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.
Plot: true crime, family relations, sister sister relationship, hypnosis, child abuse, memory, stepmother, murder, post traumatic stress, sister, forensic evidence, flashback, repressed memory, exhumation, stepmother stepdaughter relationship

Most similar movies to A Promise to Carolyn

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and suspense films with plots about murder, family relations, crimes, true crime, death, crime and teenage girl mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like A Promise to Carolyn: Murder: By Reason of Insanity (1985), A Crime of Passion (1999), A Killer Among Friends (1992), Right to Kill? (1985), The Todd Killings (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, terror, fear, husband wife relationship, polish american, insanity, nurse, judge, ex husband ex wife relationship
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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, stepmother, false accusations, doctor, mystery, tied to a chair, false accusation of murder, bound and gagged, husband wife relationship, physician, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, death ...
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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, suspense, unusual plot structure, enigmatic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, drowning, grief, family relations, true crime, investigation, lie, false friend, killer, rivalry, conflict, murder by drowning ...
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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, teenage boy, murder, true crime, child abuse, shot to death, father son relationship, son murders father, patricide, death
Place: wyoming
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The Todd Killings (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: serial killer, teenager, murder, teenage girl, repressed homosexual, sex, police, high school, small town, homosexual, drugs, death ...
Place: california, arizona, tucson arizona
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Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: matricide, murder, father son relationship, death, death of father, patricide, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, courtroom, death of mother, family relations, mother son relationship
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39%
Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In late 1997, Anu Singh, an attractive law student in Canberra, made plans to kill her boyfriend Joe Cinque after throwing a series of macabre farewell dinner parties. The dinner guests, most of them university students, had heard various rumours ...
Plot: true crime, delusion, murder, heroin, mental illness, narcissism
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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, sibling relationship, promiscuity, sister, sister sister relationship, businesswoman, suspect, jail, child abuse, murder, sexual abuse, promiscuous woman ...
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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, black panties, black bra and panties, female nudity, sex, black bra, no panties, bridge, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene
Time: 1990s, 90s
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The High Price of Passion (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A college professor becomes obsessed with a prostitute.
Plot: professor, obsession, prostitute, flashback, death, older man younger woman relationship, prostitution, murder, male female relationship
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35%
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, realistic, stylized
Plot: true crime, police brutality, heist, crime, gang, crimes, family relations, criminal heroes, bank robber, prison escape, war veteran, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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34%
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: suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful, psychological, rough
Plot: true crime, kidnapping, child abuse, cult, missing child, teenage girl, false identity, child rape, escape, religious cult, survival, captivity ...
Place: salt lake city utah, utah
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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: family relations, female nudity, memory, woman on top, court
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, turin italy
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31%
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: suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, revenge, funeral, family problems, parents and children, custody, couples, rivalry, crimes, mentally unstable, marriage, death of child ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: rough, disturbing, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: prison, women's prison, gory, injustice, righting the wronged, family relations, legal action, confined, life is a bitch, legal, strong female presence, rebelliousness ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: private detective, stockings, sergeant, lsd, dead woman on bed, strangulation, drug use, nostalgia, underwear, ex convict, choked to death, evidence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, male homosexuality, true crime, insurance fraud, insurance, homosexual, scam, bisexual, homosexuality
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, law enforcement, deadly, fugitives, dishonesty, woman in danger, crime, witnessing a crime, danger, rivalry, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: On the afternoon of August 3, 2013, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was abducted after finishing cheerleading practice in a San Diego suburb. When the bodies of her mother and brother were found in the burned home of family friend James DiMaggio later ...
Plot: true crime, fbi agent, father daughter relationship, abduction, tied feet, death, cheerleader, 16 year old, instagram, murder, kidnapping, survivor
Place: idaho, california, san diego california
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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, missing person, truck, camel, investigation, writers
Time: year 1929
Place: australia
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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, island, hippie, court, murder, long haired male, marijuana, deserted island, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, courtroom, desert island, vegetable garden ...
Place: hawaii, pacific ocean, san francisco
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29%
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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, mentally unstable, haunted by the past, destiny, murder, deadly, crimes, survival, family relations, hitman, post traumatic stress, diner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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28%
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 prejudice, racial, deep south, racism, racial violence, racial discrimination, civil rights movement, domestic terrorism, interracial relations, interracial friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: southern usa, mississippi
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28%
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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: haunted by the past, courtroom drama, uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, legal, life is a bitch, crimes, courtroom, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa
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27%
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, female bonding, sorority, friendship between women, female friendship, all female cast, women
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27%
Crime of the Century (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, courtroom drama, missing person, dishonesty, babies and infants, legal action, law enforcement, fighting the system, false accusation, prison, murder, who done it ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
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26%
Aftermath: A Test of Love (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story, an adoring wife and mother is taken hostage during a robbery and brutally murdered.
Style: sentimental, rough, bleak, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, family relations, small town, small town life, family in crisis, murder, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, unfulfillment, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s
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The Sleepwalker Killing (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Mark Schall kills his mother-in-law and wounds his father-in-law in the middle of the night, then turns himself in. He claims, however, that he cannot remember the crime itself. His defense team finds evidence that suggests the crimes were committed ...
Plot: ambulance, sleeping, blackout, gambling, murder of mother, police car, innocence, birthday cake, court, stabbing, crime scene, investigation ...
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Too Young to Die? (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.
Style: emotional, rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: death row, death penalty, murder, courtroom, legal, teenage prostitute, death sentence, courtroom drama, knife murder, teenage life, manipulation, on the road ...
Time: 80s
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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, cynical, biting ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, poison, psychiatrist, mental institution, crime, deadly, love and romance, crimes, youth, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london
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