100 Greatest Spy Movies

By HistoryNet staff
12/2/2009 • American History

Michael Caine in 'Funeral in Berlin.' Courtesy Paramount/The Kobal Collection
Michael Caine in 'Funeral in Berlin.' Courtesy Paramount/The Kobal Collection
The editors of American History magazine have compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Spy Movies ever made. The covert operation resulted in a great deal of collateral damage, and now they need your help to narrow those 100 down to … the single Greatest Spy Movie of All Time!

Your cover for this mission will be to pose as An Englishman Abroad. From 13 Rue Madeleline, turn North by Northwest past Casino Royale and climb The 39 Steps of The House on 92nd Street. Go through The Torn Curtain. Give The Ipcress File to Our Man Flint and The Odessa File to The Falcon and the Snowman. From there, Smiley’s People will slip you out of the country; look for them in a Pickup on South Street.

La Femme Nikita sends you her regards From Russia With Love.

Click here to go to our forums and accept your 100 Greatest Spy Movies mission. Scroll down to Qualification Rounds A, B, C. and D. Be sure to vote in all four, selecting eight movies in each. After each list you’ll find a short synopsis of every movie on it. You can also leave comments about your favorite films, films you think should have been on the lists but aren’t and those you wouldn’t have included on the lists. Preliminary voting ends December 10!

If you aren’t already registered on our forums, click here. We don’t spam, and we don’t sell or trade information.

For detailed information on each film, plus data on "Reel vs. Real Spies," look for 100 Greatest Spy Movies, available on newsstands December 8.

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