Movies like The Last King of Scotland

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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
 7.7
 164K
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and asks Garrigan to become his personal doctor.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, brutal, factual, harsh, bloody, disturbing, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, politics, corruption, torture, against humanity, blacks and whites, head of state, attempted murder, assistant, atrocity, polygamy, political unrest, kidnapping, civil war, trapped, escape attempt, peril, state affairs, genocide, violence, journalist, abortion, extramarital affair, dictator ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland

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Most similar movies to The Last King of Scotland

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out dramatic, realistic, serious and interesting films with plots about corruption, brutality, politics, murder, runaway, betrayal and storytelling mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Last King of Scotland: Hotel Rwanda (2004), Missing (1982), The Devil's Double (2011), Munich (2005), Salvador (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 310K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, realistic, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: genocide, racism, cruelty, atrocity, war crime, hotel, blacks and whites, against humanity, violence, death, murder, corpse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia
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100%
 7.8
 16K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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: realistic, disturbing, serious, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: dictatorship, missing person, politics, military, senator, loss of son, newspaper, political conspiracy, political intrigue, journalist, military coup, coup d'etat ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, santiago chile, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Devil's Double (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: lookalikes, betrayal, impostor, palace, hidden identity, corruption, political corruption, right hand man, totalitarianism, dictatorship, double life, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: middle east, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 197K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, assassination, politics, murder, jewish, vengeance, revenge, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.5
 18K
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, realistic, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, war, society, state affairs, crimes, administration, life is a bitch, liberal, media ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 10K
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: police brutality, politics, soccer, coach, racism, apartheid, civil rights, terrorism, rebellion, fighting the system, idealism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.7
 97K
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, politician, tv show, scandal, lie, encounter, worn out ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974, year 1977
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, washington d.c., australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.2
 301K
Downfall (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: national socialism, bleak, realistic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: nazism, confined, suicide, war, secretary, marriage, fear, paranoia, army, war crime, loyalty, siege ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, bavaria, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.7
 26K
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, muslim, fbi, new love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2000s
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, israel, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, double agent, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, idealism, intrigue, patriotism ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Nigeria, Kenya
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.
Style: sinister, suspense
Plot: dictator, historical figure, racial discrimination, mass death, abuse of power, political criminal, flesh eating, bloody violence, secret police, corrupt politician, government corruption, political persecution ...
Place: uganda, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, disturbing, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, vietnam war, photographer, war, friendship, rebelliousness, wartime life, life is a bitch, human spirit, righting the wronged, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Four Days in September (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the ...
Style: talky, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, terrorism, brazilian, freedom, hostages, confined, state affairs, missing person, crimes, heroes, political unrest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, year 1967 ...
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil, algeria, mexico city, lisbon portugal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.0
 458K
Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, intense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, gem, adventure, greed, journalist, rebel, journalism, black market, unlikely partners, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, cape town south africa, zimbabwe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: serious, captivating, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, civil war, fight, secret service, treason, war, ira, state affairs, political unrest, leadership, irish ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.8
 10K
Machuca (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: politics, friendship, childhood, poverty, sexual initiation, coming of age, dictatorship, bully, teacher, classmate, demonstration, historical event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.8
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: tunnel, betrayal, politics, cold war, berlin wall, escape, political unrest, communism, confined, escapades, state affairs, parents and children ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 52K
Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, cia, terrorism, kidnapping, state affairs, government agency, undercover, senator, war on terror, police brutality, surveillance, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, washington d.c., cape town south africa, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Special Relationship (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, thought provoking, tricky ...
Plot: politics, friends, media sensation, leadership, chief of staff, couples, head of state, political intrigue, election, democrat, intern, state affairs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: london, europe, england, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Death and the Maiden (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, touching ...
Plot: torture, attempted murder, haunted by the past, vengeance, humiliation, doctor, mind game, revenge, human nature, couples, rivalry, price of justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: latin america, chile, south america, barcelona, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, society, fighting the system, legal, discrimination, rebellion, injustice, crimes, interracial relations, lawyer, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Beyond the Gates (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, survivor, priest, teacher, school, civil war, sexual abuse, survival, danger, military ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, injustice, torture, brutality, escape attempt, sadism, rape, prison life, anger, racial slur, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: suspenseful, talky, clever, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, newspaper, journalism, investigation, political corruption, president, political intrigue, political conspiracy, republican, sergeant, white house, cover up ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, heartbreaking, factual ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, interracial relations, freedom, torture, master and servant, racial slur, confined, rape, survival, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 40K
Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, dishonesty, power relations, assassination, anti war, campaign ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 87K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: psychological, tense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, torture, experiment, rape, violence, disorder, surveillance, manipulation, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: vietnam war, obsession, depression, suicide, hypocrisy, salesman, american dream, loan, black panthers, hijacking, robbery, airplane ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 85K
Elizabeth (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Style: stylized, realistic, epic, factual, captivating ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, historical character, royal court, political intrigue, politics, rise to the top, british history, treason, head of state, british royal family, historical figure ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, scotland, paris france, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 212K
Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, factual, bad ending, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: resistance, deception, bomb, nazism, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal, world war two, courage, nazi germany, plan gone awry, war ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, normandy, berlin germany, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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