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In a way, the espionage genre did not develop much from the ‘60s to the ‘70s. Like their predecessors, the best '70s spy movies are a mix of American grit, British suave, and Cold War realpolitik. With Cold War fears lessening slightly compared to the previous decade, spy movies still often focused on Russian defectors, nuclear annihilation, and East German intrigue.


Many of the greatest ‘70s spy movies feature everyone’s favorite MI6 operative, James Bond. Portrayed by Roger Moore, Bond had a big decade, appearing in five films including
The Man with the Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me, later to be parodied by Mike Meyers in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. American filmmakers took on the espionage genre as well, a choice example being Three Days of the Condor. Directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford as a CIA agent who doesn’t know who to trust, the film garnered critical acclaim and remains a spy movie classic.


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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
weik added The Day of the Jackal Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden

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Live and Let Die is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Live and Let Die Jane Seymour, Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto

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The Spy Who Loved Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Spy Who Loved Me Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Caroline Munro

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Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Three Days of the Condor Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

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The Man with the Golden Gun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Man with the Golden Gun Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland

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The Mackintosh Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Mackintosh Man Paul Newman, Harry Andrews, Dominique Sanda

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Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
weik added Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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Moonraker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Moonraker Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel

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Diamonds Are Forever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Diamonds Are Forever Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Scorpio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Scorpio Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Eagle Has Landed Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

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Telefon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Telefon Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence

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The In-Laws is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The In-Laws Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Ed Begley

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The Groundstar Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Groundstar Conspiracy George Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, James Olson

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The Black Windmill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Black Windmill Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, John Vernon

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Avalanche Express is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Avalanche Express Lee Marvin, Linda Evans, Robert Shaw

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The Tall Blond Man with One Bl... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Blier

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Darling Lili is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Darling Lili Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Lance Percival

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The Tamarind Seed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Tamarind Seed Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle

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The Kremlin Letter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Kremlin Letter Orson Welles, Max von Sydow, George Sanders

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One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missin... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Helen Hayes, Peter Ustinov, Jon Pertwee

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The Spook Who Sat by the Door is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Spook Who Sat by the Door Paula Kelly, J. A. Preston, Jack Aaron

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Le Magnifique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
weik added Le Magnifique Jacqueline Bissett, Jean-Paul Belmondo

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The Thirty Nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Thirty Nine Steps John Mills, Robert Powell, Timothy West

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Puppet on a Chain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Puppet on a Chain Barbara Parkins, Alexander Knox, Sven-Bertil Taube

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The Phynx is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Phynx Richard Pryor, Joe Louis, Dorothy Lamour

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Journey into Fear is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Journey into Fear Orson Welles, Dolores del Río, Joseph Cotten

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Extreme Close-Up is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Extreme Close-Up Jim McMullan, Regis Cordic, Katherine Woodville

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S*P*Y*S is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
S*P*Y*S Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Nigel Hawthorne

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Innocent Bystanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Innocent Bystanders Stanley Baker

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Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Zeppelin Elke Sommer, Michael York, Anton Diffring

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Mrs. Pollifax-Spy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin, John Beck

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Russian Roulette is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Russian Roulette George Segal, Louise Fletcher, Denholm Elliott

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The Rhinemann Exchange is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies

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The Amsterdam Kill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Amsterdam Kill Robert Mitchum, Leslie Nielsen, Bradford Dillman

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Salon Kitty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
weik added Salon Kitty Helmut Berger, John Ireland, Ingrid Thulin

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The Salzburg Connection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Salzburg Connection Anna Karina, Udo Kier, Barry Newman

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The Doll Squad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Doll Squad Tura Satana, Michael Ansara, Anthony Eisley

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The Human Factor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Human Factor Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Iman Abdulmajid

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The Amazing Dobermans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Amazing Dobermans Barbara Eden, Fred Astaire, Billy Barty

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The Return of the Tall Blond M... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
weik added The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Richard

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Loaded Guns is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Loaded Guns Ursula Andress, Woody Strode, Lino Banfi

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The Next Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Next Man Sean Connery, Lance Henriksen, Adolfo Celi

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Sex & Fury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
weik added Sex & Fury Christina Lindberg, Reiko Ike, Akemi Negishi

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Double Agent 73 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
Double Agent 73 Harry Reems, Chesty Morgan, Saul Meth

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The Internecine Project is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s Spy Movies
The Internecine Project James Coburn, Lee Grant, Keenan Wynn