The 20 Greatest Female Onscreen Spies

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Elizabeth Jennings of The Americans. Photo: Ali Goldstein/FX

Being a spy is hard work — it requires peak physical strength, top-notch intelligence, social prowess, and, most difficult of all, the ability to keep a secret. After fulfilling all of those requirements, movie and TV spies — from Sydney Bristow to Foxxy Cleopatra — manage to make the business look exceedingly glamorous. (Take that, James Bond.)

From the run-of-the-mill FBI and CIA agents to globetrotting assassins, click through for our 20 favorite onscreen female spies.