Spy / Espionage / Heist Movies: Best to Worst

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1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.4
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton

Votes: 391,849 | Gross: $209.40M

2. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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59 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

Votes: 326,496 | Gross: $180.98M

3. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.0
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80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 508,172 | Gross: $167.45M

4. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

7.8
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74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 438,882 | Gross: $183.41M

5. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles

Votes: 543,112 | Gross: $227.47M

6. The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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68 Metascore

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

Votes: 446,575 | Gross: $121.66M

7. Undercover Brother (2002)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy

5.8
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69 Metascore

When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Eddie Griffin, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Chris Kattan

Votes: 30,742 | Gross: $38.23M

8. The Saint (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.2
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50 Metascore

Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valeriy Nikolaev

Votes: 54,865 | Gross: $61.36M

9. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.0
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64 Metascore

James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi

Votes: 88,654 | Gross: $63.60M

10. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 383,034 | Gross: $176.24M

11. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.9
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66 Metascore

Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response .

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 278,159 | Gross: $134.03M

12. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 356,651 | Gross: $168.37M

13. Mission: Impossible II (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.1
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59 Metascore

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames

Votes: 262,937 | Gross: $215.41M

14. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.9
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61 Metascore

Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 81,738 | Gross: $43.08M

15. Get Smart (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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54 Metascore

A highly intellectual but socially awkward spy is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from a Russian spy agency.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Dwayne Johnson

Votes: 178,120 | Gross: $130.32M

16. The Three Musketeers (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.8
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35 Metascore

The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich

Votes: 94,271 | Gross: $20.38M

17. Johnny English Reborn (2011)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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46 Metascore

Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Roger Barclay

Votes: 96,641 | Gross: $8.31M

18. National Treasure (2004)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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39 Metascore

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean

Votes: 270,490 | Gross: $173.01M

19. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.5
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48 Metascore

Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight

Votes: 194,527 | Gross: $219.96M

20. Cars 2 (2011)

G | 106 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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57 Metascore

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Directors: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis | Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 119,341 | Gross: $191.45M

21. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.1
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66 Metascore

The Cortez siblings set out for a mysterious island, where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival spy kids.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 49,736 | Gross: $85.85M

22. Spy Kids (2001)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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71 Metascore

The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 91,857 | Gross: $112.72M

23. Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.2
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57 Metascore

Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker. It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Daryl Sabara, Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 44,690 | Gross: $111.76M