The Best Cold War Movies Films

The Best Cold War Movies

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List Criteria: 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

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    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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten

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    The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    Fail Safe Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    WarGames is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

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    Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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    Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Crimson Tide Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman

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    Good bye, Lenin! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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

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    K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Jim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine

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    The Russians Are Coming, the R... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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

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    The Quiet American is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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    The Bedford Incident is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

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    Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Topaz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe, Michel Piccoli

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    Torn Curtain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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    The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson

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    Firefox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger

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    The Russia House is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, Roy Scheider

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    The Baader Meinhof Complex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl

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    The Living Daylights is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


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

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    Blast from the Past is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Blast from the Past Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Brendan Fraser

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    White Nights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    White Nights Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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    Salvador is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Salvador James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb

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    Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka

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    The Fourth Protocol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Ned Beatty

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    Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cold War Movies


    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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    Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Threads is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

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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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