Movies and TV shows like House of Cards

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House of Cards (2013)
 8.8
 437K
House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
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, captivating, cynical, tense, clever, witty, talky, dark humor, biting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manipulations, politics, political intrigue, state affairs, political corruption, lobbyist, blind ambition, intrigue, white house, dishonesty, power relations, couple relations, blackmail, media, drugs/alcohol, sexual activity, postmodernism, gossip and rumors, u.s. congress, journalist, politician, journalism, deception, corruption, manipulation ...
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 talky films and TV series with plots about politics, state affairs, ambition, dishonesty, workplace situations, politician and ambitious mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like House of Cards: Boss (2011), Ray Donovan (2013), Billions (2016), The Fortress (2010), Madam Secretary (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
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Boss (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
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, clever, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, mayor, career, ambition, boss, mental illness, dementia, morality, power struggle, election, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 8.3
 69K
Ray Donovan (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, tense, captivating, clever, realistic ...
Plot: power relations, crimes, blackmail, identity crisis, intrigue, hollywood, businessman, family problems, teamwork, family secret, millionaire, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 13K
House of Cards (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 226 min.
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, clever, serious ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, journalist, reporter, power struggle, intrigue, deception, state affairs, manipulations, dishonesty, conservative, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 58K
Billions (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, thought provoking, twists and turns, suspense, entertaining
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: money, stock exchange, rivalry, investor, corruption, dialogue, businessman, ambition, wall street, husband wife relationship, friendship, wealth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.5
 15K
The Fortress (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 58 min.
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: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, talky ...
Plot: politics, politician, marriage, leader, media coverage, journalist, ambition, power struggle, family life, state affairs, election, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen denmark, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Madam Secretary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, chief of staff, relationship vs career, secretary of state, politician, workplace situations, u.s. president, workplace, state affairs, workplace intrigue, power relations, diplomacy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 57K
The West Wing (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, politician, election, white house, teamwork, government official, liberal, democrat, workplace situations, head of state, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 64K
Scandal (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, bleak ...
Plot: lawyer, white house, workplace situations, secret, media, relationship vs career, president, senator, politics, ambition, coworker, teamwork ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: talky, tense, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, election, campaign, loyalty, intern, presidential campaign, political corruption, morality, power struggle, state affairs, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 185K
Mad Men (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
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, serious, captivating, stylized, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family problems, womanizer, workplace, advertising, career, ambition, advertising agency, sexism, office, urban, americana, cigarette smoking ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.9
 46K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
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: captivating, clever, serious, epic, realistic ...
Plot: historical character, siblings relations, brother sister incest, intrigue, clergy, priest, lust, sin, manipulations, strong sexual content, ambition, desire ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, florence, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 75K
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, realistic, cynical, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: political corruption, political conspiracy, presidential election, election, senator, cia, election campaign, politics, war, journalism, cons and scams, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: albania, washington d.c., usa, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Political Animals (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 360 min.
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, divorce, reporter, white house, family relations, private vs public, state affairs, parents and children, government official, media, female politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.8
 12K
UnREAL (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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, twists and turns, captivating, biting, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: media, media satire, showbiz, dishonesty, manipulations, artists and showbiz, workplace intrigue, tv show, workplace situations, eligible bachelor, reality tv, desire for fame ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 97K
The Newsroom (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: biting, realistic, stylized, witty, cynical ...
Plot: journalist, politics, news, media, journalism, ethics, tv news, intelligence, congress, confrontation, democrat, boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: serious, realistic, clever, cynical, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, society, state affairs, manipulations, campaign, political intrigue, fighting the system, dishonesty, journalism, media, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
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: serious, clever, talky, captivating, tense ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, politician, couple relations, family relations, couples, dishonesty, political intrigue, ambition, blind ambition, manipulations, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Commander in Chief (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: clever, serious, talky, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: politics, white house, head of state, president, female politician, responsibility, government official, chief of staff, untimely death, rivalry, staff, sexism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 603
Spin (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
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: realistic, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: media, ambition, politics, workplace, campaign, political intrigue, head of state, workplace situations, state affairs, rise to the top, blind ambition, rivalry
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 5K
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 ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, college, friendship, betrayal, political intrigue, society, manipulations, campaign, dishonesty, legal action, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 51K
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Hotshot plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy experience full-blown midlife crises as they confront career, family and romance problems.
Style: realistic, stylized, disturbing, serious, witty ...
Plot: womanizer, physical appearance, family problems, friendship, therapy, clinic, ethics, doctor, doctors and patients, family relations, jealousy, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 246
K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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, serious, biting, realistic, talky ...
Plot: lobbyist, politics, dishonesty, workplace situations, state affairs, workplace intrigue, rivalry, realism, office, ambition, society, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 11K
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, serious, captivating, factual, intense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, election, presidential election, democrat, republican, campaign, political corruption, americana, state affairs, dishonesty, media ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, florida, texas, washington d.c., new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, cynical ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, state affairs, relationship vs career, fighting the system, dishonesty, love affair, workplace situations, moral dilemma, congress, couple relations, legal ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 2K
The Minister (2011)
Genre: Comedy, 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: psychological, serious, clever, captivating, tense ...
Plot: workplace, politics, rivalry, power relations, state affairs, workplace situations, boss and employee, disagreement, chief of staff, political intrigue, erotic dream, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 23K
House of Lies (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals. In the board rooms, barrooms, ...
Style: cynical, clever, realistic, talky, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, casual sex, power relations, workplace situations, ambitious, dishonesty, drugs/alcohol, powerful corporation, workplace, coworker relationship, hotshot hero, deal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 57 min.
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: realistic, tense, twists and turns, serious, suspense ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political thriller, political corruption, state affairs, crimes, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
To Play the King (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
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: captivating, cynical, witty, tense, serious ...
Plot: royal family, cons and scams, throne, society, cards, survival, priest, dishonesty, political intrigue, head of state, political corruption, conservative ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.5
 334K
Suits (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: captivating, witty, stylized, talky, serious ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, family outing
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, prodigy, law firm, success, mentor, legal, boss and employee, rivalry, deal, blackmail, rivals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 9K
The Hour (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.
Style: realistic, tense, stylized, serious, atmospheric
Plot: reporter, workplace romance, boss, politics, journalist, politician, workplace situations, state affairs, unfulfilled love, crimes, ambition, network ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%