WWII Spy Thrillers

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The 39 Steps (1935)
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
 
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The Lady Vanishes (1938)
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While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
 
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Escape (1940)
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1938: A young man arrives in Hitler's Germany, frantically seeking information about his German mother, and finds she is pending execution at a concentration camp. (98 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
4.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
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On the eve of WWII, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
 
5.
Night Train to Munich (1940)
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When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
6.
Bombsight Stolen (1941)
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Allied spies and Nazi agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight. (90 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
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Man Hunt (1941)
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British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
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'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)
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Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II. (120 mins.)
Director: Leslie Howard
 
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Across the Pacific (1942)
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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed... (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
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Desperate Journey (1942)
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When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive. (107 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
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Joan of Paris (1942)
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An RAF squadron is brought down over occupied France. The flyers get to Paris in spite of the fact that the youngest, Baby, is injured. He must be hidden and his wounds cared for. The Gestapo has already issued orders for their arrest. (91 mins.)
 
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Saboteur (1942)
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Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
 
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Went the Day Well? (1942)
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An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion. (92 mins.)
Director: Cavalcanti
 
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Above Suspicion (1943)
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Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though... (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
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Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
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During World War 2, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in 5 excavations across Egypt. (96 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
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Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
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After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed. (134 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
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Northern Pursuit (1943)
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A Canadian Mountie of German descent feigns disaffection with his homeland in hopes of infiltrating and thwarting a Nazi sabotage plot. (93 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
18.
Ministry of Fear (1944)
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Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it. (86 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
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Uncertain Glory (1944)
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After a career criminal is recaptured and knows he faces the guillotine, he offers to exchange his life for 100 hostages slated for execution by the Nazis. (102 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
20.
I See a Dark Stranger (1946)
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A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy. (112 mins.)
Director: Frank Launder
 
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Notorious (1946)
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
 
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13 Rue Madeleine (1946)
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When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
23.
5 Fingers (1952)
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During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess. (108 mins.)
 
24.
Golden Earrings (1947)
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On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof... (95 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen