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.
- 1611Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by... more
- 138This film is the eighteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce... more
- 1310Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano,... more
- 84Barely Lethal is a 2014 comedy film written by John D'Arco and directed by Kyle Newman.... more
Red JoanStephen Campbell Moore, Sophie CooksonRed Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by... more
- 65Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi... more
- 88Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and... more
- 911Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed... more
- 55Charlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong... more
- 55Mata Hari is a 1931 American Pre-Code film loosely based on the life of Mata Hari, an exotic... more
- 56The Avengers is a 1998 American action spy film adaptation of the British television series of... more
The Fate of the FuriousVin Diesel, Dwayne JohnsonThe Fate of the Furious is a 2017 American-Chinese action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and... more
- 710Black Book is a 2006 Dutch WWII thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and... more
- 710The Debt is a 2010 American drama-thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Matthew... more
- 69Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 action comedy film and the second film in the... more
- 215Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise... more