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Context

In US movies, time and again, the bad guys end up being Russians. Examples:

That's at least a time span of over 30 years.

Question

How is it in Russian movies? Are Americans the default bad guys in Russian movies?

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    This seems like a common issue. Indian and Pakistani movies frequently show each other as the bad guys. – Ankit Aug 18 '14 at 11:47
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    Can't speak for Russia, but from what I've seen in China, the bad guy is often a corrupt local official (local block manager or mayor). It's acceptable and common in China to imply a local official is corrupt but never a national official. There are certainly movies where Americans are portrayed as the bourgeoisie exploiters of locals; that is a common trope in just about every nation outside the USA. – Jeff-Inventor ChromeOS Aug 23 '14 at 6:39
  • In the TV series the Americans, which is an American production, many of the main characters are Russian characters during the 80's at the height of the cold war. Two characters are spies posing as an American couple. Philip tends to struggle with his feelings towards American culture and his purpose, but Elizabeth truly believes that America is enemy and she's doing the right thing. – Darth Locke Nov 27 '17 at 20:26
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Not really.

Most Russian movies and TV shows are set in Russia and dealing with local themes, so bad guys (if any) are Russian. War films have German (i.e. Nazi), Afghan or Chechen villains, some 2000s movies feature Middle Eastern 'terrorists'. Rare American characters are stereotypically portrayed as rich, overconfident and stupid, but never evil.

There was a number of Cold War era Soviet movies and TV series about American spies, like 'TASS Is Authorized to Declare...', but this genre has gone with the Cold War.

  • nowadays the bad guys in russian movies often are ukrainians )) – E L Aug 24 '14 at 10:17
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I suggest you to watch the movie Brother 2 (Брат 2). It was directed by Aleksei Balabanov in 2000 and it's one of those movies that I'd say most russians have watched. In this movie the russians go to America but interestingly the interaction between them is quite diverse. Let me point out some moments from the top of my mind:

  1. When they arrive at the airport there's a joke that Americans are fools.
  2. Some americans are seen as bad guys but they are indeed bad guys!
  3. There's a moment of understanding and friendship between the main character and a truck driver even though the russian character (Danila) barely speaks english.

All in all, I'd say that this movie in particular doesn't try to convey a specific image about the USA and the americans. However, you clearly feel that there this "us and them" kind of approach.

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