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The Best Recent Spy Shows and Movies

Updated January 20, 2021 1.2k votes 149 voters 8.8k views49 items

List RulesVote up the most entertaining newer films & shows (including streaming series) about spies & the CIA.

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.

Which spy movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list.

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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....  more
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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. ...  more
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    Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan. An ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) and a wealthy programmer (Michael Emerson) save lives with the help a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in premeditated crimes....  more
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    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. A CIA agent (Claire Danes) unravels information that a P.O.W. has been recruited by al-Qaeda with plans on carrying out a terrorist on American soil....  more
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