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The plot, however, still stands up as one of the best spy films committed to film, with Gene Hackman turning in an on-the-money performance as the Secretary Of Defence trying to shift the blame for his promiscuous wife's murder away from himself and on to a rumoured Soviet sleeper agent named Yuri, while tasking Costner — the other man in the affair — to investigate. Called "truly labyrinthine and ingenious" and a " superior example of the genre " in the late, great movie critic Roger Ebert's original review, it's Hackman and Costner's performances that elevate this to a classic.
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For anyone disappointed with this year's lacklustre Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit , this is the film to watch to see Costner playing the spy game properly. Watch No Way Out here. Watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy here.
Loosely based on Robert Ludlum's story of an amnesiac spy, Doug Liman's Bourne Identity pressed the re-set button on the entire genre, with Daniel Craig 's Bond films and even Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy taking inspiration from Bourne's brutal, close-quarter's combat style and gritty, rain-soaked locations.
It was also the film that made us take Matt Damon — the angry kid from Good Will Hunting and the stoner-angel from Dogma — seriously as a fully-fledged Hollywood leading man. Watch The Bourne Identity here. Alfred Hitchcock at his most hard-boiled, this Cary Grant -Ingrid Bergman double bill about the daughter of a Nazi war criminal recruited to infiltrate a ring of Nazis in Brazil became famous for the scene in which Hitchcock slipped around Hollywood's ban on kissing scenes over three seconds by having the actors break the kiss every few seconds before continuing.
However, it's Grant's wardrobe that we're most interested in, particularly his flawless dinner jacket, preceding a certain spy with a penchant for bow ties and tuxedos by almost twenty years. Buy Notorious here.
Few films made Orson Welles gasp, "Oh my God, what a masterpiece. In only Hitchcock's second spy film, released a year after The Man Who Knew Too Much , Robert Donat plays Richard Hannay, an innocent man accused of murder who can only clear his name by uncovering an evil cabal called the 39 Steps.
Stylish, relentlessly pacey and revolutionary in its time, Hitchcock soups up John Buchan's novel with daring set pieces - most famously Hannay's scramble along the outside of the Flying Scotsman and escape onto the Forth Bridge - and adds an erotic charge by shackling the hero to the director's first icy but irresistible blonde female lead, played by Madeleine Carroll. Hitchcock's first great thriller introducers the key ingredients of all that were to come: an honourable man caught in a shadowy behemoth's web; the McGuffin of what the 39 Steps are to keep the action sprinting along; and, most of all, a playful manifestation of the claustrophobic, obsessive relationship with sex he'd return to later in Psycho , Fr enzy , Marnie and Vertigo.
Buy The 39 Steps here. Almost deserving of its place on this list because of its style alone those suits, that knitwear, that peacoat Sydney Pollack's thriller about a CIA researcher who comes back to find his unit dead is quite possibly Robert Redford 's best role. Out of his comfort zone as the cockey leading man, Redford turns in a stellar performance as he runs from both the CIA and a string of mysterious killers, with Max Von Sydow ticking the 'evil assassin in tan trenchcoat' box.
Of course we're not saying Connery's second outing is the best Bond film of all time although there's a strong case to be made for it but, in terms of good old fashioned espionage, you'd be hard-pushed to beat Bond's exploits with SMERSH and super Soviet assassin Red Grant a stone cold Robert Shaw.