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, suspense, talky and tense films and TV shows about / with cold war era, cold war, politics, state affairs, betrayal, espionage, dishonesty, culture clash, corruption and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cold war era: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1961), The Silent Revolution (2018), The Spacewalker (2017), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), The Ear (1970), Seven Days in May (1964), Scorpio (1973), Il Divo (2008), Animal Farm (1999), Bunker (2014).

List of cold war era movies

Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1961)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: It's the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union with the Communists launching a spy satellite that has the Free World leaders in a panic. Fears about the nature of the satellite force the United States to send an ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: espionage, cold war, adventure, save the day, state affairs, dishonesty, government agency, undercover, danger, rivalry, escapades, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, future, year 1957, near future
Place: russia, usa, moscow russia
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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, cold war era, playing piano, friendship between boys, radio, father son relationship, friendship, school, cold war, cemetery ...
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, breathtaking ...
Plot: spacewalk, cosmonaut, outer space, cold war, against the odds, pilot, heroic mission, space program, courage, characters in danger, save the day, 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: espionage, spy, mistaken identity, romance, nasa, nothing goes right, dishonesty, disorder, heroes, goofy hero, secret agents, cruise ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, hawaii
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 7.9
 2K
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, tense, suspenseful, serious, biting ...
Plot: promotion, government facility, politics, unfulfillment, couple relations, state affairs, crumbling marriage, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, totalitarianism, family problems, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: russia, czech republic, prague, 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, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, u.s. air force, politics, secret service, conspiracy, white house, revolution, betrayal, terrorism, military, espionage, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
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 6.5
 3K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, betrayal, espionage, intrigue, on the run, double agent, assassination attempt, cold war, cia, heroes, deadly, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., langley virginia, europe, berlin germany
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 7.3
 14K
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, realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: political corruption, mafia, murder, blackmail, photographer, prime minister, italian history, cosa nostra, vatican, incompetent police, crime, chases and races ...
Time: 1990s, 21st century, year 1993, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, moscow russia, soviet union ...
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 6.0
 5K
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: humorous, witty, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: politics, rebellion, farm, pig, revolution, society, rise and fall, rebelliousness, dishonesty, heroes, political unrest, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
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 6.6
 46
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: soldier, cold war, canadian, bunker, isolation, cold war era, french canadian, 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: political leader, clergy, prayer, catholic, catholic church, shot in the stomach, pope, assassination, nun's habit, assassin, bishop, nun ...
Place: india, africa
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 7.1
 172
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: military service, recruit, austrian, uniform, cold war era, road accident, cold war, drinking, funeral, prostitute, boredom, comrade
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, neighbor, police, betrayal, death, musician, cold war era, escape, defection, baby ...
Time: 1960s
Place: east berlin, gdr, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, west germany ...
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 6.4
 98
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: boy, school, communism, cold war era, grandmother grandson relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, christmas
Time: 1960s, year 1967, year 1968
Place: czechoslovakia
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 6.2
 166
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: cold war era, disc jockey, air base, tomboy, cargo plane, child molestation, military base, canadian, single father, teenage pregnancy, small town, school bus ...
Time: 1960s, year 1960
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 6.3
 154
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: nurse, dog, father daughter relationship, boy, dying, friendship, typewriter, rehearsal, cigar smoking, blood, friend, paranoia ...
Time: 1950s
Place: berlin germany, moscow russia, munich germany
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 7.2
 2K
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: thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, sincere, serious ...
Plot: assassination, dehumanization, scapegoat, betrayal, defamation, political corruption, intrigue, political unrest, leadership, heroes, deadly, dishonesty ...
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: realistic, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: nuclear threat, white house, politics, cold war, save the day, state affairs, war, uninhibited rivalry, international crisis, heroes, head of state, government agency ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, usa, latin america
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
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, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: spy, espionage, cold war, kgb, mole, double agent, secret agents, investigation, secret service, betrayal, british, russian ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, czechoslovakia, paris france, england
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows the exploits of two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a fictitious ...
Style: suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, exciting
Plot: terrorism, espionage, secret agent, spy, undercover, master villain, working undercover, rivalry, government agency, heroes, network, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
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 7.0
 18K
Pan Am (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series features the pilots and stewardesses of the airline as it operated in the early 1960s at the beginning of ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, sexy, stylized, serious
Plot: stewardess, pilot, airplane, american dream, new job, undercover, workplace problem, hot and sexy, lifestyle, jealousy, workplace, coworker ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, new york
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 6.6
 6K
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, exciting, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: ballet, kgb, dance, tap dancing, escape, culture clash, unlikely partners, artists and showbiz, landing, chases and races, dancer's life, against the odds ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, siberia, soviet union, london
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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, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: politics, hollywood, opposites attract, radical, communist, mccarthyism, romance, young lovers, couples, family problems, couple relations, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
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Taming of the Fire (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 166 min.
Story: About Russian space program and missile industry, and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev, from the 1920s to the first man in space in 1961.
Style: epic
Plot: cosmonaut, space program, rocket, cold war era, mastermind, missile, space exploration, tough guy, husband wife relationship, cold war, world war two, rivalry ...
Place: russia, soviet union
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: tunnel, betrayal, politics, cold war, berlin wall, escape, political unrest, communism, state affairs, escapades, confined, daring rescue ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin, east germany ...
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 7.2
 2K
Truman (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, serious, political drama
Plot: politics, white house, soldier, presidential election, human spirit, head of state, heroes, dishonesty, fighting the system, ambition, media, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1950s
Place: asia, japan, missouri, usa
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 6.3
 15K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, cold war, nato, kgb, cia, mole, undercover, rebellion, double agent, state affairs, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, new york, france, usa, latin america ...
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 7.3
 50K
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: suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, sincere, serious ...
Plot: politics, president, cold war, military, white house, nuclear threat, nuclear, espionage, staff, race against time, un, undercover ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, pentagon, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.1
 2K
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: realistic, captivating, serious, disturbing, suspense
Plot: leadership, murder, paranoia, dictatorship, kgb, ruler, life is a bitch, state affairs, corrupted ruler, head of state, deadly, megalomaniac ...
Time: 20s, 40s, 50s, 30s, year 1917 ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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 6.8
 6K
Sun Alley (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The antics of these kids, their families, of the "West ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, friendship, teenage life, politics, love and romance, state affairs, coming of age, society, innocence lost, social differences, friends, rock ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: german democratic republic, germany, europe, berlin germany, east berlin ...
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