Best spy movies of all time will cover espionage plots from various genres’ perspectives. since there are many spy action, spy comedy, spy drama movies plus sequels and prequels, we are singling out one entry per franchise which means one movie per series.
Secret agent films are probably one of the most stories adapted genres, from books by authors like Ian Flemming or Tom Clancey.


10. Hitman: Agent 47

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Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is an action thriller movie directed by Aleksander Bach and co-written by Skip Woods (who also wrote the original Hitman film).


The main character does not have a name he has a bar code on the back of his head instead,47 is the last two digits of the barcode so that’s how we get his name. Agent 47, is a genetically engineered assassin who joins forces with a young woman Katia von Dees to help her reunite with her father. However, in the process, he discovers shocking realities about his past.

9. Spy Game

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Spy Game is a 2001 action thriller film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.

“the approaching of the storytelling is laid out like the world of espionage meaning you find out bits of information but you unsure of gravity of it and you follow leads
and you figure things out in the story as an audience member, yet it is just proposing new questions and new problems so, it’s the front of that game
that I was interested in”

said Brad Pitt who plays the leading role. Tom Bishop.
Nathan (Robert Redford)is a CIA agent, who learns that his companion is imprisoned in China, so he decides to free them from the Chinese enslavers.

8. Atomic Blonde

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Atomic Blonde is a 2017 action thriller film directed by David Leitch, starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.


It’s 1989 year Berlin Wall about to fall, Lorraine Broughton is the strongest agent in the MI6 organization, she is sexy and dangerous.
She has been sent to berlin to retrieve a dossier and take down a ruthless agency. when she arrives, she hooks up with a roots station chief to help her to complete her mission.

7 Austin Powers in Goldmember

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Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) is the third part of the great comedy espionage parody of all times. Mike Myers clearly mocks James’ bond behaviors like overwhelming catchphrases overconfidence and highlighting his ”mojo”. Mike Myers plays 4 different roles in this film, Austin powers, doctor evil fat bastard, and of course, Goldmember and he nails the accent on this last character

6. Mission: Impossible III

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Before Mission: Impossible 3 J.J. Abrams was working on an Alias tv show which shares a common theme of spy/agent thriller and helped him to gain a lot of experience, for spy/agent cinematography even though it was his first featuring movie.


The story follows Ethan Hunt, who steps out of IMF and focuses on his personal life with his love interest Julia Anne (Michelle Monaghan) She didn’t know about him working. For Impossible Mission Project until after Ethan had to rescue her from getting held hostage by Owen Davian. on the other hand, we get comic persona Benji Dunn played by Simon Pegg is balancing the seriousness of the narrative.
One of the scenes was shot in the Vatican (Rome) was inside the historical building they actually blew up Ferrari in a way that the floor of the building was not damaged. Mission impossible 3 is probably the most action shooter in the movie series so far.

5. John Wick Chapter 1

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For the role of John Wick, Keanu Reeves turns himself into a killing machine at the age of 50 when the first John Wick was started.
He was trained by Taran Butler a world champion competitive shooter.

“Keanu came out, and keep in mind I’ve trained other actors, and usually they just want like three or four hours of training one day so they don’t have some dorky cup-and-saucer grip or something else stupid and blow it,”
“Keanu wanted to be the next level. He’s kinda never satisfied, and you can see that in some of the YouTube videos where he wants to go again, try and go faster, get better and better, and that attitude is why he’s so good.”

sad Bulter on the interview
The movie is 3rd part of the John Wick movie series. After assassinating Santino D’Antonio, Wick has been declared “excommunicate,” which means he’s officially been blacklisted by so-called the Continental; which represents a safe zone for agents and other underworld individuals.$14 million bounties on Wick’s life, makes it even harder for him to survive.

4. Johnny English

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Johnny English (2003) is a series of Spy-action comedy films parodying the 007 secret spy/agent genre. Rowan Atkinson the genius of physical comedy plays the main character Johnny English.


Despite the fact that he is the worst agent ever meaning his overconfidence and the fact that he and never listens to anyone, he still, somehow accomplish every mission successfully. the delivery of Atkinson’s character is similar to Atkinsons Mr. Bean’s persona, the main difference is that Johny English has dumb luck and Mr.Beanoften finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The movie is based on the screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and William Davies. The series includes three installments: Johnny English (2003), Johnny English Reborn (2011), and Johnny English Strikes Again (2018). Despite mixed critical reviews, I find this movie hilarious this film is not like any other parody movies

3. Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow (2018) is an action thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Justin Haythe, based on the 2013 novel of the same title by Jason Matthews.

Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballet dancer, selects in a Russian Insights program and gets to be a sparrow, utilizing her body as a weapon to entangle a CIA agent.
We see how a little vulnerable ballet dancer gets to a professional cold heart assassin not only by acquiring stealth skills but as a manipulative super dangerous female archetype.

2. The Bourne Identity

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The Bourne Identity (2002) is a spy fiction thriller by Doug Liman Starring Matt Damon Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox.


The story tells us about Jason Bourne, a man with impressive survival skills who has amnesia, and he is seeking to discover his identity. In the process, he is trying to figure out why do groups of professional assassins, and the CIA are trying to kill him. It is the first novel of the original Bourne Trilogy, which includes The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.
The movie stands out with realistic combat scenes massive car chases and unexpected twists.

1. Casino Royale

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Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film, the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel of the same title, But before we start to describe what makes this movie great let’s go through history first. The 007 movies are based on Ian Fleming’s books, a British author who was born in a wealthy family, finally started writing the Bond series at the age of 43.

“while thrillers may not be Literature with a capital L, it is possible to write what I can best describe as thrillers designed to be read as literature”


said the author himself who gave birth to a whole new genre (spy/agent thriller)
Ian Fleming has inspired more than 25 James bond movies. Director Martin Campbell took a great responsibility shooting a new James Bond series regarding the previous successful 007 series of pierce Brosnan.
The leading role actor Daniel Craig took a lot of pressure on his shoulders meaning he has gained 20 pounds of muscle for this role and has read all the books for incarnation purposes. such a dedication did not go unnoticed, critics had a positive rate, and the audience loved it.
Of course, it is impossible to have a great thriller without a great villain witch I
007 characters may come and go but the music has been remain for more than 50 years. The main theme of all 007 series was composed by Morty norman.

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