Russian history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant russian history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, realistic, serious, epic, atmospheric and stylized films and TV shows about / with russian history, state affairs, czar, russian revolution, betrayal, military, heroes, revolution, empress and royal family plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in Russia, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as russian history: Admiral (2008), Ekaterina (2014), Catherine the Great (2019), The Romanoffs (2018), The Fall of the Empire (2005), Gagarin: First in Space (2013), Russian Ark (2002), Poor Nastya (2003), Rasputin (1981), Tsar (2009).

List of russian history movies

Admiral (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is a story of a great love facing the greatest drama of the history of Russia. Admiral Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. One day he meets Anna, the love of his life and the wife of his best friend. The revolution in his ...
Style: realistic, dramatic, serious, based on true events, tragic ending ...
Plot: russian history, warship, political unrest, destiny, world war one, russian revolution, military, state affairs, politics, love affair, against the odds, wartime life ...
Time: 1910s
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Ekaterina (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: 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 she came into power, transformed the Russian empire.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, touching, sentimental, lyrical ...
Plot: russian empire, palace intrigue, russian history, empress, royal court, royal family, loveless marriage, coup d'etat, heir to the throne, imperial russia, intrigue, queen ...
Time: 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Catherine the Great (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine the Great's reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
Style: based on true events, realistic, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: russian history, palace intrigue, empress, historical character, queen, russian empire, power struggle, ambitious woman, court intrigue, state affairs, imperial russia, lovers ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ottoman empire, russia
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The Romanoffs (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology series centered around people who believe themselves to be the modern-day descendants of the Romanov family.
Style: anthology, captivating, factual, thought provoking, educational film ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: russian history, russian empire, ancestor, royal family, luxury, interview, multiple storylines, descendant, dynasty, domestic servant, female full frontal nudity, royalty
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The Fall of the Empire (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 520 min.
TV show
Story: 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.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, stylized, realistic, intense ...
Plot: russian empire, russian revolution, world war one, russian history, imperial russia, spy, revolution, revenge, prison, soldier, military officer, search ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: sarajevo
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Gagarin: First in Space (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The film is dedicated to the first steps of mankind on the path of space exploration and direct the fate of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The main motif - the fight for the right to be first: the competition in the first cosmonaut, competition ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, exciting, serious, captivating
Plot: outer space, russian history, space travel, spacecraft, folk hero, rise to the top, follow your dream, ambition, workplace, escapades, space race, space mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union
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The Romanovs: An Imperial Family (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 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.
Style: thought provoking, captivating
Plot: russian history, imperial russia, czar, russian revolution, exile, relationships, family problems, husband wife relationship, forbidden love, family relations, love story, historical figure ...
Time: year 1917, year 1918, 1910s
Place: russia
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Russian Ark (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery
Country: Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A French marquis wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.
Style: epic, serious, captivating, experimental, non-linear ...
Plot: museum, time travel, empress, russian history, revolution, lifestyle, culture clash, haunted by the past, painting, surveillance, czar, monarchy ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 18th century, contemporary, 1800s ...
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, ussr, europe, tokyo
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Poor Nastya (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Poor Nastya is a Russian telenovela originally aired from 31 October 2003 to 30 April 2004 on the STS. Based on the imperial setting of the 19th century, the series reached international success and was shown in Ukraine, China, Israel, Serbia, ...
Style: touching, romantic, sincere, sentimental
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, nobility, unspoken love, intrigue, dream girl, emperor, love at first sight, love hate relationship, girl heroine, russian history, mystery, palace intrigue ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 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.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, russian history, ambition, tragic hero, psychopath, betrayal, revolution, royal court, murder ...
Time: 1910s, year 1916, year 1917
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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 Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, contemplative ...
Plot: clergy, leadership, russian history, head of state, political unrest, corrupted ruler, ambition, dishonesty, royal court, rebelliousness, political corruption, society ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Biography of the last Russian Monarch, Tsar Nicholas II and his Tsarina, Alexandra.Czar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: czar, royal family, russian revolution, russian history, politics, rise and fall, state affairs, rebellion, political unrest, rebelliousness, family relations, world war one ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 90s, edwardian era
Place: russia, siberia, crimea
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Raspoutine (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, non-linear
Plot: rise to the top, empress, ambition, rise and fall, russian history, political intrigue, royal court, society, state affairs, clergy, battles, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
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Anastasia: Once Upon a Time (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Anastasia Romanov escapes through a portal when her family is threatened by Vladimir Lenin, and she finds herself in the year 1988, befriended by a young American girl.
Style: weird, captivating, sweet, absurd, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: time travel, lenin, russian history, monarchy, russophobia, propaganda, friendship, sent to the future, friendship between girls, portal, magical, female friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 80s
Place: russia
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The Fortress: By Shield and Sword (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In the war-torn countryside, an orphan and his young friend use all their skills to defend their home and people from opposing forces.
Style: entertaining, captivating
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: siege, russian, patriotism, russian history, polish, polish history, russian soldier, russian army, protector, adventure, military, soldier ...
Time: 1600s, 17th century
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Rasputin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Grigorij Efimovic Rasputin (1869-1916) the mystic and self-proclaimed holy man. The saint-demon and the simple peasant. About the plot against Rasputin, hated and feared at the highest levels of government because of his surreal influence on the ...
Style: factual, disturbing, tense, exciting, captivating
Plot: magician, sorcerer, occult, russian revolution, assassination, historical character, russian history, catholic priest, black magic, main character shot, tragic villain, last stand ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: russia
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Viking (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The early Middle Ages. A time of heavy swords and dark blood law. The ruling clan is in discord. The guilt for the accidental death of the brother has fallen on the Grand Duke. According to the law, revenge must be taken by the younger brother, a ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, serious, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: cold weather, murder, viking, christian, betrayal, sex scene, dysfunctional family, fratricide, russian history, revenge, heroes, crimes ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
Place: ukraine, russia
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, stylized, captivating, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: politics, parents and children, communism, totalitarianism, repression, symbolism, stalinism, family relations, betrayal, friendship, colonel, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: russia, ussr, poland
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The Great (2020)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia following the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great and her explosive relationship with husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.
Style: stylized, realistic, epic, humorous, based on true events
Plot: royal court, king, queen, empress, royal family, palaces castles and temples, monarch, russian empire, intrigue, imperial russia, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century
Place: russia
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Generation War (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, thought provoking, controversial ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, holocaust, military, against humanity, nazi germany, atrocity, german, friendship, danger, soldier, guilt ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, ussr, soviet union
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Boris Godunov (1986)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, West Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Praised for its fine photography and production design if not its narrative, Sergei Bondarchuk directed this adaptation of the tale by Alexander Pushkin. Boris Godunov came to the Czarist throne at the end of the 16th century, after the original ...
Plot: russian history, impostor, torture, bell, usurper, idiot, czar, battle, coronation, murder, battles
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Young Catherine (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Canada, Soviet Union, Germany, Italy
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, stylized
Plot: royal court, love and romance, empress, couple relations, palaces castles and temples, russian history, royal family, political intrigue, ambition, rivalry, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1700s
Place: russia
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Reds (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 195 min.
Story: A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Style: serious, sentimental, captivating, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: russian revolution, world war one, love triangle, journalism, politics, romance, political unrest, writer's life, couple relations, love affair, infidelity, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917 ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, soviet union, middle east ...
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Panfilov's 28 Men (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight ...
Style: rough, suspense, suspenseful, touching, captivating
Plot: eastern front, red army, world war two, soviet army, bravery, heroes, infantry, propaganda, nazi soldier, wartime, military life, heroism ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s
Place: germany, russia, ussr
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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: sniper, world war two, war, military, heroes, nazism, friendship, assassination, nazi officer, battle zone, trap, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, germany, poland
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Stalingrad (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, exciting, rough, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, heroes, red army, siege, battles, life is a bitch, wartime life, danger, battle zone, military life, heroism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, europe
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The Turkish Gambit (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: Russia, Bulgaria
Duration: 208 min.
Story: The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin. The film takes place in 1877 during the Russian-Turkish war. Erast Fandorin has just escaped from ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, whodunit, battles, spy, rivalry, escapades, heroes, siege, woman in danger, wartime life, russian empire, pow ...
Time: 1870s, 19th century
Place: ottoman empire, bulgaria, europe
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Peter the Great (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 371 min.
TV show
Story: This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: ruler, fight for supremacy, leadership, ego clash, rise to the top, heroes, war, state affairs, ambition, family feud, royal court, royal family ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: russia
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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Austria, Italy
Duration: 200 min.
TV show
Story: Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only surviving daughter of the Czar and Czarina of Russia.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: russian revolution, amnesia, royalty, memory loss, cons and scams, royal family, missing person, revolution, political unrest, love affair, mystery, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 1930s
Place: russia, europe, new york, germany, usa
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The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with the politics. Stalin has sent out an assassin, Frank Jacson. Jacson befriends a young communist and gets an invitation to ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: assassination, exile, folk hero, chases and races, political conspiracy, political intrigue, graphic violence, conspiracy, deadly, rise and fall, society, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: mexico, russia, latin america
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