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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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The Irony of Fate Alexander Belyavsky, Yury Yakovlev, Alexander Schirvindt 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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Lucky Trouble Milla Jovovich, Sergei Garmash, Ivan Urgant Vykrutasy is a Russian language comedy film directed by Levan Gebriadze with Milla Jovovich and Konstantin Khabensky in the main roles. The premiere was held on February 14, 2011.

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White Sun of the Desert Anatoly Borisovich Kuznetsov, Spartak Mishulin, Kakhi Kavsadze 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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Inadequate People

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Dukhless

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Viy

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Office Romance Oleg Basilashvili, Maria Vinogradova, Georgi Burkov 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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Yolki Vera Brezhneva, Kristina Asmus, Ekaterina Vilkova Yolki, also known as Six Degrees of Celebration, is a 2010 Russian comedy film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Two sequels have been released, including Yolki 2 in 2011 and Yolki 3 in 2013. The ...more

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Gentlemen of Fortune Natalya Fateeva, Anatoli Papanov, Yevgeny Leonov 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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The Zohar Secret Israel Sasha Demidov, Irina Barinova, Henry David

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Only Old Men Are Going to Battle Leonid Bykov, Gregory Hlady Only Old Men Are Going to Battle is an iconic 1973 Soviet-Russian war drama black-and-white film produced in the Ukrainian SSR about World War II fighter pilots, written and directed by Leonid ...more

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Moonshiners

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The Barber of Siberia Richard Harris, Julia Ormond, Robert Hardy The Barber of Siberia is a 1998 Russian film that re-united the Academy Award-winning team of director Nikita Mikhalkov and Michel Seydoux. It was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes ...more

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Blind Man's Bluff

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Zvezda

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Twelve Chairs

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Space Dogs Sergei Garmash, Yevgeny Mironov, Alexander Bashirov Space Dogs is a 2010 Russian computer-animated film. The film is based on the Soviet space dogs and honors the first animals who survived an orbital space trip.

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Intimate Parts Yuliya Aug, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Olesya Sudzilovskaya Intimate Parts is a 2013 comedy/drama/romance film written and directed by Aleksey Chupov and Natasha Merkulova.

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The Snow Queen Nyusha, Ivan Okhlobystin, Erin Fitzgerald The Snow Queen is an animation fantasy film, written by Vladlen Barbe and Maksim Sveshnikov, and directed by Vladlen Barbe and Vadim Sveshnikov.

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Antisex Mikhail Yefremov, Ignat Akrachkov, Amaliya Mordvinova This is the not boring story about sexual dysfunction not the cool erotic movie. This is the funniest fairy tale about love! The love story between ordinary man and not so ordinary woman. She's ...more

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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Leonid Gaidai, Yury Yakovlev, Savely Kramarov 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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The Diamond Arm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added The Diamond Arm Andrei Mironov, Yuri Nikulin, Anatoli Papanov 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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Unbelievable Adventures of Ita... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia Andrei Mironov, Gigi Ballista, Ninetto Davoli 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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Barmen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Barmen

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Regular Guys Ina Weisse, Oliver Stokowski, Andreas Pietschmann Regular Guys is a 1996 comedy film written by Rolf Silber, Rudi Bergmann and Rudolf Bergmann and directed by Rolf Silber.

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Oblomov

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Six Degrees of Celebration

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Frosty

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Absurdistan Max Mauff, Suzana Petričević, Hendrik Arnst Absurdistan is a 2008 German-French comedy film written and directed by Veit Helmer. It formed part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It was also ...more

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Luna Papa Chulpan Khamatova, Moritz Bleibtreu, Nikolai Fomenko Luna Papa is a 1999 movie by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov with collaboration from Germany, Japan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Russia. In this hilariously surreal ...more

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The Mouse on the Moon Frankie Howerd, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Cribbins The Mouse on the Moon is a 1963 British comedy film, an adaptation of the novel The Mouse on the Moon by Irish author Leonard Wibberley. It was directed by Richard Lester and served as the ...more

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Khrustalyov, My Car! Alexander Bashirov, Nina Ruslanova, Yuri Tsurilo Khrustalyov, My Car! is a 1998 Russian drama film directed by Aleksei German based on a story by Joseph Brodsky, screenplay by Svetlana Karmalita. It was produced by Canal+, CNC, Goskino, ...more

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