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, serious, suspenseful, suspense, political and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with iron curtain, cold war, espionage, spy, politics, communism, state affairs, betrayal, dishonesty and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as iron curtain: The Lives of Others (2006), One, Two, Three (1961), Enigma (1982), Torn Curtain (1966), East/West (1999), Line of Separation (2015), Mission: Impossible (1966), Farewell (2009), Barbara (2012), Dangerous Moves (1984).

List of iron curtain movies

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, tense, reflective, political, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cold war, surveillance, spy, berlin wall, stasi, iron curtain, espionage, communism, redemption, voyeurism, interrogation, loneliness ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 90s
Place: east germany, berlin germany, germany, europe, east berlin ...
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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: funny, suspense, witty, clever, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, coca cola, communism, satire, farce, cold war era, espionage, nazi, spy, german, politics ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, year 1961, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, germany, east berlin, east germany ...
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 5.9
 1K
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: suspenseful, intense, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: cold war, spy, kgb, iron curtain, espionage, assassination, undercover, dishonesty, politics, journalism, government agency, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: east germany, germany, 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: political, suspense, talky, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, berlin wall, iron curtain, double agent, british intelligence, politics, loner, betrayal, library, cynicism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, london, england, germany ...
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 6.6
 28K
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: suspense, tense, stylized, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, politics, secrets, iron curtain, culture clash, murder mystery, police investigation, manipulation, double agent, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, berlin germany, europe, germany, copenhagen ...
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 7.4
 5K
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, heartbreaking, realistic, harsh, sentimental ...
Plot: propaganda, survival, freedom, brutality, runaway, destiny, family, tragedy, communism, world war two, kgb, love story ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, post world war two
Place: france, russia, ussr, germany, europe ...
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Line of Separation (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 92 min.
TV show
Story: Spring 1945, just before Germany's zero hour. In Tannbach, a fanatical band of Nazi soldiers stages one last murderous attack on their fellow citizens before the arrival of the Americans, who finally end the war. It is an uneasy peace, however, ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, harsh ...
Plot: post war germany, cold war, world war two, post war, iron curtain, village, military, social problems, murder, wartime, social differences, society ...
Time: year 1961, post world war two
Place: east germany, bavaria, germany
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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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, secret agents, spy, espionage, undercover, iron curtain, race against time, heroic mission, twists and turns, working undercover, terrorism, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: europe, paris france, france, eastern europe, east germany
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 7.0
 7K
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, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, double agent, undercover, working undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, betrayal, kgb, father son relationship, iron curtain ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, russia, ussr
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 7.2
 15K
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: tense, melancholic, compassionate, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: stasi, german, fascism, cold war, doctor, introspection, character study, power relations, confined, who to trust, lovers apart, secret service ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: east germany, berlin germany, germany, california, german democratic republic ...
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Dangerous Moves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Duration: 100 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, realistic, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, politics, rivalry, state affairs, contests and competitions, kgb, moral dilemma, cold war, communism, champion, mathematician ...
Time: 80s
Place: ussr, moscow russia, geneva switzerland, israel, lithuania
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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: realistic, not serious, witty, humorous
Plot: iron curtain, farce, tourist, screwball, disorder, political unrest, nothing goes right, dishonesty, clergy, goofy hero, silly humor, conspiracy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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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: suspense, thought provoking, tense, bleak, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, investigation, secret service, mole, british intelligence, double agent, betrayal, government agency, secret agents, surveillance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, london, england, budapest, istanbul turkey ...
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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, sexy, reflective, absurd ...
Plot: cold war, cia, spy, espionage, intrigue, politics, romance, russian, surveillance, love, russian woman, first contact ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, lisbon portugal, europe, london ...
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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: realistic, serious, talky, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: spy, espionage, cold war, politics, communism, secret agents, iron curtain, british intelligence, political intrigue, government agency, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, england, german democratic republic ...
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The Weissensee Saga (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Weissensee is a German television series. The series is set in East Berlin in 1980 and 1987 and follows two families.
Style: poignant, realistic, compassionate, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: stasi, communism, berlin wall, spy, adolescence, parents and children, first love, dysfunctional family, social differences, forbidden love, star crossed lovers, family feud ...
Time: 80s
Place: east germany, berlin germany, germany, german democratic republic, east berlin
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 7.5
 12K
Balloon (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two families attempt a daredevil plan to escape DDR with a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi finds traces of this attempt to escape and immediately starts investigations, while the two families are forced to ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, suspense, tense
Audience: date night
Plot: stasi, balloon, border patrol, berlin wall, escape plan, husband wife relationship, manhunt, interrogation, couples, german history, communism, hunting ...
Time: 20th century, year 1989, 70s, year 1979
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany, east berlin, west germany ...
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 7.5
 58K
Cold War (2018)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Poland, UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Cold War-era love story follows the passionate love affair between a mismatched couple.
Style: romantic, sad, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, musician, audition, love, loveless marriage, communism, love story, female singer, suicide, tragic love, jazz, defector ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1951, year 1952, year 1959 ...
Place: paris france, poland, former yugoslavia, east berlin, eastern europe ...
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Der Willi-Busch-Report (1979)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Satire about German reunification.
Plot: iron curtain, newspaper, brother sister relationship, journalism, border, dead man, cold war, reporter, bare breasts
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Letter to Brezhnev (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The factories, pubs, clubs, hotels and streets of 1980s Liverpool form the backdrop for this tale of love, friendship, sex and a letter to the Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev. Two Liverpool lasses, Teresa and Elaine meet two Russian sailors, Sergei ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, touching
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, one night stand, unemployment, letter, love, working class, sailor, opposites attract, society, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: liverpool, russia, europe, england, ussr
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The Man on the Wall (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An East German man finds a way to cross the border between East and West Berlin. But when he succeeds in bringing his wife out as well, things are not quite as expected.
Plot: spy, cold war, cheating wife, border crossing, border, berlin wall, iron curtain, passport, stasi, a vision, weirdo, couples ...
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin, east germany, german democratic republic
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Night Crossing (1982)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two men want to escape from East Germany (under Communist rule) but they will only go if they can take their families with them. Based on a true story.
Style: political, serious, realistic
Plot: disney, airplane, communism, escape, cold war, spy, german history, travel, prison, berlin wall, iron curtain, friends ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, germany, europe, west germany, german democratic republic
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The Secret Ways (1961)
Genre: Adventure, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and Julia, the professor's daughter, cross the boulder ...
Plot: spy, espionage, iron curtain, cold war, escape, soviet soldier, hiding place, father daughter relationship, car chase, rescue mission, male female relationship, dual identity ...
Time: year 1956, 60s, year 1960, 50s
Place: vienna, hungary, switzerland, austria, ussr ...
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 7.0
 5K
Jack Strong (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A spy thriller telling a historically based story of a man who alone dares to challenge Soviets being in the middle of the communistic system himself. Planning the maneuvers of Warsaw Pact forces he discovers that the American plans of nuclear ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: spy, martial law, government agency, politics, undercover, state affairs, political unrest, dishonesty, cold war, chase, crimes, communism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s, 60s
Place: poland, europe, ussr, warsaw poland
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Windmills of the Gods (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 187 min.
TV show
Story: When Mary Ashley is approached to become ambassador of the United States of America in Romania she does not take the offer because her husband does not want to give up his well-going doctor's office. Shortly afterward Dr. Edward Ashley gets ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: ambassador, doctor, professor, iron curtain, political conspiracy, political intrigue, state affairs, politics, intrigue, crimes, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: romania, europe
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 5.0
 238
The Cold Room (1984)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A girl brought to modern Germany experiences events that occurred during the World War II era.
Style: suspense, mind bending, scary, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: time travel, world war two, possession, hotel, iron curtain, nazism, graphic violence, estrangement, teleportation, mystery, secret agents, against humanity ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 1930s, year 1936
Place: east berlin, europe, germany, east germany, berlin germany
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 6.4
 988
The Dissidents (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Estonia, Finland, Latvia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An upbeat comedy about three boys that escape from Soviet Estonia to Sweden via Finland in the 1980s to fulfill their dreams in the free world.
Style: humorous, light, captivating, feel good, contemplative
Plot: thief, escape, friendship, criminal, friend, bank robber, bank robbery, refugee, heist, crimes, iron curtain, dissident ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, estonia, scandinavia, finland, sweden ...
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Die Luftbrücke (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: touching, light, exciting, sincere
Plot: cold war, pow, army, anti communist, soldier, air force, world war two, german history, boys and girls, blackout, iron curtain, candy ...
Time: post world war two
Place: west berlin west germany, east berlin, berlin germany, germany
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 6.9
 2K
Orion's Belt (1985)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Live to tell the truth. What can one man do against the most lethal army on earth? Local fishermen/smugglers/tourist guides Tom, Lars and Sverre discover the Soviet Union aren't just mining for coal in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, spy, working class, winter, boat, iron curtain, conspiracy, military base, captivity, politics, adventurer, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: norway, russia, europe, oslo norway
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 6.2
 9K
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, entertaining, humorous, unusual plot structure, romantic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: spy, cold war, teenager, college, chase, adventure, female nudity, mentor, weapons, secret service, lone hero, life philosophy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, san francisco, paris france, germany ...
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