America vs. Russia: The Hollywood Smackdown

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The Eagle and the Bear seem unable to agree on much these days. After a shining few years in which the United States and Russia seemed to be on a long-term path toward harmonious relations (with, yes, detours here and there), today the two great powers are at odds over everything from Syria and Edward Snowden to gay rights. In a recent Gallup poll, for the first time in 15 years a plurality of Americans said they see Russia as an enemy. As autumn settles over Washington and Moscow one might wonder if that new chill in the air isn’t just the Cold War coming back to town.

The upshot is that we’ve been here before. In fact, for nearly a century, enmity between our great nations has been more the rule than the exception and if you dig movies you can be thankful for that, at least. The red menace has served as a catchall antagonist for some of the greatest flicks in the history of American cinema, from Dr. Strangelove, through War Games and Red Dawn (possibly the best worst movie of the 1980s), all the way up to this year’s A Good Day to Die Hard. Hollywood is sure to take a cue from this latest round of Russian-American headbutting in the meantime, here’s a rundown of some of TIME’s favorite America v. Russia bouts to have graced the big screen.

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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

The entire thing is ridiculous.  Edward Snowden is more beneficial to Obama as silent in Russia (which was a condition of his Asylum) than talking in a US courtroom where he can spill every secret he still has on his docket and on Syria, while they disagree on the details, the evidence is greater and greater that they played a marvelous game of good-cop, bad-cop with Assad and got the exact outcome they wanted.  That leaves Gay Rights which, while a philosophical disagreement, DOES NOT MATTER when it comes to foreign politics.  If anything, this suggests to me a stronger bond than is normally acknowledged between Washington and Moscow.

Shem-the-Weasel
Shem-the-Weasel

In the 60s, Americans had a great sense of humour, those movies (Dr.Strangelove and Russians Are Coming) are amazing. But I regret to say that already in the 80s Hollywood was shooting absolute rubbish without the slightest feeling of realness but full of sadistic fantasies when it came to depicting Russians. With the lapse of time US movies about Russia have become all the more hideous and self-glorifying. I'd love to see good old America but the status of the sole superpower has depraved it to the core.