Spy vs Spy: What Are the All-Time Best Movies About the CIA? Films
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Spy vs Spy: What Are the All-Time Best Movies About the CIA?

List Criteria: Movies must feature the CIA as a main theme or subject to be on the list.

These are films that focus on the United States Central Intelligence Agency, or its CIA agents, as ranked by spy-obsessed fans. We've tried to include all of the best CIA movies on this list, but if you believe we missed one, please feel free to add to the list yourself.

With its intrigue, espionage, and cloak and dagger politics, the CIA and its spies and operatives are a perfect setting and cast of characters for film making and storytelling. Spy dramas have been a favorite among movie goers for decades. Let's face it, spies make great characters. And when it comes to the CIA, well, even James Bond had his CIA liaison, Felix Leiter.

Sure, FBI movies are also full of awesome action too, but there's just something totally riveting about watching drama unfold against the backdrop of world politics. We love a good Criminal Minds marathon or viewing of Catch Me If You Can, but give us a Matt Damon spy movie over those FBI dramas any day. 

Whether you prefer watching spy movies on Netflix or grabbing a CIA film from from Redbox, you're guaranteed to find something that'll give you your secret agent fix. This list includes all genres, although most are action, drama, or thrillers. If you enjoy good spy thrillers, then you're bound to enjoy many of the CIA movies on this list.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Albert Finney

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones

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    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    ranked high on reranks Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Jean Reno

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    Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro

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    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

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    added by FlipMode Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    added by OsamaKing Tom Cruise, Maggie Q, Keri Russell

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    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    ranked low on reranks Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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    ranked low on reranks & added by evan2 Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton

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    added by wiabux Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    added by AndrewW.Curley Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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    added by prince11 Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison Brad Pitt & Angolina Jolie.

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    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan

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    added by beernbugs Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    added by sn291901 Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Dbo878 Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

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    added by PolGas Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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    Laura Linney, Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Valley Forge Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley

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    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Vandervoort, Tom Hardy

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    added by skntm1215 Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

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    Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes

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    added by beernbugs Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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    added by wiabux Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore

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    Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

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    added by beernbugs George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey

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    added by PankajSinha Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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    Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Nassar

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    often listed & added by wiabux Kate Beckinsale, Angela Bassett, Matt Dillon

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, David Morse

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