Spies The Best '90s Spy Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite espionage films that were released in the 1990s

The greatest ‘90s spy movies have the usual blend of comedy and intrigue. Against the backdrop of a changing world, ‘90s spy movies explore new themes, such as global and domestic terrorism. Cold War themes dominated spy movies for the previous 50 years, so these funny espionage films from the 1990s are a breath of fresh air. 


What are the top ‘90s spy movies? Old standbys like James Bond appear on this list, but newer spy heroes emerged in the 1990s, such as the
Mission Impossible franchise’s Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise. Known for doing many of his own stunts, Cruise electrified audiences in the first Mission Impossible, directed by Brian de Palma. If you are interested in a spy movie starring Robert DeNiro, Ronin is the film for you. If you’re looking for the ultimate spy parody, Austin Powers can provide you with plenty of covert laughs.


For fans of superhero spy movies, you can find the original cinematic versions of
Captain America and Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Before Samuel L. Jackson, Director Fury was portrayed by David Hasselhoff. Vote up the best '90s spy movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed ...more

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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench GoldenEye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the ...more

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy Ronin is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan ...more

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The World Is Not Enough is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Denise Richards, John Cleese The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, ...more

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Tomorrow Never Dies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Tomorrow Never Dies is the eighteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with the ...more

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The Saint is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Roger Moore The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller film, starring Val Kilmer in the title role, with Elisabeth Shue and Rade Šerbedžija, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and ...more

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The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Peacemaker is a 1997 American action/thriller film starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and directed by Mimi Leder. It was the first film released by DreamWorks. While the story takes ...more

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Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. It deals with the theft of two American nuclear

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The Russia House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, Roy Scheider The Russia House is a 1990 American spy film directed by Fred Schepisi. Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay based on John le Carré's novel of the same name. The film stars Sean Connery, ...more

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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Mark Hamill, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare Hamilton is a 1998 Swedish action film directed by Harald Zwart, starring Peter Stormare, Mark Hamill and Lena Olin. The film was edited with additional scenes into a 6 hour long TV-series in ...more

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Jackie Chan's First Strike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Jackie Chan's First Strike

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Austin Powers: International M... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Sha... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 action comedy film and the second film in the Austin Powers series. It is preceded by the original film, Austin Powers: International Man of ...more

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If Looks Could Kill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
If Looks Could Kill is a film directed by Sheldon Larry released on February 6, 1996.

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Spymaker: The Secret Life of I... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Kristin Scott Thomas, David Warner, Joss Ackland Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming is a 1990 TV biographical film of the life of Ian Fleming, creator of the popular James Bond spy character, retracing his playboy youth, his expulsion ...more

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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri Captain America is a 1990 direct-to-video American-Yugoslavian superhero film directed by Albert Pyun. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. While the film takes ...more

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Mother Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Kirsten Dunst, Nick Nolte, John Goodman Mother Night is a 1996 American romantic war film based on Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 book of the same name. Nick Nolte stars as Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American who moves with his family to ...more

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Spy Hard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Hulk Hogan, Ray Charles, Nicollette Sheridan Spy Hard is a 1996 American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond films and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by ...more

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Blue Ice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Sean Young Blue Ice is a 1992 film directed by Russell Mulcahy that stars Michael Caine and Sean Young.

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M. Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Jeremy Irons, Ian Richardson, John Lone M. Butterfly is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay was written by David Henry Hwang based on his play of the same name. The film stars Jeremy Irons and John ...more

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The Innocent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott The Innocent is a 1993 John Schlesinger film. The screenplay was written by Ian McEwan and based on his novel of the same name.

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Live Wire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver, Philip Baker Hall Live Wire is a 1992 action movie, written by Bart Baker, directed by Christian Duguay and starring Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver, Ben Cross and Lisa Eilbacher. The plot revolves around a rash of ...more

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From Beijing with Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen, Pauline Chan Bo-Lin From Beijing With Love is a 1994 Hong Kong action and comedy film directed by Lee Lik-Chi and Stephen Chow. It's a very direct spoof of James Bond movies and stars Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen and ...more

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Bullseye! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
John Cleese, Michael Caine, Roger Moore Bullseye! is a 1990 comedy film starring Michael Caine and Roger Moore. It was directed by Michael Winner.

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Undercover Blues is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Dave Chappelle Undercover Blues is a 1993 comedy film about a family of secret agents, starring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid. The film was written by Ian Abrams and directed by Herbert Ross.

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The Fourth War is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Roy Scheider, Harry Dean Stanton, Jürgen Prochnow The Fourth War is a 1990 film directed by John Frankenheimer, set in late 1980s Berlin. Its title stems from a famous quote by Albert Einstein: "I cannot predict how the Third World War ...more

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Cover Up is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Dolph Lundren, Louis Gossett, Jr. Cover Up is a 1991 film directed by Manny Coto starring Dolph Lundgren and Louis Gossett Jr.. Coto was hired at the latest stage of pre-production right before filming, after writer / director ...more

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Terminal Velocity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Charlie Sheen, James Gandolfini, Nastassja Kinski Terminal Velocity is a 1994 action film starring Charlie Sheen as a daredevil skydiver and Nastassja Kinski as a tough KGB spy who team up to stop renegade spys who are trying to steal gold. It ...more

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Bullet to Beijing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Mia Sara Bullet to Beijing is a 1995 made-for-television film that continues the adventures of the fictional spy Harry Palmer, who appeared in the 1960s films The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, and ...more

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The Democratic Terrorist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
The Democratic Terrorist Stellan Skarsgård, Kjell Bergqvist, Susanne Lothar Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The West German security police, Verfassungsschutz, need help to infiltrate a group connected to the Rote Arme Fraktion. The Swedish James Bond, Carl Hamilton, goes to Hamburg, pretending to be ...more

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Héctor Elizondo Safe House is a made for TV film directed Eric Steven Stahl. It premiered in the UK in late 1998 on Channel 5 and in the US on Showtime on January 24, 1999. Patrick Stewart stars as Mace Sowell, ...more

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Royce is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Rachel Shelley Royce is a 1994 film written by Paul Bernbaum and directed by Rod Holcomb.

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Boris and Natasha: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
John Travolta, John Candy, Andrea Martin Boris and Natasha: The Movie is a 1992 comedy film that was loosely based on the animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. It was shot in New York City. The actors did not ...more

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Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '90s Spy Movies
David Hasselhoff, Lisa Rinna, Sandra Hess Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an American television film based on the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury. It was first broadcast on May 26, 1998 on Fox. Directed by Rod Hardy, the film ...more