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To Play the King (1993)
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To Play the King (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
Story: Francis Urquhart, unscrupulous but cunning Conservative politician, managed to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition. But his survival on the top is threatened by a liberal monarch and some skeletons in the closet.
Style: clever, serious, witty, realistic, cynical, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: cons and scams, royal family, head of state, political corruption, political intrigue, campaign, politics, dishonesty, state affairs, rise to the top, survival, tough heroes, ambition, heroes, society, cards, throne, conservative, mistress, merciless, prince, priest, member of parliament, psychopath, corruption ...
Time: 90s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, clever and captivating films and TV series with plots about state affairs, politics, dishonesty, ambition, society, political intrigue and rise to the top mostly in Drama, Comedy and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like To Play the King: House of Cards (1990), The Final Cut (1995), Spin (2012), Power (1986), House of Cards (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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House of Cards (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 226 min.
Story: Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime ...
Style: witty, tense, biting, clever, serious ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, cocaine, journalist, reporter, politician, blind ambition, intrigue, journalism, manipulations, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
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The Final Cut (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 206 min.
Story: Approaching his 65th birthday, Prime Minister Frances Urquhart begins to see the end of his career. Not that he has the intention of resigning anytime soon. He does however hope to establish a legacy, one for the history books and one to provide his ...
Style: serious, biting, realistic, cynical, clever ...
Plot: prime minister, politics, head of state, cons and scams, political thriller, dishonesty, state affairs, golden years, haunted by the past, political corruption, ambition, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
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 7.5
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Spin (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
Story: The President of the French Republic, visiting Saint-Etienne in the Loire, in a striking plant dies, victim of a bomb attack. The political world is agitated: early presidential elections to be held within the next thirty-five days. There is no ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: head of state, blind ambition, political intrigue, campaign, politics, state affairs, rise to the top, workplace situations, ambition, media, rivalry, workplace
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: serious, talky, cynical, realistic, clever
Plot: political corruption, politics, head of state, journalism, legal action, manipulations, rise to the top, uncover truth, idealism, media satire, political intrigue, campaign ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
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House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of ...
Style: serious, cynical, clever, witty, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political intrigue, manipulations, politics, state affairs, blind ambition, political corruption, intrigue, lobbyist, white house, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building
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The Best Man (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, witty, biting ...
Plot: politics, election campaign, head of state, political intrigue, presidential election, campaign, dishonesty, state affairs, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, rise to the top, political corruption ...
Time: 60s
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The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Aiden Hoynes is a senior cabinet minister who has always put his career before family, with the support of Freya, his devoted wife and mother to their two young children. But when Freya's own political career takes off and threatens to ...
Style: serious, tense, talky, realistic, clever ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, politician, couple relations, betrayal by friend, jealousy, family, wife husband relationship, political intrigue, relationship vs career, ambition, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
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The Politician's Wife (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 185 min.
Story: A woman's life is turned upside down when it is revealed that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, has been having an affair with a former prostitute.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: politics, cheating, betrayal, adultery, infidelity, battle of the sexes, crumbling marriage, vengeance, love affair, sexual relations, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: big ben london
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38%
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Coalition (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: Political drama about the rise of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats during the 2010 election. After the election failed to produce an outright winner, Clegg was catapulted into an unaccustomed position of influence and was the recipient of ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: politics, campaign, rise to the top, ambition, state affairs, political intrigue, rivalry, british, male protagonist, tunnel, parliament, cigarette ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010
Place: england, london
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 7.5
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The Royals (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating
Plot: royal family, forbidden love, palace intrigue, couple relations, monarchy, scandal, love and romance, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, society, paparazzi, anarchy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
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35%
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The Deal (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It is approaching an election in the UK when the leader of the Labour party, John Smith, suffers another in a line of heart attacks and dies. With the leadership campaign about to start the clear choice appears to be Gordon Brown, a stanch Scotsman. ...
Style: clever, serious, talky, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, head of state, political corruption, political intrigue, royal family, campaign, state affairs, betrayal, contests and competitions, leadership, rise to the top, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, betrayal, friendship, college, blind ambition, vengeance, political intrigue, campaign, dishonesty, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, new jersey, california
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33%
A Story of David: The Hunted (1960)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Israel
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Directed by Bob McNaught. King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies. Now Saul, egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg, attempts to have David killed. ...
Style: biblical, epic, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: royal family, heroes, sword and sandal, state affairs, rise to the top, religions or cults, battles, ambition, dishonesty, society, corrupted ruler, religion
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, epic, captivating
Plot: royal family, queen, king, prince, aristocracy, state affairs, shakespeare, royal court, betrayal, political intrigue, battles, politics ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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Commander in Chief (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Commander in Chief is an American drama television series that focused on the fictional administration and family of Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States, who ascends to the post from the Vice Presidency after the death ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, sincere, talky ...
Plot: politics, white house, head of state, female politician, president, usa president, rise to the top, feminism, workplace intrigue, idealism, workplace situations, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Ice Cream Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: The Ice Creams is based on the bestselling book by Dorothy Koomson about two girls who, one brief summer, find themselves involved with an abusive, controlling man. The situation spirals out of control and they are trial for his murder; ultimately ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, murder, murder mystery, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, life is a bitch, youth, woman
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: england
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1992 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Story: Set in Rome, Milan and different Italian cities, the TV series offers a thrilling story following six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape in the early 1990s, during which Italy was gripped by the Clean ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: investigation, politics, italian history, parliament, government corruption, corruption, politician, society, state affairs, revolution, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy
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Kings (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A riveting drama about a modern day monarchy, a contemporary re-telling of the timeless tale of David and Goliath. This series is an epic story of greed and power, war and romance, forbidden loves and secret alliances -- and a young hero who rises ...
Style: serious, epic
Plot: royal family, chosen one, princess, queen, king, royal court, politics, rise to the top, power struggle, alternate reality, parallel world, political intrigue ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 1547, King Henry VIII's life has taken a turn for the worse and he is forced to look back over his life and the many loves which had brought him his three children, only one of which was the desired male heir to secure the Tudor dynasty.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating
Plot: british royal family, royal family, head of state, royal court, state affairs, couples, palaces castles and temples, intrigue, uninhibited rivalry, couple relations, political intrigue, religions or cults ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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27%
 7.5
 45
Vanity Fair (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel. The first colour production from the BBC.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: manipulation, blind ambition, rise to the top, romance, couple relations, rich and poor, life turned upside down, ambition, society, couples, power relations, manipulations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england
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27%
 8.5
 14K
The Fortress (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Borgen is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage. The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte ...
Style: clever, serious, talky, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, politician, media coverage, leader, journalist, marriage, head of state, journalism, parliament, democracy, government, political intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, scandinavia, copenhagen denmark
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27%
 8.7
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The West Wing (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: politics, white house, political intrigue, politician, election, state affairs, chief of staff, administration, senator, media coverage, confrontation, loyalty ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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26%
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K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: K Street is a 2003 HBO television series about lobbyists and politicians in Washington, D.C. It was named for a street that is home to many lobbying and legal firms.
Style: serious, clever, talky, realistic, witty ...
Plot: politics, lobbyist, workplace situations, office, realism, dishonesty, workplace, workplace intrigue, campaign, ambition, media, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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26%
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Family of Spies (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Fact based story of John A. Walker, Jr., a Navy Chief Warrant Officer with access to top secret cryptographic communications. As a result of mounting debts, he sold secrets to the Soviets in 1967, a practice that he continued thereafter. He further ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: espionage, betrayal, government agency, secret agents, special agents, political conspiracy, working undercover, politics, dishonesty, heroes, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: russia, washington d.c.
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Clouds of Witness (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the contradicting testimony of a cloud of witnesses to save ...
Style: talky, serious, clever, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, mystery, investigation, crime, estate, who done it, crimes, deadly, society, detective inspector, murder investigation ...
Time: 1920s
Place: england, europe
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24%
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 385 min.
Story: Martin Chuzzlewit is an old man with a large fortune and an even larger set of family and friends. A portrait of greed and selfishness, this magnificent adaptation of Dickens' comic masterpiece features an all-star cast.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: inheritance, blackmail, intrigue, manipulations, innocence lost, ambition, dishonesty, society, family relations, social relations, tribe, social climbing ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england, usa
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24%
To Serve Them All My Days (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 673 min.
Story: David Powlett-Jones has just returned to England from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked and, after a spell in hospital he gets a job teaching in a boys boarding school in S.W. England. He is not at all sure he can do the job, but ...
Style: serious, clever, talky, realistic, touching
Plot: boarding school, dedicated educator, rise to the top, school, human spirit, war, idealism, rich and poor, college, social differences, teachers and students, boarding school life ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s ...
Place: england, europe
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23%
Political Animals (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 360 min.
Story: Political Animals is a six-part miniseries. Elaine Barrish's husband Bud was a popular President of the United States during the 1990s despite his extramarital affairs. After leaving the White House, Elaine Barrish was elected Governor of ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: politics, divorce, president, reporter, white house, state affairs, family relations, journalism, parents and children, ambition, media, private vs public ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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23%
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Silk (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Silk is a British television drama series produced by the BBC and first shown in 2011. Written by Peter Moffat, the series follows a set of barristers, and what they do to attain the rank of Queen's Counsel, known as "taking silk."
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, courtroom, uninhibited rivalry, workplace intrigue, courtroom drama, ambition, legal, rivalry, workplace, blind ambition, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Man Inside (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Gunter Wallraff is a journalist seeking to expose the unethical journalism practiced by The Standard, a very popular and powerful German newspaper. He goes undercover, using forged identity papers and at great personal risk, to join their staff. ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: undercover, journalism, uncover truth, media satire, political corruption, price of justice, working undercover, campaign, dishonesty, legal, media, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, germany
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