Iron curtain movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant iron curtain movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, talky, unusual plot structure and clever films and TV shows about / with iron curtain, cold war, espionage, spy, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, culture clash, mentor and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as iron curtain: Enigma (1982), The Lives of Others (2006), One, Two, Three (1961), Torn Curtain (1966), East/West (1999), Mission: Impossible (1966), Don't Drink the Water (1994), The Looking Glass War (1970), The Russia House (1990), Barbara (2012).

List of iron curtain movies

Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 122 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, politics, danger, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
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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: tense, gloomy, sincere, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, voyeurism, politics, stasi ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
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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, suspense, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, satire, secretary, capitalist, forbidden love, politics, german, culture clash, communism, communist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, ussr, west berlin west germany, east berlin, germany ...
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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, secret agents, dishonesty, double agent, couple relations, museum ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin east germany ...
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East/West (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, josef stalin, escape, political unrest, propaganda, emigrant, immigration, gulag, survival, brutality ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, post world war two
Place: ussr, russia, france, europe, soviet union ...
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Mission: Impossible (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. In the first season, the team is ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, espionage, undercover, iron curtain, secret agent, race against time, crimes, top secret, fighting crime, danger, government agency, terrorism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, paris france, france, eastern europe, east germany
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Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of jail, the Hollanders take refuge in the American ...
Style: witty, humorous, realistic, not serious
Plot: iron curtain, farce, silly humor, screwball, disorder, political unrest, conspiracy, dishonesty, clergy, goofy hero, nothing goes right, espionage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany, South Korea, India, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rocky and Bullwinkle have been living off the finances made from the reruns of their cartoon show. Boris and Natasha somehow manage to crossover into reality and team up with Fearless Leader, an evil criminal turned media mogul with some evil plans ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, parody, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: family, adventure, leadership, buddies, partners, on the road, disorder, iron curtain, danger, satire, hollywood, helicopter ...
Place: usa, new york, ussr, soviet union
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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: bleak, suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: espionage, secret agents, iron curtain, spy, undercover, love and romance, state affairs, working undercover, political conspiracy, cons and scams, weapon system, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany, london ...
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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, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: cia, cold war, espionage, alcohol abuse, iron curtain, romance, politics, heroes, opposites attract, government agency, intrigue, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, lisbon portugal, england, ussr, soviet union ...
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Barbara (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: german, doctor, introspection, confined, power relations, secret service, lovers apart, who to trust, society, life is a bitch, fascism, doctors and patients ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: east germany, germany, gdr, northern germany, europe ...
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Dangerous Moves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: chess, politics, prodigy, contests and competitions, state affairs, rivalry, moral dilemma, kgb, cold war, scientist, student, doctor ...
Time: 80s
Place: ussr, geneva switzerland, israel, moscow russia, lithuania ...
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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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: cold war, espionage, kgb, double agent, undercover, state affairs, danger, dishonesty, betrayal, working undercover, father son relationship, iron curtain ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, france, ussr, russia
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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 ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, court martial, alcoholic, atheist, cynicism, iron curtain, grocer, whiskey ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 122 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, twists and turns, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, double agent, british intelligence, government agency, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, budapest hungary, hungary ...
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Tilt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: TILT is a love story set against the backdrop of the changing political and social environment in Europe in the late 80's and early 90's. Can this love survive the challenges of emigration, a violent homeland and immoral social atmosphere ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, power of love, teenage love, political unrest, revolution, friendship, forbidden love, longing, coming of age, social problems, buddies, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, bulgaria, germany
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Blue Moon (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After screwing up a money exchange a Viennese small-time crook accompanied by a Russian hostess hits the road to the East.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: on the road, cons and scams, obsessive quest, romance, crime gone awry, gangsters, dishonesty, on the run, fall in love, love and romance, crimes, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, slovakia, eastern europe, vienna, central europe
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Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The head (Wendell Corey) of the Human Aetiological Relations Machine pits an agent (Mark Richman) against a flesh-to-fungus spore gun.
Style: parody, humorous, psychotronic
Plot: secret agents, espionage, spy, mad scientist, danger, heroes, adventure, chases and races, escapades, disorder, antidote, iron curtain ...
Time: 60s
Place: mexico
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Skeleton Coast (1988)
Genre: Action, History, War
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A retired Army colonel attempts to rescue his imprisoned son in this action packed thriller. To save his CIA operative son from terrorists, Col. Smith (Ernest Borgnine) and a group of mercenaries head to war-torn Angola's Skeleton Coast, where ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, hostage, kidnapping, daring rescue, heroes, golden years, chases and races, adventure, military, confined, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, cuba, angola
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Don't Drink the Water (1969)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of spying. Chased by Vulgarian soldiers, they take refuge in ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious, exciting ...
Plot: hijacking, odd couple, dishonesty, soldier, confined, espionage, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, chases and races, on the run ...
Time: 60s
Place: russia, europe, usa, new jersey
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Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a strange message from an unknown source. The message is coded. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. ...
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, undercover, secret agents, danger, on the run, race against time, computer, mole, female director, profanity, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Gotcha! (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A student on a trip to France is tricked into smuggling secrets across the Iron curtain by a sexy spy.
Style: sexy, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, college, espionage, adventure, underdog, chases and races, femme fatale, coming of age, rivalry, youth, dishonesty, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, germany, berlin germany, ussr ...
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Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The science of miniaturization has been unlocked, and the army has big plans. But when a scientist carrying the secret of the process is injured in a surprise attack, a life-threatening blood clot puts him into a coma. Now, a team of adventurers ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, double agent, space and aliens, laser, coma, rescue, assassination attempt, military, miniaturization, doctor, chases and races, danger ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, future
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I Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: I Spy is an American television secret-agent adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill Cosby as his trainer, Alexander Scott. The ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, cynical, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, espionage, undercover, tennis, secret agent, escapades, working undercover, heroic mission, sniper, mole, iron curtain, cold war ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: hong kong
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Top Secret! (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces ...
Style: parody, not serious, humorous, funny, absurd ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: espionage, prisoner, goofy hero, heroic mission, daring rescue, selflessness, musical tour, double agent, disorder, occupation, undercover, surfing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: east germany, east berlin, east berlin east germany, germany
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Kolya (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Czech Republic Director Jan Sverák tells in this Oscar winning film the story of the disillusioned Prague man named Cellisten Louka, who after a fictitious marriage with a Russian emigrant must suddenly take responsibility for her son. However ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: communism, adoption, musician, friendship, family relations, womanizer, politics, cellist, cello, socialism, language barrier, concert ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, moscow russia, prague czech republic ...
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Heimat 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 689 min.
TV show
Story: Heimat 3 is the third cycle of Edgar Reitz's monumental Heimat series, which premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival. The third Heimat completes the trilogy and brings together particularly the settings of Heimat 1. It follows the new ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, lovers reunited, idealism, culture clash, revolution, couples, looking for love, couple relations, rebelliousness, parents and children, elderly, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: germany, europe
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Stripes (1981)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, funny, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boot camp, u.s. army, friendship, soldier, basic training, disorder, military life, military, sergeant, flirting, obstacle course, taxi driver ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: west germany, italy, kentucky, milan italy, czechoslovakia ...
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Spy Game (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Japan, France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Veteran spy Nathan Muir is on the verge of retiring from the CIA when he learns that his one-time protégé and close friend, Tom Bishop, is a political prisoner sentenced to die in Beijing. Although their friendship has been marred by bad blood and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, spy, espionage, mentor, working undercover, rescue, undercover, bribery, political corruption, government agency, danger, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s
Place: china, langley virginia, middle east, germany, hong kong ...
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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An affectionate and refreshing East/West-Germany comedy about a boy who’s mother was in a coma while the Berlin wall fell and when she wakes up he must try to keep her from learning what happen (since she was an avid communist supporter) to avoid ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, witty, emotional, intense ...
Plot: coma, idealism, politics, deception, culture clash, communism, protecting from truth, parents and children, social differences, lifestyle change, political unrest, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, 70s ...
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, europe, berlin germany ...
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