Cold war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cold war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious and interesting films and TV shows about / with cold war, dialogue, espionage, catastrophe, state affairs, runaway, russian, politics, mentor and corruption plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cold war: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Good Shepherd (2006), Bridge of Spies (2015), Thirteen Days (2000), The Americans (2013), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Spies Like Us (1985).

List of cold war movies

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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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, realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, cold war, navy, spy, warship, nuclear threat, politics, cia, desertion, weapons, mutiny, political intrigue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: russia, usa, washington d.c., ussr, london ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK, USA
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: suspense, cynical, humorous, not serious, biting ...
Plot: cold war, satire, nuclear, anti war, military, paranoia, bomb, president, weirdo, disaster, pilot, nuclear threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: pentagon, russia, ussr
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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: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, tense, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, politics, president, military, un, nuclear threat, political intrigue, undercover, leadership, rivalry, state affairs, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, atlantic ocean, new york, washington d.c. ...
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The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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: espionage, cold war, undercover, double life, kgb, secret agents, working undercover, mole, parents and children, fbi, top secret, government agency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, ussr
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The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: cold war, terrorism, espionage, terrorist, nuclear threat, nuclear war, cia, nuclear explosion, atomic bomb, covert operation, nuclear, spy ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 70s, 2000s ...
Place: washington d.c., baltimore, chechnya, usa, russia ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
TV show
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 ...
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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, cold war, navy, nuclear, nuclear submarine, sea disaster, catastrophe, patriotism, leadership, race against time, radiation, iceberg ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, year 1961, 90s ...
Place: ussr, russia, moscow russia
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Spies Like Us (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, buddy comedy, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, race against time, secret agents, chase, kgb, undercover, adventure, escapades, working undercover, mistaken identity, government agency, goofy hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, middle east, asia, washington d.c., pakistan ...
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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 ...
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The Company (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 286 min.
TV show
Story: Real-life figures from the Cold War era mix with a fictional story based on a group of CIA operatives and their counterparts in the KGB, MI6, and the Mossad.
Style: tense, captivating, epic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, cia, spy, undercover, mole, betrayal, suspicion, politics, double life, state affairs, intrigue, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, 50s
Place: europe, germany, yale university, ussr, berlin germany ...
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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, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, alcoholic, library, court martial, atheist, cynicism, iron curtain, british intelligence ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, east germany, england, germany, europe ...
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The Bedford Incident (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, war, heroic mission, military, journalism, race against time, battlefield, disaster, confrontation, nuclear missile ...
Time: 60s
Place: atlantic ocean, greenland, russia
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WarGames (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: hacker, cold war, nuclear threat, computer cracker, nuclear war, computer genius, chess, computer system, nuclear, computer, faked death, race against time ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, paris france, ussr, california
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Fail Safe (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, politics, military life, race against time, military, chaos, aviation, moral dilemma, catastrophe, disaster, soldier ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
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The Day After (1983)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The film portrays a fictional nuclear war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact that rapidly escalates into a full scale exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, focusing on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, suspense, harsh ...
Plot: nuclear war, cold war, nuclear holocaust, apocalypse, radiation, disaster, world war three, catastrophe, hysteria, life is a bitch, survival, post apocalypse ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: kansas, usa, missouri, ussr, nebraska ...
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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
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Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear threat, cold war, atomic bomb, politics, military, bomber, race against time, u.s. air force, translator, chaos, military life, nuclear ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, new york, usa, pentagon, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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The Coldest Game (2019)
Genre: History, Sport, Thriller
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.
Style: political, realistic, clever, suspense, tricky ...
Plot: cold war, chess, contests and competitions, american, competition, espionage, state affairs, international crisis, crisis, fear, rivalry, politics ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: warsaw poland, ussr, usa
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The Right Stuff (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 193 min.
Story: A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow ...
Style: exciting, epic, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nasa, cold war, u.s. air force, test pilot, space program, astronaut, space travel, outer space, race against time, politics, follow your dream, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, new mexico, houston texas, florida, usa ...
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The Assets (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille vowed to find the mole that would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames. Sandy is in a race against time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: cold war, cia, espionage, communism, secret agents, kgb, spy, political intrigue, investigation, double agent, top secret, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 1880s
Place: usa, ussr, russia
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Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most ...
Style: clever, cynical, realistic, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: arms dealer, arms dealing, corruption, greed, business, smuggling, cold war, interpol, millionaire, human nature, rise and fall, notoriety ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 2000s, year 2001 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, beirut lebanon, new york ...
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are ...
Style: witty, exciting, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: reluctant partners, secret agents, spy, female spy, cia agent, cold war, save the world, secret service, tough guy, chase, undercover, culture clash ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, post world war two
Place: italy, usa, germany, rome italy, berlin germany ...
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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: witty, clever, talky, biting, suspense ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, satire, secretary, capitalist, forbidden love, politics, german, culture clash, communism, communist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, west berlin west germany, ussr, germany ...
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Project Blue Book (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.”
Style: captivating, enigmatic, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: ufo, alien, cold war, special agents, space and aliens, physicist, alien abduction, scientific research, paranormal activity, alien contact, explorer, alien encounter ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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 ...
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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: 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 ...
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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Style: captivating, factual, entertaining, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: chess, cold war, prodigy, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, paranoia, politics, genius, obsession, eccentricity, mental illness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1962 ...
Place: reykjavik iceland, canada, former yugoslavia, israel, tunisia ...
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