Movies like The Manchurian Candidate 1962

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
 7.9
 71K
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, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking, captivating, surreal, twists and turns, suspense, clever, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, political thriller, cold war, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, suicide, senator, strangulation, communism, political intrigue, state affairs, pow, haunted by the past, dishonesty, mind control, behavior control, manipulation, regret, army investigation, corruption, sniper ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, korea, usa, alaska, soviet union, china, north korea ...

Most similar movies to The Manchurian Candidate

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about politics, conspiracy, murder, dishonesty, greed, secrets and twists & turns mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Manchurian Candidate: Seven Days in May (1964), The Parallax View (1974), The China Syndrome (1979), Advise & Consent (1962), The Ides of March (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: political thriller, political conspiracy, gulf war, conspiracy, sniper, brainwashing, senator, mind control, hypnosis, assassination, state affairs, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ 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: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, secret service, revolution, white house, betrayal, terrorism, espionage, military ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
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%
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, court martial, cynicism, iron curtain, grocer, whiskey, library, alcoholic ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: thought provoking, realistic, clever, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: senator, politics, secretary of state, politician, secret past, poker game, blackmail, paperboy, senate, legal investigation, courtroom drama, idealism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
43%
 6.2
 20K
City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, conspiracy, police, mayor, crimes, uncover truth, society, corruption, murder, mafia, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 23K
The Contender (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Political thriller about Laine Hanson's nomination and confirmation as Vice President. An allegation that she was involved in a sexual orgy at the age of 19 is leaked to the press. As pressure mounts on Laine, she's torn between fighting ...
Style: thought provoking, clever, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: politics, sexism, vice president, idealism, political intrigue, election, state affairs, campaign, society, dishonesty, sex scandal, head of state ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa, ohio, virginia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 139K
State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: political conspiracy, murder, politics, gunfight, journalism, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, assassin, politician, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 82K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, neo noir, terrorist, paranoia, professor, conspiracy, fbi, uncover truth, bomb, danger, murder, mysterious character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, washington d.c., west virginia, kansas, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 51K
Absolute Power (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder in which the President of The United States is involved occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run yet may hold evidence that could convict the President. A political thriller ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: secret service, political corruption, family relations, crimes, assassination, crime, state affairs, witnessing a crime, uncover truth, deadly, dishonesty, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 17K
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, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, government agency, undercover, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 25K
Torn Curtain (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, iron curtain, politics, political intrigue, working undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, secret agents, double agent, couple relations, museum ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, copenhagen ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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 ⇓
38%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, crime, murder, political corruption, politics, fighting the system, crimes, supreme court, woman in danger, professor, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.7
 40K
The Tenant (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, offbeat, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, conspiracy, suicide, ghost, satire, tenant, mental illness, supernatural, mystery, identity, haunted by the past, profanity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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All the King's Men (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of an idealist's rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall. Based on the1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Robert Penn Warren.
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, intense ...
Plot: politics, manipulation, blackmail, mistress, political corruption, ambition, journalist, fighting the system, scandal, governor, rise to the top, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 50s, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
 29K
Murder at 1600 (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: secret service, investigation, murder, politics, political thriller, conspiracy, crimes, crime, white house, state affairs, deadly, love affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa, asia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.9
 430
Days of Terror (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the midst of a personal crisis, junior senator Maggie Davidson (Holly) ascertains that she's the subject of a terrorist plot.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: save the day, political conspiracy, politics, danger, crimes, undercover, terrorism, dishonesty, rivalry, state affairs, murder, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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 ⇓
35%
 6.8
 54K
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, cia, kidnapping, terrorist, war on terror, state affairs, government agency, undercover, introspection, senator, police brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, chicago illinois, washington d.c., usa, cape town south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The General's Daughter (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: army investigation, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, military life, fighting the system, father daughter relationship, politics, u.s. army, mystery, military, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 54K
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: suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, tense ...
Plot: cold war, president, politics, nuclear threat, military, un, leadership, undercover, political intrigue, state affairs, rivalry, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
 1K
06/05 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A fictional version of the events that led to the assassination of the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn on May 6, 2002. The movie is based upon the book "The sixth of May" by Tomas Ross.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, political conspiracy, uncover truth, state affairs, deadly, life is a bitch, dishonesty, assassination, fighting the system, politics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 11K
Peacock (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man with a split personality fools his small town into believing his two alter egos are man and wife, although a struggling young mother holds the key to his past and sparks a battle between the personalities.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: split personality, small town, mental illness, faked death, mystery, small town life, social relations, catastrophe, mayor, husband wife relationship, railroad crossing, schizophrenia ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: usa, nebraska, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.3
 202
Quicksand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Randi Stewart is a sergeant on a marine base where her father is the commanding officer. She is being treated by the new base psychiatrist, Bill Turner. Her brother, Gordon Stewart is running for political office. General Stewart is murdered and ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: army investigation, murder, psychiatrist, military life, dangerous attraction, uncover truth, dishonesty, power relations, politics, deadly, state affairs, femme fatale ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 236K
A Few Good Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.
Style: tense, twists and turns, realistic, serious, earnest ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, army investigation, navy, u.s. navy, marines, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, trial, suicide, military, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.3
 24K
Z (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, assassination, military, cia, politics, political corruption, protest, liberal, photojournalist, police, government, courtroom drama ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%