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Murder in the First (1995)
 7.3
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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: emotional, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough, thought provoking, touching, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, courtroom, lawyer, murder, warden, theft, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, prison life, mistreatment, death row, murder trial, prisoner, righting the wronged, confined, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, hopes, legal, society, torture, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1941, year 1938
Place: california, usa, san francisco, dungeon

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about corruption, murder, prison, redemption, crime, brutality and crimes mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Murder in the First: Last Dance (1996), Sleepers (1996), ...and justice for all. (1979), Nuts (1987), Class Action (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: prison, murder, death, lawyer, tattoo, golf club, death row, politics, lethal injection, legal action, courtroom drama, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, taj mahal, australia, texas, new jersey
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95%
 7.6
 170K
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: gloomy, serious, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, sexual abuse, court, vengeance, friendship, childhood, lawyer, juvenile delinquent, crime, haunted by the past, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
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57%
...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, clever, cynical, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, fighting the system, crime, prison, dedicated lawyer, legal action, extramarital affair, idealism, moral dilemma, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 5K
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: rough, serious, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, court, hearing, prostitute, self defense, parents and children, mental illness, fighting the system, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 6.4
 6K
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: clever, talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, estranged daughter, uncover truth, idealism, parents and children, corporate crimes, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Nightmare in Badham County (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two UCLA coeds have engine trouble in small Southern town. When they spurn the local sheriff's advances he arranges for them to be taken to the women's prison on trivial charges (the judge is a cousin), where they must endure atrocities at ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: prison, prison life, on the road, small town, confined, escape, farm, gays and lesbians, prostitute, sexual abuse, frame up, racism ...
Time: 70s
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52%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere, suspense ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, sex, little girl, wrongful imprisonment, death row, false accusation, death sentence, prison, lawyer, redemption, courtroom drama ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.7
 85K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 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: psychological, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, experiment, rape, torture, prison life, humiliation, experiment gone awry, violence, disorder, warden, fist fighting, aggression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, fighting the system, vengeance, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, perfect crime, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: realistic, bleak, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, brutality, torture, prison life, escape, masturbation, escape attempt, smuggling, muslim, sadism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 34K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, entertaining ...
Plot: prison, prison life, vengeance, rivalry, life is a bitch, prison warden, murder, warden, buddies, redemption, human spirit, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 2K
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: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing
Plot: prison, false accusation, gang, gangsters, crime, vengeance, redemption, murder, prison life, criminal heroes, crimes, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 47K
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, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, confined, switching roles, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Girls in Prison (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Framed for the murder of a record company president in 1952 Hollywood, young, aspiring singer Aggie O'Hanlon is sentenced to life in prison and tries to adjust to her life life behind bars in a hellish womens prison where she is befriended by ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: prison, lesbian, false accusation, frame up, mccarthyism, anger, murder, lust, women's prison, wrongful conviction, prison riot, hollywood ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 3K
Criminal Law (1988)
Genre: Crime, 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, serious, psychological, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, courtroom drama, murder, investigation, crime, dedicated lawyer, police investigation, chase, protagonist as suspect, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 30K
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: bleak, serious, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, psychologist, estrangement, prison, gorilla, redemption, doctors and patients, research, mental institution, captivity, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa, africa, rwanda, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.4
 615
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, injustice, rebellion, friendship, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, crime, sexual abuse, prison life, racism, social decay, righting the wronged ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: realistic, serious, bleak, sincere, rough ...
Plot: friendship, dishonesty, moral dilemma, journalism, hanging, death sentence, smuggling, death penalty, childhood friends, marijuana, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: malaysia, asia, usa, new york, thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.7
 207K
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, clever, realistic, talky, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, navy, courtroom, sexism, suicide, army investigation, murder, military, lawyer, marines, court martial, military base ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: cuba, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.3
 3K
Jailbait (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A gritty coming of age thriller about a young girl sent to juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive step father. The film follows Anna Nix's journey into the dark world of an all girls jail where she discovers complex relationships, drugs, ...
Style: emotional, serious, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: prison, prison life, women in prison, teenage life, confined, survival, isolation, juvenile delinquency, crime, murder, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Caged Heart (1984)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Conflict between a hardened prison inmate and a ruthless prison guard.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, unlikely criminals, crime, neo noir, false accusation, prison life, injustice, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.4
 38K
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, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, arson, strong sexual content, manipulation, vegetarian, convict, seduction, deception, fire, playground, parole, arsonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
 17K
In Hell (2003)
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, survival, prison life, martial arts, murder, isolation, vengeance, redemption, prison riot, prison sentence, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, latin america, hong kong, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: serious, rough, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: death row, serial killer, prison, murder, redemption, crime, prison life, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, deadly, human nature ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Guilt by Association (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life is good for Susan, her two children and new boyfriend Russell. But life abruptly changes when she discovers her perfect boyfriend is a drug dealer. Realising the danger this could bring to her family she tells him to leave. Suddenly her house ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, drug dealing, injustice, protagonist as suspect, drugs/alcohol, wrongfully committed, fighting the system, life is a bitch, legal action, righting the wronged, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
A Dry White Season (1989)
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: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, fighting the system, crimes, society, life is a bitch, legal action, interracial relations, legal, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 115K
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, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, courtroom, legal action, rape, court, small town, underdog, trial, racial tension, lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 12K
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, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, court, murder, beach house, heiress, mystery, crime, neo-noir, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, buddies, alcatraz, island, confined, partners, prison guard, rebellion, mouse, prison warden, nude fight ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Without Evidence (1995)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It is based on the true story of Michael Francke, who was the Head of Corrections for the state of Oregon before being murdered. Just before his murder, Francke visits his brother and informs him of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect, courtroom, investigation, crime, legal investigation, prison, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation, political conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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