25 best spy movies ever

The 39 Steps (1935)

If you’ve ever read John Buchan’s 1915 novel, you too might wonder why it’s spawned four major film adaptations. Hitchtook abandoned Buchan’s odd plot and took his hero, Richard Hannay, on a pacy Scottish adventure with more twists than a cocktail convention.

Ignore the book and the other three films – The 39 Steps is a spy story that genuinely ought to belong to Hitchcock.

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