Special Report

30 Best Spy Films of All Time

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20. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (616,503 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (125,800 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 75% (262 reviews)
> Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

An action-packed spy comedy that sparked a franchise, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) as he’s recruited by Harry Hart, aka Galahad (Colin Firth) into a secret British spy organization just in time to attempt to stop a villain (Samuel L. Jackson) from killing most of humanity. It’s fun, darkly funny, and wholly original, with some scenes of truly over-the-top violence thrown in for good measure. Based on a comic book series of the same name, it was director Matthew Vaughn’s most successful film to date.

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19. Spy (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 7/10 (237,184 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 78% (83,010 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (259 reviews)
> Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham

A perfect starring vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, “Spy” stars the actress as a desk-bound CIA agent who’s recruited to track down a stolen nuclear weapon. Directed by Paul Fieg and bolstered by great performances from Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Peter Serafinowicz, Miranda Hart, and a surprisingly funny Jason Statham, “Spy” is a laugh-out-loud funny spy thriller, and it won McCarthy the Golden Globe Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress.

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18. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (469,968 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76% (473,611 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (251 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton

The fourth of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” films, “Ghost Protocol” is a fast-paced thriller with lots of twists, turns, and, of course, scenes involving Cruise running. In the film, after a mission goes wrong and the Kremlin is bombed, Cruise and his team are left without backup while trying to stop an extremist with nuclear launch codes. Dim the lights and grab the popcorn, because this one will have you on the edge of your seat.

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17. Official Secrets (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (40,803 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (361 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 82% (166 reviews)
> Starring: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans

“Official Secrets” is based on the story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a whistleblower who exposed an illegal American and British spying operation to dig up dirt on UN diplomats in order to coerce them into supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The film received high praise for Knightley’s compelling performance as well as its historical accuracy.

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16. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (52,010 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (11,762 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (47 reviews)
> Starring: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

In the classic ’70s film “Three Days of the Condor,” a CIA analyst (Robert Redford) discovers that his co-workers have been murdered; he attempts to track down their killers, with plenty of twists and turns long the way. It’s tense and well-directed by Sydney Pollack, and Faye Dunaway turns in a great supporting performance.

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