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List Rules Vote 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. 

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.

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.

Woody Allen and Steven Soderbergh have both directed Spy movies, as have many other great directors.

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Bourne Identity 2002 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 ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Goldfinger 1964 Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spy Movies
North by Northwest 1959 North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spy Movies
From Russia with Love 1963 From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Casino Royale 2006 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 ...more

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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more

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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BillStockstill added The Day of the Jackal 1973 The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 Anglo-French thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale. Based on the 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal by Frederick ...more

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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Bourne Supremacy 2004 The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely ...more

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Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Three Days of the Condor 1975 Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by ...more

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Cold War espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same ...more

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Skyfall 2012 Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spy Movies
GoldenEye 1995 GoldenEye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Mission: Impossible 1996 Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1960s television series. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must uncover the mole who has framed ...more

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Munich 2005 Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Manchurian Candidate 1962 The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird, and the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in ...more

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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Ronin 1998 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 ...more

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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 1965 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Based on the 1963 novel of the same ...more

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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Spy Game 2001 Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more

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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spy Movies
NormaJordan added Patriot Games 1992 Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with ...more

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Thunderball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Thunderball 1965 Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which ...more

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On Her Majesty's Secret Servic... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spy Movies
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the ...more

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spy Movies
weik added Notorious 1946 Notorious is a 1946 American spy thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains as three people whose lives become intimately ...more

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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spy Movies
NormaJordan added Clear and Present Danger 1994 Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 spy action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and ...more

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Na... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth film in the series. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on the run from ...more

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Spy Movies
True Lies 1994 True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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Live and Let Die is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added Live and Let Die 1973 Live and Let Die is the eighth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Produced by Albert R. ...more

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The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The 39 Steps 1935 The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John ...more

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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Spy Movies
weik added Where Eagles Dare 1968 Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. ...more

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For Your Eyes Only is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added For Your Eyes Only 1981 For Your Eyes Only is the twelfth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It marked the directorial debut of John Glen, who ...more

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The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Ipcress File 1965 The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine and featuring Guy Doleman and Nigel Green. The screenplay by Bill Canaway and James Doran ...more

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Charade 1963 Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Argo 2012 Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more

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The Spy Who Loved Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the ...more

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Conversation 1974 The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more

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Syriana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Syriana 2005 Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Taken 2008 Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added Dr. No 1962 Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna ...more

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The Living Daylights is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added The Living Daylights 1987 The Living Daylights is the fifteenth entry in the James Bond film series and the first to star Timothy Dalton as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's ...more

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Enemy of the State 1998 Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to kill a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up the murder. It was ...more

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The Man with the Golden Gun is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Spy Movies
shcheglyak added The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of ...more

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Spy Movies
weik added The Lady Vanishes 1938 The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty. Written by Sidney Gilliat ...more

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You Only Live Twice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Spy Movies
You Only Live Twice 1967 You Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, and ...more

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The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Good Shepherd 2006 The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. De Niro also produced it with ...more

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Mission: Impossible III 2006 Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added Spectre 2015 Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond film series. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is pitted against the global criminal organization Spectre ...more

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Saboteur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Saboteur 1942 Saboteur is a 1942 Universal spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock with a screenplay written by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison and Dorothy Parker. The film stars Priscilla Lane, Robert ...more

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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Spy Movies
Body of Lies 2008 Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch "al-Saleem", a ...more

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Licence to Kill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BenNicholson added Licence to Kill 1989 Licence to Kill, released in 1989, is the sixteenth entry in the James Bond film series by Eon Productions, and the first one not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story. It is the fifth ...more

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The Bourne Legacy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Spy Movies
The Bourne Legacy 2012 The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the novels originated by Robert Ludlum, and ...more