Top 10 spy action movies

Whatever you do and wherever you are, know that many outwardly inconspicuous people turn the wheels of a huge machine of special services around the clock. Thanks to the efforts of these specialists, the security of the state is ensured. We have prepared for you a selection of the best foreign films about spies and secret agents.

Secret agent (2017)

Alice Racine is a CIA agent, but in London she works incognito, undercover. One day, she receives information that terrorists are preparing an attack using biological weapons in the territory under their control. Immediately informing the Center about this, Alice starts developing the figurants.

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During the interrogation of one of them, the girl realizes that one of her “leaks” information and sets up an agent. Realizing that she could not trust anyone, the agent began to act alone. Being far from home, without help from the “Office”, it is almost impossible to work, but the heroine of this spy thriller acts at her own peril and risk, otherwise the “mole” will lead her to death.

Original title:
Unlocked

Starring:
Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Michael Douglas

Country:
Czech Republic, Switzerland, UK, USA

Age limit:
18+

Explosive Blonde (2017)

Colleagues enviously talk about Lorraine Broughton that she is one of the best special agents, spies and militants of the British Secret Intelligence Service. In addition to unsurpassed professional qualities, she is a charming sexy blonde with a corresponding bitchy character.

One day, the girl is sent on another assignment to Berlin, where she has to get an extremely important fragment of a microfilm containing information about agents working in the Union. If the list falls into the wrong hands, dozens of people will be unhappy. Given the complexity of the mission, Lorraine is paired with undercover agent David Percival. The peculiarity of the operation is that almost all intelligence agencies of the world are hunting for the notorious list.

Original title:
Atomic Blonde

Cast:
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan

Country:
Germany, Sweden, USA

Age limit:
18+

Three X’s: World Domination (2017)

The third film in a series of action-adventure films about an outstanding extreme sportsman and spy Xander Cage. Being once recruited by special services, the hero completed a number of tasks, after which he disappeared from sight, having gone into voluntary exile.

This time it’s time to return to the lists of the knights of the cloak and dagger again – a new powerful weapon “Pandora’s Box” has appeared, which must be urgently destroyed. To successfully complete the task, Xander assembles a team of daredevils like himself. The guys should act quickly and decisively, as the most notorious thugs are hunting for the prototype, and many countries dream of getting weapons.

Original title:
xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Starring:
Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Samuel L. Jackson

Country:
USA, China, Canada

Age limit:
16+

Allies (2016)

The viewer is especially interested in action films about spies and intelligence officers on a historical basis, as in this film about the times of the Second World War. During a secret mission in North Africa in 1942, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan meets a pretty girl from the French Resistance, Marian Beausejour.

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Young people fall in love with each other, get married and go to London together, where they plan to spend their lives happily. However, trouble soon comes – Marian began to be suspected of betrayal in favor of German intelligence. Now Max has three days to prove his wife’s innocence.

Original title:
Allied

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan

Country:
UK, USA

Age limit:
18+

007: Spectrum (2015)

Another spy thriller from a series of films about 007 British intelligence agent James Bond. This time around, the legendary spy is on the ground in Mexico City, preventing a major terrorist attack and saving hundreds of people. Following on the heels of the organizer, James ended up in Rome, where he received information about the existence of the conspiratorial organization Spectrum.

At the same time, terrible events are taking place in London that threaten the existence of the Mi-6. In such circumstances, the gallant handsome man has no other choice – once again he has to save the world alone from the coming tragedy.

Original title:
Specter

Cast:
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci

Country:
UK, USA

Age limit:
16+

Three Days to Kill (2014)

A classic spy movie about a deadly confrontation between an international militant and an intelligence agent. Ethan Redder, an active intelligence officer, learns that due to a serious illness in an advanced stage, he has less than six months to live. Deciding to spend the rest of his days with his family, he promises his family to stop worrying them, quits and spends his days at home.

Soon, Ethan “unexpectedly” meets a certain Vivi, who “accidentally” has a powerful cure for the disease. The girl is ready to share it, but for this it is necessary to figure out and detain the dangerous terrorist Wolf, whom the hero had already tried to catch earlier. Is it necessary to say that Vivi turns out to be a CIA agent, and the task entrusted to her is connected with shootings and murders?

Original title:
3 Days to Kill

Cast:
Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld

Country:
France, USA

Age limit:
12+

Most Dangerous Man (2014)

Isa Karpov is an ordinary man with Chechen roots and a difficult fate. Over the years of his life, he managed to visit Russian and Turkish dungeons and one day decided to start life from scratch, enrolling and studying to be a doctor. To this end, he arrives in Hamburg, Germany, not quite legally, where he meets a local human rights activist who believes in his pure thoughts.

However, the special services, who were interested in the ambiguous reputation of Isa, have a completely different opinion. So the hero of this spy thriller involuntarily becomes the object of attention of several intelligence agencies from different countries at once, each of which seeks to use it in its own interests.

Original title:
A Most Wanted Man

Cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe 

Country:
UK, USA, Germany

Age limit:
16+

Spy Get Out (2011)

This spy film tells about the work of one of the best intelligence agencies in the world – the British MI6, which is constantly fighting against the secret militants of communism in the 70s of the last century. On the sidelines of the famous British intelligence service, unconfirmed but persistent rumors have long been circulating about a certain “mole” who dug his spy hole into the very heart of the structure.

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Determined to put an end to the traitor once and for all, curator Oliver Lacon turned to retired veteran Smiley for help. He must, using his experience and skills, in conditions of absolute secrecy, identify the Soviet spy. The peculiarity of the operation is that even the top intelligence leadership did not know about it.

Original title:
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Cast:
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova

Country:
France, UK, Germany

Age limits:
16+

Manipulation (2010)

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Wars, in fact, never end, their phases just periodically change. In 1945, the Second World War ended, but the politicians did not let up and immediately started the Cold War. In 1956, in Zurich, Switzerland, intelligence became interested in a strange photo that unexpectedly fell into the hands of specialists. On it, a certain public person was depicted under circumstances that clearly compromised him as a Soviet spy. At that time, the fate of such people was decided very quickly, and a well-known person had to shine the sky in a box.

However, the case fell into the hands of a good anti-espionage agent, a real intellectual. He assessed the possible risks and concluded that as a result of someone’s manipulation and hasty actions of special agencies, many people could suffer and even start a war. There is only one way out: to act only on the basis of painstaking analysis with all precautions.

Original title:
Manipulation

Cast:
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Sebastian Koch, Thomas R. Douglas

Country:
Switzerland, Germany

Age limit:
16+

Body of Lies (2008)

The action movie tells about the activities of the CIA – a serious organization that daily, without too much publicity, with the help of spies and agents, wages an invisible fight against the enemies of the state. In this case, the Department is systematically working to locate and detain the leader of the terrorist gang, Al Halim. This villain is guilty of organizing several attacks at once, and the special services do not forgive this.

The case was entrusted to the best specialist Roger Ferris, who travels all over the world in search of the leader of the criminals. In this, he is helped by the latest development, which allows him to track all the movements of Roger from a satellite. At the remote control of this “all-seeing eye” in the office sits a partner and boss – Ed Hoffman. Together, the heroes organize ingenious operations in an attempt to lure Al Saleem into a trap.

Original title:
Body of Lies

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

Country:
USA, UK

Age limit:
16+

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I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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