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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: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: murder, gays and lesbians, crimes, youth, legal action, life is a bitch, violence spree, legal, juvenile delinquency, society, death row, gender, deadly, courtroom drama, social decay, rape, coming out, death, trial, homosexual, tragedy, parent child relationship, gay slur, gay lead character, bigotry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998
Place: wyoming, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, disturbing and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, crimes, murder, deadly, legal and injustice mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller 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), One Angry Juror (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: realistic, thought provoking, emotional, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, youth, coming out, deadly, social decay, college, society, gender, injustice, gays and lesbians, crimes, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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: gloomy, disturbing, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: trial, one last case, legal investigation, investigation, courtroom drama, obsession, murder, dedicated lawyer, crimes, legal, courtroom, life is a bitch ...
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: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: adoption, black market, life is a bitch, babies and infants, crimes, power relations, family relations, legal action, family life, fighting the system, dishonesty, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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, siblings relations, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, uncover truth, crimes, legal action, fighting the system, deadly, hotshot lawyer, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, new york
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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: realistic, captivating, tense, sincere, serious
Plot: courtroom, murder, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, investigation, legal, false accusation, crimes, legal investigation, uncover truth, power relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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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: disturbing, rough, sexual, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, injustice, investigation, bounty hunter, deadly, dishonesty, crimes, rivalry, society, courtroom drama, nightclub, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
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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, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: murder, racism, urban ghetto life, siblings relations, frame up, injustice, urban ghetto, crime, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, hopes, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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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, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: murder, small town, politics, violence, interview, hypocrisy, sin, life is a bitch, injustice, deadly, family relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
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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: disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: righting the wronged, religions or cults, estrangement, false accusation, on the run, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, church, murder, society, oracle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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An Unexpected Love (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Kate Mayer seems to have it all: a nice suburban house, two loving children and a devoted husband. But Kate is anything but happy. She is disappointed not only with her marriage, but with her entire life. In her pursuit of happiness, this frustrated ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: divorce, sexual awakening, bigotry, gender, society, self discovery, breakup, family relations, gays and lesbians, lifestyle, starting over, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: thought provoking, captivating, tense, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: racism, murder, small town, crimes, life is a bitch, social decay, small town life, arson, social relations, social differences, society, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In December, 1986, 3 black men ran into car trouble in Howard Beach, a middle-class neighborhood in New York City. Unable to start their car, they sought refuge in a nearby restaurant. What happened later that night shocked the entire city.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: legal, social decay, crimes, racism, working class, americana, courtroom, courtroom drama, society, murder, african american, criminal ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: gloomy, rough, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: death row, prison, injustice, law enforcement, deadly, pardon, confined, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, society, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: murder, courtroom, parents and children, siblings relations, legal, family relations, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, deadly, dysfunctional family, courtroom drama ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, beverly hills
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Suburban Madness (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the real story of Clara Harris, the Houston, Texas dentist who made headlines in July 2002 when she killed her adulterous husband by repeatedly running over him with her car.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious
Plot: murder, dishonesty, couples, deadly, family problems, suburbs, private detective, infidelity, crimes, dentist
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, bleak, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, murder, society, teenage life, human spirit, social decay, idealism, juvenile delinquency, city life, lifestyle, high school life, urban ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Mothers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of Macedonia, France, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister who have not spoken to each other in 16 years. Retired cleaning ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: small town, murder, family relations, youth, rapist, elderly, village, estrangement, society, gender, deadly, dedication ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, biting, clever, bleak, serious ...
Plot: tv show, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, heroes, deadly, political unrest, fighting the system, law enforcement, power relations, political corruption, dishonesty, media ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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On the Downlow (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Isaac and Angel are two young Latinos involved in a south side Chicago gang. They have a secret in a world where secrets are forbidden.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sexual ...
Plot: catholic priest, confession, gang member, coming out, youth, love affair, gang, juvenile delinquency, showbiz, gender, urban, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: sincere, serious, bleak, rough, realistic ...
Plot: social decay, realism, crimes, life is a bitch, society, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, youth, teen angst, teenage rebellion, debut, troubled youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia
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Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: serious, bleak, sincere, rough, tense ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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30%
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Paris Trout (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paris Trout is a vile Southern bigot. He owns a store and is a loanshark. He often sues people, and so his lawyer, Harry Seagraves, eventually meets Paris' wife Hannah. A former schoolteacher, she made the mistake of her life when she married ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, racism, murder, society, courtroom drama, deadly, legal, injustice, domestic disturbance, crimes, family relations, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: serious, sincere, disturbing, realistic
Plot: racism, small town, crimes, life is a bitch, murder, injustice, americana, investigation, deadly, small town life, social decay, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: texas, usa
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Execution of Justice (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, rise to the top, crime, army investigation, legal action, boss and employee, against the rules, gays and lesbians, legal investigation, state affairs, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Heart of America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: tense, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
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Time: contemporary
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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: realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious, thought provoking
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rhode island
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28%
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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: serious, suspenseful, bleak, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: small town, murder, racism, police corruption, coming out, investigation, showbiz, gender, courtroom drama, society, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york
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Cal (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Twenty-year-old Cal returns from France to Britain after receiving news that his mother is ill. His finds his home city of Bristol facing hard economic times brought on by the global economic crisis, with poverty and crime on the rise and rioting ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, tense
Plot: gender, society, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, crimes, love affair, pubic hair, male nudity, gay
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: realistic, bleak, serious
Plot: revenge, gay, haunted by the past, stewardess, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, introspection, society, urban, gender, homosexuality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, seoul, korea
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27%
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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: realistic, rough, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: criminal heroes, crime, life is a bitch, gangsters, crimes, deadly, small town life, suburbs, small town, siblings relations, vengeance, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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