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The Pentagon Papers
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. The documents in question would eventually become famous as the Pentagon Papers, which revealed the true reasons for U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
Style: captivating, serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, sincere
Plot: vietnam war, head of state, uncover truth, war, idealism, anti war, political conspiracy, politics, political corruption, campaign, fighting the system, dishonesty, military, rebellion, society, state affairs, soldier, introspection, workplace situations, heroes, life is a bitch, whistleblower
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and captivating films with plots about state affairs, society, politics, fighting the system, rebellion, heroes and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like The Pentagon Papers: Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), JFK (1991), DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003), Daniel (1983), Truman (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Twilight's Last Gleaming
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: asia, montana, usa, vietnam
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JFK
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: serious, factual, disturbing, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: president, conspiracy, investigation, assassination, obsession, politics, assassin, courtroom, corruption, murder, paranoia, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, vietnam, cuba, washington d.c.
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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts. Scheduled to air shortly before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, DC 9/11 takes an inside look at the Bush Administration, beginning with the ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: leadership, terrorism, hijacking, politics, americana, danger, society, state affairs, government agency, head of state, political conspiracy, confined ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   76%
    User:   89%
 
 6.7
 973
Daniel
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s. As a graduate student in New York in the 1960s, Daniel is involved in the antiwar protest movement and contrasts his ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, psychological
Plot: government agency, betrayal, dealing with death, vietnam war, espionage, uncover truth, idealism, courtroom drama, false accusation, political corruption, racism, injustice ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york
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System:   76%
    User:   65%
 
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Truman
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, political drama
Plot: head of state, soldier, rise and fall, human spirit, idealism, political corruption, presidential election, political unrest, politics, injustice, campaign, fighting the system ...
Time: 1950s
Place: asia, missouri, usa, japan
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Journey from the Fall
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: immigrants, soldier, war, vietnam war, tragic hero, survival, human nature, human spirit, parents and children, anti war, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
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The Iron Triangle
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, idealism, village, interracial relations, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, military ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   66%
 
All the President's Men
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: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: journalism, politics, investigation, political corruption, president, conspiracy, corruption, paranoia, newspaper, political, storytelling, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
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System:   66%
    User:   68%
 
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MacArthur
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, dramatic ...
Plot: war, military, island, politics, president, soldier, wartime, death, weapons, daring rescue, mentor, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: japan, australia, asia, korea, the philippines ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   60%
 
 7.0
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The Outsider
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson), an American Vietnam veteran of Irish descent, returns to Belfast to join the cause of his grandfather, Seamus (Sterling Hayden). Soon he finds that he is not as welcomed in his home country as he imagined he would ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: tragic hero, manipulations, war, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, terrorism, idealism, innocence lost, political unrest, fish out of water, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, england, ireland, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   57%
 
The Missiles of October
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: government agency, head of state, leadership, war, race against time, save the day, danger, cold war, rivalry, state affairs, politics, ego clash ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: cuba, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   56%
 
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Recount
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, factual ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, court, fighting the system, political, head of state, corruption, justice, president, manipulation, idealism, world politics ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, texas, new jersey, florida, california ...
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    User:   58%
 
The Ugly American
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing
Plot: soldier, idealism, culture clash, political unrest, injustice, fighting the system, rebellion, politics, military, revolution, society, state affairs ...
Time: 1950s
Place: asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   53%
 
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Hanussen
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: uncover truth, idealism, moral dilemma, war, rebelliousness, nazism, clairvoyant, theater, assassination, clairvoyance, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   54%
 
The Fourth War
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Cold War drama about two gung-ho border commanders (Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow) who carry out their own private war against each other on the German - Czechoslovakia border.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, anti war, military life, military, war, state affairs, political intrigue, cold war, border, wartime life, battles, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, vietnam, germany, czechoslovakia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   53%
 
 5.3
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Confess
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: political thriller that charts the exploits of disillusioned ex-hacker Terell Lessor. A return to New York, coupled with a humiliating attempt at getting a new job, serves as the catalyst for him to take action against those who slighted him in the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, surprise ending ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, fighting the system, vengeance, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, campaign, dishonesty, terrorism, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   47%
 
 7.4
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Nuremberg
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Justice Robert H. Jackson leads Allied prosecutors in trying 21 Germans for Nazi war crimes after World War II.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, courtroom, leadership, anti semitism, uncover truth, holocaust, courtroom drama, racism, against humanity, war crime, fighting the system, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: england, europe, france, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   63%
 
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Able Danger
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tom Flynn, the idealist owner of a left-leaning radical café/bookstore and the quixotic publisher of a hard hitting 911 conspiracy expose, finds himself entangled with a mysterious Eastern European beauty, Kasia, who is on the run from strong hand ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: government agency, assassination, neo noir, cafe, fighting the system, investigation, politics, race against time, terrorism, uncover truth, political conspiracy, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   67%
 
Executive Action
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, government agency, head of state, uncover truth, political conspiracy, assassin, sniper, cia, chases and races, crimes, politics, deadly ...
Time: year 1963
Place: dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   60%
 
Seven Days in May
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, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, cold war, secret service, military, terrorism, betrayal, nuclear, president, white house, fighting the system, political ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: russia, latin america, california, pentagon, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   60%
 
Billy Jack Goes to Washington
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: After a senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining senator and the state governor must decide on a person who will play along with their shady deals and not cause any ...
Style: talky, serious, clever, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, corruption, criminal heroes, death, murder, fighting the system, camp, idealism, weapons, americana, family, mentor ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   66%
 
The Chaos Factor
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An American army intelligence officer discovers corruption and murder by American soldiers in Vietnam.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, government agency, secret agents, soldier, espionage, investigation, fighting the system, war, race against time, terrorism, vengeance, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, cambodia, china, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   54%
 
The Hanoi Hilton
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, prison, rebelliousness, anti war, captivity, military life, political unrest, prison life, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   52%
 
Advise & Consent
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: realistic, clever, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, idealism, journalism, political corruption, fighting the system, political, president, world politics, dedicated lawyer, senator, secrets, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, washington d.c., manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   62%
 
The Empty Mirror
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Adolf Hitler faces himself and must come to terms with his infamous career in an imaginary post-war subterranean bunker where he reviews historical films, dictates his memoirs and encounters Eva Braun, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Göring and Sigmund ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, surreal, sincere ...
Plot: head of state, downfall, leadership, war, idealism, obsession, introspection, anti semitism, genocide, holocaust, wartime life, campaign ...
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   46%
 
The Enemy Within
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: fighting the system, politics, government agency, special agents, army investigation, betrayal, conspiracy, manhunt, terrorism, uncover truth, political conspiracy, political corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   55%
 
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The Deal
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A political thriller steeped in illegal oil trading, the Russian Mafia, and governmental cover-ups.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: dedicated lawyer, wall street, legal action, legal investigation, corporate crimes, political conspiracy, politics, political corruption, kickboxing, limousine, airplane, newspaper headline ...
Time: future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   61%
 
Massacre in Rome
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: clergy, soldier, war, survival, church, anti semitism, urban, anti war, genocide, partisan, nazi occupation, ss ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   49%
 
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Word of Honor
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Prompted by a just-published book that holds ex-lieutenant Ben Tyson accountable for a hushed-up massacre committed by his platoon in a Hue hospital 18 years before, the army recalls Tyson to stand trial for murder. Tyson, confronted by an army ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, dedicated lawyer, crime, protagonist as suspect, soldier, hospital, army investigation, courtroom, legal investigation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
 6.5
 500
April Morning
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A teenager grows up during the onset of the American revolution.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: war, battles, politics, military, battle zone, state affairs, revolution, wooing, coming of age, americana, heroes, hopes ...
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
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