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What to Watch If You Love The Americans

Updated April 8, 2020 653 votes 190 voters 16.0k views50 items

List RulesVote up the shows that fans of the Americans would enjoy.

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
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    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. A CIA agent (Claire Danes) unravels information that a P.O.W. has been recruited by al-Qaeda with plans on carrying out a terrorist on American soil.... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Night Manager
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    The Night Manager (AMC, 2016) is a British television series directed by Susanne Bier, based on the 1993 novel by John le Carré. The night manager of a luxury hotel (Tom Hiddleston) is pulled into the world of illegal arms sales.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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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 Spy Who Came in from the Cold
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    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 name by John le Carré, the film is about a British agent who is sent to East Germany in order to sow disinformation about a powerful East German intelligence officer. With the aid of his unwitting English girlfriend, an idealistic communist, he allows himself to be recruited by the communists, but soon his charade unravels and he admits to being a British agent—a revelation that achieves the ultimate objective of the mission. The screenplay was written by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper. The Spy Who Came in... more on Wikipedia

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