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The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

Updated October 30, 2020 36.3k votes 9.5k voters 1.8m views74 items

List RulesVote up the best movies about the CIA... sorry Bond, you're MI6.

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 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 moviegoers 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 the drama unfold against the backdrop of world politics, so 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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  • 1
    The Bourne Identity
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    502

    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    The Bourne Supremacy
    2,057
    397

    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • 3
    The Bourne Ultimatum
    1,989
    395

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • 4
    Body of Lies
    784
    211

    Body of Lies

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe

    Released2008

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Enemy of the State
    778
    229

    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Spy Game
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    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford

    Released2001

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 7
    Patriot Games
    414
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    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Casino Royale
    858
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • 9
    Zero Dark Thirty
    655
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Taken
    1,429
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

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  • 11
    Clear and Present Danger
    673
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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

    Released1994

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Argo
    744
    271

    Argo

    Ben Affleck, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    The Hunt for Red October
    899
    336

    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 14
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    432
    86

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Munich
    402
    106

    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Ronin
    608
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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    The Bourne Legacy
    488
    141

    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

    Released2012

    Directed byTony Gilroy

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    Safe House
    443
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    Safe House

    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

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  • 19
    Salt
    555
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    Salt

    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
    646
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    Mission: Impossible
    885
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 22
    Three Days of the Condor
    512
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    Three Days of the Condor

    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway

    Released1975

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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  • 23
    The Recruit
    708
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    The Recruit

    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell

    Released2003

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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    The Good Shepherd
    619
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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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    Red
    422
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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