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10 Remarkably Intriguing Women Spies on the Big and Small Screen

Posted over 2 years ago by April S

Traditionally, female roles in action movies and/or spy stories have been cast as secondary characters to their male counterparts. But not always.

The main female characters in the selections below are strong, confident, intelligent and simply amazing spies. Women take center stage in these thrilling spy movies and television programs full of action and adventure.

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Terminal - 2018 movie starring Margot Robbie

1. Annie / Bonnie in Terminal

Year: 2018
Not rated
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Vaughn Stein
Starring: Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers

Enjoy the twisted tale of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor, and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life.

Atomic Blonde - 2017 movie starring Charlize Theron

2. Lorraine in Atomic Blonde

Year: 2017
Rated R
Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Charlize Theron and James McAvoy

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin in the midst of the Cold War to investigate the murder of his fellow agent.

Salt - 2010 movie starring Angelina Jolie

3. Evelyn in Salt

Year: 2010
Rated PG-13
Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber

After a Russian defector accuses CIA agent Evelyn Salt of being a Russian spy, Salt goes on the run to protect her husband and prove her innocence.

Red Sparrow - 2018 movie starring Jennifer Lawrence

4. Dominika in Red Sparrow

Year: 2018

Rated R

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

Director: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton

In this international spy thriller, Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to enter Sparrow School, a secret government program that thrusts her into a treacherous espionage game between Russia and the CIA.

Fair Game - 2010 movie starring Naomi Watts

5. Valerie in Fair Game

Year: 2010
Rated PG-13
Genres: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Naomi Watts and Sean Penn

A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed.


Get Smart - Television program (1965-1970)

6. Agent 99 in Get Smart

Years: 1965-1970
Creators: Mel Brooks and Buck Henry
Starring: Don Adams and Barbara Feldon

Agents Smart and 99 are back, this time with a little help from their son Max, who is the head of CONTROL, to stop the madmen of KAOS.

The Avengers - Television program (1961-1969)

7. Amanda Peel in The Avengers

Years: 1961-1969
Creator: Sydney Newman
Starring: Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg

Amanda Peel (Diana Rigg) is amazing in this classic spy TV show from the 1960s.

The Americans - Television program (2013-2018)

8. Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans

Years: 2013-2018
Creator: Joseph Weisberg
Starring: Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys

A pair of Soviet spies pose as an American married couple so they can spy on the U.S. government.

Agent Carter - Television Program (2015-2016)

9. Peggy Carter in Agent Carter

Years: 2015-2016
Creators: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Starring: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy and Enver Gjokaj

Agent Peggy Carter's life takes an unexpected turn when she is contacted by Howard Stark and given a mission to find those who accused Stark of releasing weapons of mass destruction. With the help of Stark's butler, Jarvis, Peggy must secretly find and destroy the lost weapons to clear the Stark name.

Homeland - Television Series (2011-)

10. Carrie Mathison in Homeland

Years: 2011-
Creators: Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa
Genres: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Starring: Clare Daines, Mandy Patinkin and Damien Lewis

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

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