The Top 50 Spy Films of the 1950s

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1

North by Northwest 1959, 136 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Cary GrantEva Marie SaintJames Mason

Chase Movie    Mystery    Romance

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The 39 Steps 1959, 93 min.

Ralph Thomas     Starring: Kenneth MoreTaina ElgBrenda de Banzie

Chase Movie    Drama    Spy Film

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My Favorite Spy 1951, 93 min.

Norman Z. McLeod     Starring: Hedy LamarrArnold MossJohn Archer

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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12

Betrayed 1954, 108 min.

Gottfried Reinhardt     Starring: Clark GableLana TurnerO.E. Hasse

Action    Drama    Spy Film

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Affair in Trinidad 1952, 98 min.

Vincent Sherman     Starring: Rita HayworthGlenn FordAlexander Scourby

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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16

The Man Between 1953, 100 min.

Carol Reed     Starring: James MasonClaire BloomHildegard Knef

Spy Film    Thriller

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Jungle Heat 1957, 75 min.

Howard W. Koch     Starring: Lex BarkerMari BlanchardJames Westerfield

Action    Adventure    Jungle Film

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Sea Devils 1953, 91 min.

Raoul Walsh     Starring: Yvonne De CarloRock HudsonMaxwell Reed

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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20

China Gate 1957, 97 min.

Samuel Fuller     Starring: Gene BarryAngie DickinsonNat 'King' Cole

Action    Drama    Spy Film

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21

Shack Out on 101 1955, 80 min.

Edward Dein     Starring: Terry MooreFrank LovejoyKeenan Wynn

Spy Film    Thriller

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22

FBI Girl 1951, 74 min.

William Berke     Starring: Cesar RomeroGeorge BrentAudrey Totter

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow 1952, 93 min.

Mario Zampi     Starring: George ColeOskar HomolkaNadia Gray

Comedy    Satire    Spy Comedy

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My Son John 1952, 122 min.

Leo McCarey     Starring: Helen HayesVan HeflinDean Jagger

Drama    Spy Film

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Clipped Wings 1953, 65 min.

Edward Bernds     Starring: Leo GorceyHuntz HallBernard Gorcey

Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

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Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950, 82 min.

Mitchell Leisen     Starring: Alan LaddWanda HendrixFrancis Lederer

Action    Mystery    Spy Film

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Fort Algiers 1953, 78 min.

Lesley Selander     Starring: Yvonne De CarloCarlos ThompsonRaymond Burr

Action    Drama    Spy Film

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Bowery Battalion 1951, 69 min.

William Beaudine     Starring: Leo GorceyHuntz HallDonald MacBride

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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Spy in the Sky! 1958, 75 min.

W. Lee Wilder     Starring: Steve BrodieSandra FrancisAndrea Domburg

Action    Mystery    Spy Film

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The Angry Hills 1959, 105 min.

Robert Aldrich     Starring: Robert MitchumStanley BakerElisabeth Müller

Action    Drama    Spy Film

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