- Man With the Movie Camera (1928) USSR, bw/silent [photo top]
- The Cuckoo (2002) Russia
- Mongol (2007) Russia
- Come and See (1985) Russia
- The Battleship Potemkin (1925, Eisenstein) USSR, bw
- Ballad of a Soldier (1959) Russia, bw
- War and Peace (1968) Russia
- Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
- Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
- Alexander Nevsky (1938, Eisenstein)
- I Am Cuba (1964) Cuba-Russia, bw
- Ivan's Childhood (1962) Russia, bw
- The Cranes Are Flying (1957) Russia
- The Italian (2005) Russia [photo below]
- Siberiade (1979) Russia
Dziga Vertov's Man With the Movie Camera, even though silent, still looks modern today, using superimposed images, rapid edits, moving cameras.. the theme and subtitle was "A day in the life of the USSR" - now that hasn't been copied much through the decades!
All Sergei Eisenstein films are brilliant, I just happen to like Battleship Potemkin and Alexander Nevsky the most..
I need to rewatch Ivan the Terrible, it's been decades.. that's why it's not on here..
Come and See is a terrific holocaust film; the German invasion of Byelorussia and the scorched earth policy..
The War and Peace directed by Sergei Bondarchuk was the most expensive film (100 m. estimated in 1968) of it's era, and they used 250,000 members of the Red Army free of charge.. costumes must have been a real nightmare!
Andrei Tarkovsky is really a Jekyll and Hyde.. The Mirror is another good one, along with Andrei Rublev, but the others are painful to bear.. I would skip The Sacrifice, Solaris, and Stalker, unless you're a masochist