Movies like A Civil Action

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A Civil Action (1998)
 6.6
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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, 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 serious, realistic, thought provoking and sincere films with plots about courtroom drama, legal, courtroom, lawyer, society, life is a bitch and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like A Civil Action: The Rainmaker (1997), The Insider (1999), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Verdict (1982), 12 Angry Men (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
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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: tense, thought provoking, clever, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, domestic violence, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, lawsuit, legal, hopes, civil action, righting the wronged, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: memphis, new jersey
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100%
 7.8
 155K
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, fear, lawsuit, media, legal, journalist, cover up, ethics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., south carolina, mississippi, new york, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 168K
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, factual, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: justice, against the odds, lawyer, relationship vs career, single mother, contamination, righting the wronged, court, uncover truth, fighting the system, corruption, environmental ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 34K
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, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, character study, redemption, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, workplace situations, dishonesty, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: tense, thought provoking, talky, clever, psychological ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, argument, legal, murder, trial, voting, judiciary, evidence, lawyer, legal action, false accusation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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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, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: church, legal investigation, social decay, clergy, courtroom drama, fighting the system, dishonesty, sexual abuse, society, sexual harassment, legal, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, boston, france, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, uncover truth, hopes, parents and children, father daughter relationship, against the odds, righting the wronged, family relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 216K
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, lgbt, lawsuit, prejudice, judiciary, gay, hiv, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
100%
 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, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: salesman, campaign, small town, greed, environmentalism, powerful corporation, corporate crimes, corporate world, character study, lone hero, eccentricity, idealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 22K
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, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, righting the wronged, fighting the system, public health, legal action, against the odds, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1999, year 1998
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: thought provoking, talky, serious, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, courtroom drama, civil rights, legal, activist, widow, life is a bitch, injustice, dedicated lawyer, jury, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 573
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, disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, dishonesty, law enforcement, heroes, state affairs, hopes, legal, false accusation, investigation, uncover truth, righting the wronged, military ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, courtroom, false accusation, investigation, courtroom drama, uncover truth, dishonesty, deadly, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 546
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, serious, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, mathematics, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, legal investigation, courtroom drama, legal action, injustice, rivalry, courtroom, society, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: trial, investigation, courtroom drama, murder, obsession, crimes, dedicated lawyer, legal, courtroom, life is a bitch, true crime, one last case ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: talky, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, legal action, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, culture clash, injustice, rebellion, idealism, legal, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 36K
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, factual, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: lawsuit, contamination, lawyer, courtroom drama, fighting the system, uncover truth, price of justice, husband wife relationship, corporate crimes, legal action, investigation, environmental ...
Time: year 1998, year 1999, 2010s, 2000s
Place: west virginia, cincinnati ohio, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 744
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, captivating, thought provoking, talky ...
Plot: lawsuit, s&m, museum, jury, courtroom, politics, courtroom drama, against the rules, fighting the system, perversion, righting the wronged, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: ohio, usa, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, rough, psychological, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, courtroom drama, law enforcement, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, crime, dedicated lawyer, society, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, dedicated lawyer, legal action, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, sincere, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: false accusation, racism, murder, small town, courtroom, courtroom drama, society, small town life, dishonesty, legal, profanity, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: vermont, usa, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: prison, confined, uncover truth, fighting the system, false accusation, courtroom drama, prison life, society, legal, legal action, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 89K
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: stylized, captivating, tense, cynical, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, jury, lawyer, court, courtroom, trial, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, justice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, indiana, ohio, cincinnati ohio, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 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: law firm, legal action, courtroom drama, lawsuit, legal, lawyer, office, hypocrisy, workplace situations, workplace, rivalry, lawyers and clients ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: thought provoking, realistic, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, social differences, court, human nature, discrimination, injustice, legal, power relations, society, trial, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, rivalry, courtroom drama, society, dishonesty, corporate crimes, life is a bitch, legal, religions or cults, injustice, store ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
American Violet (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young single mother of four living in a small Texas town. Arrested during a drug raid and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Dee goes against the wishes of her mother, Alma, and rejects the plea-bargain that would free her from jail, but ...
Style: serious, rough, sentimental, sincere, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: false accusation, testimony, injustice, racism, courtroom drama, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, legal, urban ghetto, racial issues, single mother ...
Time: 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.6
 1K
The Trial (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, legal action, legal, dealing with death, dedicated lawyer, crimes, haunted by the past, death sentence, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Just Ask My Children (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a modern-day witch hunt, in which a couple is falsely accused and imprisoned for molesting their own children.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: custody, fighting the system, false accusation, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, parents and children, legal action, injustice, reunion, legal, family problems, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%