Movies like A Civil Action

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A Civil Action (1998)
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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: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, sincere, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, factual, dramatic, bad ending ...
Plot: lawyer, trial, courtroom drama, small town, law firm, lawsuit, leukemia, legal investigation, uncover truth, reach out, legal, price of justice, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes, righting the wronged, success, bankruptcy, plaintiff, obsession, life is a bitch, powerful corporation, against the odds, hopes, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., massachusetts, boston, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and sincere films with plots about legal, courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, society, life is a bitch and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like A Civil Action: Erin Brockovich (2000), Philadelphia (1993), The Rainmaker (1997), Class Action (1991), 12 Angry Men (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
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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, righting the wronged, contamination, relationship vs career, single mother, uncover truth, fighting the system, corruption, environmental, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: usa, los angeles, california, new jersey
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100%
 7.7
 204K
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, gay, lawyer, lawsuit, prejudice, judiciary, terminal illness, trial, human spirit, court, discrimination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 55K
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: thought provoking, tense, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, domestic violence, lawsuit, leukemia, hopes, life changing experience, dishonesty, legal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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: thought provoking, serious, touching, realistic, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, uncover truth, hopes, parents and children, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, dishonesty, against the odds, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 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: thought provoking, tense, talky, clever, psychological ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, legal action, murder, argument, evidence, revelation, trial, lawyer, uncover truth, legal, false accusation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 34K
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: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, clever, sincere ...
Plot: small town, salesman, campaign, idealism, reach out, female partner, small town life, toxic, fighting the system, environmentalism, corporate world, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california, mexico
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100%
 7.8
 32K
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: tense, touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, introspection, legal action, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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: thought provoking, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, righting the wronged, public health, fighting the system, legal action, against the odds, corporate crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 7.3
 37K
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: thought provoking, disturbing, rough, sincere, factual ...
Plot: sexual harassment, feminism, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, fighting the system, sexism, against the odds, financial problem, labor union, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, courtroom drama, assassin, widow, activist, civil rights, trial, legal, jury, hopes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, law enforcement, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, crime, politics, legal, courtroom, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 553
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: captivating, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom drama, state affairs, corporate crimes, uncover truth, hopes, rebellion, investigation, righting the wronged, false accusation, legal, law enforcement, society ...
⇓ 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: thought provoking, captivating, talky, sincere, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, hotshot lawyer, small town life, dishonesty, human spirit, teachers and students, legal action, hopes, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, injustice ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 510
Unbowed (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Kim Kyung-ho, a math professor who was arrested for shooting a crossbow at the presiding judge of his appeal against unfair dismissal.
Style: rough, thought provoking, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, mathematics, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, life is a bitch, courtroom drama, injustice, legal action, uncover truth, courtroom, rivalry, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 433
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, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: small town, courtroom drama, against humanity, legal action, war, life is a bitch, prison, dedicated lawyer, legal, moral dilemma, law enforcement, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, thought provoking, serious, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: false accusation, racism, small town, murder, dishonesty, small town life, courtroom drama, society, social relations, life is a bitch, price of justice, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: vermont, usa, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, 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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, injustice, false accusation, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, legal, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 85K
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: captivating, tense, cynical, suspense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jury, lawyer, trial, courtroom drama, corruption, courtroom, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, dishonesty, judge, lawsuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, ohio, cincinnati ohio, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: serious, stylized, clever, realistic
Plot: law firm, lawsuit, courtroom drama, lawyer, boss and employee, dedicated lawyer, workplace situations, legal, society, ego clash, workplace, hypocrisy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 667
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: realistic, thought provoking, talky, sincere, serious
Plot: fighting the system, political corruption, politics, corruption, blind ambition, state affairs, crimes, price of justice, workplace situations, uncover truth, legal, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: terrorism, professor, terrorist, lawyer, trial, deadly, fighting the system, heroes, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
One Angry Juror (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Sarah Walsh, a tough New Orleans attorney who serves on a murder trial jury and does some investigating of her own.
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, sincere, serious
Plot: courtroom, murder, dishonesty, deadly, investigation, false accusation, legal, power relations, courtroom drama, legal investigation, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: biting, realistic, thought provoking, clever, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, social differences, injustice, discrimination, rich and poor, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, false accusation, legal, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 28K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, 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: disturbing, realistic, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, lawyer, testimony, district attorney, injustice, bar, jury, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, promiscuity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, washington state, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: suspenseful, emotional, disturbing, sincere, talky ...
Plot: judge, holocaust, courtroom drama, cold war, war crime, trial, genocide, redemption, war, german, society, nazism ...
Time: 60s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, touching, biting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: hospital, courtroom drama, car accident, disability, dedicated lawyer, life turned upside down, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, human spirit, fighting the system, unfulfillment, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 733
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: realistic, captivating, talky, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: jury, courtroom, lawsuit, museum, s&m, politics, sexual perversion, rebellion, perversion, righting the wronged, legal, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 118K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, murder, small town, rape, legal action, court, injustice, trial, punishment, lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 212K
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, realistic, twists and turns, serious, intense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, suicide, navy, lawyer, military, murder, sexism, army investigation, marines, u.s. navy, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
...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: clever, dark humor, witty, humorous, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison, fighting the system, crime, betrayal, incompetent court, legal action, price of justice, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, maryland, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%