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Note: Although a lot of hard work goes into producing a documentary, each one has their own inaccuracies. Historical error can be found throughout, and I highly encourage anyone to research further into the historical information found within them.

Warning: Please be advised that many of these documentaries cover execution(s), therefore, these documentaries can be quite graphic and disturbing.


The Mystery Files - Rasputin - National Geographic

This is the story of how a simple peasant rose through the ranks of Russian aristocracy to win the ear of the Tsar and Tsarina and essentially become one of the most powerful men in Russia. Unfortunately for him, his influence over the family would attract the attention of many enemies, ensure his fall from grace and ultimately lead to his grisly death.
Rasputin's demise, according to history, centres around a group of Russian nobles, Vladimir Purishkevich, Felix Yusupov and Dmitri Pavlovich, who, in later years, all admitted to being involved in his assassination.

Approximately 58 Minutes - Released in 2006

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Mystery Files - The Romanovs - National Geographic

For more than ninety years the whereabouts of the Romanovs were unknown until a team of archaeologists uncovered a grave in a dense forest near Ekaterinburg. In 1991, after DNA testing and a sample retrieved from Prince Andrew, a relative of the Romanovs, scientists confirmed the authenticity of the bones.
Aside from this important breakthrough, it was also discovered that two of the bodies were missing from the grave, fuelling the already common speculation that two of them may have survived, namely Alexis and Anastasia who amassed numerous impersonators over the years adding to the mystery already surrounding the tragedy.

Approximately 24 Minutes - Released in 2010

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Three Kings at War - BBC4


When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she left behind an extended family network that spanned nine European thrones. This dynasty was the very pinnacle of High Society and family members referred to themselves as "The Club". BBC4 has produced The Three Kings which documents the lives King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm & Tsar Nicolas - and their involvement in the start of WWI.

Note: Please pardon the first 10 seconds of this clip. It seems there is a small remainder of a commercial in there :P

Approximately 58 Minutes - Released in 2006

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A Host of White Duchesses


April 8th, 1894. It was the day that the young Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt finally gave Nicholas, the heir to the Russian throne the long awaited consent for Marriage. So began the story of the last Russian Emperor and his family. The Host of the White Duchesses is a rare documentary that chronicles the family life through their letters, diaries, drawings and photographs.

Approximately 1 Hour and 58 Minutes - Released in 1992

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The Romanovs: Missing Bodies - National Geographic

It was a mystery that baffled historians for decades: what really became of the missing members of the royal Romanov family, long thought to have been murdered during the Russian revolution? In 2007, bone fragments were found in a shallow grave 70 metres away from the original 1979 discovery site. This intriguing documentary picks up the story as experts, including forensic anthropologist and 9/11 investigator Anthony Falsetti, test and analyse the bones in the hope that they'll solve the Romanov riddle once and for all. Rumours long persisted, however, that at least Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter, had survived after the chaotic shootings, and several people claimed to be the lost Grand Duchess. Now, according to this documentary, it is possible to use modern technology and recent discoveries to finally work out the the truth behind this bloody chapter in the October Revolution.

Approximately 47 Minutes - Released in 2008

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Note:After the remains were found in 2007 a slew of documentaries came out similar to this. Documentaries titled Finding Anastasia, The Riddle of the Romanovs, and this one, The Romanovs: Missing Bodies. Throughout all the documentaries, the content is almost copied second for second. There were minor differences in each (some documentaries only 20 minutes, etc). I am offering up this one, as I believe it is the best quality, and covers the most regarding the topic of the 2007 bone discovery.


Anastasia: Dead or Alive - NOVA

During the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II was overthrown and later exiled to the town of Ekaterinburg. In the middle of the night of July 16, 1918, Bolshevik guards, using the pretense that the Romanovs were in danger, led the Tsar and his family into a basement. It was there that the family was executed. Although reports indicated that no one survived, some people believe that one of the Tsar's daughters, Grand Duchess Anastasia, may have escaped. In 1922 a woman claiming to be Anastasia surfaced in Berlin. Six years later, she visited the United States and registered in a hotel using the name Anna Anderson. Relatives, doctors, and former acquaintances of the Romanovs interviewed and studied her, but until the advent of DNA analysis, no one could prove or disprove her claim with certainty. NOVA investigates this mystery, presenting personal testimonies, evidence from DNA tests, and extensive efforts to determine her true identity.

Approximately 60 Minutes - Released in 2000

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Anastasia: Her True Story - Biography



A & E Biography tries to tell the viewer the true story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Although the real Grand Duchess is briefly touched upon, this documentary mainly focuses on the famous Anna Anderson and her claim to the family. Regardless of your opinion on Anna Anderson, this documentary is an interesting watch nonetheless.

Approximately 50 Minutes - Released in 2005

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Infamous Assassinations - The Assassination of Tsar Nicholas II

Ekaterinburg, 1918, After a disastrous war with Germany, the Bolsheviks imprisoned the Romanov family as their supporters approached. Factory worker guards were replaced by Cheka executioners and on 17th July 1918, the family were murdered and buried in a nearby wood. For more than 70 years their whereabouts was unknown but new material released from Russia now conclusively reveals their fate. - BBC.com

Approximately 25 Minutes - Released in 2007

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Olga: The Last Grand Duchess

Forbidden love, enduring passion, Cinderella in reverse - Olga: The Last Grand Duchess tells the tale of Olga Romanova’s journey from the palaces of St. Petersburg to her death in obscurity above a modest barbershop in Toronto, Canada. Olga was born into a life of pomp and splendor. Her story is set against the backdrop of an entire century, encompassing two world wars, a revolution, thrilling escapes and two terms of exile.  Rare footage from the Russian archives presents a record of the momentous historical events that shaped the century. The person now in charge of the archives is completely devoted to Olga and the details of her life who is their beloved “Princess who didn't want to be a princess.”

Contemporary footage, shot during production in Russia, Denmark and Canada, of the palaces and humble homes where Olga lived shows the range of lifestyles she experienced.  Olga's vibrant paintings, coupled with interviews of people who knew her, create an insiders sense of this woman's astonishing character and the lasting impression she made. The numerous newspaper headlines give the film the weight of history – and international, political, explosive history that was played out in one woman's life of courage and endurance.  - VideoServiceCorp.com

Approximately 60 Minutes - Released in 2008

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Mystery of the Romanovs - National Geographic

Once rich and powerful beyond all imagining, rulers of a vast empire spanning two continents, Russia's imperial family was executed one bloody night in the summer of 1918, their bodies hidden in a secret location. The final fate of the Romanovs was shrouded in mystery for more than seventy years of Soviet rule, until the discovery of skeletal remains near the site of the murders, evidence that is now fueling a heated battle between scientists, religious leaders, would-be heirs and Russia's political elite. The world's most eminent forensic scientists have used advanced DNA analysis to identify these remains as those of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and three of his children, but many Russians remain unconvinced. With two of the tsar's children's bodies still missing, and accusations that the evidence may be tainted, many still consider the Romanov murders an open case. - NationalGeographic.com

Approximately 46 Minutes - Released in 2007

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In Search of History - The Romanovs - A&E Home Video

For most of a century, their tragic fate was unclear, shrouded by a government obsessed with secrecy. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the final chapter of one of the most fascinating dynasties in history is finally revealed. Join authors Mark Steinberg (The Fall of the Romanovs) and Peter Kurth (The Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra) for a riveting look at the end of an era. Go deep into the Soviet archives to see the historic documents that led to the discovery of the Romanovs' remains. In a moving interview, Prince Nicholas Romanov tells of his feelings at finally knowing the fate of his family. Stunning footage brings the glamour and opulence of Nicholas and Alexandra's long-ago reign to life, and their terrifying end is revisited through forensic evidence and declassified Soviet accounts. THE ROMANOVS is the final chapter of one of history's most fabled mysteries. - Amazon.com

Approximately 45 Minutes - Released in 2000

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Nicholas & Alexandra - A&E Home Video


For almost a century their fabled dynasty and tragic fate has been enveloped in myth and surrounded by mystery. Now, with the opening of the former Soviet Union, the true story of Nicholas and Alexandra can be told. This groundbreaking production, filmed on location throughout the former Soviet Union and Europe, presents a treasure trove of information and documents that have been kept secret for decades. Intimate diaries, letters and personal effects from the once-sealed imperial archives tell the astonishing story of the Romanovs' reign. Chilling eyewitness accounts, testimony from executioners, and a somber exhumation finally put to rest the enigma of their dynasty's horrifying end. Stunning, fact-filled and grand, this is the ultimate chronicle of a romance that changed the world. - AEtv.com

Approximately 100 Minutes - Released in 1998

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Revenge of the Romanovs - HomeVision



80 years after their assassination by the Bolsheviks, the Romanovs had their final burial. The story of Tsar Nicholas II and the imperial Romanov family is on of the most compelling stories in history an has been the subject of countless books and even an animated film. Using archival material The Revenge of the Romanovs tells the story of the imperial family, their execution, exhumation, and state burial in 1998. The film includes recently released memoirs of the executioners including those of Yurovsky, the Tsar's murderer. An interview with the Grand Duchess Leonida, mother of the current pretender to the throne, is also featured. -Amazon.com

Approximately 52 Minutes - Released in 2001

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Poslednie Pyat' Let (Last 5 Years) - Krupnyj Plan - Russian Documentary



Produced by the creators of Nikolai i Aleksandra, the documentary Poslednie Pyat' Let covers the periods 1913 to 1918 and traces an outline of the basic events which eventually resulted in the fall of the 300-year Romanovs Dynasty and the death of the Last Tsar and his Family. This film utilizes unique materials from the Russian State Archives to the same caliber of Nikolai i Aleksandra.

Russian Narration.

Approximately 140 Minutes - Released in 1994

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Nikolai i Aleksandra (Nicholas & Alexandra) - Krupnyj Plan - Russian Documentary


The marriage of Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra was not a typical royal match of convenience - their match was a love story. Nicholas and Alexandra remained devoted to each other for over twenty three years and in the end died together. This documentary features rare archival film and unique photographs from the personal albums of the Romanov family. Directed by Alexander Aizenberg and Matthew King Kaufman, Nikolai i Aleksandra outlines the Love, Life and Tragedy of the Last Imperial Couple. Although the narration is entirely in Russian, this film will captivate you with the treasure trove of rare archival material.

Approximately 140 Minutes - Released in 1994

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Mystery of the Last Tsar - Cymru Films

Unfolding like a classic detective story, Mystery of the Last Tsar is given added depth by the various uses of documents. Among the documents are actual eyewitness accounts, that until recently were kept buried by the KGB. Blending footage of Nicholas and his family, historically accurate re-enactments, and a lively mix of experts, including a former KGB insider, one can balance and consider all the evidence. Through interviews with forensic experts who have recently excavated skeletal remains that are believed to belong to the Imperial family, and archivists with access to the "notes" from Yakov Yurovsky who led the execution squad, Mystery of the Last Tsar will trace the tragic disappearance of the Romanov Family on July 16, 1918 and the most brutal regicide in history.
-Amazon.com

Approximately 78 Minutes - Released in 1999
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Russia's Last Tsar - National Geographic

National Geographic has done its usual highly professional job with this visual account of Tsar Nicholas II and his Tsarina, Alexandra. It features a good deal of interesting newsreel footage and affecting snapshots of their family. The narration, by the distinguished British actor Jeremy Irons, is quietly effective, although some viewers may find his consistently melancholy tone a bit much. Although the film devotes considerable attention to the controversial identification of the family's remains, it was made in the mid-nineties so it naturally doesn't extend to their eventual burial back in St. Petersburg. More surprisingly, the film does not address the question of the bodies missing from the family burial site and, especially, the fate of Anastasia, which so aroused the public's interest for 70 years.
-Amazon.com

Approximately 65 Minutes - Released in 1997
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The Romanovs - Australian Broadcasting Company



Produced by Australian Broadcasting Company, this documentary looks at the current state of Russia (in 1994) and discusses the reign and loss of the Romanovs. Looking at the Mystery that surrounded the fallen family after the Revolution, and their untimely demise, this documentary looks critically at Anna Anderson's claim, bringing scientists and other involved researchers to the interview table.

Approximately 60 Minutes - Released in 1994

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Last Days of the Last Tsar - Cyrillic Films

Directed by Anatoly Ivanov. A sympathetic and bittersweet docu-drama about the last days of Tsar Nicholas and his family. The time frame of the film is predominantly that from the Tsar's abdication and exile to the brutal execution. The filmmakers have made excellent use of rare documentary footage (and some familiar footage) and integrated it with staged re-enactments by actors. The words of the narration are often from the letters and writings of the Tsar and Tsarina.

Approximately 140 Minutes - Released in 1992

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Last of the Czars - Discovery Channel

History comes to life, in the Discovery Channel's production of Last of the Czars. The viewer learns about the Tsar and Tsarina, their five children, and the holy man, Rasputin. Exploring the events leading up to the execution of the royal family in 1918, The Discovery Channel utilizes archival film footage and previously unseen photographs to illuminate the story of the doomed family. History unfolds amid the unrest of a war-ravaged Russian population as survivors from the era of the Romanovs reveal details pertaining to the family.

Approximately 150 minutes - Released in 1998

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Russia: Land of the Tsars - The History Channel

Russia: Land of the Tsars illuminates the imperial past of the world's largest nation. At the heart of this epic tale are the figures whose names have become legend: Ivan the Terrible, who expanded the empire at the rate of 50 miles--and innumerable lives--a day; Peter the Great, whose sweeping reforms westernized the nation; and Catherine the Great, whose rule was marked by conquest, change and controversy.
Filmed on location throughout Russia, enriched by exclusive visits to important sites and museums, and filled with commentary from renowned scholars, this is a kaleidoscopic, captivating portrait of a land that has endured centuries of despair and rebellion, innovation and conflict.

Approximately 200 Minutes - Released in 2003

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Aleksei Nikolaevich: The Life and Death of the Heir




This documentary is entirely in Russian. Although I have a rough idea of what they are saying, I cannot make a summary of this documentary. If someone who knows Russian would be willing to give me a summary, please email me. I will give full credit for the review.

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