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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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2,119 294
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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2,083 294
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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1,392 409
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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782 264
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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607 184
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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981 275
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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784 286
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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698 193
Argo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
FlipMode added Argo Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

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435 180
Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 10 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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775 235
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Casino Royale Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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755 198
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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530 172
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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534 205
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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469 216
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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669 238
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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619 234
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

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681 163
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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341 167
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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366 67
Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
wiabux added Patriot Games Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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454 212
Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
OsamaKing added Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

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622 144
Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
evan2 added Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

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313 172
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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345 149
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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332 184
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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356 91
Munich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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435 120
Safe House is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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380 172
Law Abiding Citizen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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261 113
True Lies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
beernbugs added 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
AndrewW.Curley added 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
prince11 added Mr. & Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison - Brad Pitt & Angolina Jolie.

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559 205
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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303 76
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
PolGas added 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
Dbo878 added 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
Valley Forge added Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
skntm1215 added The Equalizer Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

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241 173
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
sn291901 added The A-Team Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson

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224 142
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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247 127
Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
beernbugs added Red 2 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
mysmith50 added All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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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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159 66
Taken 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
OmarLeslieSosa added Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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The Men Who Stare at Goats is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
beernbugs added The Men Who Stare at Goats George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

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Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
wiabux added Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

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197 170
Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
Burn After Reading Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

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161 176
Once Upon a Time in Mexico is listed (or ranked) 46 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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135 78
Taken 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
bahrain.gokul added Taken 3 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
This Means War Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort

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

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124 90
Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives
wiabux added Fair Game Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell