Movies like The Candidate

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The Candidate (1972)
 7.0
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The Candidate (1972)
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: witty, thought provoking, realistic, cynical, talky, entertaining, suspense, biting, clever, sincere ...
Plot: politics, election, campaign, u.s. senator, idealism, rise to the top, americana, liberal, republican, democrat, state affairs, satire, father son relationship, political candidate, political campaign, manipulation, political corruption, honest, society, media, ambition, realism, opponent, hopes, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, san diego california, latin america

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Most similar movies to The Candidate

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, clever, suspense and biting films with plots about politics, state affairs, satire, campaign, media, corruption and society mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Candidate: Tanner '88 (1988), Bulworth (1998), Primary Colors (1998), Bob Roberts (1992), Wag the Dog (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tanner '88 (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 353 min.
TV show
Story: In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a ...
Style: cynical, biting, semi serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: politics, election, satire, idealism, parents and children, americana, political conspiracy, fish out of water, self discovery, political corruption, media satire, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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100%
 6.8
 26K
Bulworth (1998)
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: witty, humorous, thought provoking, satirical, clever ...
Plot: politics, liberal, hip hop, political satire, political corruption, senator, interracial romance, insurance, americana, romance, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, washington d.c., south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.7
 29K
Primary Colors (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, Japan
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: thought provoking, semi serious, cynical, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, scandal, usa president, media, extramarital affair, head of state, couple relations, supportive spouse, rise to the top, state affairs, satire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new hampshire, california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.0
 15K
Bob Roberts (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the ...
Style: witty, cynical, humorous, talky, semi serious ...
Plot: political satire, election campaign, republican, politics, assassination attempt, political campaign, senator, conservative, manipulation, journalism, ambition, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, nicaragua, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.1
 83K
Wag the Dog (1997)
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: talky, humorous, realistic, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: political corruption, political conspiracy, satire, politics, presidential election, cia, election, election campaign, senator, journalism, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: albania, washington d.c., usa, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 5.7
 3K
Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, cynical, clever, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, campaign, political intrigue, state affairs, fighting the system, society, manipulation, legal, ambition, media, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.7
 26K
Nashville (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
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, suspense, biting, clever, tense ...
Plot: satire, politics, multiple storylines, country music, candidate, music, rally, couples, sleazy, campaign, election, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, nashville tennessee, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.2
 1K
Grassroots (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Grant Cogswell, a liberal music critic decides to run for city council against a popular black incumbent and is assisted by a reporter who recently lost his job. Initially given no chance, things turn dark when Cogswell makes it into the general ...
Style: realistic, humorous, witty, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: ambition, satire, unemployment, politics, against the odds, society, friends, campaign, political campaign, election campaign, campaigning, underdog ...
Time: 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Spinning Boris (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Russian political elite hires American consultants to help with President Yeltsin's re-election campaign when his approval rating is down to single digits.
Style: clever, realistic, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, ambition, idealism, head of state, leadership, rise to the top, political unrest, political intrigue, culture clash, political conspiracy, rebellion, society ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, year 1996
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 3K
The Best Man (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job.
Style: realistic, serious, cynical, rough, biting ...
Plot: politics, election campaign, political intrigue, ambition, rivalry, rise to the top, corrupt politician, state affairs, media, head of state, opponent, power relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Ides of March (2011)
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: talky, suspense, tense, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, election, campaign, lobbyist, intern, loyalty, presidential campaign, political corruption, ambition, state affairs, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.0
 4K
Silver City (2004)
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: suspenseful, clever, thought provoking, satirical, stylized ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, politics, campaign, political corruption, murder mystery, political intrigue, society, dishonesty, love affair, immigrants, election ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.2
 1K
Knife Fight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A political strategist juggling three clients questions whether or not to take the high road as the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him.
Style: cynical, witty, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: politics, ambition, political intrigue, satire, private vs public, campaign, dishonesty, society, americana, political corruption, state affairs, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.3
 5K
True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, campaign, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.4
 22K
Game Change (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Game Change focuses on the Republican run of the 2008 Presidential election, when candidate John McCain picks a relative unknown, Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, to be his running mate. As the ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: politics, campaign, election, presidential election, conservative, republican, republican party, american politics, americana, state affairs, ambition, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2007, 2000s, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., alaska, sacramento california, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
 131K
The Campaign (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two rival politicians compete to win an election to represent their small North Carolina congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
Style: humorous, satirical, parody, funny, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, congressman, farce, election campaign, political corruption, uninhibited rivalry, campaign, debate, media, ambition, disorder, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Man of the Year (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The irreverent host of a political satire talk show decides to run for president and expose corruption in Washington. His stunt goes further than he expects when he actually wins the election, but a software engineer suspects that a computer glitch ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sincere, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, campaign, media, comedian, usa president, state affairs, head of state, against the odds, couples, love and romance, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: 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: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, tense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, political intrigue, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, white house, cover up, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 6.9
 24K
The Contender (2000)
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: thought provoking, clever, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: politics, sexism, vice president, idealism, election, political intrigue, campaign, society, dishonesty, state affairs, sex scandal, head of state ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa, virginia, ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.4
 20K
Head of State (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, the Democratic party unexpectedly picks a Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam (Rock) as his replacement .
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: presidential election, election campaign, usa president, politics, state affairs, ambition, fish out of water, head of state, republican, satire, white house, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., chicago illinois, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.4
 289
K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: K Street is a 2003 HBO television series about lobbyists and politicians in Washington, D.C. It was named for a street that is home to many lobbying and legal firms.
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, clever, suspense ...
Plot: politics, lobbyist, rivalry, workplace, state affairs, dishonesty, ambition, campaign, realism, workplace intrigue, fictional reality show, political satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: TV MX, the most powerful Mexican Television Corporation, discloses a scandalous story involving Governor Carmelo Vargas in serious crimes and illicit business. Governor Vargas worried about his political future, decides to clean his image and ...
Style: cynical, semi serious, humorous, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: manipulation, media, media satire, political intrigue, political corruption, journalism, dishonesty, state affairs, campaign, corrupt politician, blackmail, governor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 18K
Irresistible (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A Democratic political consultant helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor in a small, conservative Wisconsin town.
Style: twist ending, twists and turns, political, parody, humorous ...
Plot: mayor, election campaign, small town, political satire, usa politics, election, politics, debate, media, political corruption, campaigning, political candidate ...
Time: contemporary, year 2016
Place: usa, wisconsin, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Thank You for Smoking (2005)
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: witty, humorous, cynical, entertaining, suspense ...
Plot: lobbyist, satire, business, marketing, advertising, social satire, tobacco, reporter, lie, capitalism, lung cancer, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa, los angeles, north carolina, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 48K
W. (2008)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. W takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and ...
Style: cynical, sincere, factual, serious, realistic ...
Plot: president, politics, election, americana, patriotism, iraq war, rise to the top, parents and children, leadership, doubts and hesitations, society, head of state ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: texas, washington d.c., usa, yale university, baghdad iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.6
 821
HealtH (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.
Style: cynical, biting, realistic, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: hotel, satire, convention, americana, media satire, political corruption, sexual relations, media, society, fighting the system, state affairs, politics ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: florida, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Will Ferrell stars in a stand-up comedy as George W. Bush in this take on the former President of the United States. After playing George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live for many years, funny man Will Ferrell brings his impression to Broadway to send ...
Style: parody, humorous, talky, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, election, patriotism, state affairs, white house, george w. bush, topical humor, satire, greed, leadership, artists and showbiz, head of state ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, poland, texas, new jersey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, suspenseful, biting ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, relationship vs career, dishonesty, state affairs, fighting the system, congress, infidelity, couple relations, moral dilemma, workplace situations, workplace romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 13K
Shampoo (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 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: sex comedy, sexy, sexual, witty, suspense ...
Plot: love triangle, nudity (full frontal - brief), election, loan, hippie, womanizer, hairdresser, presidential election, satire, politics, infidelity, sexual content ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968, 70s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The American Ruling Class (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This inventive, mildly fictionalized documentary follows noted editor Lewis Lapham as he introduces two Ivy League graduates to America's elite in an effort to examine the role of class and moneyed privilege in American democracy. With stops at ...
Style: cynical, thought provoking, realistic, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: satire, politics, rise to the top, ambition, lifestyle, idealism, social decay, moral dilemma, state affairs, society, injustice, americana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%