Movies like Argo

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Argo
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, clever, factual, captivating, realistic, talky, serious, dramatic, suspense ...
Plot: hostage, daring rescue, cia, u.s. embassy, behind enemy lines, government official, government agency, secret mission, politics, rescue mission, courage, american abroad, danger, culture clash, hidden identity, secret agents, race against time, escapades, life risking, firing squad, false identity, revolution, hollywood, islam, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001, year 1981
Place: iran, middle east, usa, california, langley virginia, tehran iran, istanbul turkey ...

Most similar movies to Argo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out dramatic, intense, realistic and tense films with plots about corruption, dialogue, mentor, storytelling, betrayal, politics and conspiracy mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Argo: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Munich (2005), Captain Phillips (2013), Fair Game (2010), The Insider (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Zero Dark Thirty
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, military, cia, obsession, assassination, torture, violence, surveillance, investigation, 9/11, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, paris france, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 7.6
 194K
Munich
Genre: 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: realistic, suspenseful, suspense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, assassination, terrorism, espionage, revenge, vengeance, murder, paranoia, morality, jewish, guilt, assassin ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: israel, palestine, middle east, europe, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   100%
 
Captain Phillips
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, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, poverty, hijacking, hostage, survival, ship, brutality, courage, pirate, culture clash, ocean or sea, ocean ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, united states, kenya, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   67%
 
 6.8
 42K
Fair Game
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: serious, dramatic, realistic, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, secret service, politics, journalism, iraq war, corruption, spy, espionage, justice, investigation, political, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: iraq, africa, usa, middle east, mumbai india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   58%
 
 7.9
 146K
The Insider
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Style: talky, tense, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, corruption, paranoia, workplace, idealism, sacrifice, conspiracy, business, lawyer, whistleblower, manipulation, courtroom ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: iran, south carolina, washington d.c., mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   61%
 
 7.5
 66K
Trumbo
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.
Style: dramatic, earnest, cerebral, interesting, entertaining ...
Plot: communism, hollywood, politics, cancer, writing, political, censorship, free speech, courage, honest, screenwriter, justice ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   59%
 
Seven Days in May
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, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, cold war, secret service, military, terrorism, betrayal, nuclear, president, white house, fighting the system, political ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: russia, latin america, california, pentagon, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
 6.9
 118K
Syriana
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: realistic, tense, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: political corruption, politics, assassination, corruption, capitalism, espionage, cia, terrorism, oil, suicide, islam, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, israel, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   40%
 
The Devil's Double
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, intense, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, political corruption, corruption, torture, revenge, gulf war, murder, hidden identity, manipulation, violence, violent, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   39%
 
 7.3
 108K
Snowden
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, dramatic, captivating ...
Plot: espionage, surveillance, idealism, internet, cia, politics, technology, terrorism, paranoia, spy, freedom, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007, year 2006 ...
Place: usa, russia, hong kong, hawaii, geneva switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   48%
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, family, 9/11, islam, mentor, wall street, psychology, pornography, kidnapping, destiny, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, middle east, usa, canada, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   36%
 
 7.6
 312K
The Town
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: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, heist, gunfight, bank robbery, fbi, robbery, hostage, violence, surveillance, revenge, murder, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   44%
 
 7.1
 79K
Unthinkable
Genre: 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: tense, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, violence, torture, fbi, cia, nuclear, manipulation, investigation, islam, world politics, twists & turns, brainwashing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   44%
 
The Fifth Estate
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: internet, journalism, politics, corruption, surveillance, betrayal, censorship, against the rules, hacking, justice, free speech, technology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010, year 2007, 2000s ...
Place: europe, germany, cairo egypt, paris france, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   41%
 
The Falcon and the Snowman
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, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: espionage, spy, rebellion, cold war, drugs, secrets, rock, buddies, drugs/alcohol, conspiracy, spies, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, united states, soviet union, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   42%
 
The Infiltrator
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: dramatic, intense, entertaining, tense, earnest ...
Plot: corruption, money, death, undercover cop, drugs, violence, crime, drug addiction, greed, mentor, weed, drinking ...
Time: year 1985, 20th century
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   45%
 
All the President's Men
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, serious ...
Plot: journalism, politics, investigation, political corruption, president, conspiracy, corruption, paranoia, newspaper, political, storytelling, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   41%
 
The China Syndrome
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, realistic, suspense, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: conspiracy, investigation, politics, nuclear, greed, manipulation, propaganda, morality, journalism, tragedy, murder, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   48%
 
 7.3
 49K
Thirteen Days
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, factual ...
Plot: politics, cold war, president, military, nuclear, white house, head of state, political, world politics, nuclear war, conspiracy, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, usa, boston, russia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   41%
 
 6.5
 62K
Changing Lanes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, vengeance, corruption, revenge, courtroom, hotshot lawyer, moral ambiguity, losing-it hero, urban, greed, redemption, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   41%
 
The Ides of March
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: clever, talky, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, idealism, corruption, innocence lost, morality, political intrigue, world politics, political, twists & turns, campaign, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, california, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   37%
 
The Sum of All Fears
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
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: espionage, cia, terrorism, cold war, nuclear bomb, nuclear, nuclear war, spy, mentor, president, assassin, arms dealer ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: russia, israel, baltimore, usa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
Kill the Messenger
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, captivating, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, conspiracy, politics, cia, government agency, drugs/alcohol, corruption, greed, courtroom, drug dealing, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, nicaragua, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
 6.8
 51K
Rendition
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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, terrorism, torture, cia, surveillance, conspiracy, suicide, kidnapping, political, world politics, islam, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, israel, usa, egypt, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   30%
 
 6.6
 46K
Arbitrage
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: tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, infidelity, adultery, downfall, business, greed, corruption, corporate crimes, secrets, courtroom, twists & turns, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
 7.0
 22K
The Contender
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Political thriller about Laine Hanson's nomination and confirmation as Vice President. An allegation that she was involved in a sexual orgy at the age of 19 is leaked to the press. As pressure mounts on Laine, she's torn between fighting ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, suspense, serious ...
Plot: politics, idealism, president, conspiracy, morality, adultery, assassination, world politics, political, strong sexual content, head of state, white house ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, virginia, ohio, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   36%
 
 6.9
 60K
The Debt
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: tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: spy, nazi, cold war, kidnapping, justice, redemption, espionage, secret agents, nazis, secrets, spies, twists & turns ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: israel, germany, east germany, europe, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   35%
 
 6.5
 2K
Deterrence
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, serious, talky, surprise ending ...
Plot: politics, president, nuclear war, nuclear bomb, leadership, secret service, world politics, end of the world, weapons, conspiracy, political unrest, political ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, year 2008, near future ...
Place: iraq, colorado, usa, middle east, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   35%
 
 7.0
 33K
Pawn Sacrifice
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Style: captivating, factual, entertaining, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, genius, obsession, cold war, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, eccentricity, paranoia, mental illness, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: russia, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   34%
 
 7.3
 11K
All the Way
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Lyndon B. Johnson's amazing 11-month journey from taking office after JFK's assassination, through the fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the ...
Style: dramatic, factual, intense, melancholic, interesting ...
Plot: politics, political, president, racism, race issues, assassination, assassin, mentor, corruption, surveillance, conspiracy, courage ...
Time: 1960s
Place: new jersey, california, vietnam, texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   32%
 
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