Movies like The Staircase Murders

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The Staircase Murders (2007)
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The Staircase Murders (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After he calls 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician Michael Peterson (Williams) becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, police, murder, husband wife relationship, secret past, murder trial, lawyer, court, judge, jury, father daughter estrangement, loss of mother, poker, writers, legal action, murder investigation, bisexual, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, murder of wife, district attorney, gym, husband murders wife, jail cell, death of wife ...

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Most similar movies to The Staircase Murders

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and psychological films with plots about murder, investigation, crimes, deadly, lawyer, police and police investigation mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Staircase Murders: Brazen (2022), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), I'm a Killer (2016), Skeletons in the Closet (2001), Columbus Circle (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Brazen (2022)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mystery writer Grace Miller has killer instincts when it comes to motive - and she'll need every bit of expertise to help solve her sister's murder.
Plot: investigation, sister, lawyer, murder, neighbor, murder mystery, murder investigation, novelist, secret life, secret room, private investigation, dominatrix ...
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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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, twists and turns, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, court, murder, hotshot lawyer, mind game, legal, judge, crimes, arrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles, california, san francisco
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56%
 6.9
 3K
I'm a Killer (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Inspired by true events from the 1970s, the story revolves around a young detective who becomes the head of a police unit focused on catching a rampant serial killer of women, nicknamed 'The Silesian Vampire'.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: suspect, serial killer, murder, investigation, husband wife relationship, police, false accusation, court, murder suspect, lie, prison, letter ...
Time: 70s
Place: poland
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56%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A father suspects his son to be a murderer...or is he just paranoid and trying to cover up his own past which involves his wife being killed in a fire?
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, law enforcement, life is a bitch, mystery, single parent, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
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55%
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Columbus Circle (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An heiress who's been shut inside her apartment building for nearly two decades is forced to confront her fears after one of her neighbors is killed and a detective arrives to begin the investigation.
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, isolation, privacy invasion, concierge, domestic disturbance, nosy, heir, wealthy family, abusive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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53%
The Whole Truth (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, tense, rough ...
Plot: lawyer, defense attorney, murder, death of father, widow, teenager, lie, mother son relationship, family relations, legal action, patricide, cheating wife ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 2K
The Trial (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, legal investigation, legal, haunted by the past, introspection, dealing with death, crimes, dedicated lawyer, death sentence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Sketch Artist (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A sketch artist for the police helps a witness recall who she saw leaving the scene of a murder, and discovers that the person is his wife. Not willing to believe she was responsible, he resketches the pictures so they don't look like her, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, murder, false accusation, mystery, crimes, police detective, law enforcement, female star appears nude, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Death Sentence (1974)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A juror on a murder case begins to believe that the man on trial is innocent of the crime - and then discovers that the real killer is her own husband.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, jury, court, couples, woman in danger, courtroom drama, false accusation, who done it, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, legal ...
Time: 70s
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46%
 7.8
 27K
Badla (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A dynamic young entrepreneur finds herself locked in a hotel room with the corpse of her dead lover. She hires a prestigious lawyer to defend her and they work together to figure out what actually happened.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder trial, murder, lawyer, husband wife relationship, blackmail, interrogation, police, evidence, revenge, fear, witness, suspicion ...
Time: 2010s
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44%
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 29
Red Ink (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A female doctor is shot by police who think she pulled a gun on them. A reporter looks into the case and discovers links to the deaths of several black children.
Style: suspense, psychological, serious, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, police, conspiracy theory, female doctor, murder, doctor, violence, african american, child murder, paranoia, writers ...
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Perfect Student (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A criminology professor becomes a target herself when she tries to establish the innocence of her star student in a murder.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, tense, mind bending ...
Plot: college life, crimes, murder, deception, seduction, courtroom, police, investigation, amateur detective, college, dishonesty, funeral ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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43%
 8.1
 35K
Talvar (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A hardened cop deals with three conflicting perspectives involving a brutal double murder. The case is complicated as the prime suspects are the parents who supposedly killed their teenage daughter.
Style: captivating, twists and turns, suspense, tense, psychological
Plot: murder, investigation, crimes, suspect, police detective, domestic servant, planting evidence, police, crime scene, murder investigation, danger, female director
Time: year 2008
Place: india
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43%
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: voodoo, murder, investigation, journalism, crimes, small town, unlikely criminals, police investigation, culture clash, lawyer, courtroom, murder trial ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa, new orleans
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43%
 7.2
 202K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, legal investigation, obsession, lawyer, adultery, perfect crime, murder, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 898
Lincz (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story unfolds about the murder of an old man living in a remote village and six locals who may have been connected with the murder. Things get messy when the dead man turns out to be an ex convict. The accused ones find it very hard to deal with ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, captivating, serious
Plot: court, police, lawyer, prison, prison rape, doctor, dog, ambulance, suicide attempt, hospital, dead man, lynching ...
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42%
Mord in Eberswalde (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Heinz Gödicke (Ronals Zehrfeld) is the chief commissioner of the People's Police in the small town of Eberswalde in Brandenburg. Gödicke is called when two bestial murdered children are found in the forest. The investigator tries to get ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: murder, police, investigation, murder mystery, child murderess, police investigation, sleuth, killings, crime solving, small town, unsolved crime, forensics ...
Time: year 1969
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41%
Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, vigilantism, lawyer, killer, arson, psychopath, graphic violence, obsession, violence spree, vengeance, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.1
 187K
Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, depression, deception, life turned upside down, psychiatrist, mental illness, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, dishonesty, manipulation, patient, mental institution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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41%
 8.2
 2K
Murder One (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: Theodore 'Teddy' Hoffman is a highly-regarded defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. Having successfully defended the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross in a much-publicised murder trial, he is now involved in the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, sincere, contemplative
Plot: murder, legal, lawyer, courtroom, law firm, investigation, hotshot lawyer, couples, boss and employee, couple relations, workplace situations, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
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40%
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Grey Lady (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A Boston police officer goes to Nantucket to investigate the murder of his partner, but he finds more than he bargained for.
Style: suspense, disturbing, captivating, psychological
Plot: murder investigation, homicide detective, murder mystery, male female relationship, police investigation, investigation, police detective, murder, island, crime solving, uncover truth, girl ...
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40%
 7.2
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Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, cerebral ...
Plot: lawyer, law firm, legal, murder, lawsuit, divorce, guilt, cover up, scandal, crimes, corruption, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 208K
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: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological, tense ...
Plot: legal investigation, mental illness, courtroom drama, split personality, court, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, corruption, murder, lawyer, dissociative identity disorder, court case ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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38%
Forbidden Secrets (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: While going through a difficult divorce from her domineering, businessman husband, Alexandra moves back into her old childhood home, where she's forced to re-examine the circumstances surrounding the murder of her aunt by her insane mother ...
Style: serious, suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: drowning, murder, flashback, insanity, haunted by the past, mystery, mental institution, dark secret, childhood trauma, family secret, troubled past, investigation ...
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38%
Beautiful & Twisted (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Following the murder of hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., police focus their investigation on his wife, Narcy.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: murder, crimes, femme fatale, couples, psychopath, husband wife relationship, investigation, death, rivalry, true crime, domestic violence, woman in underwear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, amnesia, alcohol abuse, chief of police, memory loss, crimes, investigation, psychopath, terminal illness, drug abuse, manipulation, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: massachusetts
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38%
Before and After (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, small town, parents and children, teenage life, investigation, family problems, mystery, accidental death, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder investigation, family relations, car trouble ...
Time: 90s
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37%
 4.7
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Choose (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Fiona Wagner, a journalism student, tracks a cold-blooded killer with the help of her detective father and a therapist.
Style: suspenseful, serious, slasher, realistic, scary
Audience: teens
Plot: killer, investigation, woman in danger, journalism, crimes, parent child relationship, sadistic psychopath, father daughter relationship, strong violent content, who done it, suburbs, crime investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.5
 619
Innocent (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Torchwood) stars as Rusty Sabich, a judge charged with the murder of his wife, a situation that comes 20 years after he was cleared in the death of his mistress. During this latest trial, a secret affair from ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, mystery, murder, crimes, courtroom drama, dishonesty, lawyer, legal investigation, father son relationship, uncover truth, couple relations, affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, police investigation, crimes, justice, prostitute, law enforcement, investigation, rivalry, dishonesty, secret, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%