Movies like State of Play

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State of Play (2009)
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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 contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
Style: political thriller, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, suspense, clever, tricky, exciting ...
Plot: political conspiracy, murder, politics, gunfight, journalism, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, assassin, politician, reporter, murder mystery, crimes, investigation, assassination, conspiracy, murderer, powerful corporation, dishonesty, boss and employee, workplace, state affairs, election campaign, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out clever, suspense, realistic and interesting films with plots about police investigation, greed, twists & turns, secrets, corruption, conspiracy and dialogue mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like State of Play: The Pelican Brief (1993), Gone Girl (2014), Michael Clayton (2007), All the President's Men (1976), The Ghost Writer (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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.
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100%
 8.1
 901K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: mystery, police investigation, missing person, murder mystery, twists & turns, manipulation, investigation, missing wife, disappearance, femme fatale, infidelity, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 160K
Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: lawyer, law firm, legal, murder, lawsuit, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: political thriller, realistic, captivating, serious, factual ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, white house, cover up, wiretap, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 439K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, twists and turns, psychological, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, investigative journalism, twists & turns, catholicism, investigation, pedophilia, expose, lawyer, pedophile priest, catholic, child abuse ...
Time: year 2002, year 2001, year 1976, september 11 2001
Place: boston, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.4
 102K
The Interpreter (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After Silvia Broome, an interpreter at United Nations headquarters, overhears plans of an assassination, an American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: un, investigation, murder, assassination, mystery, fbi, state affairs, undercover, dishonesty, chases and races, crimes, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, new york, south africa, manhattan new york city, usa ...
⇓ 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: 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 ⇓
100%
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 6.4
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High Crimes (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A female attorney learns that her husband is really a marine officer awol for fifteen years and accused of murdering fifteen civilians in El Salvador. Believing her husband when he tells her that he's being framed as part of a U.S. Military ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, clever, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: army investigation, murder, lawyer, life turned upside down, false accusation, fighting the system, family relations, military, crime, legal, frame up, marines ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The International (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An interpol agent and an attorney are determined to bring one of the world's most powerful banks to justice. Uncovering money laundering, arms trading, and conspiracy to destabilize world governments, their investigation takes them from Berlin, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: conspiracy, interpol, murder, gunfight, investigation, chase, district attorney, special agents, law enforcement, crimes, lawyer, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 193K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, courtroom drama, investigation, manipulation, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, outsmarting, adultery, murder, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
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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 ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political corruption, manipulation, crimes, state affairs, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
 7.7
 492K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, paranoia, maniac, crime, uncover truth, code, journalist, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, interesting ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, gunfight, murder, organized crime, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, prostitute, police brutality, crimes, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her best friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mind game, dishonesty, hidden identity, murder, manipulation, manipulations, obsessive love, uncover truth, seduction, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 112K
Trance (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A violent gang enlists the help of a hypnotherapist in an attempt to locate a painting which somehow vanished in the middle of a heist.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, psychological, neo noir, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hypnosis, dishonesty, crimes, heist, disorder, mind control, art thief, memory loss, manipulation, amnesia, cons and scams, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 47K
Blow Out (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, twists and turns, psycho film, serious ...
Plot: political conspiracy, conspiracy, assassination, politics, crimes, witnessing a crime, state affairs, amateur detective, hitman, life turned upside down, nobody believes, anti hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.7
 52K
Absolute Power (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder in which the President of The United States is involved occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run yet may hold evidence that could convict the President. A political thriller ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: secret service, political corruption, family relations, crimes, assassination, crime, crimes of passion, witnessing a crime, state affairs, uncover truth, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 10K
Suspect (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, talky, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, legal investigation, murder, false accusation, mystery, lawyer, dedicated lawyer, political conspiracy, murder mystery, power relations, mute or deaf, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, neo noir, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, partners against crime, dishonesty, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Spain, South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, clever, tense, mysterious ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, murder, mystery, crimes, crime, uncover truth, haunted by the past, fbi, dishonesty, life is a bitch, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
29%
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 7.1
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No Way Out (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Navy Lt. Tom Farrell meets a young woman, Susan Atwell , and they share a passionate fling. Farrell then finds out that his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice, is also romantically involved with Atwell. When the young woman turns up dead, ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, neo noir, tense, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, love triangle, danger, mystery, military, political corruption, kgb, army investigation, crimes, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, mysterious character ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., pentagon, usa, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually ...
Style: political thriller, tense, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, gulf war, conspiracy, sniper, mind control, brainwashing, senator, hypnosis, assassination, state affairs, political intrigue, mentally unstable ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 84K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: terrorism, conspiracy, terrorist, paranoia, professor, fbi, uncover truth, bomb, danger, murder, mysterious character, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, washington d.c., west virginia, kansas, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.0
 86K
Righteous Kill (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, crime, crimes, vigilantism, mind game, law enforcement, partners, deadly, fighting crime, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 31K
Spartan (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: U.S. government agent Scott is assigned to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done, though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, intense, twists and turns ...
Plot: secret agents, secret service, investigation, rescue, race against time, undercover, secret agent, politics, dishonesty, missing person, danger, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: dubai, london, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, twists and turns, realistic, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: army investigation, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, fighting the system, military life, father daughter relationship, politics, u.s. army, mystery, military, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 44K
Blood Work (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder mystery, murder, serial killer, psychopath, crimes, police investigation, mystery, investigation, dishonesty, deadly, doctor patient relationship, foot chase ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%