Alexander Nevsky (1938) - Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242. DVD.
Andrei Rublev (1966) - Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art. DVD.
Burnt by the Sun (1994) - Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution who is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov's real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia. DVD or VHS.
Come and See (1985) - The horrific and harrowing experiences of a young boy coming of age during the brutal German occupation of Byelorussia during the Great Patriotic war. VHS.
Dersu Uzala (1974) - Tells the story of the Russian explorer, Vladimir Arsenyev, and his Mongolian guide, Dersu Uzala. DVD.
House of Fools (2002) - Psychiatric patients become entrenched in the Chechen War after the staff leave to find them a safer hospital. Soldiers take over the asylum, and a young female patient falls in love with a soldier. DVD.
Little Vera (1988) - The story of a sullen, sultry teenager with few goals in life who is trying to deal with a brooding boyfriend, an abusive alcoholic father, an ineffectual mother and the futility of a life trapped in her small industrial town. DVD or VHS.
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) - A Russian army patrol is ambushed by a Caucasian rebels and two survivors are taken prisoner by a local patriarch who is hoping to barter them for the release of his captured son. A bond of understanding develops between the soldiers and their captors, but it is broken when plans for their release go awry, and a chain of violence and retaliation is preciptitated. VHS.