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The Best Movies About Female Spies  

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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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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, 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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Salt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
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) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
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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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson
Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu
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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Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
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) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison
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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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more
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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau, Anne Parillaud
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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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttl... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore
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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Spy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne
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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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan
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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The Spy Who Dumped Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan
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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Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode
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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The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie
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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Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan
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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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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
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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren
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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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong
Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
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Red is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren
Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more
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Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell
Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
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Black Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman, Derek de Lint
Black Book is a 2006 Dutch WWII thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film, credited as ...more
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The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black and starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.
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The Debt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington
The Debt is a 2010 American drama-thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan