Movies like A Promise to Carolyn

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A Promise to Carolyn (1996)
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A Promise to Carolyn (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When two sisters can no longer go on living with the painful memory of their baby sister being murdered 37 years ago by their stepmother, together they try to uncover the truth.
Style: sad
Plot: true crime, murder, hypnosis, family relations, child abuse, stepmother, memory, post traumatic stress, sister, flashback, sister sister relationship, repressed memory, forensic evidence, exhumation, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, lifetime

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and suspense films with plots about murder, crimes, serial killer, family relations, true crime, death and flashback mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like A Promise to Carolyn: A Killer Among Friends (1992), Murder: By Reason of Insanity (1985), A Crime of Passion (1999), Right to Kill? (1985), Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Killer Among Friends (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.
Style: twists and turns, unusual plot structure, suspense, enigmatic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, family relations, grief, drowning, true crime, lie, killer, false friend, investigation, rivalry, conflict, rivals ...
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Murder: By Reason of Insanity (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A crime drama dircted by Anthony Page.
Plot: murder, domestic violence, immigrants, insanity, ex husband ex wife relationship, terror, husband wife relationship, judge, fear, nurse, serial killer, polish american
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A Crime of Passion (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When a physician is murdered, his eldest daughter is accused of the crime, but the man's seductive new wife may not be all that she appears.
Style: suspense
Plot: murder, false accusation, doctor, mystery, stepmother, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, death, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, false accusation of murder, physician, tied to a chair ...
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Right to Kill? (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on true story of teens Richard and Deborah Jahnke charged in Wyoming for the killing of their abusive father.
Plot: incest, child molester, child molestation, true crime, child abuse, murder, patricide, son murders father, teenage boy, death, father son relationship, shot to death
Place: wyoming
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34%
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Menendez: Blood Brothers (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Lyle and Eric Menendez were nice, educated boys from Beverly Hills, which makes the murder of their parents even more inexplicable. Never-before-seen details emerge in this investigation into their lives.
Style: suspense, psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: murder, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, patricide, true crime, murder trial, matricide, family secret, family relations, mystery, uncover truth, mother son relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: TV movie based on the novel "Blood Brothers," about the murder of Jose Menéndez and his wife Kitty by their sons, Erik and Lyle.
Plot: father son relationship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, death, death of father, death of mother, murder, courtroom, matricide, patricide, family relations, mother son relationship ...
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30%
Sisters and Other Strangers (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A woman (Joanna Kerns), at odds with her eccentric sister (Debrah Farentino) over a real-estate deal, becomes the prime suspect when the latter is found dead.
Plot: real estate, promiscuity, sibling relationship, suspect, jail, child abuse, sister, sexual abuse, flashback, murder, pedophile, sister sister relationship ...
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29%
If Looks Could Kill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The true story of John Hawkins as featured on America's Most Wanted.
Plot: murder, con artists, insurance fraud, true crime, male homosexuality, homosexual, scam, bisexual, insurance, serial killer, homosexuality
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28%
In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: After a very messy divorce, a man starts suspecting his ex-wife and her new boyfriend of various crimes.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: family relations, funeral, revenge, mentally unstable, crimes, rivalry, custody, parents and children, family problems, couples, death of child, nightmare ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, north carolina
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28%
Sametoví vrazi (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A thriller loosely based on one of the most violent Czech criminal cases of the nineties, popularly known as the Orlík murders. The film delves into the motivation behind the killings, exposing their exceptional cruelty and an absolute absence of ...
Plot: true crime, sex scene, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex, female nudity, bridge, no panties, black bra, black bra and panties, black panties
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A married man meets a beautiful woman and they begin an affair.
Plot: flashback, adultery, judge, courtroom, murder, lawyer, court, serial killer, looking at the camera, talking to the camera
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The High Price of Passion (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A college professor becomes obsessed with a prostitute.
Plot: obsession, professor, prostitute, murder, prostitution, older man younger woman relationship, flashback, death, male female relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart,in June 2002, by two people, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, suspenseful, rough, psychological
Plot: child abuse, true crime, child rape, kidnapping, false identity, missing child, cult, teenage girl, escape, religious cult, survival, captivity ...
Place: utah, salt lake city utah
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27%
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The sequel to "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" in which Betty Broderick is on trial for the murder of her ex-husband and his new wife.
Plot: true crime, courtroom, lawyer, murder, revenge, divorce, lifetime
Place: san diego california
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27%
Citizen Gangster (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on a real WWII vet and family man turned bank robber. Disillusioned by his post war circumstances, Eddie Boyd is torn between the need to provide for his young family and an unfulfilled dream to head to Hollywood to become a star. He discovers ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: true crime, police brutality, heist, gang, crimes, criminal heroes, family relations, murder, prison escape, war veteran, bus driver, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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27%
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Twisted Desire (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A teenage girl convinces a young, love-struck ex-con that the only way they can be together is to do away with her domineering parents.
Plot: murder, parents, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage girl, diary, teen angst, manipulation, legal action, rebellious teenager, television, african american ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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House of Women (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An innocent, pregnant prison inmate (Shirley Knight) becomes the bad warden's (Andrew Duggan) personal favorite.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, women's prison, righting the wronged, family relations, injustice, rehabilitation, legal action, confined, legal, criminal heroes, manhunt, unlikely partners ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Proper Scandal (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a real-life mystery in the newspapers after World War I, this conventional, straightforward story is about a poorly-dressed man who is brought into the police station in Turin for stealing flower pots from the cemetery. He is rather ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: memory, female nudity, woman on top, court, family relations
Time: 19th century
Place: turin italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A sinister tale of genius gone wrong, The Young Poisoner's Handbook chronicles a young man's descent into madness against the absurd backdrop of suburban English life. Hugh O'Conor plays Graham Young, a schoolboy from the London ...
Style: humorous, witty, suspense, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, poison, psychiatrist, mental institution, love and romance, crimes, youth, family problems, family relations, friends, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Outsider (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Not so uncommon themes of the 1960's are used as dark backdrop for a hard-nosed, private eye/ex-con with a bone to pick with the Los Angeles police Dept. Darren McGavin plays David Ross the hired investigator to play a game of follow the money. ...
Style: neo noir
Plot: strangulation, sergeant, private detective, lsd, drug use, nostalgia, nightclub, murder, car, club, organ, jazz ...
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24%
Jack Reed: One of Our Own (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jack Reed investigates a young woman whom he and his wife take into their household when she turns out to be targeted by unknown assassins.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, woman in danger, rivalry, crimes, fugitives, dishonesty, witnessing a crime, law enforcement, police, corruption, runaway, danger ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Todd Killings (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. ...
Style: splatter
Plot: murder, serial killer, teenage girl, homicidal maniac, male nudity, psycho, death, police, teenager, small town, drugs, burial ...
Place: california, tucson arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
And the Sea Will Tell (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: A wealthy couple (James Brolin and Deidre Hall) are killed on their yacht off the coast of a secluded South American island called Palmyra. The suspects are a hippyish pair (Hart Bochner and Rachel Ward) whom the rich folks had befriended. It’s ...
Plot: yacht, hippie, island, murder, court, desert island, vegetable garden, marijuana, flashback, courtroom, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sailboat ...
Place: pacific ocean, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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3 Acts of Murder (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1928 Arthur Upfield, Australia’s premier crime writer, plotted the perfect murder for his novel The Sands of Windee. Meanwhile, one of his friends, stockman Snowy Rowles, put the scheme into deadly effect, even before the book was published. ...
Plot: murder, writers, investigation, truck, missing person, camel, crimes, serial killer
Time: year 1929
Place: australia
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23%
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Fragments (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A psychotic man opens fire in a diner, murdering numerous people before killing himself. The survivors struggle in different ways following this horrendous event: a doctor doubts his own instincts and elects to use an experimental medical procedure ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: group of strangers, murder, destiny, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, hitman, family relations, crimes, survival, post traumatic stress, gambling, diner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Murder in Mississippi (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.
Plot: civil rights, murder, racial violence, racial prejudice, racial tension, civil rights movement, racial discrimination, hate crime, interracial friendship, racism, husband wife relationship, domestic terrorism ...
Time: 60s
Place: mississippi, southern usa
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22%
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Swoon (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a film based on actual events, teenagers Nathan Leopold Jr. (Craig Chester) and Richard Loeb (Daniel Schlachet) share a dangerous sexual bond and an amoral outlook on life. They spend afternoons breaking into storefronts and engaging in petty ...
Style: suspenseful, gloomy, clever, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, murder, legal, law enforcement, dishonesty, gender, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, crimes, couples, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Untouched (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Untouched is the story of a reluctant attorney's struggle with inner demons while defending a teenage girl accused of murdering her newborn. When the "Hostess City of the South" is rocked by the horrific crime, Mitchell Thomas III ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, haunted by the past, courtroom drama, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, legal investigation, courtroom, secret, teenage girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Friendships, Secrets and Lies (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Six former sorority sisters are suspected of murder when a baby's skeleton is found in the ruins of the sorority house.
Plot: murder, all female cast, sorority, female bonding, female friendship, women
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Murder One (1988)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: This crime drama is based on the true story of Billy Isaacs. Freshly escaped from prison, Isaac is picked up by his brothers, and the entire dysfunctional brood embarks on a crime spree that takes them through a dozen states, claiming the lives of ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), rape, murder of family, mass murder, true crime, life is a bitch, crimes, on the run, confined, murderous pair, family relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: maryland, georgia
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