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The Onion Field (1979)
 6.8
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy scheme. They drive out to a deserted onion field in Bakersfield, where one cop is killed and the other escapes. The film explores the consequences.
Style: psychological, realistic, rough, serious, disturbing, atmospheric, emotional, bleak, suspenseful, dramatic ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, murder, police officer killed, kidnapping, confined, legal, haunted by the past, law enforcement, deadly, law enforcer killer, death row, father son relationship, jail, police detective, capital punishment, moral ambiguity, manipulation, brutality, morality, crime, graphic violence, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and bleak films with plots about crimes, murder, crime, police investigation, dialogue, runaway and storytelling mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Onion Field: Too Young to Die? (1990), The Glass Shield (1994), True Believer (1989), Hardcore (1979), The Executioner's Song (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Too Young to Die? (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.
Style: emotional, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: death row, courtroom, legal, murder, death penalty, death sentence, teenage prostitute, courtroom drama, knife murder, kids in trouble, manipulation, society ...
Time: 80s
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100%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, legal action, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
True Believer (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful, clever, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, legal, self defense, neo noir, racism, false accusation, crime, crimes, hopes, legal action, ambition, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 9K
Hardcore (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspenseful, sex comedy ...
Plot: pornography, private detective, film within a film, missing person, neo noir, perversion, bondage, peep show, missing child, porn industry, striptease, daughter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, michigan, california, usa, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chief of detectives, homicide section, commits a murder and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.
Style: bleak, tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: murder, politics, police investigation, courtroom drama, crime, crimes, legal, deadly, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, life is a bitch, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, journalism, life is a bitch, murder, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Executioner's Song (1982)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In this fact-based film, Gary Gilmore, an Indiana man who just finished serving a lengthy stay in prison, tries to start anew by moving to Utah. Before long, Gary begins an ill-advised romance with the troubled Nicole Baker, a teenage single mother. ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, death row, capital punishment, prison, price of justice, courtroom drama, confined, going straight, crime, journalism, legal ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Deathmaker (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this interrogation Haarmann reveals his motives and his killing ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mind game, investigation, serial killer, psychopath, serial child killer, deadly, obsession, society, courtroom drama, mental institution, confined ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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 ⇓
37%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, manipulation, internal affairs, psychopath, crimes, corrupt cop, rivalry, law enforcement, dishonesty, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Reversible Errors (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 173 min.
Story: A corporate lawyer's interest in a decade-old murder case is piqued by a new confession that could clear the convicted killer, who sits on death row.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, tense, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, legal, investigation, false accusation, police investigation, testimony, lovers reunited, uncover truth, confined, fighting the system, politics, murder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, partners against crime, neo noir, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, deadly, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, death sentence, court, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
True Confessions (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute
Style: talky, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, prostitute, priest, brother brother relationship, catholic priest, political corruption, crime, crimes, police corruption, redemption, neo-noir ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.8
 23K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspense, intense ...
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, bigotry, crimes, brutality, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, scandal, sister sister relationship, dysfunctional family, family, one night stand ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1999
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
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At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: murder, gang, rape, gun, sociopath, crimes, crime, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life, working class, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
30%
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 7.1
 794
Open Doors (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early execution, but an earnest, principled assistant judge looks ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, legal, murder, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, judge, courtroom, obsession, legal action, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: italy, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.5
 5K
Best Seller (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, heist, hitman, psychopath, police detective, serial killer, crimes, vengeance, writer's life, danger, mind game, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, california, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, psychological, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, death sentence, lawyer, prison, drifter, execution, courtroom drama, polish, fighting the system, rebellion, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, year 1987, year 1988
Place: poland, warsaw poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, talky, bleak ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, snitch, jury, police, police investigation, crimes, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, bleak, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, crimes, domestic violence, confined, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, captivity, threat, true crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crimes, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, bribery, testimony, police detective, friendship, district attorney, crimes, crime, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston, leaving Rose and Suitcase to handle a crime spree in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic
Plot: murder, law enforcement, investigation, deadly, police investigation, crimes, murder investigation, small town, mystery, crime, police officer, police chief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Shot in the Heart (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: AND YOU'RE TO BLAME! Honey, you give love a bad name. (The story of a man coming to terms with the sins and secrets of his notorious brother and, in the process, exploring the legacy of violence in his own family.)
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, death row, prison, courtroom drama, prison life, dysfunctional family, tragic hero, parents and children, mormon, society, legal, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 70s
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.9
 24K
In Cold Blood (1967)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their ...
Style: disturbing, gloomy, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, execution, hanging, confession, drifter, interrogation, friendship, death row, on the run, farmer, true crime ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, year 1965 ...
Place: kansas, usa, texas, missouri, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: serious, intense, twists and turns, emotional, talky ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crime, crimes, homicide detective, parents and children, family problems, haunted by the past, father son relationship, law enforcement, life is a bitch, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 21K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, crimes, fighting the system, partners, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime and punishment, testimony, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%