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The Best '00s Spy Movies 

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

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The Tailor of Panama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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The International is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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The Recruit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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XXX: State of the Union ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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XXX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan
This film 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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Traitor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Quantum of Solace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Breach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper
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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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 In-Laws is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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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Enigma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray
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Confessions of a Dangero... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney
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Austin Powers: Goldmembe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Spy Movies
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