Espionage & Clandestine operations

by orvar-backlin | created - 17 Feb 2013 | updated - 17 Feb 2013 | Public

Movies about spies, espionage, clandestine & covert operations and such.

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1. Spartan (2004)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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60 Metascore

The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Tia Texada

Votes: 27,483 | Gross: $4.43M

2. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 275,511 | Gross: $47.00M

Mark Wahlberg stars as a seclusive sniper who is tricked into service only to be made a scapegoat for an assassination. Features fairly believable weapons manipulation and tradecraft.

3. Spy Game (2001)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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63 Metascore

Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 128,269 | Gross: $0.03M

Classic! Very well made, clever film about a mentor and student in the CIA.

4. Body of Lies (2008)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.1
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 187,205 | Gross: $39.39M

5. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 513,418 | Gross: $145.00M

6. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 179,192 | Gross: $126.37M

7. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.4
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95 Metascore

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.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 233,654 | Gross: $95.72M

Many were disappointed in this film for lac of action. I was thrilled. This is more about the actual hunt and the tremendous work by the joint INT communities to zero in on OBL. It centers on Maya, an analyst charged with mapping OBL's network and follows her transformation from apprehensive to ruthless.

The actual raid itself is done ok, the TTPs are there (chemlight at linkup was a sweet detail), the individual wpns handling was passable. All in all a great film.