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The Best Spy Movies

Updated May 26, 2021 49.5k votes 6.6k voters 1.2m views170 items

List RulesVote up your personal favorite spy films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

On a secret mission to find a list of all the best spy movies ever made? Here it is! Many of these good spy films are streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max and other services. These particular spy movies are ranked by lovers of espionage movies. If you can recite lines from every James Bond movie, this spy movie list is for you. If you like spy movies, you'll love this list.

Sort it by cast, year, and director to discover new spy films. This list of spy movies also contains spy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This spy films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best spy movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This spy movie list can be sorted alphabetically, by director, by year, and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Make this one count by voting for your favorites on this list. It also includes the best female spy movies and spy movies based on books.

These are the top films in the spy genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the spy genre in it, be it the motifs of the spy genre or just some of the most common archetypes. Some are even considered the most accurate movies about espionage. But which spy movie deserves to be at the top of the list? You can help decide by voting up your favorites.

Be sure to check back for new spy movies as they are added to the list once they're released.

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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    The Day of the Jackal

    Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox

    Released1973

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

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    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2011

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    #56 of 135 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made#1 of 13 The Most Accurate Movies About Espionage

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    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Mission: Impossible

    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Spy Game

    Brad Pitt, Robert Redford

    Released2001

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Three Days of the Condor

    Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway

    Released1975

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

    Released1962

    Directed byTerence Young

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    Ronin

    Robert De Niro, Sean Bean

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    #15 of 90 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives#20 of 92 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies

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    Thunderball

    Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi

    Released1965

    Directed byTerence Young

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    GoldenEye

    Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Released2015

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie

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    Spectre

    Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    #289 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks#8 of 42 The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies

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    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    Richard Burton, Claire Bloom

    Released1965

    Directed byMartin Ritt

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    #16 of 100 The Best Cold War Movies#11 of 54 The Best Spy Movies of the 1960s

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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

    Released1994

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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