Movies like The Matthew Shepard Story

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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 lead character, gay slur, murder, gays and lesbians, courtroom drama, social decay, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, juvenile delinquency, society, tragedy, husband wife relationship, prejudice, hate crime, bigotry, gay son, death penalty, beaten to death, crimes, youth, violence spree, death row, gender, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998
Place: wyoming, usa

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, deadly and courtroom drama mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery 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), Blood Done Sign My Name (2010). 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, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: youth, murder, social decay, life is a bitch, crimes, society, gay slur, hate crime, coming out, college, injustice, gender ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, wisconsin
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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, realistic, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: trial, investigation, courtroom drama, murder, obsession, crimes, dedicated lawyer, legal, courtroom, life is a bitch, true crime, one last case ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida
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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, social decay, fighting the system, kids in trouble, crimes, life is a bitch, legal, injustice, babies and infants, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: legal, murder, hotshot lawyer, uncover truth, crimes, siblings relations, life is a bitch, legal investigation, racism, dedicated lawyer, gays and lesbians, interracial relations ...
Time: 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom drama, investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, legal, society, dishonesty, nightclub, sexual abuse, rape, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, captivating, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: murder, racism, social differences, life is a bitch, society, introspection, crimes, social decay, discrimination, injustice, small town, arson ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, courtroom, false accusation, investigation, courtroom drama, uncover truth, dishonesty, deadly, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 477
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, disturbing, sincere, serious
Plot: racism, small town, social decay, fighting the system, investigation, social differences, society, crimes, life is a bitch, murder, human spirit, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 790
Family Sins (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 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, courtroom drama, unlikely criminals, legal action, dishonesty, family problems, crimes, legal, under the surface, family relations, arson, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 242
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: death row, prison, confined, prison life, life is a bitch, society, pardon, deadly, legal, law enforcement, injustice, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, emotional, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: prison, confined, uncover truth, fighting the system, false accusation, courtroom drama, prison life, society, legal, legal action, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 413
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: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, based on true events
Plot: false accusation, racism, fighting the system, human spirit, injustice, courtroom drama, rebellion, prison life, society, hopes, confined, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 261
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: emotional, serious, rough, realistic, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, social decay, teenage life, uncover truth, juvenile delinquency, racism, idealism, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: tv show, courtroom drama, crimes, legal investigation, dishonesty, jury, rebellion, society, false accusation, murder, political unrest, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 223
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, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: murder, police corruption, racism, small town, investigation, fighting the system, crimes, interracial relations, mystery, life is a bitch, coming out, courtroom drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new york, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: high school, school shooting, vengeance, psychopath, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, youth, kids in trouble, social misfits, hardcase students, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, rivalry, courtroom drama, society, dishonesty, corporate crimes, life is a bitch, legal, religions or cults, injustice, store ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, murder, going straight, fighting the system, injustice, frame up, protagonist as suspect, redemption, dishonesty, legal, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, disturbing, bleak, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: murder, small town, politics, violence, interview, sin, hypocrisy, crimes, life is a bitch, society, deadly, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 504
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, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: church, legal investigation, social decay, clergy, courtroom drama, fighting the system, dishonesty, sexual abuse, society, sexual harassment, legal, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, boston, france, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.5
 570
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, rough, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: social decay, juvenile delinquency, teenage rebellion, society, youth, life is a bitch, crimes, realism, teen angst, friendship between boys, troubled youth, hoodlum ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.7
 644
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, psychological, tense ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, righting the wronged, estrangement, church, society, religions or cults, uncover truth, law enforcement, deadly, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, serious, controversial, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, legal action, state affairs, boss and employee, crime, gays and lesbians, army investigation, power relations, legal, assassination, injustice ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 4.8
 570
Weapons (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, society, vengeance, deadly, youth, working class, small town, homecoming, murder, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: united states, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: About the 1989 murders of Carolco Entertainment chairman, Jose Menendez, and his wife, Kitty, who were killed by their sons, Lyle and Erik, in Beverly Hills, allegedly for a multimillion-dollar inheritance.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: courtroom, murder, life is a bitch, crimes, parents and children, siblings relations, courtroom drama, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, deadly, legal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, beverly hills, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
 342
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: realistic, serious
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, society, haunted by the past, homeless, street life, orphan, survival, life is a bitch, beach, hollywood, 20 year old
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, texas, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 546
Unbowed (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Kim Kyung-ho, a math professor who was arrested for shooting a crossbow at the presiding judge of his appeal against unfair dismissal.
Style: rough, serious, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, mathematics, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, legal investigation, courtroom drama, legal action, injustice, rivalry, courtroom, society, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere, tense
Plot: social decay, family in danger, racism, social misfits, life is a bitch, realism, family life, murder, society, danger, village, secret place ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent girls which is torn apart when one of them is brutally raped.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: sexual abuse, social decay, woman in danger, rich and poor, life is a bitch, sexual harassment, family relations, city life, urban ghetto life, youth, gender, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Blue Spring (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Soon after being named the new leader of his high school's gang system, Kujo grows bored with the violence and hatred that surround him. He wants desperately to abandon his post… but his once-enviable position of power has a strange way of ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious
Plot: high school, rivalry, crimes, juvenile delinquency, gang, high school life, friendship, society, youth, teenage life, life is a bitch, leadership ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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