Famous Russian Directors

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 1 Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zavrazh'ye, Russia
Died: December 29, 1986

Andrei Tarkovsky was a Soviet and Russian writer, theatre director, filmmaker, and film theorist. Renowned for making movies that explored metaphysical and spiritual themes, Tarkovsky is often regarded as one of the most influential and greatest directors in the history of world cinema. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Andrei Tarkovsky's work continues to influence several filmmakers around the world.

 2 Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: January 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Latvia
Died: February 11, 1948
Known for his use of the montage as a leading element in his films, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein of Battleship Potemkin and Ivan the Terrible fame was also fond of close-up shots. He often used an ensemble of amateur actors and also included haiku-inspired elements in his work.

 3 Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia
Died: October 10, 1985

Regarded as one of the first American movie stars, Yul Brynner became known for his performance as King Mongkut in the musical The King and I. He became identified with the role, so much so that he continued shaving his head after having shaved it for the role. A statue of Brynner was unveiled at Yul Brynner Park in 2012.

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 4 Konstantin Stanislavski

Konstantin Stanislavski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 7, 1938

 5 Danila Kozlovsky

Danila Kozlovsky
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: May 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Danila Kozlovsky is a Russian actor best known for his portrayal of Max Andreev in the 2012 black comedy-drama film Soulless, for which he won the Golden Eagle Award in 2012. Also known for his good looks, Kozlovsky was named Man of the Year by GQ Russia in 2013. He was also regarded as a sex symbol for many years.

 6 George Balanchine

George Balanchine
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 30, 1983
George Balanchine was a Georgian-American ballet choreographer. One of the most prominent choreographers of the 20th century, Balanchine won several prestigious awards like the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983. Referred to as the father of American ballet, Balanchine is credited with co-founding the New York City Ballet. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1988.

 7 Timur Bekmambetov

Timur Bekmambetov
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guryev, Kazakh SSR, USSR [now Atyrau, Kazakhstan]
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 8 Andrei Konchalovsky

Andrei Konchalovsky
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 9 Konstantin Khabensky

Konstantin Khabensky
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 10 Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Mikhalkov
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: October 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 11 Sergey Yosifovich Paradzhanov

Sergey Yosifovich Paradzhanov
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: January 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: July 20, 1990

 12 Dziga Vertov

Dziga Vertov
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 2, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Białystok
Died: February 12, 1954

 13 Sergei Bondarchuk

Sergei Bondarchuk
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belozerka, Ukraine
Died: October 20, 1994

 14 Olga Dihovichnaya

Olga Dihovichnaya
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR (now Belarus)

 15 Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zima, Russia
Died: April 1, 2017

Russian author Yevgeny Yevtushenko, known for works such as Wild Berries and Bratsk Station, is also remembered for his advocacy of artistic freedom in Russian literature rather than a reliance on political overtones. Following the death of Stalin, he focused on using unadulterated language and lyrics with a personal touch.

 16 Vera Glagoleva

Vera Glagoleva
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Famous As: Actress, Film director
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 16, 2017

 17 Vsevolod Meyerhold

Vsevolod Meyerhold
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Famous As: Theatre Director
Birthdate: February 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: February 2, 1940

 18 Sergei Bodrov

Sergei Bodrov
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Famous As: Film director, screenwriter, and producer
Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia

 19 Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: February 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia

 20 Anatole Litvak

Anatole Litvak
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Famous As: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: May 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiev, Russian Empire
Died: December 15, 1974

Anatole Litvak was a Russian-born American filmmaker. He was notable for bringing previously little-known actors to the spotlight and enabling them to win Academy Awards. French actors Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux and Swedish star Ingrid Bergman are among the ones he helped become internationally famous. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Blvd. 

 21 Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chişinău
Died: September 25, 1980

 22 Alexander Sokurov

Alexander Sokurov
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: June 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Irkutsk Oblast

 23 Grigori Dobrygin

Grigori Dobrygin
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: February 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilyuchinsk, Russia

 24 Fyodor Bondarchuk

Fyodor Bondarchuk
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 25 Aleksei Balabanov

Aleksei Balabanov
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: February 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Died: May 18, 2013

 26 Andrei Mironov

Andrei Mironov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 16, 1987

 27 Alexander Kaidanovsky

Alexander Kaidanovsky
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Famous As: Actor, Film director
Birthdate: July 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died: December 3, 1995

 28 Eldar Ryazanov

Eldar Ryazanov
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Died: November 30, 2015

 29 Oleg Menshikov

Oleg Menshikov
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Serpukhov, Russia

 30 Oleg Tabakov

Oleg Tabakov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: March 12, 2018

 31 Lev Kuleshov

Lev Kuleshov
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: March 29, 1970

 32 Vsevolod Pudovkin

Vsevolod Pudovkin
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: February 28, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: June 30, 1953

 33 Leonid Gaidai

Leonid Gaidai
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Svobodny, Russia
Died: November 19, 1993

 34 Alexei Guerman

Alexei Guerman
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Birthdate: July 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: February 21, 2013

 35 Renata Litvinova

Renata Litvinova
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Famous As: Actress, Director
Birthdate: January 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 36 Oleg Vidov

Oleg Vidov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vidnoye, Russia
Died: May 15, 2017

 37 Alexander Burdonsky

Alexander Burdonsky
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Famous As: Former theater and film director
Birthdate: October 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Died: May 23, 2017

 38 Markus Dupree

Markus Dupree
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 39 Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Aleksandr Dovzhenko
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sosnytsia, Ukraine
Died: November 25, 1956

 40 Alexander Nevzorov

Alexander Nevzorov
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 41 Gregory Ratoff

Gregory Ratoff
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: April 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Died: December 14, 1960

 42 Vladimir Menshov

Vladimir Menshov
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 43 Larisa Shepitko

Larisa Shepitko
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bakhmut, Ukraine
Died: July 2, 1979

 44 Yuriy Norshteyn

Yuriy Norshteyn
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Famous As: Animator best known for his animated shorts Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales
Birthdate: September 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Penza, Russia

 45 Yevgeny Tsyganov

Yevgeny Tsyganov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 46 Vasily Shukshin

Vasily Shukshin
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Famous As: Writer, Actor
Birthdate: July 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Srostki, Russia
Died: October 2, 1974

 47 Theodore Komisarjevsky

Theodore Komisarjevsky
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 17, 1954

 48 Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Director
Birthdate: March 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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 49 Rolan Bykov

Rolan Bykov
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: October 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: October 6, 1998

 50 Aleksandr Petrov

Aleksandr Petrov
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pervomaysky District, Russia