Movies like Primal Fear

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Primal Fear (1996)
 7.7
 185K
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: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, tense, psychological, rough, suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: legal investigation, split personality, mental illness, courtroom drama, psychopath, corruption, lawyer, murder, neo noir, bishop, crime, hotshot lawyer, dissociative identity disorder, trial, psychiatrist, insanity, crimes, protagonist as suspect, investigator, fear, suspicion, justice, psychology, court case, plot twist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa

Most similar movies to Primal Fear

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, twists and turns, interesting and surprise ending films with plots about murder, police investigation, investigation, secrets, twists & turns, greed and dialogue mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Primal Fear: Fracture (2007), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Kiss the Girls (1997), Zodiac (2007), Se7en (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 185K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, murder mystery, manipulation, courtroom drama, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, adultery, guilt, perfect crime, cheating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, serious, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, mind game, murder, legal, arrest, judge, manipulations, jury ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 65K
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, twists and turns, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: psychopath, woman in danger, serial killer, missing person, violence against women, police investigation, profiler, crimes, who done it, investigation, mystery, forensics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 452K
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, mystery, crime, maniac, paranoia, investigation, uncover truth, journalist, crimes, code, victim ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1983 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Movie in collections
 8.6
 1.4M
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: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, investigation, crime, master criminal, psychopath, police investigation, police detective, neo noir, police, crimes, torture ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, courtroom drama, mistress, lawyer, infidelity, investigation, mystery, crimes, crime, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 414K
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, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: police investigation, child abuse, vengeance, death in the family, sexual abuse, child molestation, loss of child, pedophilia, loss of daughter, child rape, neo noir, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 70s, 21st century, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 142K
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, macabre, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 155K
Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: lawyer, lawsuit, law firm, legal, murder, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 90K
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: captivating, stylized, tense, cynical, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, lawyer, court, courtroom, trial, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, justice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, indiana, cincinnati ohio, ohio, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 231K
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: intense, twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, army investigation, navy, suicide, marines, u.s. navy, lawyer, military, murder, legal, sexism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: false accusation, faked death, prison, sailboat, betrayal, crimes, crime, vengeance, manipulation, manhunt, presumed dead, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new orleans, san francisco, georgia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, India
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rachel Watson, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes ...
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: police investigation, memory loss, psychology, obsession, psychiatry, psychiatrist, mental illness, depression, violence against women, ex husband ex wife relationship, train, cheating wife ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 118K
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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: law firm, legal, moral dilemma, mafia, surveillance, lawyer, fighting the system, crimes, seduction, blackmail, murder, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, memphis, tennessee, boston, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Invisible Guest (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one night they work together to clarify what happened ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, psychological, tricky, psychotronic
Plot: uncover truth, interrogation, death, female lawyer, murder suspect, suspect, false accusation, moral dilemma, corpse, marriage, lawyer, judge ...
Place: barcelona spain, barcelona, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.1
 178K
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: surprise ending, psychological, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Plot: depression, murder, deception, mentally unstable, life turned upside down, doctors and patients, mental illness, manipulation, mental institution, psychiatrist, patient, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2004
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 180K
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, twist ending, macabre, surprise ending, scary ...
Plot: split personality, psychology, nervous breakdown, insanity, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, murder, isolation, arson, stalking, divorce, paranoia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, tennessee, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 39K
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, twists and turns, tense, serious, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: army investigation, murder, lawyer, life turned upside down, justice, crime, crimes, dedicated lawyer, supportive spouse, arrested, legal investigation, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, professor, false accusation, death row, reporter, who done it, suicide, murder, activist, journalist, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, italy, austin texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 53K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, talky, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: legal investigation, courtroom drama, murder, false accusation, mystery, lawyer, political conspiracy, dedicated lawyer, murder mystery, state affairs, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 900K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, psychology, afterlife, death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychiatrist, psychic, life & death, psychologist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 841K
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, surprise ending, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mystery, police investigation, missing person, murder mystery, investigation, disappearance, twists & turns, missing wife, manipulation, femme fatale, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: missouri, usa, new york, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 24K
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: tense, twists and turns, psychological, mind bending, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, prison, psychopath, death row, police brutality, electric chair, mystery, crime, crimes, police detective, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, everglades, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: devil, ambition, law firm, deal with the devil, ethics, temptation, sin, hotshot lawyer, evil, marital problem, god or devil, lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, southern usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Gingerbread Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Savannah lawyer Rick Magruder is at a party celebrating his courtroom victory defending a cop killer when a member of the catering staff, Mallory Doss, discovers her car has been stolen. Having had a few drinks, Magruder offers to give her a lift ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: lawyer, psychopath, twists & turns, femme fatale, law firm, courtroom, crimes, crime, parents and children, couples, danger, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 59K
Basic (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: twists & turns, army investigation, military, corruption, murder, mind game, crimes, military life, rivalry, army, survivor, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 13K
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: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, mystery, crime, crimes, danger, legal, court, courtroom drama, neo noir, beach house ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
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: scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, crime, investigation, maniac, murder, fbi, psychology, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, memphis, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 8K
Blink (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, blindness, mind game, crime, crimes, investigation, woman in danger, deadly, stalking, psychopath, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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