I have always found spy movies to be very interesting. We know that spies are a real thing in our world, but little is known about their methods and the work they do. Well, if we did know, then they would not be what they are. But it is quite interesting to try and understand, even a little bit, about how they live and work through movies and documentaries. A little bit of fiction and fantasy inserted from time to time does not hurt either. In this article, I list some of the must-watch spy movies of our time.

The Courier (2020)

Based on a true story, this movie tells the story of a British businessman who becomes a spy to serve his nation. Set during the Cold War, this man has to travel between the USSR and the UK, carrying information from a Soviet officer.

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The job turns out to be quite difficult, but knowing what is at stake, he gets the job done. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing the lead role, The Courier is a must-watch movie.

Kingsman (2014-ongoing)

The Kingsman series tells quite a captivating tale of how spies are trained before deployment. With a little bit of sentiment, romance, conspiracies, politics, drama, and some humor, the movies are a good watch. With two movies and a standalone prequel having just been released, there is also talk about the franchise moving forward already.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Based on the TV series of the same name, this movie stars Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, and Armie Hammer in the lead roles. The story is about a couple of spies, and another, who is sent on a top-secret mission.

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However, the two spies belong are at odds with each other, and have a difficult time working together. With no other choice, they put aside differences to achieve their mission.

Mission: Impossible (1996-ongoing)

Another film series that is very interesting, and not just about one thing. The story, the environments, the villains, and most of all, Tom Cruise have kept the franchise going for more than two decades. And there is no sign that the franchise is losing its appeal.

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Starting with the first movie in 1996, each movie also tells a different story, a different mission, a different evil mastermind, and the same guy combatting them, all over the world.

The Jason Bourne Franchise (2002-2012)

Matt Damon did a pretty incredible job as Jason Bourne. With 5 films and a series, the franchise is among the best in the spy genre. An ex-CIA agent who has no memory of his past seeks to find out what happened to him, and who he was.

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Total Recall (2012)

Based on Schwarzenegger’s movie of the same name, this movie tells the story of a spy. However, there are major differences between the original and this one. The movie is set on dystopian Earth, where a factory worker finds out he was actually a spy.

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Operation Finale (2018)

This movie follows a group of Israeli spies who attempt to capture Nazis in the 1960s. The story begins with how they identify and confirm that the person they suspect is a Nazi, and then their plan to extract him in order to try him at a court.

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Sacrifices are made, emotions run high as procedural aspects bog them down, and it all comes down to the last moment and whether they will actually be able to accomplish their mission.

Official Secrets (2019)

Based on the story of Katharine Gun, a British whistleblower, the movie tells the story of a British woman who prevents the actions of governments. An operation between the US and the UK is planned to influence the UN Security Council decision on the invasion of Iraq. Katharine, played by Keira Knightley, prevents this by leaking information to The Observer, a British newspaper.

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No Time To Die (2021)

The 25th movie in the James Bond franchise, this movie is also the last one to cast Daniel Craig. Bond has retired from service, but duty calls again. This time, he is recruited by the CIA. His mission is to find a scientist who had worked for the MI6 in producing a bioweapon. As always, things turn into heated combat, and Bond has to win over his adversary.

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Munich: The Edge of War (2021)

Based on the book Munich, by Robert Harris, the movie re-tells the story of the Munich Agreement. We are told the story through the lives and interactions between two friends, who serve Britain and Germany.

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There is internal resistance to Hitler’s plans, but to expose him, the two of them must be able to interact without being seen. The movie takes place in the background of the Munich Agreement between Germany, Britain, and France. The movie is interesting and is intense.

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