The spy movie and film genre has included some of Hollywood's greatest films of all time. Classics like Dr. No, the first James Bond film and many others have been found on lists of the best spy films of all time. While there are some newer Bond films out there, they don't make up the bulk of recent spy shows and movies available today. Don't worry, there's definitely some Bond found here, but this list explores some of the newer fare in the spy genre, which can be about anything from CIA operatives to small organizations of spooks working behind the scenes to make the world safe from tyranny.
Some recent inclusions into the spy genre include Matt Damon's breakout performance as Jason Bourne in the original Bourne Identity and its sequels. If you're more interested in a comedic take on the genre for the small screen, shows like FX's Archer will definitely scratch that comedic/spy itch in a brilliantly-animated style. Whatever your preference, there are some amazing spy TV shows and films to watch while waiting for the next installment in the James Bond franchise.
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Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double-agent for the Central Intelligence Agency posing as an operative for SD-6, a worldwide criminal and espionage organization. The main theme of the series explores Sydney's obligation to conceal her true career from her friends and family, even as she assumes multiple aliases to carry out her missions. These themes are most prevalent in the first two seasons of the show. A major plotline of the series is the search for and recovery of artifacts created by Milo Rambaldi, a fictitious ...more on Wikipedia
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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 by J.D. Zeik and David Mamet, the film centers on a team of hired operatives trying to steal a mysterious and heavily-guarded case while navigating a maze of shifting loyalties and alliances. The film is noted for its car chases through Nice and Paris. ...more on Wikipedia
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Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, the film marks the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name. Casino Royale is set at the beginning of Bond's career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his licence to kill. After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami International Airport, Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd, the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt a terrorist financier, Le Chiffre, by beating him in a high-stakes poker ...more on Wikipedia
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The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss and attempting to discover his true identity amidst a clandestine conspiracy within the Central Intelligence Agency. The film also features Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. This, the first in the Bourne film series, is followed by The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Bourne Legacy. The film was directed by Doug Liman and adapted for the screen by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron. Although Robert Ludlum died in 2001, he is credited as ...more on Wikipedia