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Crime of the Century (1996)
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Crime of the Century (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the trial, and the execution, painting a picture of a corrupt police force under pressure to finger a killer framing an innocent man by manufacturing evidence, paying-off and blackmailing witnesses, and covering up exculpatory evidence.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, courtroom drama, prison, crimes, confined, missing person, fighting the system, legal action, injustice, prison life, crime, life is a bitch, legal investigation, rebellion, car chase, babies and infants, legal, murder, who done it, dishonesty, false accusation, law enforcement, deadly, rivalry, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 1930s, 30s

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Most similar movies to Crime of the Century

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about courtroom drama, crimes, life is a bitch, legal, dishonesty, murder and deadly mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976), Heavens Fall (2006), Execution of Justice (1999), Reversible Errors (2004), Black and White (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, life is a bitch, missing child, media, dealing with death, folk hero, legal, crime, deadly, courtroom drama, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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100%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mason defends a man he had sentenced to prison when he was an appellate-court judge. Now, 18 months after the sentencing, a new witness turns up to prove the man's innocence. Mason steps in to defend the man.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, courtroom, false accusation, frame up, perry mason, deadly, army investigation, crimes, legal investigation, legal, mystery, who done it ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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
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65%
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Heavens Fall (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train.
Style: serious, sincere, disturbing, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: false accusation, interracial relations, discrimination, dishonesty, racism, injustice, fighting the system, legal action, life is a bitch, journalism, jury, courtroom drama ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, new york, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Execution of Justice (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of an assassin who killed a mayor in the 1970's in what was known as the "Twinkie Defense".
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, fighting the system, crimes, rebellion, gays and lesbians, society, legal investigation, assassination, army investigation, against the rules, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Perry Mason ventures to Paris to defend a U.S. Marine Corps Captain accused of murdering a man suspected of being a Nazi SS Officer.
Style: clever, suspenseful, rough, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, perry mason, confined, obsessive quest, private detective, legal, dishonesty, military, crimes, amateur detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Reversible Errors (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 173 min.
Story: A corporate lawyer's interest in a decade-old murder case is piqued by a new confession that could clear the convicted killer, who sits on death row.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: legal, false accusation, frame up, investigation, lovers reunited, testimony, uncover truth, police investigation, confined, dedicated lawyer, state affairs, police detective ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Black and White (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Australia, 1958. When a nine year old white girl is found murdered, police are quick to arrest illiterate Aborigine, Max Stuart. Under interrogation Max admits to the killing and signs a statement that will send him to the gallows. With no Court of ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: crimes, hotshot lawyer, racism, illiteracy, legal investigation, fighting the system, injustice, social differences, courtroom drama, false accusation, price of justice, society ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Witness to the Mob (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends, his wife's brother and his own boss, Paul Castellano, saw him rise to under-boss in the Gambino ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, courtroom drama, gang, rivalry, rebellion, police investigation, criminal heroes, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal, gangsters, witnessing a crime ...
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57%
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Blind Faith (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: in 1957 an African-American criminal lawyer (Courtney B. Vance) defends his nephew, who faces the death penalty for murdering a white boy. Charles S. Dutton, Kadeem Hardison, Garland Whitt and Lonette McKee costar in this drama of racial and social ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: legal, murder, conspiracy, crimes, deadly, hotshot lawyer, rebellion, dedicated lawyer, society, interracial relations, uncover truth, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Open Doors (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early execution, but an earnest, principled assistant judge looks ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, legal, murder, crimes, injustice, life is a bitch, judge, courtroom, politics, crime, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: italy, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Three Blind Mice (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A lawyer defends a man he's known since serving together in Vietnam, who has been accused of murdering three Vietnamese immigrants. Now he'll have to fight against a tenacious District Attorney, and evidence connected to the man's ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, frame up, murder, vietnam veteran, legal investigation, false accusation, mystery, protagonist as suspect, deadly, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
And Never Let Her Go (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: The true story of a woman's suspicious disappearance after ending an affair with a powerful, married attorney.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, mind bending, realistic
Plot: obsession, missing person, murder, mystery, love affair, dangerous attraction, couples, deadly, crimes, rivalry, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 ⇓
54%
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Untouched (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Untouched is the story of a reluctant attorney's struggle with inner demons while defending a teenage girl accused of murdering her newborn. When the "Hostess City of the South" is rocked by the horrific crime, Mitchell Thomas III ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, courtroom drama, uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, legal, life is a bitch, crimes, courtroom, secret, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: legal, terrorism, lawyer, terrorist, trial, professor, legal action, fighting the system, heroes, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Dead in the Water (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose ...
Style: serious, realistic, mind bending, suspenseful
Plot: love triangle, murder, heroes, love and romance, crime gone awry, deadly, law enforcement, investigation, crime, legal investigation, conspiracy, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Exonerated (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six people tell their stories on a single subject - how they got wrongfully convicted to death penalty, but later got exonerated.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, based on true events
Plot: false accusation, racism, injustice, fighting the system, human spirit, courtroom drama, deadly, confined, legal, life is a bitch, society, hopes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Trials of Cate McCall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, a hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and on probation, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: legal investigation, rehabilitation, courtroom, family problems, injustice, legal, courtroom drama, police corruption, law enforcement, dishonesty, false accusation, estrangement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young woman from Las Vegas wants Perry Mason to defend her father.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, clever
Plot: courtroom, murder, perry mason, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, mind game, rivalry, law enforcement, parents and children, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Perry investigates the murder of a former madam and uncovers a multimillion dollar banking fraud in the process.
Style: rough, suspenseful, mind bending, serious, realistic
Plot: courtroom, murder, perry mason, mystery, deadly, courtroom drama, couple relations, false accusation, cons and scams, uncover truth, friendship, power relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Omar Killed Me (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. Despite a lack of forensic or DNA evidence, ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: investigation, prison, murder, courtroom, false accusation, social misfits, amateur detective, fighting the system, prison life, courtroom drama, injustice, rebellion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994, 1990s, year 1991
Place: france, europe, french riviera, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Lawyer (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Wilma Harrison had it all. A wealthy doctor for a husband. A big playboy for a lover. A beautiful home. And a horrible death.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, hotshot lawyer, socialite, lawyer, law enforcement, lone wolves, crimes, legal action, legal investigation, protagonist as suspect, crime, heroes ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Marcia Gay Harden (Academy Award winner for Pollock) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy based on the ...
Style: tense, captivating, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, college, murder, crimes, legal investigation, unlikely criminals, police investigation, murderous pair, partners, prison, legal action, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Without Evidence (1995)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It is based on the true story of Michael Francke, who was the Head of Corrections for the state of Oregon before being murdered. Just before his murder, Francke visits his brother and informs him of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, false accusation, crime, police detective, dishonesty, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly, obsessive quest, law enforcement, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Animal 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Now serving a life sentence for murder, James "Animal" Allen returns to fighting for cash in order to help his troubled son on the outside. However, with his newfound fame as a fighter, Animal uncovers a jailhouse conspiracy that threatens ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, martial arts, false accusation, prison life, courtroom drama, frame up, murder, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, crimes, life sentence ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 324
Deadlocked (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Country: Portugal, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young man is accused of rape and murder and placed on trial. His father doesn't believe that he is guilty, so in act of desperation he grabs the bailiff's guns and takes the whole jury hostage and insists that the prosecuting attorney ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: hostage, courtroom, legal, rebellion, uncover truth, false accusation, hostages, legal investigation, legal action, injustice, price of justice, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Word of Honor (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Prompted by a just-published book that holds ex-lieutenant Ben Tyson accountable for a hushed-up massacre committed by his platoon in a Hue hospital 18 years before, the army recalls Tyson to stand trial for murder. Tyson, confronted by an army ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, army investigation, society, military life, life is a bitch, fighting the system, rebellion ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Partners in Crime (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Gene Reardon (Hauer) is a twice-divorced police detective who lives with his daughter. When a well-heeled local man is kidnapped, the FBI is called in, which introduces Longsworth (played by Paulina Porizkova). Longsworth happens to have been ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: murder, special agents, femme fatale, investigation, private detective, uncover truth, who done it, dishonesty, crime, law enforcement, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Unbowed (2011)
Genre: Crime, 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, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, mathematics, life is a bitch, legal investigation, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, legal action, injustice, judge, rivalry, courtroom, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%