Movies like The Pelican Brief

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The Pelican Brief (1993)
 6.6
 71K
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, interesting ...
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, murder, political corruption, politics, crimes, fighting the system, crime, supreme court, professor, investigation, fbi, amateur detective, uncover truth, woman in danger, secret service, on the run, assassination attempt, judge, obsession, danger, political thriller, corruption, chase, legal action ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, washington d.c.

Most similar movies to The Pelican Brief

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about conspiracy, investigation, corruption, chase, dialogue, secrets and murder mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pelican Brief: Conspiracy Theory (1997), The Net (1995), The Firm (1993), The Client (1994), State of Play (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: suspenseful, serious, suspense, exciting, tense ...
Plot: conspiracy, cia, chase, taxi driver, obsession, paranoia, political conspiracy, murder, manhunt, uncover truth, fbi, torture ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 57K
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
Plot: hacker, programmer, chase, computer virus, stalking, computer cracker, espionage, computer genius, computer, woman in danger, danger, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1995
Place: california, san francisco, usa, mexico, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 108K
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, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: law firm, moral dilemma, mafia, surveillance, lawyer, crimes, fighting the system, blackmail, seduction, murder, ambition, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, memphis, tennessee, harvard university, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 55K
The Client (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, touching, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: witnessing a crime, witness protection, suicide, lawyer, investigation, lawyers and clients, danger, hotshot lawyer, surveillance, mafia, legal action, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.1
 128K
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, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: murder, politics, political conspiracy, newspaper, corruption, journalist, congress, investigative journalism, investigation, assassination, conspiracy, reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, clever, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, drug dealing, uncover truth, police corruption, government agency, life turned upside down, state affairs, conspiracy theory, conspiracy, society, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, 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, serious, captivating, factual, tense ...
Plot: politics, journalism, political conspiracy, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, cover up, white house, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 27K
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, rough, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: political thriller, investigation, murder, secret service, politics, crime, white house, love affair, state affairs, crimes, deadly, conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, korea, asia, washington d.c., north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, uncover truth, fighting the system, manhunt, satellite, witnessing a crime, conspiracy, mexican standoff, secret hideout, life is a bitch, evidence, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 47K
Absolute Power (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder in which the President of The United States is involved occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run yet may hold evidence that could convict the President. A political thriller ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: secret service, political corruption, assassination, crime, state affairs, crimes, uncover truth, witnessing a crime, deadly, dishonesty, family relations, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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, rough, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, uncover truth, investigation, senator, dishonesty, fighting the system, corruption, revenge, violence, law enforcement, death of daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, clever, tense, mysterious ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, haunted by the past, uncover truth, crimes, fbi, dishonesty, life is a bitch, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: usa, los angeles, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: 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, suspenseful, suspense, intense, exciting ...
Plot: cia, manhunt, fighting the system, political conspiracy, on the run, life turned upside down, uncover truth, espionage, who to trust, female partner, off the grid, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, middle east, vermont, venezuela ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 77K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: tense, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, terrorist, paranoia, murder, bomb, professor, fbi, uncover truth, danger, conspiracy, deadly, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, st. louis missouri, washington d.c., kansas, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 27K
The Double (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin 'Cassius', forces retired CIA operative, Paul Shepherson to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary to solve the crime. Having spent ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: double agent, assassination, investigation, special agents, crime, ex law enforcer, hunt down, crimes, deadly, espionage, spy, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, mexico, washington d.c., paris france, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 57K
The Rainmaker (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy ...
Style: thought provoking, clever, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, lawsuit, domestic violence, hopes, civil action, legal, dishonesty, selflessness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Star Chamber (1983)
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: exciting, serious, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: vigilantism, hitman, judge, crime, murder, idealism, crimes, vengeance, political corruption, secret society, society, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, senator, investigation, corruption, murder, assassination, political corruption, reporter, political intrigue, media, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, usa, seattle washington, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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I as in Icarus (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film's plot is based on the Kennedy assassination and subsequent investigation. The film begins with the assassination of President Marc Jarry, who is about to be inaugurated for a second six-year term of office. Henri Volney, state ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, serious, political drama
Plot: political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, conspiracy, political corruption, crimes, uncover truth, witnessing a crime, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, hacker, murder, dishonesty, police investigation, friendship, false accusation, cover up, crime, journalism, journalist, amateur detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 36K
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: suspenseful, serious, tense, clever, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: army investigation, murder, justice, lawyer, life turned upside down, crime, dedicated lawyer, supportive spouse, arrested, hidden identity, crimes, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 13K
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: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, fbi, native american, native american reservation, investigation, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, moral dilemma, injustice, haunted by the past, redemption ...
Time: 70s
Place: south dakota, usa, india, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Blind Horizon (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Left for dead in the remote Southwest, Frank is found clinging to life and in a state of amnesia. As he recovers, ominous memories begin to flash back...
Style: serious, psychological, tense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: assassination attempt, memory loss, hitman, amnesia, investigation, political conspiracy, mystery, uncover truth, crimes, state affairs, danger, race against time ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: murder, whodunit, mystery, police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement, frame up, false accusation, amateur detective ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, west indies, caribbean, new jersey, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 401K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, journalist, investigation, victim, paranoia, crimes, mystery, mind game, maniac ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1978 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, obsession, assassination attempt, election, undercover, gunfight, assassin, stalking, cia, terrorism, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, washington d.c., phoenix arizona, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 21K
Closed Circuit (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). The attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) as special advocate on Erdogan's legal team. On the eve of the trial, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: terrorist, terrorism, lawyers and clients, danger, legal action, state affairs, legal investigation, law enforcement, dishonesty, power relations, courtroom drama, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 11K
Gorky Park (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, murder, cold war, police investigation, political corruption, crime, mystery, police corruption, crimes, protagonist as suspect, state affairs, secret agents ...
Place: russia, stockholm sweden, moscow russia, europe, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 140K
Vantage Point (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, assassination attempt, bomb, betrayal, chase, secret service, president, assassination, terrorist, danger, investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 9K
Suspect (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, talky, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, legal investigation, murder, false accusation, mystery, lawyer, dedicated lawyer, political conspiracy, murder mystery, dishonesty, state affairs, mute or deaf ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%