Best Spy/ Secret Mission Movies

Covert and Clandestine Cinema
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1.
Spies (1928)
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The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service. (178 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
2.
Mata Hari (1931)
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A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I. (89 mins.)
 
3.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
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A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. (75 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
“ Mistaken identity, unwilling heroics, the need to prove one's innocence...many themes to be further explored in spy films are all rooted in these early Hitchcock flicks! Great example of suspense and mystery. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
5.
Sabotage (1936)
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A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel. (76 mins.)
 
6.
Secret Agent (1936)
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After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences. (86 mins.)
“ A montley crew joins forces to find and eliminate a German Spy, but encounters moral and physical complications. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
7.
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.)
“ Mrs. Froy, an older woman, disappears from a train while travelling back to England but only one other traveller will admit having ever seen her in the first place and she is suffering from a rather large bump to the head...was there ever a Mrs. Froy, if so where is she? Excellent film! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
8.
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
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FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund. (104 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ Early film about the FBI's investigation into pro-Nazi organizations in the US at the beginning of WWII. The film follows a few Nazi spies as they rise and fall. Well done early spy film that may have helped sway American public opinion against the Nazis while the US was still officially neutral. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
9.
The Spy in Black (1939)
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A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ HIghly underrated early spy film and well worth a watch.
A German Sub has orders to deliver its captain to a remote English Seaside town to gather intel on the British Navy. I couldn't help but think that the later films, Submarine Alert and The Eagle Has Landed must have been greatly influenced by this story. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
10.
Blackout (1940)
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Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
11.
British Intelligence (1940)
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Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler. (61 mins.)
Director: Terry Morse
“ Spies abound in the home of a British official, where plans for a British invasion are being finalized. From the houesguest, to the milkman to the butler, the home is literally invaded with spies, some good, some bad, some both! All that is known is that they are all working for a German superspy named Strendler, but who is he? Who can you trust? How do you rid youself of these pests without letting on you are aware they are there and how do you get to Strendler?
Fun spy film, creative use of a small set and great classic styling! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
12.
Enemy Agent (1940)
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A man is framed for being a spy. After he is released, he sets out to find who the real spies are. (64 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
 
13.
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.)
“ An American reporter goes to Europe to bring news of the European War back home. The reporter however gets in too deep and becomes part of the story when witnessing a murder of a top strategist. He must choose sides to survive. The film, like a number of films from 1938-1941, is a metaphor for England's call to the USA to join them against their comman enemy and is masterfully done. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
14.
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
 
15.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Some may argue this is not a spy movie nor a real secret mission film, but whatever haters, this is such a good movie that it always merits "playing it again" and it does involve partisan fighters so let it slide... :) ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
16.
Bombs Over Burma (1942)
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Chinese girl risks her life on espionage mission against Japanese in World War 2. (65 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
17.
The Dawn Express (1942)
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A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula that increases the power of ordinary gasoline for U.S. Army aviation use... (62 mins.)
Director: Albert Herman
 
18.
Madame Spy (1942)
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A war correspondent's new wife is suspected by his colleagues of being a Nazi spy. (63 mins.)
 
19.
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground. (102 mins.)
 
20.
Secret Mission (1942)
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In this World War II suspense thriller, three British spies and a French resistance fighter sneak into occupied France to gather infor- mation about the German forces for a planned invasion. (94 mins.)
Director: Harold French
 
21.
The Adventures of Tartu (1943)
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Stevenson, a British soldier fluent in Rumanian and German, goes undercover to sabotage a German poison-gas factory... (103 mins.)
 
22.
Background to Danger (1943)
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A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis. (80 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
23.
Journey Into Fear (1943)
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An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
24.
Mission to Moscow (1943)
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Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ While not a covert spy story, this film depicts foreign intelligence gathering in the diplomatic arena. Interesting story about US perceptions on the Soviet Union per-WWII, as we see the country in 1937-1939 (and beyond) through the eyes of American Ambassador Davies and his wife as they complete their service in Moscow. Relationships formed here between the players from Moscow and Washington would prove to have great impact on the American public as debate on what to do with Hitler rages in America. Davies explains to the American public that in choosing sides in the coming war both nthe USA and the USSR should view Hitler and Japan as coming threats and England and France as too weak to stand alone against them, which demands that the USA support the Soviets "now" against Hitler. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
25.
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
“ This is exactly the kind of movie people mean when they say, "they don't make 'em like they used to." Nazi Spies and Canadian Mounties face off in the middle of no where, this one kind of reminded me of The River Wild anyway it is just a real fun movie. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
26.
Submarine Alert (1943)
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Nazi spies use a stolen shortwave transmitter prototype to broadcast top secret shipping info to an offshore Japanese sub... (66 mins.)
Director: Frank McDonald
“ The FBI has a radio expert fired in hopes that the Nazi Underground contact him and try to sway him to help them develop a small transmitter. When the plan succeeds the FBI must now content with the spy they've created! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
27.
Candlelight in Algeria (1944)
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An American sculptress in wartime Britain gets mixed up with a British agent and a Nazi spy who knows... (86 mins.)
Director: George King
 
28.
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
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Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ As a fan of modern spy films, I was inspired to go back and watch many older films to better understand the development of the genre, and I hoped uncover a great film or two, and hence this list... The House on 92nd Street might just be the most influential spy film of all time. The film includes actual FBI photoage that looks almost exactly copied in Enemy of the State, a playboy super spy who I'm sure inspired Bond, the X Ray Mirror, secret watch and other gadgets that Dick Tracy would have used, to not spoil more, I'll simply add a scene copied in Mission Impossible....and on and on. If you are a fan of Bond, Bourne, Hunt or Ryan, this film is a must! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
29.
Cloak and Dagger (1946)
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In WW2, the Allies race against time to persuade two nuclear scientists working for the Nazis to switch sides. (106 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
30.
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
 
31.
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.)
“ Ingred Bergman is a natural fit as a seductress spy, who gets in too deep with her control, Cary Garnt and with her target, a Nazi collaborator living in Rio de Jenerio. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
32.
The Stranger (1946)
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An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Is a respected husband and professor living in a small Northeastern American town, secretly hiding his past as a Nazi? What lengths will an investigator go to to try to prove the man's guilt? ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
33.
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
“ A German spy inflitrates a secret American spy ring. Will he be discovered in time or will he succeed in uncovering when and where the allies will open a second front. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
34.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
35.
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
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As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines. (119 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ As the allies close in on Germany in WWII. German POWs 'defect' to the otherside hoping a quick end to the war will spare destruction in Germany, but when sent out on a mission to spy on their own troops will they actually become traitors? Based on a true story in 1944. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
38.
Stalag 17 (1953)
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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ American POWs plot rescue and escape for a fleeing Lt., but believe they have a spy in their midst who could expose the plan. Is one of the Americans selling information for favors? Do the Germans have a spy? Who can you trust in this complex thriller. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
39.
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
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During the Revolutionary War, American Major John Boulton feigns desertion in order to uncover a British plot to seize the stronghold of West Point. (101 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
40.
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
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True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers. (103 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ True story of a British plot trick the Germans into believing that the planned Sicilian invasion is actually going to be an invasion into Greece, so the enemy will move his forces to the wrong location, leaving the door to Italy wide open. Great detail into how a spy plot is developed, planned and executed. Fantastic acting and script create a every enjoyable, unique film. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
41.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. (120 mins.)
 
42.
The War Is Over (1966)
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Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid... (121 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
43.
The One That Got Away (1957)
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A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again. (106 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
“ True story of a Greman pilot who makes James Bond look amatue, in his attept to escape from the British back to the war. Great film and story I hate to ruin here...just see it! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
44.
The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
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This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest. (93 mins.)
Director: André De Toth
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
Our Man in Havana (1959)
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Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble. (103 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
47.
Armored Command (1961)
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An American army unit is trapped in a small town during a German counterattack and discovers that a spy in the town is providing the Germans with information about them. (99 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
48.
Dr. No (1962)
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A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
49.
Charade (1963)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
50.
From Russia with Love (1963)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
51.
Goldfinger (1964)
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Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
52.
36 Hours (1964)
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Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him. (115 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ A spy is kidnapped, drugged and convinced that it is actually 6 years into the future...and that WWII is over, making his information on the Normandy invasion no longer secret...
Fans of "The Truman Show" will love this well written and creative spy film! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
53.
Thunderball (1965)
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James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
54.
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
“ Mind Control, torture, betrayal...that's a lot for a hero to contend with! Solid film, and something different. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
55.
Morituri (1965)
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A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies. (123 mins.)
Director: Bernhard Wicki
 
56.
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
“ Solid story supports a movie where you must watch all the way to the end to finally understand who is who. The film appears to get a little boring near the middle, but stick with it, everything makes sence is the end! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
57.
Operation Crossbow (1965)
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Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. (115 mins.)
“ The true story of how British spies uncovered a Nazi rocket program before the world even knew what a rocket was... ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
58.
Funeral in Berlin (1966)
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A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated. (102 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Middle film in the trilogy about the British spy known as the "anti-007" The series includes The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
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.)
 
60.
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
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A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
61.
The Cape Town Affair (1967)
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South African secret agents attempt to save confidential microfilm before it falls into the hands of Communists. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
 
62.
Casino Royale (1967)
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In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH. (131 mins.)
 
63.
Tobruk (1967)
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A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya. (107 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ This film presents a very different angle on the Battle of Tobruk than the earlier film, The Desert Rats. I would watch this film first since historically it occured first. This film focuses on the daring raid of a British Commando Team aided by German-Jewish volunteer soldiers and an Canadian Major against on a Nazi fuel dump outside Tobruk Along the trek accross the desert they encounter many enemy forces of both Greman and Italian designation and other obsticles, including uncovering a spy in their midst, which all serve as a background to the men's discussions of the British Occupation of Palestine and the desire of the Jewish soldiers for a homeland there creating conflict between the leaders of each group. Good action and better acting, move this solid film along. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
64.
A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
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Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin... (107 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
65.
Sol Madrid (1968)
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Government agent Sol Madrid travels to Mexico with hooker Stacey to bring mobster Villanova and drug kingpin Dietrich to justice. (90 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
 
66.
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
 
67.
The Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
68.
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
 
69.
The French Connection (1971)
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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
70.
Live and Let Die (1973)
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007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (121 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
71.
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
 
72.
The Conversation (1974)
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A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
 
73.
The Odessa File (1974)
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Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII. (130 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
74.
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
 
75.
Operation: Daybreak (1975)
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In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to Prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services. (118 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Cross between a War film and a Spy film involving a Czech Resistance Fighter Groups assissanation of a top Nazi in 1942 and the violent aftermath and retailation that ensued. Based on a true story of courage and defiance. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
76.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
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A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
77.
Raid on Entebbe (1976 TV Movie)
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True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking. (145 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
78.
Mivtsa Yonatan (1977)
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In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe... (124 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
“ Israeli film about the famous Raid on Entebbe with real historical film interwoven with a well executed reenactment of what would become known in Hebrew as Mivtsa Yonatan, or Jonathon's Mission, named for it's heroic commander Jonathon (Yonatan "Yoni") Netanyanhu, brother of current Israeli PM Bibi Netanyanhu. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
79.
Brass Target (1978)
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General Patton tries to transfer the German gold stock to Frankfurt. But someone foils his plan. The military police begin to find the guilty... (111 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ Was General Patton killed in a car crash in which the other 3 passangers all walked away without a scratch? Or was it a cover up for his assianation? Did American G.I.s, following the surrender of Germany in WWII, kill their own men in a train robbery? This film explores the possibility that Patton was killed because of his choice to personally investigate the crime involving a huge amount of Nazi gold. Is it possible that the Itallian Mob is involved? Complicated and compelling story that seems to raise more questions than answers. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
80.
The Wild Geese (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African president from the hands of a corrupt African dictator. (134 mins.)
“ British Mercinaries are hired to rescue an imprisoned African leader thought dead, by a wealthy English businessman with mining interests in the African country. However, when the backer realizes he has more to gain from the mision failing than succeeding, things get rough for the squad on the ground. A fictional sort of rough cross between The Raid on Entebee, The Sea Wolves and the much later, Tears of the Sun. A decent film if you enjoy this type of movie, has some good battles and decent performances, but is still only a fair watch. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
81.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979 Mini-Series)
Episode: Tinker Tailor (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Smiley goes to meet Jim Prideaux who is now back in Britain having survived his experience in Czechoslovakia. His testimony and that of others sheds new light on the "Testify" fiasco and source "Merlin". (290 mins.)
“ Recently remade, prequel to Smiley's People. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
82.
The Sea Wolves (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A true WW2 story: the British must attack a German ship but it's safe in neutral Goa. So they send civilians, ex-soldiers about 60 years old. (120 mins.)
 
83.
Eye of the Needle (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband. (112 mins.)
 
84.
The Amateur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge... (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
85.
Smiley's People (1982 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus... (360 mins.)
 
86.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
87.
Gorky Park (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government. (128 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ A police officer from Moscow is assinged a triple murder case that reeks of KGB involvement and is reluctant to pursue the facts of the case for fear of backlash. However, when new evidence presents itself the officer begins a manhunt for a shady wealthy American businessman. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
88.
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a... (103 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Critics may point out that this is not really a spy movie, and I suppose I'd have to agree (even though it does involve the CIA), but its a really cool movie that fans of spy films,such as Mission Impossible, will really love! Super plot will keep you guessing until the end, and then you'll need to watch the whole thing all over again.... ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
89.
Balkan Spy (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ilija Cvorovic, a reformed former Stalinist who spent several years in a prison as a political prisoner... (95 mins.)
 
90.
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget. (101 mins.)
“ Best spy film for kids. A good intro to spy films for 10-12 year olds. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
91.
Lassiter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Lassiter is a handsome jewel thief operating in London in the late 1930s. One day he is arrested and told that if he wishes to avoid prison... (100 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
92.
The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother. (130 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
93.
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. (131 mins.)
 
94.
Spies Like Us (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War. (102 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ A comedy first and foremost for certain, but like John Stewart's Daily Show, real insite on real life can be found between the lines. Sometimes only a comedian is able to actually discuss serious events...and this film does a great job of describing the obsurdity of the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policy at the end of the Cold War. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
95.
Code Name: Emerald (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In April 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans... (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Sanger
 
96.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: The Impossible Spy (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Young Israeli husband Eli Cohen is recruited by the Mossad in the early 1960's and sent to Syria. Telling...
 
97.
Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in... (143 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
“ Perhaps not a "spy" movie in the classical sence, but a secret escape against all odds it is, and being based on actual events, the film deserves inclusion in the broader category of "secret missions." ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
98.
No Way Out (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. (114 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
99.
Hanna's War (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps. (148 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
100.
Pascali's Island (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears... (104 mins.)
Director: James Dearden