Movies like Argo

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Argo (2012)
 7.7
 554K
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, intense, realistic, talky, serious, biting ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, hostage, behind enemy lines, danger, american abroad, daring rescue, 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, culture clash ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001, year 1981
Place: usa, middle east, langley virginia, 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, tense, intense and serious films with plots about mentor, betrayal, dialogue, politics, storytelling, corruption and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Argo: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Munich (2005), Kill the Messenger (2014), Syriana (2005), Captain Phillips (2013). 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: terrorism, cia, manhunt, military, assassination, navy seal, espionage, track down, 9/11, terrorist, explosion, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, year 2011 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 205K
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: terrorism, espionage, politics, murder, mossad, assassination, jewish, terrorist, secret agents, vengeance, revenge, morality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, state affairs, police corruption, government agency, life turned upside down, conspiracy theory, conspiracy, society ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 123K
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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, capitalism, globalization, politics, corruption, espionage, spy, political conspiracy, deal, danger, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, persia, usa, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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, terrorism, hijacking, hostage, rescue, navy, kidnapping, hostages, u.s. navy, confined, team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, united states, virginia, kenya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 40K
Jungle (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, Colombia, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A mysterious guide escorts an enthusiastic adventurer and his friend into the Amazon jungle, but their journey turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of human nature and the deadliest threats of the wild force them to fight for ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: survival, jungle, river, adventurer, raft, alone, rescue, amazon rainforest, hallucination, israeli, amazon, swamp ...
Place: bolivia, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 45K
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: realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, relationship vs career, price of justice, crumbling marriage, fighting the system, state affairs, journalism, uncover truth, family in crisis, government agency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1985, year 1972, 2000s ...
Place: usa, iraq, africa, dubai, pakistan ...
⇓ 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, society, buddies, political conspiracy, dishonesty, cold war, spy, heroin, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, soviet union, mexico, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.3
 293K
Homeland (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable. With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson, Carrie fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: cia, terrorism, espionage, explosion, investigation, danger, surveillance, top secret, treason, paranoia, spy, marines ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, usa, virginia, iraq, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, tense, captivating, intense ...
Plot: lookalikes, betrayal, hidden identity, impostor, double life, power relations, dictatorship, mistress, right hand man, dishonesty, manipulation, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: middle east, iraq, california
⇓ 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, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: wall street, culture clash, 9/11, immigrants, political unrest, family, starting over, dishonesty, false accusation, hopes, american dream, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, pakistan, istanbul turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 128K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, espionage, fighting the system, political thriller, whistleblower, national security, surveillance, moral dilemma, idealism, government agency, media, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2004, year 2006 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, maryland, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, realistic, based on true events, factual ...
Plot: drug cartel, drug lord, money laundering, undercover, money, death, fear, investigation, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction, federal agent ...
Time: 20th century, year 1985
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: rough, serious, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, cia, kidnapping, terrorist, government agency, undercover, state affairs, senator, police brutality, war on terror, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, washington d.c., chicago illinois, cape town south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 16K
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, state affairs, secret agents, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, france, usa, new york, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, politics, dishonesty, danger, government agency, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 126K
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, pow, iraq war, cia, patriotism, soldier, deception, uncover truth, investigation, army, political unrest, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, nuclear explosion, cold war, atomic bomb, cia, terrorist, covert operation, political conspiracy, state affairs, dishonesty, politics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 2002, 2000s ...
Place: baltimore, usa, russia, israel, chechnya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 275K
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, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, cia, spy, lawyer, pilot, rescue, danger, justice, mission, undercover, secret agent ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1957, 1950s ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, east germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.
Style: touching, tense, bleak, thought provoking, factual ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: culture clash, confined, escape, society, family problems, life is a bitch, isolation, hopes, escape attempt, family in crisis, domestic violence, female protagonist ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: political conspiracy, politics, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political thriller, political corruption, president, political intrigue, white house, cover up, wiretap ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, terrorism, espionage, conspiracy, secret agents, sniper, surveillance, undercover, murder, race against time, dishonesty, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: russia, afghanistan, big ben london, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, 1990s, 2000s
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, israel, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, politician, deception, muslim, law enforcement, political intrigue, danger, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1980
Place: afghanistan, usa, texas, pakistan, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Drama. TV Movie.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, contemplative
Plot: espionage, secret agents, undercover, rise and fall, government agency, politics, betrayal, dishonesty, fbi, kgb, mentally unstable, stripper ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, prison, human nature, university, confined, teachers and students, experiment, student, experiment gone awry, disorder, prison life, human experiment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 57K
Breach (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, intense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, spy, fbi, surveillance, double agent, undercover, investigation, betrayal, working undercover, special agents, intrigue, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, moscow russia, ussr, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Martin McGartland's real life story as a informant for the British Police to spy on the IRA. Taking place from 1987-1991, Martin (Jim Sturgess) works his way up the ranks of the IRA, while keeping his informant with the police Fergis ...
Style: captivating, tense, factual, brutal, based on true events ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ira, snitch, secret agents, crime, danger, undercover, state affairs, crimes, irish, terrorism, riot police, storytelling ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: ireland, europe, canada, scotland, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 111K
13 Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Malta, Morocco, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Style: based on true events, suspense, realistic, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, rescue mission, heroism, gunfight, courage, politics, survival, machismo, war, mercenary, american abroad, cia ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, 21st century, year 2011
Place: libya, langley virginia, washington d.c., pentagon, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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