Spy films form a separate genre in world cinema, and it has been adored by viewers for many decades. It has a rich history and still doesn’t lose its relevance. Here, we decided to make a selection of the best pictures in this genre. You've probably already seen most of them – but why not watch these masterpieces again when you have some spare time?

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Casino Royale, 2006

James Bond is always a great idea, isn’t it? The film with Daniel Craig is not the first film adaptation of the novel, but definitely the most successful. According to Forbes, it’s one of the best reboots ever! The actor managed to convey the image of a professional spy better than his predecessors, and the gorgeous location will definitely please fans of casino games UK. Will the English spy be able to deal with all the terrorists in the world-famous casino? We bet you know the answer! The film, full of events and mysteries, will not leave anyone indifferent!

Mission Impossible 2, 2000

This franchise immediately won the audience's love, but let's be honest – it would be better if everything ended in the second part. This is definitely the best picture of the entire series, which keeps you in suspense until the last minute. Tom Cruise got used to the role of a spy protecting humanity from a dangerous epidemic. While many critics gave this film a bad reaction, we think it's a great action movie. Indeed, it has already become a genre classic, but unfortunately, all subsequent pictures with an ageing Tom Cruise caused more laughter than positive feedback from the audience.

Colin Firth at Kingsman premiere
Colin Firth at Kingsman premiere

Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014

The director aimed to create a spectacular, beautiful, dynamic and funny movie – and he definitely succeeded. The staging of the fighting scenes caused an absolute delight among the audience; besides, the film is light and funny. Do not expect intense drama and complex twists, but simply enjoy the story of a young criminal who has a chance to change his life. Now he stands guard over the world order. What do you think came of it?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011

Audiences and critics highly rated the film, and Gary Oldman seems to have been born to be a spy. His main goal is to expose a representative of Soviet intelligence because the film's events unfold during the Cold War. Complex riddles and a lot of secrets keep the viewer in suspense throughout the film, and it is rightfully considered one of the best pictures of this genre.

Notorious, 1946

This film is considered a classic and is consistently popular among fans of the spy genre. Hitchcock is a true genius who combined melodrama and thriller perfectly. The daughter of a convicted spy is forced to marry a German agent and learn all about the creation of a nuclear bomb, preventing the death of mankind. Even though in the 40s there were no modern technologies and opportunities to add special effects, the director managed to create a very dynamic film with an exciting plot. Even though it’s a real masterpiece, it’s one of the films that have never been nominated for an Oscar.

North by Northwest, 1959

This masterpiece was also created by Hitchcock, which already speaks volumes. The film is based on a real story that occurred during WW2. The protagonist, working in an advertising agency, suddenly finds himself in the epicentre of espionage events and is forced to flee from the secret services. And of course, only a beautiful stranger can help with this. The plot captures from the first minutes, so even modern critics highly appreciate this film.

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