20 war films about intelligence officers and saboteurs

Films and series on a military theme about intelligence officers and saboteurs occupy a special place in cinema. The heroes of the films about reconnaissance are forced to carry out a difficult, responsible mission on enemy territory. The outcome of battles and the lives of civilians depend on the actions of brave people. The plot of these films is unpredictable. Events develop rapidly and make viewers worry about the fate of the characters.

Mantis Jump (2019)

The film by Vladimir Balkashinov is a novelty of cinema about the Great Patriotic War. In the autumn of 1942, an operation began to identify saboteurs abandoned in the USSR by the Abwehr intelligence center. Scout Bogomolov pretends to be a criminal, penetrates into a special school. When the spy becomes the best cadet, he is thrown back into Soviet territory as a fascist agent. But in the higher echelons of the NKVD, they believe that Bogomolov was recruited by German intelligence and do not believe him.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?
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Actors:
Pavel Chinarev, Tatyana Lyalina, Alexandra Nikiforova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Smersh (TV series 2019)

The serial film by Oleg Fomin tells about the confrontation between the Soviet SMERSH and intelligence of the Third Reich. The action of the series begins a day before the German attack on the Soviet Union. Officer Georgy Volkov performs a special intelligence task – transporting a batch of emeralds and secret documents from Germany. When the war starts, the Nazis attack Volkov’s train…

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Actors:
Alexey Makarov, Vladislav Kotlyarsky, Oleg Fomin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Pea Coats (mini-series, 2018)

Another new film that fans of military history should definitely watch tells about the activities of Soviet saboteurs on the shores of the Barents Sea. At the beginning of the war, a group of scouts under the leadership of foreman Leontiev penetrates behind enemy lines. They will have to help the Soviet destroyers destroy the enemy battery and ensure the unhindered passage of ships.

Actors:
Alexandra Tyuftey, Ivan Lapin, Alexander Robak …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


We won’t say goodbye (2018)

The novelty of Russian films of 2018 is a drama about the intelligence officers of the Second World War of 1941-1945 about the defenders of Kalinin near Moscow. In the autumn of 1941, the German army advances on Moscow. On the way, she has only a couple of thousand people without the support of artillery and tanks. In addition, a group of saboteurs operates in the city. The head of the Kalinin garrison is trying to figure out the enemies, but he himself falls under the suspicion of intelligence.

Actors:
Andrey Merzlikin, Alena Chekhova, Arthur Vakha …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
6+


Shadow of the Enemy (2017)

The action of the action-packed film by Igor Senkov takes place in 1943, when a turning point occurs in the Great Patriotic War. A Soviet intelligence officer infiltrates Nazi-occupied territory to obtain important documents. He is forced to act alone in order to outplay the insidious, dangerous enemy in the person of the Abwehr counterintelligence captain.

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Actors:
Yevgeny Ivkovich, Igor Senkov, Pavel Saveliev …

Country:
Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Uppercut for Hitler (mini-series 2015)

The series about military intelligence by Denis Neimand is based on real events. His hero was a Soviet intelligence officer, athlete Igor Miklashevsky. Posing as a defector deserter, an outstanding boxer gradually makes his way to the highest echelons of power in the Third Reich. His goal is the physical destruction of Adolf Hitler.

Actors:
Anton Momot, Polina Tolstun, Andrey Levin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Alien War (mini-series, 2014)

An interesting Russian film tells about the participation of the Soviet Union in the Vietnam War. Immediately after graduating from Moscow State University, Pavel Molchanov, who knows English very well, is sent on a secret mission on assignment from the KGB intelligence. The guy gets into the thick of the war. Part of it has a direct impact on the final outcome of the tragic events in Southeast Asia.

Actors:
Vyacheslav Krikunov, Artem Tkachenko, Alexander Samoilenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Scouts (TV series 2013)

The list of the most interesting films about intelligence during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 includes the historical drama by Felix Gerchikov. Arina and Zoya are girls with different destinies. Life brought them together shortly before the war in a reconnaissance school led by Major Vorotynnikov. For both girls, intelligence work was the only chance to avoid criminal punishment.

Actors:
Svetlana Ivanova, Maxim Belborodov, Svetlana Ustinova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Irina Apeksimova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Don’t Leave Me (mini-series 2013)

A modern war film tells about the difficult fate of female intelligence officers who served in the Soviet army during the war. Scout Captain Mikhasev is assigned a responsible task. He needs to prepare a group of saboteurs to stop the operation of the German communication center and support the offensive of the Soviet troops. The scouts are young girls.

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Actors:
Alexey Guskov, Evgenia Brik, Anna Rytsareva …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Greetings from Katyusha (mini-series, 2013)

The top feature films about the exploits of the intelligence officers of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 include Konstantin Statsky’s drama about the introduction of secret weapons. During the retreat of the Red Army units, a truck with the latest BM-13 guards mortars is sinking. To prevent the enemy from getting the Katyusha, a detachment of experienced saboteurs is urgently sent to the front line on the instructions of intelligence.

Actors:
Alexander Ustyugov, Timofey Tribuntsev, Anatoly Gushchin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


1943 (TV series 2013)

The series of Valery Shalyga tells about the events of 1943 with an exciting plot. German troops were defeated at Stalingrad, but the war was not over yet. To disrupt the counteroffensive, a group of saboteurs is thrown into the German rear. In the ensuing battle, all the scouts die, except for the only girl radio operator.

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Actors:
Alexander Pashkov, Johannes Gabriel, Lyubov Tikhomirova, Nina Usatova …

Country:
Russia, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Military intelligence (mini-series, 2012)

The first part of the detective story about the Red Army intelligence officers was released in 2010. The film received high ratings, so it was decided to make a sequel. In the middle of the war, Pavlovsky’s secret unit begins to uncover and neutralize enemy spies operating in Soviet defense enterprises.

Actors:
Pavel Trubiner, Philip Azarov, Stepan Beketov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Operation Gorgon (mini-series 2011)

The list of the best films of recent years about intelligence saboteurs who fought during the Great Patriotic War includes a multi-part picture by Russian director Vladimir Kotta. The plot is based on real events. A group of an experienced front-line intelligence officer Tishkov is given the task of stealing a map of mining all the approaches to the city of N, located on the path of the Soviet army.

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Actors:
Alexey Kravchenko, Ekaterina Fedulova, Alexander Lymarev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Without the right to make a mistake (mini-series, 2010)

The action of the military drama by Alexander Vysokovsky takes place in 1944. The outcome of the war is almost a foregone conclusion. The Red Army is approaching a strategically important city mined by the Germans. The scouts who received the information are killed. Only one soldier survived. The soldier manages to transfer important information to Lieutenant Papanin’s reconnaissance group, which must first complete its task.

Actors:
Pyotr Fedorov, Andrey Merzlikin, Alexander Vysokovsky …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

A foreign military movie about intelligence officers tells about the anti-fascist underground in Norway and its leader Max Manus. The film received excellent reviews from the audience and high marks from film critics. After the occupation of Norway by the Nazis, Max gathers young guys under his command. His group blows up Nazi tankers and smashes the headquarters in the center of the capital. Fearless Max meets love in the war and loses friends.

Original title:
Max Manus

Actors:
Axel Henny, Agnes Kittelsen, Nikolai Kleve Brock …

Country:
Norway, Denmark, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Scouts: The Last Stand (mini-series, 2008)

At the end of the war, the GRU received information about the successful tests of German aircraft of an unusual design with vertical take-off. The test base is located in a forest in the mountains of the Czech Republic. Scouts are ordered to find the exact location of the classified object and destroy it.

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Actors:
Boris Shcherbakov, Maxim Zausalin, Mikhail Tarabukin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Secret weapon (2006)

In a breathtaking film about scouts, the action takes place during the Great Patriotic War. The Soviet command becomes aware of the secret developments of the Third Reich. The reconnaissance group under the command of Lieutenant Besfamilny is assigned to find a secret bunker where scientists are developing. After crossing the front line, the detachment goes to the intended target, but the operation fails, the situation gets out of control.

Actors:
Kirill Pletnev, Ivan Mokhovikov, Vadim Andreev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Saboteur (mini-series, 2004)

The Russian television film is based on the novel of the same name by Anatoly Azolsky. Graduates of the intelligence school Leonid and Alexey are recovering on a ride to the unit. After the enemy shelling, only Leonid and his companion sergeant remain alive. He asks to give all the documents of the deceased Alexei and takes his place in the reconnaissance detachment.

Actors:
Alexey Bardukov, Vladislav Galkin, Kirill Pletnev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Star (2002)

The film is based on the work of the same name by Emmanuil Kazakevich and is a remake of an old Soviet film about intelligence officers from 1949. In the summer of 1944, the Red Army pushes the Nazis back to the border of the USSR. A group of scouts is sent to the German rear. To carry out a dangerous, responsible task, young soldiers have to sacrifice a lot.

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Actors:
Igor Petrenko, Alexey Panin, Artem Semakin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


In August 44th (2001)

A military film about intelligence by Mikhail Ptashuk is an adaptation of the novel “The Moment of Truth”. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus liberated from the Nazis. Squads of saboteurs are still operating there. In search of one of them, who regularly goes on the air, a detachment of scouts under the command of a SMERSH officer is sent.

Actors:
Evgeny Mironov, Vladislav Galkin, Yuri Kolokolnikov …

Country:
Russia, Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Other films and series about scouts

  • The Battle for Heavy Water (mini-series, 2015)
  • Front (TV series 2014)
  • On the Razor’s Edge (mini-series, 2013)
  • Without the right to choose (mini-series, 2013)
  • Critical Assignments: Operation Typhoon (mini-series 2013)
  • Team Eight (mini-series 2011)
  • Ordered to destroy! Operation: “Chinese Box” (mini-series, 2009)
  • The third is not given (mini-series, 2009)
  • Werewolf Hunt (mini-series 2009)
  • Apostle (TV series 2008)
  • Death to Spies! (TV series, 2007)
  • Special Forces (mini-series, 1987)
  • Two steps away from “Paradise” (1984)
  • It was the fourth year of the war … (1983)
  • We take over everything (1980)
  • Seventeen Moments of Spring (TV series 1973)
  • Polonaise Oginsky (1971)
  • It Was in Intelligence (1968)
  • Scouts (1968)
  • Major “Whirlwind” (mini-series, 1967)
  • Star (1949)
  • Scout feat (1947)

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