A running list of stressful careers that are 100 percent not for me: surgeon, teacher, airline pilot, hedge fund manager, and—probably most notably—spy. However! Just because I personally cannot imagine myself handling the high-stake demands of an espionage agent doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good spy thriller. The best spy movies provide all the thrill of covert investigations without any of the risk, and if you’re in need of an action-packed flick for your next movie night, I’ve got some recs that’ll have you tempted to apply for a CIA job yourself...or not. ’Cause, ya know, stress.
Just a heads-up: This roundup doesn’t include any movies from franchises—so no James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, or Ethan Hunt to be found here—because otherwise we’d be here all day. But fear not—there are TONS of stand-alone spy thrillers worth two hours of your time, from classics (like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Spy Game) to newer additions to genre (like Red Joan and Red Sparrow). In the mood for double agents, double-crossing, and a whole lot of Brad Pitt? Then keep scrolling for all the best espionage movies available to stream right now for a thrilling good time. And yes, all these movies will def get you hype for the highly anticipated Mr. and Mrs. Smith reboot coming to Amazon Prime sometime in 2022 (!!).