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1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

In 1984, the USSR'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?

Writers: Tom Clancy, Larry Ferguson, Donald Stewart | Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

2. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

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

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.

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

3. From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.5
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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.

Writers: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood | Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

4. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.7
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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.

Writers: Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson | Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

5. The Berlin File (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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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.

Writers: Ted Geoghegan, Stefanie Y. Hong, Seung-wan Ryoo | Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-beom Ryu, Gianna Jun

6. Topaz (1969)

M | 143 min | 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 Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Writers: Leon Uris, Samuel A. Taylor | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor

7. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

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

8. Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | 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 and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.

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

9. Belle Epoque (1992)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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 »

Writers: Rafael Azcona, José Luis García Sánchez, Fernando Trueba | Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca

10. Avalanche Express (1979)

PG | 88 min | Action, Thriller

4.7
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When a senior Russian official, Gen. Marenkov, decides to defect to the west, CIA agent Harry Wargrave is sent to lead the team to get him out. Malenkov reveals that the Russians are trying... See full summary »

Writers: Abraham Polonsky, Colin Forbes | Directors: Mark Robson, Monte Hellman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell

11. The Jigsaw Man (1984)

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.

Writers: Dorothea Bennett, Jo Eisinger | Director: Terence Young | Stars: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George, Robert Powell

12. Chakravyuh (2012)

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.

Writers: Prakash Jha, Sagar Pandya, Anjum Rajabali | Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta

13. The Serpent (1973)

PG | 113 min | Thriller

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

Writers: Pierre Nord, Gilles Perrault, Henri Verneuil | Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret

14. New Rose Hotel (1998)

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

4.8
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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 »

Writers: William Gibson, Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois | Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento, Annabella Sciorra

15. Pentathlon (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

3.7
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An Olympic gold medalist escapes to freedom in the US, only to be tracked down by his sadistic ex-coach.

Writers: William Stadiem, Bruce Malmuth, Gary T. McDonald, Gary DeVore | Director: Bruce Malmuth | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, David Soul, Renée Coleman, Roger E. Mosley

16. Judgement 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.

Writers: Herbert J. Stern, Joshua Sinclair, Leo Penn | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sam Wanamaker, Max Gail, Jürgen Heinrich

17. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.5
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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.

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

18. 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.

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

19. From Beijing with Love (1994)

94 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

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

Writers: Roman Cheung, Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok, Lik-Chi Lee | Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen, Pauline Chan, Kar-Ying Law

20. Escape from East Berlin (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

6.4
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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 »

Writers: Gabrielle Upton, Peter Berneis, Millard Lampell | Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Don Murray, Christine Kaufmann, Werner Klemperer, Ingrid van Bergen

21. Guns in the Heather (1969)

180 min | Family, Adventure

6.2
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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.

Writers: Lockhart Amerman, Herman Groves | Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Alfred Burke, Kurt Russell, Patrick Dawson

22. American Adobo (2001)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

5.0
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30 Metascore

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Writer: Vincent R. Nebrida | Director: Laurice Guillen | Stars: Traci Ann Wolfe, Christopher De Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao

23. Kimjongilia (2009)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

6.9
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44 Metascore

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

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

24. Nutcracker (1983)

R | 101 min | Drama

4.7
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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).

Writers: Raymond Christodoulou, Max Roman, Yvonne Roman | Director: Anwar Kawadri | Stars: Joan Collins, Carol White, Paul Nicholas, Finola Hughes

25. Trahir (1993)

103 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Writers: Radu Mihaileanu, Laurent Moussard | Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Johan Leysen, Alexandru Repan, Mireille Perrier, Razvan Vasilescu

26. Szerencsés Dániel (1985)

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 »

Writers: András Mezei, Zsuzsa Tóth | Director: Pál Sándor | Stars: Péter Rudolf, Sándor Zsótér, Katalin Szerb, Mari Töröcsik

27. El Presidente (2012)

Action, Biography, Drama

6.8
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Writer: Mark Meily | Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Jorge Estregan, Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Cristine Reyes

28. Phyl & Mikhy (1980– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Murphy Cross, Jack Dodson, Larry Haines, Rick Lohman

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

Comedy

7.3
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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 »

Writers: Ray Cooney, J. van der Heiden | Directors: Rex Garner, Erik Van Reijendam | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Johan Sirag, Flip Heeneman, Karla Wildschut

31. Nurkkapöytä Kämpissä (1997 TV Movie)

49 min | Drama, Thriller

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Writers: Jaakko Okker, Juha Tanttu, Iiristiina Varilo | Director: Kari Franck | Stars: Karoliina Franck, Tarja Keinänen, Juha Muje, Merle Palmiste

32. The Liberation of One: The Defection of Romuald Spasowski (2015)

55 min | Documentary | Announced

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

Writer: Jim Schmidt | Directors: Jim Schmidt, John Schmidt | Stars: Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole, Marie Arana, Ed Meese

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

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Invited by Leo Peterson, a former dancer who defected long ago, Jessica attends a Boston performance of the famous Soviet Russian Rostoff ballet. She guesses something is up when Leo gets a... See full summary »

Creators: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Claude Akins, Kerry Armstrong, Tom Bosley

34. The Hour (2005– )
Episode: Episode dated 9 March 2006 (2006)

Comedy, Music, News

3.1
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Writers: Luciano Casimiri, Peter McBain | Stars: George Stroumboulopoulos, Joe Kehoskie, Donald Rumsfeld

35. 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

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

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History

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 »

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

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

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 »

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

38. ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (2003–2006)
Episode: Risky Road Trip (2006)

News, Sport, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Ley, Kelly Naqi, José Contreras, Joe Kehoskie

39. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: The Reluctant Dragon (1967)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.1
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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.

Creator: Bruce Geller | Director: Leonard Horn | Stars: Steven Hill, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

40. ESPN Outside the Lines Primetime (1990–2002)
Episode: Witness to a Defection (2001)

News, Sport, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Ley, Tom Farrey, Fidel Castro, Ben Cherington