Cold War Movies

List of the best movies about the Cold War, the confrontation between the superpowers of the USSR and the USA: The Lives of Others, Anna, The Man Who Saved the World, Cold War, The Courier, Pawn Sacrifice, A Beautiful Mind, Topaz, Atomic Blonde, Shutter Island.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
The Lives of Others (2006)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryGermany, France
Duration02:17

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 system.

Anna (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller
CountryFrance, USA, Canada, Russia
Duration02:05

Beneath Anna Poliatova's striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins.

The Man Who Saved the World (2014)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, documentary, biography, history
CountryDenmark, Latvia, Russia, USA

The Man Who Saved the World is feature documentary film about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces.

Cold War (2018)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, music, history
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium
Duration02:02

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.

The Courier (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA

Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:55

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

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:15

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Meanwhile the government asks his help with breaking Soviet codes, which soon gets him involved in a terrifying conspiracy plot. Nash grows more and more paranoid until a discovery that turns his entire world upside down. Now it is only with Alicia's help that he will be able to recover his mental strength and regain his status as the great mathematician we know him as today..

Topaz (1969)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:23

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.

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA, Germany, Sweden, Hungary
Duration02:32

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.

Shutter Island (2010)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:18

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

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The Ipcress File (1965)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:49

Sly and dry intelligence agent, Harry Palmer is tasked with investigating British Intelligence security, and is soon enmeshed in a world of double-dealing, kidnap and murder when he finds a traitor operating at the heart of the secret service.

The Untold History Of The United States (2012)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountryUSA

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

The White Crow (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Serbia
Duration02:24

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.

X-Men: First Class (2011)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:06

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were arch-enemies, they were closest of friends, working together with other mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrefantastic, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:29

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany
Duration02:07

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.

Mrs Wilson (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration00:40

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

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:42

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.

Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:33

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

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration03:06

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe, but also from the widow of a Nazi general, an idealistic U.S. Army captain and reluctant witness Irene Wallner.

October Sky (1999)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, family, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:25

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 Spacewalker (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, adventure, biography, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:25

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…

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration02:18

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, comedy
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:35

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Blast from the Past (1999)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers into their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam now ventures forth into Los Angeles to obtain food and supplies for his family, and a non-mutant wife for himself.

Deutschland (2015)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryGermany
Duration00:51

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
Duration02:39

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.

Matinee (1993)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:39

A showman introduces a small coastal town to a unique movie experience and capitalises on the Cuban Missile crisis hysteria with a kitschy horror extravaganza combining film effects, stage props and actors in rubber suits in this salute to the B-movie.

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

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.




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