The Best R-Rated Spy Movies 

Updated November 15, 2019 635 votes 84 voters 10.4k views 55 items

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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.

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Robert De Niro and Steven Spielberg have both directed a R Spy film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 2001

Directed by: Tony Scott

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

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 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 name by ...more

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Luc Besson

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 takes out a policeman. She is ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

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Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy

Released: 1998

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

Released: 1987

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Robert De Niro

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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Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Boorman

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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Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Woo

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery, Roy Scheider

Released: 1990

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

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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John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1983

Directed by: Sam 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, ...more
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Robert Duvall, James Caan, Gig Young

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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

Released: 2012

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

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Jeremy Irons, Ian Richardson, John Lone

Released: 1993

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Tony Curtis, Charlene Tilton, Robert Davi

Released: 1992

Directed by: David A. Prior

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Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, Hope Marie Carlton

Released: 1988

Directed by: Andy Sidaris

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Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Apted

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Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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