Movies like The Candidate

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The Candidate
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
Style: talky, cynical, clever, realistic, witty, biting, serious, satirical, dramatic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, idealism, corruption, president, world politics, political, realism, campaign, lawyer, manipulation, political corruption, greed, propaganda, business, fighting the system, ambition, runaway, conspiracy, media, mentor, culture clash, police investigation, state affairs, brainwashing, capitalism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, latin america, san diego california
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Being There
Comedy, Drama
USA, West Germany
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 8.0
Wag the Dog
Comedy, Drama
USA
97 min.
 7.1
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Most similar movies to The Candidate

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, clever, talky and interesting films with plots about dialogue, greed, mentor, corruption, runaway, catastrophe and politics mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Candidate: Bulworth (1998), Primary Colors (1998), Wag the Dog (1997), Being There (1979), Thank You for Smoking (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bulworth
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
Style: clever, witty, humorous, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, hip hop, political corruption, culture clash, interracial romance, fighting the system, corruption, liberal, assassination, political, world politics, media satire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, america, united states ...
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Primary Colors
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton. Burton is pulled into the ...
Style: clever, cynical, semi serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, president, corruption, conspiracy, propaganda, world politics, political, head of state, political corruption, adultery, supportive spouse, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california
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 7.1
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Wag the Dog
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During the final weeks of a presidential race, the President is accused of sexual misconduct. To distract the public until the election, the President's adviser hires a Hollywood producer to help him stage a fake war.
Style: clever, talky, witty, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: politics, gulf war, war, journalism, political corruption, president, conspiracy, corruption, dog, hollywood, political, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: albania, usa, latin america, iraq, washington d.c. ...
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 8.0
 58K
Being There
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.
Style: clever, witty, cynical, semi serious, enigmatic ...
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Thank You for Smoking
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on ...
Style: clever, witty, humorous, cynical, semi serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, japan, vermont, north carolina ...
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The Ides of March
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where 'victory' is relative.
Style: clever, talky, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, idealism, corruption, innocence lost, morality, political intrigue, world politics, political, twists & turns, campaign, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, california, cincinnati ohio
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Nashville
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
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Story: This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal ...
Style: talky, clever, biting, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: tennessee, usa, california
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Advise & Consent
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A Senate investigation into the President's newly-nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
Style: realistic, clever, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, idealism, journalism, political corruption, fighting the system, political, president, world politics, dedicated lawyer, senator, secrets, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, washington d.c., manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
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System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
The American President
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Widowed U.S. president Andrew Shepherd, one of the world's most powerful men, can have anything he wants -- and what he covets most is Sydney Ellen Wade, a Washington lobbyist. But Shepherd's attempts at courting her spark wild rumors and ...
Style: clever, witty, touching, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, politics, president, white house, idealism, love, political, world politics, head of state, love story, single father, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   39%
 
Our Brand Is Crisis
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis", which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.
Style: satirical, light, entertaining, dramatic, interesting ...
Plot: world politics, political, politics, political corruption, propaganda, president, business, corruption, conspiracy, catastrophe, arms dealer, betrayal ...
Time: year 2002
Place: south america, california, bolivia, latin america, new orleans ...
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System:   44%
    User:   39%
 
 6.1
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Swing Vote
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In a remarkable turn of events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, satirical, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, small town, father daughter relationship, president, secret service, single father, parents and children, political, world politics, campaign, drinking, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, california, albuquerque new mexico ...
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System:   44%
    User:   46%
 
The Paper Chase
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.
Style: realistic, talky, clever, serious, captivating ...
Plot: college, chase, coming of age, lawyer, mentor, drinking, self discovery, courage, teachers and students, culture clash, runaway, school ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, harvard university, california
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System:   42%
    User:   47%
 
 7.4
 7K
The Front
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: politics, fighting the system, friendship, communism, writers, writing, censorship, cons and scams, political, unlikely friendships, paranoia, greed ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: new york, europe, florence, usa, italy
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    User:   36%
 
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The Contender
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Political thriller about Laine Hanson's nomination and confirmation as Vice President. An allegation that she was involved in a sexual orgy at the age of 19 is leaked to the press. As pressure mounts on Laine, she's torn between fighting ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, suspense, serious ...
Plot: politics, idealism, president, conspiracy, morality, adultery, assassination, world politics, political, strong sexual content, head of state, white house ...
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The Hoax
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.
Style: talky, clever, serious, witty, suspense ...
Plot: paranoia, writer's life, book, eccentricity, corruption, rise and fall, con artists, greed, storytelling, mentor, manipulation, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, las vegas, mexico, zurich switzerland, bahamas ...
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System:   40%
    User:   46%
 
In the Company of Men
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.
Style: clever, realistic, disturbing, cynical, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, dialogue driven, betrayal, revenge, battle of the sexes, manipulation, workplace, relationships, brutality, dialogue, mind game, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
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System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
 6.2
 18K
City Hall
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: talky, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, corruption, political corruption, idealism, police, politics, conspiracy, mafia, political, murder, uncover truth, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new orleans, new jersey, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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System:   38%
    User:   37%
 
 7.5
 11K
Recount
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, factual ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, court, fighting the system, political, head of state, corruption, justice, president, manipulation, idealism, world politics ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, texas, new jersey, california, florida ...
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System:   37%
    User:   32%
 
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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind ...
Style: talky, clever, emotional, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, human nature, secrets, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, women, storytelling, life philosophy, haunted by the past, adaptation ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
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System:   37%
    User:   41%
 
 6.3
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Shampoo
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairstylist whose uncontrolled libido stands between him and his ambitions. He wants the security of a relationship. He wants to be a hairdressing "star" and open his own salon. But the fact that he beds ...
Style: sexual, witty, biting, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, politics, sex, womanizer, oldies, adultery, women, couple relations, romance, pornography, farce, hairdresser ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: california, los angeles, beverly hills, usa, egypt
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System:   36%
    User:   32%
 
All the President's Men
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: journalism, politics, investigation, political corruption, president, conspiracy, corruption, paranoia, newspaper, political, storytelling, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
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System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
 6.1
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Silver City
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.
Style: clever, talky, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, murder mystery, investigation, immigrants, private detective, love affair, campaign, political, mystery, crimes, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado
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System:   36%
    User:   32%
 
 6.2
 16K
Casino Jack
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on a true story, a hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.
Style: cynical, clever, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, corruption, native americans, money, world politics, rise and fall, political, greed, business, cons and scams, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, washington d.c.
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System:   36%
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State and Main
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, clever, biting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, culture clash, writing, nothing goes right, filmmaking, dialogue, showbiz, dialogue driven, writers, greed, artists and showbiz, hollywood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
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System:   35%
    User:   40%
 
 7.0
 7K
Citizen Ruth
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops, a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ...
Style: clever, witty, biting, cynical, dark humor ...
Plot: pregnancy, abortion, drug abuse, culture clash, social misfits, homeless, moral dilemma, drugs/alcohol, redemption, loneliness, addiction, drinking ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam
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System:   33%
    User:   34%
 
Watermelon Man
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jeff Gerber, an insurance agent, lives in a typical suburban neighborhood. He is also both racist and a fitness freak. But Jeff's bigoted world of taunting and harassing black people on and off the job is turned upside down when his skin ...
Style: humorous, biting, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, race issues, switching roles, bus, transformation, interracial relations, vengeance, racism, restaurant, greed, suburbs, americana ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, new jersey
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System:   33%
    User:   36%
 
Barbarians at the Gate
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A television movie based upon the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, about the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco.
Style: realistic, talky, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: contests and competitions, greed, conspiracy, mentor, corporate america, business, rise to the top, chase, corruption, dialogue, homeless, gunfight ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, manhattan new york city, atlanta georgia
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System:   32%
    User:   32%
 
California Split
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: talky, cynical, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, poker, casino, buddies, addiction, existentialism, loneliness, drinking, bus, neo-noir, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, las vegas
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System:   32%
    User:   27%
 

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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
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Plot: journalism, corruption, prohibition, censorship, media satire, verbal byplay, greed, workplace situations, adaptation, vengeance, media, workplace ...
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