From secret agents risking their lives to CIA operatives investigating global conspiracies, this list includes information about the best spy movies based on books. Some spy movies based on novels stay true to the source material while other spy films adapted from books create new storylines. Some of the best spy movies based on books have at award-winning directors at the helm.
What sagas will you find on this best spy movies based on books list? Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy has to be near the top. This 2011 Cold War spy thriller was based on John le Carre's novel of the same name. Double agent drama and spies investigating spies are at the heart of the film's mysterious story. Argo is another good spy movie based on a book.
CIA secrets worth killing for are found in The Bourne Identity. Other good spy movies based on books include The Third Man, The Lady Vanishes, The Constant Gardener, and of course, Bond films.
Do you have a favorite spy movie based on a book? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and please add any good options we may have missed.
Directed by: Terence YoungFrom Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to... more
Directed by: Guy HamiltonGoldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as... more
Directed by: Terence YoungDr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film.... more
Directed by: Lewis GilbertThe Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star... more
Directed by: Terence YoungThunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the... more
Directed by: John McTiernanThe Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John... more
Directed by: Paul GreengrassThe Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's... more
Directed by: Phillip NoyceClear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based... more
Directed by: Paul GreengrassThe Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul... more
Directed by: Lewis GilbertYou Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean... more
Directed by: Martin CampbellCasino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the... more
Directed by: Carol ReedThe Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten,... more
Directed by: Martin RittThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt... more
Directed by: Doug LimanThe Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's... more
Directed by: Phillip NoycePatriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom... more
Directed by: Peter R. HuntOn Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the... more
Directed by: Irvin KershnerNever Say Never Again is a 1983 spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball, which was... more
Directed by: John BoormanThe Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and... more
Directed by: Sidney J. FurieThe Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring... more
Directed by: Alfred HitchcockThe 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert... more
Directed by: Alfred HitchcockSecret Agent is a British film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on two stories in... more
Directed by: David LeitchAtomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written... more
Directed by: Sydney PollackThree Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack... more
Directed by: Tomas AlfredsonTinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay... more
Directed by: Gillian ArmstrongCharlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong... more