Movies like Syriana

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Syriana (2005)
 6.9
 124K
Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy analyst, experiences both personal tragedy and opportunity during a visit with Arabian royalty. Meanwhile, veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes uncovers an assassination plot with unsettling origins.
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing, contemplative, suspense, intense, clever, captivating ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, capitalism, globalization, politics, corruption, espionage, spy, political conspiracy, danger, political unrest, deal, bomb, oil, corporate world, introspection, suicide, assassination, political thriller, prince, self sacrifice, loss of son, bribery, cover up, political corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, persia, usa, europe, switzerland, iran ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about politics, corruption, secrets, state affairs, betrayal, conspiracy and storytelling mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Syriana: Green Zone (2010), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), The Good Shepherd (2006), Munich (2005), Body of Lies (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Green Zone (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, Spain, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, cia, pow, swat team, patriotism, soldier, deception, investigation, uncover truth, army, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Qatar
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: wall street, culture clash, 9/11, immigrants, political unrest, family, hopes, dishonesty, american dream, civil rights, danger, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, pakistan, usa, istanbul turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, double agent, idealism, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, intrigue, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 209K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, mossad, secret agents, murder, politics, assassination, jewish, terrorist, vengeance, revenge, hostage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 7.1
 210K
Body of Lies (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, clever, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, spy, espionage, government agency, intelligence agency, off the grid, torture, danger, bomb, explosion, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan, dubai, manchester england, saudi arabia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 54K
Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, kidnapping, terrorist, cia, war on terror, undercover, state affairs, government agency, introspection, senator, police brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, chicago illinois, washington d.c., usa, north africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, manhunt, military, swat team, assassination, al qaeda, espionage, 9/11, terrorist, explosion, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, september 11 2001, year 2011 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, paris france, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, espionage, cia, nuclear explosion, cold war, atomic bomb, terrorist, terrorist plot, secret agents, covert operation, state affairs, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s ...
Place: washington d.c., baltimore, usa, russia, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, China
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, political corruption, cover up, uncover truth, diplomat, fighting the system, obsession, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, london, sudan, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
All the King's Men (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of an idealist's rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall. Based on the1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Robert Penn Warren.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, intense ...
Plot: politics, manipulation, blackmail, mistress, political corruption, ambition, journalist, fighting the system, scandal, governor, rise to the top, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1950s, 50s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 154K
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, lawsuit, law firm, legal, murder, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 3K
Deterrence (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm.
Style: tense, suspenseful, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: diner, politics, nuclear war, danger, leadership, state affairs, profanity, chaos, international crisis, nuclear threat, graphic violence, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 2000s, near future ...
Place: colorado, usa, iraq, korea, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 563K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, hostage, behind enemy lines, danger, secret agents, american abroad, daring rescue, hollywood, hidden identity, escapades, government agency ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980 ...
Place: usa, middle east, langley virginia, iran, tehran iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: twists and turns, atmospheric, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, investigation, state affairs, writer's life, political conspiracy, suspicion, war crime, cia, uncover truth, secret, assistant, who to trust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, london, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, undercover, reporter, political intrigue, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, usa, united states, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.0
 430
Days of Terror (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the midst of a personal crisis, junior senator Maggie Davidson (Holly) ascertains that she's the subject of a terrorist plot.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political conspiracy, save the day, politics, undercover, danger, crimes, terrorism, state affairs, dishonesty, rivalry, murder, assassination ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, tense, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, immigrants, muslim, intelligence, who to trust, surveillance, investigation, haunted by the past, mysterious character, betrayal, government agency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.1
 83K
Unthinkable (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspense, disturbing, brutal ...
Plot: terrorism, nuclear threat, violence, investigation, fbi, moral dilemma, interrogation, race against time, torture, right and wrong, manipulation, bomb ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Secret Agent (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian goverment, an agent provacateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, bomb, police inspector, politics, undercover, state affairs, mentally challenged, dishonesty, crimes, danger ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, secret service, revolution, white house, betrayal, terrorism, espionage, military ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 116K
The Kingdom (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, investigation, fbi, special agents, explosions, chase, gunfight, prince, hunt down, team, torture, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: saudi arabia, middle east, washington d.c., usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 55K
Traitor (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, fbi, faith, undercover, traitor, spy, bomb, prison, working undercover, suicide bomber, track down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1978
Place: sudan, london, nova scotia, chicago illinois, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.4
 22K
Paradise Now (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Palestine, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are preparing to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide bombers.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, rough, controversial ...
Plot: terrorism, israeli palestinian conflict, suicide, freedom, politics, bomb, friendship, self sacrifice, occupation, destiny, mission gone awry, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, palestine, palestinian authority, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 139K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, president, investigation, cia, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, texas, vietnam, cuba, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, terrorism, conspiracy, sniper, surveillance, political conspiracy, undercover, murder, race against time, wall street ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, september 11 2001, 2010s ...
Place: russia, london, manhattan new york city, big ben london, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, satirical, controversial ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, assassination, false accusation, danger, state affairs, political conspiracy, sniper, dishonesty, secret service, investigation, president ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2007, near future, september 11 2001 ...
Place: washington d.c., chicago illinois, usa, iraq, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 46K
Fair Game (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, secret agents, fighting the system, state affairs, crumbling marriage, price of justice, relationship vs career, journalism, dishonesty, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1982, year 1993, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, iraq, washington d.c., africa, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.0
 383
Confess (2005)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 89 min.
Story: political thriller that charts the exploits of disillusioned ex-hacker Terell Lessor. A return to New York, coupled with a humiliating attempt at getting a new job, serves as the catalyst for him to take action against those who slighted him in the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, undercover, prodigy, secret agents, society, dishonesty, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, vengeance, campaign, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, politics, police detective, crimes, danger, dance school, political unrest, fighting crime, corruption, ballet, terrorism, teacher ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, spain, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%