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The Best Fictional CIA Agents

Updated June 27, 2019 404 votes 52 voters 1.3k views32 items

America's Central Intelligence Agency - and the people who work for it - are the perfect heroes for movies and TV shows. The greatest CIA characters are usually highly-trained, highly-lethal masters of subterfuge who are tasked with protecting American interests abroad. CIA characters are usually put in impossible situations where failure not only means death but also a total disavowment by their own government. 

It's all intriguing stuff, and some of the greatest action films of all time have centered around the actions of CIA operatives or other other shadowy organizations working alongside the CIA. That's how we get the Mission Impossible's IMF and Jason Bourne's Operation Treadstone. But who would win in an ultimate showdown of deception and hand-to-hand combat? Who among all the greatest CIA agents of all time comes out on top?

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to vote up America's greatest CIA agents. Is there somebody we missed (probably because they're so good at hiding)? If so, add them to the list!

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  • Nathan D. Muir1
    19
    4

    Played ByRobert Redford

  • Jason Bourne2
    17
    2

    Jason Bourne

    The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

    Played ByMatt Damon

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  • Tom Bishop3
    16
    2

    Tom Bishop

    Spy Game

    Played ByBrad Pitt

  • Ethan Hunt4
    18
    8

    Ethan Hunt

    Mission: Impossible film series

    Played ByTom Cruise

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  • Chuck Bartowski5
    17
    6

    Chuck Bartowski

    Chuck, Chuck Universe

    Played ByZachary Levi

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    #1018 of 1,289 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time#43 of 97 The Greatest Geeks in TV History

  • Michael Westen6
    15
    6

    Michael Westen

    Burn Notice, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe

    Played ByJeffrey Donovan

  • Matt Graver7
    9
    2

    Matt Graver

    Sicario

    Played ByJosh Brolin

  • John Reese8
    10
    5

    John Reese

    Person of Interest

    Played ByJim Caviezel

  • James Douglas Clayton9
    9
    5

    James Douglas Clayton

    The Recruit

    Played ByColin Farrell

  • Matt Weston10
    9
    5

    Matt Weston

    Safe House

    Played ByRyan Reynolds

  • Bryan Mills11
    9
    5

    Bryan Mills

    Taken, Taken 2

    Played ByLiam Neeson

  • Evelyn Salt12
    10
    8

    Evelyn Salt

    Salt 2, Salt

    Played ByAngelina Jolie

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  • Peter Quinn13
    6
    2

    Peter Quinn

    Homeland

    Played ByRupert Friend

  • Roger Ferris14
    8
    5

    Roger Ferris

    Body of Lies

    Played ByLeonardo DiCaprio

  • Joseph Turner15
    8
    2

    Joseph Turner

    Three Days of the Condor

    Played ByRobert Redford

  • Carrie Mathison16
    9
    6

    Played ByClaire Danes

  • Creasy17
    8
    2

    Creasy

    Man on Fire

    Played ByScott Glenn

  • Alan Hunley18
    2
    0

    Alan Hunley

    Mission Impossible: Fallout

    Played ByAlec Baldwin

  • Felix Leiter19
    5
    5

    Felix Leiter

    Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever

    Played ByJeffrey Wright, David Hedison, Cec Linder, John Terry, Rik Van Nutter

  • Jake Hayes20
    5
    5

    Jake Hayes

    Bad Company

    Played ByChris Rock

  • Dillon21
    2
    2

    Dillon

    Predator

    Played ByCarl Weathers, Sam Shepard

  • Luther Stickell22
    1
    2

    Luther Stickell

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible III

    Played ByVing Rhames

  • Annie Walker23
    10
    10

    Annie Walker

    Covert Affairs

    Played ByPiper Perabo

  • Sheldon Sands24
    0
    5

    Sheldon Sands

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Played ByJohnny Depp

  • Clyde Shelton25
    6
    5

    Clyde Shelton

    Law Abiding Citizen

    Played ByGerard Butler