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, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Matt Damon, Karl Urban, Julia Stiles

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Charlotte Rampling, Larry Bryggman, Brad Pitt

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    Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Will Smith, Jack Black, Dan Butler

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    Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Isaach de Bankolé

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    Katarina Witt, Stellan Skarsgård, Robert De Niro

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    Michael Gambon, Matt Damon, William Hurt

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    Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

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    Ving Rhames, Anil Kapoor, Tom Cruise

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    George Clooney, Matt Damon, William Hurt

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    Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell

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    Russell Crowe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Simon McBurney

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Blunt, Om Puri

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Ehle, Jessica Chastain

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    Roger Bart, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb

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    Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Rade Šerbedžija

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    John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban

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    Sam Shepard, Rubén Blades, Brendan Gleeson

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    Ben Affleck, Alan Bates, Lisa Gay Hamilton

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    Eric Bana, Mathieu Kassovitz, Marie-Josée Croze

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    Rachel Weisz, Shane Jacobson, Stacy Keach

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    Bradley Cooper, Henry Czerny, Jon Hamm

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    John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy

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    Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, Denzel Washington

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

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    John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger, Chris Pine

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    Rubén Blades, Mickey Rourke, Antonio Banderas

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    George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand

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    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Arte Johnson

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    Rade Šerbedžija, Michael Caine, Hồng Nhung

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    Brian Cox, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima

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