Movies like A Civil Action

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A Civil Action (1998)
 6.6
 27K
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, contemplative, based on true events, factual ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, law firm, leukemia, legal investigation, uncover truth, reach out, legal, price of justice, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes, righting the wronged, success, court, trial, bankruptcy, contamination, plaintiff, obsession, life is a bitch, powerful corporation, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, new york, washington d.c., massachusetts, new jersey

Most similar movies to A Civil Action

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, dishonesty and fighting the system mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like A Civil Action: The Insider (1999), The Verdict (1982), The Rainmaker (1997), 12 Angry Men (1997), Philadelphia (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 157K
The Insider (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Style: disturbing, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, whistleblower, reporter, corruption, paranoia, lawsuit, fear, layoff, cover up, public health, ethics, journalist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: iran, south carolina, washington d.c., mississippi, new york
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 7.7
 35K
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: thought provoking, tense, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, redemption, character study, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, introspection, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 62K
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: tense, thought provoking, clever, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, domestic violence, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, legal, lawsuit, hopes, righting the wronged, life changing experience, civil action ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: memphis, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 13K
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: psychological, captivating, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, argument, murder, legal action, uncover truth, trial, legal, injustice, society, hopes, lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 220K
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, sincere, uplifting, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, lawyer, terminal illness, homosexual, lawsuit, prejudice, judiciary, gay, lgbt, hiv, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 171K
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, inspirational, factual, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: justice, against the odds, lawyer, contamination, relationship vs career, single mother, family relations, righting the wronged, court, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 174K
The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, serious, suspenseful, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: lawyer, judge, courtroom, hotshot lawyer, small town, family relations, legal, homecoming, jury, murder trial, parent child relationship, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
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: thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, dishonesty, crimes, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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100%
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...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, realistic, disturbing, captivating, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, fighting the system, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, legal, moral dilemma, price of justice, lawyers and clients, injustice, false accusation, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 230K
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: intense, twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, army investigation, navy, suicide, marines, lawyer, military, murder, sexism, legal, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 129K
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, sincere, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, legal action, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, revenge, legal, trial ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 141K
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, custody, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, parenthood, single parent, single father, child custody, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 154K
Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: lawyer, lawsuit, law firm, legal, murder, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 46K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, factual, compassionate ...
Plot: lawsuit, contamination, lawyer, fighting the system, uncover truth, courtroom drama, price of justice, legal action, legal investigation, corporate crimes, corporate crime, environmental ...
Time: 2000s, year 1998, year 1999, 2010s, year 2012 ...
Place: west virginia, cincinnati ohio, ohio
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100%
 7.1
 505
Our Fathers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In the '80s, priests and especially the Father Geoghan arrested for sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal Law, also indicted, and the diocese was aware of the actions of these men of the church and was kept secret for years, until the victims decide ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: church, social decay, courtroom drama, clergy, legal investigation, legal, crimes, dishonesty, fighting the system, society, sexual harassment, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, usa, france, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 7K
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: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, uncover truth, parents and children, hopes, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, dishonesty, family relations, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 39K
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: disturbing, rough, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, feminism, rape, lawsuit, against the odds, small town, fighting the system, sexism, labor union, family relations, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: sincere, captivating, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, uncover truth, false accusation, investigation, dishonesty, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch, legal, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" reveals Florida prosecutor, Jeff Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: trial, courtroom drama, investigation, crimes, dedicated lawyer, obsession, murder, legal, life is a bitch, courtroom, true crime, one last case ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: sincere, clever, disturbing, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, rivalry, politics, rebellion, dishonesty, society, journalism, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, media, against the odds ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: america
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25%
 6.5
 748
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: disturbing, serious, contemplative, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawsuit, s&m, politics, jury, museum, courtroom, courtroom drama, against the rules, fighting the system, perversion, righting the wronged, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Japan, UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, coma, lawyer, legal investigation, law student, crimes, uncover truth, murder, protagonist as suspect, legal action, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: psychological, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, law enforcement, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, courtroom drama, legal, deadly, politics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: contemplative, serious, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: false accusation, racism, murder, small town, legal, society, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, profanity, social relations, price of justice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: vermont, usa, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, confined, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, dishonesty, legal, life is a bitch, legal action, society, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 90K
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, stylized, tense, cynical, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, lawyer, court, courtroom, trial, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, justice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, indiana, cincinnati ohio, ohio, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 36K
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: thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: salesman, campaign, small town, greed, environmentalism, corporate world, powerful corporation, corporate crimes, character study, lone hero, eccentricity, idealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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: realistic, stylized, clever, serious
Plot: legal action, law firm, courtroom drama, legal, lawsuit, lawyer, workplace situations, office, hypocrisy, dedicated lawyer, womanizer, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 4K
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: realistic, thought provoking, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, social differences, court, human nature, legal, society, injustice, power relations, discrimination, suicide, trial ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Heart of the Beholder (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a family who opened the first videocassette rental stores in St. Louis in 1980. The family was ruined by a corrupt prosecutor who had been blackmailed by a religious group because the family refused to remove Martin ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, rivalry, injustice, religions or cults, corporate crimes, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, dishonesty, society, legal, campaign ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%