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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. 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.

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
2002

Actors: Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Chris Cooper, + more

Directed by: Doug Liman

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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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2007

Actors: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, + more

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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 Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2004

Actors: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, + more

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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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Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2011

Actors: Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, + more

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 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 name by ...more

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

Actors: Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, + more

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1964

Actors: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell, + more

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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) 7 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1959

Actors: Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll, + more

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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) 8 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1963

Actors: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell, + more

Directed by: Terence Young

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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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spy Movies
BillStockstill added 1973

Actors: Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden, Cyril Cusack, Timothy West, + more

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

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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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2012

Actors: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, + more

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2001

Actors: Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling, Catherine McCormack, Omid Djalili, + more

Directed by: Tony Scott

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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Three Days of the Condor... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1975

Actors: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman, + more

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1996

Actors: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave, Emmanuelle Béart, Emilio Estevez, + more

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2005

Actors: Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Ronin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1998

Actors: Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Ron Jeremy, Katarina Witt, Natascha McElhone, + more

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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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GoldenEye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1995

Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Minnie Driver, + more

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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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Thunderball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1965

Actors: Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell, + more

Directed by: Terence Young

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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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spy Movies
NormaJordan added 1992

Actors: Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Sean Bean, Richard Harris, + more

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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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The Spy Who Came in from... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1965

Actors: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy, Warren Mitchell, Sam Wanamaker, + more

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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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Mission: Impossible – Gh... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2011

Actors: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, + more

Directed by: Brad Bird

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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21
The Manchurian Candidate... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1962

Actors: Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Laurence Harvey, Henry Silva, + more

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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 - Ro... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spy Movies
2015

Actors: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, + more

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

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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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spy Movies
weik added 1968

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth, + more

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII 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. Alistair ...more

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Clear and Present Danger... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spy Movies
NormaJordan added 1994

Actors: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones, Thora Birch, Anne Archer, + more

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spy Movies
1994

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston, + more

Directed by: James Cameron

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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