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List of famous film directors from Russia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Russia has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Russian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Russia and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Nikolai Schpikowski and Alexander Montov are only the beginning of the items on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Russian directors?" and "Which directors are from Russia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Russia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Russian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Alan Schneider is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 67 (1917-1984) Alan Schneider was an American theatre director responsible for more than 100 theatre productions. In 1984 he was honored with a Drama Desk Special Award for serving a wide range of playwrights. ...more

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Aleksandr Gordon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 87 Aleksandr Gordon is a film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Aleksandr Gornovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Aleksandr Gornovsky age 42 Alexander Gornovsky is a film director.

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Aleksandr Inshakov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 71 Aleksandr Inshakov is a stunt performer, actor, film director and producer.

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Aleksandr Karavayev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Aleksandr Karavayev age 39 Aleksandr Karavayev is a film director, a screenwriter, a film editor and a film producer.

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Aleksandr Khanzhonkov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Aleksandr Khanzhonkov Died at 68 (1877-1945) Aleksandr Aleksejevich Khanzhonkov was Russia's first cinema entrepreneur. He produced Defence of Sevastopol, Russia's first feature film, and Ladislas Starevich's ground-breaking puppet ...more

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Aleksandr Khvan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 61 Aleksandr Fyodorovich Khvan is a Russian film director and actor. His debut film Dyuba-Dyuba was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

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Alexander Kott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 45 Aleksandr Kott is a television and film director and screenwriter.

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Aleksandr Laslo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Aleksandr Laslo age 51 Aleksandr Laslo is a film director.

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Aleksandr Panteleyev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Aleksandr Panteleyev Died at 76 (1872-1948) Aleksandr Panteleyev was a film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Aleksandr Petrov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 61 Aleksandr Konstantinovich Petrov is a Russian animator and animation director.

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Aleksandr Proshkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Aleksandr Proshkin age 78 Aleksandr Proshkin is a film and television director.

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Alexandre Michon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 63 (1858-1921) Alexander Mishon was a Russian photographer and cinematographer. Born to a French family in Kharkiv, he started his career as a photographer and owned a photo studio in his hometown. He later ...more

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Aleksandr Rogozhkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 69 Alexander Rogozhkin is a prolific Russian film director.

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Aleksandr Tatarskiy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 57 (1950-2007) Aleksander Mihailovich Tatarskiy was a Soviet/Russian animation film director, script writer and producer, animator and an artist of Ukrainian Jewish origin. Honoured arts worker of Russia, ...more

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Aleksandr Zguridi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 94 (1904-1998) Aleksandr Zguridi was a film director and a screenwriter.

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Aleksandra Khokhlova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 88 (1897-1985) Aleksandra Khokhlova is an actress and film director.

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Aleksei Balabanov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 54 (1959-2013) Aleksei Balabanov was a popular Russian filmmaker. He was best known for the 1997 crime film Brat, and its more action-oriented sequel, Brat-2, both of which starred Sergei Bodrov, Jr. as a ...more

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Aleksei Fedorchenko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 52 Aleksey Fedorchenko is a film director from Yekaterinburg, Russia who won accolades at the Venice Film Festival with the mockumentary First on the Moon and later with Silent Souls, a magical ...more

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Aleksei Korenev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 68 (1927-1995) Aleksei Korenev was a film director.

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Aleksey Batalov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 90 Aleksey Vladimirovich Batalov is a Soviet and Russian actor who has been acclaimed for his portrayal of noble and positive characters. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1976 and a ...more

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Aleksey Igudesman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 45 Aleksey Mikhailovich Igudesman is a Russian violinist, composer, conductor and actor. He performs in the duo Igudesman & Joo.

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Aleqsandre Rekhviashvili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 80 Aleqsandre Rekhviashvili is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and actor.

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Alex Budovsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Alex Budovsky age 43 Alex Budovsky is a film director.

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Alexander Bashirov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 63 Aleksandr Nikolaevich Bashirov is a Russian actor. He performed in more than sixty films since 1986. In 2014 he supported pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

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Alexander Borodyanski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 74 Alexander Emmanuilovich Borodyansky is a Soviet and Russian screenwriter and film director.

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Alexander Doulerain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 52 Alexander Doulerain is a film and television producer.

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Alexander Gutman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 73 Alexander Ilyich Gutman, also spelt as Alexandre Goutman and Aleksandr Gutman is a Russian film director of Jewish origin. During over 30 years he has shot over 50 documentary films, 13 of them ...more

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Alexander Kaidonovsky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 49 (1946-1995) Alexander Leonidovich Kaidanovsky was a Soviet and Russian actor and film director. His best known roles are in films such as At Home Among Strangers, Telokhranitel/The Bodyguard and Stalker. ...more

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Andrei Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 77 Andrei Smirnov is a Russian actor and film director who is known for directing the films Angel, Belarus Station and Autumn. He was a member of the jury at the 38th Berlin International Film ...more

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Alexander Mindadze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 69 Alexander Mindadze is a screenwriter and a film director.

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Alexander Mitta is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 85 Alexander Naumovich Mitta is a Soviet and Russian film director, screenwriter and actor. Mitta's birth name was Alexander Naumovich Rabinovich. He studied engineering, then worked as a ...more

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Alexander Montov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Alexander Montov age 38 Alexander Montov is a film director, screenwriter, film producer and an actor.

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Alexander Rou is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 67 (1906-1973) Alexander Arturovich Rou was a Soviet film director, and People's Artist of the RSFSR. He worked primarily in the fairy-tale genre. He was born to an Irish father and Greek mother, hence his ...more

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Alexander Sokurov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 67 Alexander Nikolayevich Sokurov, PAR is a Russian filmmaker. His most significant works include a feature film, Russian Ark, filmed in a single unedited shot, and Faust, which was honoured with ...more

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Alexander Stefanovich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Alexander Stefanovich age 74 Alexander Borisovich Stefanovich is an Soviet and Russian film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Alexander Zeldovich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 60 Alexander Zeldovich is a film director and screenwriter.

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Alexandra Strelyanaya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Alexandra Strelyanaya age 40 Alexandra Strelyanaya is a film director and screenwriter.

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Alexei German Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 42 Aleksey German Jr. is a film director and screenwriter.

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Alexei Guerman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 75 (1938-2013) Aleksei Yuryevich German was a Soviet and Russian filmmaker, most active as a director and screenwriter. His last name is pronounced with a hard "g" and in English is frequently ...more

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David Burton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Died at 86 (1877-1963) David Burton was a film director.

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Alexei Popogrebski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 46 Alexei Popogrebski is a Russian film director and screenwriter. His 2010 film How I Ended This Summer was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, and won ...more

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Dmitri Vasilyev is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Dmitri Vasilyev Died at 84 (1900-1984) Dmitri Ivanovich Vasilyev was a Soviet film director. He directed in 9 films between 1931 and 1960.

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Alexei Uchitel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Alexei Uchitel age 67 Aleksei Efimovich Uchitel PAR is a Russian film director of Jewish origin. His 2003 film The Stroll was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. His 2005 film Dreaming of Space ...more

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Alexey Mizgirev is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 44 Alexey Mizgirev is a screenwriter and film director.

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Alexis Granowsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Alexis Granowsky Died at 47 (1890-1937) Alexis Granowsky was a Russian theatre director who later became a film director. Granowsky was born as Abraham Azarkh to a Jewish family in Moscow. After studying in St. Petersburg, he went to ...more

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Andrei Andreyevich Eshpai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Andrei Andreyevich Eshpai age 62 Andrei Andreyevich Eshpai is a film director, screenwriter and producer of Mari descent. He is the son of the composer Andrei Yakovlevich Eshpai, and the grandson of the composer Yakov ...more

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Andrey Khrzhanovsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
Andrey Khrzhanovsky age 76 Andreï Khrjanovski is a film director.

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Andrei Konchalovsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 81 Andrei Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky is a Russian-American film director, film producer and screenwriter. He was a frequent collaborator of Andrei Tarkovsky earlier in his career. He is the ...more

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Andrei Kravchuk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Russia
age 56 Andrei Kravchuk is a Russian television and film director and screenwriter best known for his 2005 film The Italian.