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J. Edgar (2011)
 6.5
 117K
J. Edgar (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, factual, compassionate, melancholic, suspense, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: fbi, corruption, surveillance, politician, communism, notoriety, state affairs, homosexual, fighting crime, rise to the top, government official, investigation, old age, fired from the job, repression, president, ambition, blackmail, secretary, sexual attraction, sexual tension, murder trial, cross dressing, gangsters, justice ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 30s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new jersey

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Most similar movies to J. Edgar

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, interesting, serious and dramatic films with plots about storytelling, greed, mentor, runaway, corruption, justice and dialogue mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like J. Edgar: The Aviator (2004), Hoffa (1992), Milk (2008), Public Enemies (2009), Nixon (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 297K
The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: captivating, epic, factual, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: pilot, aviation, businessman, mental illness, millionaire, rise and fall, corruption, fame, nervous breakdown, phobia, blackmail, senator ...
Time: 1930s, 1910s, 30s, 20s, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 20K
Hoffa (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Jack Nicholson's portrait of union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: labor union, politics, gangsters, crimes, rise and fall, social activist, political intrigue, political corruption, working class, rivalry, americana, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, 40s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: detroit, usa, michigan, new york, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.5
 157K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, politics, politician, homosexual, election, protest, mayor, civil rights, murder, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1977, year 1975 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.0
 264K
Public Enemies (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, ...
Style: serious, rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, bank robbery, master criminal, criminal heroes, shooting, crime, gunfight, chase, organized crime, special agents, fbi, incompetent police ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, illinois, romania, south dakota, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.1
 27K
Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, government, rise and fall, campaign, vietnam war, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, political conspiracy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 70s, 60s, 20s ...
Place: washington d.c., china, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 158K
Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, crime, brutality, violence, fbi, murder, organized crime, illness, arms dealing, gangster, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1981, year 1995, year 1982 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, santa monica california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, exciting, captivating, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: master criminal, prodigy, crime, rise and fall, fbi, justice, cat and mouse, special agents, con artists, fake identity, adventure, manhunt ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1967
Place: usa, france, louisiana, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: captivating, psychological, cerebral, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, mathematics, prodigy, genius, schizophrenia, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, obsession, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, campus, boston, massachusetts, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 16K
Infamous (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: serious, sincere, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, obsession, writer's life, friendship, research, crimes, human nature, fame, journalism, obsessive quest, gossip and rumors ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, manhattan new york city, mexico, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.7
 258K
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, fbi, organized crime, mentor, undercover, crime, undercover agent, friends, gangster, law enforcement, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new york, usa, colombia, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: talky, clever, realistic, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: tv show, politics, journalism, communism, paranoia, patriotism, media, suicide, fear, singer, friendship, newspaper ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, california, washington d.c., soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, realistic, biting, captivating, motivational ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, money, cons and scams, wall street, strong sexual content, corruption, millionaire, greed, hotshot hero, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, big ben london, switzerland, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The files that escaped the shredder have become an incredible motion picture. From the Kennedys to Martin Luther King. From cab drivers to Congressmen. From housewives to hostesses. He had something on 58 million people. It was all in his files. Now ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: fbi, president, law enforcement, head of state, government agency, dishonesty, society, megalomaniac, politics, ambition, state affairs, crimes ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 60s, 20s, 50s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 118K
Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: captivating, based on true events, intellectual, talky, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, murder, moral dilemma, lifestyle, crimes, manipulation, book, investigation, literature, death, friendship, character study ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: kansas, usa, spain, europe, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.7
 921K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, rise and fall, organized crime, friends, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting, life is a bitch, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1963 ...
Place: florida, usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, rise to the top, criminal heroes, organized crime, ambition, pride and honor, corruption, death, casino, blood ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, 20s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, sicily, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.7
 77K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 60s, 1930s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: It’s 1974 and Sam Bicke has lost everything. His wife leaves him with his three kids, his boss fires him, his brother turns away from him, and the bank won’t give him any money to start anew. He tries to find someone to blame for his misfortunes ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, obsession, depression, hypocrisy, suicide, robbery, hijacking, airport, revenge, airplane, head of state, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.0
 56K
Breach (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: espionage, spy, surveillance, fbi, double agent, undercover, betrayal, investigation, cia, kgb, russian, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c., ussr, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 422K
American Hustle (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
Style: tense, intense, suspense, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: cons and scams, fbi, partners in crime, mayor, political corruption, partners, criminal heroes, deception, romancing partners, organized crime, working undercover, corruption ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 98K
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: tense, talky, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: reporter, journalism, journalist, president, politics, loneliness, tv show, politician, lie, scandal, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974, year 1977
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, sydney australia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Kill the Irishman (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gang war, corruption, irish, mob boss, labor union, gangsters, crime, criminal heroes, ambition, tough heroes, organized crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1975, year 1977 ...
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, ireland, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.0
 79K
Big Eyes (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, sentimental, suspense ...
Plot: art, court case, ambition, couple relations, unsupportive spouse, creativity, greed, marriage, courtroom, couples, rising to stardom, plagiarism ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 50s ...
Place: hawaii, california, san francisco, usa, honolulu hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, friendship, testimony, police detective, bribery, district attorney, crime, redemption, betrayal, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, twist ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, working undercover, crimes, undercover cop, mind game, organized crime, crime, police, undercover, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, china, harvard university, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 24K
Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, casino, crime, ambition, rise and fall, gangsters, money, love affair, bohemian life, elimination, gambling, hotel ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 1930s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, captivating, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, white house, cover up, political conspiracy, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 225K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, sentimental, heartbreaking, disturbing ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, police, corruption, desperation, trial, loss of son, disorder ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.9
 22K
In Cold Blood (1967)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, confession, friendship, death row, execution, gas station, on the run, interrogation, hanging, farmer, true crime, crime ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, year 1960, 1950s ...
Place: kansas, usa, texas, missouri, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 226K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug abuse, gangsters, friendship, drug use, drug addiction, organized crime, criminal heroes, war on drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, colombia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%