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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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  • 1
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    39
    9

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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  • 2
    Burn After Reading
    34
    8

    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 3
    Body of Lies
    27
    7

    Body of Lies

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe

    Released2008

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 4
    Charlie Wilson's War
    25
    7

    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 5
    The Good Shepherd
    24
    7

    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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  • 6
    Nikita
    29
    13

    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Haywire
    23
    7

    Haywire

    Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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  • 8
    No Way Out
    23
    13

    No Way Out

    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner

    Released1987

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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  • 9
    Shining Through
    16
    6

    Shining Through

    Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Seltzer

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  • 10
    Broken Arrow
    22
    14

    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • 11
    Spy Game
    14
    7

    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford

    Released2001

    Directed byTony Scott

    Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    The Tailor of Panama
    14
    9

    The Tailor of Panama

    Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Boorman

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  • 13
    Nightwatch
    17
    13

    Nightwatch

    Pierce Brosnan, Michael Shannon

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Jackson, Peter Snell

    Pierce Brosnan plays a United Nations espionage expert who leads an elite team out to recover... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Russia House
    10
    4

    The Russia House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    The Russia House is a 1990 American spy film directed by Fred Schepisi. Tom Stoppard wrote the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Center of the Web
    11
    7

    Center of the Web

    Tony Curtis, Charlene Tilton

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid A. Prior

  • 16
    M. Butterfly
    11
    7

    M. Butterfly

    Jeremy Irons, Ian Richardson

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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  • 17
    Picasso Trigger
    11
    7

    Picasso Trigger

    Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall

    Released1988

    Directed byAndy Sidaris

    Picasso Trigger is a 1988 action adventure film starring Steve Bond, Dona Speir, Hope Marie... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Falcon and the Snowman
    12
    9

    The Falcon and the Snowman

    Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 spy film directed by John Schlesinger about two young... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Enigma
    12
    9

    Enigma

    Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Enigma is a 2001 film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. The script... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Patriot Games
    9
    4

    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 21
    The Fourth Protocol
    14
    11

    The Fourth Protocol

    Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Mackenzie

    The Fourth Protocol is a 1987 British Cold War spy film featuring Michael Caine and Pierce... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Invasion U.S.A.
    12
    8

    Invasion U.S.A.

    Chuck Norris, Billy Drago

    Released1985

    Directed byJoseph Zito

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  • 23
    Last Embrace
    13
    11

    Last Embrace

    Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin

    Released1979

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Last Embrace is a 1979 thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. Based on the novel The 13th... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Killer Elite
    8
    5

    The Killer Elite

    Robert Duvall, James Caan

    Released1975

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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  • 25
    The Osterman Weekend
    8
    5

    The Osterman Weekend

    John Hurt, Dennis Hopper

    Released1983

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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