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Cambridge Spies (2003)
 7.5
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Cambridge Spies (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 235 min.
Story: In 1934, four brilliant Cambridge men are recruited to spy for Russia. Fueled by youthful idealism, a passion for social justice and a talent for lying, they take huge personal risks to pass Britain's biggest secrets to Moscow. Based on true events.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, kgb, treason, betrayal, university, mole, double agent, spy, secret agents, heroes, politics, cold war, communism, human spirit, workplace intrigue, social differences, society, dishonesty, working class, wartime life, idealism, rivalry, undercover, hidden identity, state affairs ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, russia, europe, big ben london

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about state affairs, dishonesty, politics, espionage, betrayal, spy and undercover mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres. Some movies like Cambridge Spies: The Company (2007), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), Family of Spies (1990), Sleepers (1991), Mata Hari (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Company (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 286 min.
Story: Real-life figures from the Cold War era mix with a fictional story based on a group of CIA operatives and their counterparts in the KGB, MI6, and the Mossad.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, epic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, suspicion, undercover, mole, politics, double life, betrayal, power relations, intrigue, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: germany, europe, moscow russia, ussr, yale university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
Style: serious, talky, clever, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: spy, espionage, cold war, kgb, mole, secret service, double agent, secret agents, investigation, betrayal, british, russian ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, czechoslovakia, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Family of Spies (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Fact based story of John A. Walker, Jr., a Navy Chief Warrant Officer with access to top secret cryptographic communications. As a result of mounting debts, he sold secrets to the Soviets in 1967, a practice that he continued thereafter. He further ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: betrayal, espionage, working undercover, secret agents, undercover, buddies, dishonesty, government agency, state affairs, parents and children, couple relations, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: russia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.3
 364
Sleepers (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Amidst the thaw of glasnost, the Kremlin discovers that two Soviet agents, sent to England under deep cover in 1965, have been "lost." A beautiful and ambitious Russian agent, sent to London to track them down, becomes embroiled in a ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, exciting
Plot: kgb, espionage, spy, government agency, self fulfillment, political intrigue, bait, lifestyle, workplace, double agent, self discovery, temptation ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, russia, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.2
 273
Mata Hari (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia, Portugal, Ukraine
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A sex icon becomes a spy during one of the most important wars of the 20th century.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, disturbing
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: espionage, femme fatale, working undercover, danger, dishonesty, undercover, tragic hero, seductress
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 720 min.
Story: A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: espionage, double agent, spy, heroes, secret agents, heroic mission, dishonesty, betrayal, master villain, chases and races, undercover, race against time ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, epic, classic literature ...
Plot: royal family, prince, king, queen, political intrigue, power struggle, betrayal, battles, rivalry, heir heiress, army, society ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
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Scandal (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. ...
Style: realistic, serious, intense, based on true events, psychological ...
Plot: sex scandal, political corruption, politics, betrayal, social decay, rise and fall, social differences, society, couples, dishonesty, prostitute, scandal ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, california, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 8.1
 8K
Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
Story: England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose ...
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, factual, suspense ...
Plot: rise to the top, political intrigue, ambition, state affairs, manipulations, royal family, blind ambition, society, dishonesty, politics, betrayal, aristocrat ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.8
 3K
The Game (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: London 1972. When a defecting KGB officer, Arkady Malinov, reveals Operation Glass, a devastating Soviet plot that could change the course of the Cold War, Daddy, the head of MI5, assembles a secret team to investigate. As the Soviets awaken a list ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: spy, cold war, secret agents, espionage, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, government agency, kgb
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.1
 10K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: espionage, cold war, working undercover, secret agents, state affairs, undercover, political intrigue, dishonesty, rivalry, military, political unrest, border guard ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, west germany, gdr
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Dance to the Music of Time (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 416 min.
Story: Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized
Plot: lifestyle, society, social differences, power relations, social relations, couples, dishonesty, rich and poor, couple relations, adultery, dancing, female nudity ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 1K
Aristocrats (1999)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 300 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Aristocrats draws back the curtain on an 18th century English family near the summit of society, revealing a tapestry of romance, prejudice, infidelity, and revolution.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: master and servant, politics, rich and poor, royal family, family relations, state affairs, siblings relations, romance, dishonesty, infidelity, power relations, intrigue ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 69 min.
Story: The series is based on a true story of a Russian spy Colonel Isaev (Stirlitz) in Fascist Germany during 17 days in very end of WWII. Stirlitz has worked his way to the very top of the Fascist hierarchy without being caught. However, his ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, danger, working undercover, world war two, war, nazi germany, dishonesty, nazi, undercover, state affairs, undercover agent ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, switzerland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Indian Summers (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Story: Epic drama set in the summer of 1932 where India dreams of independence, but the British are clinging to power. Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama tells the rich and explosive story ...
Style: serious, epic, stylized, captivating, realistic
Plot: racism, class differences, political unrest, politics, state affairs, revolution, rebellion, society, culture clash, adultery, abusive husband, interracial romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: india, asia, himalaya
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
To Serve Them All My Days (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 673 min.
Story: David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school in S.W. England. He is not at all sure he can do the job, but ...
Style: serious, clever, touching, talky, realistic
Plot: boarding school, teachers and students, rise to the top, rich and poor, hopes, dedicated educator, fighting the system, buddies, life is a bitch, human spirit, wartime life, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Far Pavilions (1984)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 315 min.
Story: Story of forbidden love in 1800's India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: forbidden love, romance, interracial relations, state affairs, culture clash, intrigue, opposites attract, love triangle, betrayal, politics, social differences, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: india, europe, asia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, double agent, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, idealism, intrigue, patriotism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 50s, year 1944 ...
Place: usa, cuba, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 5.8
 346
Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: kgb, espionage, spy, betrayal, political unrest, government agency, dishonesty, secret agents, love and romance, state affairs, forbidden love, undercover ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 1K
Triple Agent (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic
Plot: espionage, heroes, uncover truth, life is a bitch, against humanity, wartime life, state affairs, secret agents, love triangle, rebellion, betrayal, politics ...
Time: 30s
Place: russia, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Smiley's People (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
Story: Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, assassination attempt, defector, investigation, state affairs, working undercover, master villain, crimes, race against time, soldier ...
Time: 80s
Place: hamburg germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.9
 17K
The Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 53 min.
Story: In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
Style: based on true events, factual, serious, realistic
Plot: mossad, espionage, spy, secret mission, arab, national security, politics, airplane, israeli palestinian conflict
Time: 1960s
Place: middle east, syria, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Sons of Liberty (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
Story: The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: american revolution, human spirit, politics, battles, political unrest, leadership, rebelliousness, heroes, revolution, state affairs, military, rebellion ...
Time: 18th century
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 4K
Silk (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Silk is a British television drama series produced by the BBC and first shown in 2011. Written by Peter Moffat, the series follows a set of barristers, and what they do to attain the rank of Queen's Counsel, known as "taking silk."
Style: clever, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: courtroom, legal, courtroom drama, success, workplace, lawsuit, ambition, lawyer, rivalry, lawyers and clients, power relations, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: talky, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Plot: espionage, spy, heroes, working undercover, betrayal, courtroom drama, mole, undercover, vengeance, crimes, secret agents, chases and races ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Show Me a Hero (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
Style: tense, thought provoking, captivating, serious, rough ...
Plot: politics, racism, society, crimes, state affairs, life is a bitch, lawsuit, mayor, urban, interracial relations, murder, city council
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 BBC One docudrama series, with each episode looking at a different key turning point in the history of the Roman Empire.
Style: captivating, epic, realistic, serious
Plot: roman empire, emperor, christianity, power struggle, senator, rebel, ambition, politics, rebelliousness, ruler, rise and fall, rebellion ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, government agency, british intelligence, mole, double agent, investigation, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest hungary, budapest, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.8
 1K
Elizabeth R (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisors know she has to marry. Doesn't she?
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, factual
Plot: queen elizabeth i, queen, royal court, royal family, political conspiracy, throne, palace intrigue, betrayal, state affairs, dishonesty, head of state, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 540 min.
Story: Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.
Style: realistic, captivating, uplifting, touching, serious ...
Plot: white house, politics, hopes, human spirit, workplace situations, head of state, power relations, campaign, master and servant, state affairs, society, interracial relations ...
Time: 40s, 20s, 1910s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%