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Shock and Awe (2017)
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Shock and Awe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."
Style: tense, political, factual, suspense, suspenseful, brutal, based on true events
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigative journalism, iraq war, reporter, conspiracy, expose, newspaper, journalist, heroic mission, politics, propaganda, violent, usa politics, american soldier, party, family relations, soldier, terrorism, african american, journalism, office, deception, lie, bullying, anti war, paranoia ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east, pentagon

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, realistic, suspenseful and serious films with plots about politics, storytelling, corruption, justice, runaway, husband wife relationship and journalism mostly in Drama, Biography and Thriller genres. Some movies like Shock and Awe: Truth (2015), The Post (2017), LBJ (2016), Green Zone (2010), All the President's Men (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Truth (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: As a renowned producer and close associate of Dan Rather, Mary Mapes believes she’s broken the biggest story of the 2004 election: revelations of a sitting U.S. President’s military service. But when allegations come pouring in, sources change ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, factual, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: tv reporter, american politics, politics, political scandal, presidential election, election, fired from the job, husband wife relationship, ends with biographical notes, justice, twists & turns, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: texas, new york
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 7.2
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The Post (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: political thriller, based on true events, exciting, thought provoking, factual ...
Plot: cover up, journalism, vietnam war, expose, politics, truth, lie, newspaper office, husband wife relationship, newspaper reporter, war violence, newspaper article ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1949, year 1965, year 1971 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
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LBJ (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Style: political, suspense, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: kennedy assassination, politics, husband wife relationship, vice president, civil rights, assassination, u.s. congress, president, society, usa president, elevator, cigarette smoking ...
Time: year 1960, 1960s, 60s, year 1865, year 1963 ...
Place: washington d.c., georgia, west virginia, dallas texas, wyoming ...
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57%
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Green Zone (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, Spain, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, cia, swat team, pow, army, soldier, deception, gulf war, investigation, patriotism, military ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, israel
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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: political thriller, realistic, captivating, serious, factual ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, white house, cover up, wiretap, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972, year 1973
Place: usa, washington d.c., florida, miami, united states
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43%
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The Insider (1999)
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: disturbing, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, whistleblower, journalist, corruption, paranoia, politics, lawsuit, layoff, ethics, fear, public health ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: south carolina, iran, washington d.c., new york, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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A Mighty Heart (2007)
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: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: murder, loss of spouse, investigation, politics, friendship, faith, kidnapping, journalism, execution, missing person, muslim, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s, september 11 2001 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, suspense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, war, dictator, politics, liberal, media, state affairs, life is a bitch, war correspondent, dictatorship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: south america, central america, latin america
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39%
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The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, 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: realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, iraq war, army, sniper, marines, military, terrorism, war, u.s. army, bomb squad, determination, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: middle east, iraq, baghdad iraq, new york
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39%
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Game Change (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Game Change focuses on the Republican run of the 2008 Presidential election, when candidate John McCain picks a relative unknown, Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, to be his running mate. As the ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: politics, campaign, election, presidential election, republican, conservative, republican party, american politics, state affairs, ambition, americana, government official ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2007, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., alaska, philadelphia, new hampshire ...
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38%
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Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, twists and turns, psychological, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, investigative journalism, twists & turns, catholicism, investigation, pedophilia, expose, lawyer, pedophile priest, catholic, child abuse ...
Time: year 2001, year 2002, year 1976, september 11 2001
Place: boston, florida
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38%
The Fifth Estate (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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: tense, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: journalism, computers and web, politics, whistleblower, uncover truth, internet, against the rules, rebelliousness, war crime, international relations, life is a bitch, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2011, year 2010 ...
Place: europe, belgium, zurich switzerland, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
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Official Secrets (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Switzerland, China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, who prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: iraq war, whistleblower, politics, legal, espionage, lie, investigation, top secret, intrigue, blackmail, british government, british politics ...
Time: year 2003, 2000s, year 2004
Place: washington d.c., london
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
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, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, manhunt, military, swat team, espionage, 9/11, assassination, al qaeda, terrorist, terrorist group, helicopter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, september 11 2001, year 2011 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, baghdad iraq, langley virginia ...
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American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, 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: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, sniper, soldier, iraq war, navy seal, battles, military, military life, american soldier, courage, u.s. marine, military training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, september 11 2001, year 1998 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: disturbing, factual, tense, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: media, journalism, fighting the system, politics, patriotism, mccarthyism, society, television, workplace, state affairs, media coverage, communism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: usa, new york, california, washington d.c., ussr ...
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34%
Kill the Messenger (2014)
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, thought provoking, clever, disturbing ...
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Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
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Fair Game (2010)
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: realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, secret agents, crumbling marriage, state affairs, fighting the system, price of justice, relationship vs career, journalism, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1993, year 1972, 2000s ...
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, conservative ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
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Jarhead (2005)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swafford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, anti war, marines, u.s. military, iraq war, war, american soldier, boot camp, death, military life, pride and honor, basic training ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989, year 1991, year 1990 ...
Place: iraq, saudi arabia, middle east, sacramento california, hawaii ...
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The Situation (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The first U.S.-made film drama set during the Iraq war, THE SITUATION chronicles the tragic death of an Iraqi teenager at the hands of U.S. soldiers. The incident sets off an "investigation," a cover-up, and complications involving Iraqi ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
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Time: contemporary
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Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate ...
Style: clever, tense, psychological, sincere, tricky ...
Plot: politics, journalism, president, reporter, loneliness, tv show, scandal, power struggle, lie, mind game, uncover truth, secret ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1974
Place: usa, california, sydney australia, london, new york ...
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A Private War (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
Style: tense, based on true events, disturbing, rough, suspense ...
Plot: war correspondent, journalist, danger, war, life is a bitch, uncover truth, kurd, al qaeda, wartime life, tamil, military, wartime ...
Time: year 2011, year 2003, year 2001, year 2009, year 1986 ...
Place: syria, iraq, sri lanka, afghanistan, libya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Redacted (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that is a fictional drama loosely based on the Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: iraq war, soldier, murder, military life, journalist, war, military, media, danger, journalism, state affairs, society ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
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Imperium (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Nate Foster, a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, intense, disturbing ...
Plot: neo nazi, skinhead, fbi, anti fascist, racist, racism, undercover, terrorist, justice, female fbi agent, racial slur, patriot ...
Time: year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The China Syndrome (1979)
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: suspense, suspenseful, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: radiation, conspiracy, investigation, danger, journalism, media, control room, politics, nuclear, uncover truth, swat team, power plant ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Rosewater (2014)
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, tense, suspense, brutal, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, journalism, captivity, false accusation, solitary, life is a bitch, danger, interrogation, reporter, torture, anguish, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Thank You for Your Service (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: post traumatic stress disorder, iraq war, military, soldier, haunted by the past, rage, violence, married couple, homecoming, beer, screaming, military industrial complex ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
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Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, factual, bad ending, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, war, nazi germany, nazi, german officer, resistance, colonel, bomb, deception, treason, assassination attempt ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, normandy, tunisia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
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Truth (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A terrorist cell takes three Americans hostage and threatens to expose a secret that will shatter America's soul.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: hostage, politics, captivity, terrorism, confined, life is a bitch, ultimatum, uncover truth, coldhearted, kidnapping, abduction, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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