By now, we’ve all heard the ridiculous things our Secret Service agents have been doing behind close doors.Drinking, prostitutes, smoking—these agents were stupidly letting off steam. Is it really not enough to just go on a golfing trip or something equally as legal and non-controversial?
But these antics are nothing compared to the way government agents are sometimes depicted on film.
From treason to murder to just plain idiocy, here are 10 films in which agents from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Secret Service have really screwed up big time.
And if you haven’t seen these films, be warned. This is your official SPOILER ALERT.
A senior-level CIA agent happens to be a mole and steals $20 million from the government.
In order to get away with the crime, he kills a lot of people and frames poor Treadstone agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) who has just woken up with no memory and a gunshot wound.
A Russian informant tells the CIA that one of their own is actually a Russian spy who has been living a quiet American existence until one day the spy will take down the Russian and U.S. Presidents in order to start a full scale nuclear war.
The agent is said to be Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) but the real traitor ends up being her boss Agent Winters (Liev Schreiber).
The President (Harrison Ford) and his staff and family are held hostage upon Air Force One by Russian terrorists. When the President finally defeats the Russian terrorist leader (Gary Oldman) and tries to zip line to a rescue plane, he is stopped his Secret Service agent friend Gibbs (Xander Berkeley) who is revealed to be a mole for the Russians.
President Marshall knocks him over momentarily and makes it onto the second plane as Air Force Once crashes in the water.
Veteran Secret Service agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) is accused of being a mole for the KGB (man, Hollywood hates the Russians) and finds out that he is being framed by one of his colleagues.
While being pursued by two agents in the Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division (Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria), Garrison finds the real mole and brings him to justice.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back in this 'Die Hard 4.0' film that pits the NYPD detective against a former Department Of defence employee (Timothy Olyphant) who tries to destroy America's economy and infrastructure.
McClane is brought to the scene by the FBI who is trying to contain the situation but fails miserably. They allow their grids to get hacked by the DOD baddie's team and their station is destroyed by a blast (again caused by villain Thomas Gabriel).
The Coen Brothers make the CIA look like complete idiots in this film about a 'league of morons' that intercept a file they believe contains classified CIA material. This sends Treasury Department officials, several CIA agents and and the staff at a local gym into a tailspin of dumb actions that leads to lots of dead bodies. It's a comedy.
'Burn After Reading' stars Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton and more.
A young girl named Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is trained as a skilled assassin by her ex-CIA father (Eric Bana) who left the company after finding out about a secret they never wanted the public to know.
Basically, the CIA would take babies from women who wanted abortions and genetically alter the children to make the stronger, faster and smarter. One of the leaders behind the operation was Marissa Weigler (Cate Blanchett) who also killed Hanna's real mother. Now Hanna is after Weigler so she can kill her.
Gonzo stumbles across alien life forms and realises that they are from his home planet. A government agency C.O.V.N.E.T is trying to find the aliens and possibly take them down but the Muppets stop them.
We'll let that sink in.
The Muppets then convince the main agent from C.O.V.N.E.T to travel back with the aliens to their planet to be their ambassador to Earth.
An NSA agent kills a Senator is actively opposed to a government bill that, if signed, would allow government agencies to keep closer tabs on civilians, thereby taking away privacy. The killing is caught on tape and accidentally transferred to young lawyer Clayton Dean (Will Smith).
After getting framed for transferring secrets to a former girlfriend, Dean's life is ruined by the NSA as they try to find the tape. Dean then goes on the run with the help of an retired NSA agent (Gene Hackman) who tells him how to beat the system.
Cary Grant stars as Roger Thornhill, a man who is unexpectedly mistaken for a CIA agent and who is then targeted by foreign spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason).
Thornhill enlists the help of a women he meets named Eve (Eva Marie Saint) who is also revealed to be a spy. Eve needs just as much help from Thornhill as her life is in jeopardy by Vandamm and his henchman.
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