If you’re a fan of the action-packed and thrilling movies of the Mission: Impossible franchise, then I have good news: the spy genre is full of complex, beautiful films that are an ode to cinema itself. Like the Mission: Impossible franchise, the rest of the genre includes a wide array of the most imaginative directors and writers, either working with fantastic source material or making up entirely original stories.

James Bond

James Bond

There’s no better place to start than the classic of the spy genre: James Bond. Be captivated by our suave British spy, James Bond, as, he saves the world from nefarious villains over and over again, just like the protagonists of Mission: Impossible. If you are looking to dip your toes into this series, start with the three best: Goldfinger, Casino Royale, and Skyfall.

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne is a skilled assassin suffering from amnesia. The tension starts and stays high as Jason finds himself being the most wanted man in the world, chased by the most powerful organization in the world: the US government. Where the government is often a misguided impediment in Mission: Impossible, it’s straight-up the villain in the Bourne movies. Begin with the original trilogy: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum — and don’t be put off the fourth movie, The Bourne Legacy; it’s different, but still more than worth a watch.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Set during the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a high-stakes comedic adventure that tells the story of an American agent, a Russian agent, and a German mechanic stopping a criminal organization. This film has a more comedic twang than the rest of this list, which may repel or attract some. But it’s still a great spy film.

Salt

Salt

Salt centers its narrative on Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent whose career and life are on the line when she’s accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. Like the Mission: Impossible films, the progression of tension in this film will draw in the audience.

Kingsman

Kingsman: The Secret Service

The first film in this series, 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, is perhaps the most beloved spy movie from the last decade. With tales of intense, well-choreographed action, exceptional writing which evokes emotions, laughs, and tension, and saving the world from evil, this franchise provides unforgettable adventures on par with Mission: Impossible.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Perhaps the epitome of complexity and depth in the spy genre, this film adaptation of John le Carré’s classic novel depicts a retired British intelligence officer investigating a potential Soviet mole within the organization.

True Lies

True Lies

True Lies is an action-comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent leading a double life with a family unaware of his true identity. This film is more comedy than action, but it won’t disappoint fans of Mission: Impossible‘s action-packed adventures.

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Spy Game

Spy Game

Much like the first Mission: Impossible film, Spy Game explores the relationship between a retiring CIA agent and his pupil during a dangerous mission gone wrong. It involves international intrigue and political tension.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: Movies like Mission: Impossible

Another film adaptation of a John le Carré novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold follows a British agent on a dangerous mission. Set during the Cold War, the film attempts to portray a realistic image of that era’s espionage.

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Set in East Berlin, this German film tells the story of a Stasi agent who becomes increasingly conflicted about his personal values and political stances while spying on a playwright and his lover.

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