Movies and TV shows like House of Cards 1990

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House of Cards (1990)
 8.5
 13K
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 Minister, Henry Collingridge, to give him his just reward: a senior Cabinet post. When he's informed that he is to stay in his current position, he devises a plot to unseat Collingridge and ensure his own election as party leader which would make his Prime Minister.
Style: tense, witty, realistic, clever, serious, biting, dark humor, suspense, cynical
Plot: politics, political intrigue, journalist, reporter, deception, manipulations, intrigue, manipulation, power struggle, dishonesty, state affairs, young woman, age difference, corruption, blind ambition, coworker, political corruption, media, conservative, merciless, gossip and rumors, politician, cocaine, secret, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe

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Most similar movies to House of Cards

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, clever and tense films and TV series with plots about dishonesty, politics, state affairs, ambition, society, political intrigue and politician mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like House of Cards: The Final Cut (1995), To Play the King (1993), The Politician's Husband (2013), The Politician's Wife (1995), The Hour (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
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100%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: suspenseful, witty, clever, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: cons and scams, royal family, merciless, mistress, conservative, tough heroes, priest, satire, throne, cards, campaign, political intrigue ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 9K
The Hour (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, tense
Plot: reporter, workplace romance, ambition, uncover truth, investigation, workplace, love triangle, tv show, rivalry, media coverage, workplace situations, journalism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: europe, england
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28%
 5.1
 1K
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 ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
23%
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The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A political drama scripted by novelist Ian McEwan
Style: bleak, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: media, intrigue, workplace, state affairs, politics, journalism, dishonesty, manipulations, manipulation, british politics, news reporter, air base ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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 ⇓
23%
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 ⇓
12%
Political Animals (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 360 min.
Story: Political Animals is a six-part miniseries. Elaine Barrish's husband Bud was a popular President of the United States during the 1990s despite his extramarital affairs. After leaving the White House, Elaine Barrish was elected Governor of ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, suspense, clever ...
Plot: politics, family relations, president, divorce, reporter, private vs public, white house, state affairs, media, government official, parents and children, female politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 2K
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 ⇓
22%
 8.1
 9K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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 ⇓
11%
 7.6
 3K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Beiderbecke Affair (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 320 min.
Story: Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to meeting a "dazzlingly beautiful platinum blond", a ...
Style: witty, offbeat, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: jazz, power relations, disorder, track down, teachers and students, political corruption, chases and races, mysterious character, mystery, dishonesty, espionage, corruption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 1K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.3
 5K
True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 252
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 ⇓
20%
 7.9
 744
Tanner '88 (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 353 min.
Story: In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, election, satire, self discovery, media satire, parents and children, fish out of water, family relations, realism, campaign, disorder, network ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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The Ides of March (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where 'victory' is relative.
Style: suspense, talky, tense, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, election, campaign, intern, loyalty, presidential campaign, political corruption, power struggle, talented, senator, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.8
 61K
The West Wing (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart ...
Style: clever, talky, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, white house, political intrigue, politician, election, teamwork, liberal, government official, democrat, workplace situations, workplace, head of state ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
 13K
UnREAL (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of a hit dating competition show, "UnREAL" is led by Rachel, a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the ...
Style: realistic, twists and turns, captivating, biting, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: media, showbiz, manipulation, dishonesty, media satire, reality, manipulations, ambition, artists and showbiz, workplace intrigue, eligible bachelor, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Hands Over the City (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Rod Steiger is ferocious as a scheming land developer in Francesco Rosi’s Hands over the City, a blistering work of social realism and the winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. This expose of the politically driven real-estate ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious, clever
Plot: politics, election, investigation, political corruption, crimes, manipulation, dishonesty, fighting the system, manipulations, state affairs, bribery, lie ...
Time: 40s, 21st century, 1940s, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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
Plot: blackmail, inheritance, charles dickens, social relations, cheating, innocence lost, manipulation, devious, tribe, mercenary, ambition, manipulations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, music, rising to stardom, ambition, music band, musician's life, artists and showbiz, aristocracy, high society, lifestyle, mogul, backstage ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
A Dance to the Music of Time (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 416 min.
Story: Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" has been dramatised for television.
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: high society, couple relations, power relations, couples, social relations, dishonesty, society, lifestyle, nudity (full frontal - brief), rich and poor, social differences, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%