Imperial Russia (1721–1917)

by indeetee | created - 31 Mar 2015 | updated - 07 Dec 2018 | Public

Films and series set during one of the largest empires in world history, stretching over three continents. It played a major role in 1812–14 in defeating Napoleon's ambitions to control Europe, and expanded to the west and south.

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1. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History

Tsar 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: 4,137

2. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 18,788

3. War and Peace (1966)

GP | 422 min | Drama, History, Romance

Eight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Boris Zakhava

Votes: 5,895 | Gross: $0.13M

4. War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky (1965)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, War

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of five aristocratic Russian families.

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Lyudmila Saveleva, Sergey Bondarchuk, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Viktor Stanitsyn

Votes: 1,068

5. Quiet Flows the Don (1957)

Not Rated | 330 min | Drama, War

A six-hour long epic (original director's cut) about the life of Don Cossacs in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922. The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossac... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Gerasimov | Stars: Pyotr Glebov, Elina Bystritskaya, Zinaida Kirienko, Daniil Ilchenko

Votes: 933

6. Lover's Prayer (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance, War

A younger boy falls in love with a tragic girl who flirts with, and manipulates, her older suitors in 1800's Russia.

Director: Reverge Anselmo | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Julie Walters, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 639

7. Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Andrzej Seweryn

Votes: 2,873

8. Velikaya (2015– )

49 min | 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: 170

9. 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: 522

10. 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: 140

11. Catherine the Great (1995 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: 1,137

12. Young Catherine (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Franco Nero, Marthe Keller

Votes: 898

13. Ekaterina (2014– )

44 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of the Russian Empress Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), a German born princess who came to Russia as bride for the young Peter III, chosen by his aunt Elisabeth, and who, once ... See full summary »

Stars: Marina Aleksandrova, Sergey Koltakov, Michael Gor, Isabel Schosnig

Votes: 965

14. 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: 5,421

15. 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: 579

16. Fall of Eagles (1974)

50 min | Drama, History, War

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

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

Votes: 479

17. 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: 7,168

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: 296

21. 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

22. 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: 3,285

23. 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: 261

24. 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: 2,460

25. 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: 185

26. 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: 255

27. 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: 769

28. 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: 101

29. 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: 31

30. 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: 1,034

31. 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: 1,168

32. 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: 102

33. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 87,450 | Gross: $12.82M

34. Russian Ark (2002)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

86 Metascore

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Mikhail Piotrovsky

Votes: 17,953 | Gross: $0.04M

35. The Barber of Siberia (1998)

180 min | Comedy, Drama, History

At the turn of the century, a young Russian cadet falls in love with an American beauty, endangering his career and even their lives.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Aleksey Petrenko, Richard Harris

Votes: 11,016

36. The State Counsellor (2005)

191 min | Drama, Crime

Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but ... See full summary »

Director: Filipp Yankovskiy | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Mashkov

Votes: 2,724

37. Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya (1975)

167 min | Drama, History, Romance

In December 1825, distinguished members of the Russian military, most of whom were quite affluent and of noble lineage, took it upon themselves to stir revolution against the autocratic and... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Motyl | Stars: Irina Kupchenko, Aleksey Batalov, Natalya Bondarchuk, Oleg Strizhenov

Votes: 545

38. A Cruel Romance (1984)

142 min | Drama, History, Romance

A bitter story about tender love and its cruel betrayal set in Russia of the 19th century.

Director: Eldar Ryazanov | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Larisa Guzeeva, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrey Myagkov

Votes: 3,022

39. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 49,969 | Gross: $0.05M

40. Onegin (1999)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally,... See full summary »

Director: Martha Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, Lena Headey

Votes: 7,238 | Gross: $0.21M

42. Two Women (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

54 Metascore

A headstrong young woman is married to land baron. Her feelings for her son's tutor becomes a complex web of unrequited love.

Director: Vera Glagoleva | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Sylvie Testud, Aleksandr Baluev, Larisa Malevannaya

Votes: 235



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