Top 5 spy thrillers on Netflix that are a must-watch

With the extensive library of Netflix, it is quite an effort trying to find something which is absolutely worth watching. Even picking a genre seems to be an extensive task. And that’s where we come to the rescue. Spy thrillers have been the talk of the town lately, and the credit should be given to the thrill it entices in the viewers. The action, the thrill, and the underlying sense of danger somehow make us want to be a part of that story. In order to experience all that, here are the top 5 spy thrillers on Netflix that a must-watch:

5. Treason

  • Year: 2022
  • Directed by: Louise Hooper, Sarah O’Gorman
  • Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Oona Chaplin, Ciarán Hinds, and Charlie Cox

Treason follows Adam Lawrence, Deputy Chief of MI6 as he struggles with the new threats to him, his career, and his family. Adam has a promising career but everything falls apart when the former chief gets poisoned by a rogue KGB agent, Kara. The twist? Kara is a former lover of Adam’s and the two never did cut off completely.

Now the authorities question where Adam’s loyalties lie as threats emerge for his family and daughter. The series wraps up in five episodes with great acting, a strong foothold on the plot, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seats till the very end.

4. Caliphate

  • Year: 2020
  • Directed by: Goran Kapetanovic
  • Cast: Gizem Erdogan, Aliette Opheim, Amed Bozan, Lancelot Ncube, Said Legue

One of the best female-led spy stories, Caliphate revolves around stressful themes like religious extremism, human rights, women’s rights in general, acts of terrorism, and more. It follows Fatima, a Swedish Security Service Agent as she tries to prevent an attack on her country from a threat named The Traveler.

3. The Recruit

  • Year: 2022
  • Directed by: Doug Liman, Alex Kalymnios, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Julian Holmes
  • Cast: Noah Centineo, Laura Haddock, Aarti Mann, Colton Dunn, Fivel Stewart

Noah Centineo, otherwise the chocolate boy of Netflix, has tried his hands at a much more serious role in The Recruit. He can be seen as Owen Hendricks, who starts working as a lawyer for the CIA and is responsible for identifying threats to the agency. Though he is not an agent, his role will become like one as the story will progress.

When an asset threatens to expose its relationship with the CIA, Owen finds himself in the middle of grave international politics.

2. The Spy

  • Year: 2019
  • Directed by: Gideon Raff
  • Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Noah Emmerich, Nassim Si Ahmed, Moni Moshonov

If you are a true spy thriller fan, then you must watch Sacha Baron Cohen starring in The Spy. The series is based on the life of Israel’s top Mossad spy, Eli Cohen. The story is set in the years prior to the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and Syria.

Eli infiltrates the Syrian Ministry of Defence as Kamel Amin Thaabet in order to uncover a plot against Israel. Sacha Baron gave life to the character of the spy in ways clearly unfathomable.

1. In From the Cold

  • Year: 2022
  • Directed by: Ami Canaan Mann, Daniel Calparsoro, Paco Cabezas, Birgitte Stærmose
  • Cast: Margarita Levieva, Stasya Miloslavskaya, Alyona Khmelnitskaya, Cillian O’Sullivan

If you’re someone who’s into spy thrillers but won’t mind some added sci-fi to it, then this one is just the pick for you. The story follows a Russian spy who left the service behind and built her life as a soccer mom.

However, she’s forced to be back when she gets exposed and the threat comes directly to her and those she cared about. The twist? Our protagonist has the ability to shapeshift. Won’t that make it interesting?

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