Movies like Primary Colors

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Primary Colors (1998)
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Primary Colors (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton. Burton is pulled into the politician's colorful world and looks on as Stanton -- who has a wandering eye that could be his downfall -- contends with his ambitious wife, Susan, and an outspoken adviser, Richard Jemmons.
Style: thought provoking, semi serious, cynical, humorous, realistic, intense, talky, witty, clever, suspense ...
Plot: politics, scandal, presidential election, media, extramarital affair, head of state, usa president, couple relations, rise to the top, state affairs, supportive spouse, satire, adultery, presidential candidate, white house, family relations, love and romance, ambition, infidelity, campaign, couples, dishonesty, debate, media satire, president ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new hampshire, california, new york

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Most similar movies to Primary Colors

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, clever and suspense films with plots about satire, politics, society, corruption, media, dishonesty and state affairs mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Primary Colors: Wag the Dog (1997), The Candidate (1972), Bob Roberts (1992), Running Mates (2000), Man of the Year (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Wag the Dog (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During the final weeks of a presidential race, the President is accused of sexual misconduct. To distract the public until the election, the President's adviser hires a Hollywood producer to help him stage a fake war.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, satire, presidential election, cia, political corruption, election, election campaign, senator, journalism, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: albania, washington d.c., usa, latin america, iraq ...
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100%
 7.0
 10K
The Candidate (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
Style: witty, thought provoking, realistic, cynical, talky ...
Plot: politics, campaign, election, idealism, rise to the top, americana, republican, liberal, democrat, state affairs, satire, u.s. senator ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, san diego california, latin america
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48%
 7.0
 15K
Bob Roberts (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the ...
Style: witty, cynical, humorous, political comedy, talky ...
Plot: political satire, republican, election campaign, politics, assassination attempt, political campaign, senator, conservative, manipulation, journalism, society, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, nicaragua
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.7
 633
Running Mates (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A governor running for President gets revealed to be a serial philanderer.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, suspense, biting ...
Plot: campaign, politics, fighting the system, ambition, lifestyle, rise to the top, democrat, political intrigue, love affair, workplace, head of state, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, michigan, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Man of the Year (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The irreverent host of a political satire talk show decides to run for president and expose corruption in Washington. His stunt goes further than he expects when he actually wins the election, but a software engineer suspects that a computer glitch ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, campaign, media, state affairs, head of state, couples, against the odds, love and romance, comedian, satire, conspiracy theory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.5
 20K
Head of State (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, the Democratic party unexpectedly picks a Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam (Rock) as his replacement .
Style: humorous, realistic, witty, semi serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: presidential election, election campaign, politics, state affairs, ambition, fish out of water, republican, head of state, satire, white house, usa president, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., nashville tennessee, chicago illinois
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37%
Spinning Boris (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Russian political elite hires American consultants to help with President Yeltsin's re-election campaign when his approval rating is down to single digits.
Style: clever, realistic, talky, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: politics, ambition, head of state, leadership, rise to the top, idealism, political unrest, political intrigue, political conspiracy, culture clash, campaign, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996, 1990s, 90s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: TV MX, the most powerful Mexican Television Corporation, discloses a scandalous story involving Governor Carmelo Vargas in serious crimes and illicit business. Governor Vargas worried about his political future, decides to clean his image and ...
Style: cynical, humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: manipulation, media, political intrigue, media satire, political corruption, manipulations, journalism, state affairs, dishonesty, campaign, corrupt politician, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis", which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.
Style: political, satirical, tricky, clever, harsh ...
Audience: kids
Plot: political campaign, presidential campaign, rivals, presidential candidate, politician, election, humiliation, debate, sabotage, conspiracy, world politics, idealism ...
Time: year 2002
Place: bolivia, south america, california, latin america, new orleans ...
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100%
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Bulworth (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
Style: witty, humorous, thought provoking, satirical, clever ...
Plot: politics, liberal, hip hop, political satire, political corruption, senator, interracial romance, insurance, americana, romance, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, beverly hills, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.1
 18K
Swing Vote (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In a remarkable turn of events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.
Style: humorous, semi serious, satirical, touching, entertaining ...
Plot: politics, political campaign, presidential election, election, small town, parents and children, state affairs, single father, father daughter relationship, media, campaign, u.s. president ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 16K
Canadian Bacon (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Canadian Bacon is the only fictitious film from Director Michael Moore. This comedy is about an American president who decides to go to war to bring the public’s opinion of him up during election time. Canadian Bacon is actor John Candy’s last ...
Style: humorous, talky, semi serious, satirical, political comedy ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, white house, satire, dishonesty, political satire, cold war, farce, head of state, culture clash, state affairs, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, canada, united states, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.3
 1K
Grassroots (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Grant Cogswell, a liberal music critic decides to run for city council against a popular black incumbent and is assisted by a reporter who recently lost his job. Initially given no chance, things turn dark when Cogswell makes it into the general ...
Style: semi serious, witty, realistic, humorous, biting ...
Plot: satire, ambition, campaign, friends, unemployment, politics, against the odds, society, election campaign, political campaign, campaigning, underdog ...
Time: 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
 1K
The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: cynical, humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: satire, dark humor, society, crumbling marriage, self discovery, filmmaking, starting over, love and romance, lifestyle, rise and fall, family problems, breakup ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Late Shift (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."
Style: semi serious, humorous, talky, realistic, clever ...
Plot: rivalry, showbiz, tv show, ambition, artists and showbiz, media, contests and competitions, late night, media satire, television show, comedian, talk show host ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, year 1991, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.3
 26K
Celebrity (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one ...
Style: witty, cynical, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, celebrity culture, lifestyle, spectacle, satire, writing, film within a film, celebrity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, atlantic city new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.7
 3K
Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, cynical, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, manipulation, campaign, society, state affairs, manipulations, fighting the system, political intrigue, ambition, dishonesty, media ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 3K
The Best Man (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job.
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, rough, social realism ...
Plot: politics, election campaign, political intrigue, rise to the top, rivalry, ambition, corrupt politician, opponent, power relations, state affairs, media, head of state ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.7
 25K
Nashville (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal ...
Style: talky, biting, suspense, clever, realistic ...
Plot: satire, politics, multiple storylines, candidate, country music, music, rally, americana, social decay, showbiz, country, media satire ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, nashville tennessee, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 21K
State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: film within a film, small town, amateur theater, filmmaking, love and romance, lifestyle, americana, small town life, movie business, disorder, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, vermont, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: thought provoking, talky, cynical, witty, humorous ...
Plot: murder, mistress, adultery, professor, infidelity, blackmail, crimes, crime, loveless marriage, couple relations, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.9
 807
Tanner '88 (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 353 min.
TV show
Story: In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, cynical, biting ...
Plot: politics, election, satire, self discovery, media satire, parents and children, fish out of water, campaign, realism, disorder, network, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.0
 69K
Being There (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.
Style: witty, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, political ...
Plot: comedy of errors, politics, president, lawyer, white house, innocence, secret service, businessman, fish out of water, satire, professor, stupidity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Four very different Montreal university teachers gather at a rambling country house to prepare a dinner. Remy (married), Claude (a homosexual), Pierre (involved with a girlfriend) and Alain (a bachelor) discuss sex, the female body and their affairs ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, s&m, couple relations, battle of the sexes, love and romance, couples, dishonesty, radical, human nature, friendship, weekend, academy ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal quebec, montreal, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics and in the mini-skirted flared-trousered world of 1970 Britain starts to rise through the ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, biting, cynical ...
Plot: politics, satire, media, head of state, dishonesty, ambition, rise to the top, nudity (full frontal - brief), manipulation, media satire, political corruption, disorder ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 12K
Shampoo (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairstylist whose uncontrolled libido stands between him and his ambitions. He wants the security of a relationship. He wants to be a hairdressing "star" and open his own salon. But the fact that he beds ...
Style: sex comedy, sexy, sexual, witty, biting ...
Plot: love triangle, nudity (full frontal - brief), loan, election, hippie, womanizer, hairdresser, presidential election, satire, politics, infidelity, oldies ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968, 70s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Second Civil War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a planeload of Pakistani orphans are shipped to his state for permanent relocation, the governor of Idaho (Beau Bridges, who won an Emmy) defies the president (Phil Hartman) and closes the state's border. News Net Television, a cable news ...
Style: biting, cynical, futuristic, humorous, witty ...
Plot: journalism, politics, white house, translator, satire, terrorism, civil war, illegal immigration, militia, rebellion, misfit, immigrants ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: idaho, middle east, usa, pakistan, san antonio texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 93K
Election (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.
Style: cynical, witty, humorous, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: jealousy, teacher, satire, high school, election, party, infidelity, teachers and students, teenage life, society, lifestyle, campaign ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nebraska, new york, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.2
 1K
Knife Fight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A political strategist juggling three clients questions whether or not to take the high road as the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him.
Style: witty, realistic, cynical, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: politics, ambition, private vs public, dishonesty, campaign, americana, political intrigue, society, political corruption, satire, state affairs, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 1K
The Terrace (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Drama about the difficulties of a group of people trying to change their lives. A group of people gathers in a terrace in Rome . Some are friends, some know each other and others just meet for the first time. All are intellectual and belong to the ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, biting, talky ...
Plot: politics, couples, friends, satire, infidelity, love affair, political intrigue, artists and showbiz, society, dishonesty, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%