Talking about the 10 best spy thrillers is easy, especially since two hit movie franchises make up about half the list of the best spy thrillers. Great spy thrillers have solid action, great dialogue and even better gadgets. All of the spy thrillers on this list possess the necessary elements that make a great movie. Therefore, they are some of the best spy thrillers ever to hit the big screen. Here they are! Espionage flicks at their best.

  1. "The Bourne Identity" (2002) A simply phenomenal spy thriller. A super spy loses his memory and struggles to remember who he is before he gets killed by the very agency he works for. What a great storyline. The film manages to give you all the weighty details without slowing down.

  2. "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) Apparently, Jason Bourne's former employers don't know to leave him enough alone. After trying to frame him for a crappy CIA mission gone bad, Bourne comes out of hiding and takes down the entire agency. Just as good as the first "Bourne" film and easily one of the best spy thrillers ever.

  3. "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007) Jason Bourne's at it again. He shut down his former branch in the first two movies. Now he wants to crumble the entire CIA for turning him into a killing machine. Ironic, yes. But this third installment is just as good as the first two. It deserves to be on the top of the list of great spy thrillers.

  4. "Casino Royale" (2006) Some of you may get angry at this next statement: "Casino Royale" is the best James Bond movie in the franchise. Period. No if's and's or but's. Why? It's simple. This movie explores how James Bond becomes that super cool cat daddy that kills for Queen and country. He makes mistakes, he gets beat up, but he becomes a total heartless badass by the end of the flick.

  5. "Quantum of Solace" (2008) This spy thriller picks up right where "Casino Royale" leaves off. Bond is on a tireless hunt for the organization that killed the only woman he ever loved; they tried to silence his boss, too. This movie is freaking awesome. Explosions, gadgets and the hottest Bond girls since Kim Basinger.

  6. "The Recruit" (2003) This movie follows the exploits of a spy in training. He gets set up by the very guy training him and all sorts on fighting, sex and espionage ensue. Great flick. And Al Pacino is as awesome as he usually is. Check this movie out.

  7. "Mission Impossible III" (2006) This film is simply the best spy thriller from the "Mission Impossible" franchise. Ethan Hunt has to return to the field to try and save a kidnapped student of his. Soon, twists and turns have him knee deep in spy troubles. Great movie.

  8. "True Lies" (1994) Arnold Schwarzenegger as the super spy. It's not like this guy can blend in, but he has some really cool toys in the film. Not to mention the fact that the action is top notch and Jamie Lee Curtis looks awesome.

  9. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005) It's actually a chick flick disguised as a spy thriller, but it rocks. This movie is all about spy versus spy. A husband, who happens to be a spy, gets a contract to kill another spy, who turns out to be his wife. She, in turn, receives a similar contract for his life. Guns and explosions galore. And there's Angelina Jolie. What else could you want?

  10. "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996) A female super spy, badass, killing machine loses her memory. Her enemies haven't forgotten her though. As she survives attack after attack, she slowly begins to remember just how deadly she really is. This movie is pure adrenaline. It's easily one of the best spy thrillers ever.