Movies like The Insider

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The Insider (1999)
 7.8
 160K
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: disturbing, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, talky, sincere, serious, contemplative, cerebral ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, whistleblower, journalist, corruption, paranoia, fear, legal, media, layoff, public health, cover up, lawsuit, ethics, research, interview, tobacco, producer, workplace, sacrifice, idealism, struggle, couple relations, fighting the system, legal action ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, iran, washington d.c., mississippi, south carolina

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Most similar movies to The Insider

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, thought provoking, serious and dramatic films with plots about corruption, greed, justice, dialogue, storytelling, runaway and mentor mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like The Insider: Dark Waters (2019), All the President's Men (1976), A Civil Action (1998), Spotlight (2015), Snowden (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 62K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: factual, thought provoking, realistic, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, legal investigation, lawyer, price of justice, fighting the system, corporate crime, uncover truth, courtroom drama, legal action, corporate crimes, investigation ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 2001, year 2003, year 1975 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, 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, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, political thriller, cover up, white house, wiretap ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 28K
A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, law firm, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, legal, dedicated lawyer, reach out, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, new york, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 423K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, twists and turns, psychological, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, twists & turns, catholicism, investigation, pedophilia, investigative journalism, expose, lawyer, catholic, child abuse, catholic church ...
Time: year 2001, year 2002, year 1976, september 11 2001
Place: boston, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 7.3
 139K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, clever, tense ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, whistleblower, political thriller, national security, media, surveillance, moral dilemma, cia, idealism, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2015, year 2013 ...
Place: usa, japan, russia, pakistan, geneva switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, captivating, serious, 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 ⇓
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: tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, cia, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, government agency, state affairs, life turned upside down, police corruption, media ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 176K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, factual, uplifting, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lawyer, against the odds, contamination, justice, relationship vs career, single mother, court, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Shattered Glass (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Fact-based 2003 drama about the young journalist Stephen Glass, who got a job at The New Republic in 1995 and for three years fabricated at least half of the stories he wrote.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: journalism, ambition, career, research, workaholic, suspicion, workplace, cheating, desire for fame, dishonesty, rise and fall, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: haiti, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 104K
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: journalism, president, reporter, politics, loneliness, tv show, scandal, power struggle, lie, mind game, uncover truth, secret ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, year 1977
Place: usa, california, washington d.c., sydney australia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 143K
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: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, cia, investigation, president, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, texas, washington d.c., vietnam, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
...and justice for all. (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.
Style: suspense, realistic, disturbing, captivating, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, fighting the system, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, legal, moral dilemma, price of justice, lawyers and clients, injustice, false accusation, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 65K
The Rainmaker (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy ...
Style: clever, tense, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, domestic violence, lawyer, legal investigation, legal, self defense, courtroom, lawsuit, hopes, civil action, righting the wronged, price of justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: memphis, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 47K
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: thought provoking, realistic, serious, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, secret agents, crumbling marriage, state affairs, fighting the system, price of justice, relationship vs career, journalism, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, year 1993, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, iraq, washington d.c., africa, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the ...
Style: serious, captivating, talky, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, political unrest, against the odds, injustice, courtroom, righting the wronged, ambition, legal action, hopes, rebellion, life is a bitch, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1971
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, lawyer, district attorney, judge, moral dilemma, murder, against the rules, society, legal action, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, undercover, reporter, political intrigue, media ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 117K
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: serious, captivating, realistic, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: stock market, financial crisis, corporate crimes, wall street, greed, millionaire, businessman, workplace situations, financial problem, investments, stock market crash, bankruptcy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: suspense, talky, tense, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, election, lobbyist, campaign, intern, loyalty, presidential campaign, political corruption, talented, power struggle, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 110K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: whistleblower, police corruption, fighting the system, hippie, police investigation, undercover cop, social decay, life is a bitch, partners, ethics, bribery, idealism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.7
 842
Marie (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A single mother takes a job with the government where she is confronted with corruption.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, talky, sincere
Plot: political corruption, fighting the system, politics, corruption, state affairs, rebellion, law enforcement, crimes, workplace, dishonesty, graphic violence, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 157K
Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: lawyer, law firm, legal, murder, lawsuit, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 19K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, patriotism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Glengarry Glen Ross, follows the lives of four unethical Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to go to any lengths (legal or illegal) to unload undesirable real estate on unwilling prospective buyers.
Style: talky, cynical, intense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: real estate agent, office, greed, corporate world, ambition, rivalry, manipulation, manipulations, workplace intrigue, boss and employee, reward, career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, arizona, illinois, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 19K
Mad City (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 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, suspenseful, realistic, talky, serious ...
Plot: hostage, media, politics, journalism, investigation, society, crimes, journalist, workplace intrigue, fighting the system, injustice, museum ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 214K
Body of Lies (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, spy, espionage, government agency, intelligence agency, off the grid, torture, danger, bomb, explosion, beating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, jordan, dubai, amsterdam, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Fifth Estate (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Belgium
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: computers and web, journalism, politics, whistleblower, uncover truth, internet, rebelliousness, against the rules, war crime, international relations, fighting the system, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2011, year 2007 ...
Place: europe, brussels belgium, pentagon, germany, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 6.6
 27K
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: murder, loss of spouse, investigation, politics, friendship, faith, kidnapping, journalism, execution, missing person, muslim, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 2000s, september 11 2001 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 67K
Changing Lanes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, bankruptcy, vengeance, hotshot lawyer, rich and poor, obsession, racism, social differences, human nature, down on your luck, profanity, losing-it hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 126K
Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, capitalism, globalization, espionage, politics, corruption, spy, danger, political conspiracy, political unrest, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, persia, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%