Movies and TV shows like To Play the King

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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.
TV show
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: political, tense, clever, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, witty, cynical, political thriller
Plot: politics, royal family, cons and scams, british monarchy, british prime minister, british politics, survival, heroes, mistress, priest, rise to the top, society, political intrigue, ambition, throne, satire, head of state, campaign, conservative, political corruption, dishonesty, merciless, state affairs, tough heroes, prostitute ...
Time: 90s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, political and clever films and TV series with plots about state affairs, politics, dishonesty, society, ambition, rise to the top and political intrigue mostly in Drama, Biography and Comedy genres. Some movies like To Play the King: House of Cards (1990), The Final Cut (1995), House of Cards (2013), The Politician's Wife (1995), Spin (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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House of Cards (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 226 min.
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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: tense, witty, political, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, state affairs, journalist, reporter, manipulation, deception, power struggle, dishonesty, intrigue, political corruption, conservative ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
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The Final Cut (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 206 min.
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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: political, cynical, biting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, prime minister, political corruption, haunted by the past, cons and scams, ambition, dishonesty, state affairs, society, head of state, golden years, suspense ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
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House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
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, clever, political, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, adult
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Time: 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Politician's Wife (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 185 min.
TV show
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: political, realistic, psychological, serious, tense ...
Plot: politics, cheating, adultery, president, manipulation, betrayal, infidelity, motivation, british politics, crumbling marriage, vengeance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: big ben london, london
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Spin (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
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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 ...
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Time: 21st century
Place: france
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The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
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: realistic, captivating, tense, serious, political ...
Audience: teens
Plot: politics, betrayal, political intrigue, relationship vs career, ambition, blind ambition, state affairs, couples, husband wife relationship, career woman, british politics, mental disorder ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england, london
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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, realistic, serious, political, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, leadership, ambition, rise to the top, society, friendship, political corruption, political intrigue, dishonesty, campaign, state affairs, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 21st century
Place: england, britain
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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, realistic, cynical, clever, political ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, cover up, manipulation, campaign, fighting the system, society, state affairs, political intrigue, legal, journalism, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
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Coalition (2015)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 74 min.
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 ...
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Knife Fight (2012)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 100 min.
Story: A political strategist juggling three clients questions whether or not to take the high road as the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him.
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, cynical, talky ...
Plot: politics, ambition, satire, private vs public, political intrigue, dishonesty, political corruption, society, campaign, americana, state affairs, lesbian ...
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Vanity Fair (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel. The first colour production from the BBC.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized
Plot: manipulation, satire, deception, betrayal, couples, power relations, society, dishonesty, blind ambition, love and romance, ambition, rise to the top ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
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Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A light hearted look at future Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers rise from research chemist in 1949 to becoming MP for Finchley in 1959 encompassing her early relationship and marriage to Oil Millionaire Denis Thatcher.
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, sincere, political ...
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AFR (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 83 min.
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The Ice Cream Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama
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Style: realistic, tense, serious, captivating
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The Best Man (1964)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 102 min.
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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.
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Genre: Drama
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Israel
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Style: serious, realistic, bleak, epic, captivating ...
Plot: bible, antiquity, ambition, state affairs, rise to the top, corrupted ruler, society, dishonesty, heroes, religions or cults, battles, royal family ...
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Reign (2013)
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Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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Story: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
Style: sexy, stylized, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, adult
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The Galíndez File (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, UK, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, France
Duration: 124 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
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Story: England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose ...
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Genre: Drama
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Style: realistic, suspenseful, emotional, tense, captivating ...
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Tanner '88 (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 353 min.
TV show
Story: In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a ...
Style: cynical, biting, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
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20%
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 385 min.
TV show
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Style: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
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TV show
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Style: political, serious, tense, realistic, captivating ...
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Time: 21st century
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