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The Exam (2011)
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The Exam (2011)
Original name: A vizsga
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Hungary
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Welcome to Hungary, Christmas 1957. The state, shaken and insecure by the defeated revolution of 1956 and prodded by a renewed Stalinist atmosphere, has decreed that all security personnel must take an exam to challenge and verify their loyalty. But to be effective in this shadowy world of suspicion and lies, of secrets within secrets, where nothing and no one can be trusted, the subjects must be unaware they are being tested. Focused on the secret machinations of a totalitarian state’s paranoid need for absolute control, The Exam is a fascinating, Kafka-esque portrait of an era gone by – but it’s a mindset still very much active today.
Style: serious, captivating, suspense, disturbing, surprise ending
Plot: secret police, informant, christmas eve, investigation, secret agents, surveillance, mystery, police station, political repression, stalinism, co worker co worker relationship, christmas, fight, sex scene, trial, gun, photograph, communist, wiretap, cookie, cover up, soup, man hits a woman, christmas dinner, telephone call ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: budapest, europe, hungary, budapest hungary

Most similar movies to The Exam

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and suspense films with plots about murder, investigation, politics, dishonesty, state affairs, death and storytelling mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like The Exam: The Ambassador to Bern (2014), Child 44 (2015), JFK (1991), The Confidant (2012), To Kill a Priest (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Ambassador to Bern (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Hungary
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A fictional account of the 1958 attack against the Hungarian embassy in Bern. Based on a true story about the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.
Plot: communism, embassy, hostage situation, immigrants, gunfight
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: switzerland
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95%
 6.5
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Child 44 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, Russia
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, intense, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, police investigation, stalinism, uncover truth, crimes, against the rules, investigation, lone hero, serial murder, murder investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1945 ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, ukraine, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 8.0
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JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, president, investigation, cia, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, texas, vietnam, cuba, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.2
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The Confidant (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: New husband Adam reluctantly takes a job with state security in a totalitarian country, thus becoming a secret police agent. This "contract with the devil" helps secure a flat for the happy couple, as well as a prosperous future. However, ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, suspense, disturbing
Plot: secret agents, espionage, husband wife relationship, mystery, danger, law enforcement, crimes, family problems, eavesdropping, transmitter, occupation, church ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, year 1970, year 1968, 1960s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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To Kill a Priest (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: priest, secret police, clergy, state affairs, human spirit, against the odds, legal action, life is a bitch, politics, injustice, working class, political activist ...
Time: 80s
Place: poland, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Love Her Madly (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three men are dangerously obsessed with the same woman.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, mind bending
Plot: murder, obsession, mystery, investigation, crimes, erotica, femme fatale, music band, performer's life, artists and showbiz, deadly, college ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Labyrinth of Lies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young prosecutor in postwar West Germany investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures.
Style: disturbing, serious, captivating, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, nazi, idealism, fighting the system, uncover truth, nazi officer, rebellion, dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, justice, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1958, year 1963
Place: germany, west germany, frankfurt germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Getulio (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The movie depicts the political crisis that led to the suicide of president Getúlio Vargas, in the 19 days that preceded August 24, 1954. The crisis began with the attempted assassination of journalist and politician Carlos Lacerda in August 5, ...
Style: realistic, captivating, stylized, serious, bleak
Plot: politics, head of state, investigation, political unrest, life is a bitch, state affairs, political intrigue, assassination attempt, society, downfall, political conspiracy, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, political thriller, white house, cover up, wiretap ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Perfect Number (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on the series by the popular Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino, this is a mystery drama that 'faithfully but freely' adapts the 3rd part in the series, . The story revolves around 3 characters: a woman who unwittingly killed her ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: buried truth, investigation, murder, human nature, under the surface, moral dilemma, teacher, friendship, death, deadly, uncover truth, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The German Doctor (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, Norway, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Patagonia, 1960. A German physician meets an Argentinean family and follows them on the long desert road to Bariloche where Eva, Enzo and their three children are going to open a lodging house by the Nahuel Huapi lake. This model family reawakens ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, serious, suspense ...
Plot: war criminal, doctor, hidden identity, on the run, family relations, wanted, family life, mysterious character, dishonesty, death, small community, teenage love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, year 1960
Place: argentina, latin america, south america, patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
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Demimonde (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Country: Hungary
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of three women - a famous prostitute, her housekeeper and their new maid - living in Budapest of 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.
Plot: prostitute, lesbianism, female protagonist, murder, courtesan, housekeeper, maid
Time: 1910s
Place: budapest, budapest hungary, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The River King (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, disturbing, suspense
Plot: mystery, investigation, uncover truth, murder, school, deadly, teenager, dishonesty, danger, life is a bitch, student life, ghost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 672
Tall Tales (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Hungary
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Shortly after the end of World War II, a con man on the run finds himself in a passionate love affair that may well cost him his life.
Plot: passion, interrogation, nightmare, femme fatale, seduction, husband wife relationship, war ruins, hunting, soviet soldier, lust, knife, betrayal ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: budapest, central europe, budapest hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.8
 2K
The Ear (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'), and the resolution is worse ...
Style: suspense, biting, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: couple relations, family problems, couples, bishop, government facility, promotion, totalitarianism, state affairs, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, domestic disturbance, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s
Place: russia, czech republic, prague, czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 749
Another Way (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hungary
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in hospital with a broken neck; Livia's husband, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere
Plot: lesbian relationship, hospital, infidelity, politics, state affairs, gays and lesbians, society, romance, love and romance, college, political unrest, political conspiracy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: hungary, europe, budapest hungary, budapest
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 281K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
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: realistic, suspense, serious, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, lawyer, pilot, rescue, cia, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1960, 1960s ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, berlin germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 167
The Outsider (1979)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson), an American Vietnam veteran of Irish descent, returns to Belfast to join the cause of his grandfather, Seamus (Sterling Hayden). Soon he finds that he is not as welcomed in his home country as he imagined he would ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, manipulations, war, rivalry, state affairs, dishonesty, tragic hero, unfulfillment, ira, power relations, conspiracy, strong violent content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, detroit, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.3
 279
Kept (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dead bodies are piling up, and the leads the two LA homicide cops have point to Barbara, business manager for a successful architectural firm she runs with her husband Lance. The dead men were interns at the firm, and each of them was Barbara's ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, psychological, tense, suspense ...
Plot: erotica, murder, sex, investigation, murder suspect, lust, undressing, sex scene, corpse, serial killer, architect, police ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 2K
Final Cut (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of friends gather for a wake, and are shown a video shot by Jude (Jude Law) and starring them before he dies. Things go rapidly downhill.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: murder, friends, crimes, dishonesty, infidelity, violence, investigation, greed, mother daughter relationship, love and romance, danger, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: tunnel, politics, betrayal, political unrest, heroes, danger, daring rescue, freedom, wartime, family relations, cold war, berlin wall ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 17K
Citizen X (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, bureaucracy, corpse, police investigation, psychiatrist, shallow grave, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, soviet union, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Pentagon Papers (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, vietnam war, whistleblower, dishonesty, uncover truth, political conspiracy, state affairs, head of state, fighting the system, military, soldier, introspection ...
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Brown's Requiem (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Fritz Brown is an ex-LAPD, recovering alcoholic who now splits his time repossessing cars for a used car lot and staffing his one-man private detective agency. When a filthy caddie named Freddy "Fat Dog" Baker wanders into Fritz's ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: private detective, mystery, gangsters, investigation, crimes, fighting crime, rivalry, life is a bitch, tough heroes, neo noir, mafia, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
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: thought provoking, tense, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, prison, human nature, university, confined, teachers and students, experiment, student, prison life, experiment gone awry, disorder, human experiment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Good Shepherd (2006)
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: spy, cold war, cia, double agent, idealism, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, intrigue, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 63K
The Debt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mossad, secret agents, war criminal, spy, secret agent, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, righting the wronged, spies, war crime, cold war, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: israel, middle east, germany, europe, ukraine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 546
Dirty Hearts (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants ...
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, tense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, crimes, couples, life is a bitch, state affairs, husband wife relationship, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, society, immigrants, murder, lie ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Challenger Disaster (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Factual drama exploring the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger's 1986 explosion.
Style: captivating, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: investigation, nasa, uncover truth, mission gone awry, space travel, satellite, space shuttle, professor, research, scientist, science, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.3
 16K
Topaz (1969)
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: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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