Movies and TV shows like House of Cards 1990

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House of Cards (1990)
 8.5
 14K
House of Cards (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 226 min.
TV show
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, suspense, cynical
Plot: politics, political intrigue, journalist, reporter, deception, intrigue, manipulation, power struggle, dishonesty, state affairs, young woman, corruption, media, coworker, conservative, political corruption, merciless, blind ambition, gossip and rumors, cocaine, politician, ambition, age difference, british politics, dark humor ...
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 politics, state affairs, dishonesty, ambition, society, political intrigue and politician mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like House of Cards: To Play the King (1993), The Final Cut (1995), The Politician's Wife (1995), The Hour (2011), The Politician's Husband (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
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, clever, cynical, witty, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, manipulation, political corruption, political intrigue, state affairs, lobbyist, intrigue, blind ambition, media, white house, strategy, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
To Play the King (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
TV show
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: serious, realistic, captivating, cynical, tense ...
Plot: royal family, cons and scams, heroes, survival, state affairs, society, head of state, ambition, rise to the top, politics, dishonesty, throne ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Final Cut (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 206 min.
TV show
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: realistic, serious, biting, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: politics, prime minister, state affairs, ambition, golden years, dishonesty, society, head of state, cons and scams, haunted by the past, political corruption, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Politician's Wife (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 185 min.
TV show
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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: politics, cheating, betrayal, manipulation, infidelity, adultery, motivation, battle of the sexes, rivalry, state affairs, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: big ben london, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.0
 10K
The Hour (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, stylized, realistic, tense
Plot: reporter, workplace romance, uncover truth, ambition, workplace, investigation, love triangle, workplace situations, career, media coverage, journalism, politics ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Politician's Husband (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
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: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
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34%
 7.5
 2K
1992 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
TV show
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, tense ...
Plot: politics, investigation, state affairs, law enforcement, revolution, politician, corruption, rebellion, italian history, crisis, society, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992
Place: italy, rome italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.2
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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, witty, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: politics, ambition, political intrigue, satire, private vs public, campaign, dishonesty, society, americana, political corruption, state affairs, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.1
 258
Coalition (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 74 min.
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, realistic ...
Plot: politics, campaign, state affairs, political intrigue, rivalry, rise to the top, ambition, parliament, politician, election, society, negotiation ...
Time: 21st century, year 2010, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 61
Vanity Fair (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel. The first colour production from the BBC.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: manipulation, satire, life turned upside down, couples, power relations, dishonesty, blind ambition, love and romance, romance, rise to the top, society, ambition ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 2K
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 crime, corporate crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, united kingdom, britain, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A political drama scripted by novelist Ian McEwan
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: falklands war, media, intrigue, state affairs, dishonesty, workplace, journalism, politics, manipulation, british politics, news reporter, menage a trois ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Political Animals (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
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, talky, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: politics, private vs public, family relations, president, divorce, reporter, white house, state affairs, parents and children, government official, media, female politician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.1
 11K
Wolf Hall (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
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, factual, suspense ...
Plot: royal family, rise to the top, political intrigue, state affairs, ambition, manipulation, dishonesty, society, blind ambition, betrayal, politics, rise and fall ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ 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, political conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
The Ice Cream Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
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: serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, youth, life is a bitch, dishonesty, murder, strong female presence, murder mystery, school teacher, accused of murder, tragic past ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.5
 23K
Borgen (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
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, captivating, realistic, talky ...
Plot: politics, leader, politician, marriage, media coverage, journalist, power struggle, family life, ambition, state affairs, government official, election ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, greenland, 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: realistic, serious, cynical, rough, biting ...
Plot: politics, election campaign, political intrigue, ambition, rivalry, rise to the top, corrupt politician, state affairs, media, head of state, opponent, power relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 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: clever, serious, realistic, thought provoking, talky ...
Plot: politics, ambition, leadership, rise to the top, friendship, betrayal, political intrigue, state affairs, dishonesty, political corruption, campaign, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 289
K Street (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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: serious, realistic, cynical, clever, suspense ...
Plot: politics, lobbyist, rivalry, workplace, state affairs, dishonesty, ambition, campaign, realism, workplace intrigue, fictional reality show, political satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, campaign, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
 862
Tanner '88 (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 353 min.
TV show
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: cynical, biting, semi serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: politics, election, satire, idealism, parents and children, americana, political conspiracy, fish out of water, self discovery, political corruption, media satire, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
 15K
UnREAL (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: biting, realistic, semi serious, twists and turns, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: showbiz, media, media satire, manipulation, dishonesty, ambition, artists and showbiz, workplace intrigue, eligible bachelor, workplace situations, tv show, blind ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Movie in collections
 8.9
 73K
The West Wing (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: election, politics, political intrigue, politician, white house, teamwork, government official, liberal, democrat, workplace, head of state, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
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, serious ...
Plot: jazz, rising to stardom, high society, ambition, music, artists and showbiz, music band, musician's life, aristocracy, mogul, backstage, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.7
 3K
Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, cynical, clever, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, campaign, political intrigue, state affairs, fighting the system, society, manipulation, legal, ambition, media, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
10%
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: talky, suspense, tense, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: political intrigue, politics, election, campaign, lobbyist, intern, loyalty, presidential campaign, political corruption, ambition, state affairs, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 385 min.
TV show
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, realistic, serious, stylized
Plot: inheritance, blackmail, charles dickens, society, ambition, intrigue, dishonesty, manipulation, devious, cheating, mercenary, self involved ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Final Curtain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The Final Curtain is a British film from 2002 directed by Patrick Harkins and starring Peter O'Toole. It tells the story of J. J. Curtis, ageing gameshow host played by O'Toole, who hires novelist Jonathan Stitch (Adrian Lester) to pen his ...
Style: serious, witty, realistic, clever, suspense ...
Plot: rivalry, media, blind ambition, contests and competitions, ambition, showbiz, tv show, artists and showbiz, workplace, satire, dark humor, couples ...
Time: 70s, 90s
⇓ 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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, clever
Plot: politics, election, investigation, political corruption, crimes, state affairs, fighting the system, dishonesty, manipulation, bribery, lie, expose ...
Time: 21st century, 1940s, 60s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%