Movies like A Civil Action

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A Civil Action (1998)
 6.5
 25K
A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and his clients' goals, in order to continue the case against all odds.
Style: serious, disturbing, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, factual, dramatic, suspense, bad ending, interesting ...
Plot: lawyer, small town, courtroom drama, leukemia, trial, law firm, lawsuit, plaintiff, bankruptcy, obsession, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, success, uncover truth, corporate crimes, price of justice, courtroom, righting the wronged, against the odds, dishonesty, legal, rivalry, society, life turned upside down, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: massachusetts, washington d.c., boston, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and dramatic films with plots about lawyer, society, legal, courtroom drama, dishonesty, courtroom and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like A Civil Action: Erin Brockovich (2000), Promised Land (2012), The Rainmaker (1997), The Verdict (1982), Class Action (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, touching, uplifting, factual, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: against the odds, justice, lawyer, single mother, righting the wronged, relationship vs career, contamination, fighting the system, uncover truth, environmental, court, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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Promised Land (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, salesman, campaign, small town life, idealism, fighting the system, society, social relations, corporate crimes, environmentalism, americana, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california, mexico
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100%
 7.1
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The Rainmaker (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, thought provoking, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, self defense, leukemia, legal investigation, domestic violence, insurance, jury, lawsuit, judge, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.8
 31K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, character study, courtroom, court, coma, hospital, bishop, lawsuit, self esteem, legal action, defense attorney ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.4
 6K
Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: clever, serious, talky, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, estranged daughter, uncover truth, idealism, parents and children, corporate crimes, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.7
 200K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, lawyer, gay, lawsuit, judiciary, prejudice, terminal illness, court, discrimination, human spirit, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 28K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, rape, lawyer, bar, injustice, testimony, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: talky, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, racism, assassin, civil rights, activist, widow, trial, dedicated lawyer, injustice, righting the wronged, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.9
 21K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, courtroom, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, cocaine, underdog, dedicated lawyer, drugs/alcohol, courtroom drama, legal action, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1998, year 1995
Place: usa, washington d.c., houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain: During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claims she witnessed a dingo taking her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body is never found. After investigations ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom, trial, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, dedicated lawyer, legal action, investigation, murder, jail, grief, nightmare ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 36K
North Country (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, court, rapist, small town, miner, love, secret, witness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, crime, racism, courtroom drama, dishonesty, law enforcement, courtroom, legal action, legal investigation, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 12K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: tense, talky, thought provoking, clever, serious ...
Plot: jury, legal action, courtroom drama, argument, lawyer, evidence, trial, revelation, murder, legal, uncover truth, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
Style: serious, clever, talky, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, dedicated lawyer, school, hotshot lawyer, journalism, legal action, idealism, courtroom drama, religions or cults, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: america
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38%
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, car accident, courtroom drama, disability, dedicated lawyer, legal action, judge, artist, human spirit, doctors and patients, fighting the system, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Vermont town in the 1950's hires a new minister based on his war record and capable presentation, but then are shocked when he shows up and is a black man. Things go completely wrong for ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, thought provoking
Plot: false accusation, racism, small town, murder, price of justice, courtroom, dishonesty, legal, society, courtroom drama, small town life, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: vermont, usa, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.4
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Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: small town, fighting the system, union, labor, working class, single mother, factory, against the odds, labor union, whistleblower, factory worker, feminism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 12K
The Apostle (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: coma, small town, redemption, country, forgiveness, jealousy, minister, preacher, christianity, religions or cults, radio station, apostle ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 6.2
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City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: talky, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, corruption, political corruption, police, idealism, mayor, drug dealer, uncover truth, urban, undercover, presidential election, undercover agent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
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Marie (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A single mother takes a job with the government where she is confronted with corruption.
Style: talky, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: political corruption, corruption, fighting the system, politics, uncover truth, office, price of justice, woman in danger, dishonesty, rebellion, state affairs, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 547
Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, dealing with death, investigation, aviation, legal action, obsessive quest, righting the wronged, against the odds, dishonesty, legal, society, state affairs ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 429
The Incident (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Small town lawyer, Harmon Cobb, defends a Nazi prisoner of war against murder charges. Set during World War II, Cobb has to contend with the difficulties of defending the devil when the town's only doctor (Barnard Hughes) dies while at ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, small town, dedicated lawyer, legal action, war, moral dilemma, prison, against humanity, legal, society, friendship, anti semitism ...
Time: 1940s
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
...and justice for all. (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.
Style: suspense, clever, semi serious, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, crime, fighting the system, prison, dedicated lawyer, legal action, extramarital affair, idealism, moral dilemma, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 84K
Runaway Jury (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Style: suspense, clever, serious, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, trial, corruption, bribery, lawsuit, judge, court case, righting the wronged, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cincinnati ohio, indiana, ohio, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 4K
L.A. Law (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986, to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including a ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: law firm, courtroom drama, lawyer, lawsuit, hotshot lawyer, office, workplace situations, legal, workplace, dedicated lawyer, womanizer, ego clash ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 207K
A Few Good Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.
Style: tense, clever, realistic, talky, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, navy, courtroom, sexism, suicide, murder, military, lawyer, court martial, military base, u.s. navy, army investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: cuba, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 3K
Court (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, social differences, human nature, court, false accusation, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, rich and poor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 133K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, children's book, locked door, social services, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 728
Dirty Pictures (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Style: talky, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: museum, courtroom, politics, s&m, lawsuit, jury, fighting the system, against the rules, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, family in danger, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: There is no question that the Arab terrorist portrayed by Robert Davi is guilty of killing five US citizens in Barcelona. Even his lawyers have zero respect for the rabidly sociopathic Davi. But Jewish defence attorney Ron Leibman is obsessed with ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: lawyer, professor, trial, terrorist, terrorism, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, prison, protagonist as suspect, legal action, legal investigation, courtroom drama ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%