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The Pelican Brief (1993)
 6.6
 87K
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, serious, captivating, exciting, suspense, intense, clever, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, murder, political corruption, politics, crimes, fighting the system, supreme court, woman in danger, professor, investigation, fbi, amateur detective, uncover truth, legal action, cia agent, secret service, legal, assassination attempt, on the run, conspiracy theory, judge, reporter, obsession, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, new york, washington d.c.

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and suspense films with plots about secrets, dialogue, corruption, chase, conspiracy, police investigation and runaway mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pelican Brief: State of Play (2009), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Murder at 1600 (1997), The Net (1995), The Client (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, journalism, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, murderer, politician, gunfight, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, cia, chase, manhunt, paranoia, surveillance, taxi driver, mind control, obsession, murder, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Murder at 1600 (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: secret service, white house, conspiracy, politics, investigation, murder, crimes, love affair, state affairs, dishonesty, president, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa, asia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 67K
The Net (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Angela Bennett is a freelance software engineer who lives in a world of computer technology. When a cyber friend asks Bennett to debug a new game, she inadvertently becomes involved in a conspiracy that will soon turn her life upside down. While on ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: hacker, programmer, computer cracker, chase, computer, stalking, computer virus, espionage, identity theft, woman in danger, disorder, computer genius ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, washington d.c., santa monica california ...
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The Client (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, touching ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing
Plot: witnessing a crime, witness protection, lawyers and clients, lawyer, suicide, child in peril, investigation, fighting the system, hotshot lawyer, surveillance, brother, mafia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, memphis, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, tense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, political intrigue, journalism, white house, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, cover up, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: law firm, moral dilemma, blackmail, mafia, surveillance, lawyer, crimes, fighting the system, murder, seduction, ambition, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, memphis, tennessee, boston, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: political conspiracy, conspiracy, gulf war, mind control, sniper, brainwashing, senator, assassination, hypnosis, state affairs, political intrigue, mentally unstable ...
Time: 20th century, year 1991
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, atmospheric, exciting, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: cia, fighting the system, espionage, conspiracy, manhunt, political conspiracy, uncover truth, who to trust, life turned upside down, state affairs, surveillance, on the run ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, middle east, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 16K
Thunderheart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An FBI man with Sioux background is sent to a reservation to help with a murder investigation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: native american, native american reservation, murder, native americans, fbi, investigation, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, injustice, redemption, moral dilemma ...
Time: 70s
Place: south dakota, usa, india, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, police investigation, forensics, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, investigation, riddles and clues, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, undercover, political corruption, reporter, media ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, latin america, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: tricky, clever, tense, suspenseful, confusing ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, perfect crime, master criminal, hostage, bank, robbery, strategy, police detective, thief, crimes, swat team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, captivating, tricky, atmospheric ...
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, writers, writer's life, politics, betrayal, cia, suspicion, war crime, uncover truth, state affairs, who to trust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, london, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Mighty Quinn (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Plot: partners against crime, whodunit, murder, mystery, police investigation, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, amateur detective, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect, false accusation ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: jamaica, nicaragua, caribbean, west indies, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Drama, 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, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, fighting the system, murder, uncover truth, senator, death of daughter, investigation, dishonesty, conspiracy, vigilantism, corruption, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 87K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes ...
Style: neo noir, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: terrorism, conspiracy, terrorist, paranoia, professor, fbi, uncover truth, bomb, murder, mysterious character, deception, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., kansas, west virginia, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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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: twists and turns, captivating, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, jury, court, courtroom, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, dishonesty, legal, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, indiana, cincinnati ohio, ohio, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Juror (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: With his gangster boss on trial for murder, a mob thug known as "the Teacher" tells Annie Laird she must talk her fellow jurors into a not-guilty verdict, implying that he'll kill her son Oliver if she fails. She manages to do this, ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, hitman, obsession, court, single parent, legal, legal action, blackmail, court case, dishonesty, witnessing a crime, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: guatemala, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
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Blow Out (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, conspiracy, assassination, politics, crimes, state affairs, amateur detective, witnessing a crime, hitman, dishonesty, life turned upside down, nobody believes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, california
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100%
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan is a man haunted by his failure to save President Kennedy while serving protection detail in Dallas. Thirty years later, a man calling himself "Booth" threatens the life of the current President, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, bodyguard, usa president, obsession, assassination attempt, terrorism, election, undercover, gunfight, stalking, government agency, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, dallas texas ...
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100%
The General's Daughter (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: army investigation, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, strangulation, military life, fighting the system, father daughter relationship, politics, mystery, military, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Enemy of the State (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.
Style: tense, clever, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, conspiracy, satellite, intelligence, uncover truth, fighting the system, witnessing a crime, manhunt, wiretap, political conspiracy, mexican standoff, privacy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, baltimore, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bobby Bishop (Sheen) is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, political corruption, on the run, assassination, betrayal, assassination attempt, crimes, intrigue, witnessing a crime, conspiracy, life turned upside down ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin's trail.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: terrorism, conspiracy, politics, hitman, assassination attempt, assassination, terrorist, serial killer, law enforcement, police, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 70s
Place: france, paris france, europe, london, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
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Kiss the Girls (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: twist ending, tense, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, woman in danger, profiler, police investigation, violence against women, missing person, forensics, who done it, crimes, investigation, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Above the Law (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, lone hero, corruption, undercover, drug dealing, crimes, aikido, vengeance, dishonesty, law enforcement, working undercover, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: chicago illinois, vietnam, usa, asia, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: female assassin, memory loss, cia, strong female lead, hitman, terrorism, female killer, female protagonist, amnesia, secret service, chase, presumed dead ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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High Crimes (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A female attorney learns that her husband is really a marine officer awol for fifteen years and accused of murdering fifteen civilians in El Salvador. Believing her husband when he tells her that he's being framed as part of a U.S. Military ...
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful, serious, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: army investigation, lawyer, murder, life turned upside down, false accusation, fighting the system, family relations, military, frame up, legal, marines, witness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1988
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles, mexico, latin america
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100%
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Spain, South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, clever, tense, mysterious ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, murder of daughter, murder, mystery, crimes, haunted by the past, uncover truth, fbi, life is a bitch, dishonesty, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
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