Movies like Argo

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Argo (2012)
 7.7
 615K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, 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: tense, suspenseful, captivating, suspense, political, clever, breathtaking, factual, intense, intellectual ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, revolution, secret mission, politics, u.s. embassy, espionage, spy, hostage, american abroad, escape, culture clash, secret agents, daring rescue, false identity, firing squad, twists and turns, escapades, hidden identity, race against time, government agency, life risking, protest, conspiracy, deception ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, 20th century, year 1981, year 2001
Place: middle east, iran, tehran iran, california, langley virginia, istanbul turkey, washington d.c. ...

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Most similar movies to Argo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, tense, suspense and serious films with plots about corruption, betrayal, mentor, conspiracy, dialogue, catastrophe and politics mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Argo: Munich (2005), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Syriana (2005), Homeland (2011), Not Without My Daughter (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 228K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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: political, suspenseful, tense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, assassination, jewish, vengeance, spy, mossad, murder, politics, judaism, terrorist, secret agents ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: middle east, israel, beirut lebanon, europe, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
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: suspenseful, tense, suspense, political, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, espionage, military, terrorist, 9/11, swat team, spy, manhunt, al qaeda, terrorist group, post september 11 2001 ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 2003, year 2005 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, baghdad iraq, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.9
 131K
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: suspense, political, tense, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, capitalism, politics, globalization, corruption, oil, conspiracy, political conspiracy, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, iran, lebanon, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 342K
Homeland (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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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: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, political ...
Plot: terrorism, espionage, cia, spy, terrorist, investigation, surveillance, bipolar disorder, government agency, treason, counter terrorism, top secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, langley virginia, usa, america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: factual, tense, thought provoking, bleak, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: islam, culture clash, women, confined, escape, female protagonist, domestic violence, family problems, society, life is a bitch, isolation, escape attempt ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, israel, michigan, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Action, 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: suspense, realistic, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: ship, hostage, kidnapping, terrorism, survival, rescue, u.s. navy, escapades, pirate, hostage situation, ocean, ransom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2010s, 2000s
Place: somalia, africa, kenya, virginia, vermont ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, factual, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: drug lord, drugs, money laundering, addiction, drug cartel, gangsters, federal agent, investigation, death, drug addiction, undercover agent, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1985, 20th century
Place: latin america, usa
⇓ 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: political, tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, journalist, drug smuggling, media manipulation, u.s. government, conspiracy, politics, investigation, brainwashing, secrets, investigative reporter ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: california, los angeles, iran, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: political, thought provoking, realistic, clever, factual ...
Plot: cold war, cia, politics, womanizer, stripper, arms dealer, party, female nudity, satire, congress, congressman, christmas party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980, 90s, year 1988 ...
Place: afghanistan, washington d.c., texas, pakistan, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 50K
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: political, intense, factual, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: cia, politics, corruption, spy, espionage, political conspiracy, secret service, journalism, newspaper, conspiracy theory, cia agent, political corruption ...
Time: year 2002, year 1995, year 2003, year 2001, year 1993 ...
Place: africa, middle east, washington d.c., iraq, east africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 56K
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, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, conspiracy, kidnapping, terrorist, surveillance, torture, cia, war on terror, spy, police brutality, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, washington d.c., egypt, south africa, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 154K
State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: suspense, political, tense, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: journalism, political conspiracy, politics, conspiracy, newspaper, corruption, reporter, spy, assassination, crimes, twists and turns, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: political, suspense, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, politics, conspiracy, white house, military, u.s. air force, espionage, terrorism, secret service, betrayal, race against time, revolution ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, future
Place: pentagon, latin america, austin texas, california, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Malta, Morocco
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: intense, suspenseful, realistic, tense, factual ...
Plot: war, cia, courage, swat team, rescue mission, mercenary, gunfight, battlefield, terrorism, embassy, navy seal, military ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, year 2011, 21st century
Place: libya, pentagon, africa, iraq, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, serious, intense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, terrorism, surveillance, secret agents, terrorist, spy, conspiracy, race against time, murder, political conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: russia, london, new york, big ben london, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, treason, undercover, double agent, political conspiracy, dishonesty, society, buddies, rebellion, drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico city, ussr, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 138K
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: suspense, tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, cia, war, military, swat team, spy, army, deception, soldier, pow, chase, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 58K
Jungle (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, 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: atmospheric, serious, suspense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, jungle, amazon rainforest, alone, adventurer, rescue, nature, hallucination, raft, river, wilderness, lost ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, year 1981, year 1980
Place: bolivia, south america, andes mountains
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, 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, emotional, intense, realistic ...
Plot: 9/11, culture clash, family, immigrants, wall street, conspiracy, political unrest, false accusation, american dream, civil rights, starting over, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, pakistan, boston, middle east, canada ...
⇓ 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: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, political, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, terrorism, nuclear bomb, nuclear war, terrorist, white house, nuclear explosion, covert operation, nuclear threat ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 70s, 2000s ...
Place: maryland, russia, israel, washington d.c., middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 59K
Thirteen Days (2000)
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: political, suspenseful, tense, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: cold war, politics, president, political intrigue, leadership, un, diplomacy, white house, spy, undercover, nuclear threat, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: cuba, ussr, boston, russia, the philippines ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 70K
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: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, tense, talky ...
Plot: spy, mossad, war criminal, cold war, world war two, jewish, secret agents, nazi, espionage, nazi hunter, redemption, female protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 90s, 70s, year 1997 ...
Place: israel, middle east, berlin germany, east germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, tense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, conspiracy, brainwashing, investigation, politics, british, double agent, political intrigue, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, albania, england, berlin germany, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.0
 60K
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, realistic, suspenseful, intense, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, spy, investigation, fbi, surveillance, cia, manipulation, intrigue, betrayal, double agent, suspicion, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, ussr, moscow russia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 153K
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, political, factual, serious ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, internet, hacking, whistleblower, moral dilemma, surveillance, hacker, spy, idealism, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2015, year 2011, year 2004 ...
Place: hong kong, geneva switzerland, japan, russia, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 18K
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: suspense, tense, suspenseful, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: spy, cold war, espionage, betrayal, surveillance, cuban missile crisis, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: cuba, france, paris france, copenhagen, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, political ...
Plot: espionage, spy, terrorism, intelligence, surveillance, secret service, investigation, islam, betrayal, manipulation, who to trust, character study ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: hamburg germany, germany, berlin germany, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 172K
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: cerebral, political, suspense, talky, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalism, whistleblower, corruption, business, reporter, conspiracy, politics, legal, courtroom, lawyer, media, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., mississippi, iran, south carolina, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 22K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: political, thought provoking, emotional, talky, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: politics, dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, conspiracy, military, corruption, missing person, character study, journalist, political intrigue, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, iraq, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, tense, bleak, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, investigation, secret service, mole, british intelligence, double agent, betrayal, government agency, secret agents, surveillance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, london, england, budapest, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%