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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.

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Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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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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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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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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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 murders a policeman. She is ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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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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Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch "al-Saleem", a ...more

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Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with ...more

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Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, and Iman appear in supporting ...more

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Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more

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Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas. ...more

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Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Radcliffe The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and starring Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush. Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Radcliffe, ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Ned Beatty The Fourth Protocol is a 1987 British Cold War spy film featuring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan, based on the novel The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth.

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Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with ...more

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Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith Shining Through is a 1992 British-American World War II drama film, directed and written by David Seltzer and starring Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith, with Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Michael Shannon, Alexandra Paul Pierce Brosnan plays a United Nations espionage expert who leads an elite team out to recover a stolen Rembrandt masterpiece in this action sequel based on Alistair MacLean's novel Night Watch. ...more

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Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Enigma is a 2001 war film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. The script was adapted from the novel Enigma by Robert Harris, about the Enigma codebreakers of Bletchley ...more

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Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 spy film directed by John Schlesinger about two young American men, Christopher Boyce and Daulton Lee, who sold U.S. security secrets to the Soviet Union. ...more

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Robert Duvall, James Caan, Gig Young The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah. The screenplay was written by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant ...more

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Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster The Osterman Weekend is a 1983 suspense thriller film directed by Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum. The film stars Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Burt Lancaster, ...more

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Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Spy Movies
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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Brian Bosworth, Teryl Rothery, Jerry Wasserman

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Tony Curtis, Charlene Tilton, Robert Davi

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Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, Hope Marie Carlton Picasso Trigger is a 1988 action adventure film starring Steve Bond, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, and Harold Diamond. It was written and directed by Andy

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Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Kate Nelligan Eye of the Needle is a 1981 American spy film directed by Richard Marquand and starring Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan. Based on the novel of the same title by Ken Follett, the film is ...more

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Jeremy Irons, Ian Richardson, John Lone M. Butterfly is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay was written by David Henry Hwang based on his play of the same name. The film stars Jeremy Irons and John ...more

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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. It deals with the theft of two American nuclear

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Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin, Roy Scheider Last Embrace is a 1979 thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. Based on the novel The 13th Man by Murray Teigh Bloom, it stars Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin and Christopher Walken, telling the ...more

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Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott The Innocent is a 1993 John Schlesinger film. The screenplay was written by Ian McEwan and based on his novel of the same name.

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Jim Kelly, Felix Silla, D'Urville Martin Black Samurai is a 1977 American blaxploitation film directed by Al Adamson, starring Jim Kelly. The script is credited to B. Readick, with additional story ideas from Marco Joachim. The film is ...more

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Bette Midler, George Carlin, Shelley Long Outrageous Fortune is a 1987 American film written by Leslie Dixon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and stars Shelley Long and Bette Midler. The title is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet. The film was ...more

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Christopher Plummer, George Coe, Ed Lauter The Amateur is a 1981 Canadian crime/thriller film directed by Charles Jarrott with a screenplay by Robert Littell, which he then adapted into a novel of the same name. It stars John Savage and ...more

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Marilyn Chambers, Mary Woronov, Gerald Okamura Angel of H.E.A.T. is a 1983 action sci-fi film written Myrl A. Schreibman and Helen Sanford and directed by Myrl A. Schreibman.

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Eddie Murphy, Dudley Moore, Kate Capshaw Best Defense is a comedy film starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy. The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams. It was released in 1984 by Paramount Pictures.

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Lucy Liu, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is a 2002 American action-thriller film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, and directed by Wych Kaosayananda. Liu and Banderas play opposing secret agents who are ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 spy comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed by Penny Marshall in her theatrical film directorial debut. The film was one of the first to feature ...more

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George Lazenby, Jim Kelly, Terry Moore Death Dimension is a 1978 American B-list action and martial arts film by Al Adamson starring Jim Kelly, Harold Sakata, George Lazenby, Terry Moore, and Aldo Ray.

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Yunjin Kim, Song Kang-Ho, Choi Min-sik Shiri is a 1999 South Korean action film, written and directed by Kang Je-gyu. Swiri was the first Hollywood-style big-budget blockbuster to be produced in the "new" Korean film ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, Roy Scheider The Russia House is a 1990 American spy film directed by Fred Schepisi. Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay based on John le Carré's novel of the same name. The film stars Sean Connery, ...more

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Richard Widmark, Judy Davis, Edward Woodward Who Dares Wins is a 1982 British film starring Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark and Edward Woodward, directed by Ian Sharp. The title is the motto of the elite Special Air Service. The ...more

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Chuck Norris, Billy Drago, Eddie Jones Invasion U.S.A. is a 1985 action film made by Cannon Films starring Chuck Norris. It was directed by Joseph Zito. Both Chuck Norris and his brother, Aaron, were involved in the writing. It was ...more

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Eric Roberts, Lance Henriksen, Brion James The Nature of the Beast is a 1995 horror mystery film written and directed by Victor Salva. It stars Eric Roberts and Lance Henriksen.

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Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Edie Landau and Ely A. Landau. It was written by Bryan Forbes and Brian Garfield, based on Garfield's novel of the same ...more

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Julie Strain, Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall Fit to Kill is a 1993 action adventure film starring Dona Speir, Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, Julie Strain, Bruce Penhall, Chu Chu Malave and Geoffrey Moore. It was written and directed by ...more

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Rapid Assault is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best R-Rated Spy Movies
Rapid Assault Tim Abell, Jeff Rector, Don Scribner

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Kirsten Dunst, Nick Nolte, John Goodman Mother Night is a 1996 American romantic war film based on Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 book of the same name. Nick Nolte stars as Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American who moves with his family to ...more

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Target of Opportunity Velizar Binev, Atanas Srebrev, Julian Vergov Target of Opportunity is a 2005 action film directed by Danny Lerner.