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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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    The Bourne Ultimatum
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    The Bourne Identity
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipedia

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    Casino Royale
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Quantum of Solace
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    Quantum of Solace

    Gemma Arterton, Eva Green

    Released2008

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    The Bourne Supremacy
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipedia
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    Mission: Impossible II
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Traitor
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    Traitor

    Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce

    Released2008

    Directed byJeffrey Nachmanoff

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    Mission: Impossible III
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Tailor of Panama
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    The Tailor of Panama

    Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and... more on Wikipedia
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    Syriana
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    Syriana

    George Clooney, Matt Damon

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Gaghan

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    The Recruit
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    The Recruit

    Al Pacino, Colin Farrell

    Released2003

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    The Recruit is a 2003 American-German spy thriller film, directed by Roger Donaldson and... more on Wikipedia

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    Breach
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    Breach

    Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney

    Released2007

    Directed byBilly Ray

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  • 13
    Black Book
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    Black Book

    Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Spy Game
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    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford

    Released2001

    Directed byTony Scott

    Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and... more on Wikipedia

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    Bad Company
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    Bad Company

    Kerry Washington, Chris Rock

    Released2002

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 16
    The In-Laws
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    The In-Laws

    Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    The Sum of All Fears
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    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman

    Released2002

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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    Get Smart
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    Get Smart

    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    XXX: State of the Union
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    XXX: State of the Union

    Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe

    Released2005

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    Enigma
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    Enigma

    Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

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  • 22
    Burn After Reading
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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Austin Powers: Goldmember
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    Austin Powers: Goldmember

    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles

    Released2002

    Directed byJay Roach

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    The Good Shepherd
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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Released2005

    Directed byDoug Liman

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