Espionage in mystery movies

by greenbudgie | created - 18 Jul 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

In year of release order. From 2023 going back in time to 1935.

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1. The Ninth Orphan

Action, Mystery, Thriller | Announced

Film adaptation of the international spy thriller novel The Ninth Orphan.

Star: James Morcan

2. The Shadow Man (I)

Adventure, Mystery, Thriller | Announced

A former spy is accused of selling state secrets to the highest bidder, igniting a national security crisis. But when secret service agent Harry Walker is sent to retrieve the stolen documents, he begins to question who the real enemy is.

Director: Christopher Presswell

3. Quandary

Action, Drama, Horror | Pre-production

A CIA spy struggling to maintain his sanity uses a special set of skills to search for the man who killed his family at an isolated Arab refugee camp in the mountains.

Director: Daniel Lusko

4. Khufiya

Action, Biography, Crime | Post-production

Krishna Mehra who is an operative at Indian spy agency known as R&AW. She is assigned to track down the mole selling India's defense secrets, while all along grappling with her dual identity as a spy and a lover.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Tabu, Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, Azmeri Haque Badhon

5. The Parsifal Mosaic

Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Announced

A U.S. intelligence agent lands in the middle of an elaborate blackmail scheme after he spots his lover, a one-time agent who he thought was executed years ago.

Director: Yimou Zhang

6. The Havana Affair

Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Announced

A secret American spy mission tries to overthrow Castro's Communist regime in Cuba during the early days of the Kennedy administration.

7. Junk Food (2022)

101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Following a diamond heist, freelance spy Denny McDonald confronts his man-child temptations while staying confined in his employers' safe-house.

Director: Nicholas Jensen | Stars: Caleb Brunman, Imogen Sands, Matthew Glen Johnson, Olivia Rubin

Votes: 9

8. The Spy Who Fell to Earth (2019)

94 min | Documentary, Mystery

An ambitious historian unmasks the worlds greatest spy, setting in motion the very events that lead to the spy's mysterious death.

Director: Thomas Meadmore | Stars: Henry Kissinger, Muammar Gaddafi, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 1,150

9. Agent X the movie (2019)

72 min | Mystery

Agent X (Cranstan Cumberbatch), former military contractor, now secret agent is brought in on a mission to track a drone killer , but finds himself tangled deep into a web of cryptocurrency... See full summary »

Director: Jabaar Edmond | Stars: Wanda Black, Tim Cameron, Lorenzo Carswell, Chuck Chelsea

10. Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

33 Metascore

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Sam Reid, Charles Dance, Antje Traue

Votes: 3,215

11. Cheerleader Death Squad (2015 TV Movie)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

A former CIA agent gets a job as a teacher at a Washington D.C. prep school where he recruits an elite group of students for an espionage mission.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Gia Mantegna, Abbie Cobb, Alan Van Sprang, Taylor Black

Votes: 18

12. Legacy (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Charlie Cox, Andrew Scott, Romola Garai, Geraldine James

Votes: 433

13. The Silent War (2012)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An espionage thriller set in the 1950s and adapted from the novel "Year Suan/Plot Against" by May Jia. Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a blind man who works for a piano tuner. He is recruited for a spy mission because of his exceptional hearing.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Xun Zhou, Xuebing Wang, Mavis Fan

Votes: 1,700

14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 204,363 | Gross: $24.15M

15. Spy (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jonathan, an electronics expert and spy, is hired to track a beautiful woman with a harrowing past. Little does he know that this will be an assignment like no other. As he carries on with ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Klymko | Stars: Vincent Pastore, Ben Curtis, Lora Kojovic, Kory Bassett

Votes: 94

16. The Profile (2010)

18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

About the hunt for a stolen classified disk, a suspected foreign spy, and the absurd lengths a government will go through to find their 'villain'... before the end of Independence Day weekend.

Director: Ray Arthur Wang | Stars: Long Nguyen, Matthew John Armstrong, Michael Aki, David Lischinsky

Votes: 15

17. Totally Spies! The Movie (2009)

TV-Y7-FV | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In their first mission as, like, total spies, three newly-befriended teen girls investigate the disappearances of people across Beverly Hills, uncovering a plot involving trendy makeover machines, a fancy space hotel and global destruction.

Directors: Pascal Jardin, Seok-hoon Lee | Stars: Andrea Baker, Adrian Truss, Joris Jarsky, Barbara Budd

Votes: 718

18. The Red Machine (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device... See full summary »

Directors: Stephanie Argy, Alec Boehm | Stars: Lee Perkins, Donal Thoms-Cappello, Meg Brogan, Maureen Byrnes

Votes: 265

19. Agent 5: A Night in the Last Life of (2008)

Not Rated | 77 min | Mystery

A lost man surfaces from a crude underground espionage experiment. He is stalked through a city's recesses by a murky assassin. The curious image of a "cowboy" haunts his thoughts. He should die tonight, but doesn't know why.

Director: Matthew Desotell | Stars: Ryan Burnham, Gerold Wunstel, Bill McCormack, Diahnna Nicole Baxter

Votes: 13

20. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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

85 Metascore

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. 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: 638,692 | Gross: $227.47M

21. Package for Maxwell (2007)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Mystery

Tina hates her boring after school job in a shipping store, where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens, until one day, when a secret agent recruits her to help capture a dangerous ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Merle | Stars: Erin Killean, Charles Riffenburg IV, Bobby Zaman

Votes: 15

22. Stormbreaker (2006)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Family

42 Metascore

After the death of his uncle, the 14-year-old schoolboy Alex Rider is forced by the Special Operations Division of the UK's secret intelligence service, MI6, into a mission which will save millions of lives.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Mickey Rourke, Sophie Okonedo, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 24,973 | Gross: $0.65M

23. Cypher (2002)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber

Votes: 31,457

24. Demonlover (2002)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A French corporation goes head-to-head with an American web media company for the rights to a 3-D manga pornography studio, resulting in a power struggle that culminates in violence and espionage.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Gina Gershon, Chloë Sevigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 5,670 | Gross: $0.23M

25. The Accidental Spy (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

At a Hong Kong shopping center, Buck Yuen's (Jackie Chan's) intuition warns him. He saves a robbery's loot and gets on television, ends up in Istanbul via South Korea, and accidentally becomes a spy. Fortunately, he knows Kung Fu.

Director: Teddy Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Min Kim, Eric Tsang, Vivian Hsu

Votes: 17,902

26. Britannic (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Action, Drama, History

A fictional account of the sinking of the H.M.H.S. Britannic off the Greek island of Kea in November 1916. This explores the theory of a German Agent sabotaging the liner, a hospital ship.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Edward Atterton, Amanda Ryan, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Daniels

Votes: 1,429

27. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Mystery

When her doctor recommends that a widow pursue her unfulfilled life ambitions, he doesn't realize that she has always wanted to be a spy. Sending a letter to her Representative gets her an ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Pullen Shaw | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Thomas Ian Griffith, Ed Bishop, Paul Birchard

Votes: 377

28. Airborne (1998)

R | 91 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

An elite squad of government agents executes a daring mid-air raid to retrieve the world's deadliest biological weapon, SEREX. With disaster imminent, they confront the killer, only to find that it's one of their own.

Director: Julian Grant | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Kim Coates, Torri Higginson, Philip Akin

Votes: 669

29. Blue Ice (1992)

R | 105 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

A former British Secret Service Agent falls for an American woman, and becomes entangled in a web of espionage.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Michael Caine, Sean Young, Ian Holm, Bobby Short

Votes: 1,704

30. The Sentinel (1992)

139 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

A medical student returning to France finds himself mixed up in a dark affair of espionage between the Eastern and Western blocs, involving agents of the DGSE (French foreign intelligence service).

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

Votes: 874 | Gross: $0.01M

31. A Murder of Quality (1991 TV Movie)

90 min | Mystery

Taken from the book by John le Carré, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junior master's wife at... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, Glenda Jackson, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 893

32. Frantic (1988)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare

Votes: 54,809 | Gross: $17.64M

33. Hidden City (1987)

108 min | Mystery, Thriller

Sharon Newton (Cassie Stuart) leads the uncooperative James Richards (Charles Dance) into a world of misplaced government secrets, capitalistic artists and bungling secret agents.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Charles Dance, Cassie Stuart, Bill Paterson, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 257

34. The Trouble with Spies (1987)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

George Trent (James Willis), a British spy, has gone incommunicado in Ibiza. Appleton Porter (Donald Sutherland) is sent to find out what happened to Trent. Porter settles into a small ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Ned Beatty, Ruth Gordon, Lucy Gutteridge

Votes: 481 | Gross: $0.21M

35. Malibu Express (1985)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A womanizing private detective is assigned the task of investigating who is behind the hi-tech computer technology leaks to the Russians.

Director: Andy Sidaris | Stars: Darby Hinton, Sybil Danning, Art Metrano, Shelley Taylor Morgan

Votes: 2,422

36. Cloak & Dagger (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

64 Metascore

A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Nigra

Votes: 7,836 | Gross: $9.72M

37. Labyrinth (II) (1979)

21 min | Short, Adventure, Mystery

A Nazi spy in wartime England realises that he's been discovered. A superb exercise in film noir.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Andrew Clark, Dieter Going, Edwin Hodgeman, Brian James

38. The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

PG | 102 min | Crime, History, Mystery

In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian Agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Robert Powell, David Warner, Eric Porter, Karen Dotrice

Votes: 2,612

39. Spy Story (1976)

103 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A British spy is framed, so he must evade the KGB, the CIA and the British Intelligence to reach the the heart of the conspiracy in Arctic.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Michael Petrovitch, Philip Latham, Don Fellows, Michael Gwynn

Votes: 53

40. The Salzburg Connection (1972)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A list of agents and collaborators, hidden by the Nazis in an Austrian lake in 1945, is sought after by various interested parties during the Cold War.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Barry Newman, Anna Karina, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Karen Jensen

Votes: 505

41. The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery

A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc

Votes: 8,511 | Gross: $0.40M

42. High Treason (1971)

90 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

After missing in action for two years, a wounded Greek counter-espionage officer returns to Athens with the name of the mole who is selling top-secret information to the enemy. Now, his family is at risk. Will he commit high treason?

Director: Panos Glykofrydis | Stars: Kostas Prekas, Jenny Roussea, Spyros Kalogirou, Giorgos Tzortzis

Votes: 42

43. When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

GP | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In a vein similar to the James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Director: Etienne Périer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 2,404

44. Golden Eyes Secret Agent 077 (1968)

136 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A top secret microfilm gets stolen and secret agent 077 aka Rakesh is assigned to retrieve it feom the enemies. The adventure of returning the microfilm to its rightful owner intertwined ... See full summary »

Director: Kamal Sharma | Stars: Mumtaz Askari, Sailesh Kumar, B.M. Vyas, Helen

Votes: 15

45. The Deadly Affair (1967)

Not Rated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: James Mason, Maximilian Schell, Simone Signoret, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 3,794

46. Deadlier Than the Male (1967)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

British agent Bulldog Drummond is assigned to stop a master criminal who uses beautiful women to do his killings.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Richard Johnson, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Nigel Green

Votes: 1,814

47. The Double Man (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller

In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Yul Brynner, Britt Ekland, Clive Revill, Anton Diffring

Votes: 1,140

48. Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966)

95 min | Thriller, Mystery

A series of murders in Michigan lead an American secret agent to Amsterdam, where he uncovers a plot to imperil the world with a potent new drug.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Ray Danton, Margaret Lee, Carlo D'Angelo, Jess Hahn

Votes: 1,073

49. Blindfold (1966)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A New York psychiatrist is solicited by government agents in connection with a former patient of his who also happens to be a scientist wanted by certain foreign powers.

Director: Philip Dunne | Stars: Rock Hudson, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Warden, Guy Stockwell

Votes: 957

50. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery