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The Best Russian Comedy Movies  

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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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Alex Gaginsky added 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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Kidnapping, Caucasian St... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Yuri Nikulin, Mikhail Gluzsky, Aida Vedishcheva
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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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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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
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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Operation Y and Shurik's... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Yuri Nikulin, Georgiy Vitsin, Vladimir Basov
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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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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Weather Is Good on Derib... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Yevgeny Vesnik, Andrey Myagkov
Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach is a 1992 joint Russian-American production comedy film directed by Leonid Gaidai. Its title used in the plot as a password ...more
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Poor Sasha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Poor Sasha
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Welcome, or No Trespassi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Welcome, or No Trespassing Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, Viktor Kosykh
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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Alex Gaginsky added 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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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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Alex Gaginsky added Stripped Trip Evgeny Leonov

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Kin-Dza-Dza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Yevgeny Leonov, Yury Yakovlev, Stanislav Lyubshin
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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Sportloto-82 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Sportloto-82 Mikhail Pugovkin, Nina Grebeshkova
Sportloto-82 is a comedy film, directed by Leonid Gaidai and released in 1982. The film stars Algis Arlauskas, Svetlana Amanova, Mikhail Pugovkin, Mikhail Kokshenov and Nina Grebeshkova. It was ...more
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Twelve Chairs
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A Man from the Boulevard... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
kotbayun added Natalya Fateeva, Andrei Mironov, Oleg Tabakov
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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Carnival Night is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Vladimir Zeldin, Igor Ilyinsky, Lyudmila Gurchenko
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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Hussar Ballad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Yury Yakovlev, Igor Ilyinsky, Larisa Golubkina
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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The Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added The Girls Anatoly Adoskin, Mikhail Pugovkin, Nadezhda Rumyantseva

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The Girls is a 1961 Soviet comedy directed by Yuri Chulyukin based on a screenplay by Boris Bednyj.
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Alex Gaginsky added Volga-Volga Igor Ilyinsky, Lyubov Orlova
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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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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Jolly Fellows is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Comedy Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Lyubov Orlova
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
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Alex Gaginsky added Shirli-Myrli (What a Mess!) Inna Churikova, Lyubov Polishchuk, Marina Golub
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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Moonshiners