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The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)
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The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. This critically-acclaimed, moving film recounts the final days of Matthew's killers' trial—and the weeks leading to Matthew's death—with unnerving detail. Stockard Channing delivers an unforgettable, Emmy® Award-winning performance as Matthew's grieving mother, Judy, in a story of a murder that moved a nation to action. Also starring Law & Order's Sam Waterston.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: gay slur, gay lead character, hate crime, murder, gays and lesbians, courtroom drama, social decay, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, juvenile delinquency, society, gay bashing, tragedy, husband wife relationship, prejudice, death sentence, bigotry, gay interest, gay son, crimes, youth, violence spree, death row, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998
Place: wyoming, usa

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Most similar movies to The Matthew Shepard Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, disturbing and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, society, crimes, murder, legal, dishonesty and deadly mostly in Drama, Crime and History genres. Some movies like The Matthew Shepard Story: Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001), Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013), Baby for Sale (2004), Blind Faith (1998), The Laramie Project (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This MTV film dramatizes the horrific hate-crime killing of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard (Cy Carter) in Wyoming. In 1998, Shepard, a gay college student, was savagely beaten by Russell Henderson (Ian Somerhalder) and Aaron McKinney (Brendan ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hate crime, youth, murder, crimes, life is a bitch, social decay, society, gay slur, graphic violence, gays and lesbians, gender, college ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, wisconsin
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100%
Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" reveals Florida prosecutor, Jeff Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: court, courtroom drama, investigation, murder, obsession, legal, crimes, dedicated lawyer, courtroom, life is a bitch, true crime, one last case ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
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33%
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Baby for Sale (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A couple discover that the baby girl they're trying to adopt is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The couple become part of a sting operation to bust the baby-selling ring.
Style: disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, serious, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, black market, kids in trouble, social decay, fighting the system, injustice, family life, legal, dishonesty, crimes, babies and infants, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Blind Faith (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: in 1957 an African-American criminal lawyer (Courtney B. Vance) defends his nephew, who faces the death penalty for murdering a white boy. Charles S. Dutton, Kadeem Hardison, Garland Whitt and Lonette McKee costar in this drama of racial and social ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: murder, crimes, legal investigation, legal action, society, dishonesty, law enforcement, investigation, legal, opposites attract, hotshot lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Laramie Project (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: "The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, bleak, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, gay slur, small town, politics, sin, hypocrisy, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, family relations, society, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Andrew Luster, the heir to the Max factor fortune, is convicted of rape on 86 counts. This Lifetime original movie recounts the rapes committed by the infamous Andrew Luster and the women who brought him to justice.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: courtroom drama, investigation, injustice, life is a bitch, legal, crimes, society, dishonesty, nightclub, sexual abuse, rape, bounty hunter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
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28%
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Jasper, Texas (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing
Plot: racism, small town, social differences, social decay, investigation, fighting the system, african american, injustice, human spirit, murder, society, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: pedophilia, man boy relationship, child molestation, homosexual rape, catholic priest, child molester, child abuse, orphanage, pedophile priest, rape of a minor, pedophile, sexual abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Exonerated (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six people tell their stories on a single subject - how they got wrongfully convicted to death penalty, but later got exonerated.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: false accusation, racism, fighting the system, injustice, human spirit, courtroom drama, hopes, life is a bitch, legal, confined, rebellion, society ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, uncover truth, investigation, courtroom drama, false accusation, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crimes, legal, dedicated lawyer, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, racism, social differences, injustice, society, life is a bitch, crimes, discrimination, social decay, introspection, small town life, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
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White Night (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Flight attendant Won-Gyu (Won Tae-Hee) left Korea 2 years ago with painful memories and now comes back. Won-Gyu meets Tae-Joon (Lee Yi-Kyung), who is a quick service delivery man and has a special night with him.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: male homosexuality, revenge, introspection, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, lgbt, society, gender, gay bashing, fight, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 271
Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, prison life, confined, pardon, society, legal, life is a bitch, injustice, legal action, law enforcement, forgiveness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.3
 248
Strange Fruit (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: New York attorney William Boyals has escaped the Louisiana bayou of his childhood, but he must return to investigate the death of a childhood friend who, like Boyals himself, was both black and gay.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, police corruption, racism, small town, fighting the system, investigation, injustice, dishonesty, rebellion, life is a bitch, society, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new york, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 849
Family Sins (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the Burt family who seemed normal, upstanding members of the community but were actually deeply embedded in crime. The matriarch took in foster children who were subsequently molested and abused by her husband and children ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak
Plot: sexual abuse, unlikely criminals, courtroom drama, legal action, crimes, dishonesty, family problems, legal, under the surface, kidnapping, arson, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 288
Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, uncover truth, social decay, life is a bitch, hopes, society, lifestyle, youth, racism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, realistic, suspenseful, emotional, serious ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, confined, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation, society, law enforcement, legal, dishonesty, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Citizen Verdict (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marty Rockman, the notorious producer of the hit reality-TV show "So Sue Me", has a brand new concept: "Citizen Verdict". Each week a real criminal case will be tried before the American people, but this time they're also ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, tv show, dishonesty, crimes, legal investigation, life is a bitch, state affairs, fighting the system, rebellion, legal, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Heart of the Beholder (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a family who opened the first videocassette rental stores in St. Louis in 1980. The family was ruined by a corrupt prosecutor who had been blackmailed by a religious group because the family refused to remove Martin ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, fighting the system, rebellion, corporate crimes, courtroom drama, religions or cults, injustice, society, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, store ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Through the Valley (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An innocent man framed for murder, and the system that just wants another minority conviction.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: racism, murder, injustice, fighting the system, protagonist as suspect, going straight, frame up, redemption, hopes, legal, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: school shooting, high school, psychopath, teenage life, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, youth, hardcase students, society, social misfits, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Twist (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a gritty retelling of the Dickens's classic, Twist takes Oliver and the Artful Dodger out of the poorhouse and onto the streets, where junk is the currency and hustling is the game.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, addiction, sexual relations, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, apprentice, society, male prostitute ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, power relations, injustice, against the rules, army investigation, legal action, dedicated lawyer, rivalry, gays and lesbians, rise to the top, state affairs, politics ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 540
Our Fathers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In the '80s, priests and especially the Father Geoghan arrested for sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal Law, also indicted, and the diocese was aware of the actions of these men of the church and was kept secret for years, until the victims decide ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: church, courtroom drama, social decay, legal investigation, clergy, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, legal, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, usa, france, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Black and White (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Australia, 1958. When a nine year old white girl is found murdered, police are quick to arrest illiterate Aborigine, Max Stuart. Under interrogation Max admits to the killing and signs a statement that will send him to the gallows. With no Court of ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: crimes, hotshot lawyer, racism, illiteracy, injustice, legal investigation, fighting the system, false accusation, price of justice, courtroom drama, social differences, society ...
Time: 50s
Place: australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Just the Wind (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Drawing inspiration from the death-squad murders of several Gypsy families in Hungary in 2008, director Bence Fliegauf's chilling and unforgettable real-life horror story follows a family whose dreams of emigration and escape are suddenly, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, sincere, tense
Plot: gypsy, social decay, family in danger, racism, social misfits, realism, society, family life, life is a bitch, murder, secret place, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.5
 615
Barbarians (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "Barbarians" is a teenage drama about coming of age in a world where there is no opportunity. A portrait of a young generation growing up in a society of lost values.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, sincere, tense ...
Plot: social decay, juvenile delinquency, teenage rebellion, life is a bitch, crimes, youth, society, realism, friendship between boys, troubled youth, teen angst, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 395
La león (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Deep in the lush river jungles of Argentina, Alvaro lives a solitary existence fishing and harvesting reeds. What sets him apart from the rest of his village is that he is gay. There are no other gay men in his world, his only means of expression is ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, disagreement, couples, isolation, immigration, murder, gay slur, gay lead character, island, male rape, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.6
 708
The 19th Wife (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fundamentalist sect member BeckyLyn is accused of killing her husband. Queenie, another wife in the polygamist sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and desperate to prove her innocence reaches out to her excommunicated son ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, righting the wronged, church, religions or cults, estrangement, society, uncover truth, oracle, dishonesty, on the run, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.9
 384
Sugar (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A 20-year-old homeless girl is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Hollywood and Venice beach.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, homeless, orphan, survival, street life, life is a bitch, beach, 20 year old, hollywood
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, venice, italy
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20%