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The best '80s spy movies feature plenty of thrills, deception, deep cover, and special operations. Spy movies can take two routes - they will either deal with espionage realistically, or through fantasy story telling. Some of the most popular '80s spy movies feature cool gadgets and gear that might not be realistic to use in real life, but make for great film content! 


So what are the greatest ‘80s spy movies? Any discussion of the spy genre has to start with the ultimate fictional spy: James Bond. 007 has been delighting audiences since the 1960s. The ‘80s saw three different Bonds. Sean Connery, often regarded as the best of them all, appeared in his final Bond film,
Never Say Never Again, in 1983. The other two ‘80s Bonds were Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. Moore played the role well into his fifties, making him the oldest actor to play the super-spy.  

In addition to the ever-popular James Bond films, many of the top ‘80s spy movies centered around Cold War fears and anxieties.
The Falcon and the Snowman is a prime example. Starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn, the film tells the story of two friends who get caught up in a scheme involving selling secrets to the Soviets.


Vote up the best spy movies from the 1980s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 

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The Living Daylights is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Living Daylights Timothy Dalton, John Rhys-Davies, J.J. Barry

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For Your Eyes Only is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
For Your Eyes Only Roger Moore, Sheena Easton, Charles Dance

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A View to a Kill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
A View to a Kill Christopher Walken, Roger Moore, Grace Jones

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Octopussy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Octopussy Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan

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Licence to Kill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Licence to Kill Benicio del Toro, Timothy Dalton, Talisa Soto

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Remo Williams: The Adventure B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Anthony Hopkins, Kate Mulgrew, Wilford Brimley

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Top Secret! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Top Secret! Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Never Say Never Again is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Never Say Never Again Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Rowan Atkinson

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The Fourth Protocol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Fourth Protocol Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Ned Beatty

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Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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Little Nikita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Little Nikita Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Loretta Devine

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The Falcon and the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Falcon and the Snowman Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Eye of the Needle Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Kate Nelligan

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The Osterman Weekend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Osterman Weekend John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

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Hopscotch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Hopscotch Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Bourne Identity Jaclyn Smith, Richard Chamberlain, Denholm Elliott

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Invasion U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Invasion U.S.A. Chuck Norris, Billy Drago, Eddie Jones

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Jumpin' Jack Flash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Jumpin' Jack Flash Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

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Gotcha! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Gotcha! Linda Fiorentino, Anthony Edwards, Alex Rocco

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Trenchcoat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Trenchcoat Margot Kidder, David Suchet, Jennifer Darling

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Target is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
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Outrageous Fortune is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Outrageous Fortune Bette Midler, George Carlin, Shelley Long

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Scarlet Pimpernel Ian McKellen, Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews

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The Little Drummer Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Little Drummer Girl Diane Keaton, Bill Nighy, Klaus Kinski

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Picasso Trigger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Picasso Trigger Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, Hope Marie Carlton

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Another Country is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Another Country Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Cary Elwes

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Real Men is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Real Men John Ritter, Jim Belushi, Barbara Barrie

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The Soldier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Soldier Klaus Kinski, Alberta Watson, Ken Wahl

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Condorman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Condorman Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, Michael Crawford

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Best Defense is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Best Defense Eddie Murphy, Dudley Moore, Kate Capshaw

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Hard Ticket to Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Hard Ticket to Hawaii Cynthia Brimhall, Patty Duffek, Hope Marie Carlton

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Daniel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Daniel Ellen Barkin, Ed Asner, Mandy Patinkin

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The Experts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
The Experts John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Brian Doyle-Murray

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Black Eagle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Spy Movies
Black Eagle Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sho Kosugi, Kane Kosugi