Cold War Movies

List of the best movies about the Cold War, the confrontation between the superpowers of the USSR and the USA: Phantom, Hot Tub Time Machine, Bobby Fischer Against the World, West, American Made, Salt, The Debt, Anna, The Spacewalker, The Silent Revolution.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Phantom (2013)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersMilitary
PlotShipwreck
PlaceSubmarines
TimeCold War

The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, comedy, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersFriends, Singers
PlotTime travel, Time machine, Friendship, Snow
PlaceParty, USA
TimeCold War
StyleLight

A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.

Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:33
CharactersChild Prodigies, Celebrities
PlotOn real events, Chess, Obsession, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
TimeCold War
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious

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

West (2013)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryGermany
Duration01:42
CharactersCIA, Blonde girls, Single mothers
PlotFriendship, Love triangle, Border, Snow, Freedom
PlaceGermany
TimeNew Year, Cold War
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.

American Made (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Japan, Colombia
Duration02:32
CharactersHorses, CIA, FBI, Smugglers, Pilots
PlotOn real events, Money, Success
PlaceAircraft, Jungle, Court, USA
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Fascinating

The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.

Salt (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersCIA, Spy, Police
PlotRevenge, KGB, Betrayal, Chase, Justice
PlacePrison, The White House, USA
TimeCold War
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Twisted plot, Tense, Serious

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

The Debt (2011)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Hungary, Israel
Duration01:53
CharactersSpy
PlotWar, Revenge, Undercover
PlaceBeach, Israel
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has surfaced, and Rachel must return to Eastern Europe to uncover the truth. Overwhelmed by haunting memories of her younger self and her two fellow agents, the still-celebrated heroine must relive the trauma of those events and confront the debt she has incurred.

Anna (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller
CountryFrance, USA, Canada, Russia
Duration02:05
CharactersLesbians, CIA, Spy, Hired assassins, Strong women
PlotKGB, Snow
TimeCold War, Dark ones
StyleUnexpected ending, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

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 Spacewalker (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, adventure, biography, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:25
CharactersAstronauts, Scientists, Military, Astronauts, Pilots
PlotOn real events
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Russia, USSR, Moscow
TimeCold War
StyleInspirational, Patriotic, Tense

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 Silent Revolution (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, history
CountryGermany
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Border, Radio
PlaceSchool, Trains, Cemetery
TimeNew Year, Cold War
StyleTwisted plot, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think, Disturbing

Stalinstadt, East Germany, 1956. While the Hungarian uprising against Soviets is taking place, teenage members of a classroom of the local school perform a seemingly harmless act that causes unexpected consequences.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:25
CharactersCIA, Spy, Heroes, Special agents, Partners
PlotSkirmishes, Cars, Chase, Saving the World
PlaceItaly
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Beautiful, Disturbing

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.

Barbara (2012)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryGermany
Duration01:45
PlaceSea, Germany, Small cities
TimeCold War
StylePsychological problems, Action, Soulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy

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 wait patiently. Until Andre, her supervisor in the hospital, takes her off course. Are his motives of love or duty to the authorities? The day-to-day pretense, and content supervision slowly take their toll as the tension builds.

The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, adventure
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.

The Shape of Water (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryUSA, Canada, Mexico
Duration01:56
CharactersGay, Spy, Scientists, Orphans, Janitors
PlotDancing, The escape, Friendship, Loneliness, Water
PlaceUSA, Laboratory
TimeCold War
StyleUnexpected ending, Touching

An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.

Cold War (2018)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, music, history
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium
Duration02:02
CharactersMusicians, Poets, Pianists
PlotLove, Dancing
PlacePrison, Trains, Paris, Yugoslavia, Berlin
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.

King of the Sumava (1959)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryCzechoslovakia
CharactersSpy
PlotSkirmishes, Fog
PlaceVillage
TimeCold War

A movie about Czechoslovak border guards trying to arrest the famous escapee called "King of the Sumava".

Raise the Titanic (1980)
Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersHeroes
PlotSurvival, Adventure
PlaceShips, Ocean, Russia, Titanic
TimeCold War
StyleBy books, Serious, For men, Disturbing

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.

Rocky IV (1985)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersHeroes
PlotBoxing, Revenge, KGB
PlaceRussia, USSR
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Soulful, Serious, For men, Disturbing

After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.

Legacy (2013)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSpy
PlotKGB, Mystery
PlaceUSSR, England, London
TimeCold War
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A Breed Of Heroes (adapted by the BBC in 1994). As the three day week, petrol rationing and industrial strife plunge Britain into a state of emergency, MI6 trainee spy Charles Thoroughgood is asked to reconnect with an old university friend, Russian diplomat Viktor Koslov, with a view to 'turning' him. Viktor has his own agenda, though, and reveals a shocking truth about Charles's own family that threatens to derail him, both personally and professionally. He is catapulted into a dangerous personal odyssey to uncover the truth but finds himself drawn into a lethal KGB plot to mount an attack within the UK. His life is further complicated by a relationship with the wife of another agent, which forces him to realise that betrayal can take many forms.

White Nights (1985)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersManagers
PlotBallet, KGB
PlaceRussia, USSR, Siberia, Helicopters
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

After his plane crashes in Siberia, a Russian dancer, who defected to the West, is held prisoner in the Soviet Union. The KGB keeps him under watch and tries to convince him to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again. Determined to escape, he befriends a black American expatriate and his pregnant Russian wife, who agree to help him escape to the American Embassy.




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