7 Best Cold War Movies You Can’t Miss
The Cold War is the open but restrained rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies that developed after World War II. Instead of weapons, the Cold War was limited to political, economic and propaganda fronts, which became very important backstory for an impressive number of films.
If espionage, agencies and covert missions are your genre, then here is a list of movies you would absolutely love:
Dr Strangelove (1964)
With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known simply as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 dark comedy film that satirizes Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviets and the United States. Directed, produced and written by Stanley Kubrick, the greatest and most influential filmmaker of the 20th century. ‘dr. Strangelove’, is considered one of the most beautiful works of cinematography of all time. According to the plot, an unexpected dilemma arises when an American official deploys a bomber on the Soviets.
The Third Man (1949)
The story is set in post-war Vienna where American Holly Martins (Cotten) arrives to accept a job with her friend Harry Lime (Welles), only to learn of his disappearance. Considering his death suspicious, Martins chose to stay in Vienna and take the investigation into his own hands. Rated the greatest English film of all time, the unconventional use of camera, lightning and a stellar cast including Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard, ensured audiences no only see the film but feel it.
The Spy from the Cold (1965)
The story revolves around Alec Leamas, a skilled British intelligence officer, who is given the task of going to East Germany and following a high-ranking cadre for information. Things turn upside down when he is recruited and eventually discovered as a detractor. The film stars Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner in pivotal roles and their impeccable way of portraying the right emotion behind every scene is what made the film a classic.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley, with Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds, David Dencik and Kathy Burke in supporting roles, the story revolves around a retired intelligence officer who is called back to remove the mole working for the Soviets. Impeccable use of camera and stellar performance made this film dynamic in its own way.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Hunt for Red October is an underwater spy thriller set at the end of the Cold War. The plot concerns a captain in the Soviet Navy who wishes to join the United States with his officers and take with him the Soviet Navy’s newest and most advanced ballistic missile submarine, Red October. A CIA analyst realizes his motive but he must prove it to his navy in order to stop any violent confrontation that may occur. Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones and Sam Neil, the film gives an idea of how the Cold War clouded people’s morality and discretion and the constant mind games to bring down the other have become the new normal.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
bridge of spies is a historical drama starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda in pivotal roles. Set during the Cold War, the film tells the story of insurance attorney James B. Donovan, who was tasked with negotiating with the Soviets for the release of Francis Gary Powers, a US Air Force pilot whose he U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. For the exchange, the United States decided to release Rudolf Abel, a convicted Soviet KGB spy whom Donovan represented at trial.
Other People’s Lives (2006)
Starring Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his superior Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman’s lover, a prominent actress named Christa- Maria Sieland, the film revolves around the expanse of East Germany. the secret police could go and watch the people of East Berlin and invade their personal space in the name of national defense.