The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives Films

The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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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. if you want more awesome movie list ideas that you can watch right now on Netflix then be sure to check out our lists of the best action movies on Netflix, best movies on Netflix instant and comedies on Netflix.

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 Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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    The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    The Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    The Hunt for Red October Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

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    Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Spy Game Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Three Days of the Condor Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Casino Royale Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan

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    Argo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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    Syriana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

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    Ronin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Ronin Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    The Good Shepherd Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

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    Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Body of Lies Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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    Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

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    Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

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    Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Patriot Games Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Mission: Impossible II Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton

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    The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    The Sum of All Fears Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber

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    Law Abiding Citizen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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    RED is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    RED Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

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    Safe House is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison Brad Pitt & Angolina Jolie.

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    Munich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Salt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Salt Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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    True Lies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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    Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh

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    The Bourne Legacy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    The Bourne Legacy Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    The A-Team Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

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    Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper

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    Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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    Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Red 2 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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    Taken 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Burn After Reading Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

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    This Means War is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    This Means War Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort

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    Once Upon a Time in Mexico is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives


    Once Upon a Time in Mexico Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes

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    The Men Who Stare at Goats is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    The Men Who Stare at Goats George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

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    Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

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    Taken 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Taken 3 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell

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    The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    The Expendables Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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