Cold War Movies

List of the best movies about the Cold War, the confrontation between the superpowers of the USSR and the USA: Pawn Sacrifice, Atomic Blonde, The White Crow, Cold War, Mrs Wilson, The Spacewalker, The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared, Despite the Falling Snow, Deutschland, Bridge of Spies.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography
PlotOn real events, Political, Mental disorders, Obsession, Chess
PlaceRussia, Islands
TimeCold War
StyleFascinating, Inspirational, Serious

American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, detective
CountryGermany, Sweden, USA
CharactersDogs, Spy, Killers, Strong women, Hired assassins
PlotFight, Survival, Seduction, Passion, Undercover
PlaceGermany, Berlin
TimeCold War
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Atmospheric, Tense, Good music

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

The White Crow (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
PlotDancing, On real events
TimeCold War

The story of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. With his magnetic presence, Nureyev emerged as ballet’s most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB.

Cold War (2018)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, France
CharactersMusicians, Poets, Pianists
PlotDancing, Love
PlacePrison, Trains, Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia
TimeCold War
StyleRomantic, Sad ones

A man and a woman meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other.

Mrs Wilson (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpy, Family, Widows
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Friendship, Investigation
PlaceIndia, London
TimeCold War, World War II
StyleSerious, Action, Fascinating, Psychological problems, By books

After the sudden death of ex-Secret Intelligence Service man Alexander, his wife Alison investigates when mysteries from her husband's past come knocking.

The Spacewalker (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, history
CharactersPilots, Scientists, Military, Astronauts, Astronauts
PlotOn real events
PlaceSpace, Russia, Moscow, Spaceships, USSR
TimeCold War
StylePatriotic, Tense, Inspirational

March 1965. In the heat of the Cold War, the USA and the USSR are competing for supremacy in space. What both superpowers aim for in this race, is to be the first to have a man walk in outer space. To accomplish that, no price is too high and no risk is too great. Now it’s up to the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran and a hot-headed test-pilot to fulfill this mission. Two men in a tiny spaceship, without proper testing, facing the complete unknown… They were supposed to do what no man has done before – and no man imagined what would happen next…

The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, adventure, crime
CountrySweden, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany
CharactersCIA, Monkeys
PlaceMoscow, Berlin
TimeCold War

Drinking the tasty Folk Soda puts a spring in the 101 Year Old Man’s step and his next adventure takes him around the World and back to Sweden, during which time he is chased by the CIA, a Balinese debt collector and becomes an executive at a soft drink company.

Despite the Falling Snow (2016)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada
CharactersSpy, Artists, Lesbians, Artists
PlotLove, Political, Mystery, Love triangle
PlaceRussia, Moscow, USSR
TimeCold War
StyleTouching, Action, Disturbing, Tense

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him. Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, The White Queen), is young, beautiful – and a spy for the Americans. When she and Mischa (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Emerald City), begin spying on Alexander ( Sam Reid, Anonymous), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander (Charles Dance, The Imitation Game) can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most.

Deutschland (2015)
Markimdb: 8.1
CharactersSpy, Military
PlotRivalry, Undercover, Undercover
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Disturbing, Serious, Exciting, Tense

A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harboring secrets, both political and personal.

Bridge of Spies (2015)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Germany, India
CharactersSpy, Scouts, CIA, Lawyers, Pilots
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice
TimeCold War
StyleDisturbing, Tense, Serious

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel, the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersSpecial agents, Spy, CIA, Partners, Heroes
PlotCars, Chase, Saving the World, Skirmishes
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Beautiful

At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.

The Untold History Of The United States (2012)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary, military, history
PlotPolitical, Freedom
PlaceWall Street, USA
TimeCold War
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Smart, Serious

Oliver Stone documentary charted the post-WW2 history of the United States.

Ginger & Rosa (2012)
Markimdb: 6.3
CountryUnited Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Croatia
CharactersTeens, Writers, Friends, Poets, Childrens
PlotUprising, Friendship
PlaceEngland, London
TimeCold War
StyleSoulful, Serious

A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship.

Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersCelebrities, Child Prodigies
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Chess, Competitions, Rivalry
TimeCold War
StyleFascinating, Soulful, Serious

The first documentary feature to explore the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, detective
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersSpecial agents, Spy, Scouts
PlotInvestigation, Loneliness, KGB, Conspiracies
TimeCold War
StyleFor men, Atmospheric, Action, Depressive, Smart

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.

Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure, cartoon
CharactersSuperhero, Aliens, Monsters, Pilots, Tough guys
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Rivalry
TimeCold War
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Serious

The human race is threatened by a powerful creature, and only the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash can stop it. But can they overcome their differences to thwart this enemy using the combined strength of their newly formed Justice League?

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersSpecial agents, CIA, Millionaires, Womanizers
PlotOn real events, Political, Cheating, Friendship
PlaceParty, Helicopters, Afghanistan, Texas
TimeCold War
StyleMakes me think, Smart

The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Farewell (2009)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama
PlotOn real events, KGB, Border, Undercover, Undercover
PlaceRussia, France, USSR
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Disturbing, Serious

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 of history - largely unknown until now - “one of the most important espionage cases of the 20th century.” FAREWELL begins in 1981, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A French businessman based in Moscow, Pierre Froment, (Guillaume Canet) makes an unlikely connection with Grigoriev (Emir Kusturica), a senior KGB officer disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev. Grigoriev begins passing Froment highly sensitive information about the Soviet spy network in the US.

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2005)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CharactersHorses, Jews, Gay
PlotPolitical, Slavery
PlacePrison, The White House
TimeCold War
StyleSmart, Fancy

Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

The Fog of War (2003)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredocumentary, military, biography, history
CharactersMilitary, Presidential
PlotOn real events, War, Political
TimeCold War
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Soulful, Smart, Serious

Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the 85-year-old Robert McNamara, THE FOG OF WAR depicts his life, from working as a WWII whiz kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.