Movies like Primal Fear

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Primal Fear (1996)
 7.7
 155K
Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.
Style: clever, talky, psychological, tense, twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic, stylized, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental illness, courtroom drama, corruption, split personality, legal investigation, insanity, psychopath, bishop, hotshot lawyer, murder, lawyer, pornographic video, crime, psychiatrist, court, trial, protagonist as suspect, court case, courtroom, legal, crimes, manipulation, deadly, heroes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois

Most similar movies to Primal Fear

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, realistic, tense and serious films with plots about murder, police investigation, corruption, dialogue, crime, mentor and revenge mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Primal Fear: Fracture (2007), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Kiss the Girls (1997), High Crimes (2002), Se7en (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.2
 162K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, enigmatic ...
Plot: mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, obsession, legal investigation, manipulation, perfect crime, attempted murder, lawyer, manipulations, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, serious, captivating, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, legal, murder, mind game, judge, arrest, crimes, lawyer, scheme, courtroom drama, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 57K
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: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, missing person, police investigation, race against time, chases and races, crimes, danger, rivalry, who done it, woman in danger, confined, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 34K
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, clever, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: murder, lawyer, army investigation, life turned upside down, crime, court, justice, false accusation, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, military, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.6
 1.2M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, investigation, crime, police investigation, killings, crimes, police, police detective, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 133K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, secret, businessman, police detective, crimes, crime, police investigation, investigator, killings, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
100%
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, childhood, murder, sexual abuse, innocence lost, loss of child, loss of loved one, vigilantism, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 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 ⇓
100%
 6.4
 22K
Just Cause (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, revenge, serial killer, prison, neo noir, death row, mystery, psychopath, electric chair, crime, swamp, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 8K
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: clever, suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: legal investigation, courtroom drama, courtroom, murder, mystery, lawyer, false accusation, jury, lobbyist, crime, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 225K
Red Dragon (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, fbi, split personality, cannibalism, murder, deadly, crime, abuse, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 84K
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: clever, serious, stylized, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, jury, lawyer, courtroom, corruption, bribery, lawsuit, judge, trial, righting the wronged, legal, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cincinnati ohio, indiana, ohio, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
...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 ⇓
28%
Presumed Innocent (1990)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Life takes a nasty twist for D.A. Rusty Sabich when the woman he has been romantically involved with is murdered. He is assigned to investigate the case, but is soon charged with the murder.
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, infidelity, crime, investigation, mystery, mistress, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 164K
Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: psychological, clever, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, mental illness, psychiatrist, obsession, doctors and patients, depression, life turned upside down, addiction, deception, conspiracy, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Trial by Jury (1994)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, legal investigation, who done it, crime, false accusation, law enforcement, legal, rivalry, idealism, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 53K
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: serious, clever, realistic, talky, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, leukemia, domestic violence, insurance, jury, lawsuit, judge, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 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 ⇓
25%
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, murder, hospital, double life, crime, investigation, split personality, police investigation, strangulation, police detective, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Before a criminal lawyer knows what has happened, she is forced to defend a wife killer she knows is guilty.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: courtroom, crime, uncover truth, legal investigation, crimes, murder, womanizer, psychopath, amateur detective, hotshot lawyer, mind game, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
24%
 6.7
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: clever, talky, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, secret, violence, prostitute, mind game, police investigation, drugs/alcohol, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 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 ⇓
23%
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, sexual ...
Plot: police corruption, neo noir, internal affairs, psychopath, crime, yuppie, strong sexual content, police investigation, urban, undercover agent, vengeance, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 15K
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, talky, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, frame up, death penalty, justice, politics, legal action, false accusation, political corruption, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Remake of a 1956 Fritz Lang film in which a novelist's investigation of a dirty district attorney leads to a setup within the courtroom.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: courtroom drama, crime, neo noir, courtroom, murder, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect, reporter, criminal, journalism, uncover truth, woman in danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: false accusation, prison, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, women's prison, sailboat, crime, parole officer, faked death, vengeance, tough law enforcer, probation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new orleans, georgia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.1
 719K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, missing wife, manipulation, mystery, investigation, disappearance, mind game, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, infidelity, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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