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The Best Movies About Female Spies

Updated November 15, 2019 1.6k votes 298 voters 18.1k views41 items

List RulesVote 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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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender
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    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher
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    Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor
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    Barely Lethal

    Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson
    Barely Lethal is a 2014 comedy film written by John D'Arco and directed by Kyle Newman....  more
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    Red Joan

    Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson
    Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by...  more
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    Fair Game

    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn
    Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi...  more

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sean Connery
    Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and...  more
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    Spy Kids

    George Clooney, Teri Hatcher
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    Charlotte Gray

    Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup
    Charlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong...  more

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    Mata Hari

    Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore
    Mata Hari is a 1931 American Pre-Code film loosely based on the life of Mata Hari, an exotic...  more
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    The Avengers

    Uma Thurman, Sean Connery
    The Avengers is a 1998 American action spy film adaptation of the British television series of...  more

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    The Fate of the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson
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    Black Book

    Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman
    Black Book is a 2006 Dutch WWII thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and...  more

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    The Debt

    Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren
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    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

    Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham
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    Harriet the Spy

    Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg
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