Tarkovsky Films: Top 10 Films by a Master Director

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From the time of its release to the present day, Tarkovsky films has printed its name in gold letters in the category ‘best films‘. Tarkovsky, whose name you are now familiar with, was one of the most popular directors and screenwriters of his era. Tarkovsky, one of the first names that comes to mind when it comes to Russian and world cinema, and his films are not the kind that you will easily watch and pass by. If we want to think about and analyze the movie we are watching, let’s take a look at the 10 most popular films by Tarkovsky.

1) Ubiytsy – The Killers (1956) | IMDb: 6.6

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Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Killers, made while he was still a student at the State Institute of Cinematography, is about two people being in a restaurant to kill a third person. During this wait, we are watching the psychological world of the heroes.

2) Tempo Di Viaggio – Voyage in Time (1983) | IMDb: 7.3


The production, released in the documentary genre, tells about the prelude to Tarkovsky’s film ‘Nostalgia’. The planned filming is being investigated, accompanied by screenwriter Tonino Guerra. In the film Voyage in Time, Tarkovsky plays a poet who lived in the eighteenth century. Tempo Di Viaggio is one of the things to watch before watching Nostalgia.

3) Katok i Skripka – The Steamroller and the Violin (1961) | IMDb: 7.4


The Steamroller and the Violin, which are amazing with different camera angles from each other, focus on the story of seven-year-old Sasha, who plays the violin every day to satisfy her family. Events unfold when Sasha meets by chance with a worker working on a steamer.

4) Offret – The Sacrifice (1986) | IMDb: 8.0

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The Sacrifice, which is referred to as Tarkovsky’s farewell to cinema, stars a journalist, philosopher and actor named Alexander in the title role. The dialogue that will begin between Alexander and his son is interrupted by the decommissioning of the nuclear war. Whereupon Alexander begins to look for a way to achieve world peace.

5) Solyaris – Solaris (1972) | IMDb: 8.1

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Tarkovsky’s most censored film Solaris is based on the novel of the same name. In the movie, the minds of people who come to Solaris diverge after they reach the planet. A psychologist is sent to Solaris to solve this mysterious case.

6) Ivanovo Detstvo – Ivan’s Childhood (1962) | IMDb: 8.1

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One of the classic films, Ivan’s Childhood, reveals the turmoil of the Second World War. the village of Ivan Bondarev, a 12-year-old Soviet orphan, is devastated by the Nazis. Ivan, on the other hand, falls into a prison camp. With the escape of Ivan from the prison camp, a series of events begins.

7) Zerkalo – Mirror (1975) | IMDb: 8.1

Mirror, which bears traces of Andrei Tarkovsky’s personal life, contains many topics about love and memories in it. In the film, we see many different topics intertwined, related to a child’s view of the Soviet people with innocent thoughts and familial feelings. It is also clear from the title that the film has autobiographical qualities on the part of Tarkovsky.

8) Stalker – (1979) | IMDb: 8.1

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A meteorite falling on Earth destroys life in the area where it fell. A region called a ‘Zone’ is formed on top of it. After that, a rumor occurs that the dreams of people entering the Zone zone will come true. Only brave people called Stalkers can enter the protected Zone accompanied by soldiers. Our main character decides to enter the region with a scientist and a writer.

9) Andrei Rublev (1969) | IMDb: 8.1

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Together with this film by Tarkovsky we are going to the fifteenth century. The film tells the story of Andrei Rublev, who was considered the most popular painter in Russia in the Middle Ages. What happened in Russia at that time is revealed in the film in its entirety. Andrei Rublev also gives an account of the barbarities and Tatar attacks carried out at that time.

10) Nostalghia – Nostalgia (1983)| IMDb: 8.1

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Andrei, a popular Russian poet, goes to Italy to investigate the life of the musician Sosnovsky. His past haunts him when he is with an Italian translator. Nostalgia tells about an adventure in which Andrei thought a lot about his family and internalized it.

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