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

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, crimes, murder, deadly, legal and dishonesty mostly in Drama, History and Crime genres. Some movies like The Matthew Shepard Story: Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001), Baby for Sale (2004), Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013), Blind Faith (1998), An Unexpected Love (2003). 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: serious, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, youth, gays and lesbians, crime, college, social decay, crimes, deadly, society, gender, coming out, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: wyoming, wisconsin
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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: sincere, serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, black market, legal action, injustice, fighting the system, family relations, babies and infants, human nature, social decay, kids in trouble, family life, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: trial, dedicated lawyer, investigation, courtroom, legal investigation, courtroom drama, legal, obsession, murder, crimes, life is a bitch, one last case ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
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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, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, african american, gay son, investigation, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, courtroom drama, false accusation ...
Time: 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: divorce, bigotry, sexual awakening, gays and lesbians, self discovery, suburbs, secret love, female homosexuality, real estate agent, gender, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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: serious, sexual, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, nightclub, crimes, life is a bitch, bounty hunter, investigation, injustice, deadly, dishonesty, legal, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: protagonist as suspect, false accusation, church, religions or cults, righting the wronged, crimes, dishonesty, on the run, murder, estrangement, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: utah, usa
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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: serious, captivating, realistic, tense, sincere
Plot: courtroom, murder, dedicated lawyer, investigation, legal investigation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation, crimes, dishonesty, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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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: serious, disturbing, realistic
Plot: murder, infidelity, suburbs, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, couples, family problems, private detective, dentist
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: death row, prison, prison life, confined, legal, life is a bitch, society, legal action, injustice, deadly, law enforcement, pardon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: murder, small town, violence, interview, politics, hypocrisy, sin, life is a bitch, injustice, human nature, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious, thought provoking, realistic, tense
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, racism, courtroom, social decay, americana, legal, society, working class, crimes, criminal, african american ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, racism, fighting the system, crime, going straight, urban, redemption, siblings relations, urban ghetto, frame up, urban ghetto life, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, rough, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: catholic priest, confession, gang member, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, lgbt, latinx lead, urban, coming out, gender, society, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: racism, murder, introspection, social differences, small town, social decay, injustice, life is a bitch, society, social relations, discrimination, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, urban, follow your dream, uncover truth, urban ghetto, high school, human spirit, idealism, racism, social decay ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ 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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, cynical, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom drama, tv show, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, crime, courtroom, protagonist as suspect, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, media satire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, disturbing, sincere, realistic
Plot: racism, small town, murder, small town life, social decay, crimes, deadly, society, life is a bitch, investigation, human spirit, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, thought provoking
Plot: sexual abuse, unlikely criminals, suburbs, parents and children, eccentric family, criminal heroes, crimes, legal, family relations, legal action, siblings relations, courtroom drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: bleak, serious, tense, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: society, social relations, clergy, parents and children, genocide, haunted by the past, racism, americana, against humanity, deadly, dishonesty, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, crimes, deadly, family problems, family relations, courtroom drama, dysfunctional family, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: social decay, realism, society, teenage rebellion, teen angst, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, crimes, youth, friendship between boys, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, serious, realistic, biting, emotional ...
Plot: murder, small town, racism, courtroom drama, deadly, legal, society, domestic disturbance, small town life, injustice, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional, captivating ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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White Night (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 75 min.
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Style: bleak, serious, realistic
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30%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, juvenile delinquency, downfall, drug dealing, urban ghetto, going straight, rehabilitation, destructive relationship, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
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29%
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: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: gloomy, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender, love affair, crimes, society, life is a bitch, pubic hair, male nudity, gay
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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28%
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American Gun (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A brilliant story with an unexpected twist. A father uses the serial number on a hand gun in an attempt to track down his daughter's killer. The truth he uncovers is an unsettling reminder of the dangers of keeping handguns. Stars the legendary ...
Style: bleak, serious, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: murder, on the road, small town, amateur detective, dealing with death, obsessive quest, track down, haunted by the past, chases and races, crimes, deadly, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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28%
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Cargo (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young Russian woman, smuggled into America by human traffickers, and a notorious Egyptian transporter hired to drive her from the Mexican border to New York City, form an unlikely bond that transforms them and threatens to derail the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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