The Top 100 Spy Films of All Time

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1

North by Northwest

1959    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Chase Movie    Mystery    Romance

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Notorious

1946    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Film Noir    Mystery    Political Thriller

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The Lady Vanishes

1938    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Mystery

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The 39 Steps

1935    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Chase Movie    Escape Film    Spy Film

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The Bourne Identity

2002    Doug Liman    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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Goldfinger

1964    Guy Hamilton    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Casino Royale

2006    Martin Campbell    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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Dr. No

1962    Terence Young    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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From Russia with Love

1963    Terence Young    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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10

The Bourne Supremacy

2004    Paul Greengrass    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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The Bourne Ultimatum

2007    Paul Greengrass    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Hitman / Assassin Film

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12

Skyfall

2012    Sam Mendes    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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14

True Lies

1994    James Cameron    Rated R

Action    Spy Film    Action Comedy

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15

Foreign Correspondent

1940    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Political Thriller    Spy Film    Thriller

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16

Thunderball

1965    Terence Young    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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17

Saboteur

1942    Alfred Hitchcock    Rated PG

Chase Movie    Spy Film    Thriller

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18

Mission: Impossible

1996    Brian De Palma    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

1997    Jay Roach    Rated PG13

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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20

Pickup on South Street

1953    Samuel Fuller    Not Rated

Femme Fatale    Film Noir    Political Thriller

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21

You Only Live Twice

1967    Lewis Gilbert    Not Rated

Action    Glamorized Spy Film    Spy Film

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22

GoldenEye

1995    Martin Campbell    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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23

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

1969    Peter R. Hunt    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Glamorized Spy Film

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24

Top Secret!

1984    Jim Abrahams    Rated PG

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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25

Live and Let Die

1973    Guy Hamilton    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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26

The Spy Who Loved Me

1977    Lewis Gilbert    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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The Man with the Golden Gun

1974    Guy Hamilton    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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28

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

2011    Brad Bird    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Diamonds Are Forever

1971    Guy Hamilton    Rated PG

Action    Glamorized Spy Film    Spy Film

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30

Ronin

1998    John Frankenheimer    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Chase Movie

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31

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

1999    Jay Roach    Rated PG13

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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32

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2011    Tomas Alfredson    Rated R

Spy Film    Thriller    Unglamorized Spy Film

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33

For Your Eyes Only

1981    John Glen    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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35

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

1965    Martin Ritt    Not Rated

Drama    Spy Film    Thriller

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36

Burn After Reading

2008    Ethan & Joel Coen    Rated R

Comedy    Ensemble Film    Farce

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37

Spies Like Us

1985    John Landis    Rated PG

Comedy    Spy Film    Action

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38

Black Book

2006    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Period Film

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39

Sabotage

1936    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Mystery    Psychological Thriller    Spy Film

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40

Quantum of Solace

2008    Marc Forster    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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41

The Living Daylights

1987    John Glen    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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42

The In-Laws

1979    Arthur Hiller    Rated PG

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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43

Octopussy

1983    John Glen    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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44

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

2005    Doug Liman    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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46

Licence to Kill

1989    John Glen    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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47

Torn Curtain

1966    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Political Thriller    Spy Film    Thriller

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48

Lust, Caution

2007    Ang Lee    Rated NC17

Drama    Erotic Drama    Foreign Language Film

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Never Say Never Again

1983    Irvin Kershner    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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50

Moonraker

1979    Lewis Gilbert    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Glamorized Spy Film

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51

A View to a Kill

1985    John Glen    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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52

The Falcon and the Snowman

1985    John Schlesinger    Rated R

Docudrama    Drama    Spy Film

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53

Spy Game

2001    Tony Scott    Rated R

Spy Film    Thriller    Unglamorized Spy Film

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54

Mission: Impossible III

2006    J.J. Abrams    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Television

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55

Syriana

2005    Stephen Gaghan    Rated R

Docudrama    Drama    Political Thriller

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56

Breach

2007    Billy Ray    Rated PG13

Spy Film    Docudrama    Unglamorized Spy Film

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57

Five Graves to Cairo

1943    Billy Wilder    Not Rated

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Drama

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58

The Eagle Has Landed

1976    John Sturges    Rated PG

Adventure    Ensemble Film    Period Film

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59

The Ipcress File

1965    Sidney J. Furie    Not Rated

Mystery    Political Thriller    Spy Film

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60

Body of Lies

2008    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Drama    Spy Film

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61

Secret Agent

1936    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Spy Film    Unglamorized Spy Film

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62

Mission: Impossible II

2000    John Woo    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Television

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63

Casino Royale

1967    Val Guest    Not Rated

Comedy    Ensemble Film    Parody/Spoof

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64

Austin Powers in Goldmember

2002    Jay Roach    Rated PG13

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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65

Tomorrow Never Dies

1997    Roger Spottiswoode    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Girls-with-Guns

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66

Ministry of Fear

1944    Fritz Lang    Rated PG

Drama    Film Noir    Mystery

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67

Ice Station Zebra

1968    John Sturges    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Spy Film

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68

The Saint

1997    Phillip Noyce    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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69

The World Is Not Enough

1999    Michael Apted    Rated PG13

Action    Glamorized Spy Film    Spy Film

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70

Despicable Me 2

2013    Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud    Rated PG

Animation    Comedy    Family

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71

Spies

1928    Fritz Lang    Not Rated

Foreign Language Film    Silent Film    Spy Film

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72

Eye of the Needle

1981    Richard Marquand    Rated R

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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Topaz

1969    Alfred Hitchcock    Rated PG

Political Thriller    Spy Film    Thriller

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75

Night Train to Munich

1940    Carol Reed    Not Rated

Spy Film    Thriller    War

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76

The Bourne Legacy

2012    Tony Gilroy    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Paranoid Thriller

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77

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

2006    Michel Hazanavicius    Not Rated

Adventure    Adventure Comedy    Comedy

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78

Haywire

2011    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Girls-with-Guns

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79

The Tailor of Panama

2001    John Boorman    Rated R

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Political Satire

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80

Salt

2010    Phillip Noyce    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Girls-with-Guns

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81

Hopscotch

1980    Ronald Neame    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure Comedy

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82

Gotcha!

1985    Jeff Kanew    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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83

The Peacemaker

1997    Mimi Leder    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Glamorized Spy Film

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84

Broken Arrow

1996    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Spy Film    Action Thriller

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85

The Good Shepherd

2006    Robert De Niro    Rated R

Drama    Period Film    Political Drama

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86

The Debt

2010    John Madden    Rated R

Psychological Thriller    Spy Film    Thriller

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87

Our Man in Havana

1960    Carol Reed    Not Rated

Comedy Drama    Drama    Political Satire

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88

Duplicity

2009    Tony Gilroy    Rated PG13

Caper    Comedy    Comedy Thriller

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89

Die Another Day

2002    Lee Tamahori    Rated PG13

Action    Glamorized Spy Film    Spy Film

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90

The Recruit

2003    Roger Donaldson    Rated PG13

Psychological Thriller    Spy Film    Thriller

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91

Knight and Day

2010    James Mangold    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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92

Jumpin' Jack Flash

1986    Penny Marshall    Rated R

Comedy    Spy Film    Comedy Thriller

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93

Journey Into Fear

1943    Norman Foster    Not Rated

Film Noir    Psychological Thriller    Spy Film

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94

In Like Flint

1967    Gordon Douglas    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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95

The Osterman Weekend

1983    Sam Peckinpah    Rated R

Action    Drama    Political Thriller

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96

Our Man Flint

1966    Daniel Mann    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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97

Jackie Chan's First Strike

1996    Stanley Tong    Rated PG13

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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98

Traitor

2008    Jeffrey Nachmanoff    Rated PG13

Action Thriller    Drama    Spy Film

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99

Arabesque

1966    Stanley Donen    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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The Russia House

1990    Fred Schepisi    Rated R

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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