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The Best Movies About Female Spies 

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Updated November 15, 2019 784 votes 182 voters 9.5k views 41 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite movies with female covert operatives.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with James Bond or Ethan Hunt, but if you feel the spy game has been dominated by men for too long, check out this list of female spy movies.

In real life, women have already played a vital role in spycraft for years. For example, Josephine Baker was an important spy for the French Resistance in World War 2, and Mata Hari spied during World War 1.

However, not all female spies are the sensationalized femme fatales who seduce and destroy. As of 2019, women hold many of the top analyst positions at the CIA, and are an important part of the FBI and similar organizations all around the world. These women are intelligent, hardworking analysts and experts.

But we don't go to the movies to see people working hard at their jobs in a supportive, conflict-free atmosphere. We go to see spies racing against the clock, fighting their enemies, and saving the world. If that's what you're looking for, look no farther than this list of the greatest female espionage films. There are silly comedies, grounded dramas, and heart-racing action in all these female spy movies. They include female spies and secret agents.

So vote up the ones you like best, and don't forget to add any favorites! Then check back as new and recent female spy movies are added to the list.

You might also like this list about the best female assassin movies.

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Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2010

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Salt is a 2010 American action thriller spy film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel ...more

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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more

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Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison

Released: 2005

Directed by: Doug Liman

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored upper-middle class married coupleJohn (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) learn that they are ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Wright

Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of ...more

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau, Anne Parillaud

Released: 1990

Directed by: Luc Besson

Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Nikita is a teen who robs a pharmacy and takes out a policeman. She is ...more

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The Spy Who Dumped Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanna Fogel

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel. Best friends Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get involved in an undercover mission after ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

Released: 2000

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

Charlie's Angels is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as three women working for a private investigation agency. The film is ...more

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Charlie's Angels: Full T... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore

Released: 2003

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is a 2003 American action comedy film. It is the sequel to 2000's Charlie's Angels. It opened in the United States on June 27, 2003, and was number one at the box ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska

Released: 2019

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: Paul Feig

Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) is assigned her mission as a field agent to foil the sale of a suitcase nuke.

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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

Released: 2013

Directed by: Dean Parisot

Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC ...more
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Red is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

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Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) ...more
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Charlotte Gray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

Charlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and adapted from the novel of the same name by Sebastian Faulks. It is set in Vichy France during ...more

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Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

This film is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a ...more

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The Long Kiss Goodnight ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Tomorrow Never Dies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Badham

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mimi Leder

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