Cold War in films

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) 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. (112 mins.)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
A Gathering of Eagles (1963) During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test. (115 mins.)
The Bedford Incident (1965) An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (102 mins.)
Seven Days in May (1964) United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
Fail-Safe (1964) American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it’s a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
The War Game (1965) The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city… (48 mins.)
Telefon (1977) A Russian officer is sent to USA to try and stop sleeper agents who will mindlessly attack government entities when they hear certain coded words. (102 mins.)
Firefox (1982) A pilot is sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter that can be partially controlled by a neuralink (136 mins.)
WarGames (1983) A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
The Day After (1983 TV Movie) A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. (127 mins.)
Red Dawn (1984) It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (114 mins.)
Threads (1984 TV Movie) Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. (112 mins.)
The Hunt for Red October (1990) In November 1984, the Soviet Union’s best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war? (135 mins.)
Crimson Tide (1995) On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so. (116 mins.)
Thirteen Days (2000) A dramatization of the Kennedy administration’s struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall. (98 mins.)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) When Russia’s first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster. (138 mins.)
Silmido (2003) Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung… (135 mins.)
The Good German (2006) While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver. (105 mins.)
Amerika (1987 Mini-Series) America has been bloodlessly taken over by the Soviet Union, leading to slave-labor camps for some,… (870 mins.)
World War III (1982 TV Movie) Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo… (200 mins.)
Utterly Alone (2004) Jonas Vaitkusÿs patriotic war film paints a poignant portrait of Lithuaniaÿs ten-year struggle against… (90 mins.)
Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977) A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near… (146 mins.)
The Journey (1959) A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover finds herself the obsession of a Communist officer. (126 mins.)
The Last Grenade (1970) Two soldiers of fortune, Harry Grigsby and Kip Thompson, used to be the best of friends when they fought side by side in the Congo… (94 mins.)
The Lives of Others (2006) In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
The Man Outside (1967)
On the Beach (2000 TV Movie) Well, the world has finally managed to blow itself up. Only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction… (195 mins.)
Orion’s Belt (1985) A group of seamen from Norway find a Soviet listening station. The they become targets for both America and Russia. Another cold war takes place. (87 mins.)
The Package (1989) Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him. (108 mins.)
The Pentagon Papers (2003 TV Movie) Defense worker Daniel Ellsberg seeks to publish a series of classified government documents detailing the true nature of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. (99 mins.)
The Prize (1963) As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways. (134 mins.)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he’d want to return – the jungles of Vietnam. (96 mins.)
Rambo III (1988) When his friend Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan, John Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the brutal tyrant and his army who rule that region. (102 mins.)
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Fail Safe (2000 TV Movie) Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow. (86 mins.)
Escape from East Berlin (1962) In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall… t
Company Business (1991) A retired CIA agent is recruited to participate in a prisoner exchange with the Russians. (98 mins.)
By Dawn’s Early Light (1990 TV Movie) The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries… (100 mins.)
The Secret Ways (1961) Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired… (112 mins.)
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr… (162 mins.)
The Innocent (1993) A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time… (119 mins.)
Funeral in Berlin (1966) A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated. (102 mins.)
Bullet to Beijing (1995 TV Movie) A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called “The Red Death.” (101 mins.)
The Ipcress File (1965) In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists. (109 mins.)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967) A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? (111 mins.)
Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996 TV Movie) Former British secret agent Harry Palmer now runs a Private Investigation company in Russia. He gets… (89 mins.)
Good Bye Lenin! (2003) In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
The Tunnel (2001) Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion… (150 mins.)
A Dandy in Aspic (1968) Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin… (107 mins.)
Ice Station Zebra (1968) USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station. (148 mins.)
Another Country (1984) Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies. (90 mins.)
Cambridge Spies (2003 Mini-Series) The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. (235 mins.)
The Company (2007 Mini-Series) 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. (286 mins.)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman. (113 mins.)
The Deadly Affair (1966) A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee’s suicide. (115 mins.)
The Defector (1966) Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who’s recruited by a shady CIA agent… (100 mins.)
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. (131 mins.)
The Fourth Protocol (1987) John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries. (119 mins.)
The MacKintosh Man (1973) A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor. (98 mins.)
No Way Out (1987) A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. (114 mins.)
The Quiller Memorandum (1966) Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate… (104 mins.)
The Russia House (1990) An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia. (123 mins.)
Salt (2010) A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Smiley’s People (1982 Mini-Series) Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus… (360 mins.)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979 Mini-Series) In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons. (290 mins.)
Three Days of the Condor (1975) A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Topaz (1969) A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring. (143 mins.)
Torn Curtain (1966) An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West. (128 mins.)
Gorky Park (1983) A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government. (128 mins.)
Scandal (1989) Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government. (115 mins.)
The Whistle Blower (1986) A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable… (100 mins.)
A Perfect Spy (1987 Mini-Series) This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man… (374 mins.)
The Kremlin Letter (1970) During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow. (120 mins.)
The Looking Glass War (1969) From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites. (108 mins.)
I Am David (2003) A 12-year-old boy escapes from a Bulgarian Communist concentration camp and sets out on a journey to reach Denmark. (90 mins.)
The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie) Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy’s book, “Thirteen Days,” this film profiles the Kennedy Administration’s actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (150 mins.)
Hostile Waters (1997 TV Movie) In October 1986, a Russian submarine carrying nuclear missiles collides with an American nuclear submarine off the coast of Bermuda. (94 mins.)
Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie) As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves. (111 mins.)
Archangel (2005 TV Movie) A British college professor working in Russia investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin. (133 mins.)
The Right Stuff (1983) The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)

Cold War in films was originally published on Something Different