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Jfk (1991)
Drama, History, Thriller

Jfk (1991)

On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president's death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  communism,  mafia,  paranoia,  terrorism,  corruption,  anger,  military,  politics
Locations:courtroom
Characters:homosexuality,  hitman,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:district attorney,  kennedy,  president,  jfk assassination conspiracy,  assassination of jfk,  jfk assassination,  kennedy assassination,  assassination of president,  government corruption,  assassination,  vietnam,  american president,  political assassination,  assassination plot,  government,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  conspiracy theorist,  political corruption,  investigation,  based on multiple works,  castro regime,  lincoln continental,  amateur footage,  political cover up,  political drama,  dead woman on ground,  author cameo,  loss of innocence,  perjury,  year 1963,  jfk,  entire title is capitalized acronym,  coup d'etat,  fight the system,  political thriller,  cartoon on tv,  hit and run,  dead woman with eyes open,  ambiguous ending,  cuba,  evidence,  new orleans louisiana,  confrontation,  male prostitute,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  power,  witness,  cover up,  businessman,  racial slur,  controversy,  acronym in title,  man with glasses,  assassin,  gay slur,  prison,  based on book,  death,  character name in title,  based on novel,  one word title,  murder,  flashback

Nixon (1995)
Biography, Drama, History

Nixon (1995)

Director Oliver Stone's exploration of former president Richard Nixon's strict Quaker upbringing, his nascent political strivings in law school, and his strangely self-effacing courtship of his wife, Pat. The contradictions in his character are revealed early, in the vicious campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas and the oddly masochistic Checkers speech. His defeat at the hands of the hated and envied John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, followed by the loss of the 1962 California gubernatorial race, seem to signal the end of his career. Yet, although wholly lacking in charisma, Nixon remains a brilliant political operator, seizing the opportunity provided by the backlash against the antiwar movement to take the presidency in 1968. It is only when safely in office, running far ahead in the polls for the 1972 presidential election, that his growing paranoia comes to full flower, triggering the Watergate scandal. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Period:1960s
Story:government corruption,  american president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political drama,  kennedy,  political thriller,  confrontation,  washington d.c.,  power,  government,  president,  cover up,  controversy,  man with glasses,  character name in title,  one word title,  flashback

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Wag The Dog (1997)
Comedy, Drama

Wag The Dog (1997)

After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  military
Story:american president,  political assassination,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  man with glasses,  based on book,  based on novel,  murder,  death

Jackie (2016)
Biography, Drama, History

Jackie (2016)

Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then 'Jacqueline Kennedy (I)' (qv). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Period:1960s
Story:kennedy,  jfk assassination,  assassination of jfk,  kennedy assassination,  assassination of president,  american president,  political assassination,  u.s. president,  assassination,  year 1963,  jfk,  washington d.c.,  president,  assassin,  character name in title,  one word title,  flashback,  death

In The Line Of Fire (1993) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In The Line Of Fire (1993)

Frank Horrigan is a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked agent by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former CIA assassin Mitch Leary is stalking the current President, who is running for re-election. Mitch has spent long hours studying Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan, telling him of his plans to kill the President. Leary plans to kill the president because Leary feels betrayed by the government -- Leary was removed from the CIA, and the CIA is now trying to have him killed. After talking to Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to presidential protection duty, working with fellow secret service agent Lilly Raines. Horrigan has no intention of failing his President this time around, and he's more than willing to take a bullet. White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent refuses to alter the President's itinerary, while Horrigan's boss, Secret Service Director Sam Campagna, is supportive of Horrigan. As the election gets closer, Horrigan begins to doubt his own abilities, especially when Horrigan's colleague Al D'Andrea is killed by Leary. But Horrigan may be the only one who can stop Leary. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:kennedy,  president,  kennedy assassination,  assassination of president,  government corruption,  american president,  assassination plot,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  assassin,  political cover up,  political thriller,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  government,  cover up,  assassination,  investigation,  murder,  death,  flashback

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The Pelican Brief (1993)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? This is why The Pelican Brief (1993) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Locations:courtroom
Characters:hitman,  homosexual
Story:government corruption,  american president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  conspiracy theorist,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  new orleans louisiana,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  witness,  president,  cover up,  assassination,  assassin,  investigation,  based on novel,  death,  murder

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened -- or didn't happen -- in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:government corruption,  political assassination,  assassination plot,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  cover up,  man with glasses,  assassin,  based on novel,  murder

Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Jerry Fletcher is a man in love with a woman he observes from afar. She works for the government. Fletcher is an outspoken critic of that government. He has conspiracy theories for everything, from aliens to political assassinations. But soon, one of his theories finds itself to be accurate. But which one? Some dangerous people want him dead and the only person he trusts is that woman he loves but does not know. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  paranoia,  corruption,  politics
Story:government corruption,  political conspiracy,  conspiracy theorist,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  government,  cover up,  murder,  flashback

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Absolute Power (1997) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Absolute Power (1997)

Based on the novel by David Baldacci, Absolute Power is about the ruthlessness of people in power. The President believes that everything he does is beyond reproach, including an affair or two. That leads to murder and everyone around him is involved. There is only one witness, a thief named Luther Whitney. They are sure he'll talk, but when? The Secret Service is determined to keep him quiet, but catching a thief isn't always easy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Characters:hitman
Story:government corruption,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  power,  witness,  cover up,  racial slur,  investigation,  based on book,  murder,  based on novel,  death

Clear And Present Danger (1994)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Clear And Present Danger (1994)

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  military,  politics
Characters:hitman
Story:government corruption,  american president,  political assassination,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  district attorney,  dead woman with eyes open,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  power,  government,  cover up,  businessman,  assassination,  man with glasses,  assassin,  based on novel,  death,  murder

Enemy Of The State (1998)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Enemy Of The State (1998)

Robert Dean is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Pintero. Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Reynolds is negotiating with Congressman Phillip Hammersley about a new surveillance system with satellites. But, Hammersley declines; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is chased by Reynolds' team of NSA agents. The guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the NSA decides to get into Dean's life. That is when Dean's life began to fall apart all around him, with his wife and job both gone. Dean wants to find out what is going on. Then, he meets a man named "Brill" who tells him that Dean has something that the government wants. Dean and Brill formulate a plan to get Dean's life back and turn the tables on Reynolds. This is why Enemy Of The State (1998) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:government,  government corruption,  evidence,  political assassination,  political conspiracy,  conspiracy theorist,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  cartoon on tv,  confrontation,  washington d.c.,  witness,  cover up,  assassination,  man with glasses,  murder

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Murder At 1600 (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Murder At 1600 (1997)

A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town, is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate, only to find evidence suppressed by the Secret Service. After suspecting a cover-up, Regis convinces Secret Service Agent Nina Chance to assist in uncovering the truth. The President's son Kyle Neil is a prime suspect, as he was having sex with Carla within an hour of her murder. While the investigation ensues, the President, Jack Neil, is holding meetings with top military personnel regarding North Korea's holding 23 U.S. military personnel hostage. Regis confronts top Secret Service Agent Spikings at his home shortly after Spikings returns with evidence leading to the murder. The home is attacked and Spikings is killed, but Regis makes it out alive with Agent Chance's assistance, and with the evidence tape. White House adviser Jordan presents false evidence to the President that his son killed Carla and forces the President to say he will announce his resignation at 10 p.m. the following day. Regis and Chance break into the White House via underground tunnels, stop the President from resigning, and arrest Jordan for conspiracy to murder. Jordan pulls a gun, injures Agent Chance, and is killed by multiple Secret Service agents. A news briefing states there were false rumors of the President resigning, and also falsely state that Agent Spikings was killed in the gunfire exchange between Jordan and the Secret Service. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  military,  politics
Story:government corruption,  investigation,  evidence,  american president,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  dead woman with eyes open,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  assassin,  murder

Blow Out (1981) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Mystery, Thriller

Blow Out (1981)

This stylish Brian De Palma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  paranoia
Story:government corruption,  political assassination,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  dead woman with eyes open,  witness,  government,  cover up,  assassination,  investigation,  murder,  death

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  anger,  politics
Period:1960s
Story:kennedy assassination,  political drama,  fight the system,  racial slur,  controversy,  assassination,  man with glasses,  assassin,  prison,  character name in title,  murder,  death,  flashback

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Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)

Agent Augustus Gibbons has selected an imprisoned former US Navy SEAL Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, travels to Washington D.C., where they track a splinter faction of the U.S. military that attempts to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President, led by Secretary of Defense and former 4-Star General George Deckert, Stone's former commanding officer whom he once led a mutiny against. But he's been targeted for assassination by a radical splinter group of dissenters deep within the United States government. The new XXX agent must uncover the insurgents from within. It is the nation's only hope to stop the first coup d'etat in American history. (Read More)

Themes:military,  terrorism,  politics
Story:assassination plot,  government,  u.s. president,  political corruption,  coup d'etat,  washington d.c.,  president,  cover up,  assassination,  man with glasses,  assassin,  prison,  character name in title,  murder

The General's Daughter (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The General's Daughter (1999)

The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. This is why The General's Daughter (1999) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  military,  politics
Story:government corruption,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  investigation,  political cover up,  political thriller,  evidence,  cover up,  murder,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

Watchmen (2009) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Watchmen (2009)

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  terrorism
Period:1960s
Story:kennedy assassination,  assassination of president,  american president,  government,  u.s. president,  cartoon on tv,  dead woman with eyes open,  evidence,  vietnam,  power,  president,  businessman,  controversy,  assassination,  assassin,  investigation,  prison,  one word title,  murder,  death,  flashback

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Snake Eyes (1998)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Snake Eyes (1998)

Ricky Santoro is a flamboyant and corrupt Atlantic City cop with a dream: become so well connected that he can become mayor. In lieu of that, he'll settle for keeping his comfortable lifestyle. On the night of the heavyweight boxing championship, Rick becomes mixed up in the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, an assassination involving his best friend. Becoming the investigating officer in the case, Rick soon uncovers a conspiracy to kill the Secretary and a mysterious woman in white. The conspiracy was shocking, but not half as shocking as the identity of its mastermind. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:government corruption,  political conspiracy,  assassination,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  dead woman with eyes open,  government,  cover up,  investigation,  death,  murder,  flashback

Vantage Point (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vantage Point (2008)

The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:assassination of president,  american president,  assassination plot,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  dead woman with eyes open,  witness,  cover up,  assassination,  flashback,  murder,  death

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  anger
Characters:hitman
Period:1960s
Story:cuba,  political corruption,  castro regime,  perjury,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  power,  assassination,  man with glasses,  assassin,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  murder

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Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. This is why Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  military
Characters:hitman
Story:political conspiracy,  president,  assassination,  assassin,  one word title,  death,  murder,  flashback

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  paranoia,  politics
Characters:homosexual
Story:political drama,  perjury,  evidence,  washington d.c.,  witness,  government,  cover up,  controversy,  man with glasses,  investigation,  death,  flashback

No Way Out (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

No Way Out (1987)

Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  military,  politics
Characters:homosexual
Story:government corruption,  american president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  evidence,  washington d.c.,  president,  cover up,  assassin,  gay slur,  investigation,  based on novel,  murder,  death

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Patriot Games (1992)
Action, Thriller

Patriot Games (1992)

Former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan is in England with his family on vacation when he suddenly witnesses an explosion outside Buckingham Palace. It is revealed that some people are trying to abduct a member of the Royal Family but Jack intervenes, killing one of them and capturing the other, and stops the plan in its tracks. Afterwards, he learns that they're Irish revolutionaries and the two men are brothers. During his court hearing the one that's still alive vows to get back at Jack but is sentenced and that seems to be the end of it. However, whilst the man is being transported, he is broken out. Jack learns of this but doesn't think there's anything to worry about. But, when he is at the Naval Academy someone tries to kill him. He learns that they are also going after his family and so he rushes to find them, safe but having also been the victims of a failed assassination. That's when Jack decides to rejoin the CIA, and they try to find the man before he makes another attempt. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Characters:hitman
Story:assassination,  political assassination,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  man with glasses,  assassin,  prison,  based on book,  based on novel,  death,  murder

All The President's Men (1976) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

All The President's Men (1976)

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter 'Bob Woodward (I)' (qv) 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 names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and 'Carl Bernstein (I)' (qv) to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:president,  government corruption,  american president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political drama,  political thriller,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  investigation,  based on book

Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Air Force One (1997)

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... This is why Air Force One (1997) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  politics
Story:american president,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political thriller,  blockbuster,  prison,  death,  murder

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Edge Of Darkness (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Edge Of Darkness (2010)

Thomas Craven is a detective who has spent years working the streets of Boston. When his own daughter is killed outside his own home, Craven soon realizes that her death is only one piece of an intriguing puzzle filled with corruption and conspiracy, and it falls to him to discover who is behind the crime. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  paranoia,  corruption
Story:political conspiracy,  conspiracy theorist,  political corruption,  political thriller,  evidence,  government,  cover up,  assassination,  investigation,  death,  murder,  flashback

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  military
Story:author cameo,  new orleans louisiana,  washington d.c.,  government,  cover up,  assassination,  assassin,  gay slur,  investigation,  prison,  character name in title,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback,  death

W. (2008) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Biography, Drama, History

W. (2008)

Oliver Stone's biographical take on the life of George W. Bush, one of the most controversial presidents in USA history, chronicling from his wild and carefree days in college, to his military service, to his governorship of Texas and role in the oil business, his 2000 candidacy for president, his first turbulent four years, and his 2004 re-election campaign. (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Period:1960s
Story:american president,  president,  u.s. president,  political drama,  washington d.c.,  power,  government,  controversy,  man with glasses,  one word title,  flashback

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The Day Of The Jackal (1973)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  military,  politics
Characters:hitman,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:president,  assassin,  assassination plot,  year 1963,  political thriller,  assassination,  investigation,  based on book,  character name in title,  based on novel,  death,  murder

The Conspirator (2010)
Crime, Drama, History

The Conspirator (2010)

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son. This is why The Conspirator (2010) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  military
Story:assassination of president,  u.s. president,  assassination,  washington d.c.,  president,  prison,  flashback,  death,  murder

London Has Fallen (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  military,  politics
Story:president,  american president,  political assassination,  assassination plot,  u.s. president,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  racial slur,  assassination,  assassin,  death,  murder

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Fair Game (2010) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game (2010)

Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Themes:paranoia,  terrorism,  corruption,  anger,  politics
Story:u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  perjury,  political thriller,  evidence,  washington d.c.,  power,  businessman,  investigation,  death,  murder

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Drama, Thriller

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Major Ben Marco ('Frank Sinatra' (qv)) is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw ('Laurence Harvey (I)' (qv)), even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He's put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin ('Angela Lansbury' (qv)). She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she's treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin ('James Gregory (I)' (qv)), who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that Raymond Shaw is the focal point. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  military,  politics
Story:government corruption,  political assassination,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political cover up,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  government,  president,  cover up,  assassination,  assassin,  investigation,  based on novel,  flashback,  death,  murder

The Siege (1998)
Action, Thriller

The Siege (1998)

After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  military,  politics
Story:u.s. president,  political thriller,  government,  president,  controversy,  murder

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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  military
Story:american president,  u.s. president,  coup d'etat,  washington d.c.,  president,  cover up,  assassin,  prison,  character name in title,  murder,  flashback,  death

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  paranoia,  corruption,  politics
Characters:hitman
Story:government corruption,  fight the system,  district attorney,  witness,  government,  cover up,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  assassin,  gay slur,  investigation,  death,  murder,  flashback

White House Down (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

White House Down (2013)

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  military,  politics
Story:president,  american president,  political assassination,  u.s. president,  political corruption,  coup d'etat,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  government,  death,  murder

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Shooter (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Shooter (2007)

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  military
Story:political assassination,  u.s. president,  washington d.c.,  president,  cover up,  assassination,  one word title,  based on novel,  flashback,  death,  murder

The Sentinel (2006)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Sentinel (2006)

Special Agent Pete Garrison is convinced that a Neo-Nazi Aryan Disciple has managed to infiltrate the White House. When a White House Agent is murdered, Garrison is framed and blackmailed over an affair with the First Lady Sarah Ballentine. He is relieved of his duties, but Garrison won't stop in trying to prove his innocence, and save the life of the President. While attempting to uncover the person behind it all, he comes into confrontation with his protege, Agent Breckinridge. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  politics
Story:president,  american president,  assassination plot,  u.s. president,  investigation,  political thriller,  evidence,  confrontation,  assassination,  based on novel,  murder

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Documentary, Drama, War

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Following up on 'Bowling for Columbine', film-maker Michael Moore provides deep and though-provoking insights on the American security system, the level of paranoia, fear, uncertainty, false values and patriotism, which all combined together to set a stage for George W. Bush to launch a war on Iraq instead of focusing on getting the real culprit(s) behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This documentary also focuses on how some Saudis were safely and secretly flown out of America while planes were ostensibly grounded after the attacks. Archived film footage, candid interviews with politicians, and an overall waste of public funds for a war that was initiated on false pretension to wit: a weapon of mass distraction - to take the focus away from the real enemy and get Americans glued to their TV sets to watch innocent Iraqis and Afghans getting killed. And a war that would eventually alienate the U.S.A. and it's citizens from almost every country on Earth. This is why Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  terrorism,  corruption,  military,  politics
Story:american president,  u.s. president,  political corruption,  president,  cover up,  businessman,  controversy,  death

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J. Edgar (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

J. Edgar (2011)

Biopic of J. Edgar Hoover told by Hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. Early in his career, Hoover fixated on Communists, anarchists and any other revolutionary taking action against the U.S. government. He slowly builds the agency's reputation, becoming the sole arbiter of who gets hired and fired. One of his hires is Clyde Tolson who is quickly promoted to Assistant Director and would be Hoover's confidant and companion for the rest of Hoover's life. Hoover's memories have him playing a greater role in the many high profile cases the FBI was involved in - the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the arrest of bank robbers like John Dillinger - and also show him to be quite adept at manipulating the various politicians he's worked with over his career, thanks in large part to his secret files. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  paranoia,  corruption,  politics
Locations:courtroom
Characters:homosexuality,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:investigation,  perjury,  year 1963,  evidence,  washington d.c.,  power,  government,  president,  man with glasses,  character name in title,  death,  flashback

Le Samourai (1967)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Le Samourai (1967)

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner.

Themes:paranoia
Characters:hitman
Period:1960s
Story:perjury,  evidence,  confrontation,  witness,  assassination,  man with glasses,  assassin,  investigation,  based on novel,  murder,  death

Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption
Characters:hitman
Period:1960s
Story:power,  president,  assassination,  assassin,  prison,  murder,  death

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Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Locations:courtroom
Characters:hitman,  homosexual
Story:ambiguous ending,  evidence,  cover up,  gay slur,  investigation,  flashback,  murder,  death

Thirteen Days (2000)
Drama, History, Thriller

Thirteen Days (2000)

In October, 1962, U-2 surveillance photos reveal that the Soviet Union is in the process of placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. These weapons have the capability of wiping out most of the Eastern and Southern United States in minutes if they become operational. President John F. Kennedy and his advisors must come up with a plan of action against the Soviets. Kennedy is determined to show that he is strong enough to stand up to the threat, and the Pentagon advises U.S. military strikes against Cuba--which could lead the way to another U.S. invasion of the island. However, Kennedy is reluctant to follow through, because a U.S. invasion could cause the Soviets to retaliate in Europe. A nuclear showdown appears to be almost inevitable. Can it be prevented? This is why Thirteen Days (2000) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991). (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Period:1960s
Story:kennedy,  cuba,  president,  american president,  u.s. president,  washington d.c.,  based on book

Nick Of Time (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nick Of Time (1995)

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Story:government corruption,  political assassination,  assassination plot,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  political thriller,  assassination,  man with glasses,  death,  murder,  flashback

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The Insider (1999)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Insider (1999)

Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand is hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Will the truth come out? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  politics
Locations:courtroom
Story:perjury,  washington d.c.,  power,  witness,  cover up,  businessman,  controversy,  investigation,  death

The Constant Gardener (2005) is one of the best movies like Jfk (1991)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Characters:homosexual
Story:government corruption,  political corruption,  political thriller,  evidence,  government,  cover up,  assassin,  investigation,  death,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  politics
Characters:hitman
Story:kennedy assassination,  assassination of president,  president,  assassination plot,  u.s. president,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  government,  assassination,  assassin,  character name in title,  one word title,  murder,  flashback

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