Movies like Murder in the First

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Murder in the First (1995)
 7.3
 27K
Murder in the First (1995)
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: thought provoking, emotional, psychological, touching, rough, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, based on true events ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, theft, warden, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, baseball, confined, injustice, prison life, life is a bitch, graphic violence, hopes, legal, punishment, society, convict, dishonesty, social misfits, petty criminal, deadly ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1938
Place: san francisco, usa, california

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Most similar movies to Murder in the First

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspense and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, murder, corruption, greed, mentor, redemption and runaway mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Murder in the First: Sleepers (1996), Last Dance (1996), Criminal Law (1988), Class Action (1991), The Chamber (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Sleepers (1996)
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, sadistic, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, prison rape, childhood, vengeance, rape, pedophile, courtroom drama, haunted by the past, homosexual rape, crime, torture ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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 5.7
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Last Dance (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep ...
Style: emotional, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, murder, lethal injection, lawyer, death row, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, legal action, dedicated lawyer, prison life, false accusation, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: taj mahal, india, australia, texas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.7
 4K
Criminal Law (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, courtroom drama, chase, police investigation, crimes, crime, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 7K
Class Action (1991)
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: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, parents and children, uncover truth, hopes, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, life is a bitch, dishonesty, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.0
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The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: death sentence, murder, racism, courtroom drama, prison, politics, legal, haunted by the past, anti semitism, crimes, legal action, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 6K
Nuts (1987)
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, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, self defense, courtroom drama, court, prostitute, hearing, mental illness, crimes, call girl, dishonesty, parents and children, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 91K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: torture, experiment, prison, violence, rape, disorder, surveillance, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 32K
Instinct (1999)
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, tense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: murder, psychologist, prison, estrangement, gorilla, doctors and patients, redemption, treatment, crimes, research, violence, insanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, florida, africa, rwanda, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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...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: suspense, realistic, disturbing, captivating, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, fighting the system, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, legal, moral dilemma, price of justice, lawyers and clients, injustice, false accusation, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 52K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, prison rape, prison, experiment gone awry, human nature, psychology, confined, switching roles, violence, danger, brutality, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, lawyer, injustice, escape, drug smuggling, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, suprisingly clever, anger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, crimes, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, lawyer, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.4
 40K
Stone (2010)
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, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: manipulation, prison, arson, deception, seduction, manipulations, couples, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, crimes, danger, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit, michigan, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 133K
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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, legal action, murder, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, legal, trial, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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 ⇓
27%
 5.2
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Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, social decay, human spirit, prison life, juvenile delinquency, hopes, racism, sexual abuse, criminal heroes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, dishonesty, society, legal, law enforcement, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Return to Paradise (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
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: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, sincere, rough ...
Plot: friendship, death sentence, moral dilemma, legal, journalism, tourist, hanging, smuggling, dishonesty, profanity, deadly, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide, escape ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find their twelve year old daughter Stephanie Crowe stabbed to death in her bedroom. As procedure dictates, the police take each member of the ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: false accusation, police investigation, murder, uncover truth, suspect, courtroom drama, teenage life, crime, fighting the system, crimes, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Return to Sender (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: While fighting for a woman who sits on death row, a lawyer happens upon new information which brings into question the motives of a man associated with her client
Style: psychological, suspenseful, sincere, suspense, serious ...
Plot: uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, false accusation, death sentence, confined, deadly, redemption, prison life, courtroom drama, dishonesty, life is a bitch, legal ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 10K
Red (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means ...
Style: touching, serious, twists and turns, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: pets, vengeance, killing a dog, crimes, redemption, justice, murder, dog, small town, society, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.3
 16K
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, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, frame up, legal, false accusation, fighting the system, legal action, political corruption, death penalty, death sentence, justice, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 6.2
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Lockdown (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Avery (Jones) returns to college as a competitive swimmer after getting his life back on track. But his life takes another unexpected turn when he and his two friends (Bonds, Casseus) are wrongly accused of murder and end up in prison.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: false accusation, prison riot, prison, criminal heroes, prison life, redemption, confined, life is a bitch, murder, dishonesty, gang, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
23%
 7.2
 16K
Brubaker (1980)
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, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, brutality, violence, abuse of power, justice, politics, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Last Castle (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.
Style: tense, exciting, rough, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, military, convict, prison life, rebellion, power struggle, rebelliousness, confined, sadism, warden, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iraq, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.0
 143K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, cia, investigation, president, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, texas, washington d.c., vietnam, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, empathy, redemption, crime, crimes, prison life, human nature, introspection, deadly ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.7
 639
Mistrial (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a cop-killer goes free, a detective's search for personal justice veers dangerously out of control. Declaring a mistrial, he takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage...and begins a trial of his own.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, hostage, false accusation, murder, law enforcement, hotshot lawyer, crimes, legal investigation, injustice, who done it, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%