- Anvilicious: Absolutely no attempt is made to be subtle about the film's pro-Russian, anti-German message. Considering that it was made just before World War II, when the Nazis invaded and committed untold atrocities against the people of Russia, it can definitely be considered a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
- Awesome Music: Sergei Prokofiev's iconic score.
- Complete Monster: Hermann von Balk, the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, represents a medieval version of the Nazis. Invading Russia under the belief that they should convert to Roman Catholicism or die, he has the village of Pskov slaughtered and the survivors captured. When the village elder tries to reason with him, Hermann has him killed. Afterward, he has toddlers ripped out of their mothers' arms and thrown into a bonfire.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The movie's plot about heavily symbolized The Teutonic Knights hit the audience well enough in 1941 when the Nazi Germany invaded Soviet Union. In particular, the destruction of Pskov can be uncomfortable to watch knowing what happened to the Soviet cities that fell to the Nazis only a few years after the film debuted, one of which was Pskov itself, which suffered substantial damage during Operation Barbarossa.
- Vindicated by History: A rare case of this happening almost immediately. After Stalin signed a non-aggression pact with Germany, the film was banned for its anti-Nazi themes. When the Germans broke off the pact and launched an invasion of the Soviet Union, the film was reinstated and became incredibly popular as a morale boost among the embattled Russian population.
YMMV / Alexander Nevsky