Russian Tsars and the Romanov Family

by t-xy | created - 25 Sep 2016 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Biographical and fictionalized films and TV productions about Russian Tsars and members of the Romanov family.

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1. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov

Votes: 8,274

2. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)

Not Rated | 88 min | Biography, History

As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov

Votes: 6,179

3. The Romanovs (2013– )

60 min | History

This history of the Romanov dynasty, the family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the October Revolution of 1917.

Star: Ilya Sherbinin

Votes: 152

4. The Romanoffs (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

Anthology of eight stories about people who believe themselves to be descendant of the Russian Royal family.

Stars: Diane Lane, JJ Feild, Aaron Eckhart, Louise Bourgoin

Votes: 3,882

5. Peter the Great (1986)

371 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of Peter I, Czar of Russia, from childhood in 1682 to the Great Northern War against Sweden during the 1700s.

Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 567

6. Peter the Great (2011– )

The tale of the 18th century Russian Tsar Peter the Great's demise.

Votes: 6

7. The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser

Votes: 5,238

8. Catherine the Great (1996 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.

Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, John Goldsmith | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul McGann, Ian Richardson, Brian Blessed

Votes: 1,104

9. Catherine the Great (2015– )

Biography, Drama, History

The story of Catherine the Great from the time she came to Russia as the bride of the heir to the Russian throne.

Stars: Viktoriya Agalakova, Julian Mau, Fitz van Thom, Bastian Sierich

Votes: 146

10. The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama

Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne.

Directors: Paul Czinner, Alexander Korda | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Elisabeth Bergner, Flora Robson, Gerald du Maurier

Votes: 513

11. Catherine the Great (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

Drama documentary reconstructing the life and times of Catherine the Great of Russia.

Directors: Paul Burgess, John-Paul Davidson | Stars: Emily Bruni, Diana Dumbrava, Dan Chiriac, Claudiu Bleont

Votes: 137

12. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History

Czar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson

Votes: 4,043

13. Fall of Eagles (1974)

50 min | Drama, History

The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

Stars: Michael Hordern, Charles Kay, Barry Foster, Gayle Hunnicutt

Votes: 467

14. Anastasia (1956)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 6,997

15. Great Catherine (1968)

G | 99 min | Comedy

Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Zero Mostel, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 241

16. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Catherine II: Nuits blanches à Saint Petersbourg (2009)

Documentary, History

About the life of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg.

Director: David Jankowski | Star: Stéphane Bern

17. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Nicolas II, le dernier tsar de Russie (2014)

Documentary, History

About Nicholas II, the last Tsar of the Russian empire, and the end of the ill-fated Romanov dynasty.

Director: Antoine De Meaux | Star: Stéphane Bern

18. Adorable Sinner (1959)

91 min | Drama

The Tsar Alexandre II meets a young student, Katia. He understands that he loves her and try to send her away but they end up seeing each other again and becomes his mistress. With the help... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Romy Schneider, Curd Jürgens, Pierre Blanchar, Antoine Balpêtré

Votes: 283

19. Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)

200 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia.

Stars: Amy Irving, Olivia de Havilland, Jan Niklas, Nicolas Surovy

Votes: 1,021

20. Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley (2016– )

Not Rated | Documentary, History

British historian Lucy Worsley travels to Russia to investigate the 300-year reign of the Romanov dynasty.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Janet Hartley, Simon Dixon, Sergei Bogatyrev

Votes: 606

21. The Romanovs: An Imperial Family (2000)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the last year and a half of Tsar Nicholas II and his family from the February Revolution of 1917 to their execution in July 1918.

Director: Gleb Panfilov | Stars: Aleksandr Galibin, Lynda Bellingham, Vladimir Grachyov, Yuliya Novikova

Votes: 238

22. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The last emperor in the long line is Tsar Nicholas II. He rules over a country with huge social and ... See full summary »

Director: Esfir Shub | Stars: Mikhail Alekseyev, Alexei Brusilov, Nikolai Chkheidze, Emperor Franz Josef

Votes: 252

26. The Romanovs' Last Photograph (2007)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short, Drama, History

The Romanovs' Last Photograph tells the story of the Romanov sisters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, in the hours leading up to their execution in 1918. The girls share their hopes, ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Faris King | Stars: Jessica Ammer, Marja-Lewis Ryan, Lidia Pearl, Suzanne Schmedding

Votes: 13

28. Peter and Alexis (1919)

Film about he childhood of the Russian Tsar Peter I (Peter the Great) and the transition between the reign of his father Alexei and his own.

Director: Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky | Star: Leonid Leonidov

29. The Fall of the Romanoffs (1917)

Passed | 80 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of the Russian revolution and the influence upon the Russian royal family of the famous "mad monk," Rasputin.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Edward Connelly, Iliodor, Alfred Hickman, Conway Tearle

Votes: 14

30. Rasputin (1996 TV Movie)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Czar Nicholas II in Russia.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen, David Warner

Votes: 3,214

31. Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Not Rated | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

Thrown out of his monestary for licentious and drunken behaviour, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a daliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Richard Pasco, Francis Matthews

Votes: 2,368

32. Rasputin (2011)

87 min | Biography, Drama, History

A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.

Directors: Josée Dayan, Irakli Kvirikadze | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Vladimir Mashkov, Filipp Yankovskiy

Votes: 753

33. Rasputin (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

The true story of the greatest occultist of 1900. The truth beyond the Legend.

Director: Louis Nero | Stars: Francesco Cabras, Daniele Savoca, Franco Nero, Marco Sabatino

Votes: 94

34. Rasputin (1938)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

Story of the Siberian monk Gregory Rasputin and the hold he exerted over the court of the last Russian czar, Nicholas.

Director: Marcel L'Herbier | Stars: Harry Baur, Marcelle Chantal, Pierre Richard-Willm, Carine Nelson

Votes: 28

35. Rasputin (1981)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Petrenko, Anatoliy Romashin, Velta Line, Alisa Freyndlikh

Votes: 1,115

36. Grigoriy R. (2014– )

Biography, Drama

TV series about the mad monk Grigoriy Rasputin, who became a hugely influential figure at the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Ekaterina Klimova, Andrey Smolyakov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite

Votes: 96

37. Tsar (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History

In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Oleg Yankovskiy, Ramilya Iskander, Anastasiya Dontsova

Votes: 2,672

38. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 9,729

39. The Last Command (1928)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond

Votes: 2,978

40. Mathilde (I) (2017)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya becomes the mistress of three Grand Dukes.

Director: Aleksey Uchitel | Stars: Michalina Olszanska, Lars Eidinger, Luise Wolfram, Danila Kozlovsky

Votes: 1,720

41. Coronation of the Emperor Nicholas the Second (1896)

2 min | Documentary, Short, News

The coronation of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II in Moscow.

Director: Camille Cerf | Stars: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Grand Duchess Anastasia, Grand Duchess Marie

Votes: 92

43. Poet i tsar (1927)

Drama

Film about the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and his relationship to his tsar, Nikolai I.

Directors: Vladimir Gardin, Yevgeni Chervyakov | Stars: Yevgeni Chervyakov, Irina Volodko, Konstantin Karenin, Boris Tamarin

Votes: 20

44. The Tsarevich (2013)

15 min | Short, Drama, History

In 1918, Alexei Romanov, young prince hemophiliac, is caught in the turmoil of the Russian Civil War, having to choose between his family and The Empire of Russia.

Director: Geoffroy Faugérolas | Stars: Michael Fitzgerald, Mark Moses, Micah Fitzgerald, Jase Lindgren

Votes: 14

45. Last of the Czars (1996– )

Documentary

Cycle of record films about life and death of the last Russian monarchs.

Stars: Linda Kenyon, Olga Barkovets, David Chavchavadze, Elizabeth Feodorovna

Votes: 23

48. Forbidden Paradise (1924)

76 min | Comedy

Forbidden Paradise is a 1924 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by German film director Ernst Lubitsch. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Pola Negri, Adolphe Menjou, Rod La Rocque, Pauline Starke

Votes: 114 | Gross: $0.25M

49. Vivat, gardemariny! (1991)

140 min | Adventure, History, Romance

In the second movie the Naval Cadets are guarding the princess coming from Germany to marry a Russian prince.

Director: Svetlana Druzhinina | Stars: Dmitriy Kharatyan, Sergey Zhigunov, Mikhail Mamaev, Lyudmila Gurchenko

Votes: 582

50. Catherine of Russia (1963)

105 min | Drama, History