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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.

The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives Films
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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, Brian Cox

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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, Tim Curry

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    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

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    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan

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    Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy

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    Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

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    Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, 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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    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton

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    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

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    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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

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    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber

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    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner

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    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

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    Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

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    Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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    Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

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    George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

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    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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    Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija

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