It would be quite easy to populate this collection with movies from a particular secret agent franchise, but there is only a single James Bond entry! Many great spy movies have been made, but they often get overlooked due to the popularity of 007. This is a collection of the greatest spy movies of all time.

Top 10 Spy Movies

Criteria: spy films that are intelligent, iconic or otherwise elevated the genre, one film per franchise. Interesting countdown of some of the best spy movies.

North by Northwest (1959)

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Cary Grant is on the run in one of the greatest movies ever made (any genre). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and also featuring Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner, who is a CIA analyst with the codename "Condor". A stylish thriller from Sydney Pollack.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Just when it looked like the spy genre had nothing new to offer, Jason Bourne exploded onto the big screen and offered the world a new type of secret agent.
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