人员被关押，但有6人逃脱，并躲在加拿大驻伊朗大使Ken Taylor（维克多·加博 Victor Garber 饰）的家里。CIA高层Jack O'Donnell（布莱恩·科兰斯顿 Bryan Cranston 饰）找到专家Tony Mendez（本·阿弗莱克 Ben Affleck 饰），让他协助将那六个人带回美国。经过讨论后，CIA决定采取Tony的办法，以拍摄电影的名义，Tony到伊朗将那六个人带回。Tony联系了他在好莱坞的朋友，化妆师John Chambers（约翰·古德曼 John Goodman 饰），为了找到了那六个人，开始了艰苦的逃离德黑兰之路……选段中，他们终于飞离了伊朗领空，众人喜极而泣，相互拥抱亲吻。因为Tony所做的是秘密行动，不能公开，所以美国政府把功劳归功于加拿大友邻。而这件事情直到很多年后才正式解密，而Tony等人最后也拿回了中情局情报勋章以作纪念。
On The Plane
Air Hostess: Ladies and gentlemen, it is our pleasure to announce that alcoholic beverages are now available as we have cleared Iranian airspace.
(Six people laughed and cheered.)
Staff: They're clear. Yes! Yes!
In The Film Studio
Lester: They're out! They're out! They're out! They're out!
Staff: Yes! We got them out!
John: They're out!
Staff: Great work, boys.
John: We've managed!
In the Iraq boundary
Iraq Official（Say to Sahar）: You are admitted to the republic of Iraq.
In The Film Studio
John: We made history today.
Lester: History starts out as farce and ends up as tragedy.
John: Or it's the other way around.
Lester: And who said it?
Lester: Groucho said that?
Staff: Called The Times to nail it to the Goddamn door. CIA are the good guys. The Canadians are the good guys. And if we're not agreeing, them too. Only. Canada takes the credit or they'll retaliate against the hostages. Great Satan wasn't involved. No CIA. Is that right, Jack?
Jack: Involved in what? We were surprised as anybody. Thank you, Canada.
Candian Ambassador: We knew that each day that they stayed there, the danger was becoming greater. We had been looking for a solution to have them to leave the country during the past three months.
News: Day 87, and finally a sliver of really good news. The Department of State hereby honors Joe Stafford, Kathy Stafford, Mark Lijek...
The Americans will be forever grateful to our great friend and ally to the North, for the protection and safe passage, provided to our diplomats...
Iran: Here or anywhere in the world Canada will pay for this violation of the sovereignty of Iran.
News: ... Ambassador Ken Taylor and the great nation of Canada.
On The Phone
Lester: So I'm sitting in Jerry's this morning. I'm having breakfast. Waitress comes over to me, she's waving a newspaper,she says; 'You see what those Canadians pulled off? Why can't we do something like that?' I said to her, do you know what I said?
Tony: No, what?
Lester: 'Argo, fuck yourself!'
In the Archive
Staff: All set.
Tony: Thanks a lot.
Jack: And I left my autograph book at home. His eminence called me. He wants to see you.
Tony: Probably wants to fire me himself.
Jack: He wants to give you the Intelligence Star. You're getting the highest award of merit of the clandestine services of these United States. Ceremony's on the fourteenth.
Tony: If they push it a week I can bring Ian, that's his winter break.
Jack: The op was classified. So, the ceremony's classified. He can't know about it, nobody can know about it.
Tony: So they're just gonna give me an award. then they're gonna take it back.
Jack: That's right.
Tony: If we wanted applause we would would have joined the circus.
Jack: I thought we did.
Tony: Yeah. Carter said you were a great American.
Jack: Great American what?
Tony: He didn't say.