Movies like Captain Phillips

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 7.8
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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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Lone Survivor
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
USA
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The Insider
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157 min.
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Most similar movies to Captain Phillips

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out intense, tense, realistic and suspenseful films with plots about storytelling, corruption, mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, greed and runaway mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Captain Phillips: A Hijacking (2012), United 93 (2006), Flight (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), Zero Dark Thirty (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   100%
 
 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, virginia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   39%
 
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 290K
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%
 
 7.5
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   52%
 
Zero Dark Thirty
Genre: Drama, History, 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, year 2005, year 2003, year 2009 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
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System:   42%
    User:   41%
 
 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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   39%
 
 7.6
 375K
The Hurt Locker
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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System:   40%
    User:   48%
 
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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
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    User:   43%
 
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
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System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
 7.9
 145K
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
Place: south carolina, iran, mississippi, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   43%
 
 7.3
 381K
American Sniper
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, military, iraq war, violence, brutality, courage, soldier, torture, revenge, murder, islam, propaganda ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, year 1998
Place: iraq, middle east, california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   43%
 
World Trade Center
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, bleak, intense ...
Plot: survival, terrorism, 9/11, runaway, courage, daring rescue, death, conspiracy theory, natural disaster, skyscraper, family, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, pentagon, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   31%
 
 7.0
 52K
Traitor
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, spy, fbi, cia, islam, religion, violence, protagonist as suspect, conspiracy, surveillance, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1978
Place: middle east, israel, africa, london, sudan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   43%
 
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John Q
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage ...
Style: emotional, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Plot: hospital, kidnapping, fighting the system, hostage, hostages, politics, family in crisis, sacrifice, crime, doctors, greed, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
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System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
 7.5
 180K
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:   37%
    User:   37%
 
 7.1
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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:   32%
 
 7.7
 513K
Argo
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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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System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
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Panic Room
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham, Raoul ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, divorce, survival, manipulation, greed, serial killer, torture, single parent, murder, violence, revenge, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
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 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, serious, rough, 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:   35%
    User:   34%
 
 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:   35%
    User:   42%
 
 6.5
 102K
Red Eye
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After attending the funeral of her grandmother in Dallas, the Lux Atlantic Hotel manager Lisa is waiting for a flight to Miami. Due to the bad weather and consequent flight delay, she meets in the airport bar Jack Rippner, who is also in the waiting ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, terrorism, kidnapping, hostage, chase, assassin, hitman, hotel, airport, paranoia, murder, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: dallas texas, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
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Margin Call
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, tense, cerebral ...
Plot: capitalism, greed, workplace, corruption, money, workplace situations, business, wall street, dishonesty, financial crisis, conspiracy, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   30%
 
 8.0
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Blood Diamond
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, intense, dramatic ...
Plot: adventure, civil war, greed, slavery, corruption, treasure hunt, violence, brutality, brainwashing, redemption, journalism, revolution ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa, zimbabwe, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   37%
 
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 7.0
 55K
Breach
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, spy, surveillance, investigation, fbi, cia, catholicism, paranoia, manipulation, undercover, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, ussr, moscow russia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   38%
 
 8.1
 441K
Prisoners
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: vigilantism, kidnapping, investigation, crime, police investigation, brutality, revenge, maze, vigilante, torture, vengeance, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   28%
 
 6.8
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The East
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious, intense ...
Plot: fighting the system, terrorism, corruption, espionage, environmentalism, revenge, morality, spy, corporate crimes, fbi, betrayal, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
 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, suspenseful, realistic, factual ...
Plot: cia, secret service, politics, journalism, iraq war, corruption, spy, espionage, justice, investigation, political, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, year 2003, year 1995 ...
Place: iraq, africa, usa, middle east, dubai ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   38%
 
 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, 2000s, 1990s
Place: middle east, pakistan, israel, afghanistan, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   36%
 

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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, suspenseful, serious ...
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 ...
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System:   34%
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Deepwater Horizon
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Style: intense, dramatic, suspense, realistic, tense ...
Plot: oil, survival, courage, death, betrayal, natural disaster, sacrifice, greed, catastrophe, technology, tragedy, corruption ...
Time: year 2010, 2010s
Place: boston, california, louisiana
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System:   34%
    User:   39%
 
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