Many movie genres have gone in and out of style, but spy movies have always remained popular. There’s something special about them that keeps us coming back for more. The intrigue, the glamour, and the allure of secrets that could change the world as we know it.
Are you on a mission to find (and watch) the top spy movies of all time? Well, mission accomplished – because we’ve compiled a list for you.
You may disagree about which of the series is your favourite. You may disagree about which actor plays the character best.
But here’s one thing you WILL agree on. No list of spy movies is complete without a mention of James Bond. He’s a fictional British spy with an appreciation for good food and drink and an eye for pretty ladies. As of this year (2017), there are currently 24 movies in the James Bond canon series. At least ONE of those films should be on your top spy movie list.
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold:
Another classic spy film (1965) about a fictional British agent. However, protagonist Alec Leamas couldn’t be more different from James Bond. In contrast to the glamorous side of espionage that Bond portrays, Leamas shows us the darker and arguably more authentic side.
The Hunt for Red October:
This is a 1990 espionage film set during the Cold War. A captain of the Soviet navy has plans to defect to the United States but an American CIA analyst figures out those plans.
Here’s one you can watch with the kids! A brother (9) and his sister (12) discover that their parents are actually secret agents. When their parents go missing, it’s up to Juni and Carmen to find them! The initial 2001 film resulted in three sequels.The Bourne series
The Bourne series:
Start with The Bourne Identity (2002) and work your way chronologically to the latest: Jason Bourne (2016). This series follows the fascinating journey of a man with amnesia who learns that he is a CIA assassin. Matt Damon’s portrayal of a tortured young man searching for identity is truly moving.
If you’re in the mood for something light-hearted, this 2008 spy comedy is for you. Maxwell Smart is different from any other secret agent before him. He’s clumsy, bumbling and accident-prone. Yet somehow he gets the job done. A family-friendly movie with lots of laughs, it’s an enjoyable watch.
Zero Dark Thirty:
This 2012 film received awards and acclaim for its dramatisation of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Seen through the eyes of Maya, a young CIA agent who has spent her career on this subject, it is serious, thought-provoking and compelling.
It’s not often that you find a spy movie that’s also a great chick flick! Melissa McCarthy stars as Susan, a CIA employee stuck behind the desk until her field agent partner goes missing. This is her opportunity to show off her own spy skills and save the day! Comical, entertaining and suspenseful, this 2015 film is a great one to watch with your girl friends.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E:
This 2015 film is a modern reboot of a television series from 1964. It follows the classic spy genre but there are a few moments that may surprise you. You’ll definitely find yourself laughing here and there!
Keeping up with The Joneses:
In this 2016 action comedy, a suburban couple begin to suspect their new neighbours are actually secret agents. Who is the Scorpion? Who are the Joneses, really? And who can and can’t be trusted?
These are just a few of the top spy movies of all time. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we did!