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The Best Cold War Movies

Updated April 26, 2019 7.6k votes 1.3k voters 136.9k views92 items

List RulesOnly 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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    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cold War Movies

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Mühe

    Released2006

    Directed byFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck

    The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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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

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

    From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1995

    Directed byTony Scott

    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    WarGames is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

    WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

    Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Good bye, Lenin! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Good bye, Lenin!

    Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova

    Released2003

    Directed byWolfgang Becker

    Good Bye, Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film. Directed by Wolfgang Becker, the cast... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Thirteen Days

    Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood

    Released2000

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    The Third Man

    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

    Released1949

    Directed byCarol Reed

    The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Spy Who Came in from the C is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    Richard Burton, Claire Bloom

    Released1965

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Seven Days in May

    Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Seven Days in May is a 1964 drama-romance film written by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    No Way Out

    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner

    Released1987

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    The Ipcress File

    Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd

    Released1965

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Firefox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Firefox

    Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne

    Released1982

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Firefox is a 1982 U.S. action film produced, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cold War Movies
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    Spies Like Us

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Landis

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