The Best Episodes Directed by Oliver Stone

Chapter 1 - World War Two

#1 - Chapter 1 - World War Two

The Untold History of the United States Season 1 - Episode 1

The crucial years of the Second World War. Stone, on the one hand, denounces the steadfastness of Allied forces in the face of the rise of Nazi-fascist regimes and the Americans' choice to use atomic weapons at the end of the conflict, on the other. He celebrates the sacrifice of the Soviet people who succeeded in curbing Hitler's advance, allowing the Allied forces to win the war.

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535 votes
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Chapter 3 - The Bomb

#2 - Chapter 3 - The Bomb

The Untold History of the United States Season 1 - Episode 3

The strategies behind the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan are explored as well as the new mythology that emerged from the war. The bombing haunted the Soviets and mistrust towards the Allies grew quickly.

star 8.32
390 votes
Part 4

#3 - Part 4

The Putin Interviews Season 1 - Episode 4

In the final episode of the series, Oliver Stone speaks with Vladimir Putin about hacking, Stalinism, and the Russian election.

star 8.15
96 votes
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Chapter 5 - The 50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

#4 - Chapter 5 - The 50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

The Untold History of the United States Season 1 - Episode 5

Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles replace Truman. Stalin dies but relations with the Soviet Union turn colder. The H-bomb and the doctrine of nuclear annihilation are explored, as are the Korean War and U.S. rearmament. McCarthyism grows and so does the ruthlessness of U.S. policy towards a Third World. Eisenhower emerges as a game changer.

star 8.09
271 votes
Chapter 6 - JFK: To the Brink

#5 - Chapter 6 - JFK: To the Brink

The Untold History of the United States Season 1 - Episode 6

JFK and the Bay of Pigs; on the brink of total war during Cuban Missile Crisis; early Vietnam; JFK's attempts at peace with Khrushchev; JFK assassinated. Directed and narrated by Oliver Stone.

star 8.09
306 votes
Chapter 2 - Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace

#6 - Chapter 2 - Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace

The Untold History of the United States Season 1 - Episode 2

Highlights from the historical upset of Harry Truman replacing Henry Wallace as Roosevelt's Vice President. Exploration of the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union and the beginnings of the Cold War.

star 8.06
449 votes
Part 3

#7 - Part 3

The Putin Interviews Season 1 - Episode 3

In a series of interviews between 2015-2017, Oliver Stone talks to Vladimir Putin about the Ukrainian crisis, his relationship with Barack Obama, the annexation of Crimea, the current paradigm of international relations, the recently passed "Big Brother" law which provides mass surveillance techniques to the Russian government, the daily functions of the Commander in Chief, the war in Syria, and underlying military tension with the United States.

star 7.86
110 votes
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Part 2

#8 - Part 2

The Putin Interviews Season 1 - Episode 2

In a series of interviews between 2015-2017, Oliver Stone talks to Vladimir Putin about the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the atomic bomb and nuclear proliferation, the potential outcome of a hot war between the United States and Russia, Putin's interest in hockey and other sports, the rights of LGBTQ people, contemporary revolutions in Ukraine, the Georgian offensive, ethnic and religious identities in Russian society, domestic surveillance programs and the actions of Edward Snowden and opposition parties.

star 7.86
149 votes
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Part 1

#9 - Part 1

The Putin Interviews Season 1 - Episode 1

In a series of interviews between 2015-2017, Oliver Stone talks to Vladimir Putin about his early life and family, former leaders Gorbachev and Yeltsin, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Second Chechen War, the privatization and recovery of the Russian economy, the presidency of Ronald Reagan and national debt, Soviet and American involvement in Afghanistan, and the expansion of NATO.

star 7.53
272 votes
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