espionage/spy movies

Discussion in 'Movies' started by RossTerry, Jul 22, 2002.

  1. RossTerry

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    i saw The Bourne Identity and enjoyed it.

    im looking for suggestions of movies like it (espionage/spy type stuff).

    not like James Bond or True Lies or Mission Impossible, not big action movies, just something with lots of spy games/mystery

    i hope im getting my point across
     
  2. Matt Pasant

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    I stumbled onto a great spy series last month at the video store, the Harry Palmer series with The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin. Both are on dvd and are just gems of a spy movie.
    Others I have really enjoyed (off the top of my tired head)that fit into good spy movies that are not over the top:
    The Assignment
    Talior of Panama
    No Way Out?
    -- Matt
     
  3. Peter Kim

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    The Falcon and the Snowman
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Midnight Express
    Ross, while the last two are not explicity spy movies, I think they tap into the spirit of what you're searching for.
     
  4. Matt Pasant

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    Midnight Express?

    How does a movie about a guy caught smuggling hash relate to spy movies?

    -- Matt
     
  5. Michael*K

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    I'll second The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin, as well as No Way Out. Also would recommend (though not all could be classified as "espionage films"):

    The 39 Steps
    The Manchurian Candidate
    Seven Days in May
    Three Days of the Condor
    The Parallax View
    Marathon Man
    The Eiger Sanction
    The Day of the Jackal
    Sneakers
    Ronin
     
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    Everyone has covered the videos part. Ecks vs. Sever with Antonio Banderas/Lucy Liu is another espionage/spy film that's coming out in theaters late September that I'm looking forward to. I'm hoping they let Ray Park show some of his martial arts skill also. He hasn't done much fighting since Darth Maul in TPM and he was wasted in X-Men.
     
  7. Peter Kim

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    How about Spy Game? I thought that one was fairly interesting and dealt with the not-so-glamorous side of life in the CIA. Interesting political thriller.

    John G
     
  9. Michael*K

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    Thinking back upon all the great spy thrillers I've seen, I notice that there has been a definite lack of quality titles since the 70's. That sucks. These stories are so much more intersting than the standard shoot 'em up action fare of today. [​IMG]
     
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    How about:
    North by Northwest
    Notorious
     
  11. Lew Crippen

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    You might try “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold”, based on the novel by John Le Carré. Richard Burton is very good as is Claire Bloom and others.
     
  12. Matt Pasant

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    Peter,
    I wasn't intending to be rude. I guess it looked that way, but it was not my intention. But actually one of curiosity. I'll agree through that Midnight Express is a very tense and suspenseful film.

    And I did provide a list already.



    I agree 100%. That was why after I rented the Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin. I was just on cloud nine. Its so hard to find a good spy movie anymore.

    -- Matt
     
  13. Peter Kim

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  14. RossTerry

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    ok, i rented North By Northwest and The Tailor of Panama because they were the first ones I could find in the store.
    i watched North by Northwest and enjoyed it.
    thanks
    i'll see if i can find a few more
     
  15. Kim Donald

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    Don't forget:

    -Hopscotch
     
  17. Jim_K

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    Well I'm a little late to this party. Let me just second some excellent choices & add a few others worth mentioning.
    60’s Spy films
    Manchurian Candidate
    The Ipcress File
    Funeral in Berlin
    The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse
    Not on DVD but 2 of the best realistic spy films.
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    The Counterfeit Traitor
    Seven Days in May is also excellent but I consider it more of a Political Thriller rather than a espionage film
    70’s & 80’s
    Three Days of the Condor
    Marathon Man
    The Falcon and the Snowman
    90’s & Recent
    Ronin
    The Tailor of Panama
    Hunt for Red October
    Patriot Games
    Clear and Present Danger
    Hitchcock spy films (All are excellent)
    North by Northwest
    Notorious
    Foreign Correspondent
    The Lady Vanishes
    39 Steps
     
  18. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    In answer to Kim Donald's question about the unavailability of BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN on DVD, it is controlled by MGM (BDB was a United Artists release), and there's a bit of Beatles music on the film soundtrack that is causing "music rights" issues.
    Here are several more espionage titles, not yet mentioned (many of these aren't on DVD in Region 1 yet, though):
    MAN HUNT (1941)
    THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET (1945)
    13 RUE MADELEINE (1946)
    CLOAK & DAGGER (1946)
    O.S.S. (1946)
    I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI (1951)
    DECISION BEFORE DAWN (1952)
    FIVE FINGERS (1952)
    SHOOT FIRST (1952)
    THE FBI STORY (1959)
    OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1960)
    MASQUERADE (1965)
    ARABESQUE (1966)
    THE DEFECTOR (1966)
    THE LIQUIDATOR (1966)
    THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1966)
    TORN CURTAIN (1966)
    WHERE THE SPIES ARE (1966)
    THE DOUBLE MAN (1967)
    FRAULEIN DOKTOR (1968)
    THE DEADLY AFFAIR (1967)
    THE NAKED RUNNER (1967)
    A DANDY IN ASPIC (1968)
    THE CHAIRMAN (1969)
    TOPAZ (1969)
    WHERE EAGLES DARE (1969)
    THE KREMLIN LETTER (1970)
    INNOCENT BYSTANDERS (1973)
    SCORPIO (1973)
    THE BLACK WINDMILL (1974)
    THE CONVERSATION (1974)
    THE KILLER ELITE (1975)
    TELEFON (1976)
    EYE OF THE NEEDLE (1981)
     
  19. Philip Verdieck

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    I'm gonna resurrect this thread with another suggestion:

    The Russia House
     
  20. RossTerry

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    :b

    i had forgotten about this. keep the suggestions coming if you have them.
     

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