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1. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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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: 85,784 | Gross: $12.82M

2. War & Peace (2016)

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

8.2
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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: 18,041

3. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.0
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67 Metascore

In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

Votes: 35,694 | Gross: $80.50M

4. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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69 Metascore

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 65,186 | Gross: $111.72M

5. War and Peace (1956)

PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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Napoleon's (Herbert Lom's) tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 8,306 | Gross: $12.50M

6. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History

8.0
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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: 48,777 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Anna Karenina (1997)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 5,225 | Gross: $0.79M

8. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulyov

Votes: 21,437

9. Napoléon (2002)

380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.4
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The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,876

10. The Barber of Siberia (1998)

180 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.8
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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: 10,819

11. War and Peace (2007– )

394 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 1,756

12. Rasputin (1981)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 1,117

13. War & Peace (1972–1973)

890 min | Drama, War

8.2
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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.

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Morag Hood, Alan Dobie, Rupert Davies

Votes: 542

14. Sunstroke (2014)

180 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.7
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Officers of the White Army, holding as POWs in the Red Army's camp and awaiting either execution or evacuation, tries to understand why they loose Civil War and lost Russian Empire at all.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Martins Kalita, Viktoriya Solovyova, Anastasiya Imamova, Sergey Serov

Votes: 825

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

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, War

8.2
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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: 981

16. Rasputin (2011)

87 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.0
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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: 757

17. Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Passed | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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A prince plots to kill the mad monk Rasputin for the good of the czar, the czarina and Russia.

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Charles Brabin | Stars: John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 795

18. Napoleon (2000– )

240 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena.

Star: David McCullough

Votes: 290

19. The Romanovs: An Imperial Family (2000)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 240

20. The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

7.3
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A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Doller | Stars: Aleksandr Chistyakov, Vera Baranovskaya, Ivan Chuvelyov, V. Obolensky

Votes: 1,351

21. The Vigilantes Are Coming (1936)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.0
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A masked hero called "The Eagle" leads California ranchers in a struggle against Russian Cossacks who are plotting to take over California and turn it into a Russian colony.

Directors: Ray Taylor, Mack V. Wright | Stars: Robert Livingston, Kay Hughes, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 62

22. General Suvorov (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Primarily a biographical documentary about the military career of Alexander Vasilvich Suvorov, who was Field Marshal of the armies of Catherine the Great and Czar Paul I. After many ... See full summary »

Directors: Mikhail Doller, Vsevolod Pudovkin | Stars: Nikolay P. Cherkasov, Aleksandr Khanov, Mikhail Astangov, Apollon Yachnitskiy

Votes: 139

23. Gusarskaya ballada (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical, War

7.5
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A young girl decides to join a Husar squadron and fight against Napoleon. Dressed as a man she has a hard time adjusting to the rude Husar life styles.

Director: Eldar Ryazanov | Stars: Larisa Golubkina, Yuriy Yakovlev, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolay Kryuchkov

Votes: 1,201

24. Surrender (1927)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.9
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A young Jewish woman is forced to either give herself to a Russian officer or watch her village burn.

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: Mary Philbin, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Otto Matieson, Nigel De Brulier

Votes: 35

25. Il figlio di Aquila Nera (1968)

91 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.2
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Director: Guido Malatesta | Stars: Mimmo Palmara, Edwige Fenech, Franco Ressel, Ingrid Schoeller

Votes: 29

26. The Mysterious Rider (1948)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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Giacomo Casanova returns to Venice, to help his brother, falsely accused of robbery.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, María Mercader, Yvonne Sanson, Gianna Maria Canale

Votes: 121

27. The Fall of the Empire (2005– )

520 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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The Fall of the Great Russian Empire is the main storyline of this 10 episode mini series, however, every episode has a separate detective story of its own.

Stars: Galina Anisimova, Ville Haapasalo, Andrey Zibrov, Natalya Akimova

Votes: 325

28. Admiral Nakhimov (1947)

89 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, one of the most acclaimed admirals in Russian history, fights the Turkish fleet during the Crimean War of 1853.

Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin | Stars: Aleksei Dikij, Evgeniy Samoylov, Vladimir Vladislavskiy, Vsevolod Pudovkin

Votes: 104

29. Ermak (1996– )

124 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.9
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Stars: Viktor Stepanov, Irina Alfyorova, Nikita Dzhigurda, Khodzha Durdy Narliyev

Votes: 118

30. The Czar Wants to Sleep (1934)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A sarcastic comedy about the Imperial Russian bureaucracy, based on the eponymous novella by Yuri Tynyanov. Set in the reign of Emperor Paul I. A copying error by a military scribe turns ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Faintsimmer | Stars: Mikhail Yanshin, Boris Gorin-Goryainov, Nina Shaternikova, Sofiya Magarill

Votes: 102

31. Mussorgsky (1950)

120 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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Saint Petersburg, 1858. A group of composers known as The Five meet at Balakirev's. Young Modest Mussorgsky, both a civil servant and a musician, has become a fixture there. He tells about ... See full summary »

Director: Grigoriy Roshal | Stars: Aleksandr Borisov, Nikolay Cherkasov, Vladimir Balashov, Yuri Leonidov

Votes: 38

32. Volga in Flames (1934)

86 min | Drama, Romance

4.4
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Director: Viktor Tourjansky | Stars: Albert Préjean, Valéry Inkijinoff, Danielle Darrieux, Raymond Rouleau

Votes: 47

33. White Dreams (1985)

82 min | Romance

5.5
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Small provincial town at the end of the 19th century. Barber Hakob is a passionate pigeon-admirer with them finding his peace of mind and filling the dullness of provincial life with poetry... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Israelyan | Stars: Sos Sargsyan, Henrik Alaverdyan, Galya Novents, Zhanna Avetisyan

Votes: 24

34. Vozdukhoplavatel (1975)

93 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.4
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Directors: Natalya Troshchenko, Anatoli Vekhotko | Stars: Leonard Varfolomeev, Yekaterina Vasilyeva, Vladimir Zamanskiy, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan

Votes: 14

35. Among Grey Stones (1983)

88 min | Drama, History

6.6
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Director: Kira Muratova | Stars: Igor Sharapov, Oksana Shlapak, Stanislav Govorukhin, Roman Levchenko

Votes: 119

36. The Petersburg-Cannes Express (2003)

PG-13

3.6
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The year is 1904. The world is changing except that Russia under Czar Nicholas II doesn't seem to notice or care. Young people are in revolt but are constantly crushed by the Czar's Secret ... See full summary »

Director: John Daly | Stars: Kseniya Alfyorova, Aleksandr Bargman, Naima Belkhiati, Jay Benedict

Votes: 21

37. My Official Wife (1926)

Passed | 84 min | Drama, Romance, War

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A glittering drama of Imperial Russia in the days before the Revolution and the reckless life of the aristocracy in the days of the Czar, featuring gorgeous gowns, beautiful women and spectacular settings.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Irene Rich, Conway Tearle, Jane Winton, Gustav von Seyffertitz

38. V nachale slavnykh del (1980)

134 min | Drama, History

7.1
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Director: Sergey Gerasimov | Stars: Dmitriy Zolotukhin, Tamara Makarova, Natalya Bondarchuk, Nikolay Eryomenko

Votes: 118

39. Sven Tuuva the Hero (1958)

141 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.0
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Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Veikko Sinisalo, Edvin Laine, Fanni Halonen, Salme Karppinen

Votes: 111

40. The Mommila Murders (1973)

76 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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The last day of Alfred Kordelin.

Director: Jotaarkka Pennanen | Stars: Reino Kalliolahti, Hannu Kahakorpi, Eero Kosteikko, Mikko Majanlahti

Votes: 74

41. The Yellow Passport (1916)

Drama

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Voice student Sonia Sokoloff, is the daughter of a wealthy Russian Jewish family. Fedia, an anti-Semitic police spy, infiltrates the house as the family valet and attempts to rape Sonia, ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin August | Stars: Clara Kimball Young, Edwin August, John St. Polis, Alec B. Francis

42. Mannerheim ja Pietari (2003 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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Documentary about C.G.E. Mannerheim's relation to St. Petersburg where he lived for 30 years from 1887 to 1917.

Director: Arvo Tuominen | Stars: Jesse Ristilä, Arvo Tuominen, Aleksandr Pozdnyakov, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 6

43. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #5.3 (2014)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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Mary wakes up in bed with Tony Gillingham after their tryst and returns to Downton, where she learns that a building firm want to buy land for a housing estate, to which Robert objects. ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy

Votes: 833



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