When most people think of spy movies, they think of massive blockbusters like James Bond. But there's been a steady stream of low-budget thrillers that deal with espionage for just as long. While often overshadowed, they can deliver powerful emotional resonance that big Hollywood films sometimes lack.
Touted as being "based on actual events," Diary of a Spy follows an older agent (Tamara Taylor) whose pulled from the field after a mission goes awry in Saudi Arabia. She's given one last shot: Go undercover to seduce and surveil a suspected terrorist (Reece Noi). But of course her orders conflict with her heart, as she actually falls for the man she's supposed to stop.
Written and directed by Adam Christian Clark, the supporting cast includes Susan Sullivan, Fred Malamed and Madeline Zima.
Diary of a Spy arrives digitally on July 14.