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 suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, exciting and clever films and TV shows about / with espionage, spy, dialogue, undercover, chase, secrets, mentor, betrayal, secret service 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: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Night Manager (2016), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Munich (2005), A Most Wanted Man (2014), Bridge of Spies (2015), Breach (2007), Traitor (2008), The Ipcress File (1965), Casino Royale (2006).

List of espionage movies

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 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: tense, bleak, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, british intelligence, mole, double agent, investigation, betrayal, kgb, government agency, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest hungary, budapest, hungary ...
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The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, hotel, crimes, arms dealer, working undercover, mind game, secret service, corruption, spy, manager, undercover agent, undercover ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, london, egypt
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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, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cia, manhunt, fighting the system, chases and races, danger, secret agents, conspiracy, corruption, uncover truth, violence, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, europe, madrid, new york, morocco ...
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 7.5
 200K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
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: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, assassination, politics, murder, jewish, vengeance, revenge, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
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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, tense, clever, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, intelligence, muslim, who to trust, surveillance, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, immigrants, betrayal, government agency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: germany, hamburg germany, middle east
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 7.6
 267K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
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: realistic, suspense, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, cia, lawyer, spy, pilot, rescue, danger, justice, mission, undercover, bridge ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1957, 1950s ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, east germany, germany ...
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 7.0
 56K
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: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: espionage, spy, surveillance, fbi, double agent, undercover, betrayal, investigation, cia, kgb, russian, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c., ussr, moscow russia
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 7.0
 53K
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: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, fbi, faith, undercover, traitor, prison, working undercover, bomb, crimes, investigation, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1978
Place: sudan, nova scotia, marseille, washington d.c., chicago illinois ...
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The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, political intrigue, double agent, undercover, investigation, rivalry, dishonesty, politics, danger, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, albania, london, europe, scotland yard
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 8.0
 544K
Casino Royale (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, Czech Republic, USA, Germany, Bahamas
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond – on his maiden ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, scenic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, casino, chase, double agent, british secret service, 007, spy, heroic mission, escapades, poker, torture, james bond ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: montenegro, italy, europe, bahamas, uganda ...
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 6.5
 192K
Get Smart (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When the identities of secret agents from Control are compromised, the Chief promotes hapless but eager analyst Maxwell Smart and teams him with stylish, capable Agent 99, the only spy whose cover remains intact. Can they work together to thwart the ...
Style: humorous, exciting, not serious, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, secret agents, unlikely partners, surveillance, top secret, romancing partners, goofy hero, save the day, chases and races, treason, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., moscow russia ...
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 6.1
 194K
Die Another Day (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Bond takes on a North Korean leader who undergoes DNA replacement procedures that allow him to assume different identities. American agent, Jinx Johnson assists Bond in his attempt to thwart the villain's plans to exploit a satellite that is ...
Style: sexy, exciting, twists and turns, entertaining, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, laser, destruction, british secret service, secret service agent, helicopter, cia, world domination, 007, master villain, double agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: north korea, havana cuba, hong kong, cuba, sydney australia ...
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Central Intelligence (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, entertaining, absurd, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: espionage, cia, friendship, chase, spy, high school, betrayal, office, high school reunion, accountant, fight scenes, transformation ...
Time: 1990s, year 1996, 2010s
Place: maryland, new jersey
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 7.1
 201K
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: serious, tense, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, government agency, intelligence agency, danger, off the grid, track down, torture, bomb, beating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, jordan, dubai, manchester england, langley virginia ...
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 6.4
 280K
Salt (2010)
Genre: Action, Mystery, 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: suspense, surprise ending, exciting, twists and turns, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female protagonist, double agent, spy, espionage, cia, female spy, chase, secret service, assassination, russian, on the run, agent as target ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: soviet union, new york, usa, russia, north korea ...
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 7.7
 597K
Skyfall (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: captivating, intense, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, secret agent, british secret service, secret service, 007, explosion, secret service agent, secret agents, james bond, chases and races, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: china, england, turkey, asia, europe ...
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The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
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: exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cia, chase, spy, off the grid, on the run, surveillance, assassin, reporter, manhunt, cover up, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maryland, virginia, manila philippines, seoul, usa ...
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 6.3
 171K
Knight and Day (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A fugitive couple goes on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one – even themselves – are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, sexy, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: chase, on the run, spy, undercover, secret agents, danger, couples, espionage, escapades, disorder, gunfight, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, spain, usa, europe, kansas ...
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 7.3
 122K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, journalism, whistleblower, fighting the system, surveillance, idealism, government agency, media, against the rules, uncover truth, state affairs, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, maryland, washington d.c. ...
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Mission: Impossible (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, cia, espionage, mission, spy, undercover, chase, betrayal, secret service, double agent, murder, master villain ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: prague, czech republic, shanghai china, prague czech republic, kiev ukraine ...
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 8.4
 75K
The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: undercover, kgb, double life, espionage, secret agents, cold war, russian, fbi, working undercover, mole, top secret, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: soviet union, usa, washington d.c.
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Russia, India, Canada
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, serious, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, espionage, mission, secret agents, skyscraper, explosion, teamwork, undercover, save the day, frame up, nuclear threat, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia, dubai, hungary, budapest hungary, mumbai india ...
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 8.3
 283K
Homeland (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: cia, terrorism, explosion, espionage, investigation, danger, marines, treason, paranoia, spy, surveillance, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, usa, virginia, iraq, langley virginia ...
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 8.6
 126K
Archer Vice (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Sterling Archer is the world's most daunting spy. He works for ISIS, a spy agency run by his mother. In between dealing with his boss and his co-workers - one of whom is his ex-girlfriend - Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that ...
Style: cynical, humorous, witty, stylized, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, sarcasm, espionage, danger, womanizer, cia, escapades, government agency, male objectification, james bond spoof, dialogue, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa
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 7.9
 65K
Burn Notice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A formerly blacklisted spy uses his unique skills and training to help people in desperate situations.
Style: semi serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, secret service, starting over, uncover truth, adventure, new job, chases and races, secret agents, crimes, danger, gadget, ex law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 5.9
 167K
xXx (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Xander Cage is your standard adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy attitude. When the US Government "recruits" him to go on a mission, he's not exactly thrilled. His mission: to gather information on an organization that may just ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: espionage, tough heroes, danger, double agent, mission, undercover, adventure, master villain, heroic mission, extreme sport, rivalry, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: prague, prague czech republic, colombia, california, europe ...
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Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Alex Rider thinks he is a normal school boy, until his uncle is killed. He discovers that his uncle was actually spy on a mission, when he was killed. Alex is recruited by Alan Blunt to continue the mission. He is sent to Cornwall to investigate a ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: espionage, adventure, secret agents, chases and races, undercover, race against time, martial arts, school, heroic mission, danger, working undercover, child hero ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, london, europe
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
Style: serious, talky, clever, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: spy, espionage, cold war, mole, kgb, double agent, secret agents, investigation, secret service, betrayal, british, russian ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, czechoslovakia, paris france, england
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Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A top-secret Soviet spy satellite -- using stolen Western technology -- malfunctions and then goes into a descent that lands it near an isolated Arctic research encampment called Ice Station Zebra, belonging to the British, which starts sending out ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: satellite, espionage, submarine, cold war, double agent, military, adventure, arctic, government agency, marines, political intrigue, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: scotland
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Cloak & Dagger (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Family, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 11-year-old Davey's mother is dead and his father doesn't spend nearly enough time with him. So the boy loses himself in video games--and even has an imaginary friend, a super-resourceful secret agent. When he accidentally comes into ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: espionage, spy, murder, disbelieving adult, family, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, chases and races, anti heroes, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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