Spy Movies The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives  

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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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2,379 408
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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2,374 418
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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1,609 530
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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972 360
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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743 256
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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1,180 363
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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892 292
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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944 300
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 9 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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949 379
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 10 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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544 230
Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 11 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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907 252
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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639 216
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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639 263
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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473 87
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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765 299
The Recruit is listed (or ranked) 16 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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546 275
Syriana is listed (or ranked) 17 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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737 289
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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808 203
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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418 209
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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755 180
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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535 256
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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370 223
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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451 122
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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525 161
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