Movies like The Last King of Scotland

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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
 7.7
 167K
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, against humanity, atrocity, politics, corruption, torture, blacks and whites, head of state, attempted murder, assistant, genocide, polygamy, political unrest, kidnapping, civil war, trapped, escape attempt, peril, state affairs, dictator, violence, extramarital affair, journalist, abortion ...
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 serious, realistic, dramatic and interesting films with plots about politics, corruption, brutality, betrayal, runaway, death and murder mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Last King of Scotland: Hotel Rwanda (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), Missing (1982), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Munich (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 316K
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, rough, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, against humanity, racism, war crime, cruelty, atrocity, violence, hotel, rebel, murder, war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 468K
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, adventure, smuggling, treasure hunt, gem, greed, rebel, journalism, black market, unlikely partners, obsessive quest, civil war ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, cape town south africa, zimbabwe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 17K
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: disturbing, suspenseful, thought provoking, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, military coup, missing person, politics, political conspiracy, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, santiago chile, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The ...
Style: intellectual, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, revolution, anti war, robbery, political unrest, trial, police brutality, journalist, judge, german, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1976, year 1970 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, hamburg germany, bolivia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 7.5
 200K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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, politics, secret agents, murder, vengeance, assassination, jewish, revenge, morality, justice, mossad ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.4
 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, rough, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, civil rights movement, life is a bitch, state affairs, media, liberal, war correspondent, dictatorship, war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ 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, suspenseful, tense, captivating, intense ...
Plot: lookalikes, betrayal, hidden identity, impostor, double life, power relations, mistress, dishonesty, right hand man, dictatorship, manipulation, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: middle east, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, terrorism, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, discrimination, injustice, blacks and whites ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 309K
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, disturbing, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: hitler, nazism, confined, adolf hitler, suicide, third reich, war, paranoia, war crime, traitor, birthday, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, frankfurt germany, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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: clever, tense, psychological, sincere, talky ...
Plot: journalism, president, reporter, politics, tv show, loneliness, scandal, power struggle, lie, uncover truth, mind game, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974, year 1977
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, sydney australia, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 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 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, intense, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, friends, head of state, political intrigue, world politics, unlikely friendships, greed, relationships, honest, manipulation, corruption, media sensation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, europe, england, london, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, black magic, raid, dead man, army, cruelty, dead woman on bed, terror, murder victim, victim, hysteria ...
Place: uganda, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, double agent, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, idealism, intrigue, patriotism ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.7
 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: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: tunnel, politics, betrayal, political unrest, heroes, danger, daring rescue, freedom, wartime, cold war, berlin wall, escape ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, east germany, europe, east berlin, german democratic republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, vietnam war, photographer, war, friendship, life is a bitch, human spirit, rebelliousness, wartime life, against humanity, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 43K
The Colony (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Luxembourg, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
Style: psychological, touching, suspense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: military dictatorship, torture chamber, violence against women, cult, kidnapping, religious fanatic, political unrest, torture, discipline, escape, genocide, revolution ...
Time: year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, germany, new jersey
⇓ 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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, terrorism, brazilian, freedom, hostages, confined, crimes, danger, state affairs, heroes, media ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1967, year 1969 ...
Place: brazil, algeria, sao paulo brazil, mexico city, portugal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.7
 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, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: sexual initiation, politics, friendship, childhood, poverty, coming of age, dictatorship, bully, teacher, demonstration, classmate, historical event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: captivating, serious, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, ira, civil war, fight, treason, secret service, war, political unrest, state affairs, leadership, irish ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.8
 53K
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, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, cia, kidnapping, government agency, state affairs, undercover, senator, police brutality, war on terror, surveillance, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, cape town south africa, washington d.c. ...
⇓ 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, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, injustice, lawyer, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, racial slur, prison life, muslim, smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, obsession, depression, hypocrisy, suicide, robbery, hijacking, revenge, airport, airplane, head of state, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, emotional, rough, sad, bleak ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, survivor, priest, teacher, survival, human spirit, against the odds, fighting the system, moral dilemma, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, cover up, white house, political conspiracy, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 3K
Salvador (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The story of Salvador Puig Antich, one of the last political prisoners to be executed under Franco's Fascist State in 1974.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: anarchist, against humanity, legal investigation, legal, missing person, politics, rebellion, state affairs, crime, revolution, robbery, political unrest ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Death and the Maiden (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
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, touching, rough ...
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, barcelona, south america, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, society, legal, interracial relations, crimes, injustice, rebellion, discrimination, lawyer, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ 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, political unrest, vietnam war ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: california, los angeles, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, politics, police detective, dance school, danger, crimes, political unrest, fighting crime, corruption, terrorism, ballet, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, spain, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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