Cold War Movies

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1.
The Quiet American (2002)
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An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
2.
The Prize (1963)
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As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways. (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
3.
Fail-Safe (1964)
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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.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
4.
The 49th Man (1953)
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During the Cold War, the Defense Department's War Games team smuggles 48 nuclear bomb parts into the USA to test the nation's readiness for a subversive attack but an unexplained 49th bomb part mysteriously shows up. (73 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
5.
Breach (2007)
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FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Ray
 
6.
The Journey (1959)
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A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover finds herself the obsession of a Communist officer. (126 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
7.
The Manhattan Project (1986)
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A teen and his girlfriend make an atomic bomb with plutonium stolen from a scientist dating his mother. (117 mins.)
 
8.
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
9.
These Are the Damned (1962)
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An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
10.
On the Beach (1959)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
11.
Seven Days in May (1964)
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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.)
 
12.
Orion's Belt (1985)
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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.)
 
13.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
14.
One, Two, Three (1961)
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
15.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
16.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
17.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
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The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life. (167 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
18.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
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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.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
19.
The Company (2007 Mini-Series)
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Real-life figures from the Cold War-era mix with a fictional story based on a group of C.I.A. operatives and their counterparts in the K.G.B., MI6, and the Mossad. (286 mins.)
 
20.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
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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.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
21.
Thirteen Days (2000)
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A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
22.
The Big Lift (1950)
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Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift. (120 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
23.
Farewell (2009)
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The French intelligence service alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation during the height of the Cold War, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events. (113 mins.)
 
24.
No Way Out (1987)
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A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. (114 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
25.
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
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Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed. (126 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
26.
The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)
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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.)
Director: Anthony Page
 
27.
Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005 TV Movie)
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The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58. (186 mins.)
 
28.
The Package (1989)
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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.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
29.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
 
30.
Spies Like Us (1985)
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Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War. (102 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
31.
The Bedford Incident (1965)
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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (102 mins.)
Director: James B. Harris
 
32.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
33.
Torn Curtain (1966)
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An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West. (128 mins.)
 
34.
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
35.
The Odessa File (1974)
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Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII. (130 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame