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Small Sacrifices (1989)
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Small Sacrifices (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 205 min.
Story: Based on the best-selling true crime book by Ann Rule, the film is about Diane Downs and the attempted murder of her three children.
Style: tense, sincere, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, talky
Plot: murder, crimes, family relations, hospital, legal action, parents and children, manipulations, legal, family problems, manipulation, who done it, dishonesty, law enforcement, police investigation, deadly, courtroom drama, protagonist as suspect, power relations, assassin, child murderess, mother daughter relationship, postman, child murder, filicide, child murder investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon

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Most similar movies to Small Sacrifices

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, deadly, crime, law enforcement, dishonesty and police investigation mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Small Sacrifices: Fatal Vision (1984), Secrets and Lies (2015), In Cold Blood (1996), The Murder Room (2004), The Old Fox (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, child killer, who done it, parents and children, small town life, mystery, media, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: colorado
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95%
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Fatal Vision (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 181 min.
Story: A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, pregnancy, infidelity, courtroom drama, law enforcement, investigation, protagonist as suspect, crimes, dedicated lawyer, deadly, legal investigation, crime ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Secrets and Lies (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Detective Andrea Cornell is a tough, thorough Homicide Detective who leaves no stone unturned. Her unwavering dedication to her job makes her the most formidable opponent - or a highly valuable ally.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, child killer, law enforcement, who done it, family relations, mystery, disorder, danger, dishonesty, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.2
 838
In Cold Blood (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 240 min.
Story: At the end of the 1950s, in a more innocent America, the brutal, meaningless slaying of a Midwestern family horrified the nation. This film is based on Truman Capote's hauntingly detailed, psychologically penetrating nonfiction novel. While in ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, countryside, death sentence, police investigation, mind game, dishonesty, law enforcement, obsessive quest, cons and scams, track down, false accusation, journalism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Murder Room (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The lease on the Dupayne Museum is almost up and under the terms of their father's will, all three of the Dupayne children must agree to continue or the museum is to close. Neville Dupayne is dead set against continuing the museum when the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: museum, uncover truth, mind game, mystery, investigation, protagonist as suspect, deadly, police detective, who done it, murder, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 581
The Old Fox (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A police department, lead by an older, experienced detective solve crimes together.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, crime, law enforcement, deadly, crimes, riddles and clues, who done it, police investigation, police detective, crime investigation, old age, police department ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 80s, 90s, 21st century ...
Place: germany, europe, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 251 min.
Story: The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1987 two-part TV miniseries made by Orion Pictures Corporation and distributed by National Broadcasting Company (NBC), is a dramatization of the story of Leo Frank, a factory manager charged and convicted with murdering ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: factory, murder, fighting the system, anti semitism, false accusation, courtroom drama, state affairs, deadly, legal investigation, confined, journalism, crime ...
Time: 1910s
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 311
Aspe (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In each episode of this Flemish whodunit based on the books of Pieter Aspe, a serious crime - usually one or more murders in the author's home town Bruges - gets investigated by the grumpy but brilliant chief inspector Pieter Van In and his ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, police detective, fighting crime, partners, who done it, law enforcement, partners against crime, deadly, whodunit, crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, bruges, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Burning Bed (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: domestic violence, murder, marital rape, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, hopes, crimes, rivalry, legal investigation, price of justice, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Death of an Expert Witness (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: When Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a forensic scientist working at a private laboratory is found killed, Detective Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh is sent to investigate. Dalgliesh had been in the area a few months previously investigating the murder of a young ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful
Plot: murder, police investigation, crimes, multiple suspects, riddles and clues, who done it, law enforcement, mystery, crime, deadly, danger, police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 476
Life of Crime (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A female cop becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer of a 15-year-old girl, and hunts him over the course of her 28 year career in the force.
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, obsession, track down, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, crime, lie, brutality, danger, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 80s, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (2002)
Genre: Crime
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The 1946/1947 murder trial of young and beautiful Evelyn Dick remains the most lurid murder case in Canadian history. After children find only the torso of her missing husband, John, Evelyn is arrested for his murder.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, talky ...
Plot: femme fatale, manipulation, investigation, mystery, riddles and clues, courtroom drama, confined, crimes, dishonesty, legal, deadly, police detective ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Dominici Affair (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In August 1952, a family of British tourists is found by the roadside in Haute Provence, brutally murdered. In the ensuing, very public, investigation a local landowner, 75 year old Gaston Dominici, is arrested for the murders, having been denounced ...
Style: tense, sincere, serious, realistic, factual
Plot: murder, police detective, false witness, murder witness, crime and punishment, family relations, injustice, family in crisis, family life, family problems, mystery, deadly ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1952, year 1954
Place: france, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Helter Skelter (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 194 min.
Story: The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".
Style: realistic, serious, talky, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, hippie, death sentence, legal investigation, rivalry, society, legal, crimes, leadership, crime, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
American Crime (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: An anthology drama focusing on all aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system dealing with crimes committed in America.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: family relations, courtroom, crimes, society, interracial relations, parents and children, murder, racism, legal, tragedy, courtroom drama, trial ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6K
Matlock (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions and Paramount ...
Style: witty, suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, uncover truth, legal, mystery, legal action, elderly, lawyers and clients, jury, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (1996)
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: True crime story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide who hired teenaged students to murder her estranged husband.
Style: sexual, suspenseful, gloomy, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: murder, mind game, manipulations, dishonesty, crime, deadly, protagonist as suspect, legal, investigation, crimes, couples, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 383
The Commander (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Commander Clare Blake has risen to the top of her profession in the male-dominated Metropolitan Police Service and is now the head of the serious crimes unit. Some years previously she arrested James Lampton for murder. He was subsequently sentenced ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, who done it, manipulation, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, crime, manipulations, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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The Black Tower (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Frustrated with his career, Commander Dalgliesh is invited to Toynton Grange, a home for the disabled, by his old teacher, Father Baddeley, who is resident there. But unbeknown to Dalgliesh, something happening at the Grange is making the Father ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, monastery, danger, crimes, village, riddles and clues, who done it, crime, deadly, police investigation, mystery, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Code of a Killer (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 65 min.
Story: Set in 1984, Code of a Killer is a true story which tells of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting. Detective David Baker leads an investigation of the vicious murders of the two Leicestershire schoolgirls, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth. Alec Jeffreys ...
Style: captivating, serious, tense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: dna, murder, police investigation, law enforcement, inventions and discoveries, crimes, police, dna testing, friendship, small town, crime, manhunt ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 226
Original Sin (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Commander Adam Dalgliesh is consulted by one of his literary heroes when Peverell Press staff fall victim to a rash of hate mail. When the body of an editor is discovered and another member of the venerable firm is found dead soon after, Dalgliesh ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, crimes, danger, crime, mystery, police investigation, deadly, riddles and clues, who done it, law enforcement, rivalry, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, mind bending, realistic
Plot: courtroom, false accusation, private detective, law enforcement, boss and employee, crimes, crime, legal, courtroom drama, legal action, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
And Never Let Her Go (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: The true story of a woman's suspicious disappearance after ending an affair with a powerful, married attorney.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, mind bending, realistic
Plot: obsession, missing person, murder, mystery, love affair, dangerous attraction, couples, deadly, crimes, rivalry, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 432
City of Vice (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: City of Vice is a British historical crime drama television series set in Georgian London and was first screened on 14 January 2008 on Channel 4. It is produced by Touchpaper Television part of the RDF Media Group. The series mixes fiction with fact ...
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspense, rough ...
Plot: blind character, murder, fighting crime, crimes, rivalry, gang, prostitution, novelist, prostitute, brothel, police, partners against crime ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 110
State of Mind (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Reeling from the discovery of her husband's adultery, Grace moves back to her family home with her son. Amidst all this emotional turmoil, forensic psychologist Grace is asked by police to determine the guilt or innocence a man who killed his ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, investigation, false accusation, mind game, mystery, crimes, legal, dishonesty, law enforcement, criminal psychologist, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him. He was vilified by the press, partly on account of his ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, biting ...
Plot: protagonist as suspect, murder suspect, media coverage, landlord, false accusation, murder, dishonesty, life is a bitch, crimes, police, deadly, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 5K
Quincy M.E. (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Quincy, M.E. is an American television series from Universal Studios that aired from October 3, 1976, to September 5, 1983, on NBC. It stars Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County medical examiner. Inspired by the book Where Death ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, sincere
Plot: murder, coroner, crimes, law enforcement, legal, crime, police detective, legal investigation, partners against crime, deadly, mystery, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, courtroom drama, gang, rivalry, rebellion, police investigation, criminal heroes, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal, gangsters, witnessing a crime ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Low Winter Sun (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Low Winter Sun is an American television drama series developed by Chris Mundy, starring Mark Strong and Lennie James. The series premiered on August 11, 2013, on AMC, with the first season consisting of ten episodes. It is based upon the 2006 ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, vengeance, rivalry, police corruption, perfect crime, right and wrong, deadly, murder, law enforcement, dishonesty, the underworld, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
False Accusation (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A quiet spring morning a man leaves prison after spending most of his adult life there. The man is convicted of murder, not once but twice.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: murder, police investigation, law enforcement, mystery, deadly, crimes, partners, release from prison, crime, flashback, police procedural, decapitated body ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%