Movies like Argo

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Argo (2012)
 7.7
 530K
Argo (2012)
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, captivating, clever, factual, realistic, talky, serious, biting, dramatic ...
Plot: cia, behind enemy lines, danger, american abroad, rescue mission, daring rescue, hostage, secret agents, escapades, hidden identity, race against time, government agency, life risking, u.s. embassy, secret mission, government official, revolution, false identity, firing squad, hollywood, deception, airport, escape, politics, courage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980, year 1981, year 2001
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 realistic, intense, interesting and suspenseful films with plots about betrayal, dialogue, storytelling, corruption, mentor, catastrophe and justice mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Argo: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Munich (2005), Fair Game (2010), Syriana (2005), Rendition (2007). 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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, manhunt, terrorism, military, assassination, torture, espionage, track down, 9/11, explosion, al qaeda, terrorist group ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 197K
Munich (2005)
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: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, secret agents, assassination, politics, revenge, terrorism, murder, jewish, vengeance, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ 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, suspenseful, serious, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, fighting the system, crumbling marriage, state affairs, price of justice, relationship vs career, journalism, secret agents, misled, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1991, year 1992, year 2001 ...
Place: usa, iraq, africa, langley virginia, beirut lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 120K
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, clever, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: cia, globalization, terrorism, bomb, politics, corruption, espionage, suicide, assassination, capitalism, prince, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, usa, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 52K
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, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, cia, terrorism, kidnapping, government agency, undercover, state affairs, senator, police brutality, war on terror, surveillance, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, washington d.c., north africa, cape town south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, intense ...
Plot: ship, hijacking, pirate, navy, kidnapping, hostages, confined, team, rescue, terrorism, ship captain, u.s. navy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, 2010s
Place: somalia, africa, kenya, vermont, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 120K
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, thought provoking, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: whistleblower, espionage, fighting the system, journalism, surveillance, idealism, against the rules, uncover truth, state affairs, moral dilemma, government agency, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2000s, year 2011 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, maryland, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, drug dealing, investigation, uncover truth, police corruption, government agency, life turned upside down, state affairs, conspiracy, society, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: terrorism, espionage, cia, nuclear explosion, cold war, atomic bomb, state affairs, political conspiracy, dishonesty, politics, terrorist plot, nuclear threat ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: usa, baltimore, russia, israel, washington d.c. ...
⇓ 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, white house, revolution, betrayal, terrorism, military, espionage, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 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 ⇓
24%
 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: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, cold war, nato, kgb, cia, mole, undercover, rebellion, double agent, state affairs, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, new york, france, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: wall street, 9/11, culture clash, immigrants, family, photographer, unsupportive parent, starting over, misfit, introspection, society, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, pakistan, usa, istanbul turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 264K
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: cold war, espionage, cia, lawyer, spy, pilot, rescue, fighter pilot, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1960s, year 1960 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, east germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, undercover, satellite, smuggling, heroin, treason, rebellion, rock, double agent, kgb ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, mexico, united states, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Dying of the Light (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Bahamas, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir, has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, track down, espionage, retirement, danger, secret agents, special agents, undercover, revenge, vengeance, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, romania, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, betrayal, invasion, double agent, politics, suspicion, patriotism, intrigue, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 50s, year 1944 ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ 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, tense, captivating ...
Plot: lookalikes, betrayal, impostor, palace, hidden identity, corruption, political corruption, mistress, double life, unlikely partners, state affairs, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: middle east, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, cia, mercenary, sniper, politics, helicopter, conspiracy, president, espionage, assassination, drug cartel, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, usa, venezuela, washington d.c., latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 61K
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: secret agents, spy, mossad, secret agent, war criminal, righting the wronged, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, war crime, nazi, cold war, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: israel, middle east, germany, ukraine, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 319K
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, gang, romancing a criminal, ex convict, criminal heroes, group of criminals, girlfriend, gunfight, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, robbery, armored car, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Style: realistic, clever, thought provoking, humorous, factual ...
Plot: cia, congress, politics, cold war, womanizer, deception, politician, muslim, state affairs, danger, political intrigue, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1980
Place: afghanistan, usa, texas, washington d.c., middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: computers and web, journalism, politics, whistleblower, uncover truth, internet, against the rules, rebelliousness, war crime, fighting the system, life is a bitch, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010, year 2007, year 2011 ...
Place: europe, berlin germany, belgium, zurich switzerland, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 69K
Trumbo (2015)
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: talky, factual, intense, touching, suspense ...
Plot: communism, communist, hollywood, movie business, politics, parent child relationship, political persecution, jail, prison, release from prison, screenwriter, mccarthyism ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.9
 149K
The Insider (1999)
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: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, realistic, talky ...
Plot: journalism, whistleblower, reporter, corruption, paranoia, fear, lawsuit, public health, journalist, cover up, media, ethics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., south carolina, iran, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, intense, tense, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: drug lord, undercover, drug cartel, husband wife relationship, money, death, money laundering, fear, investigation, drugs, secret agents, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, year 1985
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 46K
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, corporate world, dishonesty, downfall, cover-up, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship, twists & turns ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 2K
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, realistic, talky, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, nuclear threat, apocalypse, international crisis, state affairs, danger, leadership, political unrest, chaos, president, nuclear war, nuclear bomb ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, year 2008, near future ...
Place: colorado, usa, iraq, korea, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Little Nikita (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, teenage boy, espionage, investigation, fbi, russian, youth, family relations, hidden identity, double agent, undercover, special agents ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, soviet union, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 121K
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: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, soldier, pow, cia, deception, army, patriotism, military, gulf war, weapon of mass destruction, uncover truth, fellow agent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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