Movies and TV shows like Smiley's People

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Smiley's People
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, melancholic, realistic, enigmatic, reflective, cerebral, meditative, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: espionage, spy, investigation, cold war, government agency, spies, master villain, mystery, pornography, mentor, loneliness, secrets, storytelling, russian, runaway, depression, secret agents, assassination attempt, relationships, character study, culture clash, adolescence, infidelity, obsession, identity ...
Time: 80s
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State of Play
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
UK
57 min.
 8.5
The Ten Commandments
Drama
Poland, West Germany
572 min.
 9.1
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about runaway, mentor, twists & turns, dishonesty, secrets, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Smiley's People: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), The Secret Agent (1996), Enigma (1982), Funeral in Berlin (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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: atmospheric, clever, bleak, tense, stylized ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, betrayal, investigation, secret service, surveillance, mole, government agency, spies, secrets, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, london, budapest, budapest hungary ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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: talky, clever, twists and turns, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, british, betrayal, investigation, secret service, russian, mole, government agency, spies, secrets ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, europe, england, czechoslovakia, paris france
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System:   88%
    User:   100%
 
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The Secret Agent
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, suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, spy, betrayal, secret agents, surveillance, espionage, secrets, adaptation, young wife, bomb, spies ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1930s, 1880s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   59%
 
 6.0
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Enigma
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, exciting, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, assassination, spy, iron curtain, government agency, secret agents, technology, spies, special agents, assassination attempt, love story ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany
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System:   59%
    User:   62%
 
Funeral in Berlin
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, cerebral, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, east germany, europe, russia, england ...
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System:   52%
    User:   58%
 
 6.8
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Gorky Park
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: suspenseful, tense, suspense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, crime, cold war, mystery, political corruption, police corruption, conspiracy, spy, kgb, fighting the system, espionage ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   45%
 
 6.6
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Agnes of God
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket of a young novice, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent enough ...
Style: talky, psychological, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, psychiatrist, murder, investigation, court, religion, hypnosis, clergy, catholicism, nun, psychiatry, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
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The Conversation
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mystery, surveillance, paranoia, obsession, conspiracy, murder, spy, loneliness, hotel, investigation, guilt, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   46%
 
The Fourth Protocol
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Plan Aurora, led by Kim Philby is a plan that breaches the top-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a nuclear ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, politics, chase, terrorism, betrayal, spy, conspiracy, russian, british, nuclear bomb, surveillance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, russia, london, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature ...
Style: clever, atmospheric, serious, enigmatic, romantic ...
Plot: romance, tragedy, love, adultery, postmodernism, destructive relationship, obsession, relationships, love story, period piece, love affair, literature ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 18th century, victorian, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   43%
 
State of Play
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 57 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: suspenseful, tense, clever, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, politics, conspiracy, political corruption, journalism, investigation, corruption, betrayal, adultery, manipulations, twists & turns, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   42%
 
 6.9
 55K
Mr. Holmes
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes' memory isn't what it used to be, ...
Style: clever, serious, melancholic, tense, realistic ...
Plot: memory, mystery, aging, memory loss, storytelling, private detective, death, mentor, loneliness, life & death, sherlock holmes, crime ...
Time: year 1947, 1910s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   34%
 
The Ipcress File
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, brainwashing, investigation, conspiracy, british, betrayal, kidnapping, murder, spies, secret service ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   45%
 
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No Way Out
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Navy Lt. Tom Farrell meets a young woman, Susan Atwell , and they share a passionate fling. Farrell then finds out that his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice, is also romantically involved with Atwell. When the young woman turns up dead, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexy, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, cold war, political corruption, military, espionage, conspiracy, chase, plot twist, spy, corruption, investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pentagon, manila philippines, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   37%
 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, betrayal, spy, drinking, spies, secret agents, secrets, brainwashing, moral ambiguity, surveillance, greed ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london, east germany, europe, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
Still of the Night
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When one of his patients is found murdered, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Rice is visited by the investigating officer but refuses to give up any information. He's then visited by the patient's mistress, Brooke Reynolds, whom he quickly falls for ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, serious, suspense ...
Plot: mystery, murder, psychiatrist, obsession, investigation, infidelity, neo noir, femme fatale, psychiatry, stylish, protagonist as suspect, secrets ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
The Bride Wore Black
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal ? What is her purpose?
Style: stylized, serious, enigmatic, talky, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, vengeance, revenge, serial killer, mystery, stylish, obsession, investigation, justice, death, pornography, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire, but things become more difficult for the ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, stylized ...
Plot: crime, murder, police corruption, serial killer, police investigation, conspiracy, uncover truth, neo noir, corruption, investigation, police, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   37%
 
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The Bourne Identity
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, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, amnesia, adventure, terrorism, identity, assassin, spy, cia, gunfight, murder, bank, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, zurich switzerland, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   34%
 
Seven Days in May
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, cold war, secret service, military, terrorism, betrayal, nuclear, president, white house, fighting the system, political ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: russia, latin america, california, pentagon, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   32%
 
The Russia House
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: romance, espionage, cold war, politics, cia, spy, russian, spies, government agency, love, happy ending, surveillance ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, soviet union, lisbon portugal ...
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System:   34%
    User:   37%
 
The Good Shepherd
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, atmospheric, epic ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, betrayal, cia, mentor, corruption, sacrifice, government agency, moral ambiguity, male nudity, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, year 1958 ...
Place: cuba, usa, africa, latin america, congo ...
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System:   34%
    User:   31%
 
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Sleuth
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.
Style: talky, intellectual, suspense, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: mind game, verbal byplay, dialogue driven, writers, one on one, game playing, fear, manipulation, rivalry, brutality, greed, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary
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System:   34%
    User:   31%
 
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Murder on the Orient Express
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.
Style: suspenseful, clever, serious, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, train, murder, crime, mystery, murder mystery, private detective, police investigation, train ride, adaptation, secrets, runaway ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: london, new york, istanbul turkey
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System:   33%
    User:   33%
 
 6.3
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Topaz
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, betrayal, spy, murder, surveillance, politics, torture, death, secrets, chase, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: france, cuba, new york, europe, russia ...
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System:   33%
    User:   35%
 
A Most Wanted Man
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: tense, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: espionage, surveillance, terrorism, spy, investigation, islam, lawyer, secret service, immigrants, spies, politics, secrets ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: germany, middle east, hamburg germany
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System:   33%
    User:   35%
 
 6.7
 21K
Torn Curtain
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, serious, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, politics, spy, secret agents, murder, secrets, chase, police investigation, spies, twists & turns, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, east berlin east germany, berlin germany, germany
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System:   32%
    User:   35%
 
 7.1
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Bad Timing
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their ...
Style: sexual, erotic, psychological, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, voyeurism, psychology, overdose, hotel, art, drinking, male nudity, death, sex, divorce, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: austria, europe, vienna, campus, california ...
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System:   31%
    User:   29%
 

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Evil Under the Sun
Genre: Crime, 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: talky, clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mystery, investigation, crime, island, murder mystery, hotel, death, private detective, resort, holiday, adaptation ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 80s, 1920s
Place: greece, albania, south of france, england
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System:   31%
    User:   28%
 
The Browning Version
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: talky, touching, clever, serious, tense ...
Plot: teacher, self discovery, male nudity, life & death, science, boarding school, college life, drinking, marriage, mentor, school, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
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System:   31%
    User:   31%
 
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