Movies like Charlie Wilson's War

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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Style: realistic, clever, thought provoking, humorous, factual, suspense, witty, talky, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: cia, congress, politics, cold war, womanizer, politician, deception, muslim, political intrigue, danger, law enforcement, state affairs, special agents, political unrest, drugs/alcohol, propaganda, party, helicopter, refugee camp, friendship, brutality, courage, russian, terrorism, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1980
Place: afghanistan, usa, texas, washington d.c., middle east, israel, soviet union ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, interesting and talky films with plots about corruption, politics, dialogue, runaway, mentor, political and greed mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Charlie Wilson's War: W. (2008), Bridge of Spies (2015), Game Change (2012), Primary Colors (1998), Wag the Dog (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: sincere, serious, clever, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: politics, president, iraq war, election, patriotism, americana, parents and children, rise to the top, drugs/alcohol, state affairs, leadership, head of state ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 70s ...
Place: usa, texas, washington d.c., yale university, iraq ...
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 7.6
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: cold war, cia, espionage, lawyer, pilot, rescue, danger, justice, spy, mission, undercover, bridge ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, europe, east germany, germany ...
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83%
 7.4
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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, serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: politics, campaign, election, presidential election, republican, conservative, republican party, ambition, state affairs, americana, government official, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2008, year 2007
Place: usa, alaska, south carolina, south korea, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.7
 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, humorous, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, scandal, presidential election, media, extramarital affair, head of state, usa president, state affairs, rise to the top, couple relations, supportive spouse, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, thought provoking ...
Plot: political corruption, political conspiracy, presidential election, election, cia, senator, election campaign, politics, war, journalism, cons and scams, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: albania, washington d.c., usa, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, dishonesty, power relations, assassination, anti war, marriage ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
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72%
 7.7
 97K
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate ...
Style: tense, talky, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: reporter, journalism, journalist, president, politics, loneliness, tv show, politician, scandal, lie, doubts and hesitations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974, year 1977
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, sydney australia, australia ...
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70%
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: talky, clever, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: tv show, politics, journalism, communism, paranoia, media, patriotism, newspaper, friendship, fear, singer, suicide ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa, california, soviet union, wisconsin ...
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63%
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, behind enemy lines, danger, american abroad, rescue mission, daring rescue, hostage, race against time, secret agents, escapades, life risking, government agency ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, iran, langley virginia, middle east, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: suspenseful, talky, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, newspaper, journalism, investigation, political corruption, president, sergeant, republican, political conspiracy, cover up, white house, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Special Relationship (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, tricky ...
Plot: politics, chief of staff, leadership, senator, liberal, media circus, intern, friends, election, political intrigue, couples, democrat ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe, usa, new jersey ...
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55%
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, emotional, serious, factual ...
Plot: leadership, human spirit, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, political unrest, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 30s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: india, england, asia, new delhi, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: president, politics, fall in love, liberal, widower, romance, republican, democrat, conservative, popularity, white house, lobbyist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.4
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Secret Honor (1984)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this speculative one-man drama, we see former President Richard Milhous Nixon alone in his study, dictating his thoughts into a tape recorder. His only company are a four-screen closed-circuit TV setup, the portraits on the walls, a bottle of ...
Style: talky, sincere, semi serious, realistic, one man show ...
Plot: politics, dishonesty, head of state, obsessive quest, destiny, state affairs, society, rise and fall, political corruption, introspection, dead brother, real time ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
Style: realistic, touching, stylized, semi serious, serious ...
Plot: disability, queen of england, king of england, park, queen, state affairs, family relations, infidelity, head of state, dishonesty, love affair, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: new york, usa, england, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, election, campaign, loyalty, intern, presidential campaign, political corruption, morality, power struggle, talented, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.1
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Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, touching, sincere ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, government, rise and fall, vietnam war, campaign, historical figure, usa president, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, political conspiracy ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 70s, 20s, 60s ...
Place: washington d.c., china, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: cynical, talky, realistic, witty, biting ...
Plot: politics, campaign, election, idealism, republican, society, hopes, rise to the top, state affairs, liberal, americana, democrat ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san diego california, latin america
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47%
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Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, righting the wronged, fighting the system, americana, discrimination, society, rebellion, injustice ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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47%
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Thirteen Days (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, president, cold war, military, nuclear threat, white house, nuclear, race against time, espionage, state affairs, un, undercover ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, washington d.c., pentagon ...
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45%
 7.0
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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: clever, witty, cynical, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: assassination attempt, politics, senator, conservative, filmmaking, election campaign, political satire, political campaign, senate, journalism, cons and scams, hysteria ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, nicaragua
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.4
 227K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, president, politics, head of state, idealism, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 297K
The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: captivating, epic, factual, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: mental illness, pilot, businessman, millionaire, aviation, paranoia, rise and fall, corruption, fame, nervous breakdown, phobia, actress ...
Time: 1930s, 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Too Big to Fail (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, 'Too Big to Fail' offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few ...
Style: tense, realistic, talky, sincere, serious ...
Plot: wall street, bankruptcy, financial crisis, politics, state affairs, social problems, top executive, powerful corporation, race against time, stock broker, debt, international crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2008
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., middle east, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.8
 293K
The Big Short (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.
Style: tense, intellectual, suspense, realistic, interesting ...
Plot: loan, finance, money, corruption, economic crisis, bank, wall street, risk, morality, economics, analysis, expose ...
Time: 2000s, year 2007, year 2008
Place: las vegas, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, senator, campaign, election, insurance, election campaign, political satire, culture clash, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, united states, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, melancholic, factual ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: journalist, soldier, rescue, terrorism, war, journalism, fish out of water, rescue mission, disguise, battle, murder, female journalist ...
Time: year 2004, year 2005, year 2006, year 2003, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, glasgow scotland, big ben london, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.5
 51K
In the Loop (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The US President and the UK Prime Minister are looking to launch a war in the Middle East. The plot follows government officials and advisers in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it. Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A ...
Style: cynical, witty, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: intern, politics, white house, new job, politician, gay slur, farce, war, power struggle, workplace, media coverage, coincidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., england, london, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Second Civil War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges, who won an Emmy) defies the president (Phil Hartman) and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, witty, humorous, futuristic ...
Plot: journalism, politics, white house, translator, terrorism, civil war, illegal immigration, manipulations, fighting the system, weakness, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: idaho, pakistan, usa, middle east, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 19K
State and Main (2000)
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: talky, humorous, feel good, realistic, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, filmmaking, amateur theater, small town life, lifestyle, love and romance, americana, movie business, showbiz, disorder, artists and showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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