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The Best Cold War Documentaries

Cold war the complete seriesCNN’s The Cold War is among the best cold war documentaries: “The Cold War pitted east against west, pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war. Revisit this remarkable period of recent history with CNN’s award-winning 24-part documentary series.”

secrets of warHear the amazing true stories lying beneath the shadows the Cold War documentary: Secrets of War: The Cold War. Witness the secret missions and tactics used by the C.I.A. and K.G.B. throughout the years of conflict and strife. From the development of the atomic bomb to the Superpowers triumphs and crushing defeats, this 10 episode collection uncovers the most significant leaders and military tactics used throughout the prolonged conflict. Narrated by Oscar® Award winner Charlton Heston, this series brings to life the hidden and unique conflicts of war that were once declared classified information. Through rare archival footage, formerly classified documents and messages, coupled with interviews with experts, authors and eyewitnesses from all over the world this series is a complete and accurate guide throughout The Cold War!

war storiesBerlin: Standoff Behind the Iron Curtain: In this riveting episode of “War Stories with Oliver North,” we will take you to the places and events that made the divided capital the most explosive frontier of the Cold War. You’ll travel with Oliver North to the city of Berlin to view the remains of the Berlin Wall. And you will journey inside a secret CIA tunnel that was a stroke of technical ingenuity and daring, only to be betrayed by a traitor from within. You’ll meet Berliners and the heroic men of the U.S. military who helped keep freedom alive in the city under siege, including Gail Halvorsen, the famous “Candy Bomber”. This is the extraordinary story of America and her Allies and our standoff with the Communists deep behind the Iron Curtain.

Check out the best Cold War movies, including The Third Man, here.

the third man

Simply the finest of the Cold War movies from the Cold War, The Third Man “is a British cinematic icon: from director Carol Reed, author Graham Greene and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles. Set in post-war Vienna, the film noir features some of cinema’s most memorable set pieces — the chase through the sewers, the enormous ferris wheel, the elm-lined cemetery…and Anton Karas’ zither score, a worldwide phenomenon in itself.”

Produced in the early days of the Cold War in a city divided between the West and Soviets, this Cold War movie established the noir atmosphere of those that followed and launched some enduring Cold War film themes, such as the innocence (or hubris) of American characters and the cynicism of the Europeans.