You can never know what to expect from Spy Movies. Some of these movies are hysterical, sometimes action-packed, and sometimes emotional.
But one thing is for sure; spy movies are certain to entertain a large majority of people.
Spy movies usually offer tense situations with no room for error, high-tech spy gadgets, and exhilarating action. Due to their high level of entertainment, people from all age groups love spy movies. We’ve even seen many popular series such as “007” and “Mission Impossible” based on spies.
For all you ‘spy’ lovers out there, MoodmyMood has brought you some of the a list of the best spy movies that you can watch and enjoy right now.
In this list, you’ll see action packed movies like Mission Impossible, James Bond along with classic comedies like Austin Powers in Goldmember. You’re sure to find a lot of variety as you read along.
- 45: “Mission: Impossible 2” (2000)
- 44: “Quantum of Solace” (2008)
- 43: “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997)
- 42: “A Most Wanted Man” (2014)
- 41: “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002)
- 40 “3 Days to Kill” (2014)
- 39: “Fair Game” (2010)
- 38: “Haywire” (2011)
- 37: “American Ultra” (2015)
- 36: “Johnny English” (2003)
- 35 “Get Smart” (2008)
- 34: “Doctor No” (1962)
- 33: “Red Sparrow” (2018)
- 32: “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974)
- 31: “For Your Eyes Only” (1981)
- 30: “Spy” (2015)
- 29: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015)
- 28: “Shiri” (1999)
- 27: “The Good Shepherd” (2006)
- 26: “Salt” (2010)
- 25: “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005)
- 24: “Goldfinger” (1964)
- 23: “Munich” (2005)
- 22: “Syriana” (2005)
- 21: “GoldenEye” (1995)
- 20: “Spy Game” (2001)
- 19: “Mission: Impossible” (1996)
- 18: “From Russia with Love” (1963)
- 17: “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004)
- 16: “Three Days of The Condor” (1975)
- 15: “Spectre” (2015)
- 14: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2012)
- 13: “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” (2011)
- 12: “Allied” (2017)
- 11: “The Bourne Identity” (2002)
- 10: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2018)
- 9: “Atomic Blonde” (2017)
- 8: “Casino Royale” (2006)
- 7: “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007)
- 6: “Bridge of Spies” (2015)
- 5: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (2015)
- 4: “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015)
- 3: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)
- 2: “Infernal Affair” (2002)
- 1: “Skyfall” (2012)
45: “Mission: Impossible 2” (2000)
Mission: Impossible 2 is a 2000 action spy film. The second film in the “Mission: Impossible” series, starring Tom Cruise, made a splash and was the #1 worldwide box office hit for a 2000 film.
While on vacation, Ethan was enjoying rock climbing when a new request came to him. It’s about reclaiming the amazing “chimera virus” that was stolen by his former colleague Ambrose. The virus could kill a person in 20 hours when infected. Ethan is first approached by Nair, Ambrose’s former lover.
The much-anticipated sequel to Mission: Impossible is an action blockbuster that lives up to its hype. Director John Woo’s breathtaking spectacle and the hard-hitting stunts performed by Tom Cruise himself will keep you excited.
44: “Quantum of Solace” (2008)
Quantum of Solace is 22nd film in the “007” series released in 2008.. This movie features Daniel Craig’s second Bond role, following “Casino Royale”
After losing his beloved Vesper in the last film, Bond is seen interrogating Mr. White with his boss. Mr. White, her handler flees due to the betrayal of his comrades. Following a few clues, Bond flies to Haiti and gets closer to a man named Dominic Green, who is in the dark.
With more action than its predecessor, it’s a flashy spy film that will appeal to anyone who likes this genre. There is a thrilling car chase scene right from the beginning. You’ll see Bond run around jumping from roof to roof. This movie is a must-watch.
43: “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997)
007 Tomorrow Never Diesis the 18th film in the series and was released in 1997. The role of Bond is played by Pierce Brosnan, a fifth-generation Bond.
The sinking of a British battleship off the coast of China immediately heightens military tensions between Britain and China. But it wasn’t China, this plan was executed by non other than Carver.
Carver continues to live up to his reputation as a media emperor. British Intelligence, unable to see the situation, immediately sends Bond to tackle these circumstances.
One of the charms of the “007” series is that the setting changes throughout the series, but this one is set in China. The film also features Bond in Asia and Hong Kong actress Michelle Yeoh, who played Bond Girl.
42: “A Most Wanted Man” (2014)
Praised for its thorough realism, ‘A Most Wanted Man’ is a British-American-German co-production spy film released in 2014.
Veteran investigator Günther Bachmann (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) receives information that a young Chechen man (Issa Karpov) has been smuggled into the country. The young man is an internationally wanted member of an Islamic extremist organization.
This movie is based on a spy novel by John Le Carré; the lord of spy novels. In this film, a realistic post 9/11 espionage battle unfolds.
41: “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002)
Released back in 2002, this movie is somewhat a hilarious parody to classic spy movies.
This movie is about a man who travels back in time to save his kidnapped father and fight his enemies. You’ll see a lot of celebrities; even the heroine is Beyonce.
Doctor Evil and Minnie Me are plotting to take over the world. They try to escape from the prison and succeed spectacularly. Furthermore, they travel back in time to take over the world and kidnaps Austin Powers’ father, Nigel Powers. This was because Nigel was a British intelligence officer.
Meanwhile, Austin also gathers his friends in a time slip. It’s a very silly and funny movie, but the story is well-built.
40 “3 Days to Kill” (2014)
The Last Mission is a 2014 spy action film. This movie is directed by Mack G (Charlie’s Angels) and written by Luc Besson (96 Hours and Leon).
Ethan, a CIA agent, is told by doctors that he has little time left to live and wants to spend the rest of his life with his family. In the midst of all this, Agent Vivi, a mysterious woman, asks him to perform a difficult last minute mission in exchange for a special cure for his illness.
Kevin Costner’s first starring film in a long time is a royal spy film. The story of Ethan, who faces the dual challenges of his mission and family issues, is a classic but exciting one.
39: “Fair Game” (2010)
It’s a tense story that unfolds in a shocking and unlikely true story of a former ambassador’s wife, a CIA agent. There are a lot of political stories in the film, but it has a sense of speed and is worth watching.
Valerie and her husband Joe of the CIA release information that Iraq has no nuclear weapons and has no plans to develop any more. In the wake of this, the US government decided to attack Iraq. Joe contributes a report of his findings to the newspaper, and the retribution is directed at Valerie.
Played by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, this is a true story that asks what justice is all about.
38: “Haywire” (2011)
Released in 2012, “Haywire” is a spy film starring American beauty fighter Gina Carano in the lead role. The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh, known for his “Oceans” series.
Mallory, a brilliant female spy, is asked to rescue the hostages in Barcelona. She succeeds to do so with flying colors. Later in the movie, MI6 asks Mallory to go on a mission with her new partner Paul. Little does she know that a sneaky trap awaits her.
In Hollywood, some of the top fighters in the world are also actors, led by WWE international star Dwayne Johnson, but the debut of a female fighter in the lead role is unusual. Having said that, her performance is just perfect and binds the whole movie together.
The strength and beauty of Gina Carano will make you shudder at the sight of real martial arts.
37: “American Ultra” (2015)
‘American Ultra’ is an action comedy released in 2015. The film is based on the CIA’s top-secret “MK Ultra Project” and comically depicts the activities of Agent Mike.
Mike is a dull young man who makes his living by working at a convenience store. One day, a female customer whispers a mysterious word to Mike and suddenly awakens the powers of the ‘sleeping agent’. He even knocks out two thug who happens to be there in the blink of an eye.
From then on, he fights the CIA’s assassins who are afraid of leaking the plan.
Playing the lead Mike is Jesse Eisenberg. Jesse played as Facebook founder Zuckerberg in The Social Network. He also co-starred with Kristen Stewart, who plays Mike’s girlfriend.
36: “Johnny English” (2003)
Released back in 2003, this hilarious movie features Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean). His witty dialogue delivery, funny expressions and overall movie-script make the movie a complete package.
Johnny English is an in-house employee in the British Intelligence community. However, his mistake results in the death of the agency’s most capable Agent #1. Furthermore, a terrorist attack occurs during Agent #1’s funeral, and many lose their lives. In the same event, Johnny English accepts an appointment and becomes a spy.
Johnny English, the only one lucky enough to have survived, struggles to save his country. I think it’s hard to find a movie that’s so comical and funny. You can’t watch it without a good laugh.
35 “Get Smart” (2008)
Get Smart is a spy comedy film that was released in 2008. The film stars Steve Carell, a comedy actor who became a huge star in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”.
Maxwell Smart is an analyst belonging to the U.S. Secret Intelligence Control. He has been living a poor life without becoming a field agent of his choice. However, when the control headquarters is raided, the personal information of all the agents is leaked, and Max is promoted to agent to take on the mission.
In the United States, where comedy movies are as popular as action blockbusters, the production cost of “Get Smart” was a whopping $80 million. Having said that, the film is a great value for money. It comes with comedy scenes that even every people can laugh at, as well as action scenes that can rival a big movie.
34: “Doctor No” (1962)
Dr. No 007 is the first film in the commemorative 007 series, which was released in 1962. The role of Bond is played by the first Bond, Sean Connery.
Being the first movie in the 007 series, it would be a crime to mention even the smallest of details about it. Having said that, we can tell you that you’re surely in for a treat.
It was the first spy film with no clear direction as a spy film, and with its strong sci-fi tone and more comedic style, it has become the unseen 007. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must-see.
33: “Red Sparrow” (2018)
Jennifer Lawrence, the star of the “Hunger Games” series, and director Francis Lawrence have teamed up again in this spy suspense film.
Red Sparrow is based on the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. The story-line shows love and deceit between Sparrow, a spy for the Russian government’s top-secret intelligence agency, and a CIA agent.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Dominica, a spy who becomes “Sparrow,” a honey-trapper for investigative targets. Her investigative target, CIA agent Nash, was played by Joel Edgerton, who also directed The Gift (2015) and Confessions of a Boy (2018).
32: “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974)
The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth film in the 007 series. Set in the Orient, the film follows the showdown between Bond and the hitman Scaramanga. Playing Bond is the third generation Bond, Roger Moore.
The movie starts with a plot to kill James Bong. The master assassin, aka, ‘the man with the golden gun’ tries to kill Bond who arrived at British intelligence was from Scaramanga. Bond infiltrates Macau where Scaramanga is hiding, but the murder threat is actually a plot by Scaramanga’s mistress, Andrea…
This classic movie with twists and turns is ideal for any suspense lover.
31: “For Your Eyes Only” (1981)
007: Your Eyes Only is the 12th film in the series, which was released in 1981. The Bond role is played by Roger Moore.
A ship carrying Britain’s secret weapon ATAC sinks off the coast of Albania in the Mediterranean. This sinking was a well-planned attack by someone unknown.
ATAC The ship could tip the balance between East and West if it falls into the hands of the Soviet Union at any time. To protect the ship, Bond and Melina, who he met during the mission, travel to Greece.
Directed by John Glenn, the comedic Roger Moore’s Bond is renewed. It’s a serious story with a powerful car chase and ski action. The series was also a hit, and Glenn would go on to direct the 16th film in the series, “007: The Erased License”.
30: “Spy” (2015)
SPY Spy is an action comedy that was released in 2015. Jason Statham and Jude Law’s unlikely comedic performances also made the rounds.
Susan Cooper, a CIA affiliate, is an inside job analyst supporting agent Bradley Fine from the office. During one of his missions, Fine accidentally kills Boyanov, the only person who knows where the bomb is hidden. He too gets shot dead by Boyanov’s daughter, Raina.
Susan, the only one whose identity has not been revealed to Rayna, goes to the scene.
Director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, who also teamed up for the rebooted Ghostbusters and Bridesmaids: The Worst Wedding Plan Ever, have a comedy that is sure to make you laugh.
29: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015)
Code Name U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 British-American co-production spy suspense remake of the popular TV series 0011 Napoleon Solo.
In the midst of the Cold War between East and West, Napoleon Solo, renowned as the CIA’s best agent, and Ilya Kuryakin, a Russian KGB agent, team up over political rivalries.
They set on a mission to stop a certain organization from developing nuclear weapons. At first, they drag each other’s feet, but as the situation grows more serious, they begin to show an exquisite combination.
This is the coolest movie about the combination of two spies, directed by Guy Ritchie of the “Sherlock Holmes” series, as well as a buddy who is an agent who is unlikely to be found when you look for him. The witty dialogue is also tingling.
28: “Shiri” (1999)
It is the tragic love story of a woman who has infiltrated the South (South Korea) as an agent of the North (North Korea) and a man who works for an elite intelligence agency.
The female agent approached the man as a spy for the North, but at some point, she comes to love him in earnest. However, if you are ordered to kill, you must kill even your loved ones.
The same happens in the last scene where the man(having learned the truth) points a gun at her.
Shuri is a fish that lives only on the Korean peninsula and used to come and go freely between the north and south. Will we one day be able to cross borders and come and go as freely as we once did?
27: “The Good Shepherd” (2006)
This movie is about a mysterious CIA agent who takes an oath of allegiance to his country. It is a spy film that confronts the enemy while battling the pain of not being able to reveal who he is even to his family.
A landing operation is carried out to end the regime, but information leaks out within the CIA and the operation ends in failure. The CIA is blamed, but Edward, who was in charge, receives a tape. What was filmed on the screen was apparently a CIA insider and a spy.
Robert De Niro performs along with a director and an appearance, and Mad Damon and Angelina Jolie are also appearing in addition. There are no flashy action scenes, but on the contrary, it is realistic and tense and enjoyable.
Cast and produced by director Robert De Niro, this is a drama about a man at the mercy of his fate.
26: “Salt” (2010)
2010’s “Salt” is an all-female action film, a rarity in spy films.
Evelyn Salt, the CIA’s agent in charge of Russia, is in charge of interrogating Orlov, a defector from Russia. However, after Orlov’s testimony, Salt is accused of spying for the Russians, and is pursued by the CIA. Will Salt be an enemy or a friend?
Angie, who also played the lead role in “Tomb Raider,” is a must-see for her action. Originally planned to star Tom Cruise, Angie takes on the hard-hitting action he was supposed to play himself.
25: “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005)
2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” was a dream spy film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie together.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who have recently drifted so far apart that they visit each other for counseling, have been keeping secrets from each other. Lo and behold, the two were assassins operating in separate organizations.
What is the fate of the two people who happen to run into each other during the operation?
The director is Doug Lehman (The Bourne Identity). In this film, the action scenes are different from the real-life “The Bourne Identity”, and it is a big Hollywood movie. The couple’s marriage was sparked by their performance together.
24: “Goldfinger” (1964)
Released in 1964, this is the third film in the 007 series and stars Sean Connery as the first Bond. The previous film “007: From Russia with Love” and this film are said to be the masterpieces that established the popularity of the series.
Bond’s next target is the billionaire Goldfinger. Under the direction of intelligence, Bond approaches Goldfinger, who is smuggling British gold. In addition, his “Grand Slam Project” is in the works…
The Aston Martin DB5, the model of the Bond car, also appeared in Skyfall as a self-parody. It might be interesting to watch Bond Car in action.
23: “Munich” (2005)
Munich, a 2005 spy suspense film directed by Steven Spielberg, is based on the real-life events that took place at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The Palestinian militants “Black September” invade the players’ village and take 11 Israeli players hostage. After a shootout, all the hostages were killed, and for that the Israeli government decided to retaliate. Abner, a soon-to-be father, will be named as the leader of the executive branch.
The film, portrayed by the Jewish Spielberg, received a lot of attention for being a terrorist incident in Israel and was controversial even after its release. The human drama centering on Eric Bana as Abner is well worth watching.
22: “Syriana” (2005)
Syriana is a socialist suspense film that was released in 2005. It’s based on the autobiography of former CIA agent Robert Bear.
As his last assignment before retiring, CIA operative Barnes is ordered to participate in an operation in an oil-producing country in the Middle East. Meanwhile, analyst Woodman, who works in Switzerland, unfortunately loses his son at a Spanish royal party.
A thrilling, intricately intertwined story with a stellar cast that includes George Clooney, Matt Damon and Chris Cooper. Also, look out for the role of George Clooney, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
21: “GoldenEye” (1995)
GoldenEye, released in 1995, was the 17th film in the series, featuring Pierce Brosnan as the fifth James Bond.
James Bond pursues Xenia, a female member of the Russian crime syndicate Janus, but Xenia colludes with General Urmov to steal the secret weapon, the GoldenEye. Bond follows it to St. Petersburg.
This is the first film from Pierce Brosnan, one of the most popular characters in the series as Bond. The film grossed at the box office well ahead of its predecessor, The Revoked License. The newly rejuvenated and sexy Bond is a must-see.
20: “Spy Game” (2001)
Nathan partners up with Tom, a CIA operative, who Nathan recruited himself. He raises Tom with his own hands, but on the day Nathan leaves the service, he is accused and caught. Knowing everything and overcoming the CIA’s objections, Nathan goes out of his way to save Tom.
Don’t miss a moment of this hot, head-to-head battle! Brad Pitt and Robert Redford’s film is about the bond between a child and his brother for life.
19: “Mission: Impossible” (1996)
Released in 1996, “Mission: Impossible” is the first in the series, but it is also considered to be the best spy film of all time and one of Tom Cruise’s best films.
Ethan Hunt, an agent of the IMF, takes on a top-secret mission with his team’s leader, Jim Phelps. But the mission ends in failure when everyone but Ethan is killed. In addition, Ethan, the only survivor, is accused of betrayal and is pursued by the authorities. In spite of one crisis after another, Ethan struggles to find the real killer.
The scene where Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, descends into a secret room in mid-air is all too famous. Other exciting spy gadgets include a wristwatch-shaped monitor and a hand-applied device for rock climbing.
18: “From Russia with Love” (1963)
007: From Russia with Love” was released in 1963 and was the second film in the “007” series. Sean Connery continues to star in the previous film “Doctor No”.
In order to assassinate 007, the crime syndicate Spectre lures Bond with the help of a beautiful agent Tatiana and a Soviet codebreaker. When Bond arrives in Istanbul as an escort for Tatiana’s asylum in England, he is attacked by assassins…
It was a masterpiece that set the course for the subsequent 007 series, including the best spy action of its time and a romance with a beautiful Bond girl, and is often considered the best of the series.
17: “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004)
The second film in the Bourne series, The Bourne Supremacy was released in 2004 and follows the exploits of Jason Bourne two years after his last film, The Bourne Identity.
Bourne lives in secret with his girlfriend Marie, whose memories have yet to return. Then a mysterious assassin is sent to Bourne’s side, and unfortunately Marie dies. Vowing revenge, Bourne follows the trail of his enemies and gets closer to the truth about the CIA’s Treadstone project.
The action is even more powerful than in the previous film, and you’ll be thrilled to see Bourne take on a new challenge involving his lover. The second book in the Bourne series, which ramps up the tension towards the final chapter, is also a must-see.
16: “Three Days of The Condor” (1975)
Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 spy suspense film starring Robert Redford, a noted actor, in the lead role.
The American Literary History Association in New York is actually a subordinate organization of the CIA that analyzes books from around the world. One day, the Literary History Society was attacked and destroyed by someone, and only Turner, who goes by the code name “Condor,” survived.
Turner was supposed to meet up with Wicks at the behest of the CIA, but he is attacked by Wicks and is left alone and on his own to get to the bottom of the case.
15: “Spectre” (2015)
Released in 2015, “007 Spectre” was one of the greatest hits in the “007 series”, played by Daniel Craig.
Bond was on an unofficial mission in Mexico City, based on clues he got in the previous film Skyfall. Meanwhile, MI6 is on the verge of being absorbed by MI5, and the shadow of the mysterious criminal organization Spectre looms over it.
Will Bond ever get to the truth?
In addition to the hard stunts without CGI in the fourth film, it’s worth noting that the story is also good. The film shows the end of Bond’s journey while skillfully recovering the foreshadowing that has been built up in the previous three films.
14: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2012)
It’s a head-to-head movie about an old retired intelligence officer’s struggle for the truth in order to uncover who the mole is. It was a bit of a difficult movie to watch, but it made me want to watch it again and again.
There are a lot of characters, but each one of them is interesting to watch because they have their own characteristics. Smiley left British intelligence in the 1980s as the Cold War between the East and West intensified. He is then given the order to take out the double agent hiding in the Intelligence Department.
Who was it that Smiley had struggled to find out? Thomas Alfredson directs this suspenseful film about the search for the killer in the midst of chaos.
13: “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” (2011)
This is the fourth book in the Mission Impossible series.
Ethan, the protagonist, is made a suspect in a bombing in Russia. The US assigns Ethan to a mission to deny involvement. Ethan Hunt is an astute spy. He becomes a suspect in the Kremlin bombing.
The U.S. government issues a ghost protocol to prevent anyone from suspecting a connection to the case. He then gives Ethan, whose name has been erased from the organization’s roster, a harsh order. The non-main characters are good, and Tom Cruise’s usual action is great.
12: “Allied” (2017)
A love story with a spy as the main character from director Robert Zemeckis, famous for his “Back to the Future” series and “Forrest Gump: Once Upon a Time”. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard co-star in the role of a married couple.
Max, a Canadian spy meets Marianne, a French resistance fighter, in Casablanca during World War II. After their shared struggle against the Germans, they fall in love and marry.
However, their happy life takes a turn for the worse when Marianne is accused of being a double agent. In addition to the co-starring of a beautiful man and a beautiful woman, the film also focuses on their love story as it is tossed about by the times.
11: “The Bourne Identity” (2002)
2002’s “The Bourne Identity” is the first film in the Bourne series that created a new spy hero. The film depicts the beginning of the story of Jason Bourne’s search for himself, an agent who has lost his memory.
Bourne was salvaged off the coast of Marseilles and had lost all his memory. The man checks the contents of the Swiss bank’s safety deposit box, the only clue he has. It contained a passport with the name “Jason Bourne”, a number of forged passports, and a handgun.
The film is different from the flashy action films, with realistic spy action, careful depiction and elaborate storyline. Compared to Bond in “007” or Ethan in “MI series”, Matt Damon looks like a normal young man and the gap between what he looks like and what he does is fascinating.
10: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2018)
The sequel to the international hit spy action film Kingsman (2015). Directed by Matthew Bourne and starring Taron Egerton, this second installment in the series follows the battle between the British spy agency Kingsman and the mysterious organization The Golden Circle.
Harry Hart (Eggy’s mentor) was thought to have died in the previous film. He returns back in this movie while Colin Firth reprises his role. Newly cast members Channing Tatum and Halle Berry as agents of the Statesman, an American allied spy agency that fights alongside the Kingsman, and Elton John as himself attracted a lot of attention.
9: “Atomic Blonde” (2017)
The film adaptation of the popular graphic novel The Coldest City, directed by David Leach from the John Wick series and starring Charlize Theron.
Set in Berlin at the end of the Cold War, a top-secret list war between MI6 operatives and the eastern camp for the highest office. Charlize Theron plays MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton, who has been making a splash in action movies in recent years, playing Furiosa in “Mad Max: Death Road” (2015) and Cipher in the “Wild Speed” series.
James McAvoy, best known for his role as Professor X on the “X-MEN” series, played Lorraine’s sidekick, David Percival.
8: “Casino Royale” (2006)
James Bond has been played by a variety of actors in the original 007 series, and the 2006 Casino Royale, the title of the first novel, launched a new series with Daniel Craig in the role of Bond.
Replacing the original novel with a modern setting, the first case involving a young Bond who has been promoted to “007” license to kill and Le Chiffre who is funding a terrorist organization is depicted.
Even before the film’s release, Daniel Craig’s charm as the blond Bond attracted attention, the powerful action without CG, and the tense storyline, all of which are of a high standard, brought back fans of the sluggish series at once.
7: “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007)
Released in 2007, The Bourne Ultimatum is the final installment in the trilogy of the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, which began with The Bourne Identity.
In search of his lost memories, Jason Bourne attempts to contact Simon Ross, a newspaper reporter who is on the trail of the CIA’s covert Operation Blackbriar, but Ross is killed by the CIA right before his eyes. And then, Bourne’s own life is threatened by the CIA…
Jason Bourne’s powerful action, which is the selling point of the series, is further speeded up by director Paul Greengrass’s meticulous cut-scoring, a continuation of the previous film, and will keep viewers from blinking. With action scenes at the top of the modern era, and Bourne’s story finally coming to a close, this is a story not to be missed.
6: “Bridge of Spies” (2015)
Released in 2015, The Bridge of Spies is a film directed by Steven Spielberg. A biographical film based on a true story of the Cold War era between East and West, it was nominated in multiple categories for the 88th Academy Awards.
In 1957, American lawyer James Donovan defends Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy arrested in Brooklyn. Despite the backlash against defending a Soviet spy, Abel escaped the death penalty through Donovan’s defense, and five years later Donovan was appointed as a negotiator to replace Abel with a pilot who had been unfortunately captured by the Soviets.
There are no flashy action scenes, but the thrilling story is worth watching. Tom Hanks in the lead role and Mark Rylance, who won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in the film, give us a sense of the tension of those days even through the screen.
5: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (2015)
Rogue Nation is the fifth film in the Mission:Impossible series, released in 2015. The clinging action, played by Tom himself without a stunt, was the talk of the town even before it was released.
Ethan Hunt, a member of the IMF, is investigating the Syndicate, a stateless spy group, when the CIA orders the IMF to disband, and Ethan himself is captured by the Syndicate. With the help of a mysterious beauty, Ilsa, Ethan was able to get away with it, but what awaited him was an even more difficult task.
The scene where he gets caught up in a high-profile military aircraft makes a generous opening appearance. In this fifth film, we can’t take our eyes off of Ethan as he takes on an even more “impossibly” mission.
4: “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015)
The Kingsman: The Secret Service is a British film released in 2015 and directed by Matthew Vaughan (Kick-Ass). Despite the fact that there were other blockbusters in the same year, such as “Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “007: Spectre”, the film was so well received that it was called the best spy film of the year.
A high-class London tailor, Kingsman, is a powerful freelance spy organization. Harry Hart, a veteran agent who belongs to the Kingsman, scouts Gary Unwin, whose late father was also a Kingsman candidate. What fate awaits Gary, who takes a tough newcomer’s exam, and Harry, who takes on a huge conspiracy….
With action and spy gadgets reminiscent of the spy movies of yesteryear, and a light-hearted storyline with a touch of comedy, this film is an attractive one. As I mentioned above, it is an entertaining movie that I recommend when you want to empty your head and watch a movie.
3: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)
This is the sixth installment of the spy action “Mission: Impossible” series, in which Tom Cruise has played protagonist Ethan Hunt since the first film in 1996.
Tom Cruise has tried his hand at dangerous stunts in the past, but now he’s taking on the challenge of helicopter acrobatics in this film.
Ethan Hunt is on a mission to recover the stolen plutonium. However, someone has stolen the plutonium, and the CIA suspects it, and sends Agent Walker to monitor it. Ethan and the others follow John Lark, a man they believe to be involved with the secret organization The Apostle, who may be a clue.
2: “Infernal Affair” (2002)
The Infernal Affair is a 2002 Hong Kong film. The film was remade in 2006 as The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, and has been called one of the best Hong Kong noir films ever made, led by director John Woo, who moved to Hollywood after his break in Hong Kong.
Lau, a young constituent of the Hong Kong mafia, infiltrated the police under the direction of his boss and spent ten years building trust within the police force. Meanwhile, Lau’s fellow police officer, Yang, is ordered to infiltrate Lau’s mafia as part of an investigation.
While the setting is exciting, the story is even better than that, with an excellent storyline and advanced brain games between two people who infiltrate each other’s organizations.
1: “Skyfall” (2012)
James Bond, who was thought to be dead. And while I was lazing about it, there was a news report that MI6 headquarters had been blown up. My sense of mission got the better of me and I decided to go back to MI6.
James Bond, a British agent, succeeds in locating the enemy’s stronghold that has stolen information about NATO. When you try to reach the enemy in Istanbul, a colleague gets injured. Bond, by order, continues the chase intact, but…
This is the 23rd installment of the James Bond series, with beautiful footage shot in various parts of the world. The lead role will be played this time, also by Daniel Craig. It’s a masterpiece that adds a hard-boiled flair and makes you want to look back at the rest of the series again.
That was our list of the best spy movies of all time. We hope you loved the list and found great suggestions to watch and enjoy.
We’ve included different types of stories; from comedy story-lines to action packed scripts. We tried to bring as much variety in this list as possible.