The CIA is one of the favorite spy agencies on which movies are made. Their surveillance and presence in other countries is notable and makes for great movie content. Furthermore, it has been uncovered that the CIA actually influenced a lot of Hollywood directors to make movies on them, giving them access to the agency in order to have themselves portrayed in a good light in popular media in order to get more recruits. Taking all this into consideration it isn’t strange that there are so many movies on the CIA. Here’s the list of top movies about CIA and NSA ever made. You can stream some of these best CIA movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
12. Red (2010)
Based on a comic book series, the film’s name is actually an acronym which stands for Retired, Extremely Dangerous. The movie stars Bruce Willis as Frank Moses a retired CIA Black Ops agent. The plot follows the ennui that grips his life until an assassination squad is sent to kill him. This gets the old legend back in the game and he uncovers a plot that is characteristic of the portrayal of the CIA – a massive conspiracy and a cover-up that involves the Vice President himself. Frank teams up with an oddball bunch of old mates and even a KGB contemporary and survives the conspiracy but the movie goes to show the far reach and ruthlessness of the CIA despite the director’s attempts to keep the movie strictly within an action-comedy genre of films.
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11. Bad Company (2002)
The CIA is known for being famously ruthless. This is best brought out in this movie. Kevin Pope an agent, played by Chris Rock, is killed while on a mission. So as not to compromise the mission, the agency brings in his twin brother Jake Hayes, an untrained and frankly immature twin of Pope. He is trained by Oakes(Anthony Hopkins) and undertakes the mission. However, Hayes’ weak point turns out to be his girlfriend and when she is kidnapped he gives himself up. In a series of twists and turns, the international criminal organization is defeated, the bomb defused and the good guys win. However, the film goes to show that the agency will stop at nothing the ends justify the means which is I think some secret CIA motto anyway. Bad Company for all its comic elements reveals this nugget of truth about the secretive agency and it was one of the last major productions to be shot inside the World Trade Center.