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What to Watch If You Love The Americans 

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Updated February 21, 2020 324 votes 150 voters 11k views 21 items

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If you’re looking for movies and TV shows like The Americans, you’re in luck. Several excellent programs and films should please The Americans fans. These popular shows, classic films, and modern-era spy thrillers can help you decide what to watch after The Americans' current season ends.

What makes The Americans such a fantastic show? Well, the acting, sure, but also the plot: it follows two KGB spies living in Washington D.C. during the Reagan era. You’ll find several other Cold War spy movies and TV shows here, including Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, From Russia With Love, The Spy Who Loved Me, Homeland, 24, and Deutschland 83. In all these films and television shows, spies are trying to outsmart everyone else.

Enjoy this list of The Americans recommendations, and be sure to vote for all the ones you’ve seen – you’ll be helping fellow Americans fans who are all caught up on the show and looking for some similar entertainment.

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Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and, from seasons 1 through 3, Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Mathison had come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was "turned" by the enemy and posed a threat to the United States. The series is broadcast in the U.S. on the cable channel Showtime, and is produced by Fox 21. It premiered on October 2, 2011. The first episode ...more on Wikipedia

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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 John le Carré. It stars Gary Oldman as George Smiley, along with Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds. Set in London in the early 1970s, the story follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service. The film was produced through the British company Working Title Films and financed by France's StudioCanal. It premiered in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. ...more on Wikipedia

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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 on Wikipedia

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