Bridge of Spies

Lists: Drama, Thriller, Historical, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019

Brief Synopsis: "During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel, the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court."

Overall Ranking: 638 (Rank from 2015: # 18)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 43.75%
Half-Popped 6.25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown99 - I've been hesitant to say this in 2015 so far, but I'm ready to pull the trigger. Bridge of Spies might just be the best damn movie of the year.
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CineKatz Vivek93
Darren of Movie Reviews 10190
David Baruffi88(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest87(full review)
Malfrey85 - Everything is so patient, gifted with great writing, casting, music, and of course cinematography
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Bryan Lienesch84 - At its core, 'Bridge of Spies' is not a thriller about a few prisoners. No, it is a dissection of what made the 'Cold War' a terrifying and tense time.
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Keith And The Movies80(full review)
Dave Examines Movies80
Keith Noakes80(full review)
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman75 - Good but very conventional. By this point, Steven Spielberg doesn't have a subversive bone in his body.
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Jeff Beck70(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)

People Involved

  • Tom Hanks (James Donovan)
  • Austin Stowell (Francis Gary Powers)
  • Eve Hewson (Jan Donovan)
  • Amy Ryan (Mary Donovan)
  • Alan Alda (Thomas Watters)
  • Billy Magnussen (Doug Forrester)
  • Michael Simon Hall (Reporter)
  • Mark Rylance (Rudolf Abel)
  • Edward James Hyland (Chief Justice Earl Warren)
  • Stephen Kunken (William Tompkins)
  • Mike Houston (Man in Courtroom)
  • James Lorinz (Actor)
  • Michael Power (NYPD)
  • Joe Starr (News Reporter)
  • Merab Ninidze (Soviet Main Interrogator)
  • Greg Nutcher (Lieutenant James)
  • Scott Shepherd (Hoffman)
  • Jesse Plemons (Murphy)
  • Domenick Lombardozzi (Agent Blasco)
  • Sebastian Koch (Wolfgang Vogel)
  • Eve Hewson (Carol Donovan)
  • Michael Gaston (Williams)
  • Peter McRobbie (Allen Dulles)
  • Joshua Harto (Bates)
  • Mark Zak (Soviet Judge)
  • Marko Caka (Reporter)
  • John Ohkuma (FBI Agent)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director)