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List Rules 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
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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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Clear and Present Danger Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe James Earl Jones

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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Spy Game Brad Pitt, Robert Redford Charlotte Rampling

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

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Casino Royale Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green Daniel Craig

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman Bryan Cranston

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black Gene Hackman

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Ronin Robert De Niro, Sean Bean Ron Jeremy

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
The Good Shepherd Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro Alec Baldwin

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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon Amanda Peet

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The Recruit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
The Recruit Al Pacino, Colin Farrell Bridget Moynahan

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

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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Body of Lies Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe Mark Strong

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Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams Tom Hanks

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell Michelle Monaghan

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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Patriot Games Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson James Earl Jones

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt Mark Strong

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman Kevin Bacon

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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Mission: Impossible II Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins Thandie Newton

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds Vera Farmiga

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Law Abiding Citizen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx Viola Davis

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana Geoffrey Rush

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku Jamie Lee Curtis

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RED is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
RED Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman Helen Mirren

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Jennifer Morrison - Brad Pitt & Angolina Jolie.

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Salt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Salt Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch Gary Oldman

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The Bourne Legacy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
The Bourne Legacy Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton Jeremy Renner

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Chris Pine, Kevin Costner Kenneth Branagh

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
The A-Team Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper Liam Neeson

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
The Equalizer Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz Melissa Leo

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Breach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Breach Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney Chris Cooper

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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Red 2 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis Helen Mirren

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The Men Who Stare at Goats is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
The Men Who Stare at Goats George Clooney, Kevin Spacey Ewan McGregor

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Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd Bob Hope

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman Robert Redford

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Taken 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen Maggie Grace

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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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Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts George Clooney

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Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 46 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) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
This Means War Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy Laura Vandervoort

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Taken 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Taken 3 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen Maggie Grace

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Dr. No Sean Connery, Ursula Andress Jack Lord

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Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Fair Game Naomi Watts, Sean Penn Ty Burrell