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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: clever, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, captivating, biting, talky, dramatic, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, neo noir, crime, false accusation, racism, self defense, legal action, righting the wronged, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty, hopes, legal, hotshot lawyer, lawyer, courtroom, against the odds, corruption, ambition, law enforcement, society, life is a bitch, apprentice, corrupt law enforcer, lawyers and clients ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crime, murder, crimes, legal, dishonesty, courtroom drama and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like True Believer: The Onion Field (1979), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), The Glass Shield (1994), Suspect (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, kidnapping, capital punishment, police officer killed, crime, police investigation, death row, in the closet, confined, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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 ⇓
100%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, corruption, courtroom drama, police, crime, snitch, jury, gang, police investigation, legal action, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: rough, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, police station, courtroom drama, false accusation, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, legal action, fighting the system, police ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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 ⇓
75%
...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 ⇓
73%
 7.3
 663
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, dedicated lawyer, crime, strong sexual content, hotshot lawyer, legal action, legal investigation, death row, false accusation, murder, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: italy, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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 ⇓
70%
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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 ⇓
62%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: courtroom, murder, false accusation, frame up, prison, dedicated lawyer, crime, legal action, mystery, legal investigation, courtroom drama, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: politics, murder, police, courtroom drama, police investigation, crime, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, crime investigation, whodunit, who done it, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, crime, hotshot lawyer, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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 ⇓
52%
 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: serious, sincere, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, legal action, courtroom, crime, legal investigation, human spirit, interracial relations, courtroom drama, discrimination, false accusation, racism, injustice ...
Time: 30s
Place: alabama, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, priest, crime, prostitute, redemption, political corruption, police corruption, clergy, gangsters, introspection, siblings relations, society ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An actor rigs a fake shooting on TV with the connivance of his friend, the show's host, but the practical joke goes wrong when the gun turns out to contain a live round.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever
Plot: courtroom, crime, dedicated lawyer, private detective, murder, mystery, prank, courtroom drama, tv show, who done it, deadly, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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 ⇓
46%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, crime, courtroom drama, dishonesty, law enforcement, racism, courtroom, legal action, legal investigation, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, legal action, death row, crime, courtroom, false accusation, racism, wrongfully committed, fighting the system, confined, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman suddenly disappears after an early morning walk, and her husband is accused of murder.
Style: suspenseful, serious, talky, realistic, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, crime, investigation, who done it, mystery, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, legal, amateur detective, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, district attorney, crime, friendship, testimony, bribery, police detective, drug dealing, fighting the system, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison, polish, death sentence, drifter, execution, crime, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s, year 1987
Place: warsaw poland, poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: courtroom drama, kidnapping, crime, dedicated lawyer, prison, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, missing person, murder, prison life ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Three Blind Mice (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A lawyer defends a man he's known since serving together in Vietnam, who has been accused of murdering three Vietnamese immigrants. Now he'll have to fight against a tenacious District Attorney, and evidence connected to the man's ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, vietnam veteran, frame up, murder, crime, legal action, legal investigation, false accusation, mystery, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Execution of Justice (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of an assassin who killed a mayor in the 1970's in what was known as the "Twinkie Defense".
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, crime, dedicated lawyer, gays and lesbians, miscarriage of justice, insanity, against the rules, prison, army investigation, legal action, legal investigation, courtroom drama ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
In Defense of a Married Man (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A lawyer's husband is having an affair. When the woman he is having the affair with is found dead. He is the prime suspect. Though he adamantly proclaims his innocence. His wife takes charge of his defense, but can she place his betrayal behind ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: crime, legal, legal action, love affair, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, couples, murder, betrayal, father son relationship, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Perry Mason Returns (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When his former secretary (Barbara Hale) is accused of a murder, Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) gives up a judgeship to defend her.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, mind bending
Plot: courtroom, private detective, false accusation, dedicated lawyer, mystery, legal action, crime, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, legal, boss and employee ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, serious, rough ...
Plot: union, robbery, factory, working class, crime, drinking, heist, fighting the system, crime gone awry, assembly line, bar, blackmail ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Too Young to Die? (1990)
Genre: Drama, Crime
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, serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Plot: courtroom drama, knife murder, courtroom, death penalty, teenage prostitute, murder, death row, on the road, crime, false accusation, on the run, child abuse ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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