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Smiley's People (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 360 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, melancholic, enigmatic, reflective, cerebral, meditative, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: spy, espionage, cold war, assassination attempt, government agency, investigation, master villain, mystery, secret agents, race against time, murder, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, working undercover, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, golden years, soldier, chases and races, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: hamburg germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about undercover, espionage, spy, dishonesty, secret agents, crimes and state affairs mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Smiley's People: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), The Game (2014), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, clever, talky, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: spy, espionage, cold war, secret agents, kgb, mole, double agent, secret service, investigation, british, betrayal, government agency ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, paris france, czechoslovakia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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, serious, twists and turns, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, spy, cold war, government agency, kgb, state affairs, undercover, dishonesty
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: espionage, spy, double agent, secret agents, working undercover, dishonesty, undercover, master villain, betrayal, race against time, heroic mission, chases and races ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, stylized, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, secret agents, political intrigue, working undercover, heroes, undercover, gang, racism, crimes, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany
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: bleak, tense, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, investigation, government agency, mole, double agent, betrayal, secret agents, british intelligence, secret service, kgb ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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.
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.0
 975
Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 101 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, sexy ...
Plot: iron curtain, kgb, spy, espionage, cold war, undercover, cia, assassination, government agency, secret agents, renegade, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, crimes, hotel, corruption, mind game, arms dealing, arms dealer, undercover agent, manager, working undercover, moral ambiguity, murder ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, london, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.4
 66K
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: secret agents, fbi, espionage, kgb, working undercover, double life, undercover, surveillance, parents and children, family relations, double agent, government agency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.4
 11K
Foyle's War (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940. Later series sees the retired detective working as an ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, clever
Plot: police detective, undercover, espionage, spy, crime, mystery, police investigation, war, village, crimes, law enforcement, investigation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: england, europe, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 334
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: espionage, spy, kgb, secret agents, undercover, government agency, betrayal, forbidden love, political unrest, dishonesty, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, europe, britain, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: suspenseful, serious, talky, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: spy, espionage, government agency, secret agents, assassin, adventure, working undercover, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: amnesia, espionage, on the run, identity, adventure, bank, government agency, terrorism, secret agents, ambush, hitman, mission of murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: zurich switzerland, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: murder, crime, who done it, mystery, police investigation, crimes, danger, law enforcement, assassination attempt, deadly, foe turned friend, multiple suspects ...
Place: england, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: murder, crime, who done it, mystery, police investigation, crimes, danger, law enforcement, riddles and clues, deadly, multiple suspects, laboratory ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: espionage, cold war, political intrigue, military, political unrest, working undercover, state affairs, undercover, secret agents, dishonesty, rivalry, spy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: germany, east germany, gdr, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.9
 4K
The Company (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 286 min.
Story: Real-life figures from the Cold War era mix with a fictional story based on a group of CIA operatives and their counterparts in the KGB, MI6, and the Mossad.
Style: epic, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, government agency, secret agents, espionage, undercover, mole, senator, german, suspicion, career ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: europe, germany, east berlin east germany, ussr, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Edge of Darkness (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 317 min.
Story: The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: murder, legal investigation, conspiracy, nuclear, cia, amateur detective, mystery, uncover truth, daughter, father, death, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Black Tower (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Frustrated with his career, Commander Dalgliesh is invited to Toynton Grange, a home for the disabled, by his old teacher, Father Baddeley, who is resident there. But unbeknown to Dalgliesh, something happening at the Grange is making the Father ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: murder, monastery, crime, police investigation, village, mystery, who done it, police detective, crimes, danger, law enforcement, riddles and clues ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 196
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: murder, crime, who done it, mystery, police investigation, crimes, danger, law enforcement, riddles and clues, deadly, rivalry, death threat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, talky, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, murder, island, investigation, crime, resort, murder mystery, mystery, who done it, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: greece, albania, south of france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: murder, state affairs, government agency, special agents, adventure, espionage, politics, mystery, infidelity, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.3
 347
Sleepers (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Amidst the thaw of glasnost, the Kremlin discovers that two Soviet agents, sent to England under deep cover in 1965, have been "lost." A beautiful and ambitious Russian agent, sent to London to track them down, becomes embroiled in a ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: kgb, spy, espionage, government agency, secret agents, self discovery, chaos and mayhem, state affairs, undercover, betrayal, cons and scams, political intrigue ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, russia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.3
 25K
Covert Affairs (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A young CIA operative, Annie Walker, is mysteriously summoned to headquarters for duty as a field operative. While Annie believes she's been promoted for her exceptional linguistic skills, there may be something or someone from her past that ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, secret agents, cia, double life, working undercover, government agency, state affairs, undercover, workplace, mission gone awry, characters in danger, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 550
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, serious, twists and turns, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, terrorist, cia, espionage, terrorism, government agency, secret agents, national security, working undercover, workplace situations, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 245
Murder City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: British police drama that revolves around two mismatched detectives who scour London solving complex cases.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: murder, partners against crime, crime, mystery, unlikely partners, law enforcement, partners, investigation, riddles and clues, crimes, deadly, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.9
 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: mind bending, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: reunion, murder, funeral, investigation, mystery, murder mystery, group of friends, high school reunion, law enforcement, friends, best friends, mysterious character ...
Time: 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 41K
Alias (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Sydney Bristow, an agent who has been tricked to believe she is working for the U.S. government, is actually working for a criminal organization named the Alliance of Twelve. Upon learning this, Sydney becomes a double agent for the real CIA.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cia, double agent, spy, secret agents, secret identity, martial arts, secret movement, female spy, betrayal, espionage, undercover, female killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Cambridge Spies (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 235 min.
Story: In 1934, four brilliant Cambridge men are recruited to spy for Russia. Fueled by youthful idealism, a passion for social justice and a talent for lying, they take huge personal risks to pass Britain's biggest secrets to Moscow. Based on true ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: secret agents, betrayal, spy, espionage, university, kgb, double agent, mole, treason, idealism, social differences, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, russia, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, tense
Plot: obsession, mystery, small town life, small town, deadly, unfulfillment, orphan, stalking, human nature, unfulfilled love, addiction, murder ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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