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To Play the King (1993)
 8.4
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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: tense, clever, serious, captivating, realistic, cynical, witty, suspenseful
Plot: royal family, cons and scams, survival, heroes, politics, mistress, ambition, political intrigue, cards, satire, throne, campaign, society, political corruption, dishonesty, rise to the top, priest, head of state, conservative, merciless, state affairs, tough heroes, british monarchy, british prime minister, british politics ...
Time: 90s

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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, society, ambition, dishonesty, rise to the top and political intrigue mostly in Drama, Biography and Comedy genres. Some movies like To Play the King: The Final Cut (1995), The Politician's Wife (1995), House of Cards (1990), Reign (2013), Spin (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: witty, clever, suspense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, prime minister, society, haunted by the past, political corruption, cons and scams, head of state, state affairs, ambition, dishonesty, golden years, political thriller ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
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95%
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: suspenseful, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, cheating, manipulation, betrayal, infidelity, adultery, love affair, vengeance, sexual relations, love and romance, battle of the sexes, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: big ben london, london
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100%
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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: tense, witty, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, journalist, reporter, dishonesty, deception, power struggle, manipulation, manipulations, state affairs, intrigue, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
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50%
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Reign (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
Style: sexy, serious, stylized, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: queen, royal court, love triangle, royal family, aristocracy, female protagonist, intrigue, historical character, state affairs, rivalry, palaces castles and temples, king ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: rivalry, politics, campaign, head of state, political intrigue, rise to the top, ambition, media, workplace situations, state affairs, workplace, blind ambition
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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63%
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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: serious, realistic, clever, talky, sincere ...
Plot: politics, leadership, rise to the top, ambition, campaign, political intrigue, betrayal, dishonesty, friendship, society, political corruption, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, britain
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56%
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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, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, manipulation, state affairs, society, fighting the system, manipulations, campaign, political intrigue, ambition, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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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: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: politics, betrayal, relationship vs career, political intrigue, ambition, family, blind ambition, state affairs, couples, husband wife relationship, career woman, politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
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48%
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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, captivating, tense, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, manipulations, political intrigue, state affairs, manipulation, lobbyist, political corruption, intrigue, blind ambition, media, white house, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Knife Fight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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: cynical, realistic, witty, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: politics, ambition, society, campaign, political corruption, private vs public, political intrigue, americana, dishonesty, satire, state affairs, hotshot hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 222
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, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, campaign, rivalry, state affairs, political intrigue, ambition, rise to the top, election, politician, parliament, society, telephone conversation ...
Time: 21st century, year 2010, contemporary
Place: england, london
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 7.6
 50
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, satire, couple relations, wooing, ambition, rise to the top, society, social differences, rich and poor, life turned upside down, power relations, couples ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: realistic, captivating, tense, serious
Plot: haunted by the past, uncover truth, crimes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, youth, murder, deadly, strong female presence, murder mystery, woman
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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35%
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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, realistic, cynical, social realism, rough ...
Plot: politics, election campaign, political intrigue, rivalry, rise to the top, ambition, corrupt politician, opponent, power relations, head of state, state affairs, media ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles
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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: bleak, epic, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: corrupted ruler, society, battles, religions or cults, royal family, state affairs, rise to the top, dishonesty, ambition, heroes, sword and sandal, bible ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.2
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AFR (2007)
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: clever, serious, cynical, thought provoking, biting ...
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The Royals (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
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: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: royal family, state affairs, forbidden love, monarchy, love and romance, couple relations, palaces castles and temples, paparazzi, scandal, society, prince, crown prince ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 799
Crematorium (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Crematorio is a Spanish TV series written and directed by Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo. It is based on Rafael Chirbes' novel of the same name.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
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Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
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Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious ...
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Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, captivating, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 744
Tanner '88 (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 353 min.
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Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, exciting, captivating, biblical
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
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 ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, suspense, factual ...
Plot: rise to the top, political intrigue, royal family, manipulation, state affairs, ambition, manipulations, betrayal, politics, society, dishonesty, blind ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: england, europe, london
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29%
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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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, investigation, state affairs, law enforcement, revolution, politician, corruption, rebellion, italian history, crisis, crimes, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: italy, rome italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, witty, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
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Time: 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
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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: clever, cynical, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: lobbyist, politics, campaign, realism, state affairs, rivalry, workplace, dishonesty, ambition, workplace intrigue, political satire, fictional reality show ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
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The Wee Man (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true life story of the rise to power of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, rise to the top, frame up, vengeance, rivalry, crimes, life is a bitch, society, criminal's revenge, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.5
 17K
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: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, talky ...
Plot: politics, leader, politician, marriage, media coverage, journalist, power struggle, family life, ambition, state affairs, ambitious, liberal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: sincere, clever, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: female politician, politics, white house, president, head of state, rise to the top, idealism, workplace situations, government official, responsibility, sexism, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: captivating, stylized, serious, realistic
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Place: england, usa
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