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Thinking about CIA Movies, there are many directors who explored this idea. Here are 25 of the top ones.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Francis Ford Coppola, starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest
Rated R

Apocalypse Now is an epic Vietnam War drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film follows U.S. Army Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) as he is sent on a secret mission upriver into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Army colonel (Marlon Brando) who has gone insane. Along the way, Willard and his crew battle the psychological effects of war and the insanity of their mission, eventually culminating in a thrilling, violent climax. The film is a powerful examination of the horror and madness of war and its effects on the human psyche.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

The Bourne Ultimatum
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Paul Greengrass, starring Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles
Rated PG-13

The Bourne Ultimatum is the third installment of the Bourne series, starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin suffering from amnesia. He continues to search for the truth about his past while being pursued by CIA agents. In this film, Bourne is determined to uncover the secrets of his true identity and discovers that he had been part of a larger conspiracy within the agency. However, he is not alone in his search and is pitted against the CIA and powerful forces in the government. With the help of a journalist and an unexpected ally, Bourne must use his skills and strength to outwit his powerful enemies and find the answers that have eluded him.

JFK (1991)

JFK
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Oliver Stone, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Rated R

JFK is an American political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone and released in 1991. The film is based on the investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The film follows district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) as he unravels the truth behind the assassination, and his attempt to prove a conspiracy beyond Lee Harvey Oswald. Garrison discovers evidence of a larger plot involving the CIA, FBI, local organized crime, and various government officials and military personnel. The film also focuses on those who are trying to stop Garrison from uncovering the truth, including President Lyndon B. Johnson (Donald Sutherland). JFK is an intense, complex, and enthralling exploration of the events and people surrounding the tragic assassination of one of the nation's most beloved presidents.

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Martin Campbell, starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright
Rated PG-13

Casino Royale is the 21st installment in the James Bond film series and the first to feature Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Bond is sent on a mission to bankrupt a terrorist financier, Le Chiffre, in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale in Montenegro. Along the way, he falls in love with Vesper Lynd, a treasury agent assigned to supervise the money he needs to bankrupt Le Chiffre. In a nail-biting finale, Bond foils Le Chiffre's plan and defeats him, paving the way for his future as a 00 agent. Along the way he must confront a corrupt organization, a powerful financier, and a ruthless international terrorist, all while trying to keep his relationship with Vesper Lynd alive.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Bourne Identity
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Doug Liman, starring Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen
Rated PG-13

The Bourne Identity is a 2002 action-thriller film directed by Doug Liman and adapted from Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. The film stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man who washes ashore in the Mediterranean Sea with two bullet wounds and suffering from amnesia. He soon discovers he is a highly trained assassin, and is sought after by both the CIA and the people who originally programmed him. As he attempts to piece together his forgotten past and uncover his true identity, Bourne finds himself in a desperate race against time to protect himself and those around him from danger. Along the way, he must also come to terms with his dark past and his uncertain future.

Arrival (2016)

Arrival
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg
Rated PG-13

"Arrival" is a 2016 science fiction drama directed by Denis Villeneuve. The film stars Amy Adams as a linguist who is recruited by the US Army to assist in understanding a mysterious alien race that has arrived on Earth. Along with a team of scientists, Adams' character quickly discovers that the aliens have come with a message, but the understanding of their language proves to be a difficult and complicated task. As she learns more about the alien’s language, Adams' character begins to understand the true nature of their message. As the situation escalates, the team must race against time to decipher the alien’s message and find a way to peacefully coexist with the newly arrived alien race. Ultimately, the team discovers the purpose behind the alien’s visit, and the implications of this discovery reveal a breathtaking vision of the future.

Taken (2008)

Taken
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Pierre Morel, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser
Rated PG-13

Taken is a French-American action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. It stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, a retired agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who sets out to save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from a sex trafficking ring. When Bryan's daughter is kidnapped during her vacation in Paris, he is determined to find her at any cost. He uses his "very particular set of skills" to track the kidnappers and rescue his daughter. Along the way, Bryan must battle corrupt government officials, foreign thugs and a ruthless assassin. Taken is a thrilling action film that combines suspense and violence to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Argo (2012)

Argo
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Ben Affleck, starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin
Rated R

Set in 1979, during the Iranian Revolution, Argo tells the story of a daring CIA plot to rescue six American diplomats who are hiding in the Canadian embassy in Tehran. The plot is devised by CIA operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), who disguises the diplomats as a film crew scouting for a movie called Argo. With the help of Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin), Mendez embarks on a mission to find a Canadian film studio, stage a shoot and get the six out of Iran alive. With the success of the mission hanging in the balance, Mendez and his team must navigate a web of lies, espionage and danger as they try to secure the safe return of the diplomats.

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

The Bourne Supremacy
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Paul Greengrass, starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox
Rated PG-13

The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 action-thriller directed by Paul Greengrass, and based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum. It is the second installment in the Bourne film series. The story follows Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) as he is framed for a murder and hunted by a Russian agent (Karl Urban). With the help of his former lover Marie (Franka Potente) he sets out to uncover the truth. In the process, he discovers a much wider conspiracy that puts his life in danger. As he tries to clear his name, he discovers some of his own past, and the identity of the person responsible for framing him. As Bourne fights to stay ahead of his pursuers, he uncover more secrets, and more danger. In the end, he is able to survive, and clear his name. With the help of Marie, he discovers the identity of the person behind the conspiracy and the truth behind his past.

Man on Fire (2004)

Man on Fire
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Tony Scott, starring Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell
Rated R

Man on Fire is a 2004 action thriller directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington. The story follows John Creasy (Washington), a former military operative and burned-out assassin-for-hire, who is hired by a Mexican family to be the bodyguard of their daughter, Pita (Dakota Fanning). As Creasy and Pita become close, the girl is kidnapped. Fueled by revenge, Creasy uses his extensive training to systematically take out anyone who stands in his way of finding the kidnappers and rescuing Pita. With the help of a dogged reporter (Christopher Walken) and a local detective (Marc Anthony), Creasy tracks down the kidnappers and exacts his revenge. In the end, he pays the ultimate price to ensure Pita's safety.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Matthew Vaughn, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon
Rated PG-13

X-Men: First Class is a 2011 superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn and based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Set in the 1960s during the Cold War, the film follows mutants Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr as they form the X-Men in order to protect the world from the growing threat of the Hellfire Club, a secret society of powerful mutants led by Sebastian Shaw. Along the way, they recruit a group of young mutants including Mystique, Banshee, Beast, and Havok to help them. With the help of CIA agent Moira MacTaggert, the X-Men must face off against Shaw and his inner circle in a desperate attempt to save the world from a nuclear holocaust.

Zero Days (2016)

Zero Days
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Alex Gibney, starring David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu
Rated PG-13

Zero Days is a 2016 documentary about the creation and deployment of Stuxnet, a computer virus developed by the United States and Israel to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. Directed by Alex Gibney, the documentary investigates the virus’ origins and explores the geopolitical ramifications of its use. Through interviews with experts, analysts, and government officials, the film unpacks the complex technical, ethical, and legal implications of cyber warfare, while providing an intimate look at the clandestine world of global cyber espionage.

Sicario (2015)

Sicario
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Denis Villeneuve, starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
Rated R

Sicario is an intense and thrilling crime drama directed by Denis Villeneuve. The film follows an FBI agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), who is recruited by a mysterious government task force to help bring down a powerful drug cartel in Mexico. The task force, headed by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benicio del Toro), has no rules and operates without regard for national borders. As Kate is immersed in the dangerous and murky world of the drug war, she discovers that the mission is not what it seems, and she is forced to confront her own morality and values. With brutal violence, suspenseful action sequences, and a powerful story, Sicario is a gripping exploration of the war on drugs and its emotional toll on those involved.

Munich (2005)

Munich
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Steven Spielberg, starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds
Rated R

Munich is a 2005 historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Eric Bana. The film is based on the true story of the Israeli secret service's mission to assassinate the Palestinian terrorists who were responsible for the 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. The film follows a team of five Israeli agents (led by Bana's character, Avner) as they travel around Europe, hunting down and killing the terrorists one by one. All the while, the agents are forced to grapple with the moral implications of their actions, and their own personal struggles with guilt and doubt. In the end, the team discovers that their mission was much more complicated than they anticipated, and Avner must face the consequences of his actions.

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

The Hunt for Red October
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From John McTiernan, starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill
Rated PG

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine thriller directed by John McTiernan. Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Tom Clancy's 1984 novel of the same name. The plot follows Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Connery) as he attempts to defect to the United States with his officers and the revolutionary nuclear-powered Soviet submarine Red October. An American CIA analyst (Baldwin) is the only one who suspects Ramius's true motives, and he struggles to verify his suspicions and prevent a nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, the crew of the Red October is in a race against time as the Soviet Navy and KGB both hunt for the submarine before it can reach U.S. waters. With tension sky-high and time running out, the Hunt for Red October will decide the fate of the world.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Kathryn Bigelow, starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong
Rated R

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Brad Bird, starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton
Rated PG-13

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Law Abiding Citizen
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From F. Gary Gray, starring Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney
Rated R

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Christopher McQuarrie, starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Rated PG-13

Snowden (2016)

Snowden
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Oliver Stone, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto
Rated R

Enemy of the State (1998)

Enemy of the State
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Tony Scott, starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet
Rated R

True Lies (1994)

True Lies
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton
Rated R

13 Hours (2016)

13 Hours
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Michael Bay, starring John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman
Rated R

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Guy Ritchie, starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
Rated PG-13

Ronin (1998)

Ronin
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From John Frankenheimer, starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård
Rated R

 



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