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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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K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard
K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine K-19. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and stars Harrison Ford ...more
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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels
Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more
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Miracle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
wiabux added Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden
Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more
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Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
wiabux added Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope
Spies Like Us is a 1985 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, and Donna Dixon. The film presents the comic adventures of two novice ...more
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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire
On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and ...more
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The Russians Are Coming, the R... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
kingbee63 added Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel The Off-Islanders, and was adapted for the ...more
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Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka
Funeral in Berlin is a 1966 British spy film directed by Guy Hamilton and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. It is the second of three 1960s films starring Michael Caine as the ...more
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In the Year of Living Dangerou... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
In the Year of Living Dangerously
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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken
The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more
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Threads is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
RanyaBardiwell added Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly
UK's version of "The Day After"; but a million times better -- and a million times more haunting. Threads is a 1984 BAFTA award-winning British television drama, produced jointly by the BBC, Nine Network and Western-World Television Inc. Written by Barry Hines and directed by Mick Jackson, ...more
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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
udontneedtoknowmyname added Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench
GoldenEye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the ...more
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Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more
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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
The Russia House is a 1990 American spy film directed by Fred Schepisi. Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay based on John le Carré's novel of the same name. The film stars Sean Connery, ...more
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman
The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more
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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason
Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film also co-stars Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason, and Everett McGill. The ...more
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The Quiet American is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija
The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai ...more
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Topaz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Milo added Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe, Michel Piccoli
Topaz is a 1969 American espionage thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the 1967 Cold War novel Topaz by Leon Uris, the film is about a French intelligence agent who becomes entangled ...more
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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Michael Forgey added Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more
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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 Baader Meinhof Complex is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl
The Baader Meinhof Complex is a 2008 German film by Uli Edel. Written and produced by Bernd Eichinger, it stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, and Johanna Wokalek. The film is based on the ...more
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Z is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin
Z is a 1969 Algerian French language political thriller directed by Costa-Gavras, with a screenplay by Gavras and Jorge Semprún, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis ...more
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The Manhattan Project is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Jenkins
The Manhattan Project is an American film, released in 1986. Named after the WWII-era program that constructed the first atomic weapons, the plot revolves around a gifted high school student who ...more
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Salvador is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb
Salvador is a 1986 drama film written by Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle, and directed by Stone. It stars James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, and Elpidia Carrillo, with John Savage, and ...more
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Torn Curtain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Milo added Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock
Torn Curtain is a 1966 American political thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. Written by Brian Moore, the film is about an American scientist who ...more
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biplab kumar dey added Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht
Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an ...more