Russia has been trying to catch up with Hollywood in recent times when it comes to the quality of its movies. Russian films don’t always hit the mark, but when they do, they can be quite spectacular. Unfortunately, if you live outside of Russia it can be difficult to find and watch most of these movies but don’t worry because that’s what YouTube is for. A lot of people don’t know this but you can watch a lot of YouTube Russian movies absolutely for free and you can even download them if you have the right tool. But first let’s talk about some of these movies and then we’re going to teach you how to download them.

Part 1. Top 10 Best YouTube Russian Movies 2020

The Guardians

We’re kicking things off with a movie that’s a perfect example of how Russia is trying to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood. The Guardians is Russia’s take on superhero movies like The Avengers or The Fantastic Four. Some of the characters are very similar to certain Marvel superheroes but The Guardians does try to put a unique spin on them. Overall, this isn’t one of the best YouTube Russian movies from 2017 but it is worth checking out if you’re a fan of superhero flicks.

The Postman’s White Nights

This 2014 drama takes place in a little Russian village that seems to be cut off from the rest of the world. While the locals do have access to some modern technologies, they’re for the most part living like they’re in an entirely different era. What’s interesting is that a lot of the characters you see in the film are actually just simple villagers going about their daily lives. Definitely one of the most insightful Russian movies on YouTube of the past decade.

The Scythian

One of the first YouTube Russian movies released in 2020, The Scythian takes place centuries ago in an era when conflict was constantly brewing in Central Eurasia. Here, the last of the proud Scythian people are trying to survive during these difficult times. Their once powerful civilization has nearly vanished but the remaining Scythians are now trying to build a new home for themselves.


Yet another historical war movie but this time one that takes place in the 13th century at the height of the Mongol empire. The story is somewhat similar to that of 300 only here the odds are stacked against the heroes even more as there are only 17 warriors defending against an army of thousands.


From the 13th century we jump to a story that’s a bit more recent, though still set in the past. Salyut-7 is one of the most interesting YouTube Russian movies of 2017. The movie takes place in 1985 and tells the amazing story of Salyut-7, a malfunctioning Russian space station that stopped responding to commands and the brave cosmonauts who risked their lives to bring it back online.


Loveless is yet another great Russian movie from 2017 that can be found on YouTube. This hard-hitting drama focuses on two parents who are going through a divorce. The two are still living in the same home together with their young son who eventually disappears from home. It quite a realistic drama that many people, both parents and children, can certainly relate to.


Dovlatov is one of the best Russian movies on YouTube from 2020 so far. This biopic film depicts the life of Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov during the 1970s when the Soviet Union was still going strong. The USSR wasn’t too big on free speech so anyone who wanted to make a career as an artist had to follow certain guidelines, including writers like Dovlatov.


Leviathan takes place in a small Russian coastal town where protagonist Kolya and his family are living a simple life. This peaceful life doesn’t last long, however, as the local mayor seems determined to take everything away from them. Kolya fights back by recruiting a lawyer, however, the man’s arrival doesn’t have the desired effect.

Gogol. The Beginning

If you’re looking for scary Russian movies on YouTube you may want to give this one a try. Gogol: The Beginning puts an interesting twist on the life of Nikolay Gogol by adding some supernatural elements to the mix. Gogol was indeed a real writer but don’t expect too much realism from this movie.

Escape from Sobibor

Sobibor is another Russian YouTube movie from 2020 worth watching. This is a war movie based on true events that occurred during WWII in a Nazi extermination camp where a group of Jews lead by a Soviet officer organized a mass revolt. There’s also a 1987 British movie based on the same story but the 2020 version is a bit more realistic at depicting the horror of Nazi death camps.

Part 2. How to Download Russian Movies from YouTube

Although you can buy or rent some of these Russian movies directly from YouTube, it is possible to watch some of them for free. Moreover, you can even download them for free using DVDFab YouTube Video Downloader. This is a great and reliable piece of software that can quickly download even full-length movies while also converting them to MP4, which allows you to play them anywhere. Here’s how it works:

1. To get started simply open the DVDFab software and then click on the Utilities tab. Once you’re there look for the YouTube Video Downloader tool and open it.

2. Next, you’ll want to look for the video itself. To do this just start typing the name of the movie followed by any other information that might be helpful, such as “full movie” or “Russian movie” for example.

3. Go ahead and select a video and start playing the movie. If that’s the movie you were looking for make use of the Download button (upper left corner) to select the quality and then start downloading it.

4. All that’s left to do now is to go to the Download tab and check on the progress of the video. Here you can also cancel or pause the download in case you want to resume it later.