Unlike other movie genres, the spy movie never seems to go out of favor. Whether it’s battling Nazi spies, KGB moles, or narco-terrorists, films about special agents putting their lives on the line for their country or a cause have always found their audience.
The makers of “Red Sparrow,” a film starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian special agent, hope that holds true when the movie debuts this weekend. Hollywood’s “It Girl” plays a ballerina who suffers a career-ending injury and is recruited by the Russian secret intelligence service, which turns her into an assassin.
Only time will tell if “Red Sparrow” takes its place among the best spy movies ever. In the meantime, to ease the suspense, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the best and worst spy movies of all time.