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State of Play (2003)
 8.4
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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, suspenseful, suspense, talky, clever, surprise ending, dramatic ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political thriller, political corruption, 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, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about murder, crimes, investigation, police investigation, crime, dishonesty and mystery mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like State of Play: Secret State (2012), Edge of Darkness (1985), The Night Manager (2016), Nothing But the Truth (2008), The Parallax View (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Secret State (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
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, clever, tense ...
Plot: politics, investigation, political conspiracy, conspiracy, life is a bitch, uncover truth, political intrigue, corporate crimes, state affairs, crimes, dishonesty, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, iran
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100%
 7.1
 128K
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: murder, politics, political conspiracy, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, investigative journalism, investigation, assassination, conspiracy, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Edge of Darkness (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 317 min.
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: mind bending, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, cia, nuclear, conspiracy, legal investigation, uncover truth, chases and races, who done it, rules and policies, society, loss of daughter, amateur detective ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, yorkshire, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
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, hotel, secret service, crimes, working undercover, arms dealer, mind game, corruption, spy, manager, undercover agent, undercover ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, london, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: intense, tense, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: cia, journalism, journalist, courtroom drama, lawyer, reporter, assassination attempt, corruption, media, fighting the system, dishonesty, price of justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, reporter, political intrigue, media, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, latin america
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33%
 7.5
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London Spy (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gay, espionage, love affair, undercover, spy, gays and lesbians, gender, murder, conspiracy, surveillance, police, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, murder, political corruption, politics, crimes, crime, fighting the system, supreme court, professor, investigation, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.1
 27K
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: suspenseful, rough, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: political thriller, investigation, murder, secret service, politics, crime, white house, love affair, state affairs, crimes, deadly, conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, korea, asia, washington d.c., north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, hacker, murder, dishonesty, police investigation, friendship, false accusation, cover up, crime, journalism, journalist, amateur detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 435
The Silence (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Drama about a deaf girl who witnesses the audacious murder of a policewoman.
Style: captivating, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, danger, police investigation, police detective, mystery, dishonesty, organized crime, corruption, law enforcer killer, misfit, mute or deaf, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Chasing Shadows (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Chasing Shadows' follows a team of special operatives who are tracking down serial killers.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, crimes, crime, deadly, law enforcement, partners, missing person
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Red Riding: In 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, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, police corruption, investigation, strangulation, police brutality, murder, mystery, missing child, uncover truth, journalism, crimes, journalist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 6K
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, witty ...
Plot: espionage, murder, spy, political intrigue, professor, gangsters, investigation, danger, intrigue, dishonesty, politics, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, ambition, state affairs, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: tense, realistic, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, investigation, debt, money, crime, crimes, moral dilemma, siblings relations, gambling, boat, blackmail, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, uncover truth, investigation, senator, dishonesty, fighting the system, corruption, revenge, violence, law enforcement, death of daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.9
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Rubicon (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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, realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: undercover, surveillance, conspiracy, boss, government agency, uncover truth, espionage, workplace, secret, loner, deception, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, journalism, political conspiracy, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, cover up, white house, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
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Black Work (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: 'Black Work' is the story of Jo Gillespie, a woman who's husband is shot dead in the line of action, in his job as a undercover cop. Jo, a police officer herself soon has to confront issues in her marriage and family life in order to ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, undercover, crime, crimes, murder, law enforcement, life is a bitch, female police officer, husband wife relationship, police officer killed, murder of husband ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, yorkshire, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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 ...
Style: serious, cynical, captivating, tense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, manipulations, political intrigue, state affairs, lobbyist, political corruption, intrigue, blind ambition, white house, power relations, dishonesty, postmodernism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Jonathan Creek (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Jonathan Creek follows the story of Madeline Magellan, an investigative journalist. Like most journalists, she sticks her nose in where it isn't wanted, but this is what makes her such a great journalist! While writing a piece about the death ...
Style: clever, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: riddles and clues, amateur detective, murder, prodigy, partners, crime, investigation, crimes, unlikely partners, partners against crime, wizards and magicians, imaginary ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 1K
Collision (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 201 min.
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, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious
Plot: police detective, police investigation, smuggling, life is a bitch, crimes, stranger, mystery, uncover truth, road accident, traffic accident, whistleblower, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 8.6
 23K
Line of Duty (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: police corruption, police, police detective, police investigation, law enforcer, policewoman, dishonesty, secret, evidence, honest law enforcer, cover up, morality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.5
 102K
The Night Of (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 525 min.
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, serious, suspense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, lawyer, murder investigation, crime, crimes, investigation, murder trial, justice, secrets, vengeance, violent, jail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Separate Lies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire ...
Style: psychological, suspense, emotional, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, family problems, murder, investigation, society, introspection, crumbling marriage, love and romance, twists & turns, depression, drinking, train ride ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Prime Suspect (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 207 min.
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 ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sexism, police investigation, police detective, policewoman, police station, female detective, mystery, obsession, crimes, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Style: clever, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: private detective, crime, investigation, murder, riddles and clues, murder mystery, whodunit, uncover truth, crimes, multiple suspects, who done it, danger ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, clever, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, drug dealing, uncover truth, police corruption, government agency, life turned upside down, state affairs, conspiracy theory, conspiracy, society, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The General's Daughter (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: army investigation, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, military life, politics, u.s. army, mystery, military, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%