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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Original name: Evil Angels
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 and two public inquests, she is charged with murder. The case attracts a lot of attention, turning it into a media sideshow.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense, sincere, tense, emotional, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, injustice, false accusation, court, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, crimes, life is a bitch, legal, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, justice, jail, prejudice, wrongful imprisonment, wild animal, death of child, politics, family relations, babies and infants, society ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: australia, sydney australia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and disturbing films with plots about courtroom, legal, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, court, lawyer and trial mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like A Cry in the Dark: An American Crime (2007), Dark Waters (2019), Just Mercy (2019), A Civil Action (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, bleak, harsh, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, crimes, confined, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, captivity, threat, true crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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 7.6
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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: factual, realistic, thought provoking, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, legal investigation, lawyer, corporate crime, fighting the system, price of justice, investigation, courtroom drama, environmental, uncover truth, contaminated water ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 2001, year 1975, year 2012 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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100%
 7.6
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Just Mercy (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Plot: false accusation of murder, courtroom, lawyer, innocence, murder, perjury, defense attorney, lie, strip search, injustice, investigation, judge ...
Time: year 1987, 80s, year 1992, year 1993, 20th century
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, court, small town, law firm, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, legal, dedicated lawyer, reach out ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, new york, washington d.c., massachusetts, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: factual, inspirational, captivating, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: contamination, justice, against the odds, lawyer, single mother, court, relationship vs career, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, young woman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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100%
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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, bleak, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, life is a bitch, legal investigation, satanism, jury, police interrogation, crime scene, crimes, investigation, murder investigation, private detective ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1993
Place: arkansas, usa, memphis, southern usa
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100%
 6.0
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Jump! (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 118 min.
Story: JUMP is a psychological drama revealing for the first time the extraordinary circumstances behind the unjust murder trial of the young Jew, Philippe Halsman, who would later become the most sought after celebrity portrait photographer of his ...
Style: disturbing, serious, contemplative, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, discrimination, false accusation, injustice, dishonesty, state affairs, crimes, legal, destiny, righting the wronged ...
Time: 1920s
Place: austria, alps
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40%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, tense
Plot: murder, courtroom, false accusation, courtroom drama, uncover truth, investigation, dishonesty, legal, deadly, life is a bitch, crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, teacher student relationship, legal investigation, law student, crimes, uncover truth, murder, protagonist as suspect, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: rhode island
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37%
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: crimes, hotshot lawyer, racism, illiteracy, social differences, false accusation, price of justice, courtroom drama, injustice, fighting the system, legal investigation, confined ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 2K
Guilty (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Investigates the corrupt judicial system under which Alain Mar'caux and his wife Edith were arrested on accusations of pedophilia horrific acts they never committed- and the years he spent fighting to get out of prison, clear his name and keep ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, prison, injustice, broken family, imprisonment, police brutality, lawyer, judge, life turned upside down, courtroom drama, false accusation of rape, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: europe, france, flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Wronged Man (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Janet Gregory, a single mother with a haunting past, is a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father wrongfully accused of raping a neighborhood girl. Eventually convinced of his innocence, ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, rough ...
Plot: false accusation, hopes, courtroom drama, injustice, society, crimes, dishonesty, legal, rape, african american, morality, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, based on true events, disturbing ...
Plot: false accusation, legal action, injustice, court, lawyer, trial, legal, courtroom drama, fighting the system, hopes, convict, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, courtroom, character study, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, introspection, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Trial by Fire (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.
Style: emotional, realistic, compassionate, factual, disturbing ...
Plot: court, trial, lawyer, arson, justice, death penalty, fighting the system, freedom, prison, hopes, legal, false accusation ...
Place: texas
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30%
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, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: court, trial, courtroom drama, investigation, dedicated lawyer, crimes, legal, obsession, murder, courtroom, life is a bitch, true crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, prison, courtroom, investigation, false accusation, amateur detective, social misfits, fighting the system, injustice, prison life, courtroom drama, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1994, year 1991
Place: france, europe, french riviera, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, confined, fighting the system, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, legal action, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, legal, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: australian aboriginal, racism, interracial relations, aborigine, rage, criminal, murder, vengeance, haunted by the past, couple relations, social differences, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: australia, new south wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: prison, bomb, trial, court, irish, torture, rebellion, lawyer, terrorist, courtroom, terrorism, false accusation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, scotland ...
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27%
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The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, factual, touching, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, boxing, prison life, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the ...
Style: rough, sincere, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: legal, strong female presence, crimes, fighting the system, life is a bitch, legal action, society, domestic disturbance, lawsuit, family problems, injustice, sexual abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.2
 16K
Shahid (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: This compelling drama tells the remarkable true story of slain human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who became a powerful voice against the intercommunal violence that has engulfed Mumbai since the early 1990s.
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, psychological, tense ...
Plot: terrorist, human rights, legal, muslim, false arrest, civil rights, life is a bitch, society, hopes, religions or cults, social activist, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, asia, pakistan, mumbai india, kashmir
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, lawyer, district attorney, judge, moral dilemma, murder, against the rules, society, legal action, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Citizen Verdict (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marty Rockman, the notorious producer of the hit reality-TV show "So Sue Me", has a brand new concept: "Citizen Verdict". Each week a real criminal case will be tried before the American people, but this time they're also ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, tv show, crimes, legal investigation, dishonesty, state affairs, society, rebellion, legal, courtroom, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Flash of Genius (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, underdog, nervous breakdown, inventions and discoveries, powerful corporation, legal action, human spirit, against the odds, fighting the system, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Chattahoochee (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.
Style: serious, disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, social decay, injustice, life is a bitch, price of justice, hospital, rebelliousness, crimes, fighting the system, rebellion, prodigy ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1955, year 1957, year 1952
Place: florida, usa, miami, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Style: sincere, contemplative, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: prison, courtroom, legal, false accusation, courtroom drama, rivalry, confined, dedicated lawyer, rebellion, prison life, injustice, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, political thriller ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, courtroom drama, legal investigation, civil rights, legal, widow, activist, justice, injustice, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Attorney (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, South Korea is torn by student protests over the lack of representation in the government. Song Woo-Seok is a successful attorney in Busan specializing in tax law. His views regarding civil liberties are changed by student ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, rough, realistic
Plot: fighting the system, against the odds, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, false accusation, legal, righting the wronged, dedicated lawyer, rivalry, injustice, dishonesty, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: busan, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%