Sad Cold War Movies

Wednesday, July 27 by T. Cousin

The list below will consist of sad cold war movies featuring the U.S. and U.S.S.R.. The cold war (1947-1991) involved political conflict, military tension and economic competition between Soviet  Russia and its satellite states and primarily the United States and its allies. The cold war never became a military conflict but it did produce proxy wars, the nuclear arms races and espionage. here is a list of must-see sad cold war movies.

  1. "Fail-Safe" (1964). Set at Strategic Air Command headquarters, this cold war movie turns sad when a squadron of bombers is mistakenly sent to Russia with orders to drop atomic bombs on Moscow. Without radio contact, and the bombers having passed the "fail safe" point, the world is now on the brink of a nuclear war. The U.S. President (Henry Fonda) phones the Russian Premier to inform him of the coming disaster. All but one of the American bombers crashes after running out of fuel, and the Russian government has sent fighter pilots to shoot the remaining bomber down. Now the U.S. President must figure a way to prevent World War III from happening.
  2. "Collossus: The Forbin Project" (1970). This "computer gone rouge" film is about an electronic brain that controls America's missile defense system. Collossus' technicians never conceived of the computer developing intelligence on its own, but it does, and then teams up with its Russian counterpart to take over the world. Although it is sad, this movie reflects the state of world affairs in 1970.
  3. "The Hunt For Red October" (1990). This is one of the last cold war movies that was produced during the cold war era. Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) is a Soviet submarine commander who kills his political advisor, burns his orders and steers his undetectable nuclear submarine towards America. Makos' plan is to defect, but U.S. intelligence officials believe he is insane and on a mission to start World War III by launching nuclear warheads upon U.S. installations. 
  4. "Hostile Waters" (1997). This movie stars Martin Sheen, Rutger Hauer and Max Von Sydow, it was based on an actual 1980s event. After a Russian nuclear submarine collides with an American nuclear submarine off the coast of Bermuda, both crews work very carefully to avoid a nuclear accident while Presidents Reagan an Gorbachev holds sensitive peace talks..
  5. "Thirteen Days" (2000). This sad film was based on actual events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. For thirteen days, the U.S and Russia came close to a full scale nuclear war under the administration of President John F. Kennedy. Russian nuclear missiles with the capability of destroying large areas of the U.S. are on Cuba soil. General Lemay (Kevin Conway) wants to invade Cuba, but Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) after informin the American people, wants to find a peaceful way to reduce the tension between the U.S. and Russia. 
  6. "The Sum of All Fears" (2002). Geopolitical warfare is the plot of this cold war movie after Russia gets a new questionable President, Nemerov (Ciaran Hinds). At the same time, a neo-fascist group plots the detonation of a nuclear device that was stolen from a downed Israeli fighter jet at the Super Bowl game in Baltimore, in order to spark a conflict between the U.S. and Russian.

Note: You can find each one of these sad cold war movies on DVD.

-Tyrone Cousin

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