Spy Kids: The 6 Best Spy-Themed Movies For Families

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* Spy-themed movies that are great for kids
* Action comedy meets family fun
* Don’t miss some nostalgic cameos, too

Our namesake action adventure genre may be best known for intrigue-laden franchises like Ian Fleming’s long-lived Bond series, but for those looking for a more family-friendly international espionage film experience, here are some fun spy-themed movies that you can stream with the kids as well.

From the classic comedies, like Harriet the Spy, to the Spy Kids trilogy, here are 6 of the best spy-themed movies for families.

1. Agent Cody Banks

The whole family can appreciate this self-aware yet wholesome spy comedy starring Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff. Viewing tip for parents: relive the early 2000s beforehand with some Hilary Duff tunes.

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Agent Cody Banks



2. Spy Kids Trilogy

Robert Rodriquez writes and directs the beloved Spy Kids trilogy, starring Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. The Spy Kids movies got much critical acclaim thanks to Rodriguez’ visual wizardry and the sheer charisma of the all-star cast. Don’t miss Ricardo Montalban’s appearance as the kids’ grandpa in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.

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Spy Kids Trilogy



3. The Spy Next Door

It’s trademark Jackie Chan antics in this film that’s something of a cross between Home Alone and a classic ‘90s kung fu comedy.

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The Spy Next Door



4. Harriet the Spy

Michelle Trachtenberg is the eponymous Harriet the Spy, the world’s brightest 11-year old. The film also stars Rosie O’Donnell as Harriet’s nanny and best friend. A classic.

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Harriet the Spy



5. The Pacifier

Vin Diesel shines in this action comedy about a special agent tasked with not only protecting state secrets, but taking care of some unruly kids at the same time.

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The Pacifier



6. Sky High

A great choice for kids, 2005’s Sky High has a surprisingly star-studded cast. Cult-film fans will even recognize Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame.

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Sky High