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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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louiskasatkin added The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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

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

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

77 39
WarGames is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Milo added North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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kingbee63 added Fail Safe Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

52 26
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Crimson Tide Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman

44 11
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Good bye, Lenin! Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

35 6
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy

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

63 39
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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MejaEhrenström added No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

26 10
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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

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kingbee63 added The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint

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The Ipcress File Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson

27 10
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alastairjmcrawford added Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

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Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

25 9
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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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

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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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Funeral in Berlin Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka

23 11
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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The Bedford Incident Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

13 5
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batmanssw added The Fourth Protocol Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Ned Beatty

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The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

21 9
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The Russia House Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, Roy Scheider

25 13
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Firefox Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger

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White Nights Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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

10 4
Goodnight,and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
Goodnight,and Good Luck

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RanyaBardiwell added 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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Milo added Torn Curtain Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock

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Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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

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Z Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin

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RobLein added One, Two, Three James Cagney, Red Buttons, Pamela Tiffin

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Salvador James Woods, Jim Belushi, Cynthia Gibb

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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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