20 best films about the Great Patriotic War for family viewing – a selection for Victory Day

With Victory in your heart … Films about the Great Patriotic War are never funny – they always cause sadness, make you shudder, get goose bumps and furtively brush away tears. Even if these films have been reviewed more than once.

The memory of that terrible war and our ancestors, who did not spare their lives, so that today we can enjoy a peaceful sky and freedom, is sacred. It is passed down from generation to generation so that we never forget about what must not be forgotten …

Only old men go to battle

Released in 1973.

Key roles: L. Bykov, S. Podgorny, S. Ivanov, R. Sagdullaev and others.

Only old men go to battle

One of the iconic films in the USSR about a singing squadron replenished by twenty-year-old “old men” from flight schools. The film, which remains one of the most popular to this day, is about the battles for Ukraine, about brotherhood sealed with blood, about the joy of victory over the enemy.

A masterpiece of Russian cinema without poster feats – lively, real, atmospheric.

They fought for their homeland

Released in 1975.

Key roles: V. Shukshin, Y. Nikulin, V. Tikhonov, S. Bondarchuk and others.

Bloodied and exhausted in heavy battles, Soviet troops are suffering huge losses. The regiment, whose task is to cross the Don, is thinning day by day …

They fought for their homeland

A piercing motion picture, many of the actors in which in reality faced the war face to face. The film is about the true price of victory, about endless love for the Motherland, about the great feat of ordinary soldiers.

The sincere play of the actors, the director’s attention to detail, powerful battle scenes, vivid and memorable dialogues.

An ingenious movie that must be watched by everyone who has not yet had time to do it.

Hot Snow

Released in 1972.

Key roles: G. Zhzhenov, A. Kuznetsov, B. Tokarev, T. Sedelnikova and others.

Hot Snow

Another legendary film about the heroic battles of the Russian people with the fascist troops at Stalingrad. Not the most famous painting, very harsh and without a “star cast”, but no less powerful and fully revealing the greatness and power of the Russian spirit.

And that snow melted long ago, and Stalingrad changed its name, but the memory of the tragedy and the Great Victory of the Russian people is still alive today.

Road to Berlin

Released in 2015.

Key roles: Yuri Borisov, A. Abdykalykov, M. Demchenko, M. Karpova and others.

Road to Berlin

A picture that immediately stood out against the general background of modern “stamped remakes” about the Second World War. No special effects, modern nonsense and a beautiful picture – just a story presented by the director clearly and concisely, with attention to detail.

A story about two young fighters united by one goal, and x actions that are dictated by the realities of terrible events.

28 Panfilovites

Released in 2016.

Key roles: A. Ustyugov, O. Fedorov, Y. Kucherevsky, A. Nigmanov and others.

A powerful motion picture, filmed with public money. A project that immediately resonated in the hearts of the Russian people. The film, based on real events, was sold out in Russian cinemas, and not a single spectator left the audience disappointed.

28 Panfilovites

“Artillery is the god of war!” One of the best modern films about our Holy War, about 28 Russian guys who did not allow 2 fascist tank divisions to reach the capital.

And the dawns here are quiet

Released in 1972.

Key roles: E. Drapeko, E. Markova, I. Shevchuk, O. Ostroumova and others.

A picture based on the story of Boris Vasiliev.

And the dawns here are quiet

Girls-anti-aircraft gunners yesterday dreamed of love and a peaceful life. They barely finished school, but no one was spared the war.

In the front line, the girls engage in battle with the Germans …

Aty-bats, soldiers were walking

Released in 1976.

Key roles: L. Bykov, V. Konkin, L. Bakshtaev, E. Shanina and others.

Aty-bats, soldiers were walking

There were only 18 of them – a platoon of Komsomol members who managed to stop the column of fascist tanks.

Fantastic acting, clearly defined images of ordinary Russian soldiers.

A film that is necessary and important to watch for children and revise by adults.

People’s Commissar convoy

Released in 2011.

Key roles: S. Makhovikov, O. Fadeeva, I. Rakhmanova, A. Arlanova and others.

The series about the war, which looks in one breath, is one of the few modern multi-part films that you want to revisit.

People's Commissar convoy

The events take place in 1941 after the decree on “People’s Commissar’s 100 grams” was issued. The sergeant major was ordered by any means to deliver the container with the “People’s Commissars” to the division. True, they will have to deliver by carts, and the assistants will be the teenager Mitya, his grandfather, and 4 girls …

One of the little poignant stories about the big war.

Goodbye boys

Released in 2014.

Key roles: V. Vdovichenkov, E. Ksenofontova, A. Sokolov, M. Shukshina and others.

Goodbye boys

The last days of peace before the war. Sasha comes to a small town with the dream of an artillery school. Gradually, he makes friends, and an old friend of his father helps him to fulfill his dream.

But in the fall, the boys, who did not have time to taste life, are among the first to go to war …

Two fighters

Released in 1943.

Key roles: M. Bernes, B. Andreev, V. Shershneva and others.

Two fighters

A picture based on the story of Lev Slavin right during the war.

A truthful and sincere movie about the friendship of two cheerful guys – kind, life-affirming, with a positive charge for a long time.

The battalions ask for fire

Released in 1985.

Key roles: A. Zbruev, V. Spiridonov, B. Brondukov, O. Efremov and others.

Soviet mini-series about the crossing of the Dnieper by Russian soldiers in 1943, based on the novel by Yuri Bondarev.

The battalions ask for fire

Promising support for artillery and aviation, the command throws 2 battalions into a terrible battle to divert German forces for a strategic division. It was ordered to hold on to the last, but the promised help never comes …

A film with powerful battle scenes and a unique cast is about the harsh truth of war.

The war ended yesterday

Released in 2010.

Key roles: B. Stupka, L. Rudenko, A. Rudenko, E. Dudina and others.

A military series that never ceases to be criticized, but also does not stop watching. Despite the director’s minor “bloopers”, the series became popular thanks to the sincerity of the actors and the atmosphere of the film, imbued with the spirit of patriotism.

The war ended yesterday

There are only a few days before Victory. But in the village of Maryino they still do not know about this, and those days with their crops, love and intrigue, life from hand to mouth, would have gone on as usual if it had not been for the ambitious city communist Katya, who arrived with a party mission – to head the collective farm …

Cadets

Released in 2004.

Key roles: A. Chadov, K. Knyazeva, I. Stebunov and others.

Cadets

Winter 1942. The rear artillery school trains young recruits for the front. Only 3 months of study, which may be the last in my life. Are any of them destined to return home?

A short but talented and truthful film imbued with the tragedy of war.

Blockade

Released in 2005.

There is no cast in this picture. And there are no words and well-chosen music. Here is only a chronicle of the Leningrad blockade – the life of the long-suffering city in those terrible 900 days.

Blockade

Dug trenches and air defense guns in the middle of the city, dying people, houses cut by bombs, evacuation of sculptures and … ballet posters. Corpses of people in the streets, immobilized trolleybuses, coffins on sledges.

A living picture of the real besieged Leningrad from the director Sergei Loznitsa.

Volyn

Released in 2016.

Key roles: M. Labach, A. Yakubik, A. Zaremba and others.

Volyn

A Polish picture of the Volyn massacre and the atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists, frank to the point of shivers and tears.

Heavy, powerful, rough and the most talked about cinema in Europe, which will never be shown in Ukraine.

There was a war tomorrow

Released in 1987.

Key roles: S. Nikonenko, N. Ruslanova, V. Alentova and others.

A Soviet film that did not leave indifferent any spectator.

There was a war tomorrow

Ordinary Soviet high school students, brought up on the correct Komsomol ideas, are forced to test the truths they have learned for strength.

Will you stand the test if your friends become “enemies of the people”?

I am a Russian soldier

Released in 1995.

Key roles: D. Medvedev, A. Buldakov, P. Yurchenko and others.

A film with a high rating even among foreign audiences.

I am a Russian soldier

The day before the war, the young lieutenant finds himself in the border Brest. There he meets a girl in one of the restaurants and, leisurely, walks with her along the night streets of the city, not suspecting that in the morning he will have to fight the Nazis …

Who was the main character by nationality? Critics and viewers are still arguing about this, but the main answer is given in the very title of the film.

Brest Fortress

Released in 2010.

Key roles: A. Kopashov, P. Derevyanko, A. Merzlikin and others.

Brest Fortress

The film, shot by Russia and Belarus, about the heroic defense of the legendary Brest Fortress, one of the first to take the blow of the fascist invaders.

A unique movie that deserves a place in the list of the best war films.

In August 44th

Released in 2001.

Key roles: E. Mironov, V. Galkin, B. Tyshkevich and others.

More than a year before Victory. Belarus is free, but scouts on its territory constantly go on the air with information about our troops.

In August 44th

A group of scouts is sent to look for spies …

A screened work by Vladimir Bogomolov about the hard work of counterintelligence. An invaluable film made by professionals.

Heavenly slug

Released in 1945.

Key roles: N. Kryuchkov, V. Merkuriev, V. Neschiplenko and others.

Heavenly slug

Legendary Soviet movie about three friends-pilots, for whom “first of all planes”. A military comedy with wonderful songs, excellent acting, the famous Major Bulochkin and a squadron of female pilots, after meeting whom even the most severe fighters give up their positions.

Black and white cinema with a happy ending, in spite of everything.

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