Movies like Fail-Safe

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Fail-Safe (1964)
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Fail-Safe (1964)
Original name: Fail Safe
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
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 vision of the future with a Cold War backdrop.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, intense, emotional, contemplative ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, atomic bomb, control room, politics, military, danger, race against time, u.s. air force, translator, chaos, military life, nuclear, bomber, fighting the system, save the world, radio, communism, head of state, government facility, state affairs, apocalypse, nuclear holocaust, general, fighter pilot ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, usa, pentagon, alaska, ussr, soviet union ...

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Most similar movies to Fail-Safe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about politics, military, state affairs, betrayal, danger, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres. Some movies like Fail-Safe: Crimson Tide (1995), Seven Days in May (1964), Thirteen Days (2000), Bridge of Spies (2015), The Bedford Incident (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
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Crimson Tide (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, nuclear threat, military, navy, danger, cold war, russian, save the day, nuclear, anti war, military life, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, alabama, pacific ocean, mediterranean sea
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100%
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, political thriller ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, military, secret service, race against time, political conspiracy, white house, revolution, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: russia, pentagon, america, washington d.c., texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 55K
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, thought provoking, disturbing, tense, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, president, politics, military, un, nuclear threat, leadership, undercover, political intrigue, state affairs, race against time, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.
Style: cult film, offbeat, suspense, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: cold war, nuclear, anti war, military, satire, nuclear holocaust, paranoia, president, weirdo, catastrophe, military base, nuclear threat ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1942, 1960s
Place: ussr, pentagon, russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 294K
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, pilot, rescue, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 50s, year 1960 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, ussr, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, navy, submarine, war, heroic mission, danger, race against time, journalism, military, battlefield, nuclear missile, catastrophe ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: atlantic ocean, greenland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.4
 6K
Fail Safe (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, military life, politics, race against time, danger, military, chaos, aviation, moral dilemma, catastrophe, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
By Dawn's Early Light (1990)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a nuclear missile is launched by presumably Soviet forces toward Turkey, the beginning of the ultimate war to end all wars WW 3 is started. Powers Boothe, his girlfriend and copilot Rebecca DeMornay and their flight crew take off in a B 52 on ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, surprise ending, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear holocaust, apocalypse, politics, race against time, military, danger, terrorism, false accusation, nuclear missile, nato, bomber, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 1990s, year 1991, 90s
Place: soviet union, ussr, russia, washington d.c., turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Missiles of October (1974)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: white house, nuclear threat, politics, cold war, head of state, state affairs, government agency, danger, ego clash, race against time, war, save the day ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: usa, latin america, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, terrorism, espionage, terrorist, nuclear war, cia, nuclear explosion, atomic bomb, nuclear, spy, nuclear threat, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s, 70s ...
Place: washington d.c., baltimore, usa, russia, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Advise & Consent (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A Senate investigation into the President's newly-nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, clever, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: senator, politics, politician, secretary of state, paperboy, blackmail, poker game, secret past, senate, legal investigation, courtroom drama, idealism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 3K
Deterrence (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm.
Style: tense, suspenseful, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: diner, politics, nuclear war, leadership, danger, state affairs, graphic violence, international crisis, chaos, nuclear threat, political unrest, apocalypse ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, near future ...
Place: colorado, usa, iraq, baghdad iraq, korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 14K
Phantom (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: submarine, cold war, navy, military, military life, mission gone awry, leadership, sea disaster, danger, haunted by the past, delusion, nuclear threat ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: ussr, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam ...
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, assassination, hostage, general, secret agents, rivalry, politics, heroes, chases and races, danger, deadly, crimes ...
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: radiation, conspiracy, investigation, danger, journalism, media, control room, politics, nuclear, uncover truth, catastrophe, swat team ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, political thriller
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 17K
Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 633
World War III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
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Story: Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake Caffey and a National Guard reckon unit. A stalemate ensues ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, epic, rough ...
Plot: military, chaos, nuclear holocaust, wartime life, anti war, battles, soldier, heroes, leadership, chases and races, escapades, danger ...
Time: 80s, near future, year 1987
Place: alaska, russia, usa, soviet union, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 5.4
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Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: serious, psychological, epic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, wartime life, war, soldier, military, battles, gory, life is a bitch, state affairs, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
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Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, suspense, rough, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, war, politics, liberal, media, state affairs, life is a bitch, war correspondent, dictatorship, dictator ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: south america, central america, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
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Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: photojournalist, revolution, journalism, idealism, politics, political unrest, media, military, anti war, rebelliousness, society, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: political thriller, tense, suspenseful, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, cold war, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, senator, suicide, strangulation, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952, 1950s
Place: new york, korea, usa, ussr, north korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 23K
Good Kill (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game–only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned bunker in the Nevada desert. But as he yearns ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, psychological, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: drone, moral dilemma, military, suspicion, war, family life, family problems, family relations, taliban, terrorism, murder, soldier ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, year 2010
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas, afghanistan, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: world war two, military, heroic mission, danger, campaign, epic battle, heroes, soldier, u.s. military, attack, tank, war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1944, 1940s
Place: belgium, europe, germany, berlin germany, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Homeland Security (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Admiral McKee (Tom Skerritt) is retired, when following the events of 9/11 he receives a call from the White House informing him that his commander in chief requires him to serve his country once again. Shortly after this he is sworn into office as ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, danger, save the day, law enforcement, head of state, secret agents, state affairs, deadly, special agents, race against time, heroes, government agency ...
Time: september 11 2001, 90s
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.1
 31K
Coriolanus (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with ...
Style: tense, stylized, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, tragedy, politics, vengeance, rise and fall, leadership, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, tragic hero, ambition, suicide ...
Place: rome italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 32K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, soldier, nazism, german, survival, starvation, holocaust, russian, military life, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Green Berets (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military life, green beret, jungle, soldier, war, anti war, culture clash, politics, battlefield, journalism, military ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.
Style: realistic, twists and turns, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: army investigation, marines, court case, lawyer, vietnam veteran, friendship, profanity, courtroom drama, war, military, vietnam war, courtroom ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, washington d.c., middle east, iraq, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 15K
The Day After (1983)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The film portrays a fictional nuclear war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact that rapidly escalates into a full scale exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, focusing on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, thought provoking, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: cold war, apocalypse, nuclear war, radiation, catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, survival, chaos, demolished city, hysteria, nuclear threat, danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: kansas, usa, ussr, nebraska, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%