Introduce Yourself to French Cinema : Nine Spy Movies

by leifeng_2003 | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 22 Nov 2015 | Public

Here is my personal ranking of the latest Spy movies coming from France. Only about spies and spy games, no lone assassins killing for states, no undercover cops, no French Resistants,... Comedies and antics are out.

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1. The Patriots (1994)

G | 138 min | Thriller

At 18, Ariel Brenner leaves Paris and his family to live in Israel. He secretly joins the Mossad, the Isreali secret service. After years of training, his first mission is in Paris to steal... See full summary »

Director: Eric Rochant | Stars: Yvan Attal, Richard Masur, Allen Garfield, Yossi Banai

Votes: 967

2. La sentinelle (1992)

139 min | Thriller

Mathias, whose dead father was a diplomat in Germany, decides to study the forensic medicine in Paris. In the train, he has some troubles with the border police, and is insulted and ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard, Valérie Dréville

Votes: 665 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Triple agent (2004)

115 min | Drama, Thriller

France, 1936-37. The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Katerina Didaskalou, Serge Renko, Cyrielle Clair, Grigori Manoukov

Votes: 1,289

4. L'affaire Farewell (2009)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

74 Metascore

The French intelligence service alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation during the height of the Cold War, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ingeborga Dapkunaite

Votes: 5,845

5. Möbius (2013)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

An FSB officer falls in love with his agent, an American woman, who works as a trader in a Russian bank.

Director: Eric Rochant | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Cécile de France, Tim Roth, Émilie Dequenne

Votes: 4,406

6. Une affaire d'état (2009)

99 min | Thriller

A plane explodes above the Gulf of Guinea. An escort girl is murdered in a Parisian park. Thousands of miles separate these two events, and yet Nora Chahyd, believes there's a connection ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Rachida Brakni, André Dussollier, Thierry Frémont, Christine Boisson

Votes: 504

7. Secret défense (2008)

100 min | Thriller

In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies. Yet, terrorist and secret agents lead almost the same ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Haïm | Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Vahina Giocante, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Mehdi Nebbou

Votes: 2,960

8. Agents secrets (2004)

109 min | Crime, Action, Thriller

Moles threaten to foil a team of secret agents' plan.

Director: Frédéric Schoendoerffer | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, André Dussollier, Charles Berling

Votes: 4,007