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Old 07-23-04, 10:35 AM
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Good Spy Movies

I'm looking for recommendations for good spy movies. Especially, some older cold war era movies, however, I'm up for anything that is considered a good spy thiller.
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I'll avoid the recent (last 10 years) and all the James Bond and Jack Ryan-type movies others will no doubt post and suggest Robert Redford' Three Days of the Condor.
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Richard Burton's THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD.

Clint Eastwood's FIREFOX. Seriously.
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Bourne Identity is readily available, and Bourne Supremacy comes out today (though I have not yet seen it).
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From Russia With Love -- pretty much the only Bond film that is actually a spy picture.
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I’ll also recommend Three Days of the Condor, a great film from the early 70s. I read the book after seeing the movie, this is one of those cases where the movie is a lot better than the book.

Also…

The Amateur (1982)
The Third Man (1949)
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)*
North by Northwest (1960)*

* Not really spy movies per se, but related, and both are good movies.

Edited to add:

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

This isn't your typical spy movie, but it is a great movie nonetheless.

From the review at allmovie: “Chuck Barris is best known to most Americans as the guy who used to host The Gong Show. He was also the creator and producer of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and a handful of other successful game shows in the 1960s and 1970s. But was he also a hired killer working with the CIA? That's the take-it-or-leave-it premise of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, based on the memoir of the same name by Chuck Barris…”

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two of my favorites are
The Russia House
and
The Counterfeit Traitor

both deal with ordinary businessmen getting recruited into the world of espionage.
i would second the recc. that you avoid a lot of recent material (save for The Bourne Identity), and go for things like Three Days Of The Condor, Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

some others i haven't seen, but have heard
very good things about:
Day of The Jackel
Furneral In Berlin
The Ipcress File

also the Alfred Hitcock film Nortorious deals with a woman being recruited to spy on a Nazi in SA- great film.

another one of my favorites would be a 1980 comedy called Hopscotch with Walter Matheau as a pissed off CIA man who threatens to write a tell all book about the agency.
not entirely believable (although going by recent events maybe it wasn't that far off the mark), but quite a lot of fun

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Three Days of the Condor (very good)
The Third Man (classic movie)
Hunt for Red October (best of the Jack Ryan movies)
Bourne Idenity (I'm a Ludlum fan and enjoyed the movie)
Gorky Park
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Almost forgot, The Day of the Jackal, great spy movie. Don't bother with the crappy Willis & Gere remake (total crap)
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Speaking of Ludlum, there is also:

The Osterman Weekend (1983)

It's OK, worth a watch if you don't find anything else. From this movie the scene I remember most is when

Spoiler:
the guy comes up out of the pool with a crossbow, shooting the guy on the edge.
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Can't remember if the character is actually a spy, but check out

The Saint

with Val Kilmer
Old 07-23-04, 03:21 PM
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Originally posted by IndyFrank
Can't remember if the character is actually a spy, but check out

The Saint

with Val Kilmer
He's a thief. He is not a spy, nor is it a good movie, negating its presence in this thread...
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As already mentioned:

The Jackal
Three Days of the Confor
The Osterman Weekend

Also...check out The Anderson Tapes w/ Sean Connery
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Agree with many of the suggestions already including any Bond film, The Jackal, and Firefox.


No Way Out would be my suggestion. One of my all-time favorite movies.
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Originally posted by B.A.
Richard Burton's THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD.
Oh, hell yes.
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Day of the Jackal may be the premiere "spy" movie. Also good (off the top of my head) is The Deadly Affair, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring James Mason.
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Spoiler:

Well, The Day of the Jackal is about a hitman not a spy.
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Spy Game with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford wasn't bad.

Spartan with Val Kilmer is really good.
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Originally posted by Red Dog

No Way Out would be my suggestion. One of my all-time favorite movies.
It's a little dated, but it's a great underrated film AND a super cheap dvd!
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The Lady Vanishes is a pretty good one.
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The Bourne Identity is great, and of course I'll mention all the Bond films.

Check out the great Richard Burton/Clint Eastwsood film "Where Eagles Dare". Great WWII spy thriller.
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Leonard pt. 6!
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Originally posted by Red Dog


No Way Out would be my suggestion. One of my all-time favorite movies.
It is a Good Movie.
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Originally posted by bhk
Spoiler:

Well, The Day of the Jackal is about a hitman not a spy.
That's true, but it has the essence of a spy movie.
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Originally posted by tommyp007
Check out the great Richard Burton/Clint Eastwsood film "Where Eagles Dare". Great WWII spy thriller.
Good call. Another good WWII spy film is The Eagle Has Landed (based off of said book by Jack Higgins).

And everyone has already mentioned both Bourne films. The original Bourne miniseries w/ Richard Chamberlain was good, too - much more faithful to the book.

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