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Cambridge Spies
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: betrayal, secret agents, espionage, university, spy, idealism, social differences, wartime life, politics, kgb, state affairs, double agent, mole, treason, undercover, government agency, hidden identity, human spirit, holocaust, working class, workplace intrigue, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, russia, big ben london
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about state affairs, politics, betrayal, dishonesty, spy, espionage and political unrest mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres. Some movies like Cambridge Spies: The Company (2007), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), Scandal (1989), Day One (1989), Triple Agent (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Company
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 286 min.
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Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, hungary ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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: talky, clever, serious, twists and turns, enigmatic ...
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Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, england, czechoslovakia, paris france
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System:   65%
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Scandal
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: clever, sexual, sexy, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, california, london
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Day One
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given to no-nonsense Gen. Leslie Groves who selects physicist J. ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, tense
Plot: state affairs, intrigue, laboratory, moral dilemma, politics, wartime life, against humanity, rivalry, life is a bitch, nuclear threat, super weapon, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
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Triple Agent
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, realistic, psychological
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    User:   51%
 
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Style: talky, clever, serious, realistic, touching
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    User:   40%
 
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System:   41%
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Style: bleak, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
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    User:   41%
 
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Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, epic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, betrayal, cia, mentor, corruption, sacrifice, government agency, moral ambiguity, male nudity, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, year 1944 ...
Place: cuba, usa, africa, latin america, congo ...
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Country: Poland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In Warsaw in 1980, the Communist Party sends Winkel, a weak, alcoholic TV hack, to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker whose father was killed in the December 1970 protests. Posing as ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
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Time: 80s, 1960s
Place: europe, poland, seaport
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Sleepers
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, humorous, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
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Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, russia, london
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System:   36%
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The Far Pavilions
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: serious, realistic
Plot: betrayal, forbidden love, romance, interracial relations, love affair, adventure, love triangle, social differences, culture clash, political unrest, racism, royal family ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: india, asia, england, europe
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System:   36%
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Song for a Raggy Boy
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: clergy, gory, dedicated educator, school, human spirit, teachers and students, boarding school life, fighting the system, discipline, beating, poetry, reformatory ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, ireland, spain
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System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
Indian Summers
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, stylized, epic, realistic, captivating
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Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: india, asia, himalaya
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Country: Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, West Germany
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Style: serious, cynical, realistic, clever, witty ...
Plot: betrayal, political unrest, politics, war, espionage, treason, military officer, dishonesty, state affairs, soldier, gays and lesbians, military ...
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Country: USA
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Time: 80s, 1960s, year 1961
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
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Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, war, politics, german, nazi, nazis, conspiracy, lawyer, jews, leadership, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
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System:   32%
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Oranges and Sunshine
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: uncover truth, injustice, righting the wronged, fighting the system, dishonesty, hopes, society, deportation, family problems, life is a bitch, price of justice, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, australia
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System:   32%
    User:   31%
 
The Human Factor
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to Moscow, and allows Dr. Percival to terminate the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, suspense
Audience: boys' night
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    User:   32%
 
Some Mother's Son
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, factual ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
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Lost in Siberia
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The political drama is set in the Stalin's Soviet Union after the Second World War. A British archaeologist Andrei Miller is working in Iran. He is mistakenly kidnapped and arrested by the KGB. He is falsely accused of spying and wrongfully ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
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