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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 secret agent 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
Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely ...more

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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David ...more

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American action thriller film based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It was directed by John McTiernan and stars Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius ...more

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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and ...more

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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
FlipMode added Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed

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Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy Ronin is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan ...more

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with ...more

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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
wiabux added Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with ...more

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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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The Recruit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan The Recruit is a 2003 American-German spy thriller film, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Al Pacino, Colin Farrell and Bridget Moynahan. It was produced by Epsilon Motion Pictures and ...more

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird, and the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in ...more

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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch "al-Saleem", a ...more

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Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
evan2 added Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
OsamaKing added Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The motion picture, which is set in the Jack ...more

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Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo, and the second film in the Mission: Impossible ...more

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Law Abiding Citizen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Law Abiding Citizen was released ...more

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Red is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
AndrewW.Curley added Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
beernbugs added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
PolGas added Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same name by ...more

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
prince11 added Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison Brad Pitt & Angolina Jolie.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored upper-middle class married coupleJohn (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) learn that they are ...more

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Salt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor Salt is a 2010 American action thriller spy film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel ...more

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The Bourne Legacy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Dbo878 added Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Valley Forge added Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a 2014 American action thriller film, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Branagh, and Keira Knightley star in leading roles. The film features ...more

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
skntm1215 added Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more

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Breach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper Breach is a 2007 American historical and political thriller film directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay by Ray, Adam Mazer and William Rotko is based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, an FBI ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
sn291901 added Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson The A-Team is a 2010 American action-comedy film based on the television series of the same name created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell. Co-written and directed by Joe Carnahan, the film ...more

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
mysmith50 added Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
beernbugs added Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC ...more

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Taken 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
OmarLeslieSosa added Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken 2 is a 2012 Action Crime Drama Thriller film written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Olivier Megaton.

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The Men Who Stare at Goats is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
beernbugs added George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 American parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name, an account of the investigation by Ronson and John ...more

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Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
wiabux added Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy comedy film depicting the life of popular game show host and producer Chuck Barris, who claimed to have also been an agent for the ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Јанко Петровић added Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna ...more

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Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope Spies Like Us is a 1985 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, and Donna Dixon. The film presents the comic adventures of two novice ...more

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a 2003 American action film written, produced, edited, cinematographied, scored, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the third and final film in Rodriguez's ...more

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Taken 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
bahrain.gokul added Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken 3 is a 2014 French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It is the third and final installment in the Taken trilogy, and the ...more

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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort This film is a 2012 American romantic comedy spy film directed by McG. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy as victims of a love triangle in which two CIA agents who are ...more

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Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
wiabux added Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by ...more

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The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
PankajSinha added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jason ...more