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1. The Americans (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor

Votes: 74,613

2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

8.4
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97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 420,474 | Gross: $0.28M

3. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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69 Metascore

A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Votes: 101,689 | Gross: $66.66M

4. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 166,369 | Gross: $122.01M

5. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.3
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66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 83,220 | Gross: $70.31M

6. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.8
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71 Metascore

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 76,366 | Gross: $32.48M

7. Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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55 Metascore

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 47,981 | Gross: $38.38M

8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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75 Metascore

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 47,155 | Gross: $24.95M

9. Pan Am (2011–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly.

Stars: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse

Votes: 18,248

10. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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77 Metascore

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

Votes: 32,493 | Gross: $35.51M

11. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 72,932

12. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 90,873 | Gross: $31.50M

13. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.7
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The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, John Herman Shaner

Votes: 4,323

14. The Day After (1983 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum

Votes: 13,213

15. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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68 Metascore

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 43,795 | Gross: $64.38M

16. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 68,071

17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.7
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92 Metascore

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 41,405

18. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 7,044

19. White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, Music

6.7
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46 Metascore

An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren

Votes: 6,243 | Gross: $42.16M

20. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

Two disparate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Votes: 20,546

21. Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama

7.2
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A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 13,662

22. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 19,315 | Gross: $40.38M

23. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 33,841 | Gross: $0.48M

24. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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62 Metascore

Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour, Youssef Hamid

Votes: 16,878 | Gross: $0.30M

25. One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

7.9
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis

Votes: 17,944

26. Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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73 Metascore

United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner

Votes: 11,627

27. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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52 Metascore

A computer wiz woman/W.Goldberg works at a computer terminal in a NYC bank. One day she gets a strange message and breaks the code. Suddenly, she finds herself in the middle of dangerous spy business.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, John Wood, Carol Kane

Votes: 17,093 | Gross: $25.59M

28. The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

Unrated | 126 min | Comedy, War

7.1
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Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith

Votes: 7,293 | Gross: $21.69M

29. The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith

Votes: 8,653

30. The Colbys (1985–1987)

60 min | Drama

6.0
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This spin-off of Dynasty (1981) featured the adventures of Jeff and Fallon Colby in California.

Stars: Charlton Heston, John James, Katharine Ross, Emma Samms

Votes: 751

31. Spacewalk (2017)

140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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Trying to keep lead in the Space Race, Soviet Union preparing two cosmonauts to the first spacewalk.

Director: Dmitriy Kiselev | Stars: Evgeniy Mironov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Ilin, Anatoliy Kotenyov

Votes: 5,032

32. The Silent Revolution (2018)

111 min | Drama, History

7.5
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A group of twelfth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging two minutes of silence during lessons.

Director: Lars Kraume | Stars: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Isaiah Michalski

Votes: 2,382

33. Animal Farm (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.0
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The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny amongst themselves.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond

Votes: 5,423

34. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs

Votes: 4,644

35. Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

6.6
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64 Metascore

David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood Director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on... See full summary »

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt, Patricia Wettig

Votes: 7,233 | Gross: $9.48M

36. Il Divo (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci

Votes: 14,665 | Gross: $0.24M

37. OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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58 Metascore

Another mission of world-known French secret agent leads him to exotic Brazil.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler, Alex Lutz

Votes: 11,902 | Gross: $0.09M

38. The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey, John McGiver

Votes: 3,967

39. Scorpio (1973)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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During the Cold War, the CIA orders free-lance operative Scorpio to assassinate his former CIA mentor Cross and a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield, John Colicos

Votes: 3,499

40. Amerika (1987)

870 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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America has been bloodlessly taken over by the Soviet Union, leading to slave-labor camps for some, collaboration for others and rebellion for yet others.

Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Robert Urich, Wendy Hughes, Sam Neill

Votes: 517

41. Stalin (1992 TV Movie)

172 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Robert Duvall, Julia Ormond, Maximilian Schell, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 2,166

42. Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016)

88 min | Documentary, Drama

7.9
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Explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America's purchase of Yugoslavia's clandestine space program in the early 1960s.

Director: Ziga Virc | Stars: Slavoj Zizek, Josip Broz Tito, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson

Votes: 2,891

43. Truman (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore

Votes: 2,090

44. The Ear (1970)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Kachyna | Stars: Jirina Bohdalová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Gustav Opocenský, Miroslav Holub

Votes: 2,154

45. The Tunnel (2001)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

During the Cold War, Germany was divided into two states - East and West. This epic story tells about their dramatic connections.

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sebastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 5,794 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Red Army (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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83 Metascore

The story of the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players.

Director: Gabe Polsky | Stars: Viacheslav Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks, Don Cherry

Votes: 6,202 | Gross: $0.69M

47. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Robert Stadlober, Teresa Weißbach

Votes: 5,816

48. Cold War (1998)

1,120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Anatoli Dobrynin, Robert McNamara, Vladimir Yerofeyev

Votes: 728

49. Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy

6.3
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A former British colony in dire need of economic aid tries to play the British against the Soviets in an attempt to secure economic aid from either side in return for political loyalty.

Directors: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi, Ian Bannen

Votes: 690

50. The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.2
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In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: William Devane, Ralph Bellamy, Howard Da Silva, James Hong

Votes: 884



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