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Criminal Law (1988)
 5.7
 4K
Criminal Law (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the killer, he agrees to again defend him... much to the consternation of his friends. However, he explains that by being his attorney he will be better able to catch the man in a mistake... and on this the rest of the film develops, with the killer playing a cat and mouse game with the attorney until, at last, they both must recognize that they are not all that different.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, bleak, serious, realistic, suspense, intense, interesting, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, courtroom drama, chase, police investigation, crimes, crime, psychopath, legal action, life is a bitch, legal investigation, legal, danger, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, false accusation, law enforcement, deadly, rivalry, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, workplace situations ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, texas, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Criminal Law

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and suspenseful films with plots about murder, crime, crimes, police investigation, corruption, mentor and dialogue mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Criminal Law: The Juror (1996), Primal Fear (1996), Child 44 (2015), Suspect (1987), Devil's Knot (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Juror (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: With his gangster boss on trial for murder, a mob thug known as "the Teacher" tells Annie Laird she must talk her fellow jurors into a not-guilty verdict, implying that he'll kill her son Oliver if she fails. She manages to do this, ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, hitman, danger, obsession, trial, legal, single parent, legal action, court case, blackmail, witnessing a crime, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: guatemala, new york
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100%
 7.7
 191K
Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological, tense ...
Plot: legal investigation, split personality, mental illness, courtroom drama, lawyer, psychopath, plot twist, hotshot lawyer, corruption, murder, neo noir, bishop ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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100%
 6.5
 66K
Child 44 (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, Russia
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, intense, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, child murder, police investigation, stalinism, uncover truth, crimes, investigation, lone hero, serial murder, murder investigation, against the rules ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1933 ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, ukraine, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 9K
Suspect (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, talky, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: legal investigation, courtroom drama, murder, false accusation, mystery, lawyer, dedicated lawyer, political conspiracy, murder mystery, state affairs, protagonist as suspect, mute or deaf ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 6.1
 20K
Devil's Knot (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, factual, based on true events, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: police investigation, satanism, legal, private detective, child killer, teenager, child murder, murder, loss of son, incompetence, false accusation, mental retardation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1993
Place: arkansas, usa, memphis, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Trial by Jury (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, legal investigation, who done it, crime, legal action, organized crime, mob boss, murder, gangsters, false accusation, idealism ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Star Chamber (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: hitman, vigilantism, judge, crimes, crime, murder, idealism, vengeance, political corruption, conspiracy, secret society, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 5K
Q & A (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, rough, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, murder, police brutality, investigation, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, crime boss, uncover truth, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, serious, bleak, tense, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, legal, investigation, false accusation, police investigation, testimony, lovers reunited, uncover truth, confined, fighting the system, politics, murder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.6
 2K
Sin (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Retired cop Eddie Burns gave 15 years and the use of his left arm to the Reno homicide squad. When his wayward sister, Kassie, goes missing Eddie Burns finds himself subjected to a fiendish and ingenious campaign of revenge by the mysterious Charlie ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, murder, kidnapping, betrayal, mind game, police investigation, haunted by the past, vengeance, criminal's revenge, undercover, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.4
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, brutal, psychological ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, amateur detective, murder, danger, psychopath, female detective, woman in danger, police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, murder, true crime, rivalry, chases and races, crime, mind game, deadly, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: utah, colorado, usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
...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, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 144K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, macabre, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 14K
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: rape, vengeance, vigilantism, murder, obsession, haunted by the past, psychopath, support group, justice, vigilante, legal action, loss of daughter ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 15K
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, psychopath, murder, suburbs, violence, jealousy, police investigation, mind game, dangerous attraction, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Bedroom Window (1987)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Terry Lambert is sleeping with Sylvia, the wife of his boss. One night, while in Terry's apartment, Sylvia witnesses a man assault a young woman, Denise, on the road below. Not wanting to reveal her affair with Terry, she keeps quiet. Terry ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rapist, false accusation, legal, investigation, serial killer, infidelity, police investigation, murder, mind game, danger, femme fatale, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, solitary, theft, warden, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, workplace situations, prison life ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, year 1941 ...
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6.5
 13K
Jagged Edge (1985)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, mystery, crimes, crime, danger, legal, court, courtroom drama, neo noir, beach house ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 187K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, prison rape, childhood, vengeance, rape, pedophile, courtroom drama, haunted by the past, homosexual rape, crime, torture ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 9K
Black Widow (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Federal agent Alexandra Barnes believes that Catherine Petersen is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't ...
Style: suspenseful, sexy, exciting, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: femme fatale, serial killer, investigation, dangerous attraction, danger, deadly, erotic thriller, crime, poison, fatal attraction, manipulation, secret identity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hawaii, usa, seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Mighty Quinn (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, whodunit, mystery, police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, false accusation, frame up, deadly, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: jamaica, caribbean, west indies, new jersey, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Under Suspicion (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: talky, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rape, murder mystery, murder, mind game, mystery, crime, crimes, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 5.4
 3K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, murder, cons and scams, blackmail, judge, crimes, crime, uncover truth, femme fatale, rivalry, police corruption, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.9
 501
Bound by Lies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detecive Max Garrett is assigned to protect the sultry photographer Laura Cross from a ruthless killer, he has no idea what he's in for. The more involved Garrett gets in the case, the more attracted he is to Cross, but as they get closer, ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: photographer, uncover truth, dangerous attraction, reluctant partners, police investigation, mystery, life is a bitch, dishonesty, deadly, betrayal, manipulations, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 188K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, adultery, perfect crime, guilt, cheating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, talky, bleak ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, snitch, jury, police, police investigation, crimes, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Before a criminal lawyer knows what has happened, she is forced to defend a wife killer she knows is guilty.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom, murder, psychopath, womanizer, woman in danger, crime, legal investigation, manipulation, crimes, uncover truth, hotshot lawyer, manipulations ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 25K
Just Cause (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the ...
Style: rough, tense, twists and turns, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, prison, psychopath, death row, electric chair, police brutality, mystery, crime, crimes, police detective, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, everglades, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 34K
Cold in July (2014)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane ...
Style: twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful, tense, bleak ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, murder, intruder, crimes, vigilantism, investigation, violence, deadly, unlikely partners, home invasion, death ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%