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1. 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: 424,180 | Gross: $0.28M

2. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 231,613 | Gross: $62.50M

3. Thirteen Days (2000)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.3
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67 Metascore

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

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll, Drake Cook

Votes: 51,534 | Gross: $34.59M

4. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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68 Metascore

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,831 | Gross: $17.10M

5. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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75 Metascore

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,957

6. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 22,003 | Gross: $4.20M

7. By Dawn's Early Light (1990 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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A non-NATO nuclear missile is fired from Turkey at USSR, where it detonates. Soviet response is automatic as it's seen as a NATO missile. Can continued escalation be avoided? We follow the US president and a bomber crew.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau

Votes: 2,551

8. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,745

9. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

R | 130 min | Documentary

6.9
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76 Metascore

A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo, John 'FuzzFace' McMahon, Alex Gibney

Votes: 7,215 | Gross: $0.16M

10. 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: 736

11. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,591 | Gross: $1.44M

12. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.6
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72 Metascore

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault, Amy Goodman

Votes: 1,877 | Gross: $0.52M

13. You Got Trumped: The First 100 Days (2016– )

Unrated | Comedy

9.2
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This insane comedy series examines President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

Stars: John Di Domenico, Ron Sparks, Aron Tager, Lisa Gilroy

Votes: 174

14. Reagan (2011)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

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Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Bud Abbott, Walter Abel, Spiro Agnew, Martin Anderson

Votes: 734

15. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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68 Metascore

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko, Jozo Zovko

Votes: 1,560

16. The Detached Mission (1986)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Drama

5.8
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Much of the movie's dialogue is in English with Russian dubbed over it.

Director: Mikhail Tumanishvili | Stars: Mikhail Nozhkin, Aleksandr Fatyushin, Sergey Nasibov, Nartay Begalin

Votes: 182

17. The American President (2000– )

Documentary, History

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Stars: Walter Cronkite, Morley Safer, Andrew Young, Dale Bumpers

Votes: 52

18. Superpower (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Documentary, History, War

7.1
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Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception.

Director: Barbara-Anne Steegmuller | Stars: Christy Johnson, Max Carter, Harry S. Truman, Eric L. Haney

Votes: 312

19. SR-71 Blackbird: The Secret Vigil (1989 Video)

60 min | Documentary

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The world's best and most mysterious aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird. Love it, live it, fly with it.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Curt Osterheld, Gene Quist, Noel Widdifield

Votes: 21

20. Putin, Russia and the West (2011)

60 min | Documentary

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Four-part documentary exploring how Russia has been resurrected by Vladimir Putin.

Stars: Rupert Graves, Sergei Ivanov, Sergei Prikhodko, Condoleezza Rice

Votes: 306

21. Iran and the West (2009– )

Documentary

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Stars: Tony Gardner, Mohsen Aminzadeh, Warren Christopher, Richard Haass

Votes: 157

22. Nukes in Space (1999 Video)

53 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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U.S. nuclear tests in space, and the development of the military intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Director: Peter Kuran | Stars: Raymond Garthoff, Bernard Lovell, Bernard Schriever, William Shatner

Votes: 241

23. Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space (2009)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

7.0
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When a war starts in space, can anyone really win?

Director: Denis Delestrac | Stars: George W. Bush, Helen Caldicott, Kevin Chilton, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 72

24. Battlefield 2142 (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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Set in 2142, two military superpowers - the European Union (EU) and Pan Asian Coalition (PAC) battle for the remaining unfrozen land during a new Ice Age in "The Cold War of the 22nd Century".

Director: Lars Gustavsson

Votes: 262

25. On the Brink: Doomsday (1997 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, War

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The A-Bomb, the H-Bomb, Cold War, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Yeltsin, Reagan...Who said that the world was a safe place?

Director: Gary Parker | Stars: Ed Green, Peter Roman, R. Cargill Hall, Vassily Reshetnikov

Votes: 19

26. Empires of Evil (2015– )

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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When Darja's boyfriend and small-time criminal gets kidnapped by Eduard Krylow an especially unconscionable member of a drug cartel she embarks on a mission to rescue him.

Stars: Anna Behne, Lisardo Gómez Estévez, Erec O. Kozàr, Tibor Papai

Votes: 5

27. Wikileaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower (2012– )

Documentary

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Star: Richard Bilton

Votes: 44

28. Henry Kissinger: Secrets of a Superpower (2008 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Stephan Lamby | Stars: Salvador Allende, Carl Bernstein, Willy Brandt, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 15

29. Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis (2001 Video)

48 min | Documentary, History

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This is a documentary about the historical context of the Cuban Missile Crisis, that is available on the DVD for the film, Thirteen Days (2000). Using archival footage and new interviews ... See full summary »

Director: Alita Holly | Stars: Sam Donaldson, Ernest R. May, Sergei Khrushchev, Marvin Kalb

Votes: 43

30. Facing Berlin

Drama, History | Announced

President John F. Kennedy's firm stance against Soviet pressure to control and govern West Berlin becomes one of the many strengths of his Cold War administration. From the first 30 days in... See full summary »

31. Nuclear Tipping Point (2010)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

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A documentary produced by the Nuclear Security Project to raise awareness about nuclear threats and to help build support for the urgent actions needed to reduce nuclear dangers.

Director: Ben Goddard | Stars: Michael Douglas, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger

Votes: 18

32. Future Superpowers (2008– )

120 min | Reality-TV

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Stars: Scott Logan, Zara Martin

33. Europe & USA: Behind the Scenes of a Political Rupture (2004 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary

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A documentary about the diplomatic battle in UN right before the Iraq-war in 2003.

Director: Jean-Christophe Rosé | Stars: Jacques Beaute, Hans Blix, George W. Bush, Mohamed el Baradei

34. Superpower (2013)

5 min | Short, Drama

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A fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the room where the fates of nations are manipulated. In the wake of a nuclear apocalypse, two people meet in attempt to engineer the fate of the world, showing little regard for its remaining inhabitants.

Director: Alan Tracy | Stars: Rachel Weber, Nicholas Leeman

35. Dominance and Terror: A Discussion with Noam Chomsky (2004 TV Short)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.9
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An illuminating window into the mind of American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author and the most cited scholar of our time. Director Roberto S. Oregel composes a provocative ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto S. Oregel | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 17

36. Les mercredis de l'histoire (1999– )
Episode: CIA: Secret Wars (2003)

156 min | Documentary

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The history of CIA told by previous directors and agents, and also some on the outside (like a former KGB director).

Director: William Karel | Stars: Robert Baer, Milton Bearden, Osama bin Laden, William Blum

Votes: 162

37. Timewatch (1982– )
Episode: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Eyeball to Eyeball (1992)

Documentary, History

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Stars: Aleksei Adzhubei, Anatoli Dobrynin, Anatoli Gribkov, Roger Hillsman



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