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Shock and Awe (2017)
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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, suspense, suspenseful, factual, brutal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, reporter, conspiracy, expose, newspaper, investigative journalism, heroic mission, politics, political, propaganda, violent, journalist, american soldier, george w. bush, party, soldier, terrorism, september 11 2001, african american, journalism, flowers, map, patriotism, media, bar ...
Time: 2000s
Place: iraq, pentagon

Most similar movies to Shock and Awe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, dramatic, interesting and realistic films with plots about politics, runaway, justice, corruption, political, dialogue and conspiracy mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Shock and Awe: All the President's Men (1976), LBJ (2016), Game Change (2012), The Fifth Estate (2013), The Insider (1999). 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: politics, investigation, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, journalist, president, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 4K
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.
Plot: speech, husband wife relationship, cigarette smoking, falling to the ground, assassination of president, attorney general, airplane, lie, 13 year old, drinking, kiss on the cheek, bathtub ...
Time: 1960s, year 1960, year 1965, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: wyoming, texas, west virginia, georgia, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.4
 20K
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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: politics, campaign, republican party, presidential election, republican, election, conservative, stupidity, state affairs, americana, ambition, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2008, year 2007
Place: usa, alaska, russia, new hampshire, south carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: tense, realistic, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: computers and web, journalism, politics, whistleblower, internet, uncover truth, against the rules, rebelliousness, war crime, activist, fighting the system, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, 2000s, year 2007 ...
Place: europe, afghanistan, iceland, netherlands, cairo egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.9
 149K
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: journalism, whistleblower, reporter, corruption, tobacco, research, interview, paranoia, media, public health, lawsuit, cover up ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mississippi, south carolina, iran, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating, clever ...
Plot: journalism, drug dealing, investigation, government agency, uncover truth, life turned upside down, conspiracy, politics, police corruption, state affairs, cia, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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 ⇓
59%
 7.5
 18K
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, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, politics, war, photojournalist, dictator, civil rights movement, journalist, dictatorship, war correspondent, crimes, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 197K
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, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassination, revenge, politics, terrorism, secret agents, murder, jewish, vengeance, justice, morality, tragedy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, communism, government, communist, politician, paranoia, tv show, media, idealism, friendship, newspaper ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c., wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 126K
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: political conspiracy, politics, murder, corruption, congress, journalist, investigative journalism, assassination, investigation, newspaper, conspiracy, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.7
 97K
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: talky, clever, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: journalism, reporter, politics, journalist, president, scandal, lie, loneliness, tv show, politician, head of state, usa president ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974, year 1977
Place: california, usa, washington d.c., manhattan new york city, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: conspiracy, journalism, investigation, catholicism, child abuse, pedophilia, catholic church, sex scandal, lawyer, twists & turns, moral ambiguity, investigative journalism ...
Time: year 2002, year 1976, year 2001
Place: boston, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, against humanity, politics, head of state, corruption, blacks and whites, polygamy, torture, assistant, attempted murder, atrocity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 44K
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, serious, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: cia, political conspiracy, newspaper, fighting the system, family in crisis, state affairs, politician, crumbling marriage, journalism, price of justice, dishonesty, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1993, year 2003, year 1995 ...
Place: usa, iraq, africa, langley virginia, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.7
 530K
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, government official, u.s. embassy, hidden identity, secret agents, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, iran, langley virginia, middle east, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, presidential election, political scandal, politics, fired from the job, election, lawyer, american politics, tv broadcast, ends with biographical notes, drink, telephone ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 104K
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, vietnam war, newspaper, politics, controversy, liar, newspaper office, businesswoman, truth, lie, u.s. government ...
Time: year 1949, year 1966, year 1965, year 1971
Place: vietnam, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 116K
Snowden (2016)
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: whistleblower, espionage, fighting the system, journalism, surveillance, government agency, against the rules, uncover truth, idealism, political thriller, state affairs, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007, year 2006 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, hawaii, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, cia, terrorism, military, assassination, torture, espionage, track down, al qaeda, 9/11, terrorist group, explosion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2005, year 2003 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 121K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, soldier, pow, cia, gulf war, military, patriotism, army, deception, weapon of mass destruction, uncover truth, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
World Trade Center (2006)
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, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: september 11 2001, survival, terrorism, rescue, trapped, marine, war on terror, daring rescue, race against time, firemen, terror, courage ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pentagon, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, courtroom drama, assassination attempt, cia agent, lawyer, reporter, corruption, dishonesty, media, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, civil liberties, rally, camelot, black, african american, election, campaign ...
Time: 1960s, year 1963
Place: dallas texas, texas, america, usa, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 130K
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: serious, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, kennedy assassination, cia, fighting the system, political corruption, government, evidence, legal investigation, district attorney ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, cuba, vietnam, washington d.c., texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Ides of March (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where 'victory' is relative.
Style: talky, realistic, tense, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, political intrigue, campaign, election, presidential campaign, intern, loyalty, political corruption, ambition, state affairs, morality, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 26K
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: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: murder, execution, kidnapping, faith, friendship, journalism, politics, investigation, loss of spouse, death, fbi, new love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, israel, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.
Style: suspense, rough, based on true events, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, palestinian, death threat, hostage situation, airplane hijack, terrorism, politics, danger, violence, culture clash, dialogue, handgun ...
Time: year 1976
Place: uganda, israel, frankfurt germany, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: suspenseful, serious, scary, rough, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, small town, reporter, journalist, blackmail, military, scientist, sheriff, mystery, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, navy, sea disaster, nuclear, underwater, patriotism, radiation, ocean or sea, heroes, state affairs, captain, politics ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1990s
Place: soviet union, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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