Top 10: Best Spy Movies of All-Time

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. Did you see the recent film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? It really blew me away and was exactly what I wanted from a spy movie

    • Nick Kush says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed that movie! I didn’t find it as transcendent as you did, but I really, really liked it!

  2. plotracer says:

    This list is the one which totally matched up with my mind. Nothing contradicts. Honest reviews up above..

  3. I remembered The 39 Steps, Where Eagles Dare.

  4. DK Fennell says:

    No George Smiley movies? John le Carré wrote about spies; Ian Fleming wrote about action heroes. What about The Spy Who Came in From the Cold? Maybe this was written by someone unfamiliar with Cold War politics was about and why spy movies were once more than shoot-em-ups.

  5. Good list. I would have included Counterfeit Traitor starring William Holden

  6. Great list. Casino Royale is my favourite modern Bond film. Interesting you choose Rogue Nation over the original Mission Impossible (1996) as I would say Rogue Nation is more action blockbuster than spy film and the original had a bit more espionage stuff in it and complex double-crosses.

    I love some of the Cold War spy films too which are more talky and character driven such as: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Ipcress File (1965). Plus the recent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) was complex but so stylish and the ensemble cast was amazing.

    Arguably the best spy film of recent times is the impeccable Lives of Others (2006); that is just incredible.

  7. shahzodav says:

    I really like all the movies from the list! Too bad there aren’t that many movies with female spies, though, I’d be up for some Jamie Bond or Queensladies, hehe.

  8. Very solid list! Works for pretty much everyone ― 👍

    Although I would’ve add The Ipcress File and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy up there ― 😉

    Cheers mate!

  9. A great list! ‘North by Northwest’ is one of my favorites. I also love Hitchcock’s ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much.’

  10. Pretty solid list overall, but I’d rank Skyfall ahead of Casino Royale because of the completeness and fullness of its story.

    • MovieBabble says:

      If you asked me to rank this list next week I might feel the same way! They’re both so great it’s honestly a matter of which film is more fresh in my mind lol

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