Movies like Primal Fear

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Primal Fear (1996)
 7.7
 161K
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: twists and turns, psychological, tense, rough, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric, clever, talky ...
Plot: mental illness, split personality, legal investigation, corruption, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, lawyer, murder, crime, psychopath, bishop, trial, protagonist as suspect, court case, justice, manipulation, insanity, investigator, suspicion, fear, murder trial, dissociative identity disorder, faking illness, secrets, unhappy ending ...
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 tense, intense, serious and suspense films with plots about twists & turns, police investigation, murder, dialogue, secrets, greed and investigation 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.
 7.2
 167K
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: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind game, investigation, obsession, perfect crime, courtroom drama, legal investigation, manipulation, lawyer, attempted murder, adultery, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, captivating, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, legal, murder, lawyer, arrest, mind game, judge, courtroom, manipulations, victim, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 59K
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, suspenseful, tense, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: psychopath, police investigation, missing person, woman in danger, crimes, investigation, who done it, mystery, serial killer, forensics, murder, violence against women ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 35K
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, clever, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: murder, lawyer, army investigation, life turned upside down, justice, crime, dedicated lawyer, arrested, supportive spouse, hidden identity, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.6
 1.3M
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, crimes, police, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 136K
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, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, secret, businessman, crimes, police detective, double life, criminal heroes, law enforcement, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 212K
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, realistic, serious, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, suicide, navy, army investigation, murder, military, lawyer, u.s. navy, marines, sexism, hotshot lawyer ...
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, bleak, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 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, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, court, murder, courtroom drama, 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, neo noir, prison, psychopath, death row, mystery, electric chair, crime, swamp, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 384K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, uncover truth, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ 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, twists and turns, serious ...
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, vietnam, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 230K
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, rough, suspense, gothic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, fbi, split personality, murder, cannibalism, deadly, crime, special agents, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia, washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 167K
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, surprise ending, tense, clever, suspense ...
Plot: life turned upside down, doctors and patients, murder, mentally unstable, mental illness, deception, depression, psychiatrist, obsession, mental institution, conspiracy, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2004
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Under Suspicion (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: talky, suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, mind game, rape, crime, mystery, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, murder mystery, investigation, prime suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, serious, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, infidelity, courtroom drama, crime, investigation, legal investigation, mystery, mistress, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, serious, talky, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, death penalty, justice, false accusation, fighting the system, political corruption, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist, murder investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 11K
Switchback (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI agent Dennis Quaid tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, murder, crime, missing person, vengeance, law enforcement, murder mystery, police investigation, mystery, train, loss of son ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
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, murder, hospital, double life, crime, mind game, investigation, split personality, police investigation, strangulation, police detective, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, rough, suspenseful, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, crime, psychopath, police investigation, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, undercover agent, vengeance, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 49K
Copycat (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, police investigation, crime, profiler, psychology, twists & turns, police detective, violence, maniac, agoraphobia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: false accusation, prison, women's prison, sailboat, crime, betrayal, parole officer, faked death, vengeance, protagonist as suspect, tough law enforcer, probation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new orleans, georgia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
 71K
88 Minutes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological, rough, tense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, fbi, manipulation, torture, death threat, death, paranoia, chaos, suspect, crime, frame up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 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, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, secret, violence, prostitute, mind game, police investigation, drugs/alcohol, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, courtroom drama, assassination attempt, cia agent, lawyer, reporter, corruption, dishonesty, media, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A hotshot lawyer gets more than he bargained for when he learns his new boss is Lucifer himself.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, serious, clever ...
Plot: hotshot lawyer, devil, law firm, ambition, supernatural, lust, marital problem, deal with the devil, temptation, mentor, blind ambition, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, southern usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 168K
Secret Window (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: split personality, insanity, mentally unstable, losing-it hero, murder, nervous breakdown, isolation, arson, psychology, divorce, serial killer, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, new york state, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, murder, crime, cannibalism, fbi, killings, special agents, deadly, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, bahamas, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 231K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, conspiracy, crimes, peril, missing child, uncover truth, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.1
 749K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: 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, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, missing wife, manipulation, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%