Cold War Movies

List of the best movies about the Cold War, the confrontation between the superpowers of the USSR and the USA: Superman: Red Son, The White Crow, Anna, The Coldest Game, Cold War, Mrs Wilson, Red Joan, The Spy Gone North, The Silent Revolution, Atomic Blonde.

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

Superman: Red Son (2020)
Markimdb: 6.3
CharactersSuperhero, Aliens, Monsters
PlotRivalry, Superpowers, Confrontation, Cheating
TimeCold War

    Set in the thick of the Cold War, Red Son introduces us to a Superman who landed in the USSR during the 1950s and grows up to become a Soviet symbol that fights for the preservation of Stalin’s brand of communism.

    The White Crow (2019)
    Mark7.8 (imdb: 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.

      Anna (2019)
      Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.6)
      Genreaction, thriller
      CountryFrance, USA
      CharactersHired assassins, Strong women, CIA, Lesbians, Girlfriends, Models, Spy
      PlotSnow, Undercover
      TimeCold War
      StyleTense, Disturbing, Fascinating, Unexpected ending

        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 Coldest Game (2019)
        Markimdb: 6.1
        Genrethriller, history, sport
        CountryPoland, USA
        CharactersSpy, CIA
        PlotRivalry, Political, Chess, Competitions, Fear
        PlaceUSSR, USA
        TimeCold War
        StyleTense, Inspirational, Smart

          During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.

          Cold War (2018)
          Mark6.4 (imdb: 7.6)
          Genremelodrama, drama, music
          CountryPoland, United Kingdom, France
          CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Poets
          PlotLove, Dancing
          PlacePrison, Trains
          TimeCold War

            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)
            Mark5.6 (imdb: 7.5)
            Genredrama, detective, biography
            CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
            CharactersFamily, Spy
            PlotRelationship, On real events
            TimeCold War

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

              Red Joan (2018)
              Markimdb: 6.4
              Genremelodrama, drama, biography
              CountryUnited Kingdom
              CharactersStrong women, Spy
              TimeCold War
              StylePatriotic, Womens in main roles, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

                London, England, May 2000. The peaceful life of elderly Joan Stanley is suddenly disrupted when she is arrested by the British Intelligence Service and accused of providing information to communist Russia during the forties.

                The Spy Gone North (2018)
                Mark4 (imdb: 7.3)
                Genrethriller, drama
                CountrySouth Korea
                CharactersScouts, Special agents, Spy, Dogs, Military, Businessmen
                PlotMystery, Undercover, On real events
                PlaceKorea, Aircraft, China, Asia
                TimeCold War

                  South Korea, 1993. An agent of the National Intelligence Service is sent to Beijing with the assignment of infiltrating a group of North Korean officials with the ultimate goal of obtaining information about the North Korean nuclear program.

                  The Silent Revolution (2018)
                  Markimdb: 7.4
                  Genredrama, history
                  PlotRadio, On real events
                  PlaceSchool, Trains
                  TimeCold War

                    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.

                    Atomic Blonde (2017)
                    Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.7)
                    Genreaction, thriller, detective
                    CountryGermany, Sweden, USA
                    CharactersStrong women, Killers, Lesbians, Hired assassins, Dogs, Spy
                    PlotUndercover, Survival, Seduction
                    TimeCold War
                    StyleUnexpected ending, Atmospheric, Exciting, Tense

                      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 Spacewalker (2017)
                      Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.3)
                      Genrethriller, drama, adventure, history
                      CharactersScientists, Military, Astronauts, Astronauts, Pilots
                      PlaceSpace, Russia, Moscow, USSR, Spaceships
                      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 Shape of Water (2017)
                        Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.3)
                        Genrefantastic, drama
                        CharactersJanitors, Scientists, Orphans, Gay, Spy
                        PlotThe escape, Supernatural, Dancing, Loneliness
                        PlaceUSA, Laboratory
                        TimeCold War
                        StyleTouching, Unexpected ending

                          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.

                          American Made (2017)
                          Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.2)
                          Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime, biography
                          CountryUSA, Japan, Colombia
                          CharactersSmugglers, Horses, FBI, CIA, Pilots
                          PlotSuccess, Money, On real events
                          PlaceUSA, Court, Jungle, Aircraft
                          TimeCold War
                          StyleExciting, Fascinating

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

                            LBJ (2017)
                            Markimdb: 6.5
                            Genredrama, biography, history
                            CharactersDogs, Maids, Presidential
                            PlotMotorcycles, Political
                            TimeCold War

                              The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

                              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
                              PlaceBerlin, Moscow
                              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
                                PlotLove triangle, Mystery, Love, Political
                                PlaceMoscow, USSR, Russia
                                TimeCold War
                                StyleAction, Touching, Tense, Disturbing

                                  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.

                                  Operation Avalanche (2016)
                                  Mark7 (imdb: 6.1)
                                  Genrethriller, drama, detective
                                  CountryCanada, USA
                                  CharactersCIA, Directors, Spy
                                  PlotPursuit, Investigation, Death, Mystery, Cheating, Cars
                                  PlaceSpace, Moon
                                  TimeCold War
                                  StyleAction, Light, Tense, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

                                    In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.

                                    Close to the Enemy (2016)
                                    Markimdb: 6
                                    CountryUnited Kingdom
                                    CharactersSpy, Scientists, Maids, Singers
                                    PlaceEngland, Hotels
                                    TimeCold War
                                    StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

                                      A British intelligence officer has to ensure that a captured German scientist helps the British develop jet aircraft.

                                      Churchill's Secret (2016)
                                      Markimdb: 6.8
                                      Genredrama, biography, history
                                      CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
                                      CharactersSisters, Actors, Brides, Artists, Old man
                                      PlotMystery, Radio, On real events
                                      PlaceTrains, Beach, Country houses
                                      TimeCold War

                                        British Prime Minister Winston Churchill suffers from a stroke in the summer of 1953 that's kept a secret from the rest of the world.

                                        Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
                                        Mark9.6 (imdb: 7)
                                        Genredrama, biography
                                        PlotChess, Rivalry, Political, Obsession, Mental disorders, On real events
                                        PlaceIslands, Russia
                                        TimeCold War
                                        StyleFascinating, Inspirational

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