Cold war era movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cold war era movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, dramatic, talky and suspense films and TV shows about / with cold war era, cold war, politics, betrayal, state affairs, dialogue, culture clash, mentor, runaway and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cold war era: The Hunt for Red October (1990), One, Two, Three (1961), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Il Divo (2008), White Nights (1985), Thirteen Days (2000), Stalin (1992), Red Dawn (1984), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Charlie Wilson's War (2007).

List of cold war era movies

The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A new Soviet nuclear missile sub (a Boomer) heading out on her maiden voyage that is being tracked by a Los Angeles class American submarine suddenly goes silent and "disappears". This focuses the attention of both U.S. Intelligence and ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, underwater, cia, politics, spy, defection, against the rules, political intrigue, russian, nuclear threat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, russia, soviet union, atlantic ocean, iceland ...
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One, Two, Three (1961)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
Style: clever, talky, witty, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, communist, forbidden love, secretary, couple relations, politics, culture clash, love affair, capitalist, wedding ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, soviet union, russia ...
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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: suspenseful, clever, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, political conspiracy, communism, senator, cards, strangulation, nervous breakdown, nightmare ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north korea, china, manhattan new york city ...
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.
Style: offbeat, clever, humorous, cynical, not serious ...
Plot: cold war, military, military base, absurdism, president, u.s. air force, nuclear holocaust, nuclear threat, pilot, communism, captain, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: soviet union, pentagon, russia
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Il Divo (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The narration spans the period since the seventh election of Andreotti as Prime Minister of Italy in 1992, until the trial in which he was accused of collusion with the Mafia.
Style: disturbing, serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mafia, political corruption, politics, murder, photographer, blackmail, head of state, crime, diva, crimes, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, year 1993, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, sicily, soviet union ...
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White Nights (1985)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Bolshoi again, but he wishes to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: ballet, kgb, escape, tap dancing, dancer's life, culture clash, fugitives, emigrant, artists and showbiz, against the odds, unlikely partners, dance ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, siberia, soviet union, london
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Thirteen Days (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cold war, white house, military, president, nuclear threat, head of state, leadership, atomic bomb, usa president, threat, race against time ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
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Stalin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Russia, Hungary, USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin.
Style: serious, captivating, disturbing, realistic, suspense
Plot: paranoia, leadership, murder, head of state, historical figure, society, state affairs, politics, deadly, power relations, life is a bitch, kgb ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, year 1919 ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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Red Dawn (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: small town, invasion, war, survival, gas station, adventure, young heroes, cult, red army, heroic mission, battles, against the odds ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, near future
Place: colorado, usa, latin america, russia
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The ...
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: idealism, politics, terrorism, anti war, rebellion, revolution, political unrest, police brutality, bomb, suicide, protest, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1976, year 1977 ...
Place: germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, dubai ...
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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Style: clever, realistic, thought provoking, humorous, factual ...
Plot: cia, congress, politics, cold war, womanizer, politician, deception, political intrigue, muslim, drugs/alcohol, law enforcement, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1980
Place: afghanistan, usa, texas, washington d.c., middle east ...
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The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI ...
Style: captivating, exciting, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: secret agents, fbi, espionage, kgb, working undercover, undercover, cold war, double life, surveillance, parents and children, family relations, double agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, usa, washington d.c.
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The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, hollywood, communist, mccarthyism, opposites attract, romance, radical, unlikely couple, young lovers, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
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The Crab-Drum (1977)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crabe tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty years earlier. "Le crabe tambour" ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: military, soldier, military life, war, wartime life, battles, betrayal, friendship, haunted by the past, reunion, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: algeria, africa, asia, vietnam, atlantic ocean
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The Silent Revolution (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: It's 1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have ...
Plot: classroom, freedom of speech, high school, train, escape, border crossing, border, high school student, learning the truth, playing piano, cold war era, newspaper ...
Time: 1950s
Place: east germany, west berlin west germany
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The Spacewalker (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: March 1965. In the heat of the Cold War, the USA and the USSR are competing for supremacy in space. What both superpowers aim for in this race, is to be the first to have a man walk in outer space. To accomplish that, no price is too high and no ...
Style: propaganda film, based on true events, factual, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: spacewalk, cosmonaut, against the odds, cold war, courage, space program, heroic mission, outer space, media coverage, save the day, characters in danger, stranded ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: soviet union, russia, usa
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The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bruce (Rod Taylor), the owner of a aerospace company, is infatuated with Jennifer (Doris Day) and hires her to be his biographer so that he can be near her and win her affections. Is she actually a Russian spy trying to obtain aerospace secrets?
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, exciting, romantic ...
Plot: spy, espionage, mistaken identity, romance, laboratory, secret agents, widow, nasa, fall in love, undercover, disorder, goofy hero ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, hawaii
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The Ear (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'), and the resolution is worse ...
Style: disturbing, serious, biting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: couple relations, dishonesty, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, domestic disturbance, political intrigue, politics, state affairs, unfulfillment, government facility ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: russia, prague, czech republic, czechoslovakia
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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, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: cold war, u.s. air force, white house, politics, conspiracy, secret service, political thriller, kidnapping, desert, coup, revolution, chief of staff ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
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Scorpio (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Cross is an old hand at the CIA, in charge of assassinating high-ranking foreign personalities who are an obstacle to the policies of the USA. He often teams up with Frenchman Jean Laurier, alias "Scorpio", a gifted free-lance operative. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending, tragic ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, cold war, cia agent, assassination attempt, betrayal, espionage, on the run, intrigue, double agent, government agency, secret agents, attempted murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: washington d.c., langley virginia, europe, berlin germany
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Animal Farm (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An animated film from 1999 based on the famous novel by George Orwell. Animals on a farm lead a revolution against the farmers to put their destiny in their own hands. However this revolution eats their own children and they cannot avoid corruption.
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: pig, farm, politics, rebellion, anti heroes, countryside, theory, revolution, political unrest, family, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
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Bunker (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two isolated Canadian soldiers come to grip with a difficult order: launch a nuclear strike against the former USSR, some 25 years after the end of the Cold War.
Plot: cold war, soldier, canadian, bunker, isolation, french canadian, cold war era, nuclear war
Place: canada
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Karol: The Pope, The Man (2006)
Genre: Biography
Country: Italy, Poland, Canada
Duration: 155 min.
Story: This highly acclaimed feature film on Pope John Paul II was filmed on location in Italy and Poland. Focusing on the papacy of John Paul and the tremendous impact he had on the Church and the world, Karol: The Pope, The Man stars actor Piotr Adamczyk ...
Plot: assassination, catholic, soviet army, assassin, devotion, church, prison, prayer, priest, kgb, catholicism, operating room ...
Place: india, africa
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I Promise (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In a small army base at the Eastern border of Austria a young recruit is trained to be a soldier to protect his country in case of war. He has to stay for 8 months and during this time he escapes in his own fantasy world...
Plot: recruit, military service, austrian, boredom, cold war era, comrade, uniform, funeral, prostitute, road accident, drinking, cold war
Place: austria
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Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Director Robert Siodmak's 1962 film, inspired by true events, is about an East Berlin resident who attempts to escape to West Berlin with his family and girlfriend through a secret underground tunnel.
Plot: berlin wall, cold war, politics, death, musician, escape, police, neighbor, deserter, betrayal, truck, trust ...
Time: 1960s
Place: east berlin, gdr, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, west germany ...
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Hostage (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tragicomic family film about the world of children heroes - particularly the son of a local communist officer and his friend, a little hostage of the regime, whose parents emigrated to the West, few years before "Prague Spring" and the ...
Plot: communism, school, boy, christmas, grandfather grandson relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, cold war era
Time: year 1967, year 1968, 1960s
Place: czechoslovakia
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45 R.P.M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the Autumn of 1960, a fluke atmospheric weather condition allows a young teenager, Parry Tender, to receive a radio broadcast from New York City. Nestled in the Northern town of Goose Lake, Saskatchewan, Parry believes the contest the New York ...
Plot: air base, single father, teenage pregnancy, canadian, helicopter, puberty, abusive stepfather, coming of age, disc jockey, military base, juice, school bus ...
Time: year 1960, 1960s
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The Farewell (2000)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A portrait of a single day in the late summer of 1956, toward the end of Bertolt Brecht's life, as he prepares to leave his lakeside home, surrounded by the women who form his extended family.
Plot: playwright, poem, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, pajamas, extramarital affair, vomiting, infidelity, jealousy, male nudity, adultery, secretary, love triangle ...
Time: 1950s
Place: munich germany, moscow russia, berlin germany
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Lumumba (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Germany, Haiti
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: assassination, betrayal, intrigue, political corruption, defamation, scapegoat, dehumanization, political unrest, injustice, ambition, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: congo, africa, belgium, brussels belgium, latin america ...
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The Missiles of October (1974)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, politics, nuclear threat, white house, government agency, head of state, war, leadership, race against time, save the day, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: cuba, latin america, usa
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