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List of famous film directors from Soviet Union, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Soviet Union 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 Soviet directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Soviet Union and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

A list made up of items like Yakov Protazanov and Ivan Pavlov.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Soviet directors?" and "Which directors are from Soviet Union?"

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

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Aleksandr Andrijewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Andrijewski Died at 83 (1899-1982) Aleksandr Andrijewski was a film director, film editor and a screenwriter.

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Aleksandr Medvedkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Medvedkin Died at 89 (1900-1989) Aleksandr Ivanovich Medvedkin, was a Soviet Russian film director, best known for his 1934 film Happiness. His life and art are the subject of Chris Marker's film The Last Bolshevik.

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Andrei Panin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Andrei Panin Died at 51 (1962-2013) Andrei Vladimirovich Panin was a Nika Award-nominated Russian actor appearing in film and television, and a director.

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Aleksandr Ptushko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Ptushko Died at 73 (1900-1973) Aleksandr Lukich Ptushko is a Soviet animation and fantasy film director, and Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR. Ptushko is frequently referred to as "the Soviet Walt Disney," due to his ...more

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Aleksandr Stolper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Stolper Died at 72 (1907-1979) Aleksandr Borisovich Stolper was a Russian/Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed 14 films between 1940 and 1977. Aleksandr Stolper was awarded Stalin Prize in 1949 and 1951 and ...more

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Aleksandr Tatarskiy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Tatarskiy 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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Aleksei Kapler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksei Kapler Died at 76 (1903-1979) Aleksei Yakovlevich Kapler; was a prominent Soviet filmmaker, screenwriter, actor and writer. He was known as screenwriter of many Soviet movies, such as Lenin in 1918, Amphibian Man, The Blue ...more

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Irakli Quiricadze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Irakli Quiricadze age 78 Irakli Quiricadze is a screenwriter, television producer, film director and film editor.

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Aleksey Batalov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Aleksey Batalov age 89 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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Alexander Dovzhenko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Alexander Dovzhenko Died at 62 (1894-1956) Alexander Petrovich Dovzhenko, was a Soviet screenwriter, film producer and director of Ukrainian origin. He is often cited as one of the most important early Soviet filmmakers, alongside Sergei ...more

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Alexander Kaidonovsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Alexander Kaidonovsky 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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Leonid Amalrik is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Leonid Amalrik Died at 92 (1905-1997) Leonid Alekseyevich Amalrik was a Russian animator and animation director. He was born on July 8, 1905 in Moscow. He graduated from the State college of cinema in 1928. From 1926, he worked in ...more

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Anatoliy Petrov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Anatoliy Petrov age 80 Anatoliy Petrov is a film director and screenwriter.

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Andrei Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Andrei Smirnov age 76 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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Mikhail Kalatozov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Mikhail Kalatozov Died at 70 (1903-1973) Mikhail Konstantinovich Kalatozov, born Mikheil Kalatozishvili, was a Georgian/Russian film director. Born in Tiflis, he studied economics before starting his film career as an actor and later ...more

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Artavazd Ashoti Peleshyan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Artavazd Ashoti Peleshyan age 79 Artavazd Peleshian is a screenwriter, film director and film editor.

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Artur Berger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Artur Berger Died at 89 (1892-1981) Artur Semyonovich Berger was an Austrian-Soviet film architect and set designer. He was active in Austria between 1920 and 1936, during which time he worked on about 30 feature films. In 1936 he ...more

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Bagrat Oganesyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Bagrat Oganesyan Died at 61 (1929-1990) Bagrat Oganesyan is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Sofia Rotaru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Sofia Rotaru age 70 Sofiya Mykhaylivna Yevdokymenko-Rotaru, known as Sofia Rotaru, is a former Soviet and current Ukrainian pop singer of Moldovan descent. Rotaru, nicknamed Bukovinsky Solovey, emerged in 1966 as a ...more

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Boris Babochkin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Boris Babochkin Died at 71 (1904-1975) Boris Andreyevich Babochkin was a well-known Soviet film and theatre actor and director. Boris Babochkin was one of the first internationally recognized stars of the Soviet-Russian cinema. He ...more

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Boris Barnet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Boris Barnet Died at 63 (1902-1965) Boris Vasilyevich Barnet was a Soviet film director, actor and screenwriter of British origin. His grandfather was a printmaker who came to the Russian Empire from Great Britain. He directed 27 ...more

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Boris Kievsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Boris Kievsky Boris Kievsky is an actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer and voice actor.

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Dimitri Kirsanoff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Dimitri Kirsanoff Died at 58 (1899-1957) Dimitri Kirsanoff was an early filmmaker, considered part of the French Impressionist movement in film. He is known for his inexpensively made experimental films.

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Dinara Asanova is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Dinara Asanova Died at 43 (1942-1985) Dinara Asanova was a Soviet film director. She directed ten films between 1969 and 1984. Her film Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique... was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1985 ...more

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Dmitriy Meshiev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Dmitriy Meshiev age 54 Dmitriy Meshiev is a Russian film director. His 2004 film Our Own won the Golden George at the 26th Moscow International Film Festival.

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Dziga Vertov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Dziga Vertov Died at 58 (1896-1954) David Abelevich Kaufman — also known as Denis Kaufman or his pseudonym Dziga Vertov or Vertof — was a Soviet pioneer documentary film, newsreel director and cinema theorist. His filming ...more

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Eduard Tisse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Eduard Tisse Died at 64 (1897-1961) Eduard Kazimirovich Tisse was a Soviet cinematographer born to a Swedish father and Russian mother in Liepāja, Courland. He grew up in Liepāja and started his career as a newsreel cameraman ...more

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Eldar Shengelaia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Eldar Shengelaia age 84 Eldar Shengelaia is a Georgian and Soviet film director and screenwriter who directed ten films between 1957 and 1996. From 1990 to 2004, he was member of the Parliament of Georgia. He has been ...more

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Erast Garin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Erast Garin Died at 78 (1902-1980) Erast Pavlovich Garin was, together with Igor Ilyinsky and Sergey Martinson, one of the leading comic actors of Vsevolod Meyerhold's company and of the Soviet cinema. He was named People's ...more

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Evgeny Ruman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Evgeny Ruman age 38 Evgeny Ruman is a film director, film editor and screenwriter.

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Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich age 83 Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich is a film director and screenwriter.

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Georgiy Shengelaya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Georgiy Shengelaya age 80 Giorgi Shengelaia is a Georgian and Soviet film director. He has directed 14 films since 1961. His 1985 film The Journey of a Young Composer was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film ...more

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Grigori Kozintsev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Grigori Kozintsev Died at 68 (1905-1973) Grigori Mikhaylovich Kozintsev was a Soviet theatre and film director. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1964. In 1965 he was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film ...more

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Grigory Chukhray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Grigory Chukhray Died at 80 (1921-2001) Grigori Naumovich Chukhrai was a prominent Soviet film director and screenwriter of Jewish and Ukrainian origin. He is the father of director Pavel Chukhrai.

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Henrik Malyan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Henrik Malyan Died at 63 (1925-1988) Henrik Sureni Malyan was a Soviet Armenian film director and writer. He was born in Telavi, Georgia. Malyan's uncle was famous actor David Malyan. He studied chess at an early age, along with ...more

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Ilya Averbakh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Ilya Averbakh Died at 52 (1934-1986) Ilya Aleksandrovich Averbakh was a Soviet film director. His 1972 film, Monologue, was entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

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Ilya Maksimov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Ilya Maksimov age 30 Ilya Vladimirovich Maksimov is a Russian football midfielder. Currently, he plays for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

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Ilya Trauberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Ilya Trauberg Died at 43 (1905-1948) Ilya Trauberg was a Russian director born in Odessa on December 13, 1905 who died in Berlin on December 18, 1948.

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Ivan Ivanov-Vano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Ivan Ivanov-Vano Died at 87 (1900-1987) Ivan Pyetrovich Ivanov-Vano was a Soviet animator and Russian animation director, sometimes called the "Patriarch of Soviet animation". He graduated from Vkhutemas in 1923 and began ...more

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Ivan Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Ivan Pavlov Died at 87 (1849-1936) Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning. From his childhood days Pavlov demonstrated intellectual brilliance along with an unusual ...more

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Ivan Pyryev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Ivan Pyryev Died at 67 (1901-1968) Ivan Pyrev is the director of the 1947 Russian film Skazanie o zemle Sibirskoj.

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Konrad Wolf is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Konrad Wolf Died at 57 (1925-1982) Konrad Wolf was an East German film director. He was the son of writer, doctor and diplomat Friedrich Wolf, and the younger brother of Stasi spymaster Markus Wolf.

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Konstantin Bronzit is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Konstantin Bronzit age 52 Konstantin Eduardovich Bronzit is a Russian animator and animation film director. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Repin Institute of Fine Art in 1983. He worked as an artist-animator at ...more

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Larisa Shepitko is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Larisa Shepitko Died at 41 (1938-1979) Larisa Efimovna Shepitko was a Soviet film director.

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Leo Khasin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Leo Khasin age 44 Leo Khasin is a film director and screenwriter.

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Leonid Nechayev is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Leonid Nechayev Died at 71 (1939-2010) Leonid Nechayev was a Russian children's film director.

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Leonid Trauberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Leonid Trauberg Died at 88 (1902-1990) Leonid Zakharovich Trauberg (Russian: Леонид Захарович Трауберг, 17 January 1902 – 14 November 1990) was an Ukrainian Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed 17 films between 1924 and ...more

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Lev Kuleshov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Lev Kuleshov Died at 71 (1899-1970) Lev Vladimirovich Kuleshov was a Soviet filmmaker and film theorist who taught at and helped establish the world's first film school, the Moscow Film School.

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Margarita Barskaja is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Margarita Barskaja Died at 36 (1903-1939) Margarita Barskaja is a film director and an actress.

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Mark Soosaar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Soviet Union
Mark Soosaar age 71 Mark Soosaar is a screenwriter, cinematographer and film director.