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, thought provoking, clever, humorous, suspense, factual, intense, witty, talky, semi serious ...
Plot: cia, congress, politics, cold war, womanizer, deception, politician, congressman, political intrigue, law enforcement, state affairs, muslim, special agents, political unrest, propaganda, arms dealing, scandal, political satire, party, helicopter, refugee camp, millionaire, friendship, brutality, career ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1980, year 1987, year 1988, 1990s
Place: afghanistan, washington d.c., usa, texas, jerusalem, pakistan, cairo egypt ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, suspense and interesting films with plots about politics, corruption, dialogue, mentor, greed, state affairs and runaway mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Charlie Wilson's War: Argo (2012), Thirteen Days (2000), Selma (2014), Primary Colors (1998), Wag the Dog (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, 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: tense, suspenseful, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, hostage, secret agents, revolution, daring rescue, american abroad, behind enemy lines, escapades, race against time, government agency, hidden identity ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1981 ...
Place: middle east, iran, langley virginia, usa, tehran iran ...
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 7.3
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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, disturbing, thought provoking, tense, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, politics, president, military, un, nuclear threat, political intrigue, undercover, leadership, rivalry, state affairs, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, atlantic ocean, new york, washington d.c. ...
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 7.5
 91K
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: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, justice, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights movement, civil rights, racial segregation, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1963, year 1964
Place: alabama, usa, boston, southern usa, birmingham alabama
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100%
 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
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68%
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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, 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 ⇓
68%
 6.3
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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: 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 ...
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67%
 7.6
 306K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, India
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, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, lawyer, spy, cia, rescue, legal, justice, soviet spy, mission, undercover, judge ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1960, 50s, year 1957
Place: ussr, usa, east germany, europe, berlin germany ...
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64%
 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 ...
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63%
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 7.7
 107K
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: clever, tense, psychological, sincere, tricky ...
Plot: politics, journalism, president, reporter, loneliness, tv show, scandal, power struggle, lie, mind game, uncover truth, secret ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1974
Place: usa, california, new york, beverly hills, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.7
 16K
The Hoax (2006)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
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: realistic, cynical, witty, intense, tense ...
Plot: americana, writer's life, giant, ambition, media, rise and fall, research, paranoia, friendship between men, flying, eccentricity, creativity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, las vegas, pentagon, washington d.c., bahamas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
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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, power relations, dishonesty, assassination, campaign, marriage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
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60%
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: disturbing, factual, tense, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: media, journalism, fighting the system, politics, patriotism, mccarthyism, society, television, workplace, state affairs, media coverage, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c., ussr ...
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58%
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, sincere, thought provoking, intense, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, friends, head of state, political intrigue, world politics, greed, british prime minister, usa president, relationships, honest, manipulation, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, washington d.c., europe, london, usa ...
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58%
 6.2
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Casino Jack (2010)
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: witty, semi serious, factual, satirical, intense ...
Plot: politics, cons and scams, crimes, manipulation, lobbyist, investigation, ambition, lifestyle, dishonesty, society, native americans, money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: political corruption, vietnam war, politics, government, campaign, rise and fall, usa president, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, china, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
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, suspense, talky, witty, humorous ...
Plot: wall street, satire, dinner party, uninhibited rivalry, boss and employee, workplace situations, power relations, rivalry, workplace, ambition, media, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: manhattan new york city, atlanta georgia, new york, california
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57%
 6.8
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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 ...
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56%
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: captivating, stylized, factual, political, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: cousin cousin relationship, queen, state affairs, president, family relations, love affair, disability, husband wife relationship, king, king of england, queen of england, indians ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: usa, new york, new york state, england, new jersey ...
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56%
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Vice (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: George W. Bush picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House ...
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: u.s. president, political campaign, vice president, war on terror, iraq war, politician, intrigue, political leader, u.s. constitution, u.s. congress, money, tragic event ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, year 1980, september 11 2001, year 1978 ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, cambodia, america, wyoming ...
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55%
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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 ...
Plot: politics, election, campaign, u.s. senator, idealism, rise to the top, americana, state affairs, democrat, liberal, republican, satire ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san diego california, san francisco, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 ⇓
55%
The Front Runner (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gary Hart, former Senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart's intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, thought provoking
Plot: politician, scandal, senator, politics, presidential campaign, reputation, society, rivalry, homosexual, media, affair, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.3
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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: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, american civil war, president, racism, head of state, civil war, american history, politics, historical character, slavery, leadership, political unrest ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 6.8
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Fair Game (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, secret agents, crumbling marriage, fighting the system, state affairs, relationship vs career, price of justice, journalism, society, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, year 2001, year 1995 ...
Place: usa, iraq, washington d.c., africa, cairo egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 ⇓
50%
 6.7
 10K
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, social problems, blacks and whites, injustice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Elvis Meets Nixon (1997)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A "mockumentary" about Elvis's real-life trip to the White House to become a federal marshal under the DEA
Style: suspense, semi serious, realistic, biting, humorous ...
Plot: politics, fighting crime, hotshot hero, head of state, government agency, ambition, state affairs, media, artists and showbiz, special agents, drug dealing, performer's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ 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, political ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: president, politics, fall in love, liberal, widower, romance, white house, republican, conservative, democrat, senator, chief of staff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, double agent, idealism, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, invasion, politics, suspicion, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 3K
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, realistic, semi serious, sincere, political ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, obsessive quest, state affairs, rise and fall, society, head of state, dishonesty, destiny, introspection, political corruption, one-man show ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%