Movies like The Courier

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The Courier (2020)
The Courier (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, scary, interesting, microfilm, based on true events
Plot: cold war, spy, reconnaissance, russian spy, cuban missile crisis, counter intelligence, interrogation, agent, secret agents, war, special agents, wartime, espionage, new year, winter, post war, affair, dancing, politics, betrayal, kgb, hospital, theft, holiday, fear ...
Time: 60s, 50s, year 1962, year 1960, year 1964, year 1990, 1960s ...
Place: ussr, moscow russia, london, cuba, langley virginia, russia, soviet union

Most similar movies to The Courier

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, suspenseful, realistic and serious films with plots about spy, espionage, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, murder, betrayal and world war two mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like The Courier: Bridge of Spies (2015), The Imitation Game (2014), The Good Shepherd (2006), Operation Mincemeat (2021), Thirteen Days (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
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: suspense, political, realistic, tricky, intense ...
Plot: lawyer, cold war, espionage, spy, cia, berlin wall, negotiation, justice, soviet spy, court, border crossing, rescue ...
Time: 60s, year 1957, year 1960, 50s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, ussr, west germany, brooklyn new york city ...
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The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley ...
Style: inspirational, intellectual, captivating, thought provoking, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war two, genius, mathematics, inventor, inventions and discoveries, prodigy, ambition, computer, invention, mathematician, gay, code breaking ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, year 1951, 1920s ...
Place: england, poland, germany, europe, united kingdom ...
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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: tense, realistic, suspense, factual, political ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, double agent, corruption, intrigue, betrayal, invasion, conspiracy, suspicion, politics ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, year 1960, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, cuba, berlin germany, washington d.c., latin america ...
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Operation Mincemeat (2021)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1943, two British intelligence officers concoct Operation Mincemeat, wherein their plan to drop a corpse with false papers off the coast of Spain would fool Nazi spies into believing the Allied forces were planning to attack by way of Greece ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: world war two, spy, war, military, operation, army, secret mission, wartime, life is a bitch, wartime life, military life, military officer ...
Time: year 1943, 1940s
Place: spain, sicily, greece, berlin germany, london
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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: political, suspenseful, tense, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: cold war, politics, president, political intrigue, leadership, un, diplomacy, white house, spy, undercover, nuclear threat, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: cuba, ussr, boston, russia, the philippines ...
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The Coldest Game (2019)
Genre: History, Sport, Thriller
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.
Style: political, clever, realistic, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: cold war, chess, spy, contests and competitions, competition, american, international crisis, state affairs, crisis, politics, cia, fear ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: warsaw poland, ussr, usa
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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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, compassionate, captivating ...
Plot: tunnel, berlin wall, politics, betrayal, communism, political unrest, wartime, freedom, breast feeding, brutality, cold war, heroes ...
Time: 60s
Place: east germany, berlin germany, germany, west berlin west germany, german democratic republic ...
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Operation Finale (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.
Style: ambiguous ending, tense, inspirational, art house, suspense ...
Plot: war criminal, mossad, nazi hunter, world war two, nazi, holocaust, chase, manhunt, spy, mission, secret mission, culture clash ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, year 1945, year 1960, year 1939 ...
Place: israel, argentina, buenos aires argentina, germany, tel aviv israel ...
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A Call to Spy (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of Vera Atkins, a crafty spy recruiter, and two of the first women she selects for Churchill's "secret army": Virginia Hall, a daring American undaunted by a disability and Noor Inayat Khan, a pacifist. These civilian women ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: world war two, british intelligence, gestapo, espionage, spy, strong female character, female spy, lie, british soldier, prisoner, female protagonist, secret ...
Time: year 1941, year 1944, year 1942
Place: germany, paris france, vichy, london, europe ...
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Body of Lies (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – ...
Style: tense, realistic, clever, political, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, intelligence agency, terrorist, cia agent, government agency, secret service, bomb, moral ambiguity, terrorist attack ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan, israel, virginia, washington d.c. ...
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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: factual, tense, bad ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, nazi, war, nazism, hitler, nazi germany, conspiracy, resistance, politics, wehrmacht, espionage, german ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, africa, poland, europe ...
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Breach (2007)
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: tense, realistic, suspenseful, intense, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, spy, investigation, fbi, surveillance, cia, manipulation, intrigue, betrayal, double agent, suspicion, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, ussr, moscow russia, washington d.c.
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The Post (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
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, thought provoking, exciting, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: journalism, expose, newspaper office, lie, truth, cover up, newspaper, journalist, wartime, new york times, freedom of the press, vietnam war ...
Time: 70s, year 1965, year 1971, year 1949, year 1966 ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam
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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: suspense, tense, suspenseful, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: spy, cold war, espionage, betrayal, surveillance, cuban missile crisis, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: cuba, france, paris france, copenhagen, new york ...
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The 12th Man (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Norway
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his 11 comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud finds himself fleeing from the Gestapo through the snowbound reaches of Scandinavia.
Style: uplifting, suspense, serious, inspirational, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, gestapo, nazi, resistance fighter, survival, coping, winter, chase, life & death, one man army, manhunt, self mutilation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, year 1947, year 1945, year 1988 ...
Place: norway, scotland, sweden
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Glorious 39 (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, spy, uncover truth, life turned upside down, disorder, adoption, secret movement, betrayal, confined, war, conspiracy, government agent ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: england, london, europe
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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, suspense, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, cold war, navy, nuclear submarine, courage, radiation sickness, nuclear, military, radiation, sea, catastrophe, radioactivity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 90s, year 1989, 80s ...
Place: ussr, russia, moscow russia
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
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: suspenseful, tense, suspense, political, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, espionage, military, terrorist, 9/11, swat team, spy, manhunt, al qaeda, terrorist group, post september 11 2001 ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 2003, year 2005 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, baghdad iraq, paris france ...
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Black Book (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Style: tense, suspense, epic, erotic, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, spy, nazi, war, espionage, atrocity, life is a bitch, nazism, twists and turns, revenge ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, year 1944, year 1956, 20th century ...
Place: netherlands, holland, israel, germany, poland ...
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Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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: political, suspenseful, tense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, assassination, jewish, vengeance, spy, mossad, murder, politics, judaism, terrorist, secret agents ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: middle east, israel, beirut lebanon, europe, palestine ...
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Walking with the Enemy (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Romania, Hungary, Canada, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Regent Horthy is the leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. Forced to cede Hungary’s power or else witness the execution of his son, Regent Horthy gives up control of his ...
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, serious
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, defiant, family relations, war, life is a bitch, confined, spy, nazi, betrayal, diplomacy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1944, year 1962 ...
Place: europe, hungary, budapest, switzerland, new york ...
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Red Joan (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, factual, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: woman, world war two, atomic bomb, female spy, interrogation, propaganda, politics, spy, oppression, kgb, spanish civil war, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 2000s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: hiroshima japan, canada, russia, montreal, ussr
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The Missiles of October (1974)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Style: political, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: cold war, cuban missile crisis, politics, nuclear threat, spy, usa history, john f. kennedy, intrigue, disaster, white house, armed forces, cold war era ...
Time: 60s, year 1962
Place: washington d.c., latin america, cuba, usa
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The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, spy, espionage, dominatrix, youth, nazi, nazi germany, life is a bitch, state affairs, forgery, dishonesty, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: sweden, germany, europe, stockholm sweden, berlin germany ...
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Alone in Berlin (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Berlin in June of 1940. While Nazi propaganda celebrates the regime’s victory over France, a kitchen-cum-living room in Prenzlauer Berg is filled with grief. Anna and Otto Quangel’s son has been killed at the front. This working class couple had ...
Style: factual, realistic, enigmatic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: nazi germany, gestapo, world war two, murder, death of son, torture, violence, mechanic, bereavement, suicide, robbery, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1943
Place: berlin germany, germany, central europe
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Flame & Citron (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Denmark, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic
Duration: 130 min.
Story: During Nazi occupation, red-headed Bent Faurschou-Hviid ("Flame") and Jørgen Haagen Schmith ("Citron"), assassins in the Danish resistance, take orders from Winther, who's in direct contact with Allied leaders. One shoots, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, tense, factual, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: world war two, resistance, gestapo, war, betrayal, spy, nazi, dishonesty, nazism, double agent, wartime, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1944
Place: denmark, germany, poland, copenhagen, europe ...
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale ...
Style: political, factual, suspense, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: riot, activist, courtroom drama, hippie, political protest, jury, court, political persecution, injustice, political activism, legal, protest ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, year 1968, year 1994
Place: chicago illinois, oakland california, mississippi, ohio, connecticut ...
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Mr. Jones (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland, UK, Ukraine
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones travels to Ukraine, where he experiences the horrors of a famine. Everywhere he goes he meets henchmen of the Soviet secret service who are determined to prevent news about the catastrophe from getting out. ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cannibalism, journalist, journalism, communism, hunger, genocide, world war two, spy, reporter, kidnapping, russian, politics ...
Time: year 1933, year 1935, year 1957, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: ukraine, ussr, berlin germany, germany, london ...
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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: emotional, realistic, serious, factual, touching ...
Plot: loss of spouse, murder, execution, friendship, justice, faith, journalism, jihad, new love, death, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, september 11 2001, 2000s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, new york, los angeles, manhattan new york city ...
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The Current War (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Russia, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.
Style: inspirational, intellectual, realistic, clever, stylized ...
Plot: inventor, science and technology, electricity, genius, invention, technology, science, discovery, machine, rivalry, historical character, historical figure ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, 1890s
Place: massachusetts, north dakota, new orleans, washington d.c., new york ...
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