A group of powerful female tycoons have concocted a method of brainwashing women through beauty salon hair dryers; with the women in the world enslaved, these distaff dominatrixes hijack the first U. space platform and replace the president with their own surgically reproduced clone.Three Days of the Condor (1975) His name is Joe Turner — code name, Condor.

Goldfinger racked up an Oscar for Best Sound Effects.

Ipcress File (1965) It’s the height of the Cold War, and ex-thief Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) — now reluctantly working as a secret agent — has been called in to investigate a series of strange kidnappings among leading scientists.

Widely recognized as one of the best spy thrillers of all time, The Ipcress File marks Caine’s first appearance as Palmer, the role that made him a star.

From old-school “007” to the explosive digital movies of 2007, action and adventure movies have kept us on the edge of our seats, contemplating the critical missions of international spies and fates of nations by slipping inside the shoes of our favorite characters.

Here are 20 must-see spy movies from the past 50 years of top-secret assignments portrayed on the silver screen.

(Movie synopses provided by Netflix) North by Northwest (1959) What if everyone around you was suddenly convinced you were a spy?This classic from master director Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as an advertising executive who looks a little too much like someone else and is forced to go on the lam (helped along by Eva Marie Saint).You Only Live Twice (1967) After American and Soviet spaceships disappear, the two countries trade blame for the incidents.As the nations edge toward war, James Bond (Sean Connery) finds himself in the middle of another international mystery.After staging his own death, Agent 007, with Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba) and the beautiful Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), discovers that the leader (Donald Pleasence) of the SPECTRE crime organization orchestrated the events.In Like Flint (1967) Suave stud Derek Flint returns in the sequel to Our Man Flint — and this time, he’s up against more than he bargained for!