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Smiley's People (1982)
 8.6
 4K
Smiley's People (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends past days, discovering that the clues lead to a high person in the Russian Secret service, and a secret important enough to kill for. Smiley continues to put together the pieces a step ahead or a step behind the Russian killers
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, complex, melancholic, enigmatic, reflective, poignant, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, assassination attempt, investigation, secret agents, working undercover, defector, conspiracy, crimes, heroes, soldier, mystery, secret service, political intrigue, political conspiracy, double agent, murder, political corruption, chases and races, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry, race against time, undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: hamburg germany, berlin germany

Most similar movies to Smiley's People

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, espionage, dishonesty, undercover, spy, secret agents and state affairs mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Smiley's People: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), The Americans (2013), The Bureau (2015), The Game (2014), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
Style: serious, talky, twists and turns, clever, realistic ...
Plot: spy, cold war, espionage, mole, kgb, secret service, double agent, secret agents, investigation, betrayal, british, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: london, europe, britain, paris france, czechoslovakia ...
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 8.4
 80K
The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI ...
Style: captivating, exciting, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: undercover, secret agents, cold war, kgb, espionage, russian, double life, fbi, working undercover, spy, double agent, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 7K
The Bureau (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Within the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), a department called the Office Of Legends (BDL) forms and remote pilot the most important agents of the French intelligence services: Clandestine. Immersion in hostile country, their ...
Style: twists and turns, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful
Plot: secret service, spy, undercover agent, espionage, terrorism, danger, investigation, characters in danger, political thriller, secret identity, mission, national security ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 3K
The Game (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: London 1972. When a defecting KGB officer, Arkady Malinov, reveals Operation Glass, a devastating Soviet plot that could change the course of the Cold War, Daddy, the head of MI5, assembles a secret team to investigate. As the Soviets awaken a list ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, cold war, undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, government agency, spy, conspiracy, mi6, kgb
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, soviet union, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, double agent, government agency, british intelligence, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, budapest hungary, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, heroes, crimes, undercover, rivalry, political intrigue, racism, working undercover, danger, secret agents, gang ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 720 min.
Story: A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, double agent, secret agents, spy, heroes, master villain, heroic mission, working undercover, race against time, dishonesty, betrayal, undercover ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
Story: Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, hotel, secret service, crimes, arms dealer, working undercover, spy, stylish, arms dealing, mind game, murder, corruption ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, spain, cairo egypt, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 6.0
 1K
Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, politics, danger, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 363
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, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, betrayal, government agency, undercover, secret agents, love and romance, political unrest, forbidden love, dishonesty, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 2K
Secret State (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Story: A four-part conspiracy theory drama inspired by Chris Mullen's novel "A Very British Coup". When a devastating industrial accident results in deaths and raises safety questions about the US petrochemical company involved, PM Tom ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, realistic, clever, tense ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, investigation, political conspiracy, life is a bitch, uncover truth, political intrigue, corporate crimes, dishonesty, state affairs, crimes, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, iran, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: betrayal, espionage, state affairs, buddies, heroes, political unrest, couple relations, political conspiracy, secret agents, government agency, head of state, special agents ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
Story: A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Style: twists and turns, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, journalist, journalism, politics, corruption, cover up, conspiracy, political thriller, political corruption, manipulation, state affairs, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: rough, suspenseful, talky, exciting, serious ...
Plot: espionage, spy, adventure, dishonesty, secret agents, chases and races, betrayal, graphic violence, political corruption, working undercover, government agency, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Murder Room (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The lease on the Dupayne Museum is almost up and under the terms of their father's will, all three of the Dupayne children must agree to continue or the museum is to close. Neville Dupayne is dead set against continuing the museum when the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: museum, uncover truth, mind game, mystery, investigation, protagonist as suspect, deadly, police detective, who done it, murder, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 587
The Agency (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Agency is a CBS television drama that followed the inner-workings of the CIA. The series was created by Michael Frost Beckner and was executive produced by Michael Frost Beckner, Shaun Cassidy Productions and Radiant Productions in association ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, cia, undercover, working undercover, secret service, deadly, government agency, state affairs, secret agents, spy, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Bourne Identity (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: An unconscious man is washed ashore on the beach of a small French village during a heavy storm. A retired doctor takes care of the unconscious stranger. When the mysterious man recovers, he can't remember a thing...he does not know his name, ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spies, amnesia, heroes, on the run, cia, memory loss, adventure, terrorism, hitman, identity, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: zurich switzerland, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 12K
Gorky Park (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, murder, cold war, police investigation, political corruption, crime, crimes, mystery, police corruption, police detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, europe, moscow russia, soviet union, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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A Taste for Death (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Sir Paul Berowne (Bosco Hogan) - a prominent Government Minister - turns to his old friend Adam Dalgleish following a series of threatening letters delivered to his London home. The minister's wife is in an adulterous affair with a prominent ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric
Plot: murder, law enforcement, mystery, assassination attempt, crimes, deadly, police investigation, danger, crime, multiple suspects, foe turned friend, fight back ...
Place: england, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Death of an Expert Witness (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: When Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a forensic scientist working at a private laboratory is found killed, Detective Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh is sent to investigate. Dalgliesh had been in the area a few months previously investigating the murder of a young ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful
Plot: murder, police investigation, crimes, multiple suspects, riddles and clues, who done it, law enforcement, mystery, crime, deadly, danger, police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 1K
Reunion (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Reunion is an American television series that aired on FOX in late 2005. The series was intended to chronicle 20 years in the lives of a group of six high school friends from Bedford, New York, with each episode following one year in the lives of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, reunion, investigation, police detective, law enforcement, mystery, deadly, crimes, murder mystery, high school reunion, mysterious character, best friends ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An exploration of Charles Dickens's unfinished work in which the mystery of the murder of Edwin Drood is examined.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, obsession, stalking, mystery, crimes, orphan, human nature, small town, uncover truth, danger, hate, addiction ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 384
Without You (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Ellie's beloved husband is killed in a car accident. A woman was in the car with him and killed too. Who was she? Was he having an affair? Was it an accident?
Style: tense, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, life is a bitch, dishonesty, dealing with death, death of husband, husband wife relationship, mistress, car accident, crimes, accountant, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
The President's Mistress (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When Ben investigates the mysterious death of his sister, he is unaware that he is opening up a web of political intrigue. Ed Murphy, the White House Chief of Staff, becomes embroiled in a struggle to save the President from a humiliating scandal.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, espionage, deadly, heroes, undercover, crimes, special agents, infidelity, dishonesty, government agency, state affairs, mystery ...
Time: 70s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 226
Original Sin (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Commander Adam Dalgliesh is consulted by one of his literary heroes when Peverell Press staff fall victim to a rash of hate mail. When the body of an editor is discovered and another member of the venerable firm is found dead soon after, Dalgliesh ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, crimes, danger, crime, mystery, police investigation, deadly, riddles and clues, who done it, law enforcement, rivalry, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 4.1
 377
The Inside Man (1984)
Genre: Mystery, Action, Thriller
Country: Sweden, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1981, after the successful test of a submarine tracker device developed by the Swedish scientist Paul Mandell and sponsored by the US government through his representative Miller, his industry is totally burned and the laser device is stolen. ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, secret agents, espionage, danger, government agency, special agents, deadly, dangerous animal, undercover, working undercover, track down, missing person ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 11K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, working undercover, political intrigue, rivalry, state affairs, undercover, military, double agent, political unrest, archive footage, border guard ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, west germany, west berlin west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, bomb, police inspector, politics, undercover, state affairs, mentally challenged, dishonesty, crimes, danger ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Deadly Affair (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Charles Dobbs is a British secret agent investigating the apparent suicide of Foreign Office official Samuel Fennan. Dobbs suspects that Fennan's wife, Elsa, a survivor of a Nazi Germany extermination camp, might have some clues, but other ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: private detective, espionage, uncover truth, infidelity, office, political corruption, love affair, working undercover, danger, crimes, civil servant, looking for sex ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 2K
Wiseguy (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover agent, organized crime, working undercover, crimes, gangsters, investigation, law enforcement, special agents, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, undercover, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%