Favorite Spy Thrillersby leftbanker-1 | created - 28 Nov 2015 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
I thought this would be an easy list to create but it turns out that there haven't been a lot of movies of this genre that I have enjoyed so I've had to include some TV series. Sorry, no James Bind movies (they are too stupid, all of them). These aren't in order of preference, just as they came to me.
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1. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
R | 117 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A bookish CIA researcher in Manhattan finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Votes: 52,231 | Gross: $41.51M
2. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In the aftermath of France allowing Algeria's independence, a group of resentful military veterans hire a professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" to kill President Charles de Gaulle.
Votes: 39,334 | Gross: $16.06M
3. Marathon Man (1976)
R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
After the shocking murder of his older brother, a New York history student finds himself inexplicably hounded by shadowy government agents on the trail of a Nazi war criminal who is trying to retrieve smuggled diamonds.
Votes: 60,903 | Gross: $21.71M
4. The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
R | 130 min | Drama
An American actress with a penchant for lying is forcibly recruited by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.
Votes: 2,096 | Gross: $7.83M
6. Spy Game (2001)
R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.
Votes: 152,353 | Gross: $0.03M
7. Homeland (2011–2020)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.
A TV show, I know.
9. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.
Votes: 525,150 | Gross: $121.66M
10. The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet.
Votes: 31,713 | Gross: $13.80M
Do you see how hard this is? I had to resort to comedy.
11. The Third Man (1949)
Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 165,644 | Gross: $0.45M
14. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Action, Drama, History
After the Black September capture and massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, five men are chosen to eliminate the people responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 219,871 | Gross: $47.40M
15. The Little Drummer Girl (2018)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Thriller
As a Palestinian assassin is targeting prominent Israelis, a young English actress is recruited by Mossad to infiltrate the assassin's terrorist cell, requiring all of her acting talents but also putting her at considerable risk.
16. Sneakers (1992)
PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.
Votes: 56,543 | Gross: $51.43M