Movies: Best Movies in Ukrainian(українська мова)

Ukrainian (украї́нська мо́ва, ukrainska mova, IPA: [ʊkrɐˈjinʲsʲkɐ ˈmɔʋɐ]) is an East Slavic language of the Indo-European language family, spoken primarily in Ukraine. It is the native language of the Ukrainians. Written Ukrainian uses the Ukrainian alphabet, a variant of the Cyrillic script. The standard Ukrainian language is regulated by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NANU; particularly by its Institute for the Ukrainian Language), the Ukrainian language-information fund, and Potebnia Institute of Linguistics. Comparisons are often drawn to Russian, another East Slavic language, but there is more mutual intelligibility with Belarusian. Ukrainian is a descendent of Old East Slavic, a language spoken in the medieval state of Kievan Rus'. In the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the language developed into Ruthenian, where it became an official language, before a process of Polonization began in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. By the 18th century, Ruthenian diverged into regional variants and the modern Ukrainian language developed in the territory of present-day Ukraine. In the Russian Empire, the Ukrainian language was later banned as a subject from schools and as a language of instruction as a result of Russification. However, through fo... ()

Ukrainian is spoken in Ukraine and 1,289 movies (between 1926 and 2023) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Ukraine (1,109). Popular genres for Ukrainian movies are Documentary (385), Drama (333) and Animation (171). The Stolen Princess (2018), The Stronghold (2017), Chervonyi. No Front Line (2023), Cyborgs (2017) and Unforgotten Shadows (2013) are among the best known & most successful Ukrainian movies.

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The Stolen Princess(2018)

3.4/5 (with 58 votes)

This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chernomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic.

Directed by Oleh Malamuzh

The Stronghold(2017)

3.6/5 (with 96 votes)

A solar eclipse activates a magic time portal, and a regular schoolboy Vit'ko from the 21st century goes a thousand years back in time. It doesn’t take Vitya long to recognize the legendary bogatyrs in young Oleshko, powerful Ilya and severe Dobrynya. Their life passes in fighting cumans who try to destroy Rusichi at any cost, using both weapons and black magic. Vitya finds himself in the very midst of incredible events, battles with mythical creatures and acquires real courage.

Directed by Yurii Kovalov

Chervonyi. No Front Line(2023)

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1h 52min | War, Action, Drama
3.9/5 (with 21 votes)

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Directed by Akhtem Seitablayev - With Vyacheslav Dovzhenko, Roman Semysal, Makar Tykhomyrov

Unforgotten Shadows(2013)

2.8/5 (with 8 votes)

A young college student and a group of friends find themselves victims of demons unwillingly released during a mishap at a prestiguous University. To reverse the curse and save themselves, they travel to the forbidden mystical forest in western Ukraine. There, they must locate the legendary Molfars that can help rid them of demonic possession and save each of them from certain death. Danger lurks in the forest and personality clashes add to the tension as the young students fight for survival.

Directed by Lubomyr Levytskyi - With Dmytro Stupka, Olena Musiyenko, Pavlo Li, Bohdan Yusypchuk, Olha Sumska, ...

The Gateway(2017)

1h 47min | Fantasy, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone Grandma Prisa, the family matriarch, consorts with water nymphs, eats a diet filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms, and claims to have personally stabbed 12 SS soldiers to death during World War II. She lives together with her divorced and chronically ill daughter Slava and grandson Vova. Unexpectedly, their measured life comes to an end - Grandma Prisa receives a mystical warning about an impending catastrophe.

The Guide(2014)

4.1/5 (with 12 votes)

American boy Peter and blind minstrel Ivan are thrown together by fate amidst the turbulent mid-30s Soviet Ukraine.

Directed by Oles Sanin - With Stanislav Boklan, Oleksandr Kobzar, Jamala, Jeff Burrell, ...

My Thoughts Are Silent(2020)

1h 44min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 18 votes)

Twenty-five-year-old Vadym earns a living recording and selling all kinds of different sounds; nevertheless, he’d rather exchange his life in Kyiv for a better future in far-flung Canada. Thus, when he gets a generous job offer which might help him realise his dream, he jumps at the chance; he soon sets off to record the sounds of animals indigenous to Ukraine and also a rare bird native to the Carpathians. The situation proves somewhat more complicated when Vadym’s companion on the trip turns out to be his mother… To the sounds of a synthesized music score, debuting Ukrainian director Antonio Lukich unfolds a visually creative road movie, in which he demonstrates a highly unusual talent for constructing tragicomic situations.

Directed by Antonio Lukich - With Irma Vitovska, Andri Lidagovski


1h 40min | History, Drama
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

This is a metaphorical story about the tragic and mysterious death of the most powerful poet of 1960s, human rights activist, hero of Ukraine Vasyl Stus and his struggle with the Soviet system. The events of the film unfold during the last attempt by the KGB to seduce the poet with a whimsical "freedom".

Directed by Roman Brovko - With Dmytro Yaroshenko, Diana Rozovlyan, Yevheniya Hladiy, Karyna Shereverova, Denys Rodnyanskyi, Roman Yasinovskyi, ...

The Tribe(2014)

2h 10min | Drama, Crime
3.5/5 (with 116 votes)

Deaf-mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf-and-dumb. In navigating through the school's hierarchy, he encounters a corrupt underbelly of criminality, known as The Tribe. By participating in several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization, when he meets one of the Chief’s concubines Anya, and unwittingly breaks all the unwritten rules of the group.


4.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Based on a true story. Two fighters of 'Donbas' Volunteer Battalion get locked inside city of Ilovaysk after regular Russian army enters Ukraine and shells the surrounded divisions of Ukrainian Army in the infamous would-be 'green corridor'. The fighters survive thanks to the help of the locals and manage to break out through the front line to reach the freed territory. Taras Kostanchuk who is playing himself as 'Beshoot' is that same Donbas commander who is the prototype of the story. Half of the actors and extras are real 'Donbas' volunteers who survived the battle.

Foreign Prayer(2017)

1h 32min | History, Drama
4.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Nazi-occupied Crimea, 1944. A boy named Itzhak turns to Saide Arifova, a local Tatar Muslim woman, for help, explaining that he and a group of other Jewish orphans are hiding from the Nazis. Arifova faces a moral dilemma: should she try to help them or save herself by refusing? Despite the impending danger, she decides to protect the children by hiding them in plain sight, and disguising them as Tatars and adopting them into the local community.

Directed by Akhtem Seitablayev
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Acting Saint Nicholas(2021)

1h 15min | Kids & Family, Music

One week before St. Nicholas Day, St. Nicholas writes an application for sick leave. All gifts for polite children are ready, except for one: a 9-year-old girl Yustia did not write him a letter with her wishes. The same is due to his hospitalization and the fact that no child can be left without a gift, St. Nicholas assigns his responsibilities to the girl's father. The girl's father is a musician and composer who, after the death of his wife (the girl's mother), no longer plays music, but tries to make a career as a presenter, forgetting about his child's dreams.


1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Film director Sergey Paradjanov creates brilliant films. His nonconformist behavior conflicts with Soviet System. He is committed to prison for being eccentric. His indestructible love for beauty allows him to withstand the years of imprisonment, isolation and oblivion.

Two Days(1927)

1h | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

The story concentrates on a single 48-hour period during the Russian Revolution. The central character, played by Y. E. Samchykovski, is an old servant who staunchly supports the Royal Family. Even when his master is placed in prison and his son is appointed a commissar, the servant remains faithful to the Czarist regime. But when his village is invaded by the White Russian army and his son is summarily executed, the old man realizes that his homeland is far better off in the hands of the revolutionaries, who seek to build rather than destroy. A "cleansing" fire brings this propaganda piece to an appropriately symbolic conclusion.

Directed by Georgi Stabovoi

Hunt for the Cossack's Gold(1993)

1h 28min | Comedy, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Long time ago Ukrainian hetman sent his treasures to the British bank, hoping that later Ukraine will get rid of the Moscow yoke and then gold will help Ukrainian people. In modern times KGB agents and foreign spies hunt for hetman's descendant - Ivan Polubotko, guy phlegmatic and narrow-minded, to use him to get the treasure.

Metropolitan Andrey(2008)

2h 9min | Drama, History
3.1/5 (with 2 votes)

Story about Metropolitan of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Andrey Sheptytsky who opposed repressive totalitarian regimes of Stalin and Hitler and chose the path of service to God and people.

Directed by Oles Yanchuk

Ukrainian Agony - Der verschwiegene Krieg(2015)

1h 42min | Documentary
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

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Dixieland: Little Kids Big Dreams(2015)

1h 1min | Documentary

Little kids, big dreams and smashingly good music – Dixieland follows the amazing progress of four members of a Ukrainian children’s brass band from Kherson. Through steady practice under the wildest of conditions, Roman (12, trumpet), Polina (10, trombone, drums and many other instruments), Nikita (12, drums) and Nikita (14, piano) produce magical music with ancient, wobbly instruments. Not least due to their wit and good humor, they persevere together, helped along by their 80+-year-old conductor and a young teacher. These children of the post-Soviet provinces use American tunes to achieve their dream – to become someone in the world and make something of their lives, no matter how dire the circumstances. From the authors of an awards winning documentary film Ukrainian Sheriffs.

Directed by Roman Bondarchuk

Enticing, Sugary, Boundless or Songs and Dances about Death(2017)

1h 36min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

In a delicate and humane manner, this film touches upon a very serious issue: how to stop fearing death while being in love with life. We talk (and laugh) about this subject with the protagonists of this film, modern geniuses and ordinary people from different parts of the world.

Blue Roads(1947)

1h 21min | Adventure, War, Drama

Captain Ratanov is working on de-mining the port of Odessa after WWII.

The Way(2013)

4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The dangerous travel makes the teenager to understand life as an adult and determines his way.

Ave Maria(1999)

1h 34min

Once in the underpass at the Philharmonic, a singer Lyudmila hears a heavenly voice of a beggar-girl singing "Ave Maria" ...

Directed by Lyudmyla Yefymenko

Swan Lake: The Zone(1990)

1h 30min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

A convict is forced to hide within a model of a hammer and sickle. Here a tragic romance ensues between the convict and woman worker; which is spoilt by the woman's jealous young son. The convict is then forced to undergo a tragic bid for freedom which ends with the beauty of swans contrasted with the imprisoned convicts and the hopeful but ultimately tragic wait by the woman for her lover.

Directed by Yuri Ilyenko - With Viktor Solovyov

The War in Ukraine(2019)

25min | Documentary

A fast-paced 25-minute summary of the war in Ukraine. The protests in the west, the protests in the east and the outbreak of war are chronologically presented in this informative, captivating and tragic short film.


The story of a group of people living in a permanent nuclear winter in the ruins of the old civilisation destroyed by an atomic war.

Song of the Forest(1961)

1h 35min | Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Among the inhabitants of the fantastic realm lived a beautiful girl Mavka forest. Gentle voice piped woke her from winter sleep swain Lucas, whom she dearly loved. Mavka leave their forest friends and go to the people. But then she meets up with her mother and Lukas Killeen - people selfish and heartless ...

Directed by Viktor Ivchenko

In Spring(1929)

1h 1min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 5 votes)

In Spring is a masterpiece of the Ukrainian film avant-garde, a non-fiction film created by Mykhail Kaufman. In it, the now almost unknown Kyiv of 1929 appears. Shots of the awakening of the city, renewal of its life, echo with lyrical pictures of the revival of nature. Kaufman's attentive camera stops for a long time on the smiling faces of the children, painting a lyrical picture of a confession of love for Kyiv.

Directed by Mikhail Kaufman

Bread and Salt(1970)

1h 21min | Drama, History

A group of peasant farmers in turn-of-the-century Ukraine leaves home in search of better luck in Siberia. The story follows those who stay behind and their dispute with the landowner, as well as a love triangle involving a local beauty and two young men.

The Pit(2006)

1h 21min | Horror
2.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Our days. Five students of the Faculty of History sent to the archaeological practice. Professor, head of the young seekers of Antiquities, tells them the legend that during the war the museum staff had hidden above a statue of the pagan god Perun somewhere in the dungeons outside the city.

Directed by Lubomyr Levytskyi
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