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Shadow Dancer (2012)
 6.2
 11K
Shadow Dancer (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: moral dilemma, ira, family relations, betrayal, snitch, political unrest, radical, siblings relations, undercover, state affairs, loss of son, dishonesty, law enforcement, single parent, spy, political thriller, interrogation, death of brother, london underground, urban, terrorist, torture, terrorism, bombing, christmas tree ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1973, year 1993
Place: ireland, england, london

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Most similar movies to Shadow Dancer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about dishonesty, state affairs, danger, crimes, murder, deadly and undercover mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Shadow Dancer: Hidden Agenda (1990), The Informant (1997), Legacy (2013), Our Mother's House (1967), Blood Ties (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Hidden Agenda (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in ...
Style: rough, tense, thought provoking, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, investigation, torture, parade, terrorism, ira, uncover truth, life is a bitch, state affairs, dedicated lawyer, crimes, folk ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 548
The Informant (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A former Irish Republican Army fighter, Gingy McAnally (Anthony Brophy), is reluctant about being called back into service after serving time in prison. He executes the grisly task but ends up captured by a sympathetic British police lieutenant ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: terrorism, tragic hero, rebellion, politics, betrayal, danger, fighting the system, political unrest, law enforcement, dishonesty, heroes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 5.8
 339
Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: kgb, espionage, spy, state affairs, love and romance, secret agents, betrayal, dishonesty, government agency, political unrest, forbidden love, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, europe, britain, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Our Mother's House (1967)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seven British children bury their mother and hide her death, until their long-lost father (Dirk Bogarde) returns.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, family relations, dishonesty, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children, cons and scams, danger, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 6.5
 18K
Blood Ties (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.
Style: tense, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family problems, crimes, criminal heroes, family relations, family reunited, betrayal, dishonesty, police detective, drugs/alcohol, honest law enforcer, rivalry, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: espionage, shop owner, bomb, police inspector, politics, terrorism, crimes, secret agents, state affairs, danger, undercover, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.5
 167
Midnight Man (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: British soldiers force a recently captured IRA terrorist to cooperate with them and then assign him to go undercover with a gang of terrorists and prevent them from killing the U.S. President. But the spy isn't in long before he realizes that ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, undercover, ira, terrorism, adventure, working undercover, state affairs, crimes, chases and races, downfall, golden years, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: conspiracy, chases and races, state affairs, army investigation, uncover truth, revolution, manhunt, special agents, crimes, danger, race against time, politics ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 4.0
 839
Jill Rips (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A tough guy goes undercover on a personal mission of vengeance into the hardcore world of S&M, to find out who's responsible for the death of his brother.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, law enforcement, investigation, vengeance, tough heroes, crime, dishonesty, deadly, death of brother, undercover cop, female killer, prostitute ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.0
 1K
Resistance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: It is 1944 and the D-Day invasion has failed, Germany's army have successfully invaded England and the Nazi war-machine is now heading west towards Wales. A group of women in an isolated Welsh village near the English border wake up to ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: undercover, espionage, missing person, danger, life is a bitch, wartime life, war, resistance fighter, world war two
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: realistic, tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: irish, ira, terrorism, riot police, crime, undercover, recruit, self esteem, society, danger, snitch, state affairs ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: ireland, europe, canada, scotland, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, state affairs, secret agents, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: cuba, new york, france, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: suspenseful, serious, talky, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, spy, chases and races, secret agents, state affairs, working undercover, danger, political corruption, dishonesty, crimes, adventure, undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.6
 2K
Suture (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father's funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a turn for the better, Vince is actually plotting to kill ...
Style: stylized, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, twins, neo noir, evil twin, amnesia, memory loss, murder, family relations, mistaken identity, love and romance, parents and children, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 404
Hennessy (1975)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Set in the Seventies, Hennessy is a Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the IRA. Hennessy's family is killed, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth of England.
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, manhunt, revenge, war hero, assassination, politics, soldier, rivalry, ira, rebelliousness, political corruption, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Show of Force (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this thriller, television reporter Kate Ryan de Meléndez investigates the death of two radical Puerto Rican activists, whom she begins to believe may have been framed and murdered by undercover American agents.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, investigation, mystery, police corruption, undercover, price of justice, political conspiracy, law enforcement, legal, media, journalism, working undercover ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, communist, spy, double agent, whiskey, cynicism, grocer, iron curtain, library, alcoholic, atheist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.1
 101
Trapped (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Anton O'Neill returns home after five years at sea, he finds that 1970's Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: ira, terrorism, state affairs, love and romance, life is a bitch, injustice, working class, rebellion, love affair, chases and races, on the run, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Mad Enough to Kill (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A girl from an asylum is engaged as nurse to a small, spoiled orphan boy, whose uncle has evil designs on him, and who hopes to kill him and cast the blame on the girl.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: crimes, confined, kidnapping, law enforcement, dishonesty, woman in danger, danger, family relations, frame up, nanny, media, blackmail ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 1K
Cal (1984)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, sincere, bleak
Plot: terrorism, guilt, assassination, life is a bitch, love and romance, state affairs, romance, unfulfillment, couple relations, deadly, couples, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, political intrigue, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 966
Blood and Ties (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Da-eun lives a happy life with her single father, a man who sacrificed everything in his life for her. She loved her father very dearly. However, their relationship is about to take an unexpected turn. Da-eun becomes suspicious that her father might ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: single parent, woman in danger, danger, deadly, disorder, dishonesty, investigation, life is a bitch, crimes, parents and children, kidnapping, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Plot: espionage, government agency, dishonesty, state affairs, life is a bitch, special agents, alcohol abuse, undercover, fbi agent, cia, cia agent, fbi ...
Time: 90s
Place: langley virginia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 5.1
 794
In the Shadows (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a stunt man dies in Miami, his uncle, a New York mob boss, sends a hit man to tail the stunt coordinator, whom the boss wants dead. The hit man, Eric O'Bryne, gets close to his mark's daughter, and through her he asks her dad to teach ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, stuntman, crime, witnessing a crime, undercover, rivalry, deadly, dishonesty, criminal heroes, gangsters, working undercover, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 154
The Outsider (1979)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson), an American Vietnam veteran of Irish descent, returns to Belfast to join the cause of his grandfather, Seamus (Sterling Hayden). Soon he finds that he is not as welcomed in his home country as he imagined he would ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: rivalry, power relations, terrorism, fish out of water, ira, idealism, tragic hero, political unrest, innocence lost, dishonesty, manipulations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, detroit, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.1
 420
Days of Terror (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the midst of a personal crisis, junior senator Maggie Davidson (Holly) ascertains that she's the subject of a terrorist plot.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political conspiracy, danger, undercover, assassination, terrorism, crimes, state affairs, save the day, human nature, rivalry, dishonesty, government agency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 727
Complicity (2000)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Local journalist, Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have some motives. His brutal murders are also committed on behalf of the underdog. The stories begin to merge ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: journalism, murder, serial killer, frame up, investigation, media, police detective, police investigation, dishonesty, crimes, who done it, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
To Commit a Murder (1967)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A writer gets wrapped up in espionage.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, rough
Plot: espionage, kidnapping, spy, dishonesty, heroes, danger, undercover, rescue, chases and races, crimes, state affairs, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, thought provoking, serious, suspense ...
Plot: cia, globalization, terrorism, politics, corruption, espionage, capitalism, political conspiracy, political unrest, deal, danger, bomb ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, usa, switzerland, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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