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, humorous, melancholic and talky films and TV shows about / with iron curtain, cold war, spy, espionage, storytelling, undercover, dishonesty, mentor, culture clash 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), One, Two, Three (1961), East/West (1999), The Lives of Others (2006), Don't Drink the Water (1994), The Russia House (1990), Torn Curtain (1966), Mission: Impossible (1966), Barbara (2012), Farewell (2009).

List of iron curtain movies

Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 97 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, cia, dishonesty, politics, danger, political intrigue, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
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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, semi serious ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, secretary, communist, forbidden love, politics, german, culture clash, communism, society, anti capitalism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, russia, soviet union, east berlin ...
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East/West (1999)
Genre: 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, emotional, realistic, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: communism, love and romance, kgb, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, husband wife relationship, immigration, emigrant, freedom, stalinism ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
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, bleak, sincere, compassionate, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, secret agents, politics, german, espionage, iron curtain, actress, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
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Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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, witty, humorous, not serious
Plot: iron curtain, farce, espionage, nothing goes right, goofy hero, clergy, disorder, dishonesty, screwball, political unrest, tourist, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
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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: stylized, gloomy, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, iron curtain, cia, romance, politics, government agency, dishonesty, society, social differences, alcohol abuse, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, soviet union, europe, lisbon portugal ...
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Torn Curtain (1966)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, tense, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, museum, iron curtain, politics, couple relations, secret agents, state affairs, chases and races, working undercover, political intrigue, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin east germany
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Mission: Impossible (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, stylized, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, iron curtain, espionage, secret agent, adventure, crimes, danger, race against time, communism, femme fatale, terrorism, secretary ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, east germany, eastern europe
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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: tense, realistic, gloomy, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: german, iron curtain, doctor, fascism, small town, who to trust, lovers apart, power relations, confined, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, secret service ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, gdr ...
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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, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: kgb, cold war, espionage, iron curtain, double agent, undercover, danger, dishonesty, secret agents, state affairs, betrayal, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: soviet union, france, 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, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, communist, spy, double agent, whiskey, cynicism, grocer, iron curtain, library, alcoholic, atheist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
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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, semi serious, sincere, sentimental
Audience: date night
Plot: forbidden love, revolution, romance, crimes, love and romance, criminal heroes, porn, friends, social problems, lovers apart, overbearing parent, communism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: germany, bulgaria, europe
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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: offbeat, humorous, atmospheric, semi serious, realistic
Plot: on the road, crime gone awry, disorder, iron curtain, dishonesty, obsessive quest, on the run, prostitute, romance, gangsters, love and romance, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, slovakia, eastern 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: humorous
Plot: spy, chases and races, parody, good versus evil, iron curtain, heroes, disorder, evil alien, mad scientist, undercover, espionage, rivalry ...
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: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, kidnapping, golden years, confined, adventure, hostages, crimes, danger, heroes, criminal heroes, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, cuba
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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: semi serious, suspenseful, humorous, exciting, realistic
Plot: hijacking, disorder, iron curtain, politics, prison, odd couple, prison life, family life, dishonesty, on the run, soldier, airplane ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, europe, new jersey, russia
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Salmonberries (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young orphaned woman, named Kotzebue, is trying to find out who her parents are in the icy landscapes of Alaska. Kotzebue (K.d. Lang) is helped by a east-german librarian (Rosel Zech), whose husband was killed while fleeing from the GDR. Although ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, touching
Plot: romance, gays and lesbians, love and romance, fall in love, couples, iron curtain, looking for love, love affair, friends, opposites attract, friendship, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: alaska, usa, east germany
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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, offbeat, feel good, road movie ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family, buddies, rivalry, down on your luck, escapades, heroic mission, special agents, imaginary, iron curtain, leadership, heroes ...
Place: new york, usa, soviet union
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A Different Loyalty (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA, Malta
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In January 1963, British journalist Leo Cauffield suddenly disappears from his home in Beirut. His wife Sally knew that he was working part-time for British intelligence, but was not prepared to be told by the British embassy that they suspect he ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: betrayal, espionage, kgb, treason, cold war, political corruption, couples, heroes, love affair, government agency, dishonesty, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s
Place: middle east, russia, lebanon, soviet union, beirut lebanon ...
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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, clever, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: espionage, spy, chases and races, love and romance, state affairs, cons and scams, secret agents, working undercover, on the run, undercover, weapon system, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany, england, berlin germany, german democratic republic
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Agent 8 3/4 (1964)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man travels to Prague for his new employer, unaware that he is being used as an espionage courier.
Style: realistic, humorous, not serious, comic
Plot: espionage, farce, parody, iron curtain, undercover, danger, secret agents, escapades, state affairs, working undercover, heroes, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, czechoslovakia, prague czech republic ...
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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, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, espionage, on the run, undercover, race against time, danger, cia, mole, computer, daring rescue, secret agents, state affairs ...
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, serious, stylized, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, college, espionage, adventure, dishonesty, disorder, coming of age, mistaken identity, chases and races, iron curtain, youth, femme fatale ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, paris france, soviet union, east berlin east germany ...
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The Prize (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: For some reason, this year's Nobel prize in literature has been awarded to the young author Andrew Craig, who seems to be more interested in women and drinking than writing. Another laureate is Dr. Max Stratman, the famous German-American ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, suspenseful, humorous, suspense
Plot: espionage, nobel prize, race against time, twins, undercover, captivity, murder, journalism, state affairs, crimes, investigation, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
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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, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, double agent, laser, coma, race against time, rescue, assassination attempt, miniaturization, shrinking, sabotage, brain surgery, radioactive ...
Time: 1960s, future
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I Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
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: exciting, cynical, realistic, suspenseful, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, undercover, tennis, secret agent, heroes, partners, working undercover, secret agents, escapades, adventure, heroic mission, government agency ...
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: not serious, humorous, witty, realistic, funny ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: espionage, spy, beach, parachute, cow, ballet, prisoner, surfing, parody, airplane, musical tour, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: 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, russian, friendship, womanizer, politics, musician, funeral, cello, socialism, cellist, concert ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, prague czech republic, central europe ...
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Heimat 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 689 min.
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: epic, realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: museum, lovers reunited, aging, elderly, unlikely couple, couple relations, love and romance, parents and children, idealism, rebelliousness, society, culture clash ...
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, realistic, not serious, funny ...
Plot: friendship, sergeant, taxi driver, basic training, boot camp, soldier, u.s. army, power relations, buddies, layoff, iron curtain, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: czechoslovakia, west germany, milan italy, kentucky, italy ...
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