Almost all kids have a nostalgic childhood playing a spy. We shot imaginary enemies down in from the shadows of our corridors; we jumped from one roof to another pretending we’re chasing an international drug trafficker; we traded the old and cheap beads of mom’s ornament collection as if they were precious diamonds from Africa. Who doesn’t want to pretend as a spy in the crowd? No other character in the history of cinema has been as alluring as a spy. It’s not about girls, guns and martini, but the cloak of invisibility, vanity, megalomania, and the sheer thrill of adrenaline rushing the body that tempt us to watch the espionage movies again and again.
“He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore,” writes Sigmund Freud. Let’s take a walk through the underbelly of intelligence networks, secret agents and deadly spies. Here’s the list of really good spy movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
15. Dr. No (1962)
Sean Connery and Ursula Andress mesmerize us in this vintage tour of espionage classic. Connery cemented his reputation as the best Bond ever played in the 007 franchise. An investigation about a mysteriously missing colleague in Jamaica lands James Bond at the center of a lethal conspiracy. The trail leads him to the secrets buried in the island owned by ‘Dr. No.’ What lies beneath the seemingly calm island is a deadly scheme to blast out the US space program. The U.S. intelligence arms have no other way but to rely on the mercurial Bond and his out-of-the-way methods on the field. And, as all the Bon fetishists know, he’s not going to eliminate the threat of ‘Dr. No’ without the help of the seductress, Honey Ryder.
14. The Lives of Others (2006)
‘The Lives of Others‘ is director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s stunning feature debut and a heartbreaking story of love and loss in the backdrop of the Cold War theatre of East Berlin. The plot follows the Stasi Capt. Gerd Wiesler, played by Ulrich Mühe, who is assigned to shadow famous East German playwright Georg Dreyman, played by Sebastian Koch. The notorious East German state security service, Stasi, believes that the writer may pause a security threat to the Republic. But, as Wiesler digs deep into the life of Dreyman, he discovers the writer is one of the few East German loyalists in the republic, on the contrary to the political leadership and Stasi chiefs are using their power for sexual exploitation and other wicked motives.
Being a loyalist who genuinely believes in his leaders, the realization was really shocking for Wiesler. In the meantime, Dreyman discovers a blackmail scheme that turns into a sexual relationship related to Wiesler’s chief. When one of Dreyman’s friends, stage director Albert Jerska, played by Volkmar Kleinert, is forced to kill himself by the blackmailing policy of the of the government, the rebel in him starts asking questions. By then, Weisler becomes deeply and emotionally attached to Dryman’s persona. He starts doubting the system for which he is working.