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Top 10 Cold War Movies

The Cold War was more a threat than a real war. The Western capitalist world lived in tension with the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries. Small conflicts, the threat of nuclear weapons and espionage played an important role. Beautiful subjects for movies. What are the top ten Cold War movies?

10. The Day the Earth Stood Still

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The Cold War was often treated symbolically in films. Science fiction is one of the genres that are very suitable for this. The Day The Earth Stood Still is a classic from 1951. One day, the Earth is quenched by an alien’s being visited. This Klaatu is assisted by a powerful robot and says he has a message for all the leaders of the world. Meanwhile, Klaatu teaches a lot about the Earth but lets a friendly scientist know that other civilizations find war on humanity and the planet is nominated to be destroyed.


9. The Hunt for Red October

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The Hunt for Red October appeared in the last year of the Cold War. In the film, a captain of a Soviet submarine decides to commit misery and pass over to the United States. The nuclear submarine can not be picked up by sonar and passes the ocean directly. He is subsequently seated by his own fleet who is afraid that the captain wants to start a war at his own. The CIA analyst Jack Ryan has another goal for the submarine and must convince his bosses that America is not attacked. If not, the Third World War can break out.


8. The Iron Giant

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The Cold War caused in some periods for attacks of paranoia. Because the land would not have been infiltrated for a long time by secret agents? This feeling often returns to movies. The friendly cartoon The Iron Giant (1999) is an unexpected Cold War classic. In 1957, America is in all states when the Soviet Union launches the Sputnik. For the coast, a big robot seeks to end up with a nine-year-old boy. The boy and robot become friends, but in the meanwhile, the government is coming to a mysterious robot.For fear of trying to destroy him, the robot turns out to be a full-fledged fighting machine.

7. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

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The Spy Who Comed In From The Cold was the book by which thriller John Le Carré made his breakthrough. In 1965 followed a filming with Richard Burton in the lead. The movie is a real Cold War thriller about trying to be too clever. Burton plays a secret agent sent to the GDR to spread false information about a high-ranking East German spy. In doing so, he makes use of his girlfriend with communist sympathies.

6. The Third Man

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The Third Man (1949) gives a beautiful picture of the situation after the Second World War and how the Cold War takes immediate action. An American pulp writer travels to Vienna because his old friend Harry Lime has promised him a job. But when he arrives, Lime appears to have come alive by accident.Or has Lime put that in place because he can smuggle penicillin in the city that has been divided by the Allies?

5. Das Leben der Others

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During the Cold War, the West looked mainly outside the life of the Eastern Bloc in the West. Das Leben der Anderen (2006) gives an intriguing picture of how the secret police of Stasi kept an eye on the DDR in the DDR. An agent has to listen to a playwright and his girlfriend but soon gets sympathy for the couple. He decides to falsify the reports to his commander.

4. The Manchurian Candidate

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is a true Cold War film that was also released at the height of the Cuban rocket crisis. Raymond, a young man from a conservative American family, is brainwashed. He seems to be a military hero at first, but not everyone trusts him. Slowly, his captain (played by Frank Sinatra) begins to come true: Raymond has been programmed by Communists to conduct a political murder.

3. War Games


The teenager David (Matthew Broderick) lives for his computer. As a hacker he breaks everywhere. One day he thinks he had cracked a manufacturer of games. David is fascinated by the game Global Thermo Nuclear War. What he does not know is that he has penetrated the Ministry of Defense’s computer system and that the game is linked to real nuclear weapons. The program estimates that a nuclear war is on its way and begins to prepare for an attack. Can David still stop the Third World War with the help of his girlfriend?

2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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In the fifties, US senator McCarthy began a witch hunt on communists who would have infiltrated America everywhere. The science fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a great criticism of the mass mystery during the Cold War. A general practitioner is getting more and more frequent visits from people who think the identity of their neighbors has been taken over. With a friend he finds out that in houses are left pods that grow into a perfect copy of the resident. Who’s still real and who’s a double-gang? And are they to stop?

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Stanley Kubrick was a very original movie. In 1964 when a large number of serious movies were released on the Cold War, he made a satire about the fear of a nuclear war. A paranoid general begins on his own initiative an attack on the Soviet Union. The president must command to return the bombers, because the Soviet ambassador tells him that in an attack his country will automatically return. But finding the code for this command is easier said than done. The result is an intrusive film that shows how absurd the Cold War is.


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