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To Play the King
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: head of state, cons and scams, political corruption, royal family, 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 Best Man
Drama
USA
102 min.
 7.7
I, Claudius
Biography, Drama, History
UK
650 min.
 8.9
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, clever and captivating films and TV series with plots about state affairs, politics, dishonesty, society, political corruption, political intrigue and ambition mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like To Play the King: The Final Cut (1995), House of Cards (1990), Power (1986), The Best Man (1964), The Man Inside (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Final Cut
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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 ...
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Time: 90s
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House of Cards
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: serious, clever, dark humor, witty, realistic ...
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Power
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: cynical, talky, serious, realistic, clever
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Time: 80s
Place: usa
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The Best Man
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The Man Inside
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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. ...
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Coalition
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The Rider Named Death
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.
Style: serious, thought provoking, epic, realistic, talky ...
Plot: opera, anti heroes, head of state, tragic hero, assassination, terrorism, leadership, rebelliousness, political corruption, political unrest, revolution, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century
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The Politician's Husband
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, talky, tense, realistic, clever ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, couple relations, political intrigue, relationship vs career, ambition, couples, politician, blind ambition, manipulations, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
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Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rise of Jackie Presser to President of the Teamster Union.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, sincere
Plot: gangsters, blind ambition, leadership, rise and fall, political corruption, political intrigue, fighting the system, politics, ambition, crimes, state affairs, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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    User:   35%
 
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No
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Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, dramatic, captivating ...
Plot: campaign, underdog, idealism, fighting the system, political unrest, dictatorship, politics, political, censorship, oppression, corruption, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, chile, santiago de chile, santiago chile, south america
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    User:   40%
 
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AFR
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Danmarks statsminister Anders Fogh Rasmussen er blevet myrdet. Den hovedmistænkte er statsministerens homoseksuelle elsker Emil. I tiden efter mordet møder vi en lang række af verdens politikere og magtfulde mennesker, fra Kofi Annan til Pia ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: head of state, campaign, deadly, state affairs, politics, gays and lesbians, assassination, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
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Country: France, Belgium
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Audience: boys' night
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Place: scotland
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The Politician's Wife
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Country: UK
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Time: 90s
Place: big ben london
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Princess Kaiulani
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
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Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: epic, sincere, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: head of state, leadership, politics, rebelliousness, redemption, fall in love, princess, destiny, political unrest, campaign, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: hawaii, usa
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The Big Brass Ring
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become president of the United States. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: head of state, media satire, political conspiracy, political corruption, campaign, politics, dishonesty, media, state affairs, gays and lesbians, journalism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s
Place: missouri, usa
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The Seduction of Joe Tynan
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, cynical, gloomy ...
Plot: betrayal, crumbling marriage, introspection, moral dilemma, self discovery, political corruption, couple relations, workplace romance, dishonesty, legal, society, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Fortress
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, head of state, journalism, politician, political intrigue, relationship vs career, state affairs, leadership, couple relations, parents and children, family life, tv show ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, scandinavia, copenhagen denmark
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Tycoon: A New Russian
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the ...
Style: cynical, serious, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: assassination, crime, betrayal, blind ambition, rise and fall, rise to the top, political corruption, fighting the system, politics, ambition, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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    User:   28%
 
 8.9
 13K
I, Claudius
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 650 min.
Story: Tracing the lives of several Roman emperors, this is an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras. Bearing witness to the saga is Claudius, whose stutter and limp have ...
Style: epic, clever, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, emperor, head of state, ambition, intrigue, royal court, leadership, political intrigue, rise to the top, manipulation, ancient rome ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: europe, italy
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System:   31%
    User:   29%
 
 7.4
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The Supper
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: France, 1815. After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon heads for exile. Royalists occupy Paris and attempt to restore the monarchy. However, the battle doesn't seem to be over. On July 6, Talleyrand, a shrewd politician of flexible convictions, ...
Style: serious, clever, talky, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: head of state, political unrest, royal family, politics, revolution, state affairs, leadership, opposites attract, rise to the top, tragic love, political intrigue, wartime life ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1810s
Place: france, paris france
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    User:   29%
 
Revengers Tragedy
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Revengers Tragedy is a film adaptation of the 1606 play The Revenger's Tragedy It was directed by Alex Cox and adapted for the screen by Cox's fellow Liverpudlian, Frank Cottrell Boyce. The film stars Christopher Eccleston as the ...
Style: serious, bleak, futuristic, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: anti heroes, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, murder, future dystopia, wedding, revenge, dishonesty, rivalry, head of state, mentally unstable, secret identity ...
Time: future
Place: england, europe
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    User:   33%
 
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A Story of David: The Hunted
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: serious, captivating, epic, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: royal family, heroes, state affairs, rise to the top, religions or cults, battles, ambition, dishonesty, society, sword and sandal, corrupted ruler, religion
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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Henry VIII and His Six Wives
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: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: british royal family, head of state, royal family, 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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System:   28%
    User:   31%
 
Pinochet's Last Stand
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In 1998 former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet visits Britain for medical treatment. On being tipped off, Amnesty International seize the chance to bring to justice a man they insist is guilty of multiple human rights violations. The newly-elected ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: legal, life is a bitch, society, suburbs, state affairs, head of state, politics, downfall, doctors and patients, suburban life, against humanity, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: england, london
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    User:   26%
 
Hands Over the City
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Rod Steiger is ferocious as a scheming land developer in Francesco Rosi’s Hands over the City, a blistering work of social realism and the winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. This expose of the politically driven real-estate ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, clever, suspenseful
Plot: politics, legal action, election, manipulations, political corruption, fighting the system, dishonesty, investigation, corruption, society, state affairs, idealism ...
Time: 21st century, 40s, 1960s
Place: europe, italy, southern italy, naples italy
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System:   28%
    User:   33%
 
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The West Wing
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: talky, clever, serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: politics, white house, head of state, idealism, political intrigue, americana, state affairs, workplace, couple relations, politician, workplace situations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Galíndez File
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, UK, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: On March 12, 1956, Basque Nationalist Jesús de Galíndez Suarez disappears from his apartment in New York, never heard from again. He had been working with the FBI and was about to publish a book critical of Dominican strongman, Trujillo. In 1988, ...
Style: serious, mind bending, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
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    User:   30%
 
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Hamlet
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 242 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, shakespeare, murder, tragedy, ghost, insanity, prince, revenge, literature, adaptation, tragic hero, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1800s
Place: denmark, europe, england
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