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Top 100 Best Spy Movies To Watch In 2024

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Jan 3, 2024


top 100 best spy movies to watch in 2023

 

Since the beginning of the silent era in motion pictures, spy films have managed to provide escapist entertainment to ardent fans of cinema worldwide.

 

These films, which originally attempted to cast a light on real-life events in war, also emphasized the heightening of international friction in the 20th century.

 

Needless to say, these reasons allowed the spy film genre to pick up in a way that today, it is considered to be one of the most sought-after genres in the world of cinema.

 

A plethora of spy films that revolved around the two great wars and the Nazi scourge were produced in the 1940s.

 

These flicks helped the James Bond films to come into the picture which, in turn, helped open the doors for modern-day spy features such as the 'Mission: Impossible' and the 'Jason Bourne' series.

 

That said, what adds to the class and charm of these spy films is the fact that they rely on mystery, action, and thrills to create a long-lasting impact.

 

Often, they cut across genres and, yet, keep the excitement and intellect of espionage fully intact.

 

Needless to mention, with the number of spy movies populating the cinematic universe today, one cannot help but concede that spies and movies were made for one another.

 

And, as long as there are major international incidents, the viewers will leave no stone unturned to line up to catch the movies based on those occurrences.

 

It is safe to say then that these movies will never go out of fashion and will continue to be trendsetters of sorts in the years to come.

 

So, let us now take a look at the finest spy full-length features that have managed to enthral audiences the world over.

 

 

 

1. The Departed (2006)

 

The Departed (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Departed
Release Year 2006
Watch time 151 min
Directors Martin Scorsese
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
Domestic Box office $132.38M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 85
Writers William Monahan
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Michael Ballhaus
Costume By Kristi Zea

 

Helmed by ace director Martin Scorsese, 'The Departed' tracks the journey of an undercover agent and a spy who try to counter-attack each other continually to protect themselves from being uncovered in front of the authorities; all while trying to penetrate an Irish gang.

 

Starring an ensemble cast headlined by actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin, the film won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.

 

Scorsese grabs you from the very start with his sharp understanding of Boston's atmosphere; almost as good as what he had shown for New York in 'Goodfellas' and for Las Vegas in 'Casino'.

 

The screenplay carries the suspense through to the very end, making the brilliant finale only add to the film's intelligence.

 

Also, one should watch out for the plot twists and turns and the director's knack for hard-hitting violence; each of which helps this motion picture in cementing its position at the top of this list.

 

 

 

2. North by Northwest (1959)

 

North by Northwest (1959)

 

Entity Detail
Title North by Northwest
Release Year 1959
Watch time 136 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis
Domestic Box office $13.28M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 98
Writers Ernest Lehman
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Robert Burks
Costume By Robert F. Boyle

 

Director Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece 'North by Northwest' traces the journey of an advertising executive who gets entangled in a bewildering cross-country chase that involves enemy spies, the police, and a gorgeous woman.

 

Sixty years since its coveted premiere in Chicago, the film continues to remain the perfect espionage thriller that has inspired spy flicks to this day.

 

'North by Northwest' introduced a new variety of action cinema that showcased larger-than-life adventure and extraordinary set pieces enthrall its audience.

 

Its tight script, outstanding performances, and diligent direction have had a lasting influence on the minds of its viewers who continue to return to this Hitchcock classic without giving it a second thought.

 

In addition, both Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant play a big part in making this motion picture both believable and entertaining in equal measure.

 

 

 

3. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

 

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title Inglourious Basterds
Release Year 2009
Watch time 153 min
Directors Quentin Tarantino
Cast Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent
Domestic Box office $120.54M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 69
Writers Quentin Tarantino
Music By Robert Richardson
Cinematography By Sally Menke
Costume By Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

 

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster hit 'Inglourious Basterds' tracks the journey of a few Jewish soldiers who are on an undercover mission to bring down the Nazi government and put an end to the war.

 

Meanwhile, a woman is out on another mission, seeking to avenge the death of her family.

 

This film is crammed with a lot of tension and ultra-violent images that can turn your stomach.

 

Brad Pitt is terrific in the nominal lead and the rest of the cast, especially Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent, hold their own wonderfully.

 

The action here is great and the punchlines are thoroughly enjoyable. Even though this motion picture is not a depiction of a real historical event, it does manage to draw out the evils of war and make a serious statement.

 

That said, the film is credited with setting off a new pattern in Quentin Tarantino’s career; one that allows him to amend the past and create a fantastical world.

 

 

 

4. Barry Lyndon (1975)

 

Barry Lyndon (1975)

 

Entity Detail
Title Barry Lyndon
Release Year 1975
Watch time 185 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 89
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By John Alcott
Cinematography By Tony Lawson
Costume By Roy Walker

 

Ryan O'Neal and Marisa Berenson headline Stanley Kubrick's remarkable on-screen adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic 18th-century novel about the rise and fall of a susceptible and dashing rogue.

 

After Barry Lyndon is compelled to leave Ireland after killing an English officer in a duel, he seeks his fortune as a soldier in Prussia, as a spy, and then as a gambler living among the elite of Europe.

 

Even though the viewers might have to adjust to the film's pace, it thrives on its credible period look, the ravishingly elegant photography, and Stanley Kubrick's superb direction.

 

The well-constructed story and the hypnotizing musical score are only aided by the exemplary performances.

 

The intriguing story maintains its tempo and Lyndon slowly reveals himself to be crooked who only truly cares about his son.

 

That said, many other elements and memorable moments make this is more than a watchable feature film.

 

 

5. Casino Royale (2006)

 

Casino Royale (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Casino Royale
Release Year 2006
Watch time 144 min
Directors Martin Campbell
Cast Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright
Domestic Box office $167.45M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 80
Writers Neal Purvis
Music By David Arnold
Cinematography By Phil Meheux
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

Director Martin Campbell's 'Casino Royale' shows special agent James Bond embarking on a mission to prevent Le Chiffre, a mob banker, from winning a high-stakes poker game.

 

He is assisted by Vesper Lynd, a British Treasury agent. Bond outsmarts Le Chiffre, and survives a near-death experience followed by torture.

 

Later, an unexpected double cross happens and even Bond falls prey to it. This well-constructed film is heavy on stunts and is also smartly penned.

 

The hand-to-hand combat is intense and punishing, and makes Daniel Craig come across as a true-blue agent.

 

That said, where 'Casino Royale' succeeds is that it manages to successfully bring a whole lot of freshness to the franchise.

 

Even though one of the longest James Bond movies ever, it never becomes tedious, and even the romance here is interesting for a change.

 

Eva Green works as Bond's love interest and Mads Mikkelsen provides a good menacing foil.

 

 

6. Notorious (1946)

 

Notorious (1946)

 

Entity Detail
Title Notorious
Release Year 1946
Watch time 102 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern
Domestic Box office $10.46M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 100
Writers Ben Hecht
Music By Roy Webb
Cinematography By Ted Tetzlaff
Costume By William Dorfman

 

Director Alfred Hitchcock brings iconic actors Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant together in this fantastic spy flick.

 

The story shows the daughter of a sentenced Nazi spy being implored by American agents to gather information on a ring of Nazi scientists in South America.

 

The suspense in the screenplay truly gets to the viewers and keeps them on the edge of their seats.

 

The cinematography, locations, and costumes are fitting and the background score is beautiful, to say the least.

 

When Hitchcock gets his camera away from the Bergman-Grant romance, he manages to pull off some surprisingly suspenseful scenes with great energy and enthusiasm.

 

While the motion picture is hands down a good one, the ending is even more superb.

 

 

7. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

 

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Bourne Ultimatum
Release Year 2007
Watch time 115 min
Directors Paul Greengrass
Cast Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles
Domestic Box office $227.47M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 85
Writers Tony Gilroy
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Oliver Wood
Costume By Peter Wenham

 

Helmed by Paul Greengrass, 'The Bourne Ultimatum' is a spy thriller that attempts to trace the journey of Jason Bourne; a former CIA assassin who suffers from amnesia, and who has set out to track down a CIA official while struggling to retain memories of a forgotten past.

 

Those who have seen 'The Bourne Identity' and 'The Bourne Supremacy' will like and understand 'The Bourne Ultimatum' better.

 

That said, "Ultimatum" looks sharp and stylish and encompasses even more breathtaking locations than its predecessors.

 

The story never loses momentum and barely ceases to be real. It is a tight adrenaline rush that thrives on its exciting action scenes, meaty storytelling, and lots of emotion and characterization.

 

Moreover, the climax of this action thriller is terrific and is the perfect end to what has become a brilliant series of films.

 

 

8. Stalag 17 (1953)

 

Stalag 17 (1953)

 

Entity Detail
Title Stalag 17
Release Year 1953
Watch time 120 min
Directors Billy Wilder
Cast William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 84
Writers Billy Wilder
Music By Franz Waxman
Cinematography By Ernest Laszlo
Costume By Wally Westmore

 

Written for the screen and directed by Billy Wilder, this motion picture shows the barracks black marketeer J. J. Sefton being doubted of being an informer after two Americans are killed while escaping from a German P. O. W. camp in World War II.

 

An outstanding assortment of drama and comic relief, it has continued to entertain viewers of classic cinema to date. The believable setting and atmosphere make it easy for them to enter the characters' world.

 

Wilder not only deserves a round of applause for his great picturization but also because he manages to create an interesting set of characters and ensures that the actors playing them deliver.

 

 

9. The Bourne Identity (2002)

 

The Bourne Identity (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Bourne Identity
Release Year 2002
Watch time 119 min
Directors Doug Liman
Cast Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen
Domestic Box office $121.66M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 68
Writers Tony Gilroy
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Oliver Wood
Costume By Dan Weil

 

Director Doug Liman's 'The Bourne Identity' traces the journey of a man whose bullet-ridden body is found and looked after by strangers.

 

He soon wakes up with a blank memory and begins a voyage to understand his identity; unaware that the road ahead is full of threats.

 

Jason Bourne is one such identity that he finds on a passport with a photo of him being affixed, but there are a few more with different names.

 

Also, there are people who want him dead and they may be the key to figuring out the riddle behind all this.

 

This motion picture has set a new standard for contemporary spy thrillers. It banks more on human understanding than on its special effects to connect with the viewers. It has a straightforward and gripping storyline that unfolds rather steadily.

 

'The Bourne Identity' not only does what it set out to do well, with lots of fun and intrigue injected into its screenplay, but it is also a spy flick that has a brain that honors its core audience.

 

The movie has a reasonably dynamic soundtrack and an original sound quality that helps too; as does the astute direction that helps it stride along with confidence and at a good pace.

 

 

10. Duck Soup (1933)

 

Duck Soup (1933)

 

Entity Detail
Title Duck Soup
Release Year 1933
Watch time 69 min
Directors Leo McCarey
Cast Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 93
Writers Bert Kalmar
Music By John Leipold
Cinematography By Henry Sharp
Costume By Dale Van Sickel

 

This Leo McCarey directorial venture is one of the most distinct feature films to make it to this list.

 

The story showcases how after the nation of Freedonia becomes insolvent, Rufus T. Firefly becomes the new president.

 

However, to take advantage of the event, the neighboring nation Sylvania sends two spies to Freedonia to overthrow Rufus.

 

What one notices about this motion picture is that it is a satire of sorts on civilization, manners, government, the military, and the bureaucracy.

 

This gem of a spy comedy thrives on its skillful and clever direction and beautiful picturization; something that is evident from the sets and costumes used in the story.

 

Even though there is a lot of humor in the movie, the story does not feel contrived or creaky. That said, the pleasant and quirky background score and praiseworthy performances only make it a worthy watch.

 

 

11. Taken (2008)

 

Taken (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Taken
Release Year 2008
Watch time 90 min
Directors Pierre Morel
Cast Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser
Domestic Box office $145.00M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 51
Writers Luc Besson
Music By Nathaniel Méchaly
Cinematography By Michel Abramowicz
Costume By Hugues Tissandier

 

Helmed by Pierre Morel, 'Taken' is a modern-day revenge thriller that tracks the journey of a retired CIA agent who travels across Europe and banks on his skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been abducted while on a trip to Paris.

 

Even though this feature film may not have the intricacies of the expertly crafted Jason Bourne series, it is gritty enough to keep its audience engaged.

 

The path that Liam Neeson carves to get his kidnapped daughter back is both exciting and dangerous.

 

That said, one does not have to be a parent or a fan of spy movies to empathize with his character in this one.

 

The viewers will relish how a trained former government agent goes hammer and tongs at the bad guys here.

 

 

12. The Conversation (1974)

 

The Conversation (1974)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Conversation
Release Year 1974
Watch time 113 min
Directors Francis Ford Coppola
Cast Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest
Domestic Box office $4.42M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 85
Writers Francis Ford Coppola
Music By David Shire
Cinematography By Bill Butler
Costume By Aggie Guerard Rodgers

 

Master director Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Conversation' tells the story of a paranoid, covert surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he speculates that the couple that he is spying on is soon to be murdered.

 

The brilliantly executed screenplay and flawless direction never let the movie go off-track and, therefore, keep the suspense duly intact.

 

This one is a haunting and well-constructed masterpiece that merges great acting with brilliant storytelling to make an impact.

 

This is precisely why 'The Conversation' will hold its ground as one of the most competent and suspenseful spy dramas of all time.

 

What adds to the film's strength is the fact that it taps into the '70s paranoia about technology and surveillance smartly.

 

 

13. Skyfall (2012)

 

Skyfall (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Skyfall
Release Year 2012
Watch time 143 min
Directors Sam Mendes
Cast Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench
Domestic Box office $304.36M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 81
Writers Neal Purvis
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Dennis Gassner

 

Directed by Sam Mendes, 'Skyfall' tells the story of an ex-MI6 agent who steals a hard drive with top confidential information to carry out a vendetta on Bond's overseer, M. Left with little option, Bond is forced to confront his past in a bid to try and protect M.

 

The plot of this motion picture has been penned simply and resorts to most of Hollywood's conventions.

 

However, what fills out the simple storyline is a series of James Bond-like delights - thrills, intrigue, and a series of emotional kills.

 

While the supporting cast in the film is good, director Mendes ensures that Judi Dench gets the direction that she deserves; all while making sure that Daniel Craig responds to his technique aptly as well.

 

The film is full of exotic locations, glamorous women, speeding automobiles, incredible stunts, Bond's machismo, and a decent amount of dry humor; each of which helps in making it a momentous James Bond project.

 

 

14. Argo (2012)

 

Argo (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Argo
Release Year 2012
Watch time 120 min
Directors Ben Affleck
Cast Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin
Domestic Box office $136.03M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 86
Writers Chris Terrio
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Rodrigo Prieto
Costume By Sharon Seymour

 

This Academy Award-winner for Best Picture has been directed by and stars Ben Affleck in the lead.

 

It traces the journey of an exfiltration expert who poses as a Hollywood producer in order to rescue six Americans who are held captive in Tehran during the United States hostage crisis in Iran.

 

The magnificent direction manages to really capture the look of the era and makes the on-screen characters look as real as the real-world personalities that they are playing.

 

Affleck plays the protagonist who has a history of pulling off good intelligence coups in the most amazing way possible.

 

'Argo' has a taut and authentic setting and is certainly one of the best motion pictures of the year that it was released in.

 

It will not be an exaggeration to state that it is also one of the smartest and most intelligent nail-biters of the modern era. Also, the climax of this movie is arguably among the best that one could witness on celluloid.

 

 

15. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kingsman: The Secret Service
Release Year 2014
Watch time 129 min
Directors Matthew Vaughn
Cast Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
Domestic Box office $128.26M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 60
Writers Jane Goldman
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By George Richmond
Costume By David Morison

 

This Matthew Vaughn directorial venture tracks the journey of Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin who starts to face several challenges after he gets recruited as a secret agent in a secret spy organization to look for Richmond Valentine, an eco-terrorist.

 

This feature film is contemporary, brutal, and gleeful, all at the same time. That said, it is an extremely quintessentially British flick that also showcases a quirky image of England with Elan.

 

The production value, imaginative camera work, and sharp editing, especially in the action sequences, make this movie come across as grand.

 

Add to that the fact that the witty and well-written script contains some memorable characters.

 

Overall, this motion picture provides decent entertainment while telling the violent story of a secret service agency in London.

 

 

16. Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

 

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Release Year 2018
Watch time 147 min
Directors Christopher McQuarrie
Cast Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg
Domestic Box office $220.16M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 86
Writers Bruce Geller
Music By Lorne Balfe
Cinematography By Rob Hardy
Costume By Jille Azis

 

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, 'Mission Impossible: Fallout' tells the story of a group of terrorists that plans to detonate three plutonium cores for a concurrent nuclear attack on different cities.

 

Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt, along with his IMF team, sets out to stop the massacre.

 

One of the best movies of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, this one ride on its beautiful locations and stunning usage of colors and special effects that make it a feast for the eyes.

 

The action here is bigger and bolder than in the previous films of the franchise and Cruise pulls off the stunts effortlessly.

 

On top of it all, the script in this feature film is sharp and is filled with the right amount of humor and intrigue; each of which plays out really well as the story progresses.

 

 

17. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Release Year 2014
Watch time 136 min
Directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford
Domestic Box office $259.77M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 70
Writers Christopher Markus
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By Trent Opaloch
Costume By Peter Wenham

 

Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, this motion picture tells the story of Steve Rogers, who, after adapting to the complexities of a contemporary world, joins Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson in his mission to unearth the secret behind a deadly, mysterious killer.

 

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is a well-crafted, well-paced spy/action film that has a lot of things working in its favor. It does everything to improve on every aspect of its predecessor.

 

The action here is the driving force here for the action sequences have been shot well and look exciting and gritty on celluloid.

 

Moreover, The Russo Brothers' execution of hand-to-hand combat looks fantastic. Add to that the fact that the screenplay does not rely too heavily on visual effects to make an impression.

 

 

18. Goldfinger (1964)

 

Goldfinger (1964)

 

This Guy Hamilton directorial venture traces the journey of MI6 agent James Bond, who is scrutinizing a gold-smuggling ring run by businessman Auric Goldfinger.

 

As he delves deeper into his activities, he uncovers an alarming plan to attack Fort Knox's gold reserves.

 

Headlined by the iconic Sean Connery, 'Goldfinger' has to be among the finest James Bond films in terms of how the stunts have been executed and how the story has been told.

 

Even though the plot is not the most exciting of all Bond features, it is still gripping enough to grab the attention of the viewers.

 

The direction here is clever, the cinematography is super stylish, and the locations are stunning, to say the least.

 

Furthermore, one can never get enough of the theme song sung by Shirley Bassey, which is like the icing on the cake.

 

 

19. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

 

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Bourne Supremacy
Release Year 2004
Watch time 108 min
Directors Paul Greengrass
Cast Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox
Domestic Box office $176.24M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 73
Writers Robert Ludlum
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Oliver Wood
Costume By Dominic Watkins

 

This Paul Greengrass-helmed project shows how after being wrongly framed in a CIA operation, Jason Bourne is compelled to return to his old ways as an assassin, in order to figure out why they are still after him.

 

This is a superior action movie with the added bonus of good acting by actors Joan Allen, Matt Damon, and Karl Urban, among others.

 

The camera work here is tight and amazing, and the on-locale settings of Russia and Germany are displayed wonderfully.

 

In addition, the script, which is sharp and competent, has more prominence here. Damon continues to impress in this high-quality edge-of-your-seat thriller.

 

Also, the final action sequence and the subway scene are the ones to look out for, for they are truly heart-stopping.

 

 

20. No Time to Die (2021)

 

No Time to Die (2021)

 

This Cary Joji Fukunaga directorial venture brings together Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Ralph Fiennes, and Rami Malek for the big screen.

 

The story of this big-ticket motion picture shows James Bond's retirement being cut short after Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up begging for help. This leads Bond to the trail of an unusual friend armed with dangerous new technology.

 

Daniel Craig, who makes his fifth and final appearance as Agent Bond, delivers a good performance.

 

Hans Zimmer provides evocative music and the film is packed with drama and high-octane action.

 

In addition, 'No Time to Die' has a good story that is aided occasionally by cool gadgets and gimmicks.

 

 

21. Sicario (2015)

 

Sicario (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sicario
Release Year 2015
Watch time 121 min
Directors Denis Villeneuve
Cast Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
Domestic Box office $46.89M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 82
Writers Taylor Sheridan
Music By Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Patrice Vermette

 

This Denis Villeneuve directorial venture displays how during a tricky mission to stop a drug cartel operating between the United States and Mexico, Kate Macer, an FBI agent, is exposed to some brutal realities.

 

Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin in significant roles, 'Sicario' manages to develop a lot of anticipation and intensity through the course of its 120-minute-long runtime.

 

The sharp performances and terrific dialogues are aided by striking cinematography and a brilliant background score; each of which helps in making it one of the finest atmospheric thrillers in contemporary cinema.

 

The courageous and visceral setting and the tight and stylish editing help in enhancing the brutal atmosphere with brilliance in this one.

 

Also, Villeneuve's direction has beautiful darkness to it that comes across as perfect while telling the kind of story that this is.

 

 

22. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

 

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Hunt for Red October
Release Year 1990
Watch time 135 min
Directors John McTiernan
Cast Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill
Domestic Box office $122.01M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 58
Writers Tom Clancy
Music By Basil Poledouris
Cinematography By Jan de Bont
Costume By Terence Marsh

 

This John McTiernan directorial venture tells the story of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who thinks that Soviet nuclear submarine commander Captain Marko Ramius is scheming to defect. But, he only has a few hours to find him and the submarine.

 

This motion picture is an adaptation of Tom Clancy's bestselling novel of the same name and is the first installment of the film series with the protagonist Jack Ryan.

 

Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery star in this fast-paced drama and deliver one of the finest performances of their respective careers.

 

Sam Neill and James Earl Jones hold their own in the story. Needless to say, it is the performances and the seminal submarine work that holds this film together.

 

What is also worth mentioning is that the storytelling creates enough intrigue with the back-and-forth political deals between the American and Russian officials; something that gives this movie a definitive edge.

 

 

23. Bridge of Spies (2015)

 

Bridge of Spies (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bridge of Spies
Release Year 2015
Watch time 142 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
Domestic Box office $72.31M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 81
Writers Matt Charman
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Adam Stockhausen

 

Director Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' tracks the journey of James B Donovan who defends a likely KGB spy, Rudolf Abel, in the US courts.

 

He is eventually called upon to mediate an exchange of Rudolf with a US pilot, Francis Powers, who was caught in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

 

This movie is based on true events and stars Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks in prominent roles.

 

The spy drama is engrossing from the beginning to the end and also has some relevant humor woven into its screenplay.

 

The cinematography and special effects used here are both superb and help in showcasing some gorgeous shots on celluloid.

 

Furthermore, the characters are engaging enough and both Hanks and Rylance deliver noteworthy performances each in this solid spy thriller that carries political undertones.

 

 

24. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

 

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

 

Entity Detail
Title Where Eagles Dare
Release Year 1968
Watch time 158 min
Directors Brian G. Hutton
Cast Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 63
Writers Alistair MacLean
Music By Ron Goodwin
Cinematography By Arthur Ibbetson
Costume By Yvonne Blake

 

Director Brian G. Hutton's 'Where Eagles Dare' showcases what happens when allied secret agents stage a courageous raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American brigadier general George Carnaby prisoner.

 

This motion picture not only banks on the fine execution of its action sequences but also on a number of twists and turns to hold the attention of the viewers until the end.

 

It is a well-made movie that is hilarious and exciting at the same time.

 

Furthermore, the striking cinematography, the rousing musical score, and the sharp script blend well to ensure a decent viewing experience.

 

When it comes to the performances, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood do a great job each, but it is the supporting performances of Donald Houston, Anton Diffring, and Michael Hordern that really make the difference.

 

 

25. Munich (2005)

 

Munich (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Munich
Release Year 2005
Watch time 164 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds
Domestic Box office $47.40M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 74
Writers Tony Kushner
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Rick Carter

 

Director Steven Spielberg makes it to our story yet again with his thriller 'Munich'. The film tells the story of a terrorist organization that kills eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and how a team of five men, headed by Avner Kaufman, is entrusted with the task of bringing the culprits to justice.

 

'Munich' rides on its gripping storytelling, authentic performances, and big explosions; each of which makes it come across as a compelling and wholesome watch.

 

Even though it plays accurately to the tragic 1972 hostage crisis, some scenes can risk confusing the viewers at times, especially after the first couple of hours of its runtime.

 

Overall, this is a great piece of cinema and ranks certainly among one of Spielberg's better efforts.

 

 

26. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

 

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Guns of Navarone
Release Year 1961
Watch time 158 min
Directors J. Lee Thompson
Cast David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle
Domestic Box office $28.90M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore ---
Writers Alistair MacLean
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Oswald Morris
Costume By George Frost

 

Director J. Lee Thompson's 'The Guns of Navarone' tells the story of a group of elite Greek soldiers that has been assigned the unthinkable task of taking out the powerful German cannons on the Aegean island with the assistance of guerrilla fighters.

 

This spectacular motion picture is based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel of the same name.

 

The acting here is great with a remarkable ensemble cast headlined by actors like Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and Anthony Quayle, among others.

 

Also, the story is deep and complex and takes its time to deliver what it promises.

 

The screenplay, which progresses with a great deal of friction and realism, encompasses atmospheric scenery, vivid lighting, and skilled photography; each of which gives this movie a hauntingly real look.

 

 

27. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

 

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

 

Helmed by Christopher McQuarrie, this spy action entertainer is the sequel to 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' and the seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible film series.

 

We catch Ethan Hunt and his IMF team coming together to track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands and leads to terrible consequences.

 

Even though the movie opened to widespread acclaim from audiences and critics alike, it surprisingly fell short of expectations at the box office.

 

However, the thrilling action and wonderful locations are a reason strong enough for the viewers to still look forward to the franchise.

 

 

28. The Rock (1996)

 

The Rock (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Rock
Release Year 1996
Watch time 136 min
Directors Michael Bay
Cast Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer
Domestic Box office $134.07M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 58
Writers David Weisberg
Music By Nick Glennie-Smith Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By John Schwartzman
Costume By Michael White

 

Director Michael Bay brings together the team of Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris to tell the story of the dishonest Brigadier General Frank Hummel who terrorizes the government to launch rockets on the city of San Francisco.

 

However, a mild-mannered chemist and an ex-convict team up to stop the general. A delight for the fans of action cinema, 'The Rock' truly stands like a rock to deliver rock-solid entertainment banking on its dialogues, implausible but fun storyline, and some really popular stars doing what they do best.

 

That said, what strikes the viewers the most about this motion picture is that it is the villains who deliver some of the finest punchlines in it.

 

It has to be the incredibly cheesy yet destructive car chase sequence through San Francisco.

 

However, besides its humor, what also works in the film's favor is the chemistry that Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery share.

 

 

29. From Russia with Love (1963)

 

From Russia with Love (1963)

 

Starring Sean Connery in the lead, this Terence Young-helmed motion picture tracks the journey of James Bond, who is searching for a Lektor cryptographic device that has the potential to wreak havoc in the world.

 

At the same time, he is attempting to tackle SPECTRE; a secret crime organization that wishes to acquire the device.

 

This one is a tightly planned and well-acted James Bond spy thriller with superb action to boot.

 

The cinematography in a subplot that unfolds in Istanbul and along the Mediterranean Sea is gorgeous.

 

Sean Connery plays Bond to the hilt and he is ably assisted by the cast in support.

 

Needless to say, 'From Russia with Love' has everything one would like to see in a James Bond film - action, romance, and uncommon locations, and with Connery in the lead role, who would dare to complain?!

 

 

30. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

 

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Release Year 2015
Watch time 131 min
Directors Christopher McQuarrie
Cast Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Domestic Box office $195.04M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 75
Writers Bruce Geller
Music By Joe Kraemer
Cinematography By Robert Elswit
Costume By Jim Bissell

 

This Christopher McQuarrie directorial venture attempts to show how after the dissolution of the IMF and with the CIA hunting Ethan Hunt, he and his squad plan to race against time to prove the truth of the Syndicate, a highly-skilled terror organization before they plan their next attack.

 

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' banks on its strong script, polished humor, and intrigue factor to entertain the fans of this much-loved franchise.

 

The story is told at a good pace and holds the attention of the viewers without letting go until the film reaches its finale.

 

Tom Cruise, as usual, handles his stunts impressively. Rebecca Ferguson shows a knack for scene-stealing and is like a breath of fresh air in this one.

 

Sean Harris works as a menacing villain, and Simon Pegg's provides the necessary comic relief here.

 

In addition, Jeremy Renner's presence only helps in making this thriller even more adventurous.

 

 

31. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

 

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Man Who Knew Too Much
Release Year 1956
Watch time 120 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles
Domestic Box office $10.25M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 76
Writers John Michael Hayes
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Robert Burks
Costume By Henry Bumstead Hal Pereira

 

Director Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' shows the people involved in an assassination in Morocco manoeuvring to eradicate the members of a family who have witnessed it.

 

While not the most famous Hitchcock movie out there, it is still worth watching. It features two of the most iconic Hollywood stars of the time, namely James Stewart and Doris Day.

 

The screenplay encompasses Day's quintessential song "Que Sera Sera", and the actor also credits it with her lifelong commitment to animals.

 

In addition, this trademark suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock movie has promising subplots of murder and intrigue injected into its screenplay.

 

 

32. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

 

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Zero Dark Thirty
Release Year 2012
Watch time 157 min
Directors Kathryn Bigelow
Cast Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong
Domestic Box office $95.72M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 95
Writers Mark Boal
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Greig Fraser
Costume By Jeremy Hindle Kulwant Maan

 

Helmed by Kathryn Bigelow, 'Zero Dark Thirty' traces the journey of a group of CIA operatives, led by analyst Maya, that spends over a decade trailing the location of one of the most dreaded names in the United States of America: Osama Bin Laden.

 

This Academy Award nominee for Best Picture is a skillfully made motion picture that has been shot like a documentary and with many lesser-known actors.

 

However, it is an exceptional thriller about the decade-long hunt for Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks.

 

The viewers appreciate the fact that the film does not get preachy and, instead, just tells the gripping story that it set out to do.

 

Furthermore, the final sequence is hands down thrilling for its visuals have been wonderfully supervised by its makers.

 

 

33. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

 

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

 

Entity Detail
Title Three Days of the Condor
Release Year 1975
Watch time 117 min
Directors Sydney Pollack
Cast Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow
Domestic Box office $41.51M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 63
Writers James Grady
Music By Dave Grusin
Cinematography By Owen Roizman
Costume By Stephen B. Grimes

 

Helmed by Sydney Pollack, this feature film stars Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow in crucial roles. It traces the journey of a CIA researcher who is stunned to see that all of his co-workers are dead.

 

He is bookish and has little to no knowledge of how to outwit those who are responsible for their death.

 

The screenplay follows if he is able to figure out if he can truly trust someone.

 

There are several stories that strive to cast a light on the intelligence communities, but only a few have a believable storyline.

 

This is one of those few and, therefore, it is as relevant today as it was back when it hit the screens.

 

Sydney Pollack keeps things going with the tension in the screenplay intact and with some decent performances to boot.

 

Also, viewers who admire unpredictable espionage thrillers would cherish the ending here.

 

 

34. The Constant Gardener (2005)

 

The Constant Gardener (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Constant Gardener
Release Year 2005
Watch time 129 min
Directors Fernando Meirelles
Cast Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé
Domestic Box office $33.58M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 82
Writers Jeffrey Caine
Music By Alberto Iglesias
Cinematography By César Charlone
Costume By Mark Tildesley

 

Based on the best-selling spy novel by John le Carre, this edge-of-your-seat tale of murder, betrayal, and revenge has been lauded as a hair-raising thriller with an unforgettable conclusion.

 

Directed by Fernando Meirelles, the movie stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in the lead roles and tells the story of a widower who is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate fraud, respectively.

 

Even though Fiennes fits the role and delivers, it is Weisz who steals the show completely with her Oscar-worthy performance of a human rights activist who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

 

This feature film comes with an exotic African location, reasonably good performances, and a passionate "undercover" story with a social angle to it.

 

 

35. Tenet (2020)

 

Tenet (2020)

 

This Christopher Nolan directorial venture made news worldwide for the complexity of its plot. It tells the story of a CIA operative who must come to the world's rescue after a few objects that can be manipulated and used as weapons in the future fall into the wrong hands.

 

This mind-blowing addition to Nolan's already-impressive film profile opened to positive reviews. Indeed, it is a time-splitting spectacle that manages to keep its viewers at the edge of their seats throughout its runtime.

 

This delightfully complicated feature hit the screens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

36. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

 

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Release Year 2011
Watch time 132 min
Directors Brad Bird
Cast Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton
Domestic Box office $209.40M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 73
Writers Bruce Geller
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Robert Elswit
Costume By Jim Bissell

 

Helmed by Brad Bird, this motion picture shows the IMF being wrongly accused of bombing the Kremlin. Ethan Hunt and his team race against time to find the real culprits and clear the prestige of their organization.

 

The fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise might just be its most watchable one.

 

Its imaginative set pieces, extraordinary stunts, likable cast, and fast pace make for an endlessly rewarding viewing experience.

 

The film is shot and edited stylishly and the outlandish gadgets shown go well with the storytelling.

 

Even though not a typical spy flick, 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' still carries the vibe and feel of a conventional spy thriller.

 

Bird proves his efficiency as a director in this action thriller that also shows spectacles like Tom Cruise dangling off the Burj Khalifa tower and, thus, making the awestruck viewers gape at the silver screen.

 

 

37. Enemy of the State (1998)

 

Enemy of the State (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title Enemy of the State
Release Year 1998
Watch time 132 min
Directors Tony Scott
Cast Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet
Domestic Box office $111.55M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 67
Writers David Marconi
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams Trevor Rabin
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Benjamín Fernández

 

Director Tony Scott's 'Enemy of the State' shows a videotape containing footage of congressman Phil Hammersley's killing being planted on lawyer Robert Dean. Sooner than later, he becomes a target of the government operatives who are trying to retrieve the evidence.

 

This motion picture is full of energy and it feels like it has hardly dated at all.

 

To be honest, the story feels more relevant than ever for a world that is dominated by surveillance technology today.

 

It would be safe to say that this criminally underrated feature film is quite possibly the highlight of Tony Scott's exciting career.

 

It is skillfully directed and still feels fresh; more importantly, it still looks good.

 

The chase scenes on foot and vehicles are also well done. In addition, Will Smith, who plays a man who has been wronged, does justice to his character play.

 

 

38. Ronin (1998)

 

Ronin (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title Ronin
Release Year 1998
Watch time 122 min
Directors John Frankenheimer
Cast Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård
Domestic Box office $41.62M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 67
Writers J.D. Zeik
Music By Elia Cmiral
Cinematography By Robert Fraisse
Costume By Michael Z. Hanan

 

Directed by John Frankenheimer and starring the legendary Robert De Niro in the lead, 'Ronin' tracks the journey of Sam, an ex-US intelligence officer who hires a band of Japanese mercenaries to procure a mysterious suitcase which is about to fall into the hands of the Russians.

 

This motion picture is packed with twists, double-crosses, and triple-crosses from the beginning until the end.

 

It rides on a lot of action that involves intense shoot-outs to dramatic car chases.

 

The cast, led by the effortlessly cool De Niro, delivers without fail.

 

He and Jean Reno share solid chemistry for the major part of the screenplay and it truly shows on the screen.

 

This extraordinarily underrated feature film has to be one of the better action thrillers to have hit the screens in the latter part of the 1990s.

 

 

39. GoldenEye (1995)

 

GoldenEye (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title GoldenEye
Release Year 1995
Watch time 130 min
Directors Martin Campbell
Cast Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen
Domestic Box office $106.60M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 65
Writers Ian Fleming
Music By Éric Serra
Cinematography By Phil Meheux
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

Director Martin Campbell's 'GoldenEye' tells the story of Agent 007, who, along with Natalia Simonav, tours to Russia to locate the satellite nuclear weapon stolen by Alec, a former agent, who Bond understood was dead.

 

This espionage thriller rides on its sensational and spectacularly difficult action set pieces, beautiful cinematography, and superb locations to connect.

 

Among the stunts performed, the one that stands out is the car chase sequence through the streets of St. Petersburg.

 

Furthermore, Tina Turner sings the title song in the most stunning manner and the atmospheric score by Eric Serra is like a cherry on the top of the cake.

 

Overall, 'GoldenEye' is a satisfying James Bond spy flick that does its best to capture the recipe with its cheeky humor, enjoyable set-pieces and action sequences, and a typical world-threatening plot.

 

And, yes, Brosnan shines as the ultimate James Bond.

 

 

40. The Equalizer (2014)

 

The Equalizer (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Equalizer
Release Year 2014
Watch time 132 min
Directors Antoine Fuqua
Cast Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour
Domestic Box office $101.53M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 57
Writers Richard Wenk
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Mauro Fiore
Costume By Naomi Shohan

 

This Antoine Fuqua directorial venture tells the story of Robert McCall, a former special service commando who has given up on violence and hopes to lead a calm and restful life.

 

However, some brutal events force him to take up the fight for justice.

 

Loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, 'The Equalizer' has a plot that connects in a big way, courtesy of Denzel Washington's intense and towering performance.

 

That said, it doesn't ride heavily on its action to make an impact; it is the execution of the plot where it truly excels.

 

That said, when the action does hit, it hits hard without shying away from delivering crowd-pleasing violence.

 

Even though the film starts slowly, the screenplay is consistent and never gets boring, and this gives enough time to the viewers to let everything sink in.

 

 

41. Dr. No (1962)

 

Dr. No (1962)

 

Director Terence Young's 'Dr. No' tells the story of Agent 007, who decides to battle against the eccentric scientist Dr. No, who seems determined to damage the United States space program. For this purpose, James Bond voyages to Jamaica to nip this megalomaniac threat in the bud.

 

Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, the film stars Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, and Jack Lord in pivotal roles.

 

Even though the screenplay starts a little slow, it gathers momentum in the second half.

 

While Sean Connery's Bond is too civilized and charming in this feature film, he is closer to the real Bond than any of the subsequent Sean Connery movies.

 

Also, this film succeeds in the sense that it remains faithful to its source material.

 

Needless to say, there is very little not to like in this action-packed but believable Bond flick.

 

 

42. True Lies (1994)

 

True Lies (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title True Lies
Release Year 1994
Watch time 141 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Arnold Schwarz, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton
Domestic Box office $146.28M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 63
Writers Claude Zidi
Music By Brad Fiedel
Cinematography By Russell Carpenter
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

Director James Cameron's 'True Lies' stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles. It shows how a secret agent's life takes a shocking turn after he realizes that his wife is having an extramarital affair.

 

Now, he does not only have the task to save the world but also his own marriage.

 

While this spy drama thrives on its superb action, there are also other exhilarating bits that are incorporated into its screenplay; each of which makes it even more entertaining.

 

Director James Cameron also adds a dash of humor to this one.

 

Moreover, despite his heavy persona, Schwarzenegger is tremendously funny as the main lead and is able to portray his action-hero persona and marry it with a family man facade; something that is extraordinarily fun to watch.

 

 

43. Shooter (2007)

 

Shooter (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Shooter
Release Year 2007
Watch time 124 min
Directors Antoine Fuqua
Cast Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover
Domestic Box office $47.00M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 53
Writers Jonathan Lemkin
Music By Mark Mancina
Cinematography By Peter Menzies Jr.
Costume By J. Dennis Washington

 

Starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead, this Antoine Fuqua directorial venture traces the journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a sniper who sets out to search for a killer who intends to assassinate the president of the United States of America.

 

However, he soon finds himself in a dilemma after he is accused of an ambush.

 

Wahlberg does an excellent job of portraying a disconnected veteran who has no admiration for the government and really brings the character to the viewers.

 

He is supported by terrific Michael Pena and Danny Glover. Wahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger is a great lead character for he isn't too immune; he gets shot and has to deal with the consequences of his actions.

 

Furthermore, the action in 'Shooter' is good and the story is relatively tight; making it more than a watchable thriller.

 

 

44. American Made (2017)

 

American Made (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title American Made
Release Year 2017
Watch time 115 min
Directors Doug Liman
Cast Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons
Domestic Box office $51.34M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 65
Writers Gary Spinelli
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By César Charlone
Costume By Dan Weil

 

This Tom Cruise-starrer tells the story of Barry Seal, a commercial airline pilot who gets himself involved in drugs and arms smuggling while working for the CIA.

 

Soon after, he turns into a government snitch in order to evade his jail time.

 

Helmed by Doug Liman, this feature film is inspired by the life of Barry Seal and is a pure piece of cinematic entertainment.

 

Cruise plays his part elegantly; portraying a character of lies in a movie about lies; a trait that makes 'American Made' come off as both amusing and refreshing.

 

Add to that the fact that the screenplay touches upon topics such as corruption, political interference, trafficking of weapons, and drugs.

 

 

45. The Ipcress File (1965)

 

The Ipcress File (1965)

 

Starring Michael Caine as the main protagonist, this Sidney J. Furie directorial venture shows the famous scientist Dr. Radcliffe being kidnaped and his security guard being killed in the process. British spy Harry Palmer is asked to investigate the case and rescue the victim.

 

Caine plays the spy wonderfully and one can't help but appreciate him for making Palmer both approachable and plausible.

 

The mystery in the story unfolds rather steadily which gives the screenplay ample time to build the atmosphere.

 

In addition, 'The Ipcress File' also shows the audience what London looked like in the sixties; something that is nothing short of a joy to behold on-screen.

 

 

46. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

 

This Tomas Alfredson-helmed project is based on John le Carré's novel of the same name.

 

It tells the story of an ex-spy, George, who is summoned by the Government to investigate a furtive case.

 

We track if George is able to reveal the identity of a secret Soviet Agent assumed to be working within their system.

 

Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy in prominent roles, 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' is a slow-burner. However, once the anxiety soars, the story gets going and introduces more characters that help in making the film even more absorbing.

 

The period recreation in this motion picture has been authentically done and the cinematography is impressive and goes along well with the menacing tone and feel of the film.

 

Add to that the fact that the assured direction and electrifying music work wonders in ascertaining that the story doesn't skip the minds of the viewers soon after they have seen it.

 

 

47. Tiger 3 (2023)

 

tiger 3 (2023)

 

In the third and much-awaited film of the beloved Tiger franchise from India's Bollywood, we catch Salman Khan's Tiger and Katrina Kaif's Zoya coming together to save their country and family.

 

They ultimately join forces to take down an ex-ISI agent and dreaded terrorist Aatish Rehman, who will stop at nothing to get the better of the formidable spy duo.

 

India's biggest superstar Salman Khan screams aura with his unmatched screen presence in the movie. He has a unique quality that resonates with the masses of the country and transcends age barriers. This quality is on full display in the visually appealing offering from Yash Raj Films, which is now a worldwide hit.

 

That said, it is imperative to mention that 'Tiger 3' is not just another routine spy thriller from Bollywood. It is a well-made full-length feature that sticks to its story and doesn't allow Khan's larger-than-life screen presence to get the better of it.

 

Also, it is arguably the only mainstream Indian film that tends to differentiate between the common Pakistan people and terrorists; all while trying to showcase how politics operates in Pakistan.

 

Allow us to tell you that all three movies from the Tiger franchise have gone on to receive a lot of love in India. Indeed, they were all stupendous box-office hits as well.

 

 

48. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

 

Sicario: Day Of The Soldado (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Release Year 2018
Watch time 122 min
Directors Stefano Sollima
Cast Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Merced, Jeffrey Donovan
Domestic Box office $50.07M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 61
Writers Taylor Sheridan
Music By Hildur Guðnadóttir
Cinematography By Dariusz Wolski
Costume By Kevin Kavanaugh

 

Directed by Stefano Sollima, 'Sicario: Day Of The Soldado' shows the ultimate taking down of the drug cartels that are operating along the United States-Mexico border. For the mission, the CIA decides to collude with a covert operative.

 

However, things go awfully bad as they attempt to sneak into Mexico. Even though not a patch on the original, this feature film tries to retain the spirit and basic core of its predecessor.

 

The haunting musical score is aided by an audacious setting that successfully shows the ugliness as it unfolds.

 

Furthermore, the editing is taut and trendy and helps in enhancing the brutal atmosphere that the screenplay strives to showcase on celluloid.

 

 

49. Body of Lies (2008)

 

Body of Lies (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Body of Lies
Release Year 2008
Watch time 128 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani
Domestic Box office $39.39M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 57
Writers William Monahan
Music By Marc Streitenfeld
Cinematography By Alexander Witt
Costume By Arthur Max

 

This Ridley Scott-helmed feature film talks about a CIA agent on the ground in Jordan who hunts down an influential terrorist leader while being caught between the ambiguous intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

 

The story here is fascinating and captivating and there is barely any boring moment in the screenplay.

 

The landscape in the movie is beautifully shown and one would appreciate how the makers make a sort of a short tour of the Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Syria).

 

Ridley Scott, who certainly knows how to make an action nail-biter, keeps the story and the locations as authentic as possible.

 

Also, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe are a treat to watch together.

 

 

50. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

 

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

 

This Lewis Gilbert directorial venture stars Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in significant roles. It shows James Bond investigating the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. agent whose lover he has assassinated.

 

Just like its lead star Moore, this motion picture exudes a certain charm and provides a certain amount of nostalgia with its depiction of the lively '70s fashion.

 

Not only that but even James Bond's theme gets a superb disco treatment here. The stunning larger-than-life sets match the film's extravagant, big-budget flavor faultlessly.

 

Furthermore, the screenplay incorporates top-notch stunts, beautiful women, poised villains, massive Pinewood sets, and Bond's car; each of which is wrapped in a thrilling globe-trotting storyline in which agent Bond is tasked with saving the world from devastation.

 

 

51. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

 

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Live Free or Die Hard
Release Year 2007
Watch time 128 min
Directors Len Wiseman
Cast Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q
Domestic Box office $134.53M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 69
Writers John Carlin
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Simon Duggan
Costume By Patrick Tatopoulos

 

Helmed by Len Wiseman, 'Live Free or Die Hard' shows the Director of the FBI's Cyber Crime Division assigning John McClane the job of tracking down a hacker.

 

For this purpose, John ends up working with Thomas, a credible hacker who assists him in dealing with cyber criminals.

 

As outrageous as the story might sound on the surface, it actually works well courtesy of the fact that a large part of this nail-biting and tense tale fits perfectly into the post-9/11 world of panic where people thought that they could be hit the hardest at any point in time.

 

Bruce Willis manages to make an impact with his smashing one-liners and charming demeanor. He is ably supported by a decent cast.

 

That said, the movie does have its obvious flaws but it still is a fair entry in a very popular series.

 

 

52. Spy Game (2001)

 

Spy Game (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Spy Game
Release Year 2001
Watch time 126 min
Directors Tony Scott
Cast Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane
Domestic Box office $0.03M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 63
Writers Michael Frost Beckner
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Norris Spencer

 

Headlined by Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, this Tony Scott directorial venture tells the story of Nathan, a CIA operative, who, after learning that his friend is imprisoned in China, takes it upon himself to free him from the Chinese enslavers.

 

This film is everything that a spy thriller should be - engaging, intelligent, well-written, well-acted, and smartly directed.

 

Even though Pitt is superb and Redford plays himself as well as he has in years, it is director Tony Scott who deserves the due credit here.

 

He stays true to the genre and stays right on target; therefore, keeping the viewers thoroughly engaged and making them believe that this is exactly how the CIA must be at its game.

 

Furthermore, the characters in 'Spy Game' are well-developed and the pacing is near perfect.

 

 

53. Mission: Impossible (1996)

 

Mission: Impossible (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mission: Impossible
Release Year 1996
Watch time 110 min
Directors Brian De Palma
Cast Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny
Domestic Box office $180.98M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 59
Writers Bruce Geller
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Stephen H. Burum
Costume By Fred Hole

 

Starring Tom Cruise in the lead, this Brian De Palma directorial venture tells the story of an American agent, who, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

 

The film shows a range of cool stunts, the best of which sees Tom Cruise breaking into the CIA via the roof.

 

This sequence is brilliantly shot and Brian De Palma manages to inject bucketloads of suspense into the scene to make it even more appealing.

 

While Cruise's character is more than capable, he also comes off as being quite vulnerable; something that makes Ethan Hunt more relatable to the viewers.

 

Overall, 'Mission: Impossible' is a well-made and entertaining spy flick and a good start to the hugely popular franchise.

 

 

54. Unthinkable (2010)

 

Unthinkable (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Unthinkable
Release Year 2010
Watch time 97 min
Directors Gregor Jordan
Cast Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore ---
Writers Peter Woodward
Music By Graeme Revell
Cinematography By Oliver Stapleton
Costume By Steven Jones-Evans

 

This Gregor Jordan directorial venture stars Samuel L. Jackson in the lead and tracks the journey of FBI agent Helen, who seeks the support of a CIA agent to locate three nuclear bombs planted in undisclosed locations in the United States.

 

The tension continues to keep mounting on them as they try to discover the bombs. 'Unthinkable' rides on its outstanding mind-play and dialogues that push the viewers to think.

 

The performer who holds the film together is Samuel L. Jackson. He delivers a wonderful larger-than-life performance that one used to see back in the 1990s.

 

This feature film, which challenges what we believe in about human rights, also comprises some hard-hitting torture sequences that one does not see coming.

 

Also, the against-the-clock climax keeps the tension intact till the very end.

 

 

55. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

 

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Release Year 1997
Watch time 89 min
Directors Jay Roach
Cast Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers
Domestic Box office $53.88M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 51
Writers Mike Myers
Music By George S. Clinton
Cinematography By Peter Deming
Costume By Cynthia Charette

 

This spy comedy film has been directed by Jay Roach and tracks the story of Austin Powers, a cryogenically frozen British spy from the 1960s, who is warmed and reinstated when his arch-nemesis, Dr. Evil, returns from space and terrorizes Earth with his evil strategies.

 

The plot of this motion picture comes across as a big parody of spy movies, such as the James Bond franchise of films, so it is not anticipated to be anything but comical.

 

The villainous character of Dr. Evil is fabulous not only because it is very funny but also because it showcases a stereotypical spy-movie, bad guy.

 

Even though not a very serious spy feature film, 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery' does guarantee a good number of laughs and a good time for those who sit through it.

 

 

56. The Kingdom (2007)

 

The Kingdom (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Kingdom
Release Year 2007
Watch time 110 min
Directors Peter Berg
Cast Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
Domestic Box office $47.54M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 56
Writers Matthew Michael Carnahan
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Mauro Fiore
Costume By Tom Duffield

 

Helmed by Peter Berg, 'The Kingdom' tells the story of an FBI Agent who is entrusted with the task of preparing a team to hunt down and capture the terrorist mastermind responsible for a destructive attack on Americans working in Saudi Arabia.

 

Headlined by Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Chris Cooper, the screenplay kicks off with an engrossing opening montage that documents the connection between the United States of America and Saudi Arabia.

 

It is a straightforward action thriller with enough significant undertones that stops it from being a propaganda-driven flick.

 

Overall, this exciting nail-biter is a brave depiction of terror in the Middle East that banks on its realistic character developments to connect with its audience.

 

 

57. Thunderball (1965)

 

Thunderball (1965)

 

This Terence Young-helmed feature film tracks the journey of a SPECTRE agent who steals two atomic bombs from a NATO plane.

 

But,James Bond is assigned the mission of recovering the warheads and putting a stop to the hostile plans of the criminal organization.

 

Starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger in prominent roles, 'Thunderball' comes with a bulgy plot that tries to shove too many twists, high-tech software, and pedestrian pacing; each of which takes a certain amount of credibility away in this one.

 

However, this spy action-drama does look great, comes with a decent score and theme song, and has a script that has its moments of style and charisma.

 

In addition, the direction is decent and the special effects with the underwater sequences are amazing, to say the least.

 

 

58. Traitor (2008)

 

Traitor (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Traitor
Release Year 2008
Watch time 114 min
Directors Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Cast Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Archie Panjabi, Saïd Taghmaoui
Domestic Box office $23.53M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 61
Writers Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Music By Mark Kilian
Cinematography By J. Michael Muro
Costume By Laurence Bennett

 

Written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, 'Traitor' tells the story of Roy Clayton; an FBI agent who is assigned the task of investigating a severe international conspiracy.

 

However, soon after he embarks on his mission, all proofs seem to lead back to his former colleague.

 

Headlined by Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, this motion picture revolves around terrorism, carrying the basic message that there are good and bad people everywhere, irrespective of their race, religion, class, and sect.

 

The direction and photography are top-notch in this political thriller that does not overdo its drama or make its characters come across as stereotypical.

 

The core of the story is interesting and the script is heavy on information and theatrics.

 

 

59. Spy (2015)

 

Spy (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Spy
Release Year 2015
Watch time 120 min
Directors Paul Feig
Cast Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
Domestic Box office $110.83M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 75
Writers Paul Feig
Music By Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography By Robert D. Yeoman
Costume By Jefferson Sage

 

Directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, and Rose Byrne in significant roles, 'Spy' traces the journey of Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who works behind the desk owing to her mastery of high-tech equipment.

 

However, when an agent is compromised, she offers to be a spy.

 

McCarthy has really good comic timing which makes her come across as naturally funny and lovable. Both her antics and skill have been put to great use in this spy flick.

 

Even though this one is a smart motion picture, it does take the low road and infuses a whole lot of silly jokes in its screenplay.

 

Also impressive is Jason Statham whose performance here proves that he can be a great comic actor as well.

 

 

60. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

 

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Release Year 2002
Watch time 113 min
Directors George Clooney
Cast Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts
Domestic Box office $16.00M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 67
Writers Chuck Barris
Music By Alex Wurman
Cinematography By Newton Thomas Sigel
Costume By Jim Bissell

 

Directed by George Clooney, 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' features Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, and George Clooney himself in prominent roles. It tells the story of Chuck Barris who is forced by a CIA agent to work as an assassin.

 

However, when he later becomes a popular television presenter, he is left with no option but to conceal his true identity.

 

The director in Clooney ascertains that this biographical spy drama is never too hard to follow, all thanks to the light and satirical vibe that it carries; something that ensures that the movie stays fun to watch from the beginning until the end.

 

The motion picture thrives on its eye-catchy photography, excellent performances, and an entertaining story to make an impact.

 

 

61. Breach (2007)

 

Breach (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Breach
Release Year 2007
Watch time 110 min
Directors Billy Ray
Cast Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Haysbert, Laura Linney
Domestic Box office $33.23M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 74
Writers Adam Mazer
Music By Mychael Danna
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Wynn Thomas

 

This Billy Ray-helmed feature film traces the journey of Eric O'Neil; a rookie FBI agent who is assigned to work with Robert Hanssen, an old-timer who is doubted of leaking vital information to the Russians.

 

It is important to mention that this motion picture does not really rely on violence to make an impact.

 

Instead, it comes across as a character study of two men who seem to be fighting an erratic battle of wits.

 

Even though the storytelling might get a bit slow at times, the viewers will still enjoy the great acting duel between Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe.

 

 

62. Red (2010)

 

Red (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title RED
Release Year 2010
Watch time 111 min
Directors Robert Schwentke
Cast Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker
Domestic Box office $90.38M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 60
Writers Jon Hoeber
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Florian Ballhaus
Costume By Alec Hammond

 

Helmed by Robert Schwentke, this motion picture tells the story of Frank Moses, a former black-ops agent, who realizes that his life is under threat from an assassin.

 

In a bid to safeguard himself, he reunites with his old team to apprehend the man who has pledged to destroy him. 'Red' works not only because the plot has some clever twists but also because its supporting characters truly make it worth watching.

 

It is a lightweight but entertaining "undercover" actioner that does not intend to take itself too seriously.

 

That said, this feature film is definitely not a masterpiece, but if one appreciates any of the cast members, then they'd surely end up having a good time.

 

 

63. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

 

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title Clear and Present Danger
Release Year 1994
Watch time 141 min
Directors Phillip Noyce
Cast Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida
Domestic Box office $122.19M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 74
Writers Tom Clancy
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Donald McAlpine
Costume By Terence Marsh

 

Helmed by Phillip Noyce and headlined by Harrison Ford, 'Clear and Present Danger' tracks the journey of Jack Ryan, who unearths an illicit operation against drug cartels within the CIA.

 

Caught in a web of conspiracies, he is coerced into risking both his life and his career in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

Based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name, this movie has a complex plot, yet proves to be a fine watch for fans of action, drama, and Harrison Ford, respectively.

 

The film, which starts slowly and picks up dramatically in the second half, is well-shot and thoroughly engaging.

 

Overall, it is an intriguing Tom Clancy espionage motion picture with some well-executed action sequences.

 

 

64. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

 

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mission: Impossible III
Release Year 2006
Watch time 126 min
Directors J.J. Abrams
Cast Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Domestic Box office $134.03M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 66
Writers Alex Kurtzman
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Scott Chambliss

 

This action spy film has been directed by J. J. Abrams and stars Tom Cruise and Michelle Monaghan in the lead.

 

The story tracks the journey of IMF agent Ethan Hunt who is called out of retirement to rescue one of his students and confront Owen Davian, a vicious arms dealer who has abducted his wife.

 

Abrams and his co-writers manage to inject a decent amount of humor and emotions into this motion picture.

 

Moreover, 'Mission: Impossible III' is supposed to be a form of escapist cinema and it duly achieves that purpose.

 

The action scenes and the visual effects here are handled in an explosively stylish way, despite the fact that the script is slightly uneven.

 

 

65. Patriot Games (1992)

 

Patriot Games (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Patriot Games
Release Year 1992
Watch time 117 min
Directors Phillip Noyce
Cast Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin
Domestic Box office $83.29M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 64
Writers Tom Clancy
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Donald McAlpine
Costume By Joseph C. Nemec III

 

Directed by Phillip Noyce, 'Patriot Games' showcases an ex-CIA agent, Jack Ryan, deterring an attack by the IRA in London and slaying one of the terrorists.

 

However, things go haywire after the dead man's brother escapes and vows revenge against Jack.

 

This one is a solidly effective Tom Clancy thriller whose reliable action-man Harrison Ford makes it even more entertaining with his commendable screen presence.

 

The situation in the screenplay is set up wonderfully and the terror feels omnipresent, keeping the viewers at the edge of their seats at all times.

 

Also, it is important to mention that Sean Bean is excellent as the revenge-obsessed villain and his character play makes this feature film all the more engrossing.

 

 

66. Kill the Messenger (2014)

 

Kill the Messenger (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kill the Messenger
Release Year 2014
Watch time 112 min
Directors Michael Cuesta
Cast Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo
Domestic Box office $2.45M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 60
Writers Peter Landesman
Music By Nathan Johnson
Cinematography By Sean Bobbitt
Costume By John Paino

 

This Michael Cuesta directorial venture traces the journey of Gary Webb, a journalist who discovers that the CIA is involved in a drug racket that funds contra rebels. But, he is forced by higher authorities to not publish the story.

 

The fact that this motion picture is based on true events gives it an edge over the minds of its viewers.

 

This one is both a very gripping and an important film that does very well in making a complicated story come across as straightforward.

 

'Kill the Messenger' is full of suspense from the beginning to the end and will be liked by viewers who have an affinity for historical dramas, undercover stories, and/or conspiracy theories.

 

 

67. Syriana (2005)

 

Syriana (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Syriana
Release Year 2005
Watch time 128 min
Directors Stephen Gaghan
Cast George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak
Domestic Box office $50.82M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 76
Writers Stephen Gaghan
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Robert Elswit
Costume By Dan Weil

 

Helmed by Stephen Gaghan, this geopolitical thriller traces the journey of Bob Barnes, a veteran CIA agent who is nearing the end of a towering and respected career.

 

However, he is unaware of the fact that he has been used as a scapegoat and a puppet by the CIA.

 

Loosely based on Robert Baer's memoir titled "See No Evil", this film stars a cast headlined by actors like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, and Christopher Plummer, among others.

 

This ambitious motion picture can confuse the most fanatical of conspiracy theorists with its series of complicated interconnected stories.

 

In fact, the only major drawback of this movie is that it is too complex for only 126 minutes of its run time; owing to the number of plots, subplots, and characters injected into its screenplay.

 

 

68. Page Eight (2011)

 

Page Eight (2011)

 

Written and directed by David Hare and starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes in prominent roles, this espionage flick tells the story of Johnny Worricker, a seasoned MI5 officer who is required to walk out of his job and identity.

 

However, he soon embarks on a journey to find the truth after his boss dies, leaving behind a bewildering file.

 

If one is fond of the cold war spy movies that populated the '60s, and if they need a break from the 'Jason Bourne' and 'Mission: Impossible' kind of blockbusters, then this motion picture would fit the bill perfectly.

 

It is intelligent, beautifully paced and acted, and a pleasant break from the action-packed spy movies.

 

This film, which is very British in its tone and in its look, banks on an outstanding cast and a realistic plot to deliver a thrilling experience to its viewers.

 

 

69. Spectre (2015)

 

Spectre (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Spectre
Release Year 2015
Watch time 148 min
Directors Sam Mendes
Cast Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes
Domestic Box office $200.07M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 60
Writers John Logan
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Hoyte Van Hoytema
Costume By Dennis Gassner

 

Directed by Sam Mendes, 'Spectre' stars an ensemble cast headlined by popular names like Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes.

 

This spy thriller tracks how James Bond obtains an obscure message from M about an ominous organization, SPECTRE.

 

With the help of Madeleine, he discovers the conspiracy, only to face an unpleasant truth.

 

This motion picture thrives first and foremost on the sophistication of its lead actor, as is common with most James Bond flicks.

 

And, even though it is not the most intelligent film of the long-running franchise, 'Spectre' still has all the ingredients to appeal to the masses.

 

It has a globetrotting feel to it and is a resolutely entertaining motion picture that has enough momentum to keep its viewers engrossed throughout its run time.

 

 

70. A Most Wanted Man (2014)

 

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Most Wanted Man
Release Year 2014
Watch time 122 min
Directors Anton Corbijn
Cast Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl, Robin Wright
Domestic Box office $17.24M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 73
Writers Andrew Bovell
Music By Herbert Grönemeyer
Cinematography By Benoît Delhomme
Costume By Sebastian T. Krawinkel

 

Helmed by Anton Corbijn, this espionage thriller is based on John le Carré's novel of the same name.

 

It tracks the journey of Issa Karpov, a Muslim refugee from Chechnya who illegally enters Hamburg, Germany, to start a new life. However, he faces various challenges when he is presumed to be a dangerous terrorist

 

This motion picture stars an impeccable cast that includes the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright, among others.

 

The final moments of this tension-driven and decently-paced spy thriller are both gratifying and lyrical in equal measure.

 

This movie truly succeeds in allowing its plot to unfold with anticipation and excitement; all while challenging the audience to follow every detail in the story.

 

 

71. You Only Live Twice (1967)

 

You Only Live Twice (1967)

 

Starring Sean Connery in the main lead, this Lewis Gilbert directorial venture tells the story of an American space capsule that is seemingly swallowed by a Russian spaceship.

 

However, James Bond uncovers that SPECTRE is behind the theft and ventures to find out the purpose behind it.

 

Even though not the most popular Bond movie, this one thrives on its cinematography and wonderful locations to make an impact.

 

The music and the memorable theme song are aided by the brisk pacing, eventful story, and a dynamic Sean Connery who is his suave and charismatic self.

 

That said, Donald Pleasance's Blofeld comes off as one of the better screen villains in this one and adds to the overall product effectively.

 

 

72. Green Zone (2010)

 

Green Zone (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Green Zone
Release Year 2010
Watch time 115 min
Directors Paul Greengrass
Cast Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Igal Naor
Domestic Box office $35.05M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 63
Writers Brian Helgeland
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Barry Ackroyd
Costume By Dominic Watkins

 

This Paul Greengrass directorial venture stars Matt Damon as the main protagonist and showcases how discovering covert and faulty intelligence prompts a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he searches for Weapons of Mass Destruction in a volatile region.

 

This motion picture is a well-written and provoking action thriller with a political conscience that breaks down the absurdity of war perceptively.

 

The action grabs you right from the first sequence and keeps you in its grasp for the ensuing two hours.

 

Damon, who portrays an Army Warrant Officer who truly cares about the justifications for his actions, delivers a strong performance in this one.

 

What makes this feature film come across as even more authentic is the fact that it is not just a constant action title, but one with implications and a message to convey.

 

 

73. Live and Let Die (1973)

 

Live and Let Die (1973)

 

Another Guy Hamilton-helmed spy feature to make it to this list is 'Live and Let Die'.

 

Headlined by Roger Moore, it traces the journey of Agent James Bond who is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin mogul, armed with a complicated organization and a credible psychic tarot card reader.

 

Spiced with the fashion of the '70s, this motion picture is a peculiar James Bond film.

 

The characters and the settings that it comprises are unusual and flirt with voodoo culture.

 

That said, the movie certainly is visually remarkable, has some cool gadgets and exciting one-liners in its list of cinematic arsenal, and is aided by decent direction to make an impression.

 

In addition, a fun theme song and a beautiful Bond girl played elegantly by the lovely Jane Seymour work big time.

 

 

74. Fair Game (2010)

 

Fair Game (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fair Game
Release Year 2010
Watch time 108 min
Directors Doug Liman
Cast Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Vanessa Chong
Domestic Box office $9.53M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 69
Writers Jez Butterworth
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Doug Liman
Costume By Jess Gonchor

 

Helmed by Doug Liman, 'Fair Game' features Sean Penn and Naomi Watts in the lead and tracks the journey of Valerie Plame; a CIA operative who is investigating the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

 

However, her cover is blown after her husband writes a contentious article about the sale of uranium.

 

This spy flick allows both Watts and Penn to let loose and take over the screen with their respective performing abilities.

 

Watts, who does a fantastic job with her portrayal of the headstrong Valerie Plame, is able to create an adamant exterior to her character while also showing her personal side effectively.

 

Overall, this is a good motion picture that strives to convey a vital message about government and freedom, and how the latter belongs to the population and not to just an elected few.

 

 

75. The Living Daylights (1987)

 

The Living Daylights (1987)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Living Daylights
Release Year 1987
Watch time 130 min
Directors John Glen
Cast Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker
Domestic Box office $51.19M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 60
Writers Richard Maibaum
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Alec Mills
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

Directed by John Glen, this motion picture shows James Bond being sent to scrutinize a KGB policy to kill all enemy spies. However, he soon uncovers an arms deal that may have major global ramifications.

 

The plot in this movie is different from the past James Bond films. This is because there is no world domination or global destruction in focus here.

 

The script rather revolves around Soviet defection and people conspiring together to commit treason. This welcome change to the formula induces a sense of suspense in the minds of the viewers; a large number of who are familiar with the similar plots in James Bond movies.

 

Therefore, 'The Living Daylights' is an important film in the series because it pushes it towards storytelling and action while attempting to establish Bond as a dark and gritty character.

 

 

76. The Good Shepherd (2006)

 

The Good Shepherd (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Good Shepherd
Release Year 2006
Watch time 167 min
Directors Robert De Niro
Cast Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin
Domestic Box office $59.95M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 61
Writers Eric Roth
Music By Bruce Fowler Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography By Robert Richardson
Costume By Jeannine Oppewall

 

Directed by the iconic screen actor Robert De Niro, 'The Good Shepherd' traces the journey of Edward Wilson, a spy, who lays the foundation for the CIA as he works in the OSS.

 

However, as the Cold War begins, he realizes that he has to pay a price for his commitment to duty.

 

One has to understand the fact that this one is no James Bond movie, for it does not depend on the usage of flashy gadgets to make an impact.

 

In fact, 'The Good Shepherd' feels like the real deal for its attempt to ensure that the internalization and the paranoia shown in the story hit the right notes.

 

That said, Matt Damon puts in a solid performance in this excitingly quiet spy movie.

 

Therefore, those who may be looking for a whole lot of action in this espionage flick might be left disappointed with the rather intriguing silence that often dominates the screenplay.

 

 

77. Black Widow (2021)

 

Black Widow (2021)

 

Headlined by talented and incredibly good-looking performers like Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Olga Kurylenko, and Rachel Weisz, 'Black Widow' thrives on its spectacular action.

 

The film traces the journey of Natasha Romanoff, a member of the Avengers and a former KGB spy, as she is forced to confront her dark past when a conspiracy involving her old handler comes to the fore.

 

The film comprises some serious themes and serves as an entertaining standalone adventure drama.

 

 

78. The Man with the Golden Gun (1955)

 

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

 

This Guy Hamilton directorial venture stars Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, and Maud Adams in prominent roles. It shows James Bond being targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he is struggling to recover susceptible solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.

 

This motion picture may not be the favorite among the fans of Agent James Bond, but it certainly is one of the better Bond movies with Moore in the title role.

 

The film benefits from its beautiful locations, neatly executed stunts, and solid character enactments. While both Maud Adams and Britt Ekland manage to make an impression, it is Moore who is convincing enough as our favorite special agent.

 

 

79. Atomic Blonde (2017)

 

Atomic Blonde (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Atomic Blonde
Release Year 2017
Watch time 115 min
Directors David Leitch
Cast Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan
Domestic Box office $51.69M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 63
Writers Kurt Johnstad
Music By Tyler Bates
Cinematography By Jonathan Sela
Costume By David Scheunemann

 

This David Leitch directorial venture stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy in crucial roles and traces the journey of Lorraine Broughton, who works as a spy for MI6.

 

She is sent on a mission to Berlin just before the collapse of the wall to get hold of a stolen list, which has the names of special secret agents.

 

This spy action drama, which thrives on its music, action and visuals, comprises some well-shot sequences.

 

Even though the execution of the screenplay is a tad confusing, 'Atomic Blonde' carries the advantage of being headlined by Theron and is entertaining enough courtesy of its action and stylized direction.

 

 

80. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

 

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

 

Director John Glen's directorial debut feature shows a British information-gathering vessel sinking into the sea. So, Agent 007 is given the responsibility of finding the lost encryption device and preventing it from entering unfavorable hands.

 

Starring Roger Moore and Carole Bouquet in the lead roles, this spy drama thrives on its strong characters and impressive direction.

 

That said, even though some chase sequences are fun and pulse-raising, they are stretched and given more screen time than they require.

 

The set pieces here are truly fantastic and the cinematography and scenery are excellent, to say the least.

 

Also, 'For Your Eyes Only' tones down the usage of gadgetry and banks on the gutsy portrayal of its lead character to make an impact.

 

 

81. Breakheart Pass (1975)

 

Breakheart Pass (1975)

 

Entity Detail
Title Breakheart Pass
Release Year 1975
Watch time 95 min
Directors Tom Gries
Cast Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore ---
Writers Alistair MacLean
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Lucien Ballard
Costume By Tambi Larsen

 

Based on a novel by spy-master Alistair MacLean and featuring Charles Bronson in the main lead, this Tom Gries directorial venture is one of those twisty suspense feature films in which nobody is really who they appear to be.

 

Like most of MacLean's stories, this one too is packed with action. It is set entirely on a train and the dialogues and characterization hold little importance in this one.

 

The suspense story, which is both involving and thrilling, is assisted by a series of action set pieces that add to the impact that the film manages to make.

 

Overall, it is a decent time-filler for an action flick that is more of a mystery than a Western drama.

 

 

82. License to Kill (1989)

 

Licence to Kill (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title License to Kill
Release Year 1989
Watch time 133 min
Directors John Glen
Cast Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto
Domestic Box office $34.67M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 58
Writers Michael G. Wilson
Music By Michael Kamen
Cinematography By Alec Mills
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

This John Glen directorial venture shows how agent James Bond plans to seek revenge after his friend, Felix Leiter, is gravely maimed by a drug lord.

 

However, with the MI6 refusing to back him, he has no option but to take matters into his own hands.

 

Starring Timothy Dalton in the lead, this installment in the series is incredibly dark and violent.

 

The entire movie features one memorable sequence after another, and a brilliant opening scene is followed by plenty of memorable sequences that ensure an edge-of-your-seat viewing experience through to the very end.

 

Dalton's second appearance as James Bond (after 'The Living Daylights') in this surprising spy thriller with a mean and dark heart will instantly appeal to the older fans of the franchise.

 

 

83. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

 

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Bourne Legacy
Release Year 2012
Watch time 135 min
Directors Tony Gilroy
Cast Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn
Domestic Box office $113.20M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 61
Writers Tony Gilroy
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Robert Elswit
Costume By Kevin Thompson

 

This Tony Gilroy-helmed spy feature film stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, and Oscar Isaac in pivotal roles. It traces the journey of The US Department of Defense which runs clandestine operations and offers stimulants to its field operatives for favorable results.

 

However, after learning about this secret, an English reporter schemes to expose these activities.

 

'The Bourne Legacy' is an entertaining spy movie that thrives on its well-handled action sequences, among which a showdown in a house is the highlight. Also, a lengthy motorbike chase in the climax is brilliantly executed.

 

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz both turn in decent, character-driven performances and help in making the film more watchable.

 

 

84. Red 2 (2013)

 

Red 2 (2013)

 

Entity Detail
Title RED 2
Release Year 2013
Watch time 116 min
Directors Dean Parisot
Cast Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins
Domestic Box office $53.26M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 47
Writers Jon Hoeber
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Enrique Chediak
Costume By Jim Clay

 

Helmed by Dean Parisot and featuring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, and Anthony Hopkins in significant roles, 'Red 2' tells the story of Frank Moses, a retired CIA agent who is approached by his companion, Marvin Boggs, to track down a nuclear weapon that has been smuggled into Russia.

 

The supporting cast fares a little better in this motion picture with Anthony Hopkins and Brian Cox making evident effort. Also, Mary-Louise Parker's comic timing is often seen driving the movie.

 

A sequel to 'Red', this action thriller keeps the same level of entertainment that was palpable in its predecessor.

 

The plot here is full of action and humor and works appropriately, especially with being supported by a stellar cast and stunning locations.

 

 

85. Turks & Caicos (2014)

 

Turks & Caicos (2014)

 

This David Hare directorial venture traces the journey of Johnny, an ex-MI5 officer, who encounters a businessman on the beach where he is hiding from his previous employer.

 

Soon after, he uncovers a dead body and has no knowledge of how the events unraveled.

 

Winona Ryder and Christopher Walken are the standout performers here. Needless to say, it was refreshing to see the former in a good role for a change after a long time.

 

The plot is interesting in this well-acted spy drama and the pacing is fair. However, this is a motion picture with minimal action, and those who enjoy heavy-on-action spy thrillers might have to look elsewhere.

 

 

86. The Fourth Protocol (1987)

 

The Fourth Protocol (1987)

 

This John Mackenzie-helmed spy movie traces the journey of John Preston, a British Agent who is assigned the task of preventing the Russians from detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the United Kingdom.

 

'The Fourth Protocol' is a fine film that lies somewhere beneath the best of the espionage genre.

 

Pierce Brosnan is promising as a freezing-cold spy and Michael Caine fits the bill perfectly as the operative.

 

Even though this motion picture lacks the gritty authenticity of the best spy mysteries, it does manage to make a statement successfully.

 

Moreover, the limited action is welcome but it is not good enough to make this feature film come across as an exciting action thriller.

 

 

87. Salting the Battlefield (2014)

 

Salting the Battlefield (2014)

 

Written and directed by David Hare, this motion picture tells the story of MI5 officer Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrell who are on the run together across Europe.

 

But, Worricker understands that his only chance of settling his problems is to return home and confront his nemesis, the prime minister.

 

Featuring Ralph Fiennes, Shazad Latif, and Felicity Jones in prominent roles, 'Salting the Battlefield' is an intelligent spy drama with an enjoyable plot and intriguing finale.

 

The acting and production values are both excellent and the sensitive camera work duly substantiates the intricate mood changes in the storytelling; thus, ensuring that this espionage flick maintains its rhythm right until the very end.

 

 

88. Red Sparrow (2018)

 

Red Sparrow (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Red Sparrow
Release Year 2018
Watch time 140 min
Directors Francis Lawrence
Cast Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling
Domestic Box office $46.87M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 53
Writers Justin Haythe
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Jo Willems
Costume By Maria Djurkovic

 

Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on Jason Matthews's novel of the same name, 'Red Sparrow' tracks the journey of Dominika Egorova; a former ballerina who enrolls in a Russian Intelligence program and becomes a sparrow, using her body as a weapon to entrap a CIA agent.

 

This motion picture may not have a thrilling script, but the storytelling does manage to suck you in.

 

The plot and pace are steady and engaging enough to keep the screenplay exciting. Executed with a cold and suspenseful touch, the movie has an elaborate and suitably challenging story with a decent number of twists and turns infused in its storytelling; the most shocking being the ending which will complicate some and leave some asking for more.

 

 

89. Cloak & Dagger (1984)

 

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cloak & Dagger
Release Year 1984
Watch time 101 min
Directors Richard Franklin
Cast Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Nigra
Domestic Box office $9.72M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 64
Writers Tom Holland
Music By Brian May
Cinematography By Victor J. Kemper
Costume By William H. Tuntke

 

Helmed by Richard Franklin, 'Cloak & Dagger' tells the story of a young boy and his imaginary friend who end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget.

 

There are several well-performing and competent character actors who make up the supporting cast for this film.

 

The script, which tries to keep one foot in reality and one in fantasy, continues to hold up well even today; especially to the kids who admire going back to this rare spy feature film.

 

This motion picture, which still feels like a pleasant surprise from start to finish, provides entertainment with the classic old vibe intact in its screenplay.

 

 

90. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

 

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Release Year 2005
Watch time 120 min
Directors Doug Liman
Cast Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn
Domestic Box office $186.34M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 55
Writers Simon Kinberg
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Bojan Bazelli
Costume By Jeff Mann

 

Starring famous industry names like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the lead roles, 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' tracks the journey of a husband and wife who are struggling to keep their marriage alive.

 

However, they soon discover that they are both discreetly working as assassins. Now, their respective assignments require them to kill each other.

 

The vivid cinematography and the obvious chemistry between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make this "undercover" film a more than entertaining viewing experience.

 

Even though the storyline can come across as both absurd and exaggerated, it still manages to appeal to the fans of both the lead stars.

 

Needless to mention, this popcorn entertainer lives entirely on the surface and never loses its momentum.

 

 

91. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

 

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tomorrow Never Dies
Release Year 1997
Watch time 119 min
Directors Roger Spottiswoode
Cast Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher
Domestic Box office $125.33M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 52
Writers Bruce Feirstein
Music By David Arnold
Cinematography By Robert Elswit
Costume By Allan Cameron

 

Headlined by Pierce Brosnan, this Roger Spottiswoode-helmed spy drama traces the journey of James Bond, an undercover agent who sets out to deter a media baron from waging a war between China and the United Kingdom after being summoned by the Secret Intelligence Service.

 

'Tomorrow Never Dies' banks on its terrific cinematography and locations, a great background score and theme song, a decent script, and excellent action to make an impact.

 

The first half is both engaging and plausible and Brosnan makes an outstanding Bond in this one.

 

Furthermore, both Terri Hatcher and Judi Dench are good among the supporting actors. The average action fan is certain to be entertained by the theatrics in this espionage flick.

 

 

92. The Expendables (2010)

 

The Expendables (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Expendables
Release Year 2010
Watch time 103 min
Directors Sylvester Stallone
Cast Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren
Domestic Box office $103.07M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 45
Writers Dave Callaham
Music By Brian Tyler
Cinematography By Jeffrey L. Kimball
Costume By Franco-Giacomo Carbone

 

Director Sylvester Stallone's 'The Expendables' tracks the journey of a CIA mercenary team that is sanctioned to slay the dictator of a South American island.

 

There are no arguments contesting the fact that this was the most anticipated action film in quite some time due to the legends of the '80s coming together on the big screen.

 

Fans of the '80s action era are going to have a good time here courtesy of the well-executed action sequences and fast-paced screenplay.

 

Everything infused in the story here is meant for fun and on that level alone, it works quite well.

 

 

93. The International (2009)

 

The International (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title The International
Release Year 2009
Watch time 118 min
Directors Tom Tykwer
Cast Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen
Domestic Box office $25.45M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 52
Writers Eric Warren Singer
Music By Reinhold Heil Johnny Klimek Tom Tykwer
Cinematography By Frank Griebe
Costume By Uli Hanisch

 

Directed by Tom Tykwer, this feature film tracks the journey of an Interpol agent who endeavors to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in a global arms dealing ring.

 

Headlined by Clive Owens and Naomi Watts, 'The International' is like a breath of fresh air to fans of the thriller genre.

 

Essentially a spy movie with bankers trying to make up for the spies, the motion picture relies heavily on its tense setting to make an impact.

 

Even though the complicated story of corruption and greed has its flaws, it still manages to hold the attention of the viewer until the very last scene.

 

 

94. Octopussy (1983)

 

Octopussy (1983)

 

Entity Detail
Title Octopussy
Release Year 1983
Watch time 131 min
Directors John Glen
Cast Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn
Domestic Box office $67.90M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 63
Writers George MacDonald Fraser
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Alan Hume
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

This John Glen-helmed spy action-drama stars Roger Moore and Maud Adams in significant roles. It tracks the journey of James Bond, who sets out to thwart a nuclear onslaught on NATO.

 

However, in order to do so, he has to enlist the help of a circus group and its elusive leader Octopussy.

 

The plus point here is that the motion picture has a very good core story that comprises intelligent political overtones that were prevalent at that time.

 

While the cast assembled is most impressive and the photography in the film is outstanding, the title song also manages to make quite an impression.

 

Overall, it would be safe to state that 'Octopussy' has a bit of something for the hardcore fans of the James Bond series of movies.

 

 

95. Spartan (2004)

 

Spartan (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Spartan
Release Year 2004
Watch time 106 min
Directors David Mamet
Cast Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Tia Texada
Domestic Box office $4.43M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 60
Writers David Mamet
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Juan Ruiz Anchía
Costume By Gemma Jackson

 

Written and helmed for the screen by David Mamet, this spy feature film showcases the inquiry into the kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

 

The suspense in this motion picture is quite good and its screenplay serves as a well-paced engine.

 

That said, some of the situations and characters are given far less screen time and detail to be able to make the kind of impact that the film originally intended them to.

 

But, even though the plot of this enjoyable thriller is full of loopholes, it does maintain a great pace from the start to the somber and appeasing climax.

 

 

96. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

 

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title The World Is Not Enough
Release Year 1999
Watch time 128 min
Directors Michael Apted
Cast Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards
Domestic Box office $126.94M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 57
Writers Neal Purvis
Music By David Arnold
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Peter Lamont

 

In this Michael Apted directorial venture, we catch James Bond being entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the daughter of an oil tycoon.

 

However, while on duty, he learns about an even more risky plot.

 

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Denise Richards, and Sophie Marceau in significant roles, 'The World Is Not Enough' thrives on its spectacular stunts and adrenaline-pumping action, effortless cinematography, and splendid scenery to make an impact.

 

While the music and theme song are certainly memorable, the performances are also a major plus.

 

Brosnan is both very likable and pleasing here as James Bond and Sophie Marceau matches up to his antics faultlessly.

 

 

97. Salt (2010)

 

Salt (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Salt
Release Year 2010
Watch time 100 min
Directors Phillip Noyce
Cast Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski
Domestic Box office $118.31M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 65
Writers Kurt Wimmer
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Robert Elswit
Costume By Scott Chambliss

 

Director Phillip Noyce's 'Salt' tracks the journey of a CIA agent who goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

 

Headlined by Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie, this feature film tries its best to make its viewers believe in the deepest of conspiracies.

 

Jolie has no problem fitting the role with her laid-back humor and toughness to go with her already effervescent on-screen persona.

 

The movie proves to be highly captivating courtesy of its lightning-fast pace that has no time for irrelevant sub-plots or dreaded romance.

 

This is precisely what makes the screenplay come across as both focused and fluid; thus, bringing in a lot of energy and keeping the tempo intact.

 

 

98. The Sum of All Fears (2002)

 

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Sum of All Fears
Release Year 2002
Watch time 124 min
Directors Phil Alden Robinson
Cast Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain, Russell Bobbitt
Domestic Box office $118.91M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 45
Writers Tom Clancy
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By John Lindley
Costume By Jeannine Oppewall

 

This Phil Alden Robinson directorial venture is based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name.

 

It traces the journey of Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst, who must stop a terrorist group from causing destruction and planting a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

 

Headlined by Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, and Liev Schreiber, this feature film is a fresh interpretation of the popular Tom Clancy novel.

 

The suspense here is as tight as it can get and the young and good-looking Affleck portrays Jack Ryan comfortably.

 

Freeman, who plays the trademark mentor in this thriller, does justice to his character play as well.

 

 

99. The Interpreter (2005)

 

The Interpreter (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Interpreter
Release Year 2005
Watch time 128 min
Directors Sydney Pollack
Cast Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen
Domestic Box office $72.71M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 62
Writers Martin Stellman
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Darius Khondji
Costume By

Jon Hutman

 

In this Sydney Pollack-helmed venture that stars Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn as the main protagonists, political intrigue and betrayal unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to analyze an interpreter who overhears an assassination plan.

 

For the major part of the screenplay, the film works as a sleek thriller; one that is adequately photographed and fairly executed.

 

And, even though a political thriller at heart, it is also a story about withstanding personal losses, dealing with the past in an effective manner, and moving on.

 

 

100. The Siege (1998)

 

The Siege (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Siege
Release Year 1998
Watch time 116 min
Directors Edward Zwick
Cast Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub
Domestic Box office $40.98M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 53
Writers Lawrence Wright
Music By Graeme Revell
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Lilly Kilvert

 

Starring Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis in crucial roles, this Edward Zwick directorial venture traces the journey of an FBI agent who races against time to stop a group of terrorists responsible for a string of bombings in New York City.

 

Banking on its plausible storyline that is also suitably complex, this motion picture strives to analyze the "culture" of terrorists in the most genuine way possible.

 

The responsible Washington is outstanding here as the FBI agent on the trail of terrorists.

 

In addition, 'The Siege' comprises some great set pieces and a tension-inducing atmosphere.

 

 

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