The Top 50 Spy Films of the 1980s

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Top Secret! 1984, 90 min.

Jim Abrahams     Starring: Val KilmerLucy GutteridgePeter Cushing

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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For Your Eyes Only 1981, 127 min.

John Glen     Starring: Roger MooreCarole BouquetTopol

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure

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Spies Like Us 1985, 102 min.

John Landis     Starring: Chevy ChaseDan AykroydVanessa Angel

Comedy    Spy Film    Action

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Licence to Kill 1989, 133 min.

John Glen     Starring: Timothy DaltonCarey LowellRobert Vai

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure

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Octopussy 1983, 131 min.

John Glen     Starring: Roger MooreMaud AdamsLouis Jourdan

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure

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A View to a Kill 1985, 131 min.

John Glen     Starring: Roger MooreTanya RobertsGrace Jones

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure

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Gotcha! 1985, 101 min.

Jeff Kanew     Starring: Anthony EdwardsLinda FiorentinoJsu Garcia

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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Golgo 13 1983, 91 min.

Osamu Dezaki     Starring: Tetsurô SagawaGorô NayaToshiko Fujita

Action Thriller    Animation    Anime

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Invasion U.S.A. 1985, 107 min.

Joseph Zito     Starring: Richard LynchAlex ColonChuck Norris

Action    Action Thriller    Martial Arts

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Little Nikita 1988, 98 min.

Richard Benjamin     Starring: Sidney PoitierRichard BradfordLucy Deakins

Spy Film    Action    Drama

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Real Men 1987, 85 min.

Dennis Feldman     Starring: James BelushiJohn RitterBarbara Barrie

Action Comedy    Action    Comedy

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Target 1985, 117 min.

Arthur Penn     Starring: Matt DillonGayle HunnicuttGuy Boyd

Spy Film    Action Thriller    Unglamorized Spy Film

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The Sea Wolves 1980, 120 min.

Andrew V. McLaglen     Starring: Gregory PeckRoger MooreDavid Niven

Action    Adventure    Period Film

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ffolkes 1980, 100 min.

Andrew V. McLaglen     Starring: Roger MooreJames MasonAnthony Perkins

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure

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Go for It 1983, 107 min.

Enzo Barboni     Starring: Terence HillBud SpencerBuffy Dee

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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For Your Height Only 1981, 88 min.

Eddie Nicart     Starring: Weng WengYehlen CatralCarmi Martin

Action Comedy    Action    Comedy

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The Experts 1989, 94 min.

Dave Thomas     Starring: Arye GrossKelly PrestonJohn Travolta

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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Best Defense 1984, 94 min.

Willard Huyck     Starring: Dudley MooreEddie MurphyKate Capshaw

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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Daniel 1984, 130 min.

Sidney Lumet     Starring: Timothy HuttonEllen BarkinCarmen Mathews

Drama    Psychological Drama    Spy Film

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The Soldier 1982, 96 min.

James Glickenhaus     Starring: William PrinceJeffrey JonesTony Cecere

Action    Action Thriller    Spy Film

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Code Name: Emerald 1985, 95 min.

Jonathan Sanger     Starring: Ed HarrisMax von SydowHorst Buchholz

Action    Adventure    Docudrama

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Trenchcoat 1983, 91 min.

Michael Tuchner     Starring: Margot KidderDavid SuchetGila Von Weitershausen

Action    Comedy    Crime

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Get Smart, Again! 1989, 96 min.

Gary Nelson     Starring: Don AdamsBarbara FeldonBernie Kopell

Comedy    Parody/Spoof    Spy Comedy

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The Retrievers 1982, 90 min.

Elliot Hong     Starring: Shawn HoskinsLenard MillerBud Cramer

Action    Martial Arts    Spy Film

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