Espionage movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant espionage movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, tense and interesting films and TV shows about / with espionage, spy, conspiracy, twists and turns, betrayal, undercover, chase, dialogue, secrets and surveillance plots mostly in Thriller, Action and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as espionage: The Ipcress File (1965), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), A Most Wanted Man (2014), Spy Game (2001), Salt (2010), Breach (2007), Snowden (2016), Traitor (2008), The Night Manager (2016), Bridge of Spies (2015).

List of espionage movies

The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, tense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, conspiracy, brainwashing, investigation, politics, british, double agent, political intrigue, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, albania, england, berlin germany, europe ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, tense, bleak, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, investigation, secret service, mole, british intelligence, double agent, betrayal, government agency, secret agents, surveillance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, london, england, budapest, istanbul turkey ...
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A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, tense, clever, political ...
Plot: espionage, spy, terrorism, intelligence, surveillance, secret service, investigation, islam, betrayal, manipulation, who to trust, character study ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: hamburg germany, germany, berlin germany, middle east
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Spy Game (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Japan, France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Veteran spy Nathan Muir is on the verge of retiring from the CIA when he learns that his one-time protégé and close friend, Tom Bishop, is a political prisoner sentenced to die in Beijing. Although their friendship has been marred by bad blood and ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, cia, mentor, terrorist, working undercover, political corruption, secret agents, cold war, vietnam war, rescue, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: china, washington d.c., shanghai, munich germany, cyprus ...
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Salt (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude ...
Style: exciting, suspense, serious, surprise ending, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: espionage, cia, female protagonist, spy, strong female lead, secret service, double agent, chase, agent as target, female spy, russian, one woman army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, russia, washington d.c., north korea, usa ...
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Breach (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, intense, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, spy, investigation, fbi, surveillance, cia, manipulation, intrigue, betrayal, double agent, suspicion, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, ussr, moscow russia, washington d.c.
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Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, political, factual, serious ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, internet, hacking, whistleblower, moral dilemma, surveillance, hacker, spy, idealism, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2015, year 2011, year 2004 ...
Place: hong kong, geneva switzerland, japan, russia, hawaii ...
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Traitor (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, twists and turns, religion, islam, bomb, cia, spy, faith, traitor, fbi, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1978
Place: london, africa, israel, middle east, sudan ...
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The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
TV show
Story: Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer ...
Style: suspense, tricky, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, espionage, arms dealer, secret service, undercover, corruption, working undercover, hotel, arms dealing, betrayal, british secret service, crimes ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: cairo egypt, europe, london, england, egypt ...
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: suspense, political, realistic, tricky, intense ...
Plot: lawyer, cold war, espionage, spy, cia, berlin wall, negotiation, justice, soviet spy, court, border crossing, rescue ...
Time: 60s, year 1957, year 1960, 50s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, ussr, west germany, brooklyn new york city ...
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, intense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, terrorism, surveillance, secret agents, terrorist, spy, conspiracy, race against time, murder, political conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: russia, london, new york, big ben london, manhattan new york city ...
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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Style: ridiculous, exciting, stylized, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: spy, espionage, secret service, secret agents, secret organization, mentor, british, chase, undercover, tough guy, martial arts, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2014, year 1997
Place: england, london, united kingdom, britain, kentucky ...
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Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret service, gunfight, on the run, cia agent, spy, secret agents, mercenary, betrayal, corruption, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, paris france, langley virginia
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Body of Lies (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – ...
Style: tense, realistic, clever, political, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, intelligence agency, terrorist, cia agent, government agency, secret service, bomb, moral ambiguity, terrorist attack ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan, israel, virginia, washington d.c. ...
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The Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
Style: factual, realistic, serious
Plot: spy, espionage, mossad, israeli palestinian conflict, secret mission, arab israeli conflict, arab, national security, politics, sex party, male nudity, airplane ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, syria, israel
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, rough, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, cia, espionage, spy, secret agents, escapades, corruption, secret service, fighting the system, memory, manhunt, dark past ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: langley virginia, london, paris france, moscow russia, europe ...
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The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI ...
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: cold war, spy, espionage, double life, kgb, undercover, mole, government agency, secret agents, working undercover, investigation, mission ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, ussr
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Homeland (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable. With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson, Carrie fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, political ...
Plot: terrorism, espionage, cia, spy, terrorist, investigation, surveillance, bipolar disorder, government agency, treason, counter terrorism, top secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, langley virginia, usa, america, iraq ...
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The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Canada
Duration: 135 min.
Story: New CIA operative, Aaron Cross experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by the previous actions of Jason Bourne.
Style: suspense, exciting, serious, breathtaking, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: espionage, spy, cia, chase, intelligence agency, cia agent, tough guy, intelligence, secret service, assassin, conspiracy, manhunt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: the philippines, manila philippines, virginia, usa, new york ...
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Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: political, suspenseful, tense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, assassination, jewish, vengeance, spy, mossad, murder, politics, judaism, terrorist, secret agents ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: middle east, israel, beirut lebanon, europe, palestine ...
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, political, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, espionage, military, terrorist, 9/11, swat team, spy, manhunt, al qaeda, terrorist group, post september 11 2001 ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 2003, year 2005 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, baghdad iraq, paris france ...
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Skyfall (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Turkey
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of ...
Style: exciting, suspense, entertaining, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, espionage, secret agents, spy, 007, secret service, british intelligence, heroic mission, mission, assassin, british secret service, secret service agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, london, scotland, turkey, asia ...
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The Berlin File (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: JUNG Jin-soo, a South Korean intelligence agent, comes across an unidentifiable operative, a 'ghost,' while surveilling a North Korean weapons deal in Berlin. The mystery figure is a North Korean secret agent, PYO Jong-seong, whose ...
Style: tense, serious, stylized, suspenseful, political ...
Plot: espionage, double agent, crimes, spy, hidden identity, on the run, manhunt, undercover, betrayal, dishonesty, chase, intrigue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: berlin germany, north korea, germany, south korea, korea
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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Russia, India
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, intellectual, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: spy, cia, conspiracy, amnesia, espionage, secret agents, tough heroes, dark past, twists and turns, chase, agent as target, assassin ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, berlin germany, europe, napoli italy, manhattan new york city ...
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Ronin (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A briefcase with undisclosed contents – sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob – makes its way into criminals' hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or 'ronin', and gives them the thorny task of ...
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, mercenary, car chase, mafia, car, cia, heist, spy, lone hero, irish, ira, secret agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, nice france, europe, french riviera
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt to stop him ends in an explosion ...
Style: exciting, breathtaking, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, espionage, mission, secret agents, gunfight, terrorist, courage, frame up, escapades, cia, race against time, teamwork ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington state, hungary, seattle, budapest, san francisco ...
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, espionage, cia, fighting the system, political conspiracy, twists and turns, uncover truth, life turned upside down, who to trust, spy, manhunt, surveillance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, langley virginia, middle east, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, political, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, terrorism, nuclear bomb, nuclear war, terrorist, white house, nuclear explosion, covert operation, nuclear threat ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 70s, 2000s ...
Place: maryland, russia, israel, washington d.c., middle east ...
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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, suspense, political ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, spy, investigation, agent, cia agent, terrorism, conspiracy, terrorist, twists and turns, murder, intelligence ...
Time: future, 2020s, 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., langley virginia
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Spectre (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Style: suspense, exciting, sexy, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, spy, espionage, secret society, secret service, chase, british secret service, secret agents, kidnapping, terrorist, terrorism, brutality ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: rome italy, london, italy, england, north africa ...
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