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List Rules Vote 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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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Bourne Ultimatum 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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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Bourne Identity 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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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Casino Royale 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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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Bourne Supremacy 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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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Mission: Impossible III Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III is a 2006 American action spy film co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, his first film as a director, starring Tom Cruise, who also served as a producer, in the role ...more

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Black Book is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Black Book Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman, Derek de Lint Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Black Book is a 2006 Dutch World War II thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film, credited ...more

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The Tailor of Panama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Tailor of Panama Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Radcliffe The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and starring Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush. Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Radcliffe, ...more

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The International is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The International Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Ben Whishaw The International is a 2009 German–American action thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer. The film follows an Interpol agent and an American district attorney who investigate corruption within ...more

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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Spy Game 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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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Body of Lies 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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Quantum of Solace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Quantum of Solace Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, and is the direct sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale. Directed by Marc Forster, it features Daniel Craig's second ...more

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Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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 assassin for the ...more

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Austin Powers: Goldmember is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Austin Powers: Goldmember Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of the Austin Powers film series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The film was directed by Jay ...more

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Get Smart Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray Get Smart is a 2008 American action comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is also the original series' producer. The film is based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy ...more

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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Enigma Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Enigma is a 2001 war film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. The script was adapted from the novel Enigma by Robert Harris, about the Enigma codebreakers of Bletchley ...more

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Traitor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Traitor Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. It is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film stars Don Cheadle and ...more

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Bad Company Kerry Washington, Chris Rock, Anthony Hopkins Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. The film became somewhat famous for its ...more

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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Sum of All Fears 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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Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Burn After Reading Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and ...more

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison 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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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Syriana 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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Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Die Another Day Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan Die Another Day is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a ...more

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XXX is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
XXX Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel, Eve xXx, pronounced "Triple X", is a 2002 American action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, a thrill seeking extreme sports enthusiast, stuntman and ...more

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The Recruit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Recruit 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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The In-Laws is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The In-Laws Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Candice Bergen The In-Laws is a 2003 American comedy film starring Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Candice Bergen, Robin Tunney, Maria Ricossa, Lindsay Sloane and Ryan Reynolds. The film is a remake of the ...more

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Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Mission: Impossible II Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton Mission: Impossible II is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo and starring Tom Cruise, who also served as the film's producer. It is the sequel to Brian De Palma's 1996 film ...more

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Breach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Breach Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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XXX: State of the Union is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
XXX: State of the Union Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Ice Cube xXx: State of the Union, released as xXx²: The Next Level outside the United States and Canada, is a 2005 action film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 2002 film xXx. The film ...more

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Duplicity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Duplicity Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti Duplicity is a 2009 American romantic spy film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, and starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts. The plot follows two corporate spies with a romantic history who ...more

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
The Good Shepherd 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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Johnny English is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Johnny English John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Rowan Atkinson Johnny English is a 2003 British comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The film stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and John Malkovich. Atkinson had previously appeared in the ...more

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Babylon A.D. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Babylon A.D. Vin Diesel, Mark Strong, Michelle Yeoh Babylon A.D. is a 2008 French science fiction action film based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Georges Dantec. The film was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and stars Vin Diesel. It was ...more

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
I Spy Eddie Murphy, Famke Janssen, Owen Wilson I Spy is a 2002 American spy comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson. The film was directed by Betty Thomas, and based on the television series of the same name that aired in the 1960s ...more

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Agent Cody Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Agent Cody Banks Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon, Frankie Muniz Agent Cody Banks is a 2003 American action comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. Its story follows the adventures of the 15-year-old title character, played by Frankie Muniz, who has to finish ...more

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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Taylor Momsen, Steve Buscemi, Carla Gugino Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is a 2002 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the second installment in the Spy Kids film ...more

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Spy Kids George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more