Movies like The Rainmaker

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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 paralegal must open their own law firm.
Style: clever, serious, thought provoking, talky, realistic, tense, dramatic, interesting, suspense, intense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, leukemia, domestic violence, insurance, lawsuit, jury, judge, dedicated lawyer, court case, uncover truth, corporate crimes, righting the wronged, against the odds, dishonesty, legal, rivalry, power relations, corruption, legal action, justice, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey

Most similar movies to The Rainmaker

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspense and tense films with plots about courtroom, lawyer, legal, courtroom drama, mentor, corruption and justice mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Rainmaker: Class Action (1991), Runaway Jury (2003), A Civil Action (1998), ...and justice for all. (1979), Suspect (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, estranged daughter, uncover truth, idealism, parents and children, corporate crimes, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
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100%
 7.1
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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
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89%
 6.5
 25K
A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, small town, leukemia, trial, law firm, lawsuit, plaintiff, bankruptcy, obsession, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: massachusetts, washington d.c., boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
...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 ⇓
64%
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 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 ⇓
64%
 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
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61%
 7.9
 12K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: serious, tense, thought provoking, talky, clever ...
Plot: jury, legal action, courtroom drama, legal, uncover truth, social differences, doubts and hesitations, false accusation, argument, lawyer, evidence, revelation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 ⇓
53%
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 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 ⇓
49%
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 ⇓
49%
 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 ...
Style: clever, talky, psychological, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: mental illness, courtroom drama, corruption, split personality, legal investigation, insanity, psychopath, bishop, hotshot lawyer, murder, lawyer, pornographic video ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 6K
Music Box (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, anti semitism, court, war crime, dedicated lawyer, immigrants, daughter, court case, uncover truth, parents and children, racism, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, budapest hungary, hungary, chicago illinois, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: political conspiracy, crime, politics, obsession, crimes, danger, corruption, chase, state affairs, fighting the system, conspiracy theory, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
After the Truth (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The famous Nazi-Doctor Dr. Josef Mengele - the "death angel of Auschwitz", who killed more than 300.000 people - comes back from his hide out in Argentina to Germany as a 87 year old man. He must stand up in front of a court for his ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, holocaust, moral dilemma, courtroom drama, legal, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, against humanity, rivalry, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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 ⇓
38%
 7.8
 31K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, character study, courtroom, court, coma, hospital, bishop, lawsuit, self esteem, legal action, pinball machine ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
True Believer (1989)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, neo noir, crime, false accusation, racism, self defense, legal action, righting the wronged, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
37%
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 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 ⇓
34%
 6.0
 313
Deadlocked (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Country: Portugal, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young man is accused of rape and murder and placed on trial. His father doesn't believe that he is guilty, so in act of desperation he grabs the bailiff's guns and takes the whole jury hostage and insists that the prosecuting attorney ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: courtroom, crime, dedicated lawyer, hostages, hotshot lawyer, mystery, protagonist as suspect, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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 ⇓
34%
 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 ⇓
33%
 6.7
 53K
The Client (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: witnessing a crime, suicide, lawyer, brother, witness protection, danger, coma, district attorney, senator, confession, judge, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, tense, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalism, cia, journalist, courtroom drama, cia agent, assassination attempt, lawyer, reporter, newspaper, judge, arrest, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
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Devil's Knot (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: life is a bitch, police investigation, legal investigation, child murder, murder, false accusation, investigation, crime, private detective, uncover truth, injustice, righting the wronged ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1993
Place: arkansas, memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of Johnson Whittaker, one of the first African-American cadets admitted to West Point. Tied down and beaten by his fellow cadets
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, courtroom, dedicated lawyer, soldier, army investigation, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, discrimination, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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 ⇓
29%
 6.2
 20K
Closed Circuit (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). The attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) as special advocate on Erdogan's legal team. On the eve of the trial, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: lawyer, terrorism, courtroom, legal investigation, terrorist, bombing, ex-lover, dishonesty, legal, dedicated lawyer, government agency, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: disturbing, touching, thought provoking, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, legal, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, poverty, trial, idealism, single parent, prejudice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.0
 11K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: talky, serious, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, prison, murder, death row, racism, terrorism, anti semitism, haunted by the past, politics, death sentence, dedicated lawyer, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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