Best Spy Movies

A biased look at the best spy/espionage movies ever made
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1.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
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A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Identity combined the genre's realism and fantasy, redefining the espionage film. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
2.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
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When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Supremacy shattered the Hollywood mould, reminding us of what a spy thriller could be. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
3.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
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Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Ultimatum built the action to its obvious crescendo, putting a good cap on the greatest spy series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
4.
Casino Royale (2006)
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Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Campbell's Bond restart offered the series' greatest film, a near-perfect adaptation of the original novella. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
5.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
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James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Forster's direct sequel sadly made Bond into Bourne, but still beat all the other timely knock-offs. RENT IT! ” - Pavan-3
 
6.
Skyfall (2012)
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Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Mendes' third brought it all back home, with a thrilling adventure that questioned Bond's modern relevance. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
7.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
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An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ DePalma's first reminded us of classic Euro-spies at a time when super-Bond was at his biggest - RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
8.
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
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A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera". (123 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ Woo's second adopted the super-spy syndrome, beating the overblown Bond at his own game - RENT IT! ” - Pavan-3
 
9.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
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Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response . (126 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Abrams' third reined things in, combining the best of classic and modern for a pop-spy masterpiece - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
10.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
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The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (133 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ Bird's fourth offered a true sequel, its globe-threatening plot heightening the adrenaline-filled action. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
11.
The Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
“ Very rarely seen, auteur Melville creates a accurate and very realistic depiction of espionage in WWII - clumsy assassinations, bleak environments and a world where no-one can be trusted. Unnerving and very worth the effort. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
12.
Munich (2005)
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Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (164 mins.)
“ Spielberg weighs in with a thought-provoking film of realistic spies. A haunting tale of true events, this bleak revisionist thriller is a look at what is sometimes necessary and what we escapists might forget. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
13.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
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A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ One of the best classic spy films - grim and gritty in its portrayal of a government cover-up, it played a heavy influence on the Bourne series. Redford and Dunaway are on top form, while von Sydow steals the show as the bureaucratic assassin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
14.
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Both a send-up and a great inspiration to the genre, Grant and Hitchcock reteam is an action-studded affair. A well-paced script, great performances and a thrillingly predictable ending make you forget it's not really a spy flick. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
15.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
“ The classic banned film - John Frankenheimer's assured direction and the cast's fantastic performances alone are worth the price. The plot makes it priceless - perfect for our bleak times. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
16.
Ronin (1998)
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A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
“ Frankenheimer returns with a film of disavowed spies, set apart by its brilliant car chases and a David Mamet script that only falters in the third act. In true-to-life fashion, it's one of the few films to ignore characterizing its 'deep-cover' agents. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
17.
Spartan (2004)
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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. (106 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ Mamet pens another brilliant spy flick, with Val Kilmer as a secret service agent caught up in a government conspiracy. Great "Ronin"-style dialogue and Kilmer at his best make this an underrated gem. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
18.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
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British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ The book that put Le Carre on the spy map, this faithful adaptation is a true masterpiece of realistic espionage fiction. Burton is brilliant as the washed-out spy, sent once more into the field for a cunning game of double-crosses. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
19.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (127 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ This dense adaptation of Le Carre's most popular book might cram too much into its all-too-short running time, but the sheer ambition of it and a brilliant lead performance from Gary Oldman make it worth the watch. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
20.
True Lies (1994)
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A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman. (141 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ SCHWARZENNEGER is... James Bond! Or close enough. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
21.
Knight and Day (2010)
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A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name. (109 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Cruise spoofs his own franchise, playing up his super spy role to great effect, in a film that never panders to the audience and always parodies with tongue firmly planted in cheek. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
22.
Spy Game (2001)
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Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors. (126 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Tony Scott's quickfire style adds an involving and original entry to the genre. Worldly locations paint a thrilling picture, while veteran Redford once again redefines his spy role. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
23.
Body of Lies (2008)
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A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence. (128 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott takes a cue from brother Tony in the first millennial spy flick. Quick-paced and cunning, its clever plot is augmented by two stunning performances and a script that authentically tackles current affairs. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
24.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
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Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Besson's precursor to his Hollywood "Leon" is a tight-paced, bleak spy/assassin film that trades in sentimentality for pure adrenaline. Led to a remake and a long-running TV series. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
25.
Taken (2008)
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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ Besson returns to the world that made him famous, scripting and producing this highly derivative but deliciously entertaining thriller that's equal parts "Bourne" and "Death Wish". RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
26.
From Paris with Love (2010)
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In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city. (92 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ Besson's third spy flick is absurd, ridiculous and endlessly entertaining - Travolta hams it up to epic proportions as the veteran agent, a fat, bald, kung fu-fighting spy who always saves the day. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
27.
Colombiana (2011)
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A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. (108 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
“ Besson's fourth spy flick once again sees the action producer treading well-worn ground. Not nearly as entertaining as his last few espionage efforts, it nonetheless has its moments. RENT IT! ” - Pavan-3
 
28.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (158 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ Not really a "classic spy film", but the idea of Burton's agents sent deep undercover as Nazis qualifies it for inclusion in the espionage genre. It's also one hell of a great adventure film, with Eastwood mowing down krauts by the dozen. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
29.
Black Book (2006)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. (145 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Verhoeven's bloody, brutal return back to the Netherlands follows a gorgeous Dutch spy sent deep undercover in this thrilling WWII espionage film. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
30.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
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The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life. (167 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
“ Damon's antithesis to the Bourne series - the Godfather of spy movies, not in greatness but in intrigue, depth and realism. A stunning cast keeps the overly-long running time from being noticed. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
31.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
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An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman. (113 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ Barris' 'autobiography' balances spy thriller and black humor, with all the genre's trappings: Eastern Europe, femme fatales and Clooney's grimy direction. But a great script with decent performances makes it a nice homage. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
32.
Syriana (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and effected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
“ Again, not purely a spy flick - but the subplot following Clooney's aging government agent sent to kill an oil baron's son is as close to a modern-day agent as one can get. The rest of the film isn't too bad either. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
33.
The American (2010)
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An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (105 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ Clooney perfects the ageing spy, sent to hide out in a small Italian town before accepting one last job. An homage to classic '70s spy films, it's as beautifully acted and directed as the backdrop scenery. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
34.
The Rock (1996)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Connery as an incarcerated British spy released to save the world - sound familiar? Surprisingly clever for a popcorn flick, Michael Bay's addition to the spy genre comes in this assault of action and espionage. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
35.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
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A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. (120 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Liman's follow-up to Bourne sees another spy thriller, exchanging suspense for explosions and domestic hijinks. Entertaining on first viewing, it falters upon repeat, mainly due to a problematic production history. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
36.
Salt (2010)
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A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Angelina Jolie tries her hand at building a spy franchise, and sadly fails, in this over-the-top, absolutely ridiculous espionage adventure that crams in every possible cliche into its running time. RENT IT! ” - Pavan-3
 
37.
The Assignment (1997)
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An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal. (119 mins.)
“ An involving and fancifully-directed film about Carlos the Jackal, mixing both fact and fiction. Quinn piles on the cheese in the dual roles, but the veteran chops of Kingsley and Sutherland barely save it from disaster. RENT IT ” - Pavan-3
 
38.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ The classic cat-and-mouse spy film, with the cunning Edward Fox playing a professional assassin named the Jackal, carefully planning his plot to kill the French president. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
39.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ More superhero than spy, Brad Bird's first foray into the espionage world still pays loving tribute to classic '60s Connery/Bond films, blending their best elements with a rousing score and a brilliant script to create the best animated spy film so far. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
40.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ More sci-fi than spy, Inception's influences are heavy on the espionage - and one could argue that that there's no greater form of spying than sending people into your dreams. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
41.
Haywire (2011)
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A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (93 mins.)
“ Soderbergh finally joins the spy ranks, with this brutally efficient female spy film that sees professional fighter Gina Carano headlining her first film. The story might be tired (spy is betrayed and wants revenge), but a great cast makes it all worthwhile. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
42.
Hanna (2011)
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A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ A fairy tale-like spy film about a girl trained in the espionage arts from a young age, Hanna added a new twist to an old genre. It might not succeed in every step, but the addition of Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett offer true talent. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
43.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (135 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ A weak attempt to cash-in on the Bourne name, Legacy cast the decent Renner as a new spy in this mildly entertaining adventure - unfortunately, a poor script highlighted by the impetus to just find some medicine makes it unappealing. RENT IT! ” - Pavan-3
 
44.
Safe House (2012)
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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
“ A Bourne rip-off, even down to the poster, Safe House might not have an original bone in its entire running time, but it nevertheless steals very well. Denzel is ageing but still amazing, and Ryan Reynolds continues to build credibility. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
45.
Traitor (2008)
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When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn. (114 mins.)
“ A cat-and-mouse spy flick heavy on the religious issues, Traitor keeps its pace and priority in predictable spy flick fashion, never daring to take any risks. Nevertheless, still entertaining for its look at current affairs. RENT IT! ” - Pavan-3
 
46.
The Debt (2010)
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In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them. (113 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ Mossad agents are sent to murder a Nazi doctor, in this film that jumps back and forth between the past and the present - it might not break new ground, but The Debt's cast and its few scenes of classic espionage make it worth a watch. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
47.
The Ipcress File (1965)
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In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists. (109 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Caine challenges Connery as the working-class Bond, flipping the 007 formula. Unfortunately, some aspects of it's tale of a downtrodden agent haven't aged well, with 60s psychedelia sticking out amongst its realistic feel. But still, essential viewing for spy genre context. Sequels: "Funeral in Berlin" and "Billion Dollar Brain". RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
48.
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
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A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ A strange adaptation of LeCarre. Brosnan plays on his Bond stereotype as a slimy secret agent in this low-key and slow-paced thriller. More espionage than action, and worth a look for that, if nothing else. RENT IT ” - Pavan-3
 
49.
The Matador (2005)
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A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
“ Brosnan again playing a spy, this time to much more audience-friendly effect. An ageing assassin befriends a bereaved businessman - much better than it sounds. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
50.
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.)
“ Hitchcock's dated but brilliant spy thriller - snail-paced but immediate in its tension, it paved the way for all spy thrillers since. A classic and should be viewed as such. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
51.
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.)
“ Although dated, Hitchcock's film has brilliant characterization, a nail-biting plot (Woo's MI2 stole its story from this film) and Grant at his sleazy best. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
52.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
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Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East. (99 mins.)
“ A ingenious parody of classic Bond movies, OSS 117 takes an extremely French approach to its misogynistic, idiotic secret agent. Much more clever and original than its English-speaking counterparts, this parody nails its humourous tone perfectly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
53.
Top Secret! (1984)
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Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany. (90 mins.)
“ A parody throwback to the pre-Bond spy films of the '50s, the team behind 'Naked Gun' create a hilarious romp through World War II, with an in-the-know cast led by the underrated Val Kilmer. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
54.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
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A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place. (94 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ The most popular spy spoofs - Myer's loving tribute to his favorite 60s spy flicks has everything a fan of the genre needs. The first is a classic, second is gross-out funny while Caine & Cruise barely save the third. RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
55.
Burn After Reading (2008)
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A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it. (96 mins.)
“ The Coens parody the action-heavy spy genre, calling in endless favours for its star-heavy cast and then giving them a script where they all play idiots. Brilliant and hilarious. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ” - Pavan-3
 
56.
The Deadly Affair (1966)
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A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide. (115 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Sidney Lumet directs James Mason in this adaptation of Le Carre's first novel - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
57.
The Looking Glass War (1969)
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From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites. (108 mins.)
“ Another Le Carre novel-turned-film - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
58.
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
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Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany. (140 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ Holden as a WW2 spy - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
59.
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
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Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate... (104 mins.)
“ George Segal as a coldwar spy against neo-Nazi's - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
60.
The Kremlin Letter (1970)
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During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow. (120 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Another realist cold war spy film - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
61.
The Serpent (1973)
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A soviet diplomat hatches a complicated plan to enable him to defect to the West. (124 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
“ Yet another realist coldwar spy flick - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
62.
The Black Windmill (1974)
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A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (106 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ Caine as his classic secret agent in this 70s thriller - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
63.
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the 'special relationship' between the two countries. (119 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
“ Caine and Brosnan in this cold war spy flick - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
64.
The Killer Elite (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Peckinpah directs Duvall and Caan in this freelance spy flick - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
65.
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend. (129 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Eastwood as an American Bond - haven't seen it ” - Pavan-3
 
66.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ A supposedly brilliantly depressing look at Berlin Wall-era Germany - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
67.
The Russia House (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia. (123 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ Connery stars in this Le Carre adaptation - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3
 
68.
The Quiet American (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Caine yet again, in this Graham Greene adaptation - haven't seen it. ” - Pavan-3