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Fail-Safe (1964)
 8.0
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Fail-Safe (1964)
Original name: Fail Safe
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 vision of the future with a Cold War backdrop.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, political, emotional, intense, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
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, disaster, chaos, military life, nightmare, save the world, communism, radio, fighting the system, head of state, government facility, state affairs, nuclear bomb, espionage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, pentagon, usa, ussr, alaska, moscow russia ...

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Most similar movies to Fail-Safe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about politics, danger, state affairs, conspiracy, catastrophe, race against time and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres. Some movies like Fail-Safe: Seven Days in May (1964), Thirteen Days (2000), The Bedford Incident (1965), By Dawn's Early Light (1990), Crimson Tide (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Genre: Comedy, War
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: political, funny, cerebral, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: cold war, satire, military, nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, u.s. president, nuclear threat, end of the world, president, nuclear, general, disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1942
Place: pentagon, washington d.c., russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: 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%
 7.3
 59K
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: political, tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: cold war, politics, president, leadership, military, un, political intrigue, nuclear threat, white house, undercover, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: cuba, boston, russia, the philippines, usa ...
⇓ 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: exciting, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, war, world war two, propaganda, russian, ship, heroic mission, battlefield, military, journalism ...
Time: 60s
Place: atlantic ocean, russia, greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, suspense, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear holocaust, nato, world war three, apocalypse, terrorism, nuclear war, nuclear threat, disaster, aviation, fighter jet, panic, escalation ...
Time: 80s, year 1991, 90s
Place: ussr, russia, usa, nebraska, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 113K
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: suspense, suspenseful, realistic, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, nuclear threat, military, cold war, navy, russian, u.s. navy, spy, nuclear bomb, nuclear war, save the day, race against time ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, mediterranean sea, alabama, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.0
 16K
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: thought provoking, disturbing, harsh, serious, suspense ...
Plot: nuclear war, cold war, apocalypse, nuclear holocaust, disaster, post apocalypse, radiation, world war three, catastrophe, natural disaster, distopia, end of the world ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: usa, kansas, new jersey, missouri, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 309K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
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: suspense, realistic, political, tricky, intense ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, lawyer, spy, cia, negotiation, justice, soviet spy, pilot, court, berlin wall, border crossing ...
Time: year 1957, year 1960, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: east germany, berlin germany, ussr, west germany, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 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: serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful, political ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear threat, cold war, aviation, politics, military life, disaster, race against time, military, chaos, moral dilemma, nuclear holocaust, nuclear war ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: political, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: cold war, cuban missile crisis, politics, nuclear threat, diplomat, cold war era, armed forces, diplomacy, attorney general, president, spy, disaster ...
Time: year 1962, 60s
Place: washington d.c., latin america, cuba, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: political, thought provoking, realistic, clever, cerebral ...
Plot: politics, courtroom drama, gay bar, corruption, political conspiracy, political intrigue, political corruption, idealism, senator, fighting the system, journalism, legal investigation ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 60s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: suspenseful, tense, factual, twist ending, harsh ...
Plot: nuclear war, politics, nuclear threat, diner, president, nuclear bomb, nuclear, mentor, natural disaster, gulf war, technology, greed ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, near future, 2000s ...
Place: iraq, middle east, colorado, usa, baghdad iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
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: political, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear threat, general, vietnam war, military, revenge, ransom demand, prison escape, u.s. air force, u.s. military, military prison, disaster, hostage ...
Place: montana, vietnam, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: radiation, reporter, power plant, politics, journalism, disaster, conspiracy, nuclear power, investigation, nuclear, nuclear power plant, environmental ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, political thriller
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, terrorism, political corruption, betrayal, state affairs, race against time, government agency, manhunt, undercover, revolution, political intrigue ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 18K
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, sexy ...
Plot: spy, cold war, espionage, betrayal, surveillance, cuban missile crisis, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: cuba, france, paris france, copenhagen, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: suspenseful, exciting, tense, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, nuclear war, spy, espionage, terrorism, cia, nuclear bomb, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, terrorist, covert operation, white house ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 70s, year 1973 ...
Place: maryland, israel, russia, washington d.c., chechnya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 ⇓
28%
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The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Drama, 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: atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, tense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, conspiracy, brainwashing, double agent, investigation, politics, british, political intrigue, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, albania, england, berlin germany, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Fourth War (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Cold War drama about two gung-ho border commanders (Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow) who carry out their own private war against each other on the German - Czechoslovakia border.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: cold war, border, spy, winter, world war two, soldier, nuclear holocaust, battles, military life, wartime life, political intrigue, anti war ...
Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 101 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: suspenseful, intense, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: cold war, kgb, spy, iron curtain, espionage, assassination, undercover, cia, dishonesty, politics, journalism, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: east germany, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 4K
Madigan (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, colleague, police detective, law enforcer killer, partners, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, police ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, harsh, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, spy, betrayal, espionage, bomb, politics, murder mystery, sabotage, police inspector, russian, conspiracy, secret agents ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1930s, 1880s, 18th century
Place: london, england, scotland, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Qatar
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Style: thought provoking, tense, emotional, intense, realistic ...
Plot: 9/11, culture clash, family, immigrants, wall street, conspiracy, political unrest, false accusation, american dream, civil rights, starting over, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, pakistan, istanbul turkey, boston, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Pentagon Papers (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. ...
Style: serious, sincere, disturbing, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, whistleblower, dishonesty, uncover truth, introspection, political corruption, political conspiracy, head of state, soldier, fighting the system, state affairs ...
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 1K
Dirty War (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: radical, firefighter, counter terrorism, secret agents, terrorism, save the day, special agents, government agency, undercover, crimes, race against time, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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 ⇓
24%
The 9/11 Commission Report (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Independent writer-director Leigh Slawner helms this chilling dramatization of the findings laid out in the best-selling 9/11 Commission Report, a document that sought to analyze the circumstances surrounding coordinated terrorist attacks against ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world trade center manhattan new york city, investigation, uncover truth, politics, state affairs, chaos, society, americana, terrorism, fbi agent, terrorist, hotel room ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, london, pakistan, washington d.c., israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 88K
Unthinkable (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs ...
Style: suspense, psychological, rough, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: terrorism, counter terrorism, violence, interrogation, fbi, investigation, torture, nuclear bomb, nuclear threat, spy, race against time, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%