I think a majority of us can agree to saying we like spy movies! The reason is because they’re almost like superheroes. Being able to use state of the art gadgets to do impossible tasks, living through explosions, and even at the end when it seems like it’s all going to hell, they always have one more trick up their sleeve.
They’re intelligent badasses and I think we all secretly wish we could be them. These action packed movies give us a way to almost live vicariously through the life of a spy.
My favorite spy would have to be James Bond. The Bond films are the ones that gave spies an enjoyable reputation for me, it’s like it helped shape the genre. Another personal favorite is definitely Jason Bourne.
I have a spy episodic series idea that I hope to be able to produce someday. I obviously won’t say much about it now but I’m actually pretty excited for it. The problem is, I got down to thinking of the budget requirements for an entire series versus a 90-minute indie film. I would have to get some serious funding in order to make it come to life. Eventually, I’ll become more ready to seek it out.
If you love those action-packed spy films as much as I do, then you’ll love this list!
12 Best Spy Films Of All Time
-North By Northwest (Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint)
Cary Grant stars as a Madison Avenue advertising exec who is mistaken for someone else and kidnapped by a group of international spies, headed by James Mason.
-Notorious (Jamal Woolard, Momo Dione)
Notorious is the story of Christopher Wallace who, through raw talent and sheer determination, transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler to become the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. This story charts his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectation.
-The Lady Vanishes (Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave)
traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure.
-The 39 Steps (Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll)
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
-The Bourne Identity (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
Pulled from the sea with two bullets in his back, Jason Bourne discovers he has the skills of a very dangerous man and no memory of his violent past. Racing to unlock the secret of his own identity, he discovers the deadly truth: he’s an elite government agent.
-Casino Royale (Daniel Craig, Eva Green)
Bond takes on arch criminal Le Chiffre, their poker game extending from the gaming tables to the realm of international terror networks and stock market manipulation.
-Three Days Of The Condor (Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway)
A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. “Condor” must find out who did this and get in from the cold before the hitmen get him.
-Skyfall (Daniel Craig, Judi Dench)
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
-Foreign Correspondent (Joel McCrea, Laraine Day)
In Alfred Hitchcock’s first international-scale thriller, a hapless hero (Joel McCrea) tries to stay one step ahead of a glib-tongued spy-master (Herbert Marshall).
-The Bourne Supremacy (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.
-The Bourne Ultimatum (Matt Damon, Julia Stiles)
who stole his memory and true identity. With a new generation of skilled CIA operatives tracking his every move, Bourne is in a non-stop race around the globe as he finally learns the truth behind his mysterious past.
-Mission Impossible (Tom Cruise, Jon Voight)
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
If you have any personal favorites to add to the list, share them in the comments section below and make your voice heard!