7 Super Spy Movies Like Bourne Identity

Wednesday, February 1 by Joseph Gibson

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	"The Bourne Identity" is one of the most popular <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/spy-movies/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>spy movies</a> to come out in the last twenty years. It combines hard-hitting action with globetrotting espionage, handheld camera work and of course, <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/matt-damon-680/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Matt Damon</a>. If you're in the mood for a movie with two or more of these elements, give one of these movies a try. They're not exactly like "The Bourne Identity", but they might do in a pinch.</p>
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	<strong>The "Bourne" sequels</strong><strong> </strong>You don't have to be smart enough to decipher the plots of the "Bourne" movies to figure this one out; the sequels to "The Bourne Identity", called "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum", are pretty damn Bourne-y. Duh. They both feature Matt Damon as amnesiac <span data-scayt_word=superspy Jason Bourne, and they all use that famous handheld action movie style. So enjoy, Brainiac.

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"Casino Royale". When "The Bourne Identity" came out, it was heralded as a return to realistic spy movies as opposed to the flights of fancy that James Bond was always getting himself into. But this Bond reboot went for a grittier, more realistic, more Bourne-like feel, and it pretty much succeeds. Bond is still Bond, though, so if you're a fan, you don't need to worry about that.

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	<strong>"Fair Game"</strong>. Speaking of realism, why not go to a based-on-a-true-story tale of espionage if you're in the mood for more restrained spy action? This movie may not feature the <span data-scayt_word=superspy heroics of "The Bourne Identity", but the realistic and grounded-in-reality story about CIA agent Valerie Plame who was outed by the Bush administration for her husband's antiwar newspaper columns has the kind of feeling that the Bourne movies sometimes have. Plus, Sean Penn is at least as good an actor as Matt Damon, right?

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	<strong>"The Informant!"</strong> Here's another movie featuring Matt Damon as a spy. OK, so he's a corporate spy, not an international one, and he's actually embezzling from the company he's spying on for the FBI. And he's completely ridiculous as a human being. But you said you wanted movies like "The Bourne Identity", and this has Matt Damon as a man wearing a wire in some scenes, so it stays in. It stays in!</p>
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"Body of Lies". Another based-on-a-true-story spy movie, Ridley Scott's terrorism thriller has a bit more of the kind of action you might be craving. It also has two heavyweight performances from stars Leonardo DiCaprio and the literally heavyweight Russell Crowe. There are also a couple scenes featuring stuff getting blown up by helicopters, so don't think this is some talking head movie. You're allowed to have a little bit of fun.

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	<strong>"Mission: Impossible III".</strong> Like "Casino Royale," this movie represents a kind of reboot for the series, introducing a little bit of emotion to the cold world of <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/tom-cruise-300/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Tom Cruise</a> doing cool stunts. This is done by giving him a wife and a bad guy to threaten that wife. The rest of the movie is still done in classic "Mission: Impossible" style, but these concessions to actual storytelling give it a little bit of Bourne-like flavor.</p>
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"Lust, Caution". Okay, stay with us here. Pretend Jason Bourne was Chinese, a woman, and into really weird acrobatic sex. Now you have a decent idea of "Lust, Caution", the period spy thriller about a female spy who has to go DEEP undercover to infiltrate a powerful politician's inner circle. Hey, you wanted superspy movies, right? "Super" is certainly one way to describe the sex scenes in this.