The 20 best films on cold war

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1. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

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.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 12,749

2. Funeral in Berlin (1966)

Not Rated | 102 min | Thriller

A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Oskar Homolka, Paul Hubschmid, Eva Renzi

Votes: 4,706

3. The Ipcress File (1965)

Not Rated | 109 min | Thriller

In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd

Votes: 12,116

4. Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | 128 min | Thriller

55 Metascore

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: 21,785

5. The Prize (1963)

Approved | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Elke Sommer, Diane Baker

Votes: 3,681

6. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

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?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,292

7. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

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

Votes: 160,879 | Gross: $122.01M

8. The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: William Devane, Ralph Bellamy, Howard Da Silva, James Hong

Votes: 863

9. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 66,712

10. A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Rock Hudson, Rod Taylor, Mary Peach, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 703

11. Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears in the 1950s China she arrives in Hong Kong determined to find him but meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Gene Barry

Votes: 978

12. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 4,158

13. Smiley's People (1982)

360 min | Drama, Mystery

The murder of a Soviet defector forces his old handler, British spymaster George Smiley, out of retirement. His investigation leads to an old nemesis, the Soviet spymaster known only as Karla. This will be their final dance.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson, Vladek Sheybal

Votes: 3,116

14. The Osterman Weekend (1983)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

During the Cold War, a controversial TV journalist is asked by the CIA to persuade certain acquaintances, who are Soviet agents of the Omega network, to defect.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 7,195 | Gross: $6.49M

15. The Russia House (1990)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox

Votes: 12,984 | Gross: $23.00M

16. The Fourth Protocol (1987)

R | 119 min | Thriller

John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 7,991 | Gross: $12.42M

17. The Black Windmill (1974)

PG | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A British Agent's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig, Clive Revill

Votes: 2,144

18. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 10,694 | Gross: $11.00M

19. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,422 | Gross: $17.10M

20. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, Thriller

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 6,553



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