Movies and TV shows like State of Play 2003

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State of Play (2003)
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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: political thriller, twists and turns, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, talky, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political corruption, manipulation, crimes, state affairs, crime, manipulations, political conspiracy, media, political intrigue, politician, deception, reporter, twists & turns, husband wife relationship, moral ambiguity, investigation, underground, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, manchester

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, dishonesty, conspiracy, investigation, police investigation and corruption mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like State of Play: Secret State (2012), The Night Manager (2016), Edge of Darkness (1985), Hidden (2011), The Parallax View (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Secret State (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: A four-part conspiracy theory drama inspired by Chris Mullen's novel "A Very British Coup". When a devastating industrial accident results in deaths and raises safety questions about the US petrochemical company involved, PM Tom ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, realistic, tense, clever ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, conspiracy, investigation, uncover truth, political intrigue, life is a bitch, state affairs, dishonesty, corporate crimes, crimes, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, britain, united kingdom, iran
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State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: political thriller, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: political conspiracy, murder, politics, gunfight, journalism, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, assassin, politician, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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100%
The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
TV show
Story: Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, arms dealer, spy, undercover, hotel, secret service, crimes, working undercover, arms dealing, stylish, mind game, murder ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, spain, cairo egypt, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Edge of Darkness (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 307 min.
TV show
Story: The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, tense, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, nuclear, loss of daughter, conspiracy, legal investigation, dishonesty, deadly, mystery, chases and races, price of justice, vengeance, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Hidden (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: When a mysterious lawyer Gina Hawkes turns up asking Harry to find a missing alibi witness for her client he agrees to take on the job but is unwittingly drawn into investigating the death of his brother 20 years ago. Harry quickly finds himself ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, haunted by the past, conspiracy, lawyer, lawyers and clients, legal, who to trust, investigation, political conspiracy, murder, politics, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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60%
The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, undercover, reporter, political intrigue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, united states, seattle washington ...
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52%
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London Spy (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A romance between an MI6 code genius and an ordinary man promises happiness. But tragedy strikes when the spy dies in suspicious circumstances, forcing his lover to pursue the truth behind his death.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gay, espionage, love affair, undercover, spy, gays and lesbians, gender, murder, conspiracy, surveillance, police, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 775
The Silence (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama about a deaf girl who witnesses the audacious murder of a policewoman.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, police investigation, danger, police detective, dishonesty, organized crime, police corruption, corruption, witnessing a crime, crimes, mute or deaf ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
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50%
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Rubicon (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Rubicon is an American television series that centers on an intelligence analyst at a national think tank in New York City called the American Policy Institute, who discovers that he may be working with members of a secret society that manipulates ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, undercover, espionage, uncover truth, surveillance, boss, government agency, cia, loner, government facility, deception, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 2K
Collision (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 201 min.
TV show
Story: Collision is a five-part television drama miniseries, which debuted on ITV & UTV in November 2009. In the same month, it was also on PBS as a series in two parts. It tells the story of a group of strangers whose lives intertwine following a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, serious
Plot: police detective, road accident, police investigation, smuggling, traffic accident, police, car accident, life is a bitch, crimes, uncover truth, stranger, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, atmospheric, tricky, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, political conspiracy, writer's life, state affairs, politics, betrayal, cia, suspicion, writers, war crime, uncover truth, who to trust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, london, washington d.c. ...
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49%
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Blue Eyes (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: High adrenaline Swedish political thriller from the creative talent behind Humans – An extreme right-wing party is heading towards its best election result when the chief of staff at the Justice Department disappears without a trace. Racism, ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious
Plot: terrorism, politics, intrigue, political conspiracy, danger, crimes, state affairs, mystery, election, murder, corruption, government ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: political thriller, suspense, talky, tense, realistic ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, campaign, election, lobbyist, loyalty, intern, presidential campaign, political corruption, ambition, state affairs, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
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Mammon (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Peter Verås is an uncompromising journalist in the most respected newspaper in Norway. He makes his life’s biggest mistake when he gets hold of evidence of a financial fraud from an anonymous source. It turns out the evidence points to his own ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: media, political corruption, journalism, uncover truth, crimes, life turned upside down, mystery, conspiracy, life is a bitch, dishonesty, journalist, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.1
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Murder at 1600 (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political ...
Style: political thriller, suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: secret service, politics, conspiracy, investigation, murder, white house, crimes, crime, love affair, deadly, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., asia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: It's Yorkshire in 1974, and fear, mistrust and institutionalised police corruption are running riot. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to search for the truth in an increasingly complex maze of lies and deceit surrounding the police ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, police brutality, murder, strangulation, missing child, police corruption, investigation, crimes, mystery, uncover truth, journalism, conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, 80s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.5
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Arabesque (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, talky, twists and turns ...
Plot: espionage, murder, gangsters, spy, political intrigue, professor, danger, intrigue, politics, dishonesty, investigation, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, Switzerland
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: aids, corruption, murder, death, investigation, cover up, political corruption, uncover truth, diplomat, fighting the system, obsession, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, london, sudan, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Shadow Line (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A noir thriller with diverse individuals whose worlds become interwoven after the murder of drug baron Harvey Wratten. From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a ...
Style: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: drug lord, who to trust, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, hitman, forensics, death, obsession, evidence, one last job, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
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Page Eight (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Page Eight is lovingly turned, with elegant writing, a flawless cast and a heartfelt message from writer/director David Hare about the danger zone where spies and politicians meet. The tension builds gently as we follow the fortunes of Johnny ...
Style: political thriller, tense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: secret service, espionage, undercover, government agency, loss of friend, dishonesty, state affairs, spy, father daughter relationship, waiter, conspiracy, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.
Style: twists and turns, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, debt, crime, crimes, moral dilemma, siblings relations, money, gambling, family relations, loan, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, brighton
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47%
 8.5
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The Night Of (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 525 min.
TV show
Story: After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
Style: tense, suspense, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, murder investigation, lawyer, crimes, crime, investigation, courtroom, justice, secrets, murder trial, vengeance, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2014
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, crime, murder, political corruption, politics, crimes, fighting the system, supreme court, woman in danger, professor, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The State Within (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Story: Ambassador to Washington is the pinnacle of success in the Foreign Office and the position is offered to only the brightest and the best. But Ambassador Mark Brydon finds his skills tested to the limits when, following a major diplomatic incident, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: politics, coup d'etat, cover up, terrorism, fbi, diplomacy, manipulation, manipulations, political conspiracy, workplace, crimes, danger ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, pentagon, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.3
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Unforgotten (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: 'Unforgotten' follows modern police team DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan, who gradually unravel long-forgotten secrets which have a dramatic impact on their investigation and the four potential suspects. The slow revelation of the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, clever
Plot: murder, police investigation, cold case, who done it, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, life turned upside down, murder mystery, missing person, father daughter relationship, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Prime Suspect (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 207 min.
TV show
Story: A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexism, policewoman, serial killer, murder, police investigation, police detective, police station, female detective, crimes, mystery, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.7
 476K
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 ...
Style: serious, cynical, witty, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, manipulations, political intrigue, state affairs, manipulation, lobbyist, political corruption, intrigue, blind ambition, media, white house, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.7
 47K
Line of Duty (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Steve Arnott is a young officer who’s fallen foul of his superiors for refusing to help in the cover-up of an operation that ended in the shooting of an innocent father. He seems ideal to join AC-12, an anti-corruption police unit, just as it ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns
Plot: police corruption, police detective, honest law enforcer, dirty cop, police investigation, female police detective, policewoman, law enforcer, right and wrong, officer, evidence, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, clever ...
Plot: journalism, murder, newspaper reporter, investigation, crimes, politics, rivalry, dishonesty, legal, manipulation, media, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, thought provoking, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, cia, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, state affairs, government agency, life turned upside down, police corruption, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%