Movies like Michael Clayton

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Michael Clayton (2007)
 7.2
 166K
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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, cerebral, twists and turns, serious, disturbing, twist ending, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawyer, legal, corruption, murder, guilt, character study, crimes, law firm, business, divorce, mental illness, conspiracy, lawsuit, scandal, crime gone awry, cover up, dishonesty, uncover truth, society, introspection, psychology, whistleblower, courtroom, court, hitman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, california, wisconsin, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin

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Most similar movies to Michael Clayton

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out twists and turns, serious, intense and suspense films with plots about murder, corruption, crimes, secrets, storytelling, betrayal and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Michael Clayton: Side Effects (2013), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993), State of Play (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 188K
Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspense, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: depression, murder, psychiatrist, mental illness, life turned upside down, lesbian, mental institution, doctors and patients, deception, sleepwalking, mentally unstable, patient ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, court, legal investigation, legal, courtroom drama, murder, hotshot lawyer, crimes, arrest, mind game, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, beverly hills, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.7
 262K
A Few Good Men (1992)
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, suspense, tricky, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, courtroom drama, u.s. navy, military, army investigation, court, marines, court martial, hotshot lawyer, suicide, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., cuba, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 134K
The Firm (1993)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lawyer, law firm, fbi, mafia, legal, corruption, conspiracy, moral dilemma, surveillance, murder, police investigation, blackmail ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, memphis, boston, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.1
 152K
State of Play (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, political ...
Plot: political conspiracy, journalism, conspiracy, politics, newspaper, corruption, reporter, assassination, spy, crimes, investigation, assassin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.2
 205K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder mystery, lawyer, adultery, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, legal investigation, mind game, police investigation, obsession, guilt, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.1
 98K
Runaway Jury (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Style: twists and turns, suspense, tense, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lawyer, court, courtroom, courtroom drama, corruption, jury, justice, legal, society, righting the wronged, manipulation, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, san francisco, louisiana, indiana, cincinnati ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 271K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, twists and turns, neo noir, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, private detective, missing child, pedophile, kidnapped child, conspiracy, police investigation, disappearance, crimes, moral dilemma, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 6.9
 130K
Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: suspense, political, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, corruption, capitalism, globalization, politics, oil, conspiracy, political conspiracy, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, lebanon, persia, iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 212K
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, neo noir ...
Plot: lawyer, mental illness, legal investigation, court, split personality, murder, courtroom drama, corruption, courtroom, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, court case ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, police detective, crimes, organized crime, gunfight, murder mystery, dangerous attraction, police corruption, corruption, fighting the system, police brutality, police investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, Switzerland
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, tense, political, suspense ...
Plot: spy, conspiracy, murder, investigation, corruption, death, idealism, political corruption, cover up, obsession, politics, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya, germany, sudan, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 15K
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: suspenseful, tense, neo noir, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, murder, crimes, mystery, legal, court, courtroom drama, surveillance, adultery, divorce, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: mystery, child abuse, domestic violence, investigation, dysfunctional family, murder, maid, sexual abuse, incest, small town, abusive husband, island ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A career officer and his wife work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Style: tense, touching, heartbreaking, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: military, guilt, investigation, army, murder investigation, torture, war crime, iraq war, war, crimes, army investigation, disappearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: iraq, new mexico, tennessee, middle east, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman ...
Style: twists and turns, atmospheric, suspense, serious, tricky ...
Plot: writers, political conspiracy, politics, investigation, betrayal, mystery, cia, writer's life, secrets, spy, suspicion, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, london, massachusetts, england, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A hotshot lawyer gets more than he bargained for when he learns his new boss is Lucifer himself.
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: devil, lawyer, supernatural, deal with the devil, law firm, ambition, satan, hotshot lawyer, temptation, ethics, god or devil, sin ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, florida, southern usa, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.1
 30K
Damages (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes and her protégée, ...
Style: clever, rough, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, powerful corporation, female lawyer, court, legal investigation, corporate crimes, hotshot lawyer, power relations, legal action, dishonesty, workplace, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.5
 12K
The Deep End (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their ...
Style: neo noir, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: gay, murder, crimes, life is a bitch, gay teenager, wound, mother son relationship, tragedy, murder mystery, police investigation, conspiracy, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 7K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, justice, police investigation, crimes, investigation, guilt, mind game, law enforcement, brutality, prostitute, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 21K
City Hall (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: tense, political, suspense, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: investigation, crimes, police, political corruption, corruption, conspiracy, murder, mafia, idealism, mayor, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new orleans, new jersey, usa, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 63K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, mind bending, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, crimes, revenge, parents and children, family relations, determination, uncover truth, amateur detective, single parent, mentally challenged, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Extreme Measures (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. The trail leads Luthan to the door of the eminent ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: hospital, investigation, doctor, medical, medical research, cure, uncover truth, doctors and patients, morgue, human experiment, conspiracy, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, suspense, intense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: vigilante, conspiracy, hitman, vigilantism, judge, secret society, crimes, murder, vengeance, political corruption, justice, lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 76K
Awake (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: While undergoing heart surgery, a man experiences a phenomenon called ‘anesthetic awareness’, which leaves him awake but paralyzed throughout the operation. As various obstacles present themselves, his wife must make life-altering decisions ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, hospital, uncover truth, surgery, doctors and patients, surgical operation, dishonesty, conspiracy, couple relations, parents and children, health situation, heart transplant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, USA
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, thought provoking, suspense, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, suicide, death row, murder, investigation, professor, death, activist, false accusation, rape, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, austin texas, houston texas, usa, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 66K
The Client (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, suspense, serious, tense ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: lawyer, witnessing a crime, witness protection, mafia, investigation, lawyers and clients, boy, kids and family, courtroom, hotshot lawyer, child in peril, suicide ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new orleans, tennessee, san francisco, memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.3
 43K
High Crimes (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A female attorney learns that her husband is really a marine officer awol for fifteen years and accused of murdering fifteen civilians in El Salvador. Believing her husband when he tells her that he's being framed as part of a U.S. Military ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending, clever, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lawyer, army investigation, murder, false accusation, fighting the system, life turned upside down, military, fbi, justice, conspiracy, courtroom, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1988
Place: san francisco, latin america, usa, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, exciting, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, state affairs, politics, conspiracy, fbi, murder, political corruption, lawyer, secret service, corruption, courtroom ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: suspense, bleak, neo noir, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, sex scene, heist, blackmail, crime gone awry, greed, crimes, adultery, divorce, murder, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, rio de janeiro, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%