Espionage movies is just another way of saying spy films. These are great suspense flicks because it's difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. They're also fun because they usually use really cool technology. Most of these devices are much better than the Cone of Silence and the show phone seen in "Get Smart." You wanna be a spy some day? Well then you better watch these movies. Sure, real spying might not be this fun but nevertheless, you never know until you try.
"The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" (1964)
This is an espionage movie you must see because, well, it's from the 60's, a wonderful decade for spy films. This one takes place in West Berlin right at the hot point of the Cold War. The Cold War may have been hell for those that lived through it, but it was a boom for professional spies. Richard Burton is even in this film, playing that toughened cynic he so perfected.
"The Third Man" (1949)
This film has so much going for it. For starters, it was written by spy movie great, Graham Green. It also featured a fine cast; Joseph Cotton is the nice guy caught in a bad situation and Orson Welles plays his friend, Harry Lime, a man of mystery. The film was shot it Switzerland, and these old buildings make for the perfect setting. There are chase scenes and even grave digging, a scene made all the more grim by the black and white filming of the time. It's clear there was no color in the lives of these characters.
"The Lives of Others" (2006)
Set in East Germany–this was back when Germany was still divided–in 1984, it showed how the police ruled the people with an iron grip. In a sort of reverse Stockholm Syndrome, a middle-aged agent begins to identify and empathize with a couple he has under surveillance. You may assume that bad guys have no hearts, but sometimes they really do.
"The Bourne Identity" (2002)
Since the inception of the original, The Bourne movies have definitely turned into a movie franchise. After such movies as "Good Will Hunting" and "Rounders" who would've thought that Matt Damon could be such a believable badass? Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie you don't know the awesomeness you're missing out on.
"From Russia with Love" (1963)
This film is recommended for anybody that sadly thinks Daniel Craig is James Bond. After Sean Connery played him in this one, they really should have broken the mold. Connery had a swagger that allowed him to own the part and if you haven't seen him as Bond, then you really haven't seen a Bond film. So check this film out and discover what a sexy beast Sean Connery was in his youth.
"The Conversation" (1974)
This phone-tapping movie was directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola and starred a still relatively young Gene Hackman. Hackman plays Harry Caul, a freelance surveillance ace. What happens when a spy starts to worry about the woman he's spying on? His work may even be sealing her doom. Watch this and find out what happens. If you haven't seen this 70's classic, you're really missing out on some fine spy material.