. While traveling, he meets a girl, Shura. Then begins a love story.

He meets his mother, but suddenly is called back to the front.

This film is in Black and White, depicts details of life of Russian people during World War II.

A scene from Ivan's Childhood
A scene from Ivan's Childhood | Source

Ivan’s Childhood

1962

This movie is based on a short story by Russian writer Vladimir Bogomolov, who himself had taken part in World War II. He joined Russian Army after passing 7th grade, and later became Company Commander.

This is a story of a 12 year old boy Ivan, who worked as a spy for Russians. The boy was able to cross the border without noticed by Germans. The movie depicts extreme violence during World War II.

Normandie-Niémen

1960

A joint venture of Russia and France, Normandie-Niémen is a story of a French Air Force Squadron of the same name, which fought against Nazi invaders on Russian land during World War II.

Destiny of a Man
Destiny of a Man

Destiny of a Man

1959

Destiny of Man is a story of a Russian soldier Andrei Sokolov during World War II who was captured by Nazis. In a heroic action, he escapes from the German Camp. Hetravells to return his homeland and meet his family. But he founds that his wife and daughters were killed in a bombardment by Germans, and his son Anatoly was on front. Few days before defeat of Germany, Anatoly dies in an action at the front.

After the war is over, Andrei meets a poor child. The child's father was a soldier, who was killed at the front and his mother was died during the war. Andrei adopts the child as his son.

The story of this film is based on a novel of Mikhail Sholokhov, a Russian Novelist who won Nobel Prize in Literature in 1965.

The Cranes Are Flying

1957

The Cranes Are Flying is a love story of Boris, a Doctor's son, and Veronica, the girlfriend of Boris. Suddenly World War II breaks out and Boris goes on front line. Then there is no communication between Boris and Veronica. Veronica is raped by Boris's cousin and then he proposes her for marriage. Despite of not having a love for him, she accept this proposal. Later she is told that Boris is died in an action at border.

The movie is based on a play by V. Rusov. The movie won several International Awards.

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I love watching World War movies. But I'm afraid, I have not watched any of Russian war movies. By the way Andrei Tarkovsky is my favorite Russian director. Have you watched his movies?


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very nicely done....lots of movies for me to check out....I think I have only heard of two of the ones you listed.....but your mini reviews make me want to check them out. Voted up and very interesting.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks media412 for finding this Hub informative and useful.


media412 4 years ago

great list, I will be sure to put these on my list to review at WarMovieBlog.com... thanks! Most of these I haven't even heard of before.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you teaches12345 for commenting on this hub.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

We love watching war movies at home and getting another country's perspective on the war would be interesting. Thanks for the share on these movies.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you drbj you found this list useful.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Your synopses, jainismus, are so exciting, I shall make it my business to see as many of these Russian films as I can find. Thank you.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Bill, for reading and commenting.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have actually seen two of these. Very interesting information for any movie fan. Thank you for the education.

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