Movies like Argo

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Argo (2012)
 7.7
 540K
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, realistic, talky, serious, biting, dramatic ...
Plot: cia, behind enemy lines, danger, american abroad, rescue mission, daring rescue, hostage, secret agents, escapades, government agency, hidden identity, race against time, life risking, u.s. embassy, secret mission, government official, revolution, false identity, firing squad, hollywood, deception, airport, escape, politics, culture clash ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001, year 1981
Place: usa, langley virginia, middle east, iran, istanbul turkey, washington d.c., tehran iran ...

Most similar movies to Argo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, serious, realistic and suspenseful films with plots about betrayal, dialogue, corruption, storytelling, mentor, runaway and greed mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Argo: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Munich (2005), Captain Phillips (2013), Fair Game (2010), Syriana (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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, talky, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, terrorism, manhunt, military, assassination, terrorist group, espionage, track down, 9/11, navy seal, explosion, al qaeda ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2011, 2010s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 200K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, politics, terrorism, secret agents, murder, vengeance, assassination, jewish, revenge, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: ship, pirate, hijacking, rescue, navy, hostages, kidnapping, terrorism, confined, team, ship captain, u.s. navy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, 2010s
Place: somalia, africa, united states, vermont, kenya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 44K
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, political conspiracy, newspaper, crumbling marriage, state affairs, price of justice, relationship vs career, fighting the system, journalism, secret agents, family in crisis, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1982, year 1972 ...
Place: usa, iraq, africa, dubai, afghanistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6.9
 121K
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 ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: cia, globalization, terrorism, politics, corruption, espionage, capitalism, spy, deal, danger, political unrest, political conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, usa, switzerland, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 122K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, journalism, fighting the system, whistleblower, surveillance, idealism, government agency, media, moral dilemma, uncover truth, state affairs, against the rules ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2006, year 2007 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, maryland, pakistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 53K
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: serious, rough, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cia, terrorism, kidnapping, state affairs, government agency, undercover, senator, police brutality, war on terror, surveillance, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, cape town south africa, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 15K
Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, cia, politics, undercover, state affairs, secret agents, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: cuba, new york, france, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Style: tense, realistic, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: espionage, treason, undercover, double agent, political conspiracy, buddies, dishonesty, society, cold war, spy, smuggling, satellite ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, soviet union, mexico, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: wall street, culture clash, 9/11, immigrants, political unrest, family, american dream, starting over, hopes, civil rights, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, pakistan, istanbul turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 1K
Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, cia, dishonesty, politics, danger, government agency, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, drug dealing, uncover truth, police corruption, life turned upside down, government agency, state affairs, conspiracy theory, conspiracy, media, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, u.s. air force, politics, secret service, conspiracy, revolution, white house, betrayal, terrorism, military, espionage, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, rough ...
Plot: nuclear explosion, terrorism, espionage, cia, cold war, political conspiracy, state affairs, dishonesty, atomic bomb, politics, nuclear threat, terrorist plot ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: baltimore, usa, russia, israel, ukraine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Infiltrator (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: suspense, tense, based on true events, realistic, factual ...
Plot: drug lord, drug cartel, undercover, husband wife relationship, undercover agent, money, death, money laundering, fear, investigation, drugs, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, year 1985
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 62K
The Debt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mossad, secret agents, spy, war criminal, secret agent, righting the wronged, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, war crime, cold war, redemption, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: israel, middle east, germany, ukraine, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Devil's Double (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: lookalikes, betrayal, impostor, palace, hidden identity, corruption, political corruption, state affairs, double life, power relations, totalitarianism, dictatorship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: middle east, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, tense, realistic
Plot: conspiracy, state affairs, race against time, government agency, political corruption, manhunt, undercover, betrayal, military, politics, revolution, terrorism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, cover up, white house, political conspiracy, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: espionage, bomb, police inspector, politics, state affairs, undercover, terrorism, crimes, dishonesty, secret agents, danger, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 267K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, cia, spy, lawyer, pilot, rescue, danger, justice, mission, undercover, secret agent ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1960s, year 1957 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, east germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The China Syndrome (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, journalism, radiation, control room, media, swat team, politics, danger, uncover truth, conspiracy, nuclear reactor, power plant ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, pennsylvania, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, terrorism, conspiracy, sniper, surveillance, secret agents, undercover, murder, race against time, dishonesty, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2001 ...
Place: russia, manhattan new york city, afghanistan, big ben london, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, West Germany, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The Cassandra Crossing is an all-star disaster spectacular telling of the terrifying odyssey of 1000 doomed passengers trapped aboard a plague-infested train. A terrorist infected with a deadly virus boards the Stockholm to Geneva Express and ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, plague, drug dealing, survival, save the day, terrorism, isolation, terrorist, train crash, race against time, government agency, one man army ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: sweden, europe, poland, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, double agent, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, intrigue, patriotism, idealism ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1944 ...
Place: usa, cuba, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.4
 3K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, clever, stylized ...
Plot: murder, cons and scams, blackmail, cia, judge, crime, uncover truth, undercover, femme fatale, protagonist as suspect, dangerous attraction, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Fifth Estate (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Belgium
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: computers and web, journalism, politics, whistleblower, uncover truth, internet, rebelliousness, against the rules, war crime, fighting the system, life is a bitch, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2011, year 2007 ...
Place: europe, brussels belgium, afghanistan, iran, iceland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 26K
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: murder, loss of spouse, investigation, politics, friendship, faith, kidnapping, journalism, execution, muslim, fbi, new love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, israel, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 326K
The Town (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, romancing a criminal, gunfight, gang, ex convict, group of criminals, bank robbery, robbery, criminal heroes, girlfriend, interrogation, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 47K
Arbitrage (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: infidelity, corporate crimes, manager, moral dilemma, police investigation, downfall, dishonesty, corporate world, cover-up, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, twists & turns ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%