Top 25 Cold War Movies

1990s

1 Crimson Tide (1995)

Crimson Tide (1995)

Published on August 8th, 2007 | by Chris

While it's true that '95 was a bit late to be making US vs. Russia Nuclear Missile Scare Movies(tm), Crimson Tide pulls it off in a big way.  I have to admit, I hadn't watched this... Read More


1990s

2 Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)

Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)

Published on December 30th, 2006 | by Chris

Since I'm on a "Cold War" run to start off the site, lets look at 1995's "Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie." "Trinity" is a documentary that explores the creation and development of nuclear weapons... Read More


1950s

3 Strategic Air Command (1955)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

Published on July 27th, 2007 | by Chris

In 1955, the Cold War was just getting ramped up, and in that ten years since the end of WWII, the newly created Air Force ramped up as well, as we are shown in Strategic Air... Read More


1960s

4 Fail-Safe (1964)

Fail-Safe (1964)

Published on November 27th, 2007 | by Chris

If you think living in today's terrified "war on terror" world is, well, terrifying.  I can only imagine what it must've been like to live in the shadow of constant fear of impending nuclear doom.  And... Read More


1960s

5 The Bedford Incident (1965)

The Bedford Incident (1965)

Published on December 30th, 2006 | by Chris

We'll start things off with a cold war suspense film about a destroyer and its captain in the hunt for a mysterious unidentified submarine somewhere in the general vicinity of Greenland... Read More


2000s

6 Thirteen Days (2000)

Thirteen Days (2000)

Published on January 16th, 2009 | by Chris

The closest the world ever came to all-out nuclear war, when the clock read two minutes to midnight, and the nation held its breath...  Those Thirteen Days in October of 1962 will forever live in history... Read More


1980s

7 Radio Bikini (1988)

Radio Bikini (1988)

Published on August 21st, 2010 | by Chris

Radio Bikini is a short documentary that explores the "able" and "baker" nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. Actually the movie is sort of a two-fold documentary. One part examines the "takeover" of the... Read More


1980s

8

Top Gun (1986, Blu Ray)

Published on October 3rd, 2011 | by Chris

If, like me, you were alive in 1986, and of movie-going age, you've seen Top Gun.  Probably several times.  You probably used a few of the one-liners at some point, whether you realized it or not. ... Read More


2000s

9 K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

Published on September 12th, 2008 | by Chris

K-19: The Widowmaker is based on the true story of the Soviet nuclear submarine K-19, which suffered a disastrous reactor failure and nearly resulted in a worse accident, and possibly could have started World War III.... Read More


1950s

10 Bombers B-52 (1957)

Bombers B-52 (1957)

Published on September 13th, 2010 | by Chris

Take a story that likely resonated with a lot of people circa 1957, add in a dash of romance with an attractive leading lady, an overprotective father figure, and top it off with lots of cold... Read More


1980s

11 The Final Countdown (1980)

The Final Countdown (1980)

Published on September 22nd, 2008 | by Chris

Awww, come on.  If you were alive in the 1980's you've seen The Final Countdown.  It was on TV like every other weekend on one of the big cable networks.  And you watched it.  Every time. ... Read More


1980s

12 WarGames (1983)

WarGames (1983)

Published on February 4th, 2007 | by Chris

Quite possibly the first "hacker" movie of our times, WarGames shows us what can happen when we put our trust in these new-fangled computing machinery thingies, and then give them the power to destroy the planet... Read More


1990s

14 The Hunt For Red October (1990)

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Published on December 14th, 2007 | by Chris

Ah, submarine movies. (Deep Breath).  If you've followed the site for any length of time you probably know I've developed a soft-spot for the sub-genre (no pun intended!) and 1990's adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel... Read More


2000s

15

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

Published on May 5th, 2008 | by Chris

You know anytime you put Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts together, you're going to get something which is at least a fun, well-acted ride. Charlie Wilson's War is no exception. It's the "true" story of one... Read More


2000s

16 The Company

The Company (2007) Parts 5 & 6

Published on August 20th, 2007 | by Chris

What a let down.  After last week I thought things were really going to pick up with The Company, and I was sorely disappointed. Somehow we jumped straight from Cuba in the early 60's to post-Vietnam... Read More


1950s

17

On The Beach (1959)

Published on September 15th, 2009 | by Chris

1959's On The Beach is a chilling look at what a post-apocalyptic future might look like, from the viewpoint of people who escaped the initial torrent of destruction... Read More


1980s

18 Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985)

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Chris

I'm comin to get you! The disillusioned and now imprisoned (after his escapades in First Blood) Vietnam vet John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) gets a call from his old commander, Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) to go on... Read More


1980s

19 Red Dawn (1984)

Red Dawn (1984)

Published on December 30th, 2006 | by Chris

Ah the eighties... The height (well, maybe the second peak...) of cold-war paranoia and anti-Soviet-isms. One of the prime examples of 80's Anti-Red movies is '84's Red Dawn. Now lets just excuse the near tactical impossiblity... Read More


2000s

20

Fail Safe (2000)

Published on October 11th, 2010 | by Chris

Ah the classics, such as 1964's Fail Safe, based on the Burdick novel of the same name....  And then somebody gets the bright idea to remake it.  Not just "reboot it", but remake it more-or-less verbatim. ... Read More


1990s

21 By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

By Dawn’s Early Light (1990)

Published on July 19th, 2012 | by Chris

In a sort of "rehash" of a classic theme made famous early on in other cold war movies like Fail Safe etc., By Dawn's Early Light examines what might happen if the USSR were provoked by... Read More


2010s

22 Phantom (2013)

Phantom (2013)

Published on July 16th, 2013 | by Chris

Phantom was not as bad as I was expecting, but not as good as I had hoped.  That's the extremely abridged short version. We find ourselves in the Soviet Union in the late 1960's.  Captain Demi... Read More


1950s

24 Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

Published on November 30th, 2012 | by Chris

Not to be confused with the Chuck Norris destruction-fest of the same name, 1952's Invasion USA takes a look at what might have happened if the Soviets had tried to take over the USA, in the... Read More


1980s

25 Iron Eagle II (1988)

Iron Eagle II (1988)

Published on October 23rd, 2012 | by Chris

Remember when I recently reviewed the original Iron Eagle and said, "hey, its really not all that bad!"  Remember? Well, after watching the second installment, I recall why I put these movies up on the list... Read More


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