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Defense of the Realm (1985)
 6.5
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Defense of the Realm (1985)
Original name: Defence of the Realm
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A reporter Mullen 'stumbles' on a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent. In fact it is also linked to a near Nuclear disaster involving a teenage runaway and an Americal USAF base. Has there been a Government cover-up,Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss, an old hack, and Nina Beckam the MP's assistant to find out the truth.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, ambiguous ending
Plot: kgb, journalism, mole, political corruption, reporter, member of parliament, crimes, investigation, heroes, politics, conspiracy, workplace intrigue, danger, society, dishonesty, media, state affairs, uncover truth, workplace situations, death, newspaper man, prostitute, spy, journalist, politician ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about dishonesty, state affairs, crimes, deadly, conspiracy, politics and murder mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Defense of the Realm: A Dark Reflection (2015), The Jigsaw Man (1983), The Whistle Blower (1986), Baltic Storm (2003), King's Game (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Dark Reflection (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A journalist digs deep into the world of aviation and discovers some uncomfortable truths. And a conspiracy trail dating back to 1954. But why is no one saying anything?
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, society, journalism, moral dilemma, investigation, dishonesty, media, conspiracy, journalist
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Jigsaw Man (1983)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Philip Kimberly, the former head of the British Secret Service who defected to Russia, is given plastic surgery and sent back to Britain by the KGB to retrieve some vital documents. With the documents in hand, he instead plays off MI6 and the KGB ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, cold war, betrayal, undercover, deadly, chases and races, crimes, politics, secret agents, heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, london, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Whistle Blower (1986)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable...
Style: disturbing, clever, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: translator, murder, conspiracy, whistleblower, cold war, paranoia, british intelligence, life turned upside down, graphic violence, denial, uncover truth, price of justice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Baltic Storm (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A journalist from Berlin, Germany, and a Swedish lawyer discover the truth behind the sinking of the "MS Estonia" in 1994, where more than 850 people drowned.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: conspiracy, escapades, investigation, state affairs, crimes, terrorism, uncover truth, ocean or sea, fighting the system, dishonesty, journalism, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, russia, estonia, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 7.3
 4K
King's Game (2004)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Starting a new job as a political journalist at a leading newspaper, Ulrik Torp witnesses a brutal struggle for power in the Midparty's ranks -- a struggle that coincides with the charismatic party leader's involvement in a near fatal car ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, political
Plot: politics, political thriller, journalist, politician, conspiracy, parliament, dishonesty, state affairs, campaign, political scandal, death, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen, europe, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.7
 754
The Salamander (1981)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murders are linked to a plot to seize control of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, enigmatic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, politics, police investigation, political conspiracy, political intrigue, crime, crimes, mystery, danger, political corruption, state affairs, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Art of Losing (2004)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Colombia, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A body is discovered impaled on a stake near a scenic lake near Bogota. A journalist try to find what happened. With a friend, they set about to find the cause of the crime and uncover an intricate real estate fraud involving corrupt politicians, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: nudist, political corruption, investigation, life is a bitch, partners against crime, murder, social decay, journalism, media, partners, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
American Roulette (1988)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Carlos Quintas, the democratically-elected president of an unnamed South American country, has been deposed by a military coup. He is in London, the head of a government in exile, rallying international support. He is also a poet of talent and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: assassination attempt, on the run, crimes, espionage, dishonesty, head of state, rebellion, heroes, deadly, state affairs, chases and races, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Fourth State (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A journalist gets caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow while investigating the Russian secret service.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, race against time, fish out of water, photojournalist, uncover truth, dishonesty, state affairs, protagonist as suspect, heroes, journalism, political conspiracy, false accusation ...
Place: europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Plan Aurora, led by Kim Philby is a plan that breaches the top-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a nuclear ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, politics, chase, betrayal, race against time, undercover, secret agents, military base, political intrigue, danger, conspiracy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, england, europe, london, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, political intrigue, double agent, undercover, investigation, rivalry, dishonesty, politics, danger, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, albania, europe, scotland yard ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Clearstream Affair (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Journalist Denis Robert sparked a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of banking firm Clearstream. His quest to reveal the truth behind a secret world of shadowy multinational banking puts him in contact with an ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: investigation, corporate crimes, uncover truth, dishonesty, legal, legal investigation, journalism, politics, state affairs, political intrigue, greed, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.4
 368
Crusader (2005)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The World Of Mass Communication Is About To Become Unplugged.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, journalism, investigation, uncover truth, deadly, dishonesty, political corruption, frame up, political conspiracy, crimes, protagonist as suspect, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.2
 16
Impunity (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Investigating the gruesome murder of a cabinet minister's daughter, a special investigator and a local police detective find themselves knee-deep in political corruption and conspiracy, in this sizzling noir thriller set in post-apartheid South ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: police investigation, uncover truth, deadly, murder, danger, political corruption, political conspiracy, dishonesty, crimes, partners, state affairs, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Secret Agent (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian goverment, an agent provacateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
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Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Formosa Betrayed (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, an FBI Agent is assigned to investigate the murder of a respected professor. Through his investigation, he unearths a spider web of international secrets that has been thriving within college campuses across America for decades. ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Guvnors (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, gang, rivalry, criminal's revenge, gangsters, ego clash, violence, youth, graphic violence, danger, society, friendship ...
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Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Field of Blood (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Adaptation of Denise Mina's thriller set in 1982. When the story of a murder has huge implications for her family, newspaper copy boy Paddy Meehan battles prejudices to get to the truth. As she inches closer to revealing the truth, her ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, uncover truth, murder, crimes, workplace, media, ambition, deadly, society, danger, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, intrigue, secret agents, undercover, state affairs, political intrigue, mistaken identity, deadly, politics, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, greece, israel, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
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The Idealist (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A whistle blower attempts to reveal the secret behind a nuclear disaster that occurred during the height of the Cold War.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: journalist, uncover truth, idealism, dishonesty, life is a bitch, state affairs, contamination, whistleblower, cold war, catastrophe, conspiracy, human
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: greenland, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
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Sorted (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young lawyer gets more than he bargains for while investigating his brother's mysterious death.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.0
 946
Honour (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A story centered on a young woman is targeted by her family for an "honour killing" and the bounty hunter who takes the job.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: track down, hitman, danger, on the run, crimes, family problems, deadly, woman in danger, family relations, parents and children, chases and races, woman
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.5
 364
The List (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After being arrested for solicitation, a high-class prostitute threatens to make public a list of her best clients and someone resorts to murder to keep the list a secret. Meanwhile, the judge on the case struggles with his dilemma and one cop aims ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, political corruption, prostitute, bait, courtroom, uncover truth, courtroom drama, fighting the system, law enforcement, life is a bitch, crimes, legal ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 6.6
 10
White Lie (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A young writer has his book stolen by his mentor.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: uncover truth, injustice, betrayal, dishonesty, writer's life, life is a bitch, neo noir, murder, artists and showbiz, gun, hostage, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 4K
Jack Strong (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A spy thriller telling a historically based story of a man who alone dares to challenge Soviets being in the middle of the communistic system himself. Planning the maneuvers of Warsaw Pact forces he discovers that the American plans of nuclear ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Plot: spy, martial law, political unrest, undercover, politics, state affairs, government agency, dishonesty, chase, border crossing, espionage, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, 90s ...
Place: europe, poland, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 3.9
 523
Deviation (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Told over one horrifying night, Deviation will take you on a white-knuckle journey into the mind of Frank Norton, a dangerous schizophrenic murderer as he escapes from Broadmoor Hospital and embarks on a murderous rampage across London. But when ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Plot: psychopath, isolation, split personality, confined, deadly, kidnapping, crimes, killing spree, danger, hostage, hostages, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.0
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Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, politics, danger, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Hidden Agenda (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: politics, investigation, conspiracy, torture, parade, terrorism, assassination, legal, life is a bitch, uncover truth, political corruption, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Executive Power (1997)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While protecting the U.S. President, Secret Service agent Nick Sager helps him to dispose of the body of a young girl, who accidentally died during an adulterous encounter. Some time later, a few weeks before the elections, the disillusioned ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, political corruption, torture, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, undercover, state affairs, legal investigation, who done it, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
 545
State Affairs (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A plane explodes above the Gulf of Guinea. An escort girl is murdered in a Parisian park. Thousands of miles separate these two events, and yet Nora Chahyd, believes there's a connection between them, much to his superiors chagrin. As Nora ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: political thriller, undercover, investigation, law enforcement, deadly, betrayal, dishonesty, politics, police detective, hitman, murder, political corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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