films The Best Cold War Movies

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List Rules Only movies that take place during the Cold War

A list of the best cold war movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This cold war movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about the cold war are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about the cold war you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourselves. The films on this list are the most famous cold war movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these cold war movie titles for more information about the films if you'd like.The list you're viewing is made up of cold war films like The Iron Giant, The Hunt For Red October, and Rocky 4.This list answers the questions, "What are the best cold war movies?" and "What is the greatest cold war movie of all time?" Various bits of information are included with these popular cold war movies, and these Cold War spy movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these cold war movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good cold war movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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The Hunt for Red October Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

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The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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The Lives of Others Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck

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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

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Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten

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From Russia with Love Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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Fail Safe Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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Crimson Tide Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman

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The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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The Ipcress File Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson

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Good bye, Lenin! Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy

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North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels

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Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

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Seven Days in May Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint

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Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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Ice Station Zebra Jim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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K-19: The Widowmaker Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard

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The Bedford Incident Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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The Quiet American Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija

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The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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The Fourth Protocol Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Ned Beatty

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Funeral in Berlin Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka

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Topaz Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe, Michel Piccoli

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Torn Curtain Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock

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Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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The Living Daylights Timothy Dalton, John Rhys-Davies, J.J. Barry

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The Baader Meinhof Complex Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl

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Firefox Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger

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Rambo: First Blood Part II Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

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Salvador James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb

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Goodnight,and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Goodnight,and Good Luck

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The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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Threads Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly - UK's version of "The Day After"; but a million times better -- and a million times more haunting.

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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White Nights Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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The Russia House Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, Roy Scheider