Cold War
Our recommendations for films,
documentaries, youtube clips,
museums and websites

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We have done all the time-consuming searching for you and offer you our recommendations of the best films, documentaries, YouTube clips, websites and places to visit.

a guide to useful resources:
links to other websites; films; museums & exhibitions etc


Please note: we take no responsibility for the content in the recommendations we give.
Please check the appropriateness yourself before showing a movie etc. to your class.


OUR RECOMMENDATIONS . FILMS .

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13 Days
Classic film about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Cambridge Spies
Interesting look at the world of espionage in Britain in 1930s. Cambridge students recruited to spy for USSR.
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Good Shephard
Early days of the CIA, including the Bay of Pigs.

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The Big Lift
A look at the Berlin Airlift through the eyes of two air force sergeants.
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The Company
. US mini series following the CIA through the Cold War period
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Brotherhood
South Korean brothers drafted into the army during the Korean War.

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Missiles in October
. Based on Robert Kennedy's book "Thirteen Days".
. Looks at the Kennedy administration's role in the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Goodnight and Good Luck
. Film set during the McCartny era in the USA

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Dr Strangleove
. Classic film about a mad general determined to start a nuclear war


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The Journey
. Set in Hungary during the Soviet occupation.
. A group of Westerners try to flee the country.

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The Innocent
. Set in 1950s Berlin, about the building of a tunnel (Operation Gold) under the Russian sector by the British and US

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The Tunnel
. German film with subtitles surrounding the closure of the border in Berlin and the building of the wall


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Quiet American
. Atmospheric film starring Michael Caine as a reporter in Vietnam in the run up to US involvement

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Path to War
. Outstanding film about President Johnson's foreign policy decisions before and during the Vietnam War.

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Born on the 4th July
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Upon his return to the USA he becomes an anti-war campaigner


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Apocalypse Now
. Set during the Vietnam War
. A Captain is given the mission to find a missing Colonel

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Rescue Dawn
. Based on a true story of a US POW in Vietnam and his escape

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We were soldiers
. Early US involvement in Vietnam
. Features the Battle of La Drang


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Full Metal Jacket
. Very powerful opening following the training of a group of soldiers in the Marine Corp
. Follows a peace loving press officer during the Vietnam war

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Platoon
. A brutal film based on the true story, of a gang rape of a Vietnamese girl and its consequences

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Hamburger Hill
. Follows the story of a group of soldiers on their assault of Hamburger Hill


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Good Morning Vietnam
. Crazy DJ lands in Vietnam and causes quite a stir

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M*A*S*H
. Film set in a field hospital during the Korean War.
. Led to the smash hit TV series


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Berlin Airlift
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Cold War
A 2 DVD set covering the major events of the Cold War (missing out Latin America & Africa)
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Cold War
CNN's Cold War 24 part series has become the definitive guide to the Cold War from WWII to the 1991
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The Big Lift
A look at the Berlin Airlift through the eyes of two air force sergeants.
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Cambridge Spies
Interesting look at the world of espionage in Britain in 1930s. Cambridge students recruited to spy for USSR.
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Cambridge Spies
Interesting look at the world of espionage in Britain in 1930s. Cambridge students recruited to spy for USSR.

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The Big Lift
A look at the Berlin Airlift through the eyes of two air force sergeants.
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Berlin Wall
History Channel production charting the history of the Berlin Wall
. Tales of escape and very good computer generated graphics used to explain how the wall worked
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Space Race
BBC's excellent docudrama covering the US and Russian space programmes
from 1944 to 1969

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Sputnik
Excellent documentary covering the 1950s Sputnik era
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Cambridge Spies
Interesting look at the world of espionage in Britain in 1930s. Cambridge students recruited to spy for USSR.
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Cambridge Spies
Interesting look at the world of espionage in Britain in 1930s. Cambridge students recruited to spy for USSR.

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Vietnam War
A look at the Berlin Airlift through the eyes of two air force sergeants.
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White Light
Black Rain
Dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan and their consequences
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Korean War
Covers the main event of the Korean War, though lacks detail



OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: . youtube.

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Check out our youtube channel:
GCSE History
for all the relevant Cold War videos
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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: . Museums .

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Imperial War Museum
London

Imperial War Museum
London

Imperial War Museum
Cambridgeshire

Imperial War Museum
Manchester


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RAF Cosford
Shropshire

Bentwater Museum
Suffolk

Cold War Bunker
York