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The Best Movies About Female Spies

Updated November 15, 2019 1.2k votes 212 voters 11.6k 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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    Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Salt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Salt

    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Released2005

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Hanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    Nikita is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 9
    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Charlie's Angels

    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore

    Released2000

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    The Spy Who Dumped Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanna Fogel

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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Charlie's Angels

    Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byElizabeth Banks

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    Spy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Spy

    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

    Released2015

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore

    Released2003

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Red 2

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 17
    Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Tomorrow Never Dies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher

    Released1997

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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    Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Die Another Day

    Madonna, Halle Berry

    Released2002

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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  • 21
    The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    The Peacemaker

    Nicole Kidman, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byMimi Leder

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    Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Official Secrets

    Keira Knightley, Matt Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byGavin Hood

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    Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 25
    Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Female Spies
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    Suicide Squad

    Will Smith, Jared Leto

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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