Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Non-Bond Spy Movie?

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With current glut of spy movies being made in Hollywood right now, it seems like a good time to take stock of the genre as a whole. Under normal circumstances James Bond would probably dominate the conversation, so I thought it might be more interesting to remove him from the equation entirely. Even without 007 there are a couple of big modern franchises to consider and it was difficult not to include most of the individual entries. Clearly there are quite a few options here (probably too many) but I’ll be interested to see the results. So what do you think is the best spy movie that doesn’t feature James Bond? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What is the Best Non-Bond Spy Movie?

 
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  • Lori Cerny

    I voted for “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.” With almost no exposition and forcing the viewer to catch-up to the plot, it feels very realistic – especially with the ending.

  • Lisa Naarseth Myklebust

    Am I the only one who finds this poll “impossible” to make a vote in? When you mix Mata Hari, North by Northwest, Mission Impossible, the Bourne films, The Lives of Others and Sneakers with each other, you know you should have made at least 3 separate polls…

  • devolutionary

    In terms of the pulp/genre template, it’s definitely up there. In terms of modern wiretapping, one-upping each other in the stealth spy game, the Conversation is near perfect though.

  • Sam

    Does Army of Shadows count as a spy movie?

  • Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

  • Sean

    Possibly. I’d argue it’s also a war movie of sorts, but maybe it should have been included.

  • Sean

    Yeah, but what would those 3 separate polls have been?

  • Craig

    While I love a lot of those films, it’s hard to look past The Third Man. I do have a British bias though.

  • I’d vote for Munich if it were an option, so it’s got to be MI-GP.
    Maybe it would have been Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy if I wasn’t too dumb to follow it on the first viewing.

  • frankw35

    This was a tough one because I have favorites in both the “spy thriller” and “spy adventure” subcategories–the latter being a little less gritty and more fun than genuinely tense.

  • Jared Kerr

    The American is my favorite.