Spy Movies, Ranked

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1.
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.)
“ 9/10 ” - solmaquina
 
2.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ 9/10 ” - solmaquina
 
3.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
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Dr. Evil is back...and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 60s and steal Austin Powers's mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless". (95 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ 8/10 ” - solmaquina
 
4.
Total Recall (1990)
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When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ 7/10 ” - solmaquina
 
5.
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 while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States. (141 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 7/10 ” - solmaquina
 
6.
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ 7/10 ” - solmaquina
 
7.
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
“ 7/10 ” - solmaquina
 
8.
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
“ 7/10 ” - solmaquina
 
9.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 6.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
10.
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
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
11.
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. (132 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
12.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
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Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember - who is working with Dr. Evil. (94 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
13.
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
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
14.
Johnny English (2003)
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After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy. (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Howitt
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
15.
Cat City (1986)
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In the year 80 AMM (After Mickey Mouse) on planet X the crime-syndicated Cats try to erase the Mouse-population once and for all... (96 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
16.
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
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Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
17.
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.)
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
18.
Moonraker (1979)
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James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ 6/10 ” - solmaquina
 
19.
Octopussy (1983)
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A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
20.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
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James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed. (125 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
21.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
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James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. (125 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
22.
Cars 2 (2011)
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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. (106 mins.)
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
23.
Spy Kids (2001)
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The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger. (88 mins.)
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
24.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
25.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ 5.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
26.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
27.
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
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
28.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
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A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated. (134 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
29.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
30.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
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A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
31.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
32.
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
33.
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
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The Cortez siblings set out for a mysterious island, where they encounter a genetic scientist and a set of rival spy kids. (100 mins.)
“ 5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
34.
Spy Hard (1996)
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Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 is assigned by his director, to stop the evil General Rancor from destroying the world. WD-40 believed Rancor was dead and he teams up with the hot KGB agent Veronique Ukrinsky to find Rancor and save the world. (81 mins.)
Director: Rick Friedberg
“ 4.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
35.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
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Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ 4.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
36.
Get Smart (2008)
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A highly intellectual but socially awkward spy is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from a Russian spy agency. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ 4.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
37.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. (142 mins.)
Director: Peter Hunt
“ 4.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
38.
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
“ 4/10 ” - solmaquina
 
39.
Johnny English Reborn (2011)
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Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier. (101 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
“ 4/10 ” - solmaquina
 
40.
Thunderball (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ 3.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
41.
I Spy (2002)
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A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet. (97 mins.)
Director: Betty Thomas
“ 3.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
42.
The Tuxedo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A hapless chauffeur must take a comatose secret agent's place using his special gadget-laden tuxedo. (98 mins.)
Director: Kevin Donovan
“ 3.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
43.
Who Am I? (1998)
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A secret agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by a number of other agency operatives, but he has no idea why. (120 mins.)
“ 3/10 ” - solmaquina
 
44.
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
“ 3/10 ” - solmaquina
 
45.
Cats & Dogs (2001)
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A look at the top-secret, high-tech espionage war going on between cats and dogs, which their human owners are blissfully unaware of. (87 mins.)
“ 2.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
46.
G-Force (2009)
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A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world. (88 mins.)
“ 2.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
47.
Charlie's Angels (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal. (98 mins.)
Director: McG
“ 2.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
48.
Die Another Day (2002)
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James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (133 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ 2.5/10 ” - solmaquina
 
49.
xXx (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission. (124 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
“ 2/10 ” - solmaquina
 
50.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)
“ 1.5/10 ” - solmaquina