Top 10 Secret Agent Movies of 2008
Take a look back at the year of secret agents on the big screen
10. “Charlie Wilson’s War”
U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) secretly assists Afghan rebels in fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, with help from a rogue CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
9. “Vantage Point”
A Secret Service agent (Dennis Quaid) tries to stop the attempted assassination of the U.S. president (William Hurt) during a counter-terrorism conference in Spain.
8. “Get Smart”
In a re-make of the classic TV series, Steve Carell stars as Maxwell Smart, CONTROL Agent 86, who must battle the forces of KAOS. Also available is the spin-off movie “Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd Out of CONTROL” on DVD and Blu-ray.
Office worker Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is recruited by a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie) to join a secret organization of professional assassins, led by a man named Sloan (Morgan Freeman).
6. “The X-Files: I Want to Believe”
The FBI asks retired agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) to help when a former priest (Billy Connolly) claims to have psychic visions of a kidnapped agent.
FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) is investigating an international conspiracy, and former U.S. Special Operations officer Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) is implicated.
4. “Bangkok Dangerous”
In this American adaptation of the original Thai film, Nicolas Cage stars as a professional hitman who travels to Bangkok for one last series of jobs, but he violates an assassin’s most important rule: Don’t get personally involved with anyone.
3. “Burn After Reading”
Two gym employees (Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt) attempt to blackmail a CIA agent (John Malkovich) when they find a disk containing his memoirs. Meanwhile, the agent’s wife (Tilda Swinton) is having an affair with a married U.S. Marshal (George Clooney).
2. “Body of Lies”
A CIA operative (Leonardo DiCaprio) is searching for terrorists in Jordan when he infiltrates a major terrorist network with help from his supervisor in Langley (Russell Crowe).
1. “Quantum of Solace”
In the follow-up to “Casino Royale,” MI-6 agent James Bond works to stop a secret organization from taking over the natural resources of a South American nation.
The Top Five Secret Agent TV Series of 2008
In addition to films, secret agents were also well represented on the small screen in 2008:
Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) is a computer geek who unwittingly becomes a secret agent when sensitive government information is downloaded into his brain. Agents from the NSA and CIA (Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski) must keep Chuck safe while using the data in his brain to stop enemy threats to the nation.
4. Knight Rider
Continuing the story from the classic 1980s series, Justin Bruening stars as the son of the original Michael Knight, who joins a secret organization to fight crime using an advanced, artificially intelligent, shape-shifting, talking car (voiced by Val Kilmer).
3. My Own Worst Enemy
Christian Slater stars as Henry Spivey, a middle-class suburban family man who learns that he has another personality who is a secret operative who speaks 13 languages and is trained to kill. To protect himself and his family, he must learn to balance his dual life.
2. 24: Redemption
Kiefer Sutherland stars as former CTU agent Jack Bauer, who must save a group of African children from a warlord who wants to recruit them as soldiers in his nation’s civil war, in this prequel to the seventh season of 24.
1. Burn Notice
Jeffrey Donovan plays Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy based in Miami, who uses his training to help out those in need while at the same time trying to track down the government agents responsible for “burning” him.