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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.

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    The Osterman Weekend

    John Hurt, Dennis Hopper

    Released1983

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    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, Dennis...  more
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    Who Dares Wins

    Richard Widmark, Judy Davis

    Released1982

    Directed byIan Sharp

    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 plot...  more
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    The Report

    Adam Driver, Annette Bening

    Released2019

    Directed byScott Z. Burns

    The Report is a 2019 American drama film directed by Scott Z. Burns. Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and...  more
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Released2018

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    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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    Mother Night

    Kirsten Dunst, Nick Nolte

    Released1996

    Directed byKeith Gordon

    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 Germany...  more
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    Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

    Lucy Liu, Antonio Banderas

    Released2002

    Directed byWych Kaosayananda

    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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    The Innocent

    Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    The Innocent is a 1993 John Schlesinger film. The screenplay was written by Ian McEwan and based on his novel of the same name....  more
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    Target of Opportunity

    Velizar Binev, Atanas Srebrev

    Released2005

    Directed byDanny Lerner

    Target of Opportunity is a 2005 action film directed by Danny Lerner....
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    Laser Mission

    Ernest Borgnine, Brandon Lee

    Released1989

    Directed byBJ Davis

    Laser Mission is a 1989 American action film directed by BJ Davis, starring Brandon Lee and Ernest Borgnine. The film was released under the title Soldier of Fortune....  more
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    The Operative

    Brian Bosworth, Teryl Rothery

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Lee

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    Black Samurai

    Jim Kelly, Felix Silla

    Released1977

    Directed byAl Adamson

    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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    The Amateur

    Christopher Plummer, George Coe

    Released1981

    Directed byCharles Jarrott

    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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    Outrageous Fortune

    Bette Midler, George Carlin

    Released1987

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    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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    The Next Man

    Sean Connery, Lance Henriksen

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard C. Sarafian

    The Next Man is a 1976 American political action thriller film starring Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, Cornelia Sharpe and Charles Cioffi. Critical reaction at its opening was not positive. Music for the...  more
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    Angel of H.E.A.T.

    Marilyn Chambers, Mary Woronov

    Released1983

    Directed byMyrl A. Schreibman

    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....  more
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    Best Defense

    Eddie Murphy, Dudley Moore

    Released1984

    Directed byWillard Huyck

    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....  more
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    Death Dimension

    George Lazenby, Jim Kelly

    Released1978

    Directed byAl Adamson

    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....  more
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    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman

    Released1986

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    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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    Safe House

    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

    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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    Shiri

    Yunjin Kim, Song Kang-Ho

    Released1999

    Directed byKang Je-gyu

    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 industry. Created as...  more
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    Rapid Assault

    Tim Abell, Jeff Rector

    Released2000

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    Fit to Kill

    Julie Strain, Roberta Vasquez

    Released1993

    Directed byAndy Sidaris

    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 Andy...  more
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    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, Eliza...  more

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    Eye of the Needle

    Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy

    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    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 about a...  more
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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    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 Pryce. Written...  more

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