Movies like Michael Clayton

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Michael Clayton (2007)
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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, twists and turns, suspense, thought provoking, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: lawyer, law firm, legal, murder, lawsuit, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, dishonesty, uncover truth, society, introspection, horse, death, suicide, debt, explosion, nervous breakdown, divorced divorcee, bomb, arrest, whistleblower ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, california

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Most similar movies to Michael Clayton

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, twists and turns, suspenseful and serious films with plots about murder, corruption, crimes, twists & turns, secrets, storytelling and betrayal mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Michael Clayton: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Side Effects (2013), A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993), State of Play (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious, captivating, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, courtroom, legal investigation, mind game, hotshot lawyer, murder, legal, arrest, judge, manipulations, jury ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles, california, san francisco
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86%
 7.1
 181K
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: surprise ending, psychological, serious, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: depression, murder, deception, mental illness, mentally unstable, doctors and patients, life turned upside down, manipulation, psychiatrist, mental institution, dishonesty, patient ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2004
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 236K
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, twists and turns, realistic, serious, earnest ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, army investigation, navy, u.s. navy, marines, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, trial, suicide, military, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 121K
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: law firm, legal, moral dilemma, mafia, surveillance, lawyer, fighting the system, crimes, blackmail, murder, seduction, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, memphis, tennessee, boston, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: political conspiracy, murder, politics, gunfight, journalism, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, assassin, politician, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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 ⇓
83%
 7.6
 251K
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, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, pedophile, private detective, tragic event, life is a bitch, crimes, missing child, neo noir, conspiracy, peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.1
 92K
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: captivating, stylized, tense, cynical, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, jury, court, courtroom, trial, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, justice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, cincinnati ohio, indiana, ohio, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, capitalism, globalization, espionage, politics, corruption, spy, danger, political conspiracy, political unrest, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, persia, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: neo noir, dangerous attraction, police detective, murder, organized crime, gang, police investigation, fighting the system, police corruption, corpse, prostitute, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
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, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: domestic violence, investigation, mystery, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, child abuse, island, abusive husband, anger, incest, uncover truth ...
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, disturbing, heartbreaking, psychological, touching ...
Plot: army, investigation, guilt, war crime, disappearance, military, torture, patriotism, cover up, innocence lost, murder investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: iraq, usa, new mexico, texas, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma's killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, vengeance, fighting the system, senator, death of daughter, investigation, danger, dishonesty, conspiracy, vigilantism, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ 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: thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: aids, corruption, murder, death, investigation, political corruption, cover up, uncover truth, diplomat, fighting the system, obsession, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, london, sudan, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 28K
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: rough, clever, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, trial, female lawyer, legal, corporate crimes, power relations, manipulations, legal action, dishonesty, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 11K
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: emotional, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, life is a bitch, danger, wound, debt, friendship, fight, crime, crimes, graphic violence, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, police investigation, secret, violence, crimes, prostitute, law enforcement, investigation, deadly, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Extreme Measures (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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, serious, scary, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, investigation, medical research, doctor, doctors and patients, uncover truth, cure, deadly, morgue, secret laboratory, doctor patient relationship, homeless man ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.8
 53K
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: serious, tense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, parents and children, uncover truth, determination, amateur detective, arrest, single parent, mentally challenged, crime, crimes, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 ⇓
31%
 6.5
 73K
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, disturbing, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, uncover truth, hospital, surgery, dishonesty, doctors and patients, parents and children, surgical operation, conspiracy, couple relations, health situation, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, thought provoking, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, false accusation, professor, reporter, death row, who done it, investigation, suicide, murder, activist, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, new york, austin texas, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
All Good Things (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Newly-discovered facts, court records and speculation are used to elaborate the true love story and murder mystery of the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns, enigmatic ...
Plot: mystery, disappearance, murder, mentally unstable, missing person, dysfunctional marriage, investigation, crimes, high society, domestic violence, overbearing parent, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2000, year 1971, year 1978 ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 22K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, deadly, crime scene, police, interrogation, orphan, uncover truth, law enforcement, psychopath, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.3
 379
The Coverup (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Personal injury attorney Stuart Pepper faces the challenge of his young career when he takes on a controversial case of wrongful death in small town Iowa. Kevin Thacker's body was found in the alley outside the Marshalltown Police Department ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: mystery, legal, corruption, investigation, rivalry, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, legal action, small town life, law enforcement, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, robbery, dysfunctional family, debt, blackmail, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, crimes, greed, deception, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, rio de janeiro, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.5
 95K
Money Monster (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
Style: suspense, entertaining, clever, intense, tense ...
Plot: hostage, bomb, police, stock market, capitalism, surveillance, corruption, paranoia, conspiracy, money, hostage situation, sniper ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, tense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, crime, murder, political corruption, politics, fighting the system, crimes, supreme court, woman in danger, professor, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%