Most Popular "Defection" Titles
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1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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?
Votes: 147,972 | Gross: $122.01M
2. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 167,260 | Gross: $213.08M
3. The Living Daylights (1987)
PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 71,795 | Gross: $51.19M
4. From Russia with Love (1963)
Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 92,786 | Gross: $24.80M
5. Torn Curtain (1966)
Approved | 128 min | Thriller
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.
6. Topaz (1969)
M | 143 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
7. Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)
87 min | Drama, Thriller
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 »
8. Company Man (2000)
PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy
A high school teacher in the 60s becomes an international spy and becomes involved in a plot to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Votes: 1,786 | Gross: $0.15M
9. Vixen! (1968)
X | 70 min | Drama
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 »
11. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.
Votes: 9,049 | Gross: $25.10M
12. Bereullin (2013)
Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
13. Belle Epoque (1992)
R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 7,675 | Gross: $5.97M
14. New Rose Hotel (1998)
R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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 »
Votes: 3,564 | Gross: $0.02M
16. Avalanche Express (1979)
PG | 88 min | Action, Thriller
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.
17. Chakravyuh (2012)
152 min | Drama, Thriller, War
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.
21. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.
24. A Different Loyalty (2004)
R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
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 »
25. Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Approved | 94 min | Drama
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 »
26. Guns in the Heather (1969)
180 min | Family, Adventure
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.
31. Phyl & Mikhy (1980– )
30 min | Comedy
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 »
32. Szerencsés Dániel (1983)
87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
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 »
55 min | Documentary | Announced
The true story of Romuald Spasowski, the highest-ranking Communist official ever to defect to the West.
35. John le Carré (2008 Video)
39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
37. Een kus van een rus (1981 TV Movie)
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 »
ESPN Outside the Lines (2006– )
Cuba on Deck?
News, Sport, Talk-Show
"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.
Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
Death Takes a Curtain Call
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two Soviet ballet dancers on tour in the States are wanted following the murder of a man backstage during their debut performance.
Cambridge Spies (2003– )
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 »
Pan Am (2011–2012)
Ich Bin Ein Berliner
TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History, Romance
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 »
The Border (2008– )
Kiss and Cry
44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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 »
The Littlest Hobo (1979–1985)
Adventure, Drama, Family
An Eastern European ballerina tries to defect but is caught. The Hobo, along with a human sidekick, try to rescue her, but unfortunately, her kidnappers have help from the local police.