Over the years, several enduring espionage movies have offered exciting thrills and fascinating technology. The realm of spying undoubtedly makes for a gripping and thought-provoking film. We have seen Epic action scenes and amazing technology in popular franchises like the famous “Mission: Impossible” series and James Bond movies. As with several releases in the genre this year, we can enjoy more contemporary work with amazing visuals. So, scroll down to find the list of the best spy movies of 2022.
Director: Lee Jung-jae
Writer: Jo Seung-Hee
Star Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Heo Sung-tae
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Runtime: 2 hrs 11 mins
A dynamic, intensely suspenseful, and delightfully operatic spy thriller was released on December 7, 2022. The movie has enough thrills to please espionage lovers, even though it often trades action in pursuit of an extremely complex storyline. The film received the Blue Dragon Award for Best Editing and New Director.
Its story follows the events of National Security planning in the 1980s.
Director: Simon Kinberg
Writer: Theresa Rebeck, Simon Kinberg
Star Cast: Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Runtime: 2 hrs 2 mins
A fun thriller with dazzling action sequences, the 355 premiered in theatres on January 7, 2022. The movie is surely a good choice for fans looking for an entertaining thriller thanks to a fantastic cast and unexpected twists and action.
A wildcard C.I.A. agent teams up alongside three foreign agents on a quest to recover a top-secret weapon from mercenaries – while avoiding a mystery woman who is following their every single turn.
Director: Declan Lawn, Adam Patterson
Writer: Michael Bronner, Adam Patterson, Declan Lawn
Star Cast: James Norton, Matthew Douglas, Rob Malone
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Runtime: 1 hr 55 mins
Based on Michael Bronner’s article “Chasing Agent Freegard,” featuring a great cast, Rogue Agent premiered on July 27, 2022. Rogue Agent continues to be a well-acted and engrossingly tricky suspense thriller – even though it isn’t as convincing as the true story that served as its inspiration.
The remarkable and unnerving tale of career conman Robert Freegard, who pretended to be an MI5 agent to trick people in disguise. But the woman who fell for him brought him to justice.
Director: Jorge Coira
Writer: Jorge Guerricaechevarría
Star Cast: Luis Tosar, Alexandra Masangkay, Georgina Amorós
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins
This violent and sensual spy drama featuring intense action sequences premiered on March 18, 2022. The movie seems to have everything anyone could ask for in a spy movie – from a brilliant storyline and unexpected conclusion to a skillfully devised opening scene.
Its story follows Juan, a member of the secret services who also works for a parallel, nefarious unit.
Yaksha: Ruthless Operations
Director: Hyeon Na
Writer: Sang-hoon Ahn, Hyeon Na
Star Cast: Sol Kyung-gu, Park Hae-soo, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Runtime: 2 hrs 5 mins
A spy thriller with good action scenes and great characters premiered on April 8, 2022. To deliver some well-deserved justice – Yaksha: Ruthless Operations employs a lot of trigger-happy spycraft in its story of secrets, lies, and broken promises.
Its story follows an honorable prosecutor who enters a fatal spies’ war while on a task in a dangerous city. He was sent to investigate a Black Ops team and its controversial leader.
Enola Holmes 2
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Writer: Jack Thorne, Harry Bradbeer, Nancy Springer
Star Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, David Thewlis
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Runtime: 2 hrs 9 mins
This spy film with the elements of comedy featuring the Stranger Things star Miley Bobby Brown premiered on November 4, 2022. The movie followed its predecessor with joyously enjoyable flair. Enola Holmes 2 is the perfect example of how to produce a thrilling sequel — and it makes it appear favorably simple.
Enola Holmes, now a detective, accepts her first actual case to locate a missing girl. But the beginnings of a dangerous conspiracy rekindle a secret that requires the aid of friends and Sherlock himself to solve.
All the Old Knives
Director: Janus Metz
Writer: Olen Steinhauer
Star Cast: Goksin Erdemli, Kasia Madera, Chris Pine
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins
Based on the same-titled novel by Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives premiered on April 8, 2022. It’s a spy film with a unique twist—not the typical happily ever after story. Although compared to earlier dialogue-driven spy action movies, All the Old Knives falls short, the chemistry among its stars shines through.
When the C.I.A. learns that one of its investigators spilled details that resulted in the deaths of 100 people – veteran agent Henry is tasked with finding the mole among his ex-coworkers at the firm’s Vienna station. He meets up with his former coworker and ex-lover in California after his inquiry takes him from Austria to England and then to California.
The Gray Man
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Star Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Runtime: 2 hrs 2 mins
This masterpiece, which has a fantastic setting and an engaging plot, was inspired by Mark Greaney’s 2009 book of the same name. The Gray Man’s stellar cast and other elements make it a compelling action thriller. Additionally, a sequel is currently in production and will soon be released.
When a C.I.A. agent accidentally spills terrible organization secrets, setting off an international manhunt by assassins. A psycho former coworker puts a reward on his head, whose real identity is not known by anyone.
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