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The Best Russian Comedy Movies 

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Updated September 24, 2019 1.1k votes 232 voters 18.4k views 56 items

Beneath the icy façade, there’s actually a lot of humor to be gleaned from Russians. This list of the best Russian comedy movies shows the motherland loves nothing more than a good laugh. From Soviet crack-ups to modern day Russian laughfests, you’re sure to find anything and everything related to the funniest Russian comedy movies on this list. Dive in and find out if Russian cinema is your thing! You may discover a new passion you never knew was burning inside of you.

The Irony of Fate, directed by Eldar Ryazanov, was first shown on television New Year’s Eve 1976 in the Soviet Union. It was such a hit that to this day it is a tradition in Russia to watch the movie every year on New Year’s Eve.

Space Dogs is an animated comedy that honors the first two dogs to survive a trip into space. Another Russian animated film is Snow Queen, which was released around the same time as Frozen and bears a visual resemblance to the Disney film.

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Alex Gaginsky added Andrei Mironov, Yuri Nikulin, Anatoli Papanov

Released: 1969

Directed by: Leonid Gaidai

The Diamond Arm is a 1968 Soviet comedy film filmed by Mosfilm and first released in 1969. The film was directed by director Leonid Gaidai and starred several famous Soviet actors, including ...more
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Natalya Fateeva, Anatoli Papanov, Yevgeny Leonov

Released: 1971

Directed by: Aleksandr Seryj

Gentlemen of Fortune is a Soviet comedy, filmed at Mosfilm and directed by Aleksandr Seryj. The stars of the film include famous Soviet actors such as Savely Kramarov, Yevgeny Leonov, Georgy ...more
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Kidnapping, Caucasian St... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Yuri Nikulin, Mikhail Gluzsky, Aida Vedishcheva

Released: 1967

Directed by: Leonid Gaidai

Kidnapping, Caucasian Style is a 1967 Soviet comedy film dealing with a humorous plot revolving around bride kidnapping, an old tradition that used to exist in certain regions of the Northern ...more
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Ivan Vasilievich: Back t... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Leonid Gaidai, Yury Yakovlev, Savely Kramarov

Released: 1973

Directed by: Leonid Gaidai

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession is a Soviet comic science fiction film directed by Leonid Gaidai in 1973. In the United States the film has sometimes been sold under the title Ivan ...more
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Alexander Belyavsky, Yury Yakovlev, Alexander Schirvindt

Released: 1975

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! is a 1976 Soviet romantic comedy television film directed by Eldar Ryazanov. The screenplay was written by Emil Braginsky and Ryazanov, loosely based on ...more
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Operation Y and Shurik's... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Yuri Nikulin, Georgiy Vitsin, Vladimir Basov

Released: 1965

Directed by: Leonid Gaidai

Operation Y and Shurik's Other Adventures - is a 1965 Soviet slapstick comedy film directed by Leonid Gaidai, starring Aleksandr Demyanenko, Natalya Seleznyova, Yuri Nikulin, Georgy Vitsin and ...more
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Welcome, or No Trespassi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Welcome, or No Trespassing Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, Viktor Kosykh

Released: 1964

Directed by: Elem Klimov

Welcome, or No Trespassing is a Soviet movie by Elem Klimov made in 1964. It is a satirical comedy about the excessive restrictions that children face during their vacation in a Young Pioneer ...more
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Twelve Chairs
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Oleg Basilashvili, Maria Vinogradova, Georgi Burkov

Released: 1977

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

Office Romance is a Soviet comedy film directed by Eldar Ryazanov. It was filmed at Mosfilm and released in 1977. The film's plot is based on the stageplay "Co-workers" written by ...more
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Alex Gaginsky added Andrei Mironov, Gigi Ballista, Ninetto Davoli

Released: 1974

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov, Franco Prosperi

Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia is a 1974 joint Soviet-Italian film about some Italians searching for treasure in Russia, and directed by Franco Prosperi and Eldar Ryazanov.
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Kin-Dza-Dza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Yevgeny Leonov, Yury Yakovlev, Stanislav Lyubshin

Released: 1986

Directed by: Georgiy Daneliya

Kin-dza-dza! is a 1986 Soviet sci-fi dystopian black comedy cult film released by the Mosfilm studio and directed by Georgiy Daneliya, with a story by Georgiy Daneliya and Revaz Gabriadze. The ...more
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Alex Gaginsky added Stripped Trip Evgeny Leonov

Released: 1961

Directed by: Vladimir Fetin

Полосатый рейс

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A Man from the Boulevard... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Natalya Fateeva, Andrei Mironov, Oleg Tabakov

Released: 1987

Directed by: Alla Surikova

A Man from the Boulevard des Capuchines is a Red Western comedy film of 1987, with nods to silent film and the transforming power of celluloid. It is particularly unusual in Soviet cinema for ...more
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The Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added The Girls Anatoly Adoskin, Mikhail Pugovkin, Nadezhda Rumyantseva

Released: 1961

Directed by: Yuri Chulyukin

Девчата

The Girls is a 1961 Soviet comedy directed by Yuri Chulyukin based on a screenplay by Boris Bednyj.
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Hussar Ballad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Yury Yakovlev, Igor Ilyinsky, Larisa Golubkina

Released: 1962

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

The Hussar Ballad is a 1962 Soviet musical film by Eldar Ryazanov, filmed on Mosfilm. In effect, it is one of the best loved musical comedies in Russia. With most of its dialogue delivered in ...more
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Carnival Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Vladimir Zeldin, Igor Ilyinsky, Lyudmila Gurchenko

Released: 1956

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

The Carnival Night is a 1956 Soviet musical film. It is Eldar Ryazanov's first big-screen film, Lyudmila Gurchenko's first role and also one of the most famous films starring popular comedian ...more
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Alex Gaginsky added Volga-Volga Igor Ilyinsky, Lyubov Orlova

Released: 1937

Directed by: Grigori Aleksandrov

Volga-Volga is a Soviet film comedy directed by Grigori Aleksandrov, released on April 24, 1938. It centres on a group of amateur performers on their way to Moscow to perform in a talent contest ...more
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Moonshiners
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Jolly Fellows is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Lyubov Orlova

Released: 1934

Directed by: Grigori Aleksandrov

Jolly Fellows, also translated Happy-Go-Lucky Guys and Moscow Laughs, is a 1934 Soviet musical film, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and starring his wife Lyubov Orlova, a gifted singer and the ...more
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Alex Gaginsky added What Men Talk About Jeanna Friske, Nonna Grishaeva

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dmitriy Dyachenko

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Beware the Car is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Beware the Car
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Alex Gaginsky added Shirli-Myrli (What a Mess!) Inna Churikova, Lyubov Polishchuk, Marina Golub

Released: 1995

Directed by: Vladimir Menshov

Shirli-Myrli is a 1995 farce comedy film of late post-Perestroyka era directed by Vladimir Menshov based on a screenplay by Vitali Moskalenko and Andrei Samsonov. Produced by Vladimir Dostal and ...more
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Anatoly Borisovich Kuznetsov, Spartak Mishulin, Kakhi Kavsadze

Released: 1970

Directed by: Vladimir Motyl

White Sun of the Desert is a classic 'Eastern' or Ostern film of the Soviet Union. The film is one of the most popular Russian films of all time. Its blend of action, comedy, music and drama, as ...more
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Peculiarities of the Nat... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Igor Sergeyev, Aleksey Buldakov, Ville Haapasalo

Released: 1995

Directed by: Aleksandr Rogozhkin

Peculiarities of the National Hunt is the first and most notable "Russian national comedy". As soon as it was released in 1995 it became a nationwide success in Russia, the leader at ...more
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Alex Gaginsky added This Plane Flies to Russia

Самолёт летит в Россию.