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1. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham

Votes: 246,266

2. Scandal (2012– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Stars: Kerry Washington, Guillermo Díaz, Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield

Votes: 55,141

3. London Has Fallen (2016)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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28 Metascore

In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

Director: Babak Najafi | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 97,554 | Gross: $62.40M

4. Medici: Masters of Florence (2016– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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A political, family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de' Medici finds himself at the helm of his supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, when his father, Giovanni dies suddenly.

Stars: Richard Madden, Stuart Martin, Annabel Scholey, Guido Caprino

Votes: 4,751

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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70 Metascore

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

Votes: 534,440 | Gross: $259.75M

6. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 274,818 | Gross: $11.28M

7. Salt (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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65 Metascore

A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 254,134 | Gross: $118.31M

8. White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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52 Metascore

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke

Votes: 171,878 | Gross: $73.10M

9. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

R | 119 min | Action, Thriller

6.5
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41 Metascore

Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 213,291 | Gross: $98.90M

10. 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: 430,541 | Gross: $121.47M

11. 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: 180,790 | Gross: $39.38M

12. Blow Out (1981)

R | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 29,787

13. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.1
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56 Metascore

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 191,764 | Gross: $83.08M

14. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 78,393

15. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 194,958 | Gross: $40.96M

16. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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90 Metascore

A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 42,902 | Gross: $62.55M

17. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 88,877 | Gross: $59.90M

18. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.0
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72 Metascore

A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 118,301 | Gross: $70.41M

19. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 207,191 | Gross: $62.45M

20. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 148,734 | Gross: $122.01M

21. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

7.3
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67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

Votes: 195,018 | Gross: $111.54M

22. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston

Votes: 115,224 | Gross: $33.57M

23. Air Force One (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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61 Metascore

Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 151,816 | Gross: $172.62M

24. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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74 Metascore

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida

Votes: 72,272 | Gross: $122.01M

25. Rendition (2007)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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55 Metascore

A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin

Votes: 48,680 | Gross: $9.66M

26. Patriot Games (1992)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

6.9
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When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin

Votes: 84,260 | Gross: $83.29M

27. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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77 Metascore

A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 136,964 | Gross: $15.52M

28. State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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64 Metascore

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren

Votes: 116,704 | Gross: $36.97M

29. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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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.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 37,097

30. The Sum of All Fears (2002)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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45 Metascore

CIA analyst Jack Ryan must stop the plans of a Neo Nazis faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain, Russell Bobbitt

Votes: 89,098 | Gross: $118.47M

31. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 68,438 | Gross: $34.60M

32. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 89,228 | Gross: $65.95M

33. The Siege (1998)

R | 116 min | Action, Thriller

6.3
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53 Metascore

The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist, leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, that lead to the declaration of martial-law.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 59,753 | Gross: $40.93M

34. Syriana (2005)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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76 Metascore

A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak

Votes: 112,611 | Gross: $50.82M

35. Vantage Point (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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40 Metascore

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, Bruce McGill

Votes: 130,600 | Gross: $72.27M

36. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 62,783

37. The Jackal (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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36 Metascore

An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora

Votes: 90,773 | Gross: $54.91M

38. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R | 135 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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49 Metascore

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart

Votes: 79,306 | Gross: $76.08M

39. The Interpreter (2005)

PG-13 | 128 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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62 Metascore

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen

Votes: 87,924 | Gross: $72.52M

40. Arlington Road (1999)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis

Votes: 71,867 | Gross: $24.36M

41. Green Zone (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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63 Metascore

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Igal Naor

Votes: 113,954 | Gross: $35.02M

42. The Pelican Brief (1993)

PG-13 | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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50 Metascore

A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard

Votes: 62,036 | Gross: $100.77M

43. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo

Votes: 42,184 | Gross: $68.75M

44. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 30,289

45. Notorious (1946)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.0
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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?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 76,503

46. The Parallax View (1974)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn

Votes: 11,679

47. In the Line of Fire (1993)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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74 Metascore

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 76,331 | Gross: $102.31M

48. Absolute Power (1997)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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52 Metascore

A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

Votes: 41,062 | Gross: $50.01M

49. Nothing But the Truth (I) (2008)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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64 Metascore

In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett

Votes: 31,662 | Gross: $0.00M

50. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

Votes: 27,547 | Gross: $35.51M