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1. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.4
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85 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 107,507 | Gross: $24.80M

2. 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: 166,347 | Gross: $122.01M

3. The White Crow (2018)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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61 Metascore

The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos

Votes: 2,515 | Gross: $1.83M

4. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018– )

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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She-Ra, Princess of Power, leads a rebellion to free her land of Etheria from the monstrous invaders the Horde.

Stars: Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Marcus Scribner

Votes: 4,325

5. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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62 Metascore

Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember, who is working with Dr. Evil.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Beyoncé, Seth Green, Michael York

Votes: 186,055 | Gross: $213.31M

6. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 81,872 | Gross: $51.19M

7. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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67 Metascore

When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 10,247 | Gross: $25.10M

8. Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | 128 min | Thriller

6.7
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55 Metascore

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy

Votes: 22,595

9. New Rose Hotel (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.0
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31 Metascore

Two businessmen are hired to steal secrets from a rival, and decide to use a beautiful, but volatile call girl to do so.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 4,025 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Topaz (1969)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A French Intelligence Agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor

Votes: 15,345

11. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 13,253

12. Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.8
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33 Metascore

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Votes: 1,982

13. The Jigsaw Man (1983)

PG | 94 min | Thriller

5.2
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An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the K.G.B. and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George, Robert Powell

Votes: 1,332

14. Belle Epoque (1992)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca

Votes: 9,000 | Gross: $5.97M

15. Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Jack Noseworthy, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 3,282

16. Avalanche Express (1979)

PG | 88 min | Action, Thriller

4.9
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Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

Directors: Mark Robson, Monte Hellman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 1,120

17. 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

18. The Berlin File (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Thriller

6.6
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54 Metascore

Jong-seong, a North Korean ghost agent, interrupts an illegal arms sale in Berlin. A notorious North Korean agent tests the loyalties of everyone involved as Jong-Seong prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-bum Ryoo, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 6,018 | Gross: $0.67M

19. From Beijing with Love (1994)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

7.2
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An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen, Kar-Ying Law, Pauline Chan

Votes: 4,808

20. Attack Force Z (1981)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama, History

5.6
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood

Votes: 2,002

21. East/West (1999)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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61 Metascore

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve, Sergey Bodrov

Votes: 4,399 | Gross: $2.78M

22. Pentathlon (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

4.3
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An Olympic gold medalist escapes to freedom in the US, only to be tracked down by his sadistic ex-coach.

Director: Bruce Malmuth | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, David Soul, Renée Coleman, Roger E. Mosley

Votes: 1,580

23. The Serpent (1973)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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A Soviet diplomat hatches a complicated plan to enable him to defect to the West.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret

Votes: 864

24. A Different Loyalty (2004)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.0
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Leo Cauffield, chief of British counterespionage, fails by a whisker to arrest two fellow Cambridge-graduated spies who just manage to defect to Moscow, resigns and becomes a journalist. In... See full summary »

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham, Michael Cochrane

Votes: 1,314

25. Company Man (2000)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

5.4
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18 Metascore

A high school teacher in the 60s becomes an international spy and becomes involved in a plot to overthrow Fidel Castro.

Directors: Peter Askin, Douglas McGrath | Stars: Douglas McGrath, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Guilfoyle, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 1,921 | Gross: $0.15M

26. The Executioner (1970)

GP | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

5.9
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A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: George Peppard, Joan Collins, Judy Geeson, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 296

27. Nutcracker (1982)

R | 101 min | Drama, Music

4.9
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A Russian ballet dancer defects from the USSR, emigrates to England, and joins a ballet company run by a powerful, wealthy lady (Joan Collins).

Director: Anwar Kawadri | Stars: Joan Collins, Carol White, Paul Nicholas, Finola Hughes

Votes: 86

28. Judgement in Berlin (1988)

PG | 96 min | Drama

5.8
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American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sam Wanamaker, Max Gail, Jürgen Heinrich

Votes: 637 | Gross: $0.23M

29. Tunnel 28 (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.6
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In 1962, a group of East Berliners escapes to West Berlin through a tunnel dug from the basement of a house located near the Berlin Wall.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Don Murray, Christine Kaufmann, Werner Klemperer, Ingrid van Bergen

Votes: 371

30. Debris Documentar (2012 Video)

75 min | Horror

6.4
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A man unknowingly leads a double life.

Director: Marian Dora | Stars: Martina Adora, Katja Bienert, Alexandra Dumas, Jesús Franco

Votes: 82

31. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.3
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A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Gerulf Pannach, Fabienne Babe, Sigfrit Steiner, Cristine Rose

Votes: 393

32. Chakravyuh (2012)

Not Rated | 152 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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On the request of his friend Kabir, SP Adil Sends him to the Naxal group as an informer. When Kabir finds the truth he becomes one of their gang leader.

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta

Votes: 2,855

33. Guns in the Heather (1969)

180 min | Adventure, Family

6.3
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Walt Disney's 3-part made-for-TV feature, The Secret of Boyne Castle (1969), originally shown on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (the new title for "Disneyland"), re-edited into feature film form for European theatrical release.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Alfred Burke, Kurt Russell, Patrick Barr

Votes: 74

34. American Adobo (2001)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

4.4
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30 Metascore

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Director: Laurice Guillen | Stars: Traci Ann Wolfe, Christopher De Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao

Votes: 169 | Gross: $0.34M

35. Mieletön elokuu (2013)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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August Fools is a romantic comedy set against the political background of the Cold War. Elsa (Kati Outinen), a middle-aged hat maker and part-time clairvoyant, is apparently in total ... See full summary »

Director: Taru Mäkelä | Stars: Kati Outinen, Miroslav Etzler, Elena Leeve, Krystof Hádek

Votes: 229

36. Csinibaba (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.4
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1962-ben, amikor Gagarin urrepult es csaknem kitort a harmadik vilaghaboru, nalunk mar jo ideje nem tortent semmi es ugy nezett ki, hogy meg vagy harminc evig nem is fog. De, hogy ... See full summary »

Director: Péter Tímár | Stars: János Gálvölgyi, Sándor Almási, Anita Tóth, Gábor Reviczky

Votes: 1,751

37. Captive (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Drama

5.9
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The story of a young Chechen and his Russian captor during their civil war.

Director: Aleksey Uchitel | Stars: Vyacheslav Krikunov, Pyotr Logachev, Irakli Mskhalaia, Yuliya Peresild

Votes: 301

38. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

8.0
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Luke Skywalker leads the Rebel Alliance's elite starfighter unit, Rogue Squadron, into battle against the Empire.

Director: Julian Eggebrecht | Stars: Bob Bergen, Robert M. Foster, Olivia Hussey, Neil Ross

Votes: 741

39. Trahir (1993)

103 min | Drama, History

6.4
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Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Johan Leysen, Alexandru Repan, Mireille Perrier, Razvan Vasilescu

Votes: 102

40. The Flower of Kim Jong II (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama

6.9
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44 Metascore

North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

Director: N.C. Heikin | Stars: Young Hun Choi, Chol-Hwan Kang, Lee Shin

Votes: 778 | Gross: $0.00M

41. Phyl & Mikhy (1980– )

30 min | Comedy

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Track stars Phyllis(Phyl) and Mikhail(Mikhy)are on opposides sides of the Cold War but meet and marry. Mikhy defects and they move in with Phyl's father Max, where Mikhy must navigate the ... See full summary »

Stars: Rick Lohman, Murphy Cross, Larry Haines, Michael Pataki

42. The Liberation of One: The Defection of Romuald Spasowski

55 min | Documentary | Announced

The true story of Romuald Spasowski, the highest-ranking Communist official ever to defect to the West.

Directors: Jim Schmidt, John Schmidt | Stars: Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley, Wanda Spasowski, Marie Arana

43. Daniel Takes a Train (1983)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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In December 1956 there is a chaotic situation in Hungary. The revolution is put down by the Soviet army. People leave the country in large numbers for fear of revenge. A young soldier (... See full summary »

Director: Pál Sándor | Stars: Péter Rudolf, Sándor Zsótér, Katalin Szerb, Mari Töröcsik

Votes: 183

44. El Presidente (2012)

162 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.5
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The life story of the first Philippine President. The story of the man who led the Filipino people to victory against its Spanish conquerors.

Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Jorge Estregan, Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Cristine Reyes

Votes: 95

45. Stealing Home: The Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball (2001 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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Directors: Robert Anderson Clift, Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky | Stars: Carlos Rodriguez Acosta, Yareli Arizmendi, Sigfredo Barros, Orlando Chinea

Votes: 13

46. Nurkkapöytä Kämpissä (1997 TV Movie)

49 min | Drama, Thriller

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Director: Kari Franck | Stars: Karoliina Franck, Tarja Keinänen, Juha Muje, Merle Palmiste

47. President Jimmy Carter's News Conference, 1978 (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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President Carter discusses whether congress will pass key domestic legislation, including taxes, employment, and energy. Other topics include the upcoming Israeli-Egyptian peace talks in ... See full summary »

Star: Jimmy Carter

48. Een kus van een rus (1981 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Joeri Petrovian, a famous Russian ballet dancer attempts to defect to the West by hiding in the trunk of a Navy Officer's car. Once inside the Commandant's stately home, the daughter of the... See full summary »

Directors: Rex Garner, Erik Van Reijendam | Stars: Ellen Vogel, Johan Sirag, Flip Heeneman, Karla Wildschut

Votes: 11

49. John le Carré (2008 Video)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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New, exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré about the 1965 classic film The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965) in which he wrote the source novel.

Stars: John le Carré, Claire Bloom, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack

50. A Big Problem with Gun Control (2017 Video)

16 min | Short, News, Talk-Show

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Styx argues that the disarmament of U.S. citizens won't happen because it can't happen - not without a civil war.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666



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