I lent a friend one of my favourite movies recently, By Dawns Early Light, and it got me thinking, although there are plenty of films/books about the Cold War (either created during or subsequently) there are relatively few movies depicting The Cold War gone hot, whether in a total or limited sense.
Anyone have any recommendations? Some that I’ve already watched/read are listed below:
By Dawns Early Light and the book it was based on, Trinity’s Child by William Prochnau
Failsafe (original and remake)
The Hunt For Red October (book and movie)
Firefox (book and movie) - depicts the coolest fictional aircraft ever in my opinion, the book is a somewhat darker than the movie.
Chieftans by Bobb-Forest Webb - Mostly about tank-combat, very well done and with an excellent ending
Domain by James Herbert - actually a horror book but has a memorable opening sequence depicting a nuclear attack on London
Down To A Sunless Sea by David Graham - About a passenger aircraft during an apocalyptic Third World War, I’ve seen this described as racist and sexist but although it is somewhat dated I don’t really see that part, it does have an interesting storyline, a genuinely moving scene and an unusual ending that manages to be depressing and uplifting at the same time (that was I believe removed in some editions)
Ende: A Diary of the Third World War by Anton Andreas-Guha - translated from the German it depicts WW3 as seen from the close to the Inner German Border, again worth a read
Resurrection Day by Brendan Dubois - the Cuban Missile Crisis goes hot, worth a read but fell apart a bit towards the end
Red Army by Ralph Peters
Silent Night: The Defeat of NATO by Cyril Joly
Storming Intrepid by Payne Harrison - The Soviets attempt to steal a space shuttle, I remember this as one of my favourite books growing up but not sure how well it would stand up now
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy - a classic and very different in style and tone from his later works I found
Warday by William Streiber and James Kunetka
The Third World War by Sir John Hacket, original and later expanded edition
A Colder War by Charles Stross - Lovecraft meets the Cold War!
Its actually legally online (as far as I’m aware, if I’m wrong feel free to nuke the link!) at: