Spies are cool, be it in the movies or real life. While some of the movie characters are unrealistic in terms of their impossible missions and their incredible skills, it’s still fascinating to watch them. If you’re tired of watching James Bond, you might want to check out these Cold War spy movies:
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Originally a novel written by the British author John le Carré, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold became a highly anticipated movie in 1965 starring Richard Burton, a British spy named Alec Leamas who the East Germans recruited. He was, in fact, on a mission to sow disinformation to them. In the turn of events, Alec found out that his mission was different from what he thought it really was.
Torn Curtain was a film produced in 1966 about an American physicist named Michael Armstrong who pretended to defect to East Germany. It shocked even his fiancee, who decided to follow him behind the Iron Curtain. It turned out that Michael was not a spy but a double agent working to discover Soviet nuclear secrets.
The Falcon and The Snowman
This movie was based on the 1979 book The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage by Robert Lindsey. It tells the story of two childhood friends, Christopher Boyce (played by Timothy Hutton) and Andrew Daulton Lee (played by Sean Penn), who sold US secrets to the USSR after Christopher got frustrated by the secret dealings of the US government. He dragged his friend Andrew, a drug addict, into the espionage. Motivated by the amount of money that he was going to make, he agreed and contacted and dealt with the KGB’s agents in Mexico on Christopher’s behalf. Things turned to be difficult as both of them got more involved in the whole act.