Popular Russian films include "Brother," "Night Watch," "Day Watch" and Andrei Tarkovsky's 1976 science-fiction art-piece "Stalker." As of May 2015, the IMAX 3D film "Stalingrad" is Russia's top-grossing film of all time. This 2013 drama is set during the Battle of Stalingrad, a major turning point of World War II.
Flavorwire considers "Brother" an essential part of contemporary Russian cinema. This 1997 crime film is set in St. Petersburg at the end of the Cold War. Released from military duty, Danila attempts to start a new life, but is pulled into the criminal world of a disillusioned Russia. This gritty drama was recognized at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and screened in the festival's Un Certain Regard section.
The 2004 supernatural fantasy-thriller "Night Watch" is set in modern-day Moscow as the forces of day and the forces of night prepare for battle. Anton, the film's protagonist and member of the Night Watch, patrols the night and protects mankind from dark forces of evil. The film's 2006 sequel "Day Watch" continues Anton's tale as the discovery of a mysterious device gives hope for a doomed Moscow. These two films are packed with intense action sequences, crowd-pleasing chases and stylish visuals, says the Hollywood Reporter.
"Stalker" is an allegorical science-fiction adaptation of "The Roadside Picnic," a novel by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. In the film, The Stalker leads The Writer and The Scientist through a mysterious and forbidden wilderness area called the Zone. In the Zone, the laws of reality no longer apply. The British Film Institute considers "Stalker" as one of the 50 greatest films of all time. As of 2015, the film holds a 100 percent rating by Rotten Tomatoes.