To let your adrenaline pump without having to go on an adventurous mission can only be done, if your screen plays one of the best spy movies. Superheroes jumping over running trains, or CIA agents going on secret missions, or eccentric characters fooling around only to conceal their seriousness secretively; it’s all filled with thrill, fun, adventure, and some nerve wrecking action. So without much ado, here’s a list of the top 10 spy movies other than 007 one shouldn’t miss. Read on!
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011):
Based on a classic spy novel by the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a thriller movie set in the backdrop of Cold War. During the 1970s when the Cold War was at its peak, a George Smiley, a disgraced British Spy is once again hired by the government for a secret mission. This time around the British Government fears that their intelligence service, in this case MI-6 has been compromised by a double agent, who also works for the Soviet Union.
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9. The Good Shepherd (2006):
Suspecting that Castro was tipped, CIA official, Wilson takes on the task to expose him through a secret mission. But, during the span of the investigations, he goes into frenzy with the past. He recalled his days back at the Yale University, his short marriage, his increasing distance from his son, the coming of the Cold War, and all other events in a sequential manner, only to discover more about himself by the end of the movie.
8. Mission Impossible (1996):
One of Tom Cruise’s best movies of all times, Mission Impossible sets him on a mission to get his name off the murder of his partner Jim Phelps, and his wife. They all go together to Prague together, but, only Ethan Hunt (Tom) returns back as the lone survivor. He is suspected by Kettridge, the agency head as the main culprit, and this is where Ethan’s eternal fight for his own survival begins.
7. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 and 1956):
The man who knew too much had already been made twice by the year 1956. The basic story of both the spy movies remains the same. American tourists, James Steward and his wife Doris Day witness the murder of their recently befriended Frenchman, Louis Bernard. While breathing his last, Louis confesses to James about an assassination likely to take place in London’s Albert Hall, but James cannot let this secret out because his son and daughter have already been kidnapped by foreign agents.
6. The Bourne Identity (2002):
Disillusioned by his identity, this movie revolves around Jason’s story, who is found by a fisherman wounded. He is nursed and soon strange things start coming to light. Among other’s Jason has a Swiss Bank Account, pass ports of several nationalities, along with currency of different nations and a gun. Marie, his eventual girl friend, gets entangled with him in the wake of earning some money. And, this is how the story begins.
5. The Ipcress File (1965):
One of the most popular British espionage films of all times, the Ipcress File narrates the story of a British agent Harry Palmer, who thinks he’s a misfit for the task assigned to him. Many western scientists in the past had disappeared only to appear a few days later, without memory of what had happened. This brainwashing had continued for long, but with the disappearance of Doctor Radcliff, the whole world was endangered. And, so Harry is sent on a mission to get him back.
4. Munich (2005):
A powerful story of retribution, Munich takes you on a mysterious ride of thrill and discovery. After Black September’s assassination of Israeli athletes at the Olympic, 1972, the Israeli Prime Minister orders a black box operation, and secretly orders to murder all the suspects involved. A team of five is appointed, lead by Avner. This leads to multiple murders throughout London, and soon the CIA, KGB and PLO, are set on a mission to bring an end to this secret mission.
3. Army of Shadows (1969):
Army of Shadows dramatizes the story of a civil engineer in the wake of the French Resistance. Betrayed by a traitor, Philippe was sent to camp, but he successfully elopes to join his team of Marseilles, and finally kills the traitor. In the backdrop of this main theme, the story also expels the true realities of all hardships suffered by people in the camps as well as their lives and their deaths.
2. North by Northwest (1959):
Advertising agent Roger Thronhill is enjoying his lunch at the Plaza Hotel in New York, when he is mistook for some George Kaplan, and the story of his adventures begins. From there is he taken to Long Island, where he barely survives death. Mysteries around his identity keep entangling as the story unfolds. He is convicted for murder and also meets the beautiful Eve Kendall whom he thinks to be a helpful innocent bystander, when she’s not.
1. Notorious (1946):
One of the most successful spy movies, Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock has always been widely acclaimed by critiques and audience alike. Alicia Huberman, the daughter of a traitor during World War II, gives herself away to drinking and men after her father commits suicide. But, soon, government agent T.R. Delvin asks her to spy on her father’s Nazi friend by marrying him. In the meantime Delvin too falls in love with Alicia, further complicating things. Sebastian, her new husband soon finds out that his wife is a spy and plans a homicide. Delvin learns about this, and sets out on a mission to save Alicia.