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The best ‘60s spy movies are a diverse group of films, featuring suave super-spies, dangerous and beautiful femme fatales, and flashes of Cold War paranoia. Many of these espionage classics were box office hits when they were released, and several have transcended to legendary status.


What are the best ‘60s spy movies? Allow me to introduce you to Bond. James Bond. The British gentleman-spy was ubiquitous in the 1960s. For most of the decade, Sean Connery inhabited the role, appearing in such Bond favorites as
Goldfinger and From Russia with Love. In 1969, Connery was replaced by George Lazenby, the only actor to have only appeared in one Bond film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Here, you’ll also find The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, an adaptation of the 1963 John le Carré novel of the same name. Le Carré is one of the most prolific espionage novelists of all time, and many of his books have been adapted for the screen.


Some of the top ‘60s spy movies take a comedic approach to the genre. For example, you’ll see
What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a 1966 Woody Allen comedy. Allen overdubbed a Japanese spy film with all new dialogue, transforming the plot into a quest for the world’s best egg salad recipe. Vote up the best '60s spy movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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On Her Majesty's Secret Servic... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley, Telly Savalas On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the ...more

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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by ...more

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The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine and featuring Guy Doleman and Nigel Green. The screenplay by Bill Canaway and James Doran ...more

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Thunderball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which ...more

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna ...more

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You Only Live Twice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Lois Maxwell You Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, and ...more

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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Based on the 1963 novel of the same ...more

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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. ...more

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Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka Funeral in Berlin is a 1966 British spy film directed by Guy Hamilton and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. It is the second of three 1960s films starring Michael Caine as the ...more

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Our Man Flint is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
James Coburn, James Brolin, Lee J. Cobb Our Man Flint is a 1966 American action film that parodies the James Bond genre. The film was directed by Daniel Mann, written by Hal Fimberg and Ben Starr, and starring James Coburn as master ...more

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In Like Flint is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Anna Lee In Like Flint is a film directed by Gordon Douglas, the sequel to the parody spy film Our Man Flint. It posits an international feminist conspiracy to depose the ruling American patriarchy with ...more

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36 Hours is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor 36 Hours is an American suspense film, based on the short story "Beware of the Dog" by Roald Dahl. The picture stars James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Taylor and was directed by ...more

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That Man from Rio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Jean-Paul Belmondo, Françoise Dorléac, Adolfo Celi That Man From Rio is a 1964 adventure film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac. It was the first film to be made by the French ...more

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Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Jim Brown, Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 cold-war era suspense and espionage film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The screenplay by Alistair ...more

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Arabesque is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sophia Loren, Gregory Peck, Alan Badel Arabesque is a 1966 Technicolor thriller starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren filmed in Panavision. The film is based on Gordon Cotler's novel The Cypher and directed by Stanley Donen.

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Deadlier Than the Male is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Richard Johnson Deadlier Than the Male is a 1967 British crime and mystery film featuring the character of Bulldog Drummond. It is one of the many take-offs of James Bond produced during the 1960s, but is based ...more

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The Quiller Memorandum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, George Sanders The Quiller Memorandum is an Anglo-American Eurospy film adapted from the 1965 spy novel The Berlin Memorandum, by Elleston Trevor under the name "Adam Hall", screenplay by Harold ...more

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Torn Curtain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock Torn Curtain is a 1966 American political thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. Written by Brian Moore, the film is about an American scientist who ...more

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Operation Crossbow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sophia Loren, George Peppard, John Mills Operation Crossbow, later re-released as The Great Spy Mission, is a 1965 British spy thriller and World War II film, directed by Michael Anderson and written by Emeric Pressburger, under the ...more

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Billion Dollar Brain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Karl Malden Billion Dollar Brain is a 1967 British espionage film directed by Ken Russell and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The film features Michael Caine as secret agent Harry ...more

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The Prize is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Paul Newman, Britt Ekland, Elke Sommer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Prize is a 1963 spy film starring Paul Newman, Elke Sommer and Edward G. Robinson. It was directed by Mark Robson, produced by Pandro S. Berman and adapted for the screen by Ernest Lehman ...more

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The Deadly Affair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Lynn Redgrave, Simone Signoret, David Warner The Deadly Affair is a 1966 British espionage–thriller film, based on John le Carré's first novel Call for the Dead. The film stars James Mason, Harry Andrews, Simone Signoret and ...more

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The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabus... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Gert Fröbe, Howard Vernon, Peter van Eyck The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is a 1960 black-and-white crime film/thriller made in West Germany. It was a West German/French/Italian international co-production and the last film directed by ...more

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Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives Our Man in Havana is a 1959 British film shot in CinemaScope, directed and produced by Carol Reed and starring Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ralph Richardson, Noël Coward and ...more

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Topaz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe, Michel Piccoli Topaz is a 1969 American espionage thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the 1967 Cold War novel Topaz by Leon Uris, the film is about a French intelligence agent who becomes entangled ...more

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The Wrecking Crew is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Chuck Norris, Dean Martin, Sharon Tate The Wrecking Crew, released in December, 1968 and starring Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan, Tina Louise and Sharon Tate, is the fourth and final film in a series of American comedy-spy-fi ...more

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The Silencers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Cyd Charisse The Silencers is an American spy film spoof motion picture released in 1966 and starring Dean Martin as agent Matt Helm. It is loosely based upon the novel The Silencers by Donald Hamilton, as ...more

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The President's Analyst is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
James Coburn, Arte Johnson, Will Geer The President's Analyst is an American satirical comedy film written and directed by Theodore J. Flicker, starring James Coburn. The cinematography was by William A. Fraker, and Lalo Schifrin ...more

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Fathom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Raquel Welch, Richard Briers, Anthony Franciosa Fathom is a 1967 British spy comedy film directed by Leslie H. Martinson, starring Anthony Franciosa and Raquel Welch. Fathom Harvill is a skydiver touring Europe with a U.S. parachute team. She ...more

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The Ambushers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Roy Jenson The Ambushers is a 1967 spy comedy film filmed in Acapulco starring Dean Martin, Senta Berger and Janice Rule. It is loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Donald Hamilton as well as ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. ...more

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The Looking Glass War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Anna Massey, Ralph Richardson The Looking Glass War is a 1969 film based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré. The book is a spy novel about a British Intelligence agency, known as 'The Department ' and its ...more

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Caprice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston Caprice is a 1967 comedy crime thriller film written by Jay Jayson, Frank Tashlin, Martin Hale and Bob Kane and directed by Frank Tashlin.

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Modesty Blaise is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Monica Vitti Modesty Blaise is a comedic spy-fi film produced in the United Kingdom and released worldwide in 1966. It was loosely based upon the popular comic strip Modesty Blaise by Peter O'Donnell, who ...more

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The Counterfeit Traitor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
William Holden, Klaus Kinski, Hugh Griffith The Counterfeit Traitor is a 1962 war film starring William Holden, Hugh Griffith, and Lilli Palmer. Holden plays an American-born Swedish citizen who agrees to spy on the Nazis in World War II. ...more

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Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde, Susannah York Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sebastian is a 1968 British film directed by David Greene, produced by Michael Powell, Herbert Brodkin and Gerry Fisher, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The motion picture is based on a ...more

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Some Girls Do is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Joanna Lumley, Daliah Lavi, Robert Morley Some Girls Do is a 1969 British comedy spy film directed by Ralph Thomas. It was the second of the revamped Bulldog Drummond films starring Richard Johnson as Drummond, made following the ...more

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Blindfold is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Claudia Cardinale, Rock Hudson, Jack Warden Blindfold is a 1966 American motion picture by Universal Pictures, starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale that was based on Lucille Fletcher's 1960 novel of the same name. It was the last ...more

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Crossplot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Roger Moore, Martha Hyer, Derek Francis Crossplot is a 1969 film starring Roger Moore. Belgian actress Claudie Lange was also featured in her largest English-speaking role. Bernard Lee, famous for his role as M in the James Bond ...more

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Carry On Spying is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Charles Hawtrey Carry On Spying is a 1964 film, the ninth in the series of Carry On films to be made. It marks Barbara Windsor's first appearance in the series. Series regulars Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey ...more

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Murderers' Row is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Ann-Margret, Dean Martin, Karl Malden Murderers' Row is a 1966 American comedy-spy-fi film starring Dean Martin and very loosely based upon the Matt Helm spy novel Murderers' Row by Donald Hamilton, which was published in 1962. ...more

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The Chairman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Gregory Peck, Keye Luke, Arthur Hill The Chairman is a 1969 spy film starring Gregory Peck. It was directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay was by Ben Maddow, based on a novel by Jay Richard Kennedy.

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What's Up, Tiger Lily? is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, John Sebastian What's Up, Tiger Lily? is a 1966 comedy film directed by Woody Allen in his feature-length directorial debut. Allen took a Japanese spy film, International Secret Police: Key of Keys, and ...more

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The Glass Bottom Boat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Doris Day, Dom DeLuise, Paul Lynde The Glass Bottom Boat is an 1966 American romantic comedy movie directed by Frank Tashlin, starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor, with Arthur Godfrey, Dick Martin, Dom DeLuise and Paul Lynde. It is ...more

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Call Me Bwana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Bob Hope, Arnold Palmer, Anita Ekberg Call Me Bwana is a 1963 farce film starring Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg, and directed by Gordon Douglas. It is largely set in Africa. It is the only film made by Eon Productions not about the ...more

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Salt and Pepper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Sammy Davis, Jr., John Le Mesurier Salt and Pepper is a 1968 comedy film starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers and John Le Mesurier. The film was directed by Richard Donner, who later would direct ...more

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Hot Enough for June is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
weik added Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, John Le Mesurier Hot Enough for June is a 1964 British spy comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas, and featuring Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina in her English film debut, Robert Morley and Leo McKern. It is based on ...more

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The Heroes of Telemark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '60s Spy Movies
Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave The Heroes of Telemark is a 1965 war film directed by Anthony Mann based on the true story of the Norwegian heavy water sabotage during World War II. It was filmed on location in Norway.