Movies like Murder in the First

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Murder in the First (1995)
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Murder in the First
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 complete darkness, only to emerge a madman and soon to be a murderer. The story follows a rookie lawyer attempting to prove that Alcatraz was to blame.
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, dramatic, factual, realistic, gloomy, intense, rough, brutal ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, courtroom, lawyer, murder, fighting the system, torture, male nudity, dedicated lawyer, corruption, mentor, justice, prison life, brutality, insanity, righting the wronged, police investigation, court, vengeance, prison escape, manipulation, courtroom drama, redemption, greed, friendship ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1941, year 1938
Place: california, usa, san francisco, dungeon
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JFK
Drama, History, Thriller
France, USA
189 min.
 8.0
A Few Good Men
Drama, Thriller
USA
138 min.
 7.7
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and suspense films with plots about mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, corruption, runaway, police investigation and justice mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Murder in the First: Last Dance (1996), Sleepers (1996), Nuts (1987), A Few Good Men (1992), Extremities (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Last Dance
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Duration: 103 min.
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Sleepers
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, gloomy, serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: crime, sexual abuse, child abuse, courtroom drama, vengeance, friendship, childhood, lawyer, court, rape, torture, justice ...
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    User:   100%
 
 6.8
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Nuts
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, court, mental illness, courtroom, lawyer, psychiatrist, insanity, prostitution, parents and children, child abuse, mentor ...
Time: 80s
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A Few Good Men
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Story: A woman escapes from the man who is about to rape her, but leaves her purse behind. Afraid that her attacker might come after her, she goes to the police, but with no proof of the incident, they can do nothing. In fact, the man does use the ...
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Style: talky, realistic, clever, suspense, serious ...
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JFK
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: serious, factual, disturbing, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: president, conspiracy, investigation, assassination, obsession, politics, assassin, courtroom, corruption, murder, paranoia, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   83%
 
 6.4
 6K
Class Action
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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    User:   59%
 
Return to Paradise
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Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past ...
Style: realistic, suspense, bleak, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, drugs, lawyer, prison, moral dilemma, drug addiction, weed, unlikely friendships, mentor, morality, corruption, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   67%
    User:   77%
 
 6.3
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Red Corner
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, suspense, serious, talky, realistic ...
Plot: murder, politics, death penalty, justice, political corruption, corruption, courtroom, legal action, lawyer, murder mystery, political, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
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System:   64%
    User:   70%
 
A Dry White Season
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking, dramatic ...
Plot: racism, justice, courtroom, lawyer, politics, death, discrimination, murder, segregation, school, children, freedom ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
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System:   61%
    User:   68%
 
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 62K
Changing Lanes
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Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
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Country: USA
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Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 80s
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    User:   46%
 
...and justice for all.
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, suspense, humorous, witty, dark humor ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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    User:   48%
 
 7.1
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Brubaker
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, corruption, politics, murder, violence, torture, brutality, prison life, greed, mentor, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   53%
 
Trial by Jury
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
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, crime, gangsters, murder, courtroom drama, vengeance, kidnapping, good versus evil, revenge, dedicated lawyer, gangster, psychology ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   49%
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Bad Influence
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, clever, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, neo-noir, betrayal, friendship, manipulation, corruption, violence, psychopath, revenge, pornography, psychology, stylish ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   53%
 
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Instinct
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything -- even put his ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, redemption, prison, jungle, psychiatrist, psychology, psychologist, revenge, freedom, insanity, violence, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, africa, usa, cuba, rwanda
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System:   45%
    User:   39%
 
Absence of Malice
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: clever, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, murder, politics, courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, surveillance, manipulation, corruption, justice, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   41%
 
All the King's Men
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of an idealist's rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall. Based on the1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Robert Penn Warren.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, biting ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, corruption, manipulation, betrayal, mentor, mistress, blackmail, redemption, political, assassination, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans, new jersey
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System:   43%
    User:   42%
 
 6.6
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Arbitrage
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Style: tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, infidelity, adultery, downfall, business, greed, corruption, corporate crimes, secrets, courtroom, twists & turns, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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System:   43%
    User:   47%
 
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Stone
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Parole officer Jack Mabry has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald 'Stone' Creeson, a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially ...
Style: psychological, sexual, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: prison, manipulation, infidelity, arson, strong sexual content, manipulations, nudity (topless - notable), adultery, confined, corruption, drinking, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa, new jersey
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System:   40%
    User:   32%
 
 6.3
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Betrayed
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An FBI agent (Debra Winger) falls in love with a white supremacist (Tom Berenger) whose group she infiltrates.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, violence, racism, terrorism, hunting, camp, special agents, prejudice, espionage, white supremacist, fbi ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, arizona
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System:   40%
    User:   47%
 
Little Nikita
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: espionage, spy, russian, investigation, government agency, spies, death, conspiracy, chase, mentor, revenge, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, russia, san diego california ...
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System:   40%
    User:   33%
 
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13
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, tense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: greed, gambling, revenge, drugs/alcohol, contests and competitions, social decay, money, police investigation, crime, deadly, betrayal, flashback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, ohio, new york, pennsylvania, mexico ...
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System:   39%
    User:   43%
 
 6.3
 17K
In Hell
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: prison, martial arts, vengeance, redemption, murder, brutality, corruption, violence, survival, mentor, fight scenes, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, latin america, hong kong, california
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System:   39%
    User:   35%
 

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The Star Chamber
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: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: crime, vigilantism, murder, serial killer, vengeance, political corruption, conspiracy, courtroom, hitman, dedicated lawyer, police investigation, vigilante ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
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System:   39%
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White Man's Burden
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: racism, kidnapping, vengeance, alternate reality, factory, switching roles, race issues, prejudice, interracial relations, crime, stereotypes, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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System:   38%
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