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The Best Spy Movies and TV Shows on HBO MAX

Finding a good Spy movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Spy movies and TV shows of all time streaming on HBO MAX.

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1. Argo

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7.7/10
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81/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. North by Northwest

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8.3/10
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95/100
Released: 1959
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

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6.6/10
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73/100
Released: 1999Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: When diabolical genius Dr. Evil travels back in time to steal superspy Austin Powers's ‘mojo,’ Austin must return to the swingin' '60s himself - with the help of American agent, Felicity Shagwell - to stop the dastardly plan. Once there, Austin faces off against Dr. Evil's army of minions to try to save the world in his own unbelievably groovy way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & fuboTV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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7.0/10
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74/100
Released: 1997Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: As a swingin' fashion photographer by day and a groovy British superagent by night, Austin Powers is the '60s' most shagadelic spy, baby! But can he stop megalomaniac Dr. Evil after the bald villain freezes himself and unthaws in the '90s? With the help of sexy sidekick Vanessa Kensington, he just might.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & fuboTV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. The West Wing

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8.8/10
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85/100
Year: 1999-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 8
Animation, Drama

What it's about: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life.

Where to Watch: 154 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 155 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Person of Interest

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8.4/10
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81/100
Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: John Reese, former CIA paramilitary operative, is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special training that Reese has had in Covert Operations and Finch's genius software inventing mind, the two are a perfect match for the job that they have to complete. With the help of surveillance equipment, they work "outside the law" and get the right criminal behind bars.

Where to Watch: 103 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 103 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Released: 2011Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Safe House

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6.7/10
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Released: 2012Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Mystery

What it's about: A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Babylon 5

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8.3/10
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74/100
Year: 1994-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space. Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, it's goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. A council made up of representatives from the five major space-faring civilizations - the Earth Alliance, Minbari Federation, Centauri Republic, Narn Regime, and Vorlon Empire - work with the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to keep interstellar relations under control. Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travelers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers.

Where to Watch: 110 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 111 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Austin Powers in Goldmember

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6.2/10
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70/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: The world's most shagadelic spy continues his fight against Dr. Evil. This time, the diabolical doctor and his clone, Mini-Me, team up with a new foe—'70s kingpin Goldmember. While pursuing the team of villains to stop them from world domination, Austin gets help from his dad and an old girlfriend.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & fuboTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. The Tourist

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69/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: American tourist Frank meets mysterious British woman Elsie on the train to Venice. Romance seems to bud, but there's more to her than meets the eye. Remake of the 2005 French film "Anthony Zimmer", written and directed by Jérôme Salle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Sneakers

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7.1/10
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70/100
Released: 1992Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his 'sneakers' must save themselves and the world economy by retrieving the box from their blackmailers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

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Released: 2002Rated: R
Comedy, Thriller

What it's about: Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. The Long Kiss Goodnight

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Released: 1996Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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15. Spy Game

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7.1/10
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71/100
Released: 2001
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: On the day of his retirement, a veteran CIA agent learns that his former protégé has been arrested in China, is sentenced to die the next morning in Beijing, and that the CIA is considering letting that happen to avoid an international scandal.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. The 39 Steps

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69/100
Released: 1935
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed -- with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as "The 39 Steps."

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. The Men Who Stare at Goats

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67/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Comedy

What it's about: A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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18. Foreign Correspondent

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7.5/10
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81/100
Released: 1940
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, has a nose for a good story—which promptly leads him to the crime of fascism and Nazi Germany's designs on European conquest. In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring and—not entirely coincidentally—falls in love.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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19. Haywire

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5.8/10
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64/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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20. The Lady Vanishes

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7.8/10
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69/100
Released: 1938
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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21. The Avengers

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3.8/10
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55/100
Released: 1998Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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22. The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Released: 1934
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: While vacationing in St. Moritz, a British couple receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their young daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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23. The Man with One Red Shoe

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Released: 1985Rated: PG
Thriller, Comedy

What it's about: A man is mistaken as a spy by the CIA when he arrives at the airport with one red shoe.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. The Spy Next Door

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Released: 2010Rated: PG
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau. And when one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, HBO MAX & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 4 others).

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25. Sabotage

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7.0/10
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63/100
Released: 1937
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Karl Anton Verloc and his wife own a small cinema in a quiet London suburb where they live seemingly happily. But Mrs. Verloc does not know that her husband has a secret that will affect their relationship and threaten her teenage brother's life.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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26. Spies in Disguise

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70/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $7.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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27. The Operative

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5.7/10
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56/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A young Western woman is recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler and her subject.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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28. Looney Tunes: Back in Action

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5.7/10
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62/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: Fed up with all the attention going to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck quits Hollywood, teams up with recently-fired stuntman Damien Drake Jr. and embarks on a round-the-world adventure, along with Bugs and The VP of Warner Bros. Their mission? Find Damien's father, and the missing blue diamond... and stay one step ahead of The Acme Corp., who wants the diamond for their own purposes.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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29. Spymate

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41/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Amelia, a young genius and daughter of a top secret agent, unknowingly invents a contraption that makes her the target of an evil scientist.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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