Movies like Legacy 2013

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Legacy (2013)
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Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A Breed Of Heroes (adapted by the BBC in 1994). As the three day week, petrol rationing and industrial strife plunge Britain into a state of emergency, MI6 trainee spy Charles Thoroughgood is asked to reconnect with an old university friend, Russian diplomat Viktor Koslov, with a view to 'turning' him. Viktor has his own agenda, though, and reveals a shocking truth about Charles's own family that threatens to derail him, both personally and professionally. He is catapulted into a dangerous personal odyssey to uncover the truth but finds himself drawn into a lethal KGB plot to mount an attack within the UK. His life is further complicated by a relationship with the wife of another agent, which forces him to realise that betrayal can take many forms.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, betrayal, secret agents, love and romance, undercover, government agency, forbidden love, dishonesty, political unrest, cold war, mi6, female spy, state affairs, prostitute, female nudity, secret, sexy woman, diplomat, mole, call girl, double agent, coercion, night ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, britain, europe

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Most similar movies to Legacy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about undercover, dishonesty, espionage, spy, state affairs, secret agents and cold war mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Legacy: The Game (2014), The Americans (2013), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), Page Eight (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Game (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: London 1972. When a defecting KGB officer, Arkady Malinov, reveals Operation Glass, a devastating Soviet plot that could change the course of the Cold War, Daddy, the head of MI5, assembles a secret team to investigate. As the Soviets awaken a list ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, conspiracy, mi6, spy, cold war, government agency, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, kgb
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, soviet union, london
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95%
 8.4
 85K
The Americans (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI ...
Style: captivating, exciting, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: undercover, cold war, secret agents, kgb, espionage, russian, parents and children, double life, fbi, working undercover, mole, double agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, double agent, government agency, british intelligence, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, budapest hungary, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 290 min.
TV show
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
Style: serious, talky, twists and turns, clever, contemplative ...
Plot: cold war, spy, espionage, kgb, mole, secret service, double agent, betrayal, secret agents, investigation, traitor, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: london, britain, europe, paris france, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 6.9
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Page Eight (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Page Eight is lovingly turned, with elegant writing, a flawless cast and a heartfelt message from writer/director David Hare about the danger zone where spies and politicians meet. The tension builds gently as we follow the fortunes of Johnny ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: loss of friend, government agency, undercover, espionage, state affairs, dishonesty, secret service, spy, father daughter relationship, waiter, political thriller, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 6K
Farewell (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Engaging, emotional and riveting, FAREWELL is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history— about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: cold war, espionage, kgb, double agent, undercover, dishonesty, betrayal, state affairs, danger, working undercover, father son relationship, iron curtain ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: soviet union, france, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.5
 9K
London Spy (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A romance between an MI6 code genius and an ordinary man promises happiness. But tragedy strikes when the spy dies in suspicious circumstances, forcing his lover to pursue the truth behind his death.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gay, espionage, love affair, undercover, spy, gays and lesbians, gender, murder, conspiracy, surveillance, police, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Silent War (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An espionage thriller set in the 1950s and adapted from the novel "Year Suan/Plot Against" by May Jia. Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a blind man who works for a piano tuner. He is recruited for a spy mission because of his exceptional hearing.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, war, political unrest, secret movement, espionage, code breaking, dishonesty, secret agents, misfit, state affairs, disability, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 6.2
 12K
Shadow Dancer (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: ira, moral dilemma, family relations, radical, snitch, state affairs, undercover, betrayal, political unrest, siblings relations, loss of son, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, year 1973, 1990s ...
Place: ireland, london, england, belfast, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Secret Agent (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian goverment, an agent provacateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, bomb, police inspector, politics, state affairs, undercover, mentally challenged, dishonesty, danger, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1880s, 1930s ...
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.0
 1K
Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, politics, danger, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: rough, suspenseful, talky, exciting, serious ...
Plot: espionage, spy, chases and races, government agency, undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, danger, secret agents, heroes, courtroom drama, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, court martial, cynicism, iron curtain, grocer, whiskey, library, alcoholic ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.3
 17K
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, government agency, undercover, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 3K
Restless (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, captivating
Plot: espionage, world war two, secret service, top secret, double agent, secret hideout, undercover, government agency, german, secret place, haunted by the past, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 40s, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, holland, new york, london, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 5K
Jack Strong (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A spy thriller telling a historically based story of a man who alone dares to challenge Soviets being in the middle of the communistic system himself. Planning the maneuvers of Warsaw Pact forces he discovers that the American plans of nuclear ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Plot: spy, martial law, political unrest, undercover, state affairs, government agency, politics, dishonesty, border crossing, chase, espionage, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, 1990s ...
Place: europe, poland, soviet union, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
 891
Spy(ies) (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Vincent is a bright young man but has introverted personality. He is working as a baggage handler at an airport and refuses to follow a career path accordingly to his education. With his colleague, Gerard, Vincent used to steal objects from the ...
Style: suspenseful, sentimental, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: undercover, espionage, terrorism, british secret service, female spy, danger, dishonesty, secret agents, love and romance, spy, counter terrorism, terrorist attack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, paris france, syria, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Jigsaw Man (1983)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Philip Kimberly, the former head of the British Secret Service who defected to Russia, is given plastic surgery and sent back to Britain by the KGB to retrieve some vital documents. With the documents in hand, he instead plays off MI6 and the KGB ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, kgb, cold war, undercover, betrayal, government agency, dishonesty, heroes, crimes, politics, secret agents, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, london, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Gentlemen (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Beaten up, bruised, and scared, a young writer hides in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its disappeared inhabitants: the flamboyant and charismatic Morgan brothers.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Plot: espionage, political conspiracy, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, apartment, multiple time frames, love and romance, friendship, danger, conspiracy, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Looking Glass War (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.
Style: bleak, clever, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: espionage, secret agents, spy, love and romance, state affairs, heroes, danger, chases and races, on the run, working undercover, political conspiracy, cons and scams ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany, london, german democratic republic, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
A Different Loyalty (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA, Malta
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In January 1963, British journalist Leo Cauffield suddenly disappears from his home in Beirut. His wife Sally knew that he was working part-time for British intelligence, but was not prepared to be told by the British embassy that they suspect he ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, betrayal, treason, heroic mission, love affair, working undercover, secret agents, undercover, danger, dishonesty, journalism, government agency ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 1960s
Place: lebanon, russia, middle east, beirut lebanon, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Turks & Caicos (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The second movie in David Hare's Johnny Worricker trilogy. Loose-limbed spy Johnny Worricker, last seen whistleblowing at MI5 in Page Eight, has a new life. He is hiding out in Ray-Bans on the Caribbean islands of the title, eating lobster and ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspense, realistic
Plot: island, secret agents, cia, undercover, espionage, state affairs, dishonesty, international crisis, head of state, on the run, businessman, caribbean sea ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, political intrigue, double agent, undercover, investigation, dishonesty, race against time, danger, rivalry, politics ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, albania, europe, scotland yard ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 6.3
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The Serpent (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Vlassov is a Soviet spy who defects in France. He is whisked to the U.S, where Allan Davies takes over the case. After polygraph tests and cross-examinations, Vlassov names several Western European agents who are also spying for the Soviets. Davies ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, eurospy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, espionage, double agent, kgb, intrigue, government agency, manhunt, race against time, secret agents, mind game, rivalry, working undercover ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, russia, europe, germany, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 1K
Triple Agent (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, enigmatic, psychological
Plot: espionage, secret agents, politics, government agency, political corruption, undercover, life is a bitch, betrayal, love triangle, uncover truth, dishonesty, rebellion ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: france, russia, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Drama. TV Movie.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: espionage, undercover, secret agents, rise and fall, government agency, politics, betrayal, dishonesty, cold war, fbi, spy, double agent ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Salting the Battlefield (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: David Hare concludes his trilogy of films about MI5 renegade Johnny Worricker with another fugue on power, secrets and the British establishment. Johnny Worricker goes on the run with Margot Tyrell across Europe, and with the net closing in, the ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: on the run, secret agents, undercover, head of state, state affairs, dishonesty, espionage, politics, cover up, conspiracy, british prime minister, spy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Plot: espionage, photographer, spy, double agent, secret identity, deadly, couples, mole, undercover, dishonesty, danger, graphic violence ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: west berlin west germany, europe, germany, england, east berlin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Style: tense, realistic, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: espionage, treason, undercover, double agent, buddies, dishonesty, society, political conspiracy, cold war, spy, satellite, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, california, united states, mexico, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Escape to Nowhere (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Who is Anton Haliakov, who has just been abducted by the M.I.5 in London? A Soviet scientist apparently. But sixteen years before the man had another identity, Clément Tibère, and another nationality, French. So what led him to become Russian and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, cons and scams, hospital, political intrigue, frame up, state affairs, danger, crimes, rebellion, escapades, manhunt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: london, russia, england, alps, geneva switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%