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When highly trained spies set out to complete secret missions it's hard to know who to trust. The best movies about agents and operatives are action-packed thrillers that bring movie-goers on the edge of their seats. This is a list of the best special agent movies including everything from Point Break to The Bourne Identity to Burn After Reading.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about agents? The big-screen adaptation of Mission: Impossible helped bring this genre back in the 1990s. Tom Cruise – who has been known to do his own stunts – stars as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the first exciting film of the ongoing series. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is more of a cerebral thriller full of interest and intrigue. For his The Expendables series, Sylvester Stallone recruited an all-star cast of the best action actors in the business, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and more. Other good films featured on this best spy and secret agent movies list include RED, Spy Game, and The International.

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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RED is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
RED Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren Red is an upcoming action/comedy film starring Bruce Willis and directed by Robert Schwentke. It is currenty in pre-production and is scheduled to start filming Jan 11, 2010.

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, produced by and starring Tom Cruise. Based on the television series of the same name, the plot follows Ethan ...more

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Cold War espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same ...more

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Salt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Salt 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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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Ronin Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy Ronin is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan ...more

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The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The Expendables Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jason ...more

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The Matador is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The Matador Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Adam Scott The Matador is a 2005 American-German-Irish-British dark comedy film written and directed by Richard Shepard and starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. The film grossed a total of $12.6 ...more

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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
RED 2 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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A Good Day to Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
A Good Day to Die Hard Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, Anne Vyalitsyna A Good Day to Die Hard is a 2013 action crime thriller film written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods and directed by John Moore.

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Hanna 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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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, ...more

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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Spy Game Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more

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The International is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The International Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Ben Whishaw The International is a 2009 German–American action thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer. The film follows an Interpol agent and an American district attorney who investigate corruption within ...more

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The November Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The November Man Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor November Man is an upcoming spy thriller film based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, which is canonically the seventh installment in "The November Man" series of books, ...more

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Homefront is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Homefront James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and released nationwide in theaters on November 27. Based on Chuck Logan's novel of the same name and adapted into a ...more

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Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Burn After Reading Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The Punisher John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more

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Who Am I? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Who Am I? Jackie Chan, Ed Nelson, Kane Kosugi Who Am I? is a 1998 Hong Kong action film directed by Benny Chan and Jackie Chan, who also starred in the lead role. The film was released in the Hong Kong on January 17, 1998.

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Fair Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
Fair Game 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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MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
MacGruber Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig, Chris Jericho MacGruber is a 2010 American action comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, itself a parody of action-adventure television series MacGyver. Jorma Taccone of the ...more

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The Double is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Agents and Operatives
The Double Richard Gere, Stana Katic, Odette Annable The Double is a 2011 action, crime, drama film written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas and directed by Michael Brandt.