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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, serious, captivating, surprise ending, sexy, cynical, enigmatic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, alcoholic, atheist, library, court martial, iron curtain, cynicism, british intelligence, secret agents, betrayal, undercover, midlife crisis, political unrest, dehumanization, dishonesty, state affairs, unfulfillment, berlin wall, love affair, british, prison ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, east germany, england, germany, europe, berlin germany, amsterdam ...

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Most similar movies to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about spy, espionage, cold war, dishonesty, undercover, state affairs and betrayal mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), The Ipcress File (1965), The Tailor of Panama (2001), The Russia House (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, non-linear, atmospheric, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, british intelligence, double agent, government agency, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
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Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
Style: serious, talky, twists and turns, clever, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, kgb, mole, double agent, secret service, betrayal, secret agents, investigation, traitor, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: london, britain, europe, czechoslovakia, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, political intrigue, double agent, undercover, investigation, rivalry, race against time, dishonesty, politics, conspiracy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, albania, london, europe, scotland yard ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a nefarious past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The ...
Style: suspense, realistic, stylized, talky, serious ...
Plot: politics, spy, espionage, president, swimming, birthday, secret agents, debt, dancing, map, mentor, brainwashing ...
Time: 90s
Place: panama, latin america, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Russia House (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.
Style: thought provoking, stylized, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: cia, cold war, espionage, alcohol abuse, iron curtain, romance, politics, intrigue, dishonesty, society, love and romance, undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, lisbon portugal, england, ussr, europe ...
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: gloomy, sexual, tense, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, stasi, spy, iron curtain, interrogation, communism, blackmail, german, espionage, politics, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, europe, german democratic republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, tense, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, surveillance, immigrants, muslim, intelligence, who to trust, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, betrayal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Debt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mossad, war criminal, secret agents, spy, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, righting the wronged, war crime, cold war, redemption, suicide, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, year 1966, 70s ...
Place: israel, middle east, germany, europe, ukraine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, India
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, lawyer, spy, cia, rescue, legal, justice, soviet spy, mission, undercover, judge ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1960, 50s, year 1957
Place: ussr, usa, east germany, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, surreal, captivating ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, cold war, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, senator, strangulation, suicide, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: new york, korea, usa, alaska, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Looking Glass War (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: espionage, iron curtain, secret agents, spy, weapon system, working undercover, cons and scams, political conspiracy, government agency, dishonesty, love and romance, on the run ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Funeral in Berlin (1966)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychotronic, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, berlin wall, chase, betrayal, double agent, crimes, terrorism, escapades, assassination attempt, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, east germany, europe, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Secret Agent (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian goverment, an agent provacateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, police inspector, bomb, politics, undercover, state affairs, mentally challenged, crimes, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, dishonesty, politics, journalism, government agency, rivalry, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
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Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: secret agents, espionage, kgb, spy, betrayal, government agency, love and romance, undercover, dishonesty, forbidden love, political unrest, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, britain, europe, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
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Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 27K
Torn Curtain (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, iron curtain, politics, political intrigue, working undercover, state affairs, couple relations, double agent, dishonesty, secret agents, museum ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Naked Runner (1967)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a trade show and show off his invention, taking his 10 year old ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, microfilm
Plot: assassination, spy, secret agents, espionage, undercover, child in peril, intelligence, holiday, invention, on the run, escape, defector ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, germany, copenhagen, london, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, photographer, spy, double agent, mole, couples, graphic violence, dishonesty, secret identity, undercover, cold war, homesickness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: west berlin west germany, england, europe, germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: exciting, talky, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, spy, mole, graphic violence, betrayal, dishonesty, secret agents, state affairs, crimes, adventure, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Farewell (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Engaging, emotional and riveting, FAREWELL is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history— about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: cold war, espionage, kgb, double agent, undercover, working undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, betrayal, father son relationship, iron curtain, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ussr, france, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Style: tense, realistic, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: espionage, treason, undercover, double agent, dishonesty, society, buddies, political conspiracy, cold war, spy, smuggling, satellite ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico city, ussr, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, military, secret service, race against time, revolution, white house, political conspiracy, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: russia, pentagon, texas, washington d.c., america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, double agent, idealism, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, invasion, politics, suspicion, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.7
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The Defector (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Professor Bower, an American physicist, is effectively blackmailed by a shady CIA agent named Adams to help the CIA obtain secret microfilm from a defecting Russian scientist. The reluctant Bower travels to East Germany undercover as an antiques ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, kgb, hitman, secret agents, government agency, race against time, state affairs, undercover, military, escapades, dishonesty, conspiracy ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, german democratic republic, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Human Factor (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to Moscow, and allows Dr. Percival to terminate the ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, conspiracy, espionage, double agent, communist, political intrigue, undercover, government agency, heroes, state affairs, dishonesty, south african ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, africa, europe, russia, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Half Moon Street (1986)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her job. To supplement her income, she starts moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort Service, where she has more control over men and money than she ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: intrigue, escort, politics, romance, espionage, political intrigue, dishonesty, uncover truth, infidelity, prostitute, female protagonist, prostitution ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, middle east, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Different Loyalty (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA, Malta
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In January 1963, British journalist Leo Cauffield suddenly disappears from his home in Beirut. His wife Sally knew that he was working part-time for British intelligence, but was not prepared to be told by the British embassy that they suspect he ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, betrayal, treason, undercover, secret agents, working undercover, love affair, heroic mission, terrorism, dishonesty, journalism, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 60s
Place: middle east, russia, lebanon, new york, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 3K
The Game (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: London 1972. When a defecting KGB officer, Arkady Malinov, reveals Operation Glass, a devastating Soviet plot that could change the course of the Cold War, Daddy, the head of MI5, assembles a secret team to investigate. As the Soviets awaken a list ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, conspiracy, spy, cold war, undercover, government agency, dishonesty, state affairs, kgb, mi6
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, ussr, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
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Shadow Dancer (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending ...
Plot: ira, moral dilemma, snitch, radical, family relations, siblings relations, political unrest, undercover, state affairs, betrayal, loss of son, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1973, year 1993, 70s
Place: ireland, london, england, united kingdom, belfast ...
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