Russian New Year’s movies

New Year is the most beloved holiday in Russia. That is why it should not come as a surprise that 31st of December, the New Year’s Eve, is not an ordinary day in the country – it is a day of excitement and anticipation for a big night ahead filled with celebration and opening of presents. The day is usually spent occupied by the last minute preparations, cooking traditional Russian dishes and getting ready to look your best. Whilst doing all these many watch the Soviet New Year’s movies. Below is a little compilation of those films.

Ирония Судьбы, или с Легким Паром!

«The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy your Bath!» (1975) is an old time classic, adored by generations of Russians. No New Year’s celebration would be complete without watching this romantic Soviet film on the eve of the holiday (or the day after). It will simply never get old. The plot of the film revolves around a touching story that happened on a New Year’s Eve and has forever changed the lives of two people. After a fun celebration in Russian banya, the main character wakes up in someone else’s apartment in another city…

Иван Васильевич меняет профессию

«Ivan Vasilyevich changes profession» (1973) is another film, highly acclaimed by the Russian audience, which is a must-watch 31st of December or any other day during New Year’s holidays. The story takes place in Moscow in 1973, where engineer Alexandr Timofeev aka «Shurik» (nickname for Alexander/Sasha) is working on a time machine in his apartment. By accident, he sends Ivan Vasilyevich, superintendent of his apartment building, and George Miloslavsky, a small-time burglar, back into the time of Ivan IV “The Terrible”… Good luck to them!


«Zolushka» (Cinderella) (1947) is a Soviet interpretation of a world-famous Cinderella tale. Many believe it is a more meaningful retelling of a story about loving and sweet-tempered girl who lives and acts as a servant for her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. A superb acting and the outstanding imaginary made this film a marvel to watch.

Other notable movies

Among other festive movies is «Морозко» (Morozko) (1964), a film based on a Russian fairy tale about cruel stepmother, her worthless daughter, kind-hearted stepdaughter and her loving father. And love of course. One more movie worth mentioning is «Операция „Ы“ и другие приключения Шурика» (Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures) (1965). The plot follows the adventures of Shurik  – the naive and nerdy Soviet student who often gets into ridiculous situations but always finds his way out. Yes, it is the same Shurik who tried to invent the time machine.

All of these movies, without exception, are worth watching and no matter which one you choose to see – you will not be disappointed! We are not sure about you but we definitely know what we will be doing during upcoming holidays!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Team EBC