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The Best Spy Movies

Updated December 30, 2020 50.2k votes 6.5k voters 1.2m views168 items

List RulesVote for 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 films are streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other services, 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, be sure to also check out these lists of the best dramas on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime, as well as the best action movies on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime

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.

This list of spy films includes spy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. 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.

If we missed any spy movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you'd like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous spy movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about spy movie lists.

You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. And this list also includes photos and spy movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

This list is made up of many different movies, including In Enemy Country and NetForce.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these spy movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theaters for the first time, this is a list of good spy movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest spy movies, here is the full spy movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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  • The Bourne Ultimatum1

    ActorsMatt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Albert Finney

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul...  more
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  • The Bourne Supremacy2

    ActorsMatt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Karl Urban

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's...  more
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  • The Bourne Identity3

    ActorsMatt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Chris Cooper

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's...  more
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  • Casino Royale4
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    ActorsAlessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the...  more
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  • The Day of the Jackal5

    ActorsDerek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden, Cyril Cusack, Timothy West

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 Anglo-French thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and...  more
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  • Goldfinger6
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    ActorsSean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as...  more
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  • From Russia with Love7

    ActorsSean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byTerence Young

    From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to...  more
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  • North by Northwest8

    ActorsCary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and...  more
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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy9

    ActorsTom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay...  more
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  • Mission: Impossible10

    ActorsTom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave, Emmanuelle Béart, Emilio Estevez

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on...  more
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  • Spy Game11
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    ActorsBrad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling, Catherine McCormack, Omid Djalili

    Directed byTony Scott

    Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and...  more
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  • Skyfall12
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    ActorsDaniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel...  more
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  • Three Days of the Condor13

    ActorsRobert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack...  more
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  • Dr. No14
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    Dr. No

    1962

    ActorsSean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byTerence Young

    Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film....  more
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  • Patriot Games15
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    ActorsHarrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Sean Bean, Richard Harris

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom...  more
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  • Ronin16
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    Ronin

    1998

    ActorsRobert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy, Katarina Witt, Natascha McElhone

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Ronin is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring...  more
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  • Thunderball17
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    ActorsSean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byTerence Young

    Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the...  more
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  • GoldenEye18
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    ActorsPierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Minnie Driver

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    GoldenEye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce...  more
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  • Munich19
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    Munich

    2005

    ActorsDaniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God,...  more
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  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation20

    ActorsTom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film directed by Christopher...  more
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  • Spectre21
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    ActorsDaniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James...  more
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  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol22

    ActorsTom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad...  more
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  • Enemy of the State23

    ActorsWill Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Seth Green

    Directed byTony Scott

    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National...  more
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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold24

    ActorsRichard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy, Warren Mitchell, Sam Wanamaker

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt...  more
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  • Clear and Present Danger25

    ActorsHarrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones, Thora Birch, Anne Archer

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based...  more
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