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 6.5
 25K
A Civil Action
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: disturbing, serious, sincere, realistic, factual, dramatic, thought provoking, suspense, bad ending, interesting ...
Plot: lawyer, small town, courtroom drama, obsession, courtroom, court, dedicated lawyer, investigation, greed, justice, legal investigation, lone hero, corruption, environmental, uncover truth, manipulation, police investigation, corporate crimes, twists & turns, happy ending, chase, mentor, catastrophe, price of justice, law firm ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., new jersey
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The Verdict
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129 min.
 7.8
North Country
Drama
USA
126 min.
 7.3
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious and intense films with plots about runaway, mentor, dialogue, culture clash, catastrophe, justice and redemption mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like A Civil Action: Erin Brockovich (2000), Philadelphia (1993), The Verdict (1982), City Hall (1996), The Rainmaker (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Erin Brockovich
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Philadelphia
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 ...
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Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.8
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The Verdict
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
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Genre: Drama
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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, dramatic ...
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Promised Land
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, idealism, greed, campaign, teacher, propaganda, small town life, salesman, environmental, manipulation, fighting the system, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, texas, california, pennsylvania
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    User:   100%
 
 7.1
 28K
The Accused
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 ...
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 7.3
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North Country
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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, emotional, serious, dramatic, disturbing ...
Plot: women, courtroom drama, workplace, small town, court, lawyer, rape, courtroom, father daughter relationship, mining, lawsuit, legal ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: georgia, usa, california
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Country: USA
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Style: serious, sincere, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
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Country: USA
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Country: USA
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
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Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   70%
 
Clara's Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
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Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, jamaica, usa, san francisco
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A Thousand Acres
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, talky, gloomy ...
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Place: iowa, usa
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Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: touching, serious, sincere, dramatic, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, alabama
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System:   63%
    User:   59%
 
The Third Miracle
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood...
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Time: 90s
Place: usa
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System:   63%
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True Colors
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, friendship, politics, political corruption, vengeance, corruption, revenge, unlikely friendships, world politics, mentor, blind ambition, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, california, virginia
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System:   63%
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Country: USA
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Style: emotional, touching, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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The Company Men
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bobby Walker lives the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, dramatic ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, california, new jersey, massachusetts
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Black or White
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
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Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, drugs/alcohol, interracial relations, family drama, custody, relationships, rivalry, culture clash, moral ambiguity, hospital, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans
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 7.7
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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 ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: cuba, washington d.c.
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System:   61%
    User:   54%
 
 6.6
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The Paper
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, ...
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, workplace, murder, cancer, parenthood, media satire, business, storytelling, relationship vs career, workplace situations, media, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   60%
    User:   57%
 
A Cool, Dry Place
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single father, small town, friendship, love triangle, single parent, father son relationship, divorce, parenthood, mentor, starting over, destiny, life & death ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa
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