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The Best Movies About Female Spies

Updated November 15, 2019 1.2k votes 222 voters 12.7k 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.

  • 1
    Atomic Blonde
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Salt
    86
    22

    Salt

    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 3
    Red Sparrow
    70
    25

    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 4
    Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    59
    19

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Released2005

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 5
    Kill Bill Volume 1
    47
    12

    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 6
    Hanna
    39
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • 7
    Nikita
    28
    5

    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 8
    Charlie's Angels
    40
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    Charlie's Angels

    Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott

    Released2019

    Directed byElizabeth Banks

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  • 9
    Charlie's Angels
    40
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    Charlie's Angels

    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore

    Released2000

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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  • 10
    Kill Bill Volume 2
    26
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 11
    The Spy Who Dumped Me
    30
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    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanna Fogel

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  • 12
    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
    33
    17

    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore

    Released2003

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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  • 13
    Spy
    32
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    Spy

    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

    Released2015

    Directed byPaul Feig

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  • 14
    Red 2
    21
    5

    Red 2

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Parisot

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  • 15
    Red
    21
    5

    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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  • 16
    The Long Kiss Goodnight
    16
    4

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis

    Released1996

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 17
    Zero Dark Thirty
    13
    4

    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 18
    Point of No Return
    12
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    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • 19
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    12
    4

    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher

    Released1997

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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  • 20
    Die Another Day
    12
    4

    Die Another Day

    Madonna, Halle Berry

    Released2002

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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  • 21
    The Peacemaker
    9
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    The Peacemaker

    Nicole Kidman, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byMimi Leder

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    Official Secrets
    13
    5

    Official Secrets

    Keira Knightley, Matt Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byGavin Hood

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  • 23
    Inglourious Basterds
    13
    5

    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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  • 24
    Suicide Squad
    15
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    Suicide Squad

    Will Smith, Jared Leto

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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  • 25
    Mission: Impossible
    12
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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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