"Identity combined the genre's realism and fantasy, redefining the espionage film. Supremacy shattered the Hollywood mould, reminding us of what a spy thriller could be. Ultimatum built the action to its obvious crescendo, putting a good cap on the greatest spy series. They all come HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"Very rarely seen, auteur Melville creates a accurate and very realistic depiction of espionage in WWII - clumsy assassinations, bleak environments and a world where no-one can be trusted. Unnerving and very worth the effort. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"Spielberg weighs in with a thought-provoking film of realistic spies. A haunting tale of true events, this bleak revisionist thriller is a look at what is sometimes necessary and what we escapists might forget. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"DePalma's first reminded us of classic Euro-spies at a time when super-Bond was at his biggest - RECOMMENDED! Woo's second adopted the super-spy syndrome, beating the overblown Bond at his own game - RENT IT! Abrams' third ended on a very high-note, combining the best of classic and modern for a pop-spy masterpiece - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"One of the best classic spy films - grim and gritty in its portrayal of a government cover-up, it played a heavy influence on the Bourne series. Redford and Dunaway are on top form, while von Sydow steals the show as the bureaucratic assassin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"The restart of the Bond franchise is a near-perfect adaptation of the original novella, b*tch and all. Brutally charming, Craig perfectly captures Fleming's rugged spy with a drinking problem. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"The classic banned film - John Frankenheimer's assured direction and the cast's fantastic performances alone are worth the price. The plot makes it priceless - perfect for our bleak times. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"Frankenheimer returns with a film of disavowed spies, set apart by its brilliant car chases and a David Mamet script that only falters in the third act. In true-to-life fashion, it's one of the few films to ignore characterizing its 'deep-cover' agents. RECOMMENDED!"
"Mamet pens another brilliant spy flick, with Val Kilmer as a secret service agent caught up in a government conspiracy. Great "Ronin"-style dialogue and Kilmer at his best make this an underrated gem. RECOMMENDED!"
"The book that put Le Carre on the spy map, this faithful adaptation is a true masterpiece of realistic espionage fiction. Burton is brilliant as the washed-out spy, sent once more into the field for a cunning game of double-crosses. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"Not really a "classic spy film", but the idea of Burton's agents sent deep undercover as Nazis just qualifies it for inclusion in the WWII espionage genre. It's also one hell of a great adventure film, with Eastwood mowing down krauts by the dozen. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"Ridley Scott takes a cue from brother Tony in the first millennial spy flick. Quick-paced and cunning, its clever plot is augmented by two stunning performances and a script that authentically tackles current affairs. RECOMMENDED!"
"Besson's third spy flick is absurd, ridiculous and endlessly entertaining - Travolta hams it up to epic proportions as the veteran agent, a fat, bald, kung fu-fighting spy who always saves the day. RECOMMENDED!"
"Damon's antithesis to the Bourne series - the Godfather of spy movies, not in greatness but in intrigue, depth and realism. A stunning cast keeps the overly-long running time from being noticed. RECOMMENDED!"
"Barris' fictional autobiography balances spy thriller and black humor, with many of the genre's trappings: Eastern European locales, femme fatales and grimy direction. Add a great script with decent performances and you've got a nice homage. RECOMMENDED!"
"Again, not purely a spy flick - but the subplot following Clooney's aging government agent sent to kill an oil baron's son is as close to a modern-day agent as one can get. The rest of the film isn't too bad either. RECOMMENDED!"
"Connery as an incarcerated British spy released to save the world - sound familiar? Surprisingly clever for a popcorn flick, Michael Bay's addition to the spy genre comes in this assault of action and espionage. RECOMMENDED!"
"Liman's follow-up to Bourne sees another spy thriller, exchanging suspense for explosions and domestic hijinks. Entertaining on first viewing, it falters upon repeat, mainly due to a problematic production history. RECOMMENDED!"
"An involving and fancifully-directed film about Carlos the Jackal, mixing both fact and fiction. Quinn piles on the cheese in the dual roles, but the veteran chops of Kingsley and Sutherland barely save it from disaster. RENT IT!"
"A cat-and-mouse spy flick heavy on the religious issues, Traitor keeps its pace and priority in predictable spy flick fashion, never daring to take any risks. Nevertheless, still entertaining for its look at current affairs. RENT IT!"
"Caine challenges Connery as the working-class Bond, flipping the 007 formula. Unfortunately, some aspects of it's tale of a downtrodden agent haven't aged well, with 60s psychedelia sticking out amongst its realistic feel. But still, essential viewing for spy genre context. Sequels: "Funeral in Berlin" and "Billion Dollar Brain". RECOMMENDED!"
"A strange adaptation of LeCarre. Brosnan plays on his Bond stereotype as a slimy secret agent in this low-key and slow-paced thriller. More espionage than action, and worth a look for that, if nothing else. RENT IT!"
"A partial spoof of the genre, Grant and Hitchcock reteaming is an action-studded affair (at least for a Hitch film). A well-paced script, great performances and a thrillingly predictable ending make you forget it's not really a spy flick. RECOMMENDED!"
"The quintessential spy spoofs - Myer's loving tribute to his favorite 60s spy flicks has everything a fan of the genre needs. The first is a classic, second is gross-out funny while Caine & Cruise barely save the third. RECOMMENDED!"