Movies like 23

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23 (1998)
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23 (1998)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories inspired by his favorite novel, R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus", but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers. Pepe, one of Karl's rather criminal acquaintances senses that there is money in computer cracking - he travels to east Berlin and tries to contact the KGB.
Style: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, offbeat, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, cult film
Plot: kgb, cold war, hacker, espionage, conspiracy, spy, hospital, computer, conspiracy theory, cocaine, computers and web, friendship, religions or cults, life is a bitch, mystery, computer genius, political conspiracy, obsessive quest, dishonesty, lifestyle, undercover, government agency, computer system, government facility, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east germany, hamburg germany

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Most similar movies to 23

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about dishonesty, espionage, state affairs, spy, undercover, cold war and conspiracy mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like 23: Enigma (1982), Farewell (2009), Baltic Storm (2003), Triple Agent (2004), Safe House (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
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95%
 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
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84%
 4.0
 1K
Baltic Storm (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A journalist from Berlin, Germany, and a Swedish lawyer discover the truth behind the sinking of the "MS Estonia" in 1994, where more than 850 people drowned.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: conspiracy, escapades, investigation, state affairs, crimes, ocean or sea, terrorism, uncover truth, ocean, dishonesty, journalism, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, russia, estonia, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 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 ⇓
72%
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 7.0
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Safe House (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Holding the electronic key to secret ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, exciting, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, alzheimer's disease, conspiracy theory, special agents, race against time, dishonesty, mystery, danger, undercover, state affairs, political conspiracy, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.8
 680
The Defector (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Professor Bower, an American physicist, is effectively blackmailed by a shady CIA agent named Adams to help the CIA obtain secret microfilm from a defecting Russian scientist. The reluctant Bower travels to East Germany undercover as an antiques ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, political conspiracy, working undercover, conspiracy, culture clash, political intrigue, kgb, danger, escapades, government agency, military, secret agents ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, germany, west berlin west germany, german democratic republic, east berlin
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 ⇓
63%
 6.3
 955
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 ⇓
61%
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 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 ⇓
56%
The Infiltrator (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The Infiltrator is an American film about an Israeli freelance journalist who travels to Germany circa the early 1990's and uncovers a story about a dangerously pervasive underground Neo-Nazi faction, who are intent to bring Nazism back to the ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: undercover, journalism, racism, crimes, dishonesty, against humanity, leadership, media, society, confined, heroes, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 ⇓
55%
 5.8
 366
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 ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, undercover, love and romance, secret agents, government agency, betrayal, political unrest, forbidden love, dishonesty, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, britain, soviet union, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 ⇓
54%
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 ⇓
54%
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, alcohol abuse, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, life is a bitch, government agency, special agents, loyalty, alcoholic, arrest, skylight ...
Time: 90s
Place: langley virginia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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 ⇓
52%
Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, secret service, revolution, white house, betrayal, terrorism, espionage, military ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 289K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, India
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: realistic, suspense, serious, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, lawyer, cia, pilot, rescue, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, berlin germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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 ⇓
49%
Little Nikita (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, family relations, teenage boy, espionage, investigation, crimes, fbi, parents and children, teenage life, profanity, graphic violence, kgb ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, san diego california, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
45%
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, disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, undercover, reporter, political intrigue, media ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Half Moon Street (1986)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her job. To supplement her income, she starts moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort Service, where she has more control over men and money than she ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: intrigue, politics, escort service, romance, espionage, political intrigue, dishonesty, uncover truth, infidelity, prostitute, political thriller, female protagonist ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: london, england, europe, middle east, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, political thriller, cold war, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, suicide, senator, strangulation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, korea, usa, washington d.c., madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, gloomy, sincere, bleak, compassionate ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, politics, voyeurism, stasi ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 492
Shores of Hope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In this vivid historical drama set in 1980s East Germany, two dockworkers and best friends who dream of escaping the repressive regime are forced to choose their loyalties when the state police promise them safe passage out of the country — if ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: friendship, ambition, relationship vs career, moral dilemma, crimes, dishonesty, investigation, betrayal, danger, snitch, interracial romance, love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, gdr, german democratic republic, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.1
 12K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
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Story: A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, working undercover, political intrigue, undercover, rivalry, state affairs, stasi, military, double agent, political unrest, archive footage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, west germany, east germany, west berlin west germany ...
⇓ 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 ⇓
37%
 6.6
 1K
06/05 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A fictional version of the events that led to the assassination of the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn on May 6, 2002. The movie is based upon the book "The sixth of May" by Tomas Ross.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, political conspiracy, uncover truth, state affairs, deadly, life is a bitch, dishonesty, assassination, fighting the system, politics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%