Movies like State of Play

If you like "State of Play" you are looking for suspenseful, tense and twists and turns movies about / with murder, newspaper, politics, political conspiracy, journalism, corruption and congress themes of Crime, Drama and Mystery genre shot in USA or UK.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
State of Play (2009)
 7.1
 123K
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: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, realistic, suspense, twist ending, intense, interesting, clever ...
Plot: murder, newspaper, politics, political conspiracy, journalism, corruption, congress, journalist, reporter, assassin, investigative journalism, investigation, assassination, mistress, old friend, politician, government, election campaign, blog, dishonesty, media, conspiracy, state affairs, political corruption, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.

Most similar movies to State of Play

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and suspenseful films with plots about corruption, investigation, police investigation, secrets, twists & turns, dialogue and murder mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like State of Play: Fracture (2007), The Pelican Brief (1993), L.A. Confidential (1997), Nothing But the Truth (2008), High Crimes (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 162K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, obsession, perfect crime, courtroom drama, legal investigation, manipulation, attempted murder, lawyer, adultery, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, supreme court, judge, professor, political corruption, crime, murder, obsession, crimes, danger, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., new orleans
⇓ 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: tense, clever, talky, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, murder, district attorney, police corruption, corpse, prostitute, manipulations, fighting the system, corruption, domestic violence, gang ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: tense, clever, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, conspiracy, journalist, politics, journalism, corruption, cover up, reporter, politician, deception, political corruption, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Movie in collections
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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, cia agent, assassination attempt, lawyer, courtroom drama, reporter, newspaper, judge, arrest, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
 34K
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, clever, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: murder, lawyer, crime, army investigation, court, justice, false accusation, life turned upside down, dedicated lawyer, military, hidden identity, arrested ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 146K
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, realistic, tense, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: lawsuit, divorce, legal, lawyer, murder, business ethics, crooked lawyer, car bomb, scandal, restaurant, guilt, lethal injection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 70K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, politics, betrayal, neo noir, crime, revenge, political corruption, election, police chief, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 26K
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, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: white house, murder, politics, investigation, secret service, political corruption, laser, crime, cia, crimes, dishonesty, hostages ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, asia, korea, washington d.c., north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, violence, political corruption, vengeance, corruption, homicide detective, death of daughter, corporate crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.1
 719K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Crime, 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, tense, captivating, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, missing wife, manipulation, disappearance, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, bleak, stylized, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: assassination, politics, senator, corruption, investigation, murder, neo noir, reporter, political conspiracy, political corruption, assassination attempt, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, seattle washington, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: 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: atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, investigation, cia, politician, suspicion, secret, uncover truth, political conspiracy, state affairs, mystery, writer's life, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, pakistan, colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, realistic, tense ...
Plot: interpol, murder, chase, investigation, district attorney, political corruption, special agents, unlikely criminals, intrigue, gunfight, lawyer, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, manhattan new york city, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: assassination, murder, revenge, fbi, investigation, dictator, witnessing a crime, assassination attempt, mystery, un, head of state, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, africa, paris france, south africa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating, clever ...
Plot: journalism, drug dealing, investigation, government agency, uncover truth, life turned upside down, conspiracy, politics, police corruption, state affairs, cia, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: twists and turns, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, journalist, hacker, murder, arson, friendship, rape, secret service, on the run, dishonesty, crime, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.0
 70K
Snake Eyes (1998)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, stylized, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, neo noir, boxer, casino, crime, boxing, investigation, mission of murder, boxing match, political activism, police officer, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 11K
Gorky Park (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, cold war, murder, police investigation, crime, mystery, political corruption, fighting the system, police corruption, government conspiracy, politician, uncover truth ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, stockholm sweden, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
 47K
True Story (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: prison visit, journalist, prison, uncover truth, identity theft, prisoner, accused of murder, unlikely partners, writer's life, moral dilemma, obsession, mistaken identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: politics, investigation, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, president, journalist, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, tense, mysterious, intense ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, murder, crime, mystery, uncover truth, haunted by the past, fbi, injustice, dishonesty, obsession, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 51K
Out of Time (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Matt Lee Whitlock, respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone he's trusted in ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, small town, frame up, crime, crimes, arson, faked death, divorce, protagonist as suspect, double murder, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
Death of a President (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fictional investigative documentary looks back on the "assassination" of George W. Bush and attempts to answer the question of who committed the murder. Perhaps less morbid and disturbing to watch now than during Bush's presidency, ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, assassination, secret service, terrorism, false accusation, map, sniper, crime, head of state, special agents, legal investigation, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, near future, year 2007
Place: usa, iraq, middle east, washington d.c., chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 75K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: paranoia, murder, terrorism, neighbor, politics, bomb, professor, blueprint, terrorist, fbi, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, west virginia, washington d.c., kansas, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, serious, tense ...
Plot: murder, army investigation, investigation, betrayal, conspiracy, military, suicide, politics, father daughter relationship, paranoia, u.s. army, bondage ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 36K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, violence, drug dealing, beating, drug overdose, police shootout, drug addict, crime, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, neo noir, police, political corruption, crime, police investigation, mystery, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, celebrity, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 136K
Vantage Point (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, bomb, terrorism, assassination, chase, betrayal, secret service, president, limousine, terrorist, security guard, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 26K
The Double (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin 'Cassius', forces retired CIA operative, Paul Shepherson to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary to solve the crime. Having spent ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, investigation, special agents, double agent, crime, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, law enforcement, espionage, assassin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c., paris france, mexico, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%