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1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

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?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 153,881 | Gross: $122.01M

2. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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62 Metascore

Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember, who is working with Dr. Evil.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Beyoncé, Seth Green, Michael York

Votes: 173,471 | Gross: $213.31M

3. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.5
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85 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 97,525 | Gross: $24.80M

4. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 75,024 | Gross: $51.19M

5. Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.7
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33 Metascore

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Antje Traue, Charles Dance, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Votes: 1,362

6. Topaz (1969)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor

Votes: 13,919

7. Vixen! (1968)

X | 70 min | Drama

5.8
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Vixen lives in a Canadian mountain resort with her naive pilot husband. While he's away flying in tourists, she gets it on with practically everybody including a husband and his wife, and ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Erica Gavin, Garth Pillsbury, Harrison Page, Jon Evans

Votes: 2,158

8. Torn Curtain (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Thriller

6.7
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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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy

Votes: 20,551

9. Belle Epoque (1992)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca

Votes: 7,982 | Gross: $5.97M

10. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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67 Metascore

When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 9,432 | Gross: $25.10M

11. New Rose Hotel (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.9
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31 Metascore

Maas and Hosaka are two large Corporations in the future world. They are fighting to get control over the best minds of the world. The best is Hiroshi and at the moment he is working for ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 3,696 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Jack Noseworthy, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 3,070

13. Bereullin (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Thriller

6.6
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54 Metascore

Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean "ghost" agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Was he betrayed by his wife or his country? He must prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-bum Ryoo, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 5,354 | Gross: $0.67M

14. The Jigsaw Man (1983)

PG | 94 min | Thriller

5.3
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An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George, Robert Powell

Votes: 1,136

15. Avalanche Express (1979)

PG | 88 min | Action, Thriller

4.8
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Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

Directors: Mark Robson, Monte Hellman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 993

16. Pentathlon (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

3.9
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An Olympic gold medalist escapes to freedom in the US, only to be tracked down by his sadistic ex-coach.

Director: Bruce Malmuth | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, David Soul, Renée Coleman, Roger E. Mosley

Votes: 1,442

17. Company Man (2000)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

5.4
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18 Metascore

A high school teacher in the 60s becomes an international spy and becomes involved in a plot to overthrow Fidel Castro.

Directors: Peter Askin, Douglas McGrath | Stars: Douglas McGrath, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Guilfoyle, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 1,840 | Gross: $0.15M

18. A Different Loyalty (2004)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.1
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Leo Cauffield, chief of British counterespionage, fails by a whisker to arrest two fellow Cambridge-graduated spies who just manage to defect to Moscow, resigns and becomes a journalist. In... See full summary »

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham, Michael Cochrane

Votes: 1,251

19. Attack Force Z (1981)

84 min | Action, Drama, History

5.6
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood

Votes: 1,821

20. Nutcracker (1982)

R | 101 min | Drama

4.9
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A Russian ballet dancer defects from the USSR, emigrates to England, and joins a ballet company run by a powerful, wealthy lady (Joan Collins).

Director: Anwar Kawadri | Stars: Joan Collins, Carol White, Paul Nicholas, Finola Hughes

Votes: 77

21. The Serpent (1973)

PG | 113 min | Thriller

6.4
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A soviet diplomat hatches a complicated plan to enable him to defect to the West.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret

Votes: 746

22. El Presidente (2012)

162 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.6
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The life story of the first Philippine President. The story of the man who led the Filipino people to victory against its Spanish conquerors.

Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Jorge Estregan, Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Cristine Reyes

Votes: 86

23. Escape from East Berlin (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

6.6
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In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Don Murray, Christine Kaufmann, Werner Klemperer, Ingrid van Bergen

Votes: 348

24. Judgment in Berlin (1988)

PG | 96 min | Drama

5.9
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American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sam Wanamaker, Max Gail, Jürgen Heinrich

Votes: 579 | Gross: $0.23M

25. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (1994)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

7.2
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An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen, Kar-Ying Law, Pauline Chan

Votes: 4,075

26. Chakravyuh (2012)

152 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.9
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On the request of his friend Kabir, SP Adil Sends him to the Naxal group as an informer. When Kabir finds the truth he becomes one of their gang leader.

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta

Votes: 2,652

27. Debris Documentar (2012 Video)

75 min | Horror

6.9
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Director: Marian Dora | Stars: Martina Adora, Katja Bienert, Alexandra Dumas, Jesús Franco

Votes: 59

28. American Adobo (2001)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

4.7
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30 Metascore

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Director: Laurice Guillen | Stars: Traci Ann Wolfe, Christopher De Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao

Votes: 166 | Gross: $0.34M

29. Guns in the Heather (1969)

180 min | Family, Adventure

6.4
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Walt Disney's 3-part made-for-TV feature, The Secret of Boyne Castle (1969), originally shown on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (the new title for "Disneyland"), re-edited into feature film form for European theatrical release.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Alfred Burke, Kurt Russell, Patrick Dawson

Votes: 65

30. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.4
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A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Gerulf Pannach, Fabienne Babe, Sigfrit Steiner, Cristine Rose

Votes: 360

31. Kimjongilia (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama

6.9
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44 Metascore

North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

Director: N.C. Heikin | Stars: Young Hun Choi, Kang Chol Hwan, Lee Shin

Votes: 732 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Trahir (1993)

103 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Johan Leysen, Alexandru Repan, Mireille Perrier, Razvan Vasilescu

Votes: 92

33. Szerencsés Dániel (1983)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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In December 1956 there is a chaotic situation in Hungary. The revolution is put down by the Soviet army. People leave the country in large numbers for fear of revenge. A young soldier (... See full summary »

Director: Pál Sándor | Stars: Péter Rudolf, Sándor Zsótér, Katalin Szerb, Mari Töröcsik

Votes: 162

34. Stealing Home: The Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball (2001 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Sport

7.2
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Directors: Robert Anderson Clift, Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky | Stars: Carlos Rodriguez Acosta, Yareli Arizmendi, Sigfredo Barros, Orlando Chinea

Votes: 11

35. John le Carré (2008 Video)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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New, exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré about the 1965 classic film The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) in which he wrote the source novel.

Stars: John le Carré, Claire Bloom, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack

36. Phyl & Mikhy (1980– )

30 min | Comedy

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Track stars Phyllis(Phyl) and Mikhail(Mikhy)are on opposides sides of the Cold War but meet and marry. Mikhy defects and they move in with Phyl's father Max, where Mikhy must navigate the ... See full summary »

Stars: Rick Lohman, Murphy Cross, Larry Haines, Michael Pataki

37. Een kus van een rus (1981 TV Movie)

Comedy

7.2
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Joeri Petrovian, a famous Russian ballet dancer attempts to defect to the West by hiding in the trunk of a Navy Officer's car. Once inside the Commandant's stately home, the daughter of the... See full summary »

Directors: Rex Garner, Erik Van Reijendam | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Johan Sirag, Flip Heeneman, Karla Wildschut

Votes: 9

38. The Liberation of One: The Defection of Romuald Spasowski

55 min | Documentary | Announced

The true story of Romuald Spasowski, the highest-ranking Communist official ever to defect to the West.

Directors: Jim Schmidt, John Schmidt | Stars: Ed Meese, Wanda Spasowski, Bob McEwen, Marie Arana

39. Nurkkapöytä Kämpissä (1997 TV Movie)

49 min | Drama, Thriller

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Director: Kari Franck | Stars: Karoliina Franck, Tarja Keinänen, Juha Muje, Merle Palmiste

40. A Big Problem with Gun Control (2017 Video)

16 min | Short, News, Talk-Show

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Styx argues that the disarmament of U.S. citizens won't happen because it can't happen - not without a civil war.

Star: Tarl Warwick

41. President Jimmy Carter's News Conference, 1978 (2008 Video)

29 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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President Carter discusses whether congress will pass key domestic legislation, including taxes, employment, and energy. Other topics include the upcoming Israeli-Egyptian peace talks in ... See full summary »

Star: Jimmy Carter

42. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: All About Allison (2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Carrie needs Allison's help. Quinn's plans change.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Sebastian Koch, Miranda Otto

Votes: 1,438

43. ESPN Outside the Lines (2005– )
Episode: Cuba on Deck? (2015)

News, Sport, Talk-Show

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"Outside the Lines" looks at the growing number of Cuban players in Major League Baseball and the possible impact on MLB of President Obama's decision to reestablish ties with Cuba.

Stars: Bob Ley, Tom Farrey, Henry Urrutia, Joe Kehoskie

44. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
Episode: Death Takes a Curtain Call (1984)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Two Soviet ballet dancers on tour in the States are wanted following the murder of a man backstage during their debut performance.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Claude Akins, Kerry Armstrong, Tom Bosley

Votes: 193

45. Cambridge Spies (2003– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (2003)

Drama, History

7.9
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Burgess and Maclean are becoming liabilities for Soviet intelligence, and Philby has his hands full protecting the two of them before they can be pulled out and relocated to Moscow, while ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Tom Hollander, Samuel West, Ronald Pickup, Angus Wright

Votes: 32

46. The Hour (2004– )
Episode: Episode dated 9 March 2006 (2006)

Comedy, Music, News

3.2
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Stars: George Stroumboulopoulos, Joe Kehoskie, Donald Rumsfeld

Votes: 8

47. ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday (2000– )
Episode: Holding an Ace (2002)

News, Sport, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Ley, Tom Farrey, Mike Bordick, José Contreras

48. Pan Am (2011–2012)
Episode: Ich Bin Ein Berliner (2011)

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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When the crew gets a flight taking journalists to Berlin to cover an important speech by President Kennedy, Maggie, who campaigned for him, is determined to meet JFK no matter what. ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Graves | Stars: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse

Votes: 236

49. The Border (2008– )
Episode: Kiss and Cry (2009)

44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Kessler's daughter Zoe helps Yuan Dao, China's star figure skater, escape from the Chinese Secret Service. Dao claims to be a freedom activist who will face torture and execution if ... See full summary »

Director: Eleanor Lindo | Stars: James McGowan, Graham Abbey, Jonas Chernick, Mark Wilson

Votes: 11

50. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: Oriole (2015)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Carrie reconnects with old friends. Saul opens up to Allison.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Sebastian Koch, Miranda Otto

Votes: 1,413