List of my favorite movies that feature shortwave radio communications as an integral part of the story


The Imitation Game (2014)

Featured Radio Modes: Morse code: The story of how Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, created one of the first super-computers in order to crack the Nazi ENIGMA code. (Based on the non-fiction book, Alan Turing: The Enigma).


Enigma (2001)

Featured Radio Modes: Morse code: Story of Bletchley Park and the British intelligence work aimed at breaking the Nazi ENIGMA code during World War Two.


Eye of the Needle (1981)

Featured Radio Modes: Morse code, shortwave analog voice: Tense espionage thriller about a German Abwehr agent's attempt to thwart the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War Two. (Based on the novel by Ken Follett).


The Key to Rebecca (1985)

Featured Radio Modes: Morse code, shortwave analog voice: A German Abwehr agent, stationed in Cairo, Egypt, uses the English novel, Rebecca as the key to encrypting/decrypting a Vigenère cipher to assist the advance of General Erwin Rommel during World War Two. (Based on the novel by Ken Follett).


Crimson Tide (1995)

Featured Radio Modes: Emergency Action Messages (EAM), Extremely Low Frequency (ELF): A mutiny on a nuclear submarine occurs during tensions that threaten to launch a full-on nuclear war. Radio communications - and the lack thereof - feature as the key element in this story.


Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Featured Radio Modes: Shortwave analog voice: A group of British commandos, with the help of an American Ranger, attempt a daring rescue mission at a German castle during World War Two. This film is fondly remembered by radio buffs for the "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" phrase used during radio communications. (Based on a novel by Alistair Maclean).


High Frequency (1988)

Featured Radio Modes: Shortwave analog voice, analog television: Great little B-movie thriller about a boy named Danny in Maine, who operates a ham radio station, and a man named Peter, who works at a remote satellite relay station in Switzerland. When Peter accidentally taps into a secret spy station CCTV camera, he witnesses a murder and, along with the help of Danny, tires to figure out what has happened and what to do next.


Contact (1997)

Featured Radio Modes: Shortwave analog voice, analog television: A SETI scientist, using radio telescopes at the Very Large Array (VLA) radio astronomical observatory, receives radio signals from an alien intelligence.