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True Believer (1989)
 6.7
 4K
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 prodding, Eddie reluctantly takes on a case of a young Korean man who, according to his mom, has been in jail for eight years for a murder he did not commit.
Style: suspenseful, clever, twists and turns, serious, captivating, biting, realistic, talky, dramatic, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, neo noir, false accusation, self defense, crime, crimes, fighting the system, legal action, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, hopes, apprentice, legal, society, dishonesty, law enforcement, hotshot lawyer, corrupt law enforcer, lawyers and clients, righting the wronged, lawyer, courtroom, corruption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, california

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Most similar movies to True Believer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and interesting films with plots about murder, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, runaway and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like True Believer: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), The Onion Field (1979), The Glass Shield (1994), Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), 12 Angry Men (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, lawyer, legal, judge, murder, courtroom, mind game, arrest, manipulations, jury, trial ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, deadly, law enforcer killer, haunted by the past, confined, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, dishonesty, society, law enforcement, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, corruption, snitch, jury, police, courtroom drama, police investigation, crime, gang, family in crisis, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 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: thought provoking, tense, talky, clever, psychological ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, legal action, murder, argument, evidence, revelation, trial, lawyer, uncover truth, legal, false accusation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, talky, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, legal investigation, murder, false accusation, mystery, lawyer, dedicated lawyer, political conspiracy, dishonesty, power relations, state affairs, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, who done it, legal investigation, crime, mob boss, organized crime, law enforcement, society, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
True Confessions (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute
Style: talky, suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: murder, prostitute, priest, political corruption, crime, police corruption, redemption, neo-noir, dishonesty, fighting the system, introspection, society ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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...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: clever, dark humor, witty, humorous, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison, fighting the system, crime, betrayal, incompetent court, legal action, price of justice, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, maryland, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chief of detectives, homicide section, commits a murder and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.
Style: surreal, bleak, biting, tense, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, police investigation, police, courtroom drama, crime, crimes, riddles and clues, legal investigation, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, who done it ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 12K
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: thought provoking, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, haunted by the past, anti semitism, politics, crimes, legal action, power relations, legal ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.4
 118K
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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, murder, small town, rape, legal action, court, injustice, trial, punishment, lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Star Chamber (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: hitman, vigilantism, serial killer, judge, crime, murder, vengeance, political corruption, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 6K
Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: clever, realistic, disturbing, biting, serious ...
Plot: factory, heist, robbery, union, crime gone awry, working class, crime, fighting the system, vengeance, drinking, factory worker, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 1K
Heavens Fall (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: rebellion, electric chair, legal action, life is a bitch, interracial relations, crime, injustice, discrimination, jury, legal, false accusation, courtroom ...
Time: 30s
Place: new york, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.5
 5K
Q & A (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, rough, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, murder, crime boss, police brutality, investigation, crime, fighting the system, tough law enforcer, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, testimony, police detective, friendship, bribery, district attorney, crime, redemption, betrayal, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Perry Mason ventures to Paris to defend a U.S. Marine Corps Captain accused of murdering a man suspected of being a Nazi SS Officer.
Style: rough, mind bending, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, investigation, legal, false accusation, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, obsessive quest, deadly, private detective, law enforcement, courtroom drama ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 15K
Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, frame up, fighting the system, legal action, false accusation, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, murder investigation, male protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 2K
From the Hip (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must reexamine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now defend a college professor who is appearantly guilty of ...
Style: psychological, humorous, semi serious, realistic, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, murder, courtroom drama, against the rules, who done it, army investigation, crimes, legal investigation, corporate crimes, protagonist as suspect, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 689
Open Doors (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early execution, but an earnest, principled assistant judge looks ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, death row, scapegoat, society, law enforcement, unemployment, rivalry, embezzlement, crime, fascism, accountant ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1937
Place: italy, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police station, murder, police, rebellion, prostitute, evil man, police protagonist, police corruption, crime, police investigation, addiction, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, san francisco, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mason defends a man he had sentenced to prison when he was an appellate-court judge. Now, 18 months after the sentencing, a new witness turns up to prove the man's innocence. Mason steps in to defend the man.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, courtroom, frame up, false accusation, dishonesty, heroes, deadly, courtroom drama, rivalry, righting the wronged, power relations, injustice ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 32K
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: tense, touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, introspection, legal action, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 14K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, politics, prison life, against the odds, workplace intrigue, human spirit, liberal, warden, innocence lost ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Witness to the Mob (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends, his wife's brother and his own boss, Paul Castellano, saw him rise to under-boss in the Gambino ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, courtroom drama, gang, crimes, rise to the top, uncover truth, working undercover, criminal heroes, police investigation, hitman, police detective, society ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: talky, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, courtroom drama, assassin, widow, activist, civil rights, trial, legal, jury, hopes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
Style: bleak, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, lawyer, prison, drifter, death sentence, polish, execution, courtroom drama, fighting the system, rebellion, hanging ...
Time: 80s, year 1987
Place: poland, warsaw poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, tense, emotional, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, legal, racism, death row, prison life, society, political conspiracy, courtroom drama, law enforcement, power relations, courtroom, false accusation ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.7
 3K
Wisdom (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Unable to find work after a past felony, graduate John Wisdom and his girlfriend embark on a cross-country bank-robbing spree in order to aid American farmers.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, bank, college graduate, on the run, unemployment, murder, police, gun, fbi, destiny, crime, heist ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%