Movies like Shock and Awe

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Shock and Awe (2017)
 5.8
 2K
Shock and Awe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
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, suspenseful, factual, suspense, brutal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: reporter, conspiracy, investigative journalism, expose, newspaper, heroic mission, political, violent, iraq war, politics, propaganda, american soldier, journalism, journalist

Most similar movies to Shock and Awe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, dramatic, realistic and suspense films with plots about politics, corruption, dialogue, political, conspiracy, runaway and secrets mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Shock and Awe: All the President's Men (1976), Game Change (2012), LBJ (2016), The Insider (1999), Munich (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, president, journalist, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.4
 19K
Game Change (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
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, clever, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, campaign, republican party, republican, election, conservative, stupidity, presidential election, state affairs, americana, ambition, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, year 2008
Place: usa, alaska, england, florida, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.4
 3K
LBJ (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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.
Plot: airplane, dog, bathtub, food, eating, lie, portrait painting, cold war, flashback, sandwich, rifle, secretary ...
Time: 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, year 1965, year 1968 ...
Place: texas, georgia, west virginia, dallas texas, wyoming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.9
 146K
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, talky, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: whistleblower, reporter, journalism, producer, corruption, tobacco, interview, research, paranoia, media, public health, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mississippi, iran, south carolina, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 194K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassination, secret agents, revenge, politics, terrorism, vengeance, murder, jewish, justice, morality, tragedy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: europe, israel, middle east, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Fifth Estate (2013)
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: computers and web, journalism, internet, rebelliousness, journalist, politics, whistleblower, war crime, against the rules, activist, uncover truth, idealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010, year 2007, 2000s ...
Place: europe, kenya, middle east, pentagon, afghanistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.7
 517K
Argo (2012)
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: tense, suspenseful, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, danger, behind enemy lines, american abroad, hostage, government agency, daring rescue, hollywood, government official, u.s. embassy, hidden identity, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001 ...
Place: usa, iran, langley virginia, middle east, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.8
 16K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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: serious, clever, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: missing person, politics, military, journalist, corruption, political conspiracy, political intrigue, dictatorship, senator, loss of son, newspaper, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, santiago chile, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 95K
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, France
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: talky, clever, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, politics, president, scandal, lie, loneliness, tv show, politician, journalist, head of state, usa president ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1974
Place: california, usa, sydney australia, australia, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 96K
The Post (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
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: based on true events
Plot: journalism, publisher, newspaper, politics, freedom of speech, new york times, supreme court, whistleblower, u.s. government, newsroom, typing, newspaper story ...
Time: year 1949, year 1971, year 1965, year 1966
Place: vietnam, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 8.1
 346K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
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, psychological, talky, tense, emotional ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, catholicism, conspiracy, pedophilia, catholic church, sex scandal, child abuse, lawyer, twists & turns, moral ambiguity, newspaper ...
Time: year 1976, year 2002, year 2001
Place: boston, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 123K
State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: murder, political conspiracy, newspaper, politics, journalism, corruption, congress, journalist, reporter, assassin, investigative journalism, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 207K
Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
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, suspenseful, factual, bad ending, realistic ...
Plot: resistance, assassination attempt, treason, war, betrayal, nazis, bomb, conspiracy, courage, deception, plan gone awry, nazism ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, munich germany, tunisia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.5
 17K
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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, civil war, politics, war, photojournalist, journalist, civil rights movement, war correspondent, dictatorship, dictator, crimes, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, drug dealing, investigation, drugs/alcohol, government agency, uncover truth, life turned upside down, conspiracy, crimes, politics, dishonesty, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Canada, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An idealistic young employee at the U.N. investigates the grizzly murder of his predecessor – and uncovers a vast global conspiracy that may involve his own boss.
Style: based on true events, disturbing, cynical, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: dishonesty, politics, corruption, manipulation, crimes, society, manipulations, blackmail, conspiracy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 11K
All the Way (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Lyndon B. Johnson's amazing 11-month journey from taking office after JFK's assassination, through the fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the ...
Style: dramatic, factual, intense, melancholic, interesting ...
Plot: politics, usa president, political, president, racism, u.s. vice president, democrat, congress, campaigning, racial discrimination, racial, american politics ...
Time: 1960s
Place: vietnam, texas, usa, america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, stylized, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: assassination, politics, senator, corruption, investigation, murder, neo noir, reporter, political conspiracy, political corruption, assassination attempt, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, seattle washington, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 15K
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, suspense, tense, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, shallow grave, bureaucracy, execution, corpse, psychiatrist, crime, police investigation, forensics ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: soviet union, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Endangered Species (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Thriller about a New York ex-cop and an attractive female sheriff who fall in love while investigating a string of mysterious cattle mutilations in a small Colorado town. Urich is great as Reuben Castle, the retired alcoholic police lieutenant out ...
Style: based on true events, serious, suspenseful, scary, rough ...
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, small town, blackmail, sheriff, scientist, military, journalist, reporter, crimes, mystery, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 17K
Truth (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, dramatic, intense, tense, suspense ...
Plot: tv reporter, political scandal, presidential election, politics, fired from the job, computer, u.s. president, ends with biographical notes, american politics, tv broadcast, election, husband wife relationship ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 31K
The 33 (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days.
Style: suspense, serious, touching, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, mining, rescue, race against time, hopes, isolation, danger, human spirit, president, courage, stranded, catastrophe ...
Time: year 2010, contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: chile, mine, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 2K
Deterrence (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, talky, realistic ...
Plot: politics, leadership, political unrest, danger, state affairs, apocalypse, chaos, president, nuclear war, international crisis, nuclear threat, nuclear bomb ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, near future, year 2008 ...
Place: colorado, usa, iraq, korea, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
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: suspenseful, suspense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: conspiracy, journalism, radiation, investigation, car chase, whistleblower, nuclear power plant, swat team, earthquake, media, control room, elevator ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 49K
Thirteen Days (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, white house, cold war, military, president, nuclear threat, head of state, leadership, usa president, threat, atomic bomb, race against time ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, manhattan new york city, washington d.c., pentagon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 16K
Silkwood (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Style: realistic, talky, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: radiation, working class, plutonium, small town, fighting the system, contamination, whistleblower, workplace, uncover truth, obsession, company, nuclear power plant ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1974
Place: oklahoma, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: talky, realistic, clever, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: journalism, politics, fighting the system, communism, government, politician, communist, paranoia, tv show, media, idealism, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, california, pentagon, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 384K
American Sniper (2014)
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, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, sniper, war, military life, battles, navy seal, danger, heroes, battle zone, iraq war, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, year 1998
Place: iraq, middle east, california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 40K
Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, political unrest, kitchen, vietnam war, corruption, anti war, campaign, reporter, racial slur, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: california, los angeles, usa, vietnam, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 42K
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: cia, political conspiracy, newspaper, family in crisis, fighting the system, politician, secret service, journalism, dishonesty, state affairs, government agency, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1985, year 1972, year 1995 ...
Place: iraq, usa, africa, jordan, thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%