The best movies about secret agents, ranked

Disguise means giving up an identity and assuming another. When it works, it’s great; when not paid.

Undercover is perhaps one of the most dangerous career paths a person can take. Given that joining an intelligence agency was considered a high risk in itself, going undercover by infiltrating notorious guilds and organizations raised the risk level by a few notches. Moreover, the secret agents have to fight multiple battles on many fronts, from frustrated partners to overly demanding bosses; No relief from either side. Despite rigorous training and high-tech gadgets, stealth entails living life on the edge, living a lie that can be exposed at a moment’s notice. One wrong move, and you might not only ruin the job, but your life as well. Here’s a look at some of the best movies about secret agents, ranked.

Today’s movie

7/7 Donnie Brasco (1997)

Still image by Donnie Brasco
Tristar Pictures

Donnie Brasco It is loosely based on the true story of Beeston, an FBI agent, who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York. In the film, Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) poses as a jewelry thief and befriends an aging hitman, Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), of the Bonanno crime family. While at its core the film is about an FBI agent who puts his life on the line to convict a crime boss and his accomplices, the film also sheds light on the friendship of two men who represent two different sides of the law.

6/7 21 Jump Street (2012)

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum on 21st Jump Street
Columbia Pictures

in a 21 Jump StreetAnd the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play 2 cops who pretend to be high school students in order to uncover a synthetic drug racket. The movie is a hilarious cop comedy that does well because of the contrast in the undercover officer’s apparent stupidity matched with the high school students’ intellect. Based on the popular TV show of the same name, the movie works well as a no-brainer parody, excelling on the cartoonish side.

5/7 Rush Hour 2 (2001)

Still image from Rush Hour 2
New Line Cinema

sequel to rush hour, rush hour 2 Picks up right where its predecessor left off. The film follows Lee (Jackie Chan) and Carter (Chris Tucker) vacationing when they are informed that US Customs agents have been killed following the US embassy bombing. In a mix of high-octane drama with high-octane stupidity, rush hour 2, Don’t make the mistake of taking himself too seriously. As Lee and Carter become entangled in the cross-cutting web of deceit, many secrets from the past come to the surface.

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4/7 City on Fire (1987)


City on fire
Cinema City and Film Company

Quentin Tarantino Reservoir dogs It is often seen as a tributary to Ringo Lamm City on fire. Both films operate on the same narrative parallels to a wrong job, which eventually culminates in a guessing game about the mole on the block. Tarantino has gone on record and admitted he was influenced by Lam’s film and took the end City on fire He renames it in his own unique stylistic way.

3/7 BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Directed by the legendary Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman It tells the story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) as he embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan off his hometown. A black comedy thriller, the film showcases powerful themes of racial discrimination while also highlighting the grossly flawed ideologies that spread hate. It is set against the backdrop of the 70’s, BlacKkKlansman It is a deep dive into the corruption of ideologies and opinions. The film premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix.

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2/7 The Departed (2006)

Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon in The Departed
Plan B for entertainment

Remake of the 2002 Hong Kong movie internal affairs, late It is an epic crime thriller directed by Martin Scorsese, one of the greats of filmmaking of this century. The movie acts as a mix between a remake, while also being loosely based on the real-life Boston Winter Hill Gang. The story follows the lives of Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) who is planted by mob boss Frank Costello into the Massachusetts State Police as a mole, and undercover officer Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), who attempts to infiltrate Costello’s crew. late It is more than just the story of two men with different goals, who pretend to live different lives. It is about two men trying to live public lives that are radical antitheses to their inner reality. Their attempts to destroy them threaten either with implosion or with fatal betrayal.

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1/7 Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir dogs
Miramax Movies

Quentin Tarantino’s feature debut tells the story of six criminals who are ambushed by the police in the midst of a diamond heist. When infected criminals arrive at a safe house, questions are raised and motives questioned. As the movie continues, the gang of thieves realize that there is a mole in their midst. Considered one of Tarantino’s best works, Reservoir dogs Over time it has gained cult classic status. The characterization of the Six Thieves along with the unexpected writing makes the film an experience like no other.

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