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Smiley's People (1982)
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Smiley's People (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, melancholic, enigmatic, reflective, poignant, thought provoking, cerebral, meditative ...
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, dishonesty, rivalry, race against time, undercover, government agency, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: berlin germany, hamburg germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about espionage, undercover, spy, dishonesty, crimes, state affairs and secret agents mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery 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, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
TV show
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: cold war, espionage, spy, kgb, mole, double agent, secret service, betrayal, secret agents, investigation, traitor, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: london, britain, europe, paris france, czechoslovakia ...
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The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, cold war, espionage, kgb, secret agents, double life, parents and children, working undercover, mole, fbi, top secret, government agency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 10K
The Bureau (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
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, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: spy, undercover agent, secret service, espionage, terrorism, investigation, characters in danger, national security, secret identity, mission, obsession, military ...
Time: 2010s
Place: syria, france, israel, iran, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
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The Game (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, conspiracy, spy, cold war, undercover, government agency, dishonesty, state affairs, kgb, mi6
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, ussr, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, 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: tense, bleak, non-linear, atmospheric, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, british intelligence, double agent, government agency, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, gang, heroes, rivalry, secret agents, undercover, crimes, racism, working undercover, political intrigue, car chase ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
TV show
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, arms dealer, spy, undercover, hotel, secret service, crimes, working undercover, arms dealing, mind game, murder, corruption ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, london, cairo egypt, spain, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Cambridge Spies (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 235 min.
TV show
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, tense, suspense, contemplative
Plot: secret agents, double agent, espionage, treason, spy, kgb, university, betrayal, wartime life, idealism, hidden identity, social differences ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: russia, europe, england, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: iron curtain, kgb, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, dishonesty, politics, journalism, government agency, rivalry, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 720 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, secret agents, double agent, spy, heroes, betrayal, master villain, race against time, undercover, dishonesty, heroic mission, working undercover ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: secret agents, espionage, kgb, spy, betrayal, government agency, love and romance, undercover, dishonesty, forbidden love, political unrest, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, britain, ussr, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Secret State (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: serious, twists and turns, realistic, tense, clever
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, conspiracy, investigation, uncover truth, life is a bitch, political intrigue, dishonesty, state affairs, crimes, corporate crimes, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, britain, united kingdom, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Family of Spies (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
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: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: betrayal, espionage, secret agents, undercover, dishonesty, politics, heroes, buddies, special agents, government agency, state affairs, head of state ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.4
 10K
State of Play (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
TV show
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 corruption, manipulation, crimes, state affairs, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.0
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The Agency (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, cia, undercover, secret service, state affairs, government agency, working undercover, secret agents, terrorist, spy, helicopter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: exciting, talky, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, spy, working undercover, vengeance, courtroom drama, friendship, political corruption, political conspiracy, mole, graphic violence, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Bourne Identity (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
TV show
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, amnesia, cia, on the run, heroes, memory loss, adventure, hitman, secret agents, haunted by the past, terrorism, identity ...
Time: 80s
Place: paris france, zurich switzerland, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Murder Room (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
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: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: museum, mystery, investigation, uncover truth, mind game, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, police detective, who done it, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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A Taste for Death (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, police investigation, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, assassination attempt, multiple suspects, foe turned friend, who done it, mistress, member of parliament, diary ...
Place: england, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Death of an Expert Witness (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric
Plot: murder, multiple suspects, law enforcement, mystery, crimes, police investigation, who done it, riddles and clues, laboratory, police, investigation, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, stasi, cold war, working undercover, political intrigue, border guard, rivalry, undercover, state affairs, military, double agent, political unrest ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, west berlin west germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, infidelity, espionage, undercover, special agents, crimes, heroes, state affairs, dishonesty, adventure, government agency, politics ...
Time: 70s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
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, orphan, small town, human nature, crimes, uncover truth, perversion, addiction, hate ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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The Deadly Affair (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 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: serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: private detective, espionage, uncover truth, crimes, working undercover, love affair, political corruption, infidelity, office, civil servant, secret agents, state affairs ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, serious, tense ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, police inspector, bomb, politics, undercover, state affairs, mentally challenged, crimes, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.7
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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 detective, police investigation, political corruption, crimes, mystery, police corruption, undercover, fighting the system, government agency ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, moscow russia, europe, stockholm sweden, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 4.1
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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: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, secret agents, espionage, missing person, working undercover, political conspiracy, heist, betrayal, law enforcement, dishonesty, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.4
 10K
London Spy (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A romance between an MI6 code genius and an ordinary man promises happiness. But tragedy strikes when the spy dies in suspicious circumstances, forcing his lover to pursue the truth behind his death.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: gay, espionage, love affair, undercover, spy, gays and lesbians, gender, murder, conspiracy, surveillance, police, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Page Eight (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Page Eight is lovingly turned, with elegant writing, a flawless cast and a heartfelt message from writer/director David Hare about the danger zone where spies and politicians meet. The tension builds gently as we follow the fortunes of Johnny ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: secret service, espionage, government agency, undercover, loss of friend, dishonesty, state affairs, waiter, father daughter relationship, spy, conspiracy, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Reunion (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, high school reunion, investigation, law enforcement, mystery, crimes, police detective, murder mystery, mysterious character, best friends, haunted by the past, group of friends ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%