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?
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Torn Curtain (1966)
PG | 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 and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.
6. Topaz (1969)
M | 143 min | 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. Belle Epoque (1992)
R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner (Manolo) due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters (... See full summary »
8. The Berlin File (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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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 »
12. Chakravyuh (2012)
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.
13. 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.
15. 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 »
16. The Jigsaw Man (1984)
PG | 94 min | Thriller
An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.
17. From Beijing with Love (1994)
84 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull.
18. El Presidente (2012)
Action, Biography, Drama
The life story of the first Philippine President. The story of the man who led the Filipino people to victory against its Spanish conquerors.
19. Judgement in Berlin (1988)
PG | 96 min | Drama
American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.
21. Pentathlon (1994)
R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
An Olympic gold medalist escapes to freedom in the US, only to be tracked down by his sadistic ex-coach.
23. Tunnel 28 (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 »
24. 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.
26. Nutcracker (1983)
R | 101 min | Drama
A Russian ballet dancer defects from the USSR, emigrates to England, and joins a ballet company run by a powerful, wealthy lady (Joan Collins).
27. 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.
30. Szerencsés Dániel (1985)
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 »
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. 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 »
33. Stealing Home: The Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball (2001 TV Movie)
57 min | Documentary, Sport
55 min | Documentary | Announced
The true story of Romuald Spasowski, the highest-ranking Communist official ever to defect to the West.
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.
Pan Am (2011–2012)
Ich Bin Ein Berliner
TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History
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.
Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
The Reluctant Dragon
60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
The IMF seeks to smuggle an important scientist, with the help of his wife, out from behind the Iron Curtain. They discover belatedly that he doesn't want to leave.
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963–1967)
White Snow, Red Ice
60 min | Adventure, Drama, Comedy
An American skier is approached by a beautiful girl while shooting movie scenes in Yugoslavia-she wants to defect.At the same time, he's met by an oily KGB agent there to make a trade, a ... See full summary »