Movies like The Substitute 1993

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The Substitute (1993)
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The Substitute (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student whom begins to suspect her true identity.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, high school, crimes, youth, teachers and students, high school hunk, haunted by the past, dishonesty, disorder, deadly, hidden identity, workplace situations, power relations, sex, teenager, adultery, poetry, replacement, teaching, widower, dead boy, throat slitting, broken bottle
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, minnesota

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, dishonesty, life is a bitch, youth and crime mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Substitute: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000), Detention (1998), 30 Miles (2004), The Two Mr. Kissels (2008), The Pregnancy Project (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Hollywood film executive gets blackmailed by a derelict who uses some damaging information to move into his house and take over his perfect life for himself.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, murder, false accusation, manipulation, dishonesty, mind game, manipulations, psychopath, protagonist as suspect, disorder, cons and scams, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Detention (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and teacher body; uncontrolled and abusive students in an ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, clever, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, re-education, undisciplined, disorder, profanity, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), high school life, teenage life, teachers and students, high school, social relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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86%
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30 Miles (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An act of kindness leads to the destruction of two lives in just thirty miles, when a hitchiker and his ride let down their guards and reveal intimate, dark secrets about their pasts
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: desert, mind game, deadly, murder, interracial relations, on the road, crimes, racism, racial relations, car driving, driving, wedding ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
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71%
The Two Mr. Kissels (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama based on a true story. Rich, high-flying brothers Robert and Andrew Kissel seemingly have everything: beautiful wives who love them, great jobs and huge houses. But beneath the surface lie resentments and secrets that will eventually be their ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: crimes, mystery, dishonesty, couples, family relations, infidelity, couple relations, murder, deadly, crime, cons and scams, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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The Pregnancy Project (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Pregnancy project tells the real story of Gaby Rodriguez, a seventeen-year-old who attended a Washington state high-school and made her senior school project the treatment of pregnant teenagers by pretending to be pregnant.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, thought provoking
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, dishonesty, pregnancy, youth, high school, family relations, parents and children, teachers and students, high school life, social relations, power relations, teenager
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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A Kiss and a Promise (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a quiet Ontario town, a small Bed and Breakfast dwells with a perverse secret. David Beck, a closet sociopath, but seemingly normal man, runs the B & B with his wife Samantha, a fiery woman with masochistic tendencies. The harmony of the ...
Style: weird, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, small town, serial killer, police investigation, couple relations, under the surface, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, secret, sociopath, masochist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Suburban Madness (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the real story of Clara Harris, the Houston, Texas dentist who made headlines in July 2002 when she killed her adulterous husband by repeatedly running over him with her car.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, private detective, dishonesty, couples, family problems, infidelity, crimes, deadly, dentist, love triangle, adultery, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Caroline? (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hallmark Hall of Fame presents the story of a mysterious woman claiming to be the deceased daughter of a rich man tries to solve the problems of his untrusting son and supposedly physically and mentally handicaped daughter. But one question stands ...
Style: mind bending, tense, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, power relations, disorder, haunted by the past, switching roles, cons and scams, mistaken identity, danger, dishonesty, hidden identity, betrayal, mystery ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Better Place (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: misfit, high school, friendship, kidnapping, teenage life, social misfits, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Laws of Deception (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A law student is seduced by a beautiful woman he doesn't know, and after a one night stand with her, his roommate warns him to be careful because he suspects she may have other motives. Years later, she returns and hires him as her lawyer to ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: murder, lawyer, legal action, witnessing a crime, investigation, crimes, obsessive quest, rivalry, hotshot lawyer, legal, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Ice Cream Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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Story: The Ice Creams is based on the bestselling book by Dorothy Koomson about two girls who, one brief summer, find themselves involved with an abusive, controlling man. The situation spirals out of control and they are trial for his murder; ultimately ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, serious
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, youth, murder, deadly, strong female presence, rape, journalist, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 4.6
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After the Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the Game is a crime fiction murder mystery with a theme of "after the game of poker" and "after the game of life." It deals with revenge, deceit, lust and greed, and explores karma and the afterlife. Aging gambler Benny ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, vengeance, afterlife, gambling, deadly, rivalry, crimes, mind game, crime, dishonesty, lesbian, female nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, law enforcement, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, courtroom drama, society, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, life is a bitch, crimes, civil war, friendship, family relations, danger, youth, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.7
 820
Betrayed at 17 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother vows to get justice when her daughter's life is destroyed by a sex video that goes viral.
Style: serious, touching, suspenseful, emotional, realistic
Plot: seduction, high school, righting the wronged, teenage life, high school life, youth, crimes, dishonesty, social relations, family relations, family problems, private vs public ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Fixer (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Killoran is a lawyer who can 'fix' any situation for his wealthy clients, usually by bribing or blackmailing corrupt officials. Killoran runs afoul of some of his clients when he has a crisis of conscience after miraculously surviving ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful
Plot: graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), politics, deadly, law enforcement, going straight, dishonesty, legal, crime, mystery, crimes, legal investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Eye of the Stranger (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A stranger comes into town and causes a stir when he stands up for the townfolk, in the face of the intimidation tactics from Mayor Howard Baines. The scheming mayor wants to buy up all the local properties, and has hired two thugs to help ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, contests and competitions, legal, terrorism, small town, small town life, wrongfully committed, infidelity, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Allyson Is Watching (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Innocent, sexy Allyson leaves her boyfriend Peter to go to acting classes in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles she rents a room in an apartment building from the grumpy Mr. Merry next to the resident working girl, Bridget. During the day Allyson struggles ...
Style: sexy, tense, serious, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: voyeurism, prostitute, couples, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, small town life, school, sexual relations, small town, espionage, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Heart of America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: school shooting, high school, vengeance, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, psychopath, life is a bitch, social misfits, hardcase students, kids in trouble, crimes, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Runaway (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At the birth of two boys, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesies that they will start the change. Growing up as best friends in rural Georgia in the 1940s, the boys make a discovery that leads the ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, interracial relations, mystery, murder, social relations, law enforcement, lifestyle, crimes, society, deadly, dishonesty, friendship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
One Angry Juror (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Sarah Walsh, a tough New Orleans attorney who serves on a murder trial jury and does some investigating of her own.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, tense
Plot: murder, courtroom, false accusation, courtroom drama, uncover truth, investigation, dishonesty, legal, deadly, life is a bitch, crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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48%
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Deceit (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Ellen's life is turned upside down after her wealthy hubby vanishes at sea. Everyone close to her is a liar - especially Ellen's missing spouse. Was this a case of an affair gone bad? A corporate cover-up? Or something far more sinister? ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, mind bending
Plot: murder, infidelity, couple relations, love affair, dangerous attraction, couples, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, who done it, deadly, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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American Gun (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A brilliant story with an unexpected twist. A father uses the serial number on a hand gun in an attempt to track down his daughter's killer. The truth he uncovers is an unsettling reminder of the dangers of keeping handguns. Stars the legendary ...
Style: psychological, emotional, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, haunted by the past, track down, escapades, loss of daughter, deadly, on the road, child killer, world war two veteran, crimes, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, parents and children, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
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American Born (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenager who is obsessed with gangster movies believes himself to be a real gangster after his father is murdered.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, tommy gun, mafia, crimes, rivalry, unlikely criminals, deadly, crime, gangsters, vengeance, obsession, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Promise (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lisa's husband, Bill, abuses her. With her sister's encouragement, she takes their three kids and leaves her husband. Bill keeps interfering with Lisa's attempts at a new life. She gets an order of protection against him, but the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: murder, child in peril, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, danger, hopes, family problems, family relations, injustice, starting over, woman in danger, family in danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: school shooting, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, high school life, losing-it hero, youth, loneliness, social misfits, murder, high school, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The story of Drew Peterson, who is charged with the death of his third wife after the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: murder, missing person, police officer, crimes, couple relations, murder suspect, deadly, disappearance, husband wife relationship, funeral, couples, arrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.6
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Bad Seeds (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Quiet 16-year-old Louis, the high school headmaster’s son, has never been in trouble. His best friend, 18-year-old Greg, however, is his polar opposite: provocative, angry, violent, he has been kicked out of school for physically threatening young ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious
Plot: kidnapping, gun, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, parent child relationship, crimes, crime gone awry, hardcase students, confined, single parent, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
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Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: clever, sincere, realistic, serious, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lifestyle, ambition, social differences, teenage life, youth, rivalry, dedicated educator, society, contests and competitions, teachers and students, cheating ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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