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 0
Directed by: Guy HamiltonGoldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as... more 0
Directed by: Martin CampbellCasino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the... more 0
Directed by: Terence YoungDr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film.... more 0
Directed by: Lewis GilbertThe Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star... more 0
Directed by: Terence YoungThunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the... more 0
Directed by: Phillip NoyceClear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based... more 0
Directed by: Paul GreengrassThe Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul... more 0
Directed by: Paul GreengrassThe Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's... more 0
Directed by: John McTiernanThe Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John... more 0
Directed by: Doug LimanThe Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's... more 0
Directed by: Carol ReedThe Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten,... more 0
Directed by: Martin RittThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt... more 0
Directed by: Lewis GilbertYou Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean... more 0
Directed by: Ben AffleckArgo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted... more 0
Directed by: Peter R. HuntOn Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the... more 0
Directed by: Phillip NoycePatriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom... more 0
Directed by: Sidney J. FurieThe Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring... more 0
Directed by: Gillian ArmstrongCharlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong... more 0
Directed by: John BoormanThe Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and... more 0
Directed by: Clint EastwoodFirefox is a 1982 U.S. action film produced, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It is... more 0
Directed by: Alfred HitchcockThe 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert... more 0
Directed by: Guy HamiltonThis film is the eighth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions,... more 0
Directed by: Guy HamiltonDiamonds Are Forever is the seventh spy film in the James Bond series by Eon Productions, and... more 0
Directed by: Phil Alden RobinsonThe Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden... more