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The Best '00s Spy Movies

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List RulesVote up your favorite espionage films that were released in the 2000s

The best ‘00s spy films combine elements of classic espionage films, such as sex, murder, betrayal, and international plots, with more modern twists. Although spy films have been popular since the 1960s, they had a bit of a revival in the '90s. Film-goers were excited again by espionage flicks, and these great spy films from the 2000s prove it. 


The 2000s saw the rise of Jason Bourne, the amnesiac super-spy portrayed by Matt Damon. The
Bourne film series includes The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. 007 himself also appears on this list. Daniel Craig plays the MI6 operative in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. In addition, many of the greatest ‘00s spy movies draw inspiration from the War on Terror. Films like Syriana and Body of Lies explore the fragmented world of Middle Eastern espionage and CIA betrayals.


So what are the best ‘00s spy movies? Vote up your favorites, and let us know what you think in the comment section.
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles
    The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul...  more

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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen
    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's...  more

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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles
    The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's...  more

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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell
    Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by...  more

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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney
    Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel...  more

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    Traitor

    Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce
    Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an...  more

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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy comedy film depicting the life of...  more

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    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford
    Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and...  more

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    Die Another Day

    Madonna, Halle Berry
    This film is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to...  more

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    The Tailor of Panama

    Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis
    The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and...  more
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    XXX

    Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel
    xXx, pronounced "Triple X", is a 2002 American action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring...  more

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    The Recruit

    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell
    The Recruit is a 2003 American-German spy thriller film, directed by Roger Donaldson and...  more

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    Bad Company

    Kerry Washington, Chris Rock
    Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by...  more
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    Black Book

    Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman
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    Black Book is a 2006 Dutch WWII thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and...  more

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    Enigma

    Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger
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    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman
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    The In-Laws

    Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas
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    XXX: State of the Union

    Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe
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    Johnny English

    John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia
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    Body of Lies

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
    Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle...  more

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    Quantum of Solace

    Gemma Arterton, Eva Green
    Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, and is the direct...  more

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins
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    Get Smart

    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson
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