10 Best Movies About Spies | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Ever thought about being a spy when you grow up? The idea’s pretty tempting with all the cool adventures, challenges, and fast cars, and attractive women. But before you dive into that exam prep, check out our list of ten best spy films. They’re not just entertaining but will also give you a taste of the danger that comes with the spy life.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

We see Gary Oldman stepping into the shoes of George Smiley, a retired spy brought back into the game during the Cold War. Smily’s latest mission involves sniffing out a Soviet mole hiding within MI6.

Things get interesting and dangerous as Smiley looks into his colleagues, each with a code name that appears to be taken straight out of a nursery rhyme: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Poor Man, and Beggar Man. If you like secrets and suspense, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy is a holy grail.

The Good Shepherd (2006)

In this film, Edward Wilson, a genius and patriotic Yale student, rather than choosing a typical career, gets recruited into the secretive world of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II.

Fast forward a couple of years, Wilson is promoted and becomes the founding member of the CIA. The movie is a must-watch as not only we see Edward juggling his way through global affairs but also stuff with his family, and it gets pretty tricky for him to manage both. 

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

The film follows Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer, on a nail-biting mission in East Germany. Leamas takes on the risky mission of pretending to defect to the East, all to frame a high-ranking East German intelligence officer named Mundt.

But when have things ever gone the way we predict? Forget the typical spy genre playbook – this morally ambiguous film throws it out the window, giving you a gritty and realistic look into the murky world of intelligence operations. 

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

In Kingsman: The Secret Service, we meet Eggsy, a sharp-witted teenager plucked from the streets of London to join the secretive Kingsman spy organization. Under the tutelage of suave mentor Harry, Eggsy finds out that a billionaire villain, Valentine, has diabolical plans for mass mind control.

What follows next is Eggsy and Harry going on a mission to stop a global attack. Kingsman: The Secret Service does things a bit differently – it puts a modern spin on the usual spy stories, keeping you on your toes.

Munich (2015)

In this film, we see Avner Kaufman, an Israeli Mossad agent, thrown into the driver’s seat after the tragic 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Avner puts together a team with all sorts of skills to chase down those responsible for the terrible terrorist attack.

They spend years traveling to various parts of Europe, killing the bad guys one by one.  Eventually, there comes a point where Avner gets overwhelmed by his mission. He starts questioning what’s justice and what’s just payback.

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne (2002-2016)

Jason Bourne is found drifting in the Mediterranean, a blank slate with amnesia and gunshot wounds. As Jason investigates his identity, he discovers he’s no ordinary guy but knows all kinds of combat skills and can take down a bunch of guys like they’re nothing.

Things heat up when his old office realizes he’s alive and sends in hired guns to eliminate him – only to be killed themselves. 

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Marco and his friends, including Raymond, get caught in the Korean War and get brainwashed by some communist scientists. Raymond comes back to the U.S. and accepts a Medal of Honor, but it’s all because of his pushy mom and her big-shot friends.

Marco catches a whiff of something fishy and starts poking around, and soon discovers there’s a sly plan to position Raymond in a significant role. The movie is absolutely fantastic, and the ending is just mind-blowing. I’d love to spill the beans, but that would spoil all the fun.

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

In this film, a Soviet submarine captain named Marko Ramius is on board a super high-tech sub called the Red October, and for some reason, he’s heading toward the U.S.

This sparks an intense race between the Soviet and American navies to catch the Red October. Genius analyst Jack Ryan thinks Ramius might be defecting. Thus, he boards the U.S. sub to have a sit down with Ramius and convince everyone that Ramius is a good guy, but since when have things gone exactly as planned?

Skyfall (2012)

James Bond, the spy with a license to kill, is on a new mission in Skyfall when a sneaky and dangerous cyber-terrorist, Raoul Silva, becomes the headache of MI6. Silva grabs a list of secret NATO agents, putting all their lives in immediate danger.

As Bond chases the big bad through the most picturesque places on Earth in his lavish Aston Martin, he finds out a big plot that puts his boss, M, in danger. Just like every Bond movie, Skyfall doesn’t hold back on the action, mind games, an impressive villain line-up, and all the other good stuff.

The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

Like you, we also never expected to see Paul Rudd in a serious role, and that too of a spy. He plays the role of Moe Berg, a baseball pro who also moonlights as a spy for the American Government.

When the U.S. hears whispers about the Germans working on an atomic bomb during World War II, they bring in Berg. He joins a team of scientists and spies to put a stop to this dangerous plan by killing a renowned physicist named Heisenberg, should the need arise. 

There we have it, our list of 10 best movies about spies! What do you think about our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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