Movies and TV shows like House of Cards

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House of Cards (2013)
 8.7
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House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex and corruption in modern D.C. House of Cards is an adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries of the same name, which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.
Style: serious, witty, cynical, captivating, tense, clever, talky, dark humor, biting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, manipulations, manipulation, political intrigue, state affairs, lobbyist, political corruption, intrigue, blind ambition, media, white house, dishonesty, power relations, couple relations, blackmail, drugs/alcohol, postmodernism, gossip and rumors, photographer, u.s. congress, journalist, politician, journalism, deception, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building

Most similar movies to House of Cards

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, clever and captivating films and TV series with plots about politics, state affairs, ambition, dishonesty, politician, society and political intrigue mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like House of Cards: Billions (2016), The Ides of March (2011), The Fortress (2010), Scandal (2012), Boss (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Billions (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod are on an explosive collision course, with each using ...
Style: captivating, twists and turns, thought provoking, suspense, entertaining
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: money, stock exchange, rivalry, corruption, investor, businessman, ambition, dialogue, friendship, wall street, family relations, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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House of Cards (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 226 min.
TV show
Story: Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime ...
Style: tense, witty, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, journalist, reporter, state affairs, deception, power struggle, manipulation, dishonesty, intrigue, manipulations, young woman ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
 8.5
 20K
The Fortress (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Borgen is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage. The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, realistic, clever ...
Plot: politics, leader, politician, marriage, media coverage, journalist, power struggle, state affairs, ambition, family life, journalism, head of state ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen denmark, greenland, copenhagen ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 67K
Scandal (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for ...
Style: serious, stylized, clever, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: workplace situations, lawyer, president, white house, political thriller, politician, teamwork, media, relationship vs career, democrat, senator, politics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 17K
Boss (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
TV show
Story: Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder.
Style: rough, serious, captivating, clever, realistic ...
Plot: politics, mayor, political intrigue, career, ambition, boss, mental illness, dementia, life is a bitch, dishonesty, power struggle, ambitious ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 8.3
 77K
Ray Donovan (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: serious, clever, tense, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: power relations, crimes, hollywood, identity crisis, family relations, intrigue, family secret, family problems, blackmail, teamwork, fbi, businessman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.9
 48K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: clever, captivating, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, siblings relations, lust, intrigue, brother sister incest, sex scene, rivalry, clergy, manipulations, sin, greed, strong sexual content ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.8
 65K
The West Wing (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: politics, white house, political intrigue, politician, election, teamwork, democrat, liberal, government official, workplace situations, workplace, head of state ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, cynical, clever, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, manipulation, society, fighting the system, state affairs, manipulations, campaign, political intrigue, ambition, legal, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 208K
Mad Men (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, located nearby in the Time-Life Building, at 1271 ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, stylized, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace, family problems, womanizer, advertising agency, boss and employee, cigarette smoking, advertising, boss, ambition, career, workplace intrigue, americana ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
To Play the King (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
TV show
Story: Francis Urquhart, unscrupulous but cunning Conservative politician, managed to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition. But his survival on the top is threatened by a liberal monarch and some skeletons in the closet.
Style: suspenseful, witty, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: cons and scams, royal family, society, heroes, state affairs, head of state, dishonesty, satire, politics, rise to the top, ambition, political intrigue ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Madam Secretary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Former CIA agent Elizabeth Faulkner McCord is suddenly thrust into the position of US Secretary of State where she must quickly learn to drive international diplomacy, wrangle office politics and balance a complex family life.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: politics, chief of staff, u.s. president, relationship vs career, workplace intrigue, politician, secretary of state, workplace situations, president, female protagonist, power relations, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
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The Minister (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully. He has no choice but to go to the scene of the accident. Thus begins the odyssey of a politician in a world ...
Style: tense, sincere, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, workplace, workplace situations, political intrigue, boss and employee, disagreement, state affairs, prime minister, politician, rivalry, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 79K
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, satire, presidential election, cia, political corruption, election, senator, election campaign, politics, journalism, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: albania, washington d.c., usa, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Political Animals (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Story: Political Animals is a six-part miniseries. Elaine Barrish's husband Bud was a popular President of the United States during the 1990s despite his extramarital affairs. After leaving the White House, Elaine Barrish was elected Governor of ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: politics, president, family relations, reporter, divorce, white house, private vs public, state affairs, media, parents and children, government official, female politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Aiden Hoynes is a senior cabinet minister who has always put his career before family, with the support of Freya, his devoted wife and mother to their two young children. But when Freya's own political career takes off and threatens to ...
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, relationship vs career, political intrigue, ambition, family, couples, blind ambition, state affairs, husband wife relationship, career woman, politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
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Spin (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: The President of the French Republic, visiting Saint-Etienne in the Loire, in a striking plant dies, victim of a bomb attack. The political world is agitated: early presidential elections to be held within the next thirty-five days. There is no ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, rivalry, campaign, political intrigue, head of state, workplace situations, media, ambition, rise to the top, blind ambition, state affairs, workplace
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.4
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K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: K Street is a 2003 HBO television series about lobbyists and politicians in Washington, D.C. It was named for a street that is home to many lobbying and legal firms.
Style: clever, cynical, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: lobbyist, politics, realism, campaign, rivalry, dishonesty, workplace, ambition, state affairs, workplace intrigue, political satire, fictional reality show ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.5
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Suits (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City's best legal closers, Harvey Specter. Tired of cookie-cutter law school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by ...
Style: witty, captivating, talky, serious, stylized ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, family outing
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, law firm, mentor, prodigy, ambitious, success, mastermind, deal, workplace situations, ambition, rivals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
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True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, rivalry, manipulations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.8
 13K
UnREAL (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Set against the backdrop of a hit dating competition show, "UnREAL" is led by Rachel, a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, twists and turns, captivating, biting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: showbiz, media, manipulation, dishonesty, media satire, reality, ambition, manipulations, artists and showbiz, workplace intrigue, eligible bachelor, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 12K
Recount (2008)
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, captivating, serious, factual, intense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, election, presidential election, democrat, campaign, republican, political corruption, dishonesty, state affairs, americana, media ...
Time: 21st century, year 2000
Place: usa, florida, texas, washington d.c., new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, state affairs, dishonesty, fighting the system, relationship vs career, workplace, legal, congress, moral dilemma, infidelity, couple relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.6
 105K
The Newsroom (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: A behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor, his new executive producer, the newsroom staff and their boss, the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of ...
Style: realistic, sincere, clever, serious, semi serious ...
Plot: journalist, politics, news, journalism, intelligence, tv news, ethics, against the rules, workplace, rebellion, ambitious, power of media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
TV show
Story: A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Style: twists and turns, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political thriller, political corruption, manipulation, crimes, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Commander in Chief (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Commander in Chief is an American drama television series that focused on the fictional administration and family of Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States, who ascends to the post from the Vice Presidency after the death ...
Style: sincere, clever, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: white house, female politician, politics, head of state, president, rise to the top, idealism, workplace situations, government official, sexism, workplace intrigue, americana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
The Final Cut (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 206 min.
TV show
Story: Approaching his 65th birthday, Prime Minister Frances Urquhart begins to see the end of his career. Not that he has the intention of resigning anytime soon. He does however hope to establish a legacy, one for the history books and one to provide his ...
Style: witty, clever, realistic, serious, cynical ...
Plot: politics, prime minister, society, haunted by the past, cons and scams, political corruption, head of state, state affairs, golden years, ambition, dishonesty, political thriller ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
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Coalition (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Political drama about the rise of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats during the 2010 election. After the election failed to produce an outright winner, Clegg was catapulted into an unaccustomed position of influence and was the recipient of ...
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, campaign, state affairs, political intrigue, rivalry, rise to the top, ambition, election, parliament, politician, society, telephone conversation ...
Time: 21st century, year 2010, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 7K
Dirt (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dirt is an American television serial broadcast on the FX network. It premiered on January 2, 2007 and starred Courteney Cox as Lucy Spiller, the editor-in-chief of the first-of-its-kind "glossy tabloid" magazine DirtNow, which was ...
Style: serious, realistic, dark humor, sincere, exciting ...
Plot: journalism, photographer, paparazzi, hollywood, magazine, media, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, attempted murder, media satire, showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%