1985's, 'The Falcon and the Snowman' was a great Cold War film. The true story of Christopher Boyce (played by Timothy Hutton) and Daulton Lee (Sean Penn) who sold secrets to the Soviets when they were young men.
The acting is incredible and you get to see Sean Penn in the role he plays best: An ultimate scuzzball. You'll feel sorry for Hutton's character who is driven to espionage not for financial gain but, for ideological reasons.
The movie gets its name from the fact that Boyce was into falcons and the sport of falconry (hunting using this bird), while Lee was into cocaine.
The two are in over their heads and you'll be on the edge of your seat until they are eventually dealt with by U.S. authorities.
David Bowie and the Pat Metheny Group did the song, 'This is Not America' for the movie...
COMMIE ON THE RUN...
Christopher Boyce, despite being a genius, was a college dropout. His father was an FBI agent and, at the age of 21, he found easy employment with a defense contractor. Discovering that America was meddling in the affairs of its allies, he started selling secrets to the Soviets and became one of their most important American spies. In January 1977 he was arrested. Exactly three years later he escaped and spent 18 months on the run. Under the alias, 'Anthony Edward Lester' he robbed 17 banks and began to teach himself how to fly a plane. He hoped to make it to the Soviet Union and join their air force but, he was eventually captured in Seattle.