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The Best R-Rated Spy Movies

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List of R-Rated spy movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated spy movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Spy movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated spy movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Spy movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Spy films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Spy film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List is made up of movies like Burn After Reading and Munich.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated spy movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated spy movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new spy movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great spy movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney
    Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel...  more

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    Body of Lies

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
    Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle...  more

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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams
    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true...  more

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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro
    The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt...  more

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    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau
    Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and...  more

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    Haywire

    Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor
    Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano,...  more

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    No Way Out

    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner
    No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will...  more

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    Shining Through

    Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas
    Shining Through is a 1992 British-American World War II drama film, directed and written by...  more

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    The Tailor of Panama

    Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis
    The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and...  more
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    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater
    Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and...  more
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    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford
    Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and...  more

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    Nightwatch

    Pierce Brosnan, Michael Shannon
    Pierce Brosnan plays a United Nations espionage expert who leads an elite team out to recover...  more
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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay...  more

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    The Russia House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery
    The Russia House is a 1990 American spy film directed by Fred Schepisi. Tom Stoppard wrote the...  more
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    Enigma

    Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger
    Enigma is a 2001 film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. The script...  more

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    The Falcon and the Snowman

    Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton
    The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 spy film directed by John Schlesinger about two young...  more

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    The Fourth Protocol

    Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine
    The Fourth Protocol is a 1987 British Cold War spy film featuring Michael Caine and Pierce...  more

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    Center of the Web

    Tony Curtis, Charlene Tilton
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    M. Butterfly

    Jeremy Irons, Ian Richardson
    M. Butterfly is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay was...  more
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    Picasso Trigger

    Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall
    Picasso Trigger is a 1988 action adventure film starring Steve Bond, Dona Speir, Hope Marie...  more
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana
    Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God,...  more

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    Invasion U.S.A.

    Chuck Norris, Billy Drago
    Invasion U.S.A. is a 1985 action film made by Cannon Films starring Chuck Norris. It was...  more

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    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson
    Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom...  more

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    Last Embrace

    Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin
    Last Embrace is a 1979 thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. Based on the novel The 13th...  more
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    The Killer Elite

    Robert Duvall, James Caan
    The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall...  more