Movies like The Life of David Gale

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The Life of David Gale (2003)
 7.6
 101K
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, suspense, rough, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: fighting the system, intern, death sentence, death row, murder, suicide, who done it, journalist, professor, reporter, false accusation, death penalty, investigation, death, activist, rape, guilt, divorce, innocence, execution, race against time, liberal, prison, interview, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, italy, mexico, spain, houston texas, austin texas

Most similar movies to The Life of David Gale

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspense, serious and intense films with plots about murder, police investigation, corruption, investigation, crime, dialogue and mentor mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Life of David Gale: Law Abiding Citizen (2009), A Time to Kill (1996), True Crime (1999), Under Suspicion (2000), Veronica Guerin (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, psychological, tense, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, crime, master criminal, justice, mind game, prison, death, danger, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.4
 118K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: suspense, sincere, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, murder, small town, rape, legal action, court, injustice, trial, punishment, lawyer, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 29K
True Crime (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, captivating, talky ...
Plot: death row, investigation, false accusation, journalism, race against time, lethal injection, recovering alcoholic, crime, death penalty, deadly, crimes, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, oakland california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, mind game, rape, mystery, crime, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect, murder mystery, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: rough, tense, thought provoking, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, murder, investigation, drug lord, drug dealing, police, gangsters, crimes, uncover truth, tragic hero, life is a bitch, price of justice ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, california, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Invisible Guest (2016)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one night they work together to clarify what happened ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, suspense, tricky
Plot: interrogation, uncover truth, death, false accusation, trial, suspect, judge, corpse, confession of crime, false accusation of murder, accusation, evidence ...
Place: spain, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 5.3
 14K
Edison (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: police corruption, journalist, police brutality, fighting the system, legal, uncover truth, crimes, dishonesty, investigation, law enforcement, crime, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, new orleans, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
 15K
Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, talky ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, fighting the system, false accusation, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist, murder investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, courtroom drama, lawyer, reporter, cia agent, assassination attempt, corruption, price of justice, state affairs, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.9
 71K
88 Minutes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live.
Style: suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, fbi, manipulation, torture, death threat, death, forensics, frame up, paranoia, chaos, suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 161K
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, tense, twists and turns, psychological, rough ...
Plot: mental illness, split personality, legal investigation, courtroom drama, corruption, psychopath, murder, lawyer, bishop, crime, hotshot lawyer, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Consenting Adults (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Richard and Priscilla Parker are an ordinary suburban couple whose lives are invaded and rocked by their hedonistic, secretive new neighbors, Eddy and Kay Otis.
Style: suspense, sexy, psychological, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, betrayal, wife swapping, investigation, race against time, false accusation, frame up, mate swapping, crime, deadly, suburbs, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 121K
The Negotiator (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, intellectual, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, sniper, swat, conspiracy, hostages ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 71K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, politics, election, political corruption, crime, revenge, uncover truth, dishonesty, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 9K
Bordertown (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The opening titles explain that American corporations are using the North American Free Trade Agreement by opening large maquiladoras right across the United States–Mexico border. The maquiladoras hire mostly Mexican women to work long hours for ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: journalist, murder, factory, factory worker, investigation, corruption, police investigation, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, police corruption, rapist, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: latin america, mexico, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 68K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, blackmail, crimes, danger, rape, deception, dishonesty, crime, revenge, family problems, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 148K
Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: lawyer, legal, lawsuit, law firm, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, corruption, dishonesty, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Pride and Glory (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police corruption, police investigation, murder, moral dilemma, cover up, dishonesty, crime, betrayal, uncover truth, family relations, family values ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.7
 384K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The General's Daughter (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: army investigation, murder, military, conspiracy, betrayal, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, military life, politics, u.s. army, mystery, reluctant partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 22K
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: tense, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, prison, revenge, electric chair, death row, neo noir, psychopath, police brutality, swamp, crime, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her best friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, murder, manipulations, uncover truth, dishonesty, mystery, hidden identity, seduction, secret, undercover, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 136K
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, tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, secret, businessman, police investigation, crimes, police detective, double life, law enforcement, criminal heroes, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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The Innocent Sleep (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Inspired by the 1982 Roberto Calvi Affair in which an Italian banker was found hanging from a bridge across the River Thames, the story follows Alan, a man from Northern England who is homeless after the loss of his wife and job. One night while ...
Style: rough, mind bending, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, chase, reporter, police, witness, uncover truth, down on your luck, witnessing a crime, deadly, dishonesty, amateur detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, tower bridge london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: emotional, touching, bleak, sincere, serious ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, redemption, death penalty, confession, funeral, ethics, letter, execution ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.8
 34K
The Paperboy (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: death row, investigation, small town, injustice, crimes, dangerous attraction, reporter, prison, newspaper man, life is a bitch, uncover truth, journalism ...
Time: 1960s, contemporary, 60s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.9
 3K
Chronicles (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Ecuador
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, media, psychopath, journalism, crime, deadly, uncover truth, life is a bitch, crimes, blind ambition, ratings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ecuador, latin america, florida, new jersey, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.2
 11K
Jade (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the law man emerges as a prime suspect and he ...
Style: sexual, erotic, rough, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, prostitution, strong sexual content, femme fatale, sex, sexuality, who done it, crimes, crimes of passion, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
...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: clever, dark humor, witty, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison, fighting the system, crime, betrayal, dishonesty, farce, legal, false accusation, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, hacker, murder, journalist, dishonesty, friendship, false accusation, cover up, crime, journalism, uncover truth, amateur detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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