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List of the best movies like The Cove (2009): Colonia, Changeling, The Imposter, The Report, You Don't Know Jack, Holy Rollers, Free State of Jones, Veronica Guerin, Truth, Neruda.

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:05
CharactersDogs, Horses, Military, Students, Soldier
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Abduction, Slavery
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Forest
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Tense, Touching

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersSerial killers, Strong women, Single mothers, Nurses, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Abduction, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people
PlaceCourt, USA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Heartbreaking

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, documentary, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:39
CharactersFamily, FBI
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people, Lost memory
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think

It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersCIA, Journalists, Psychologists
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political, Computers, Justice
StylePsychological problems, Philosophical

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:14
CharactersLawyers, Judge, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Survival, Justice
StyleTense, Makes me think, Intellectual, Serious

Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. Oscar®- and Emmy®-winning actor Al Pacino brings “Dr. Death” to life in an all-new HBO Films presentation: You Don’t Know Jack, directed by Oscar®-winner Barry Levinson.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersJews, Friends, Partners
PlotOn real events, Snow
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Hotels, USA, Night Clubs
StyleSerious, Disturbing

Inspired by actual events in the late nineties when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, western, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:49
CharactersDogs, Snake, Slaves
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Revenge, Slavery
PlaceCourt
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think

In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:38
CharactersGangsters, Strong women
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Justice
PlaceIreland
StyleAction, Soulful, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch with John Traynor, a paranoid informant. Not without some prodding, Traynor leads her to John Gilligan, the ruthless head of the operation, who does not take kindly to Guerin's nosing.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:06
CharactersLawyers
PlotOn real events, Survival, Skirmishes, Investigation, Political
PlaceTexas, New York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Tense, Disturbing

A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News when he broadcast a damaging report about how President Bush relied on privilege and family connections to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryChile, Argentina, France, Spain, USA
Duration02:00
CharactersDogs, Horses, Poets
PlotOn real events, Death, Weapon, Border, Snow
PlaceHotels
StyleFascinating, Serious, Disturbing

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has arrived in Chile. In the Congress, prominent Communist Senator and popular poet Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Party and is stripped of his parliamentary immunity by President González Videla. The Chief of Investigative Police instructs inspector Óscar Peluchonneau to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to escape from the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced to go underground.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:29
CharactersTeens, Snipers, Heroes, Military, Alcoholics
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Death
PlaceJapan, Bunker
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, To cry, Inspirational, Patriotic, Tense

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, documentary, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:25

Filmmaker Marshall Curry explores the inner workings of the Earth Liberation Front, a revolutionary movement devoted to crippling facilities involved in deforestation, while simultaneously offering a profile of Oregon ELF member Daniel McGowan, who was brought up on terrorism charges for his involvement with the radical group.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredocumentary, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersSingers
PlotDancing, Wedding, Investigation, Friendship

Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersBusinessmen
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Money, Success, Stock Exchange
PlaceUSA, Wall Street
StyleInteresting, Action, Smart, Tense, Intellectual

The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredocumentary, crime, detective, biography, history
CountryUSA, Ecuador, Germany, Norway
Duration02:00
CharactersDogs, Teens, Doctors, Journalists
PlotMoney, Death, Love triangle, Jealousy
PlaceTrains
TimeNew Year, World War I

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this documentary. Directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have created a parable about the search for paradise, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands, which interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers. A gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, and Gustaf Skarsgard.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Japan, USA
Duration01:50
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Hired assassins
PlotOn real events, Conspiracies
PlaceNight Clubs
StyleFascinating, Serious

Fact and fiction are combined in this story about Jack Ruby and a stripper, Candy Cane, and how they become involved in a conspiracy to kill J.F.K.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersStudents, Psychologists
PlotOn real events, Experiments, Quests
PlacePrison, USA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredocumentary, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersMilitary, Presidential
PlotWar, On real events, Political
PlaceVietnam
TimeCold War
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think, Serious

Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the 85-year-old Robert McNamara, THE FOG OF WAR depicts his life, from working as a WWII whiz kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, documentary, crime, detective, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA, Colombia
Duration01:40

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the U.S., that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:20
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Special agents, FBI
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Bank robbery, Skirmishes, Chase
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Puerto Rico
CharactersFBI
PlotLove, On real events, Fight, Money, Friendship
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Action, Twisted plot, Light

FBI informant Jim Hoffman lures troubled automobile magnate John DeLorean to an undercover sting for cocaine trafficking.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:46
CharactersArtists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Art, Fate, Mystery, Justice
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Smart, Tense

The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersFriends, Partners, Artists
PlotOn real events, Robbery
PlaceNew York

Lexington, Kentucky, 2004. Four young men attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in the history of the United States.

Markimdb: 8.9
Genredocumentary, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
PlotSports

“OJ: Made in America” examines the history of race over the last several decades through the lens of OJ Simpson’s rise and fall. It is perhaps the defining cultural tale of 20th-century America, one that centers around two of our country’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity. “OJ: Made in America” will explore these themes in tracing a personal journey, from how Orenthal James Simpson first became a football star, to why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife and his subsequent acquittal and why he is now sitting in jail 20 years later for another crime.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersHackers
PlotOn real events, Chase, Internet, Technology, Rivalry
StyleTwisted plot, Smart, Serious, Disturbing

Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world. Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cyber-trophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and an ex-hacker, he finds one - and much more than that...

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates
Duration01:48
CharactersCIA, Spy
PlotOn real events
PlaceIraq, USA
StyleAction, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the sale of enriched uranium to Iraq, Then Valerie's secret work and identity is leaked to the press. With her cover blown and other people endangered, Valerie's career and personal life begin to unravel.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
Duration02:08
CharactersPresidential
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice, Uprising
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Makes me think, Serious

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Markimdb: 7
Genredocumentary, crime, music, biography
CountryRussia, United Kingdom
Duration01:28
PlotOn real events, Music, Political, Uprising, False accusations
StyleSoulful, Makes me think

In the winter of 2011, after a controversial election, Vladimir Putin was reinstalled as president of Russia. In response, hundreds of thousands of citizens rose up all over the country to challenge the legitimacy of Putin’s rule. Among them were a group of young, radical-feminist punk rockers, better known as Pussy Riot. Wearing colored balaclavas, tights, and summer dresses, they entered Moscow’s most venerated cathedral and dared to sing “Mother Mary, Banish Putin!” Now they have become victims of a “show” trial.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, documentary, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersBillionaires
PlotOn real events, Political, Power, Debts
PlaceWall Street, New York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Soulful, By books, Makes me think

Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, 'Too Big to Fail' offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA, Morocco
Duration03:10
CharactersKings, Spy, Strong women, Writers, Slaves
PlotOn real events, Slavery, Loneliness, Death, Political
PlaceEngland, Deserts, Turkey
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.





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