Movies like The China Syndrome

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The China Syndrome (1979)
 7.4
 30K
The China Syndrome (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the nuclear plant when a startling accident occurs that nearly causes the meltdown of the reactor. A newsreel cameraman accompanying Wells (Michael Douglas) captures the incident on film but the television station won't air the footage. Though the plant's corporate heads are quick to deny the possibility of any real danger, Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon), the plant's veteran engineer, discovers faulty equipment at the plant. Attempting to tell others about his findings, an attempt is made on his life. In desperation, he forcibly takes control of the power plant and invites the media to hear his ceremony. But the corporation is determined to stop him in a taut and shocking climax!
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious, captivating, political, realistic, sinister, scary ...
Plot: radiation, reporter, power plant, politics, disaster, journalism, conspiracy, nuclear power, investigation, nuclear, nuclear power plant, environmental, media, corruption, cover up, uncover truth, survival, whistleblower, nuclear threat, nuclear reactor, catastrophe, swat team, betrayal, murder, tragedy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania

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Most similar movies to The China Syndrome

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspense, suspenseful and intense films with plots about runaway, greed, dialogue, mentor, corruption, storytelling and conspiracy mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The China Syndrome: The Parallax View (1974), Coma (1978), All the President's Men (1976), The Insider (1999), Seven Days in May (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, corruption, investigation, reporter, murder, assassination, political conspiracy, media, political corruption, journalism, senator ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, latin america, washington state, usa
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100%
 6.9
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Coma (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, neo noir, suspense ...
Plot: conspiracy, hospital, investigation, coma, amateur detective, mystery, serial killer, medical, black market, crimes, intern, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: political, realistic, cerebral, thought provoking, factual ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: journalism, politics, newspaper, political conspiracy, white house, investigation, political corruption, conspiracy, journalist, political intrigue, investigative journalism, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 171K
The Insider (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Style: cerebral, suspense, political, tense, talky ...
Plot: journalism, corruption, whistleblower, business, courtroom, conspiracy, politics, lawyer, reporter, media, greed, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., mississippi, south carolina, iran, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: political, suspenseful, tense, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: cold war, politics, conspiracy, white house, military, secret service, u.s. air force, espionage, betrayal, terrorism, race against time, revolution ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, latin america, austin texas, california, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: political, tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, reporter, journalist, drug smuggling, media manipulation, politics, u.s. government, investigation, cia, investigative reporter, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: california, los angeles, iran, usa, nicaragua ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: tense, political, thought provoking, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, cold war, political conspiracy, brainwashing, korean war, senator, manipulation, assassin, communism, spy, political intrigue, nightmare ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: north korea, korea, new york, usa, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, cerebral, neo noir ...
Plot: surveillance, paranoia, conspiracy, spy, character study, wiretap, obsession, murder, loneliness, loner, alienation, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.1
 130K
Margin Call (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Style: suspense, realistic, serious, captivating, political ...
Plot: stock market, financial crisis, greed, wall street, corporate crimes, businessman, stock market crash, economics, corporate america, millionaire, workplace situations, money ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 20K
Silkwood (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, bleak, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, working class, workplace, research, women, fighting the system, radiation, whistleblower, contamination, uncover truth, corporate crimes, corporate crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: oklahoma, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 23K
Capricorn One (1977)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: astronaut, conspiracy, mars, nasa, conspiracy theory, whistleblower, investigative reporter, desert, investigation, helicopter, spacecraft, chase ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: houston texas, texas, arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 20K
Mad City (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A misguided museum guard who loses his job and then tries to get it back at gunpoint is thrown into the fierce world of ratings-driven TV gone mad.
Style: thought provoking, intense, talky, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: hostage, politics, journalism, hostage situation, media, museum, journalist, society, crimes, investigation, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns, exciting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vengeance, father daughter relationship, vigilantism, fighting the system, conspiracy, uncover truth, investigation, corruption, revenge, murder, political corruption, hitman ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century, 2010s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, intense ...
Plot: nazi, nazi hunter, conspiracy, neo nazi, chase, cloning, jungle, investigation, holocaust, world war two, insanity, genetic engineering ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: paraguay, germany, latin america, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 50K
Disclosure (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.
Style: suspenseful, sexy, erotic, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, obsession, manipulation, workplace, conspiracy, false accusation, seduction, vengeance, sex, computer, hacker, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: seattle, san francisco, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 155K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: political, suspense, enigmatic, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, president, kennedy assassination, assassination, gay slur, conspiracy, legal, cia, assassination of president, politics, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., austin texas, dallas texas, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 22K
Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, political, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, politics, nuclear war, u.s. air force, atomic bomb, nuclear holocaust, bomber, military, race against time, nuclear, apocalypse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, new york, pentagon, usa, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Absence of Malice (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: talky, suspense, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalism, murder, investigation, politics, crimes, courtroom, lawyer, manipulation, newspaper reporter, legal, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.8
 534K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: neo noir, psychological, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, character study, sociopath, cynicism, journalist, ethics, deception, home invasion, morality, tv news, graphic violence, crime scene ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Don't Say a Word (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret..
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, tense, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: psychiatrist, kidnapping, mental illness, police investigation, race against time, haunted by the past, murder, manipulation, torture, spy, heist, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2001, 90s, year 1991
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 22K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, harsh, intense, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, police brutality, crimes, corruption, police officer, police, investigation, rookie, partners, fighting the system, crime and punishment ...
Time: 20th century, year 1992, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Odessa File (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, dramatic ...
Plot: investigation, war criminal, espionage, nazi, world war two, spy, war crime, jewish, conspiracy, holocaust, israeli, neo nazi ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964 ...
Place: germany, vienna, israel, hamburg germany, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.0
 5K
Looker (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, futuristic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: murder, plastic surgeon, investigation, serial killer, murder mystery, model, greed, nudity (full frontal - brief), disorder, dishonesty, mind game, amateur detective ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: california, beverly hills, los angeles, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.7
 388K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, manipulation, mind game, game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, scheme, disorder, life philosophy, existentialism, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
 11K
Airport '77 (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle while taking VIPs and valuable art to Philip Stevens new museum. But when hijackers take off the plane and knock everyone out with sleeping gas the plane crashes in the sea. The passengers survive but a ...
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: airplane, disaster, rescue, bermuda triangle, survival, airport, airplane accident, hijacking, catastrophe, natural disaster, air disaster, airplane hijack ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1977
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, neo noir, intense ...
Plot: internal affairs, police corruption, crimes, police investigation, manipulation, corrupt cop, psychopath, vengeance, corruption, police, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 43K
Nick of Time (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting, tense, serious ...
Plot: assassination, kidnapping, race against time, conspiracy theory, conspiracy, accountant, hostage, murder, politics, terrorism, one day, assassination plot ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The last of the 'Airport' series again stars George Kennedy as aviation disaster-prone Joe Patroni, this time having to contend with nuclear missiles, the French Air Force and the threat of the plane splitting in two over the Alps!
Style: psychological, humorous, unusual plot structure, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: disaster, airplane, aviation, natural disaster, airport, airplane accident, catastrophe, plane crash, air disaster, arms dealer, survival, murder ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: paris france, los angeles, europe, france, alps ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Trigger Effect (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is "by nature" a predatory creature. ...
Style: suspense, tense, psychological, bleak, talky ...
Plot: survival, female nudity, suburbs, disaster, catastrophe, apocalypse, chase, betrayal, paranoia, nudity (full frontal - brief), extramarital affair, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.3
 261
Heat Wave (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: When a sudden, unexplained rise in local temperatures threatens to turn Los Angeles County into a parched, lifeless desert, one scientist must put her theories to the test in a desperate effort to prevent the catastrophe.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: natural disaster, race against time, disaster, heat wave, save the day, forces of nature, catastrophe, escapades, scientist, crimes, heroes, beach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%