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Salvador (1986)
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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: realistic, tense, rough, serious, captivating, thought provoking, bleak, clever, suspenseful, biting ...
Plot: journalism, civil war, politics, war, photojournalist, war correspondent, dictatorship, dictator, civil rights movement, journalist, crimes, media, society, state affairs, deadly, life is a bitch, death, murder, whistleblower, administration, liberal, blood, ends with biographical notes, confession booth, murder of sister ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and dramatic films with plots about politics, murder, corruption, journalism, state affairs, political and brutality mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres. Some movies like Salvador: Under Fire (1983), The Killing Fields (1984), The Hunting Party (2007), Lions for Lambs (2007), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, journalism, war, idealism, photojournalist, politics, wife husband relationship, rebelliousness, anti war, political unrest, battles, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
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95%
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, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, embassy, civil war, war, escape attempt, post war, communism, friendship, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, talky, cynical ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, hotel, danger, war, friendship, civil war, war crime, tunnel, muslim, reward ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia herzegovina, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, psychological, reflective ...
Plot: war, politics, conservative, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, republican, manipulation, behind enemy lines, helicopter, teachers and students, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, iran, california, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, journalist, orphanage, war, anti war, danger, media, rebellion, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, sarajevo, bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There, on the eve of an attempted coup, he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people and ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: journalism, embassy, politics, romance, revolution, dwarf, civil war, love affair, falling in love, political unrest, media, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1965
Place: indonesia, asia, australia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, president, journalist, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, captivating, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: execution, kidnapping, friendship, journalism, politics, murder, investigation, loss of spouse, death, fbi, faith, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: pakistan, middle east, israel, manhattan new york city, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 1972, Milano. We are just a few days before the general elections. The daughter of a well-known professor is found dead. Mr Bizanti editor in chief of newspaper "Il Giornale", in agreement with its owner Mr. Montelli, decides to charge of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, politics, murder, manipulations, college, mystery, false accusation, political unrest, media, rebellion, society, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Innocent Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, war, innocence lost, village, politics, human spirit, childhood, coming of age, parents and children, freedom, political unrest, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ 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: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: genocide, civil war, violence, school, politics, sexual abuse, priest, survivor, teacher, tragic hero, human spirit, vandalism ...
Time: 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Eleni (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: civil war, village, revolution, war, journalism, uncover truth, self discovery, haunted by the past, political unrest, fighting the system, against humanity, media ...
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, drug dealing, investigation, drugs/alcohol, government agency, uncover truth, life turned upside down, conspiracy, crimes, politics, dishonesty, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Absence of Malice (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: clever, serious, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, murder, newspaper reporter, media, investigation, politics, courtroom drama, legal action, prosecutor, labor union, false accusation, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, lebanese, journalism, war, political unrest, battle zone, wartime life, media, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: middle east, lebanon, cairo egypt, berlin germany, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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JFK (1991)
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, disturbing, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, cia, conspiracy, government, kennedy assassination, death, political corruption, gay slur, district attorney ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., cuba, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.2
 20K
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: assassination, military, politics, courtroom drama, political corruption, rally, police, government, cia, journalism, photojournalist, liberal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.7
 22K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, politics, irish, gory, fighting the system, urban, human spirit, political unrest, injustice, life is a bitch, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Complicity (2000)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Local journalist, Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have some motives. His brutal murders are also committed on behalf of the underdog. The stories begin to merge ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: journalism, serial killer, murder, protagonist as suspect, gory, investigation, police investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, frame up, political corruption, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Infiltrator (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The Infiltrator is an American film about an Israeli freelance journalist who travels to Germany circa the early 1990's and uncovers a story about a dangerously pervasive underground Neo-Nazi faction, who are intent to bring Nazism back to the ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, racism, undercover, uncover truth, genocide, working undercover, campaign, against humanity, media, society, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, USA, Vietnam, Australia, France, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged ...
Style: realistic, serious, biting, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: cia, politics, love triangle, betrayal, anti war, journalist, murder, military, journalism, terrorism, war, communism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, hong kong, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, atrocity, mercenary, civil war, redemption, soldier, genocide, serbian, rape, pregnancy, terrorism, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Balibo Conspiracy (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta to tell the ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, war correspondent, mass murder, uncover truth, mystery, political unrest, media, state affairs, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Hidden Agenda (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: politics, parade, terrorism, torture, investigation, folk, dedicated lawyer, assassination, cover-up, uncover truth, political corruption, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Lumumba (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Germany, Haiti
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: assassination, betrayal, intrigue, political corruption, defamation, scapegoat, dehumanization, political unrest, injustice, ambition, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: congo, africa, brussels belgium, belgium, latin america ...
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30%
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Glorious 39 (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: radio, betrayal, uncover truth, adoption, life turned upside down, countryside, dishonesty, war, life is a bitch, captivity, missing person, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1939
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This fil chronicles the transformation ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, tragic ending, christian film ...
Plot: church, murder, bishop, priest, fighting the system, politics, clergy, crimes, catholicism, society, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, brazilian, terrorism, freedom, missing person, assassination, ambassador, confined, crimes, danger, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968, year 1967 ...
Place: brazil, algeria, sao paulo brazil, portugal, lisbon portugal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, racism, journalist, apartheid, civil rights, police brutality, politics, interracial relations, male friendship, journalism, discrimination, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.0
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No Man's Land (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Belgium, UK, Slovenia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two soldiers from opposite sites get stuck between the front lines in the same trench. The UN is asked to free them and both sides agree on a ceasefire, but will they stick to it?
Style: clever, dark humor, realistic, bleak, semi serious ...
Plot: soldier, politics, recruit, survival, anti war, war, media, french, bomb, enemy, culture clash, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993
Place: bosnia, serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia herzegovina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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