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The Ides Of March (2011)
Drama, Thriller

The Ides Of March (2011)

Stephen Meyers is a young idealist who's brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris's presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris's opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris's negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen's romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What's most important, career, victory, or virtue? (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  blackmail,  funeral,  politics
Story:blonde woman,  intern,  cincinnati ohio,  governor,  ohio,  presidential election,  election campaign,  manager,  woman with glasses,  prescription drug overdose,  death of love interest,  campaign speech,  picket sign,  co written by actor,  title based on shakespeare,  endorsement,  presidential debate,  reference to the new york times,  campaigning,  presidential campaign,  month in title,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  death of girlfriend,  political thriller,  political campaign,  news reporter,  ambiguous ending,  intrigue,  cynicism,  loyalty,  tv news,  newspaper headline,  kissing while having sex,  love interest,  election,  date,  directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  fired from the job,  man with glasses,  four word title,  woman,  f word,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  bus,  blonde,  based on play,  sex scene

Man Of The Year (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Man Of The Year (2006)

Tom Dobbs, comedic host of a political talk show - a la Bill Maher and Jon Stewart - runs for President of the US as an independent candidate who, after an issues-oriented campaign and an explosive performance in the final debate, gets just enough votes to win. Trouble is he owes his victory to a computer glitch in the national touch-screen voting system marketed by Delacroy, a private company with a rising stock price. To protect their fortune, Delacroy executives want to keep the glitch a secret, but one programmer, Eleanor Green, wants Dobbs to know the truth. Can she get to him? (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:presidential election,  election campaign,  campaigning,  presidential campaign,  political candidate,  political thriller,  political campaign,  election,  man with glasses

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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:politics
Story:presidential election,  election campaign,  woman with glasses,  campaigning,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  political thriller,  political campaign,  man with glasses

Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:election,  blonde woman,  election campaign,  campaigning,  political candidate,  political campaign,  cynicism,  kissing while having sex,  fired from the job,  extramarital affair,  blonde,  sex scene

Nixon (1995) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
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:politics
Story:presidential election,  election campaign,  woman with glasses,  political candidate,  political thriller,  political campaign,  election,  man with glasses

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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. This is why Wag The Dog (1997) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Story:presidential election,  election campaign,  election,  presidential campaign,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  political campaign,  man with glasses

Broken City (2013)
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:blackmail,  politics
Story:political candidate,  political campaign,  ambiguous ending,  newspaper headline,  kissing while having sex,  election,  manager,  woman,  f word,  extramarital affair

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York the only woman he's ever loved. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself, the men of The Adjustment Bureau, who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path... or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her. (Read More)

Story:election campaign,  election,  campaign speech,  political candidate,  political thriller,  political campaign,  newspaper headline,  woman,  sex in bed,  bus

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Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  politics
Story:news reporter,  intrigue,  tv news,  newspaper headline,  election,  f word,  extramarital affair,  blonde

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:blackmail,  politics
Story:co written by actor,  news reporter,  loyalty,  tv news,  written and directed by cast member,  fired from the job,  man with glasses

The Dead Zone (1983)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems... This is why The Dead Zone (1983) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Story:election campaign,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  political campaign,  newspaper headline,  love interest,  man with glasses,  woman,  f word

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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:political thriller,  intrigue,  loyalty,  newspaper headline,  directed by star,  fired from the job,  man with glasses,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  bus

Runaway Jury (2003) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:abortion,  blackmail
Story:cincinnati ohio,  ohio,  cynicism,  manager,  woman,  bus

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Story:blonde woman,  death of love interest,  love interest,  woman,  f word,  blonde

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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:funeral,  blackmail,  politics
Story:governor,  political thriller,  news reporter,  cynicism,  man with glasses,  f word

Sophie's Choice (1982)
Drama, Romance

Sophie's Choice (1982)

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. This is why Sophie's Choice (1982) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Story:blonde woman,  kissing while having sex,  woman,  sex in bed,  blonde,  sex scene

Citizen Kane (1941) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Drama, Mystery

Citizen Kane (1941)

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. (Read More)

Themes:blackmail,  funeral,  politics
Story:election campaign,  campaigning,  political candidate,  political campaign,  governor,  election,  manager,  directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  extramarital affair

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The American President (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The American President (1995)

Andrew Shepherd is approaching the end of his first term as President of the United States. He's a widower with a young daughter and has proved to be popular with the public. His election seems assured. That is until he meets Sydney Ellen Wade, a paid political activist working for an environmental lobby group. He's immediately smitten with her and after several amusing attempts, they finally manage to go on a date (which happens to be a State dinner for the visiting President of France). His relationship with Wade opens the door for his prime political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to launch an attack on the President's character, something he could not do in the previous election as Shepherd's wife had only recently died. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:presidential election,  election campaign,  election,  date,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  political campaign

Morning Glory (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Morning Glory (2010)

Becky (Rachel McAdams) is a hard-working morning TV show producer, or at least she was until she got fired. Desperate to get a job, she finally gets an interview with Jerry (Jeff Goldblum) - who is desperate to hire a producer for the struggling show "Daybreak". Becky accepts the job and it proves to be more difficult than even she might be able to handle. She has to fire the sexist co-host, then try to convince egotistical news reporter, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), to take the job, and then try and get him to actually do the job, properly. And she has to do this while falling for handsome Adam (Patrick Wilson), and trying to save the show from plummeting ratings. Will Becky be able to hold on to her dream job and her sanity? (Read More)

Story:woman with glasses,  news reporter,  fired from the job,  man with glasses,  woman,  sex scene

The Interpreter (2005)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:woman with glasses,  political thriller,  intrigue,  tv news,  woman,  extramarital affair,  bus,  blonde

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W. (2008) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
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. This is why W. (2008) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:election campaign,  governor,  election,  man with glasses

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Story:blonde woman,  intrigue,  love interest,  man with glasses,  woman,  f word,  blonde,  sex scene

All The President's Men (1976)
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:politics
Story:presidential election,  presidential campaign,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  political thriller,  political campaign,  news reporter,  election,  f word

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Man On A Ledge (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Man On A Ledge (2012)

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatch a police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as they seem. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:blonde woman,  love interest,  four word title,  woman,  f word,  blonde

Much Ado About Nothing (1993) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:governor,  intrigue,  directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  based on play

The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. This is why The Purge: Election Year (2016) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:presidential election,  election,  cynicism,  man with glasses,  f word

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Dogma (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Dogma (1999)

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is enlisted to prevent two angels from reentering Heaven and thus undoing the fabric of the universe. Along the way, she is aided by two prophets, Jay and Silent Bob. With the help of Rufus, the 13th Apostle, they must stop those who stand in their way and prevent the angels from entering Heaven. (Read More)

Themes:abortion
Story:news reporter,  tv news,  written and directed by cast member,  f word,  bus

Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:political campaign,  newspaper headline,  election,  manager,  fired from the job,  woman

Taxi Driver (1976) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Crime, Drama

Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:campaigning,  presidential candidate,  political candidate,  political campaign,  ambiguous ending,  date,  man with glasses,  f word,  extramarital affair,  blonde

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Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. (Read More)

Story:kissing while having sex,  four word title,  f word,  sex in bed,  bus,  blonde,  sex scene

That Thing You Do! (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Music

That Thing You Do! (1996)

Recounts a fable of a pop rock band formed a year after the Beatles took America by storm in early 1964. Jazz aficionado Guy Patterson, unhappily toiling in the family appliance store, is recruited into the band the Oneders (later renamed the Wonders) after regular drummer Chad breaks his arm. After Guy injects a four/four rock beat into lead singer Jimmy's ballad, the song's undeniable pop power flings the Wonders into a brief whirlwind of success, telling the tale of many American bands who attempted to grab the brass ring of rock and roll in the wake of the British Invasion. This is why That Thing You Do! (1996) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Story:ohio,  manager,  directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  four word title

Tristan + Isolde (2006)
Drama, Romance

Tristan + Isolde (2006)

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.

Themes:funeral
Story:blonde woman,  loyalty,  kissing while having sex,  love interest,  extramarital affair,  blonde

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Margin Call (2011) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Margin Call (2011)

A respected financial company is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go. His protege completes the study late into the night and then frantically calls his colleagues in about the company's financial disaster he has discovered. What follows is a long night of panicked double checking and double dealing as the senior management prepare to do whatever it takes to mitigate the debacle to come even as the handful of conscientious comrades find themselves dragged along into the unethical abyss. (Read More)

Story:cynicism,  manager,  fired from the job,  woman,  f word

Absolute Power (1997)
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:blackmail,  politics
Story:political thriller,  newspaper headline,  kissing while having sex,  directed by star,  woman,  extramarital affair

Shoot 'em Up (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Shoot 'em Up (2007)

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. (Read More)

Story:woman,  bus,  presidential campaign,  presidential candidate,  newspaper headline,  man with glasses,  sex in bed,  sex scene

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I Origins (2014)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

I Origins (2014)

I Origins begins when graduate student, Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny, in order to prove that eyes have evolved instead of "appeared" as creationists claim. His fascination with eyes takes him into areas that have profound personal and cultural consequences. This is why I Origins (2014) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Story:woman with glasses,  death of girlfriend,  man with glasses,  bus,  sex scene

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:woman with glasses,  tv news,  newspaper headline,  man with glasses,  four word title,  woman,  extramarital affair

Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. On the campaign, Will's best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next-door Emily? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:presidential campaign,  intern,  political campaign,  election,  date,  fired from the job,  woman,  extramarital affair

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Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:intrigue,  cynicism,  loyalty,  newspaper headline,  election,  man with glasses,  f word

Spread (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spread (2009)

In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house overlooks L.A., is sweet, although it's unclear how long she'll put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover? (Read More)

Story:date,  woman,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  blonde,  sex scene

Dressed To Kill (1980) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Mystery, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. This is why Dressed To Kill (1980) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Themes:blackmail
Story:blonde woman,  woman,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  blonde

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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones. Thrown into the mix are Bridget's band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive. (Read More)

Story:blonde woman,  woman,  kissing while having sex,  f word,  extramarital affair,  blonde

Hamlet (1996)
Drama

Hamlet (1996)

Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  politics
Story:directed by star,  written and directed by cast member,  based on play

The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:blackmail
Story:kissing while having sex,  woman,  extramarital affair,  sex in bed,  sex scene

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The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Story:intern,  governor,  tv news,  fired from the job,  extramarital affair,  sex scene

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. This is why Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011). (Read More)

Themes:politics
Story:political candidate,  political campaign,  tv news,  newspaper headline,  election,  manager,  fired from the job

Seeking Justice (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Story:blonde woman,  newspaper headline,  kissing while having sex,  sex in bed,  bus,  blonde

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Story:cynicism,  woman,  f word,  extramarital affair,  bus,  based on play

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) is one of the best movies like The Ides Of March (2011)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress from NYC, always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall. An injury in her youth deterred that dream, so she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall, knowing the only way to get there would be, "Practice, practice, practice". Her husband supports her venture, and Florence Foster Jenkins' performance at Carnegie Hall becomes a truly historic event. (Read More)

Story:loyalty,  newspaper headline,  manager,  woman,  extramarital affair

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Story:ambiguous ending,  kissing while having sex,  manager,  four word title,  f word,  sex in bed,  sex scene

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