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, melancholic and suspense films and TV shows about / with iron curtain, cold war, espionage, spy, storytelling, betrayal, dishonesty, state affairs, secrets and undercover 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: One, Two, Three (1961), Enigma (1982), East/West (1999), Don't Drink the Water (1994), Farewell (2009), The Lives of Others (2006), Barbara (2012), Mission: Impossible (1966), Torn Curtain (1966), The Russia House (1990).

List of iron curtain movies

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: clever, talky, witty, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, communist, forbidden love, secretary, couple relations, politics, culture clash, love affair, capitalist, wedding ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, soviet union, russia ...
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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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: iron curtain, kgb, spy, espionage, cold war, cia, assassination, undercover, government agency, secret agents, renegade, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
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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, suspenseful, heartbreaking ...
Plot: communism, love and romance, kgb, iron curtain, escape, propaganda, husband wife relationship, political unrest, immigration, emigrant, freedom, destiny ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: ussr, russia, france, europe, bulgaria ...
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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: not serious, humorous, witty, realistic
Plot: iron curtain, farce, goofy hero, screwball, nothing goes right, tourist, disorder, clergy, espionage, political unrest, dishonesty, ugly american ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
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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: talky, bleak, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, iron curtain, secret agents, library, whiskey, cynicism, grocer, communist, atheist, alcoholic ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, germany, east germany ...
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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, tense, realistic
Plot: espionage, kgb, cold war, iron curtain, double agent, secret agents, working undercover, state affairs, undercover, betrayal, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, soviet union, russia
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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: bleak, tense, compassionate, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, german, politics, corruption, paranoia, morality, redemption, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, 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: tense, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: german, doctor, iron curtain, small town, fascism, doctors and patients, visa, lover, confined, society, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, northern germany, gdr ...
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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: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agent, espionage, undercover, iron curtain, adventure, secret agents, heroic mission, working undercover, chases and races, heroes, master villain, save the day ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, eastern europe, east germany
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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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, iron curtain, museum, secret agents, politics, working undercover, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, couple relations, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin east germany
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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: serious, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: cia, espionage, cold war, romance, iron curtain, politics, government agency, ex-lover, secret, secret mission, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, soviet union, europe, moscow russia ...
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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.
Plot: escape, iron curtain, thief, friendship, friend, bank robber, criminal, dissident, socialism, girlfriend, refugee, heist ...
Place: estonia, scandinavia, europe, soviet union, finland ...
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Die Luftbrücke (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: blackout, iron curtain, cold war, candy, anti communist, airforce, airfield, boys and girls, kitsch, woman, hunger, pilot ...
Place: east berlin, west berlin west germany, germany, berlin germany
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Orion's Belt (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: russian, cold war, boat, rifle, arctic, adventure, politics, anti heroes, iron curtain, military base, confined, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: norway, oslo norway, europe, russia
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, 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: bleak, tense, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, mole, investigation, government agency, double agent, betrayal, secret agents, british intelligence, secret service, kgb ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest, istanbul turkey, hungary ...
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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, realistic, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: idealism, coma, communism, politics, german, berlin wall, socialism, deception, taxi driver, confession, russian, arrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany, berlin germany ...
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Spy Game (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, Japan, France
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, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, spy, espionage, rescue, cold war, government agency, mentor, vietnam war, secret agents, race against time, political corruption, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: china, munich germany, cyprus, saigon, hong kong ...
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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, not serious, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Plot: friendship, basic training, u.s. army, soldier, boot camp, taxi driver, sergeant, date, military life, power relations, disorder, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: czechoslovakia, west germany, kentucky, italy, milan italy ...
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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: serious, epic, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: museum, couple relations, lovers reunited, society, couples, family relations, unlikely couple, aging, idealism, rebelliousness, looking for love, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: europe, 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, semi serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: communism, adoption, russian, friendship, language barrier, musician, funeral, concert, socialism, cello, cellist, womanizer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1989
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, prague czechoslovakia, prague czech republic ...
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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: spy, espionage, cow, prisoner, parachute, surfing, beach, ballet, parody, airplane, goofy hero, daring rescue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany
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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: semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, tennis, secret agent, adventure, secret agents, working undercover, dishonesty, escapades, heroes, partners, undercover, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: hong kong
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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: suspenseful, exciting, stylized, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, laser, double agent, coma, claustrophobia, scuba diver, military, security, doctor, scientist, miniaturization, shrinking ...
Time: 1960s, future
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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: semi serious, suspenseful, humorous, realistic, suspense
Plot: espionage, nobel prize, on the run, race against time, murder, chases and races, crimes, dishonesty, undercover, disorder, good versus evil, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
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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, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, chase, espionage, adventure, femme fatale, underdog, chases and races, dishonesty, rivalry, youth, power relations, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, germany, paris france, soviet union, berlin germany ...
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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, realistic, suspenseful, dark humor ...
Plot: kgb, espionage, computer, mole, cia, race against time, danger, undercover, on the run, secret agents, verbal byplay, daring rescue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: atmospheric, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat
Plot: on the road, crime gone awry, romance, on the run, fall in love, gangsters, crime, prostitute, obsessive quest, cons and scams, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, slovakia, eastern europe
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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: humorous, not serious, realistic, comic
Plot: farce, espionage, parody, secret agents, cold war, escapades, undercover, disorder, working undercover, danger, heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: prague, europe, czech republic, central europe, prague czechoslovakia ...
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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: serious, bleak, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: spy, espionage, government agency, secret agents, political conspiracy, working undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, on the run, cons and scams, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: germany, berlin germany, east germany, german democratic republic, england
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: cold war, treason, betrayal, espionage, kgb, politics, government agency, secret agents, race against time, terrorism, couple relations, heroic mission ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s
Place: middle east, russia, lebanon, beirut lebanon, soviet union ...
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