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The Candidate (1972)
 7.1
 9K
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, realistic, thought provoking, cynical, talky, entertaining, biting, clever, sincere, serious ...
Plot: politics, election, campaign, idealism, rise to the top, americana, democrat, liberal, state affairs, republican, u.s. senator, father son relationship, manipulation, political corruption, honest, ambition, realism, hopes, society, media, opponent, corruption, president, politician, labor union ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, 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, talky and dramatic films with plots about politics, state affairs, corruption, idealism, campaign, society and media mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Candidate: Bulworth (1998), Bob Roberts (1992), Primary Colors (1998), Running Mates (2000), Wag the Dog (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 24K
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: clever, biting, humorous, witty, realistic ...
Plot: politics, liberal, hip hop, political corruption, insurance, senator, campaign, election, interracial romance, political satire, election campaign, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, united states, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.0
 13K
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, political comedy, talky ...
Plot: politics, assassination attempt, republican, political satire, political campaign, election campaign, conservative, senator, journalism, society, ambition, manipulations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, nicaragua
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.6
 26K
Primary Colors (1998)
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: semi serious, cynical, realistic, humorous, thought provoking ...
Plot: extramarital affair, politics, presidential election, scandal, media, head of state, usa president, state affairs, couple relations, supportive spouse, rise to the top, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new hampshire, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 5.6
 592
Running Mates (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A governor running for President gets revealed to be a serial philanderer.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, biting
Plot: politics, campaign, idealism, state affairs, couple relations, love affair, legal, head of state, dishonesty, political intrigue, fighting the system, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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 7.2
 75K
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, realistic, cynical, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: political corruption, political conspiracy, presidential election, election, senator, cia, election campaign, politics, war, journalism, cons and scams, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: albania, washington d.c., usa, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.4
 11K
Recount (2008)
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, serious, captivating, factual, intense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, election, presidential election, democrat, republican, campaign, political corruption, americana, state affairs, dishonesty, media ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, florida, texas, washington d.c., new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 61K
Being There (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
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, biting ...
Plot: politics, comedy of errors, eviction, white house, secret service, dying, innocence, newspaper, funeral, lawyer, autism, impotence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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: serious, realistic, clever, cynical, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, society, state affairs, manipulations, campaign, political intrigue, fighting the system, dishonesty, journalism, media, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.7
 21K
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, biting, clever, tense, realistic ...
Plot: politics, rally, candidate, country music, music, multiple storylines, showbiz, lifestyle, americana, sleazy, media, country ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: tennessee, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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: serious, realistic, cynical, social realism, rough ...
Plot: politics, election campaign, rivalry, political intrigue, ambition, rise to the top, corrupt politician, opponent, media, state affairs, power relations, head of state ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The American President (1995)
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: touching, witty, realistic, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: president, politics, fall in love, liberal, widower, romance, conservative, popularity, republican, democrat, white house, senator ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.4
 20K
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, republican, conservative, republican party, american politics, state affairs, ambition, americana, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2008, year 2007
Place: usa, alaska, arizona, north korea, south carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, tense, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, election, campaign, loyalty, intern, presidential campaign, political corruption, morality, power struggle, state affairs, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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, talky ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, politics, campaign, political corruption, murder mystery, political intrigue, dishonesty, society, love affair, election, lobbyist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.1
 17K
Swing Vote (2008)
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, satirical, touching, entertaining ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, election, small town, state affairs, parents and children, father daughter relationship, media, campaign, usa president, political campaign, u.s. president ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, mcdonald's restaurant, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, satirical ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, media, campaign, head of state, state affairs, love and romance, couples, against the odds, comedian, conspiracy theory, usa president ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.1
 120K
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, absurd, witty, ironic ...
Plot: politics, congressman, farce, election campaign, political corruption, uninhibited rivalry, ambition, media, campaign, debate, parody, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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 ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, college, friendship, betrayal, political intrigue, society, manipulations, campaign, dishonesty, legal action, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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All the President's Men (1976)
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: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, cover up, white house, political conspiracy, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
 22K
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: clever, thought provoking, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: politics, sexism, vice president, idealism, political intrigue, election, society, campaign, state affairs, dishonesty, sex scandal, head of state ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, virginia, ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.5
 17K
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, witty, semi serious, entertaining ...
Plot: presidential election, politics, state affairs, ambition, fish out of water, head of state, republican, white house, usa president, bail bondsman, rescue, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 991
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: realistic, witty, talky, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, assassination, culture clash, media, society, ambition, state affairs, rise to the top, media satire, idealism, campaign, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 19K
City Hall (1996)
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: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, idealism, police, mayor, uncover truth, crimes, society, corruption, murder, mafia, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Entranced Earth (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins opposes two equally corrupt political candidates: a pseudopopulist ...
Style: surreal, realistic, biting, cynical, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, idealism, hopes, writer's life, religions or cults, dishonesty, political unrest, life is a bitch, state affairs, liberal, campaign ...
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: terrorist, politics, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, conservative, behind enemy lines, society, hopes, soldier, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, california, washington d.c., iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.3
 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, biting, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: against the odds, underdog, society, ambition, politics, media, unemployment, drugs/alcohol, campaign, friends, campaigning, election campaign ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 16K
The Hoax (2006)
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: cynical, witty, realistic, intense, tense ...
Plot: americana, writer's life, ambition, mad, research, media, rise and fall, false identity, paranoia, friendship between men, flying, giant ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971
Place: usa, zurich switzerland, mexico, washington d.c., bahamas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 246
K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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: clever, serious, biting, realistic, talky ...
Plot: lobbyist, politics, dishonesty, workplace situations, state affairs, workplace intrigue, rivalry, realism, office, ambition, society, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, clever ...
Plot: lobbyist, marketing, advertising, morality, reporter, tobacco, lie, capitalism, lung cancer, journalism, society, social satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, vermont, north carolina, japan, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
 45K
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: serious, clever, realistic, cynical, sincere ...
Plot: politics, president, americana, election, patriotism, iraq war, drugs/alcohol, christianity, parents and children, rise to the top, state affairs, leadership ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 60s, 90s, 80s ...
Place: usa, texas, washington d.c., yale university, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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