The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives Films
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The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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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    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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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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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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    Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Tom Cruise, Maggie Q, Keri Russell

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini

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    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton

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    Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison Brad Pitt & Angolina Jolie.

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    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

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    Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

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    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley

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    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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    Laura Linney, Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Vandervoort, Tom Hardy

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    Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes

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    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore

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    Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

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    George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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    Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija

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    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Nassar

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    Kate Beckinsale, Angela Bassett, Matt Dillon

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, David Morse

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