“Anna Karenina,” starring Keira Knightley, brings the story of Russia’s most famous adulteress to the screen Friday. Americans haven’t always been on friendly terms with Sarah Palin’s neighbors, but we do enjoy it when they pop up in films.
In 1985’s “Rocky IV,” Dolph Lundgren is a barely verbal killer boxer out to prove Soviet supremacy. In real life, Lundgren has a master’s degree in chemical engineering and is out to prove that brains and brawn can coexist.
The main villain in 1997’s “Air Force One,” Gary Oldman’s Korshunov is terrifically scary, possibly because he’s played by Gary Oldman, who is terrifically scary. He gets to experience the joy of free-falling. For a really long time.
Generic Russian Invaders
In the original 1984 “Red Dawn,” the U.S. is invaded by Soviets and Cubans. High school kids start an armed rebellion, calling themselves the “Wolverines” after their school mascot. Good thing they didn’t go to UC Santa Cruz, home of the mighty Banana Slugs.
The 2007 film “Eastern Promises” deals with lines: the one between good and evil and the ones inked all over Viggo Mortensen’s body. He’s involved in the Russian mafia, but he’s one of the good guys. Who sometimes does bad things.
Ivan Vanko (Whiplash)
In 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark is no longer the smartest kid in class when Vanko (Mickey Rourke) arrives with similar tech and whips his butt.