Movies like Captain Phillips

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 7.8
 373K
Captain Phillips
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, serious, intense, dramatic, interesting, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: kidnapping, poverty, hijacking, hostage, survival, ship, brutality, courage, pirate, culture clash, ocean or sea, ocean, hostages, politics, greed, mentor, corruption, ship captain, life & death, crime, confined, storytelling, runaway, visceral, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, 2000s, 2010s
Place: somalia, africa, united states, kenya, virginia, vermont
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Sully
Biography, Drama
USA
96 min.
 7.5
Argo
Biography, Drama, Thriller
USA
120 min.
 7.7
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Most similar movies to Captain Phillips

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out dramatic, realistic, tense and suspenseful films with plots about storytelling, corruption, mentor, catastrophe, runaway, greed and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Captain Phillips: A Hijacking (2012), United 93 (2006), Flight (2012), Sully (2016), Argo (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.2
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A Hijacking
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations – and an escalating potential for explosive violence.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, psychological, serious ...
Plot: psychology, hijacking, hostage, pirate, negotiation, hostages, realism, islam, ship, captivity, character study, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: denmark
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 7.6
 90K
United 93
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, intense ...
Plot: terrorism, 9/11, airplane, courage, hijacking, tragedy, sacrifice, anti heroes, violence, realism, islam, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: boston, california, cleveland ohio, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.3
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Flight
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip ...
Style: realistic, emotional, tense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, investigation, lawyer, courage, drinking, morality, hospital, pilot, drugs/alcohol, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, drug addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   100%
 
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 7.5
 184K
Sully
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as ...
Style: dramatic, intense, factual, suspense, interesting ...
Plot: aviation, investigation, survival, courage, storytelling, mentor, pilot, life & death, airplane accident, catastrophe, airplane, technology ...
Time: year 2009, 2000s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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System:   44%
    User:   38%
 
 7.7
 517K
Argo
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, factual, captivating ...
Plot: hostage, daring rescue, cia, u.s. embassy, behind enemy lines, government official, government agency, secret mission, politics, rescue mission, courage, american abroad ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001 ...
Place: iran, middle east, usa, california, langley virginia ...
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Zero Dark Thirty
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, military, cia, obsession, assassination, torture, violence, surveillance, investigation, 9/11, spy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 2009 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, paris france, poland ...
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System:   41%
    User:   35%
 
 7.5
 237K
Lone Survivor
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, war, courage, sacrifice, gunfight, terrorism, death, soldier, violence, realism, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: middle east, afghanistan, iraq, usa
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System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
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The Devil's Double
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, intense, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, political corruption, corruption, torture, revenge, gulf war, murder, hidden identity, manipulation, violence, violent, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   40%
 
 7.9
 146K
The Insider
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Style: talky, tense, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, corruption, paranoia, workplace, idealism, sacrifice, conspiracy, business, lawyer, whistleblower, manipulation, courtroom ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mississippi, south carolina, iran, washington d.c.
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    User:   43%
 
 6.6
 10K
Rosewater
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prison, journalism, torture, captivity, islam, confined, pornography, corruption, world politics, guilt, brutality, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
The China Syndrome
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: conspiracy, investigation, politics, nuclear, greed, manipulation, propaganda, morality, journalism, tragedy, murder, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
 6.2
 52K
Proof of Life
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, jungle, hostage, corruption, hostages, torture, love story, romance, confined, dialogue, crimes, mentor ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, africa, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   31%
 
 6.4
 28K
Compliance
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: workplace, investigation, manipulation, police investigation, human nature, surveillance, boss and employee, stupidity, false accusation, brainwashing, sexual abuse, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   43%
 
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 79K
Unthinkable
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, violence, torture, fbi, cia, nuclear, manipulation, investigation, islam, world politics, twists & turns, brainwashing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   29%
 
 7.6
 249K
Bridge of Spies
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: cold war, lawyer, spy, espionage, cia, politics, surveillance, court, justice, russian, paranoia, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1957, year 1960 ...
Place: east germany, germany, russia, europe, usa ...
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System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
 7.6
 313K
127 Hours
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: uplifting, psychological, suspense, inspirational, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, isolation, human spirit, life & death, trapped, loneliness, life philosophy, wilderness, climbing, adventure, desert, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
 6.8
 42K
Fair Game
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the ...
Style: serious, dramatic, realistic, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, secret service, politics, journalism, iraq war, corruption, spy, espionage, justice, investigation, political, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, year 1982, year 1985 ...
Place: iraq, africa, usa, middle east, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
 6.9
 118K
Syriana
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: realistic, tense, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: political corruption, politics, assassination, corruption, capitalism, espionage, cia, terrorism, oil, suicide, islam, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, israel, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Qatar
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, family, 9/11, islam, mentor, wall street, psychology, pornography, kidnapping, destiny, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, middle east, usa, canada, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   35%
 
 7.3
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Snowden
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, dramatic, captivating ...
Plot: espionage, surveillance, idealism, internet, cia, politics, technology, terrorism, paranoia, spy, freedom, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007, year 2006 ...
Place: usa, russia, hong kong, hawaii, geneva switzerland ...
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System:   35%
    User:   33%
 
 6.7
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A Mighty Heart
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, journalism, murder, investigation, islam, courage, torture, death, world politics, nudity (topless - notable), missing person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: middle east, pakistan, israel, manhattan new york city, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   33%
 
 6.8
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Black Sunday
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An Israeli anti-terrorist agent must stop a disgruntled Vietnam vet cooperating in a plot to commit a terrorist plot at the Super Bowl.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, chase, gunfight, conspiracy, violence, murder, serial killer, espionage, politics, assassination, revenge, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: florida, miami, usa, middle east, israel ...
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System:   35%
    User:   38%
 
 6.3
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Extremities
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman escapes from the man who is about to rape her, but leaves her purse behind. Afraid that her attacker might come after her, she goes to the police, but with no proof of the incident, they can do nothing. In fact, the man does use the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, tense, rough ...
Plot: revenge, vengeance, rape, violence, vigilantism, sexual abuse, moral dilemma, brutality, confined, justice, manipulation, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   40%
 
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 6.6
 46K
Arbitrage
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Style: tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, infidelity, adultery, downfall, business, greed, corruption, corporate crimes, secrets, courtroom, twists & turns, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   40%
 
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
Style: psychological, disturbing, tense, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, prison, torture, human nature, university, world politics, mentor, corruption, chase, technology, runaway, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   37%
 
Kill the Messenger
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, conspiracy, politics, cia, government agency, drugs/alcohol, corruption, greed, courtroom, drug dealing, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, nicaragua, latin america, usa ...
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System:   34%
    User:   39%
 
The Last King of Scotland
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, dramatic, brutal ...
Plot: politics, corruption, insanity, torture, genocide, paranoia, violence, murder, hospital, betrayal, doctor, head of state ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: africa, scotland, uganda
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   39%
 
 6.8
 51K
Rendition
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, terrorism, torture, cia, surveillance, conspiracy, suicide, kidnapping, political, world politics, islam, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, israel, usa, egypt, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   29%
 

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Road to Perdition
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: tense, realistic, stylized, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, betrayal, vengeance, hitman, organized crime, mafia, murder, depression, irish, father son relationship, assassin ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
The Fifth Estate
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Belgium
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: internet, journalism, politics, corruption, surveillance, betrayal, censorship, against the rules, hacking, justice, free speech, technology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010, year 2007, year 2011 ...
Place: europe, cairo egypt, germany, paris france, washington d.c. ...
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System:   33%
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