Movies like Shadow Dancer

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Shadow Dancer (2012)
 6.2
 13K
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, tense, suspenseful, realistic, political, surprise ending, political thriller, psychological thriller
Plot: ira, spy, moral dilemma, betrayal, undercover, family relations, radical, political unrest, siblings relations, snitch, state affairs, law enforcement, single parent, loss of son, dishonesty, interrogation, death of brother, espionage, strong female presence, law enforcer criminal relations, terrorist, escape, torture, terrorism, female spy ...
Time: 20th century, year 1973, year 1993, 90s, 70s, 1990s
Place: ireland, england, london, europe, northern ireland, united kingdom, belfast

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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, murder, undercover, crimes and deadly mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Shadow Dancer: The Informant (1997), Legacy (2013), The Secret Agent (1996), Hidden Agenda (1990), Our Mother's House (1967). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 655
The Informant (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 105 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: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: terrorism, ira, uncover truth, introspection, political unrest, betrayal, police investigation, heroes, tragic hero, life is a bitch, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, belfast, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 412
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, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: secret agents, cold war, espionage, spy, kgb, betrayal, government agency, love and romance, undercover, forbidden love, political unrest, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, ussr, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, harsh, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, spy, betrayal, espionage, bomb, politics, murder mystery, sabotage, police inspector, russian, conspiracy, secret agents ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1930s, 1880s, 18th century
Place: london, england, scotland, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: political, realistic, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, lawyer, blackmail, cia, terrorism, torture, killer, investigation, cover-up, folk, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, slasher ...
Plot: youth, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family problems, dishonesty, single parent, kids in trouble, homecoming, parents and children, siblings relations, secret, death of mother ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: factual, brutal, captivating, stylized, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ira, irish republican army, crimes, crime gone awry, brutality, snitch, secret agents, state affairs, undercover, gangsters, irish, weapons ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, canada, middle east, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, political thriller
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, terrorism, political corruption, betrayal, state affairs, race against time, government agency, manhunt, undercover, revolution, political intrigue ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 20K
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: brother brother relationship, police, family relations, money, love, criminal heroes, crimes, family problems, dishonesty, betrayal, family reunited, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 4.6
 159
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: ira, terrorism, on the run, police detective, moral dilemma, rebellion, society, life is a bitch, law enforcement, love and romance, injustice, rebelliousness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, europe, belfast, dublin ireland, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 16K
Page Eight (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Page Eight is lovingly turned, with elegant writing, a flawless cast and a heartfelt message from writer/director David Hare about the danger zone where spies and politicians meet. The tension builds gently as we follow the fortunes of Johnny ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, political, captivating ...
Plot: spy, espionage, secret service, government agency, undercover, loss of friend, blackmail, dishonesty, state affairs, father daughter relationship, politician, politics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.8
 209
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: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, soldier, terrorism, ira, assassination attempt, british monarchy, rivalry, golden years, crimes, law enforcement, heroes, assassination ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.9
 2K
Resistance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, 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: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: world war two, wartime life, missing person, espionage, life is a bitch, undercover, war, strong female presence, resistance fighter, danger
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, double agent, investigation, politics, british, political intrigue, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, albania, england, berlin germany, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Brighton Rock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.
Style: tense, serious, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, gang war, waitress, revenge, witnessing a crime, dishonesty, couples, criminal heroes, murder, woman in danger, husband wife relationship, monster ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.1
 645
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, serious, exciting, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, revenge, terrorism, manhunt, assassination attempt, rivalry, politics, heroes, assassination, law enforcement, crimes, fugitives ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, london, europe, england, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 2K
Cal (1984)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
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: political, tense, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: ira, religion, guilt, terrorism, older woman younger man, couple relations, tragic love, haunted by the past, political unrest, forbidden love, couples, tragic hero ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 3K
Two Lives (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Norway
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: berlin wall, court, haunted by the past, undercover, family life, hidden truth, dishonesty, espionage, testimony, lawyer, new life, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1969, year 1990
Place: germany, norway, east germany, german democratic republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense, serious ...
Plot: assassination, murder, politics, kidnapping, political conspiracy, political corruption, moral dilemma, crimes, frame up, dishonesty, state affairs, mission gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 3.9
 1K
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, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, law enforcement, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, tough heroes, death of brother, dominatrix, jack the ripper, prostitute, undercover cop ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, confined, nanny, frame up, kidnapping, woman in danger, family relations, child in peril, insanity, killer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: talky, realistic, clever, bleak, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, british intelligence, iron curtain, double agent, berlin wall, loner, politics, library, cynicism, betrayal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, berlin germany, london, england, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, political thriller
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mossad, politics, espionage, terrorism, state affairs, intrigue, undercover, secret agents, political intrigue, double agent, dishonesty, mistaken identity ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, israel, england, germany, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, investigation, undercover, mystery, police corruption, journalism, uncover truth, legal, amateur detective, crimes, law enforcement, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.5
 1K
Dirty War (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: radical, firefighter, counter terrorism, secret agents, terrorism, save the day, special agents, government agency, undercover, crimes, race against time, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: tense, suspenseful, suspense, 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 ⇓
33%
 5.8
 850
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: suspenseful, tense, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, journalism, murder, police detective, uncover truth, investigation, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, frame up, legal, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: exciting, talky, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: spy, cold war, espionage, assassin, mole, betrayal, dishonesty, secret agents, state affairs, crimes, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 7K
Farewell (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Engaging, emotional and riveting, FAREWELL is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history— about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, political ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, double agent, undercover, working undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, betrayal, kgb, father son relationship, iron curtain ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Few Days in September (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, Portugal
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 1 September 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappears. His sole aim was to meet his daughter Orlando, whom he abandoned ten years before. Irène, a French agent who used to ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: intelligence agency, secret agents, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, track down, parents and children, spy, sniper, incest, empire, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: september 11 2001, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, venice, europe, italy, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: tense, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, uncover truth, parents and children, murder, kidnapping, moral dilemma, family relations, hidden identity, investigation, single parent, dishonesty, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%