Movies like The Burning Bed

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The Burning Bed (1984)
 7.2
 2K
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: domestic violence, murder, crimes, vengeance, couple relations, legal action, injustice, life is a bitch, legal investigation, hopes, dysfunctional family, legal, family problems, arson, society, couples, small town life, price of justice, redemption, small town, deadly, crumbling marriage, rivalry, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, michigan

Most similar movies to The Burning Bed

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, legal, murder, deadly, life is a bitch, courtroom drama and crime mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Burning Bed: The Accused (1988), Open Doors (1990), The Chamber (1996), Small Sacrifices (1989), Murder Ordained (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
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The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: disturbing, realistic, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, lawyer, testimony, district attorney, injustice, bar, jury, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, promiscuity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, washington state, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mason defends a man he had sentenced to prison when he was an appellate-court judge. Now, 18 months after the sentencing, a new witness turns up to prove the man's innocence. Mason steps in to defend the man.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, courtroom, frame up, false accusation, dishonesty, heroes, deadly, courtroom drama, rivalry, righting the wronged, power relations, injustice ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.3
 689
Open Doors (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early execution, but an earnest, principled assistant judge looks ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, death row, scapegoat, society, law enforcement, unemployment, rivalry, embezzlement, crime, fascism, accountant ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1937
Place: italy, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.0
 12K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, haunted by the past, anti semitism, politics, crimes, legal action, power relations, legal ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: realistic, sincere, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, power relations, police investigation, who done it, crimes, legal action, manipulations, parents and children, family relations, protagonist as suspect, deadly, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Murder Ordained (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: This is the story of a minister who's feeling unhappy in his marriage who then has an affair with a church employee, who is also married, and who also has affairs, and whose husband is unwilling to divorce her. One day the minister's wife ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: murder, small town, church, family problems, small town life, couples, danger, law enforcement, dangerous attraction, life is a bitch, crime, legal investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Provoked: A True Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious
Plot: prison, murder, domestic violence, arranged marriage, parents and children, life is a bitch, couple relations, domestic disturbance, crimes, courtroom drama, society, punjab ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.4
 118K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, murder, small town, rape, legal action, court, injustice, trial, punishment, lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Rape of Richard Beck (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The tables turn for cynical police officer Richard Beck (Richard Crenna) when he's viciously attacked by two homicidal crooks. Having never been empathetic toward the victims he's dealt with on a daily basis, Beck must now confront the ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: rape, criminal heroes, crime, law enforcement, deadly, vengeance, rivalry, life is a bitch, murder, danger, society, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Trials of Cate McCall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, a hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and on probation, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: legal investigation, family problems, dishonesty, estrangement, injustice, addiction, power relations, crime, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.7
 1K
Heavens Fall (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful New York attorney Sam Leibowitz travels to the South in 1933 to defend nine young black men accused of raping two women on an Alabama freight train.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: rebellion, electric chair, legal action, life is a bitch, interracial relations, crime, injustice, discrimination, jury, legal, false accusation, courtroom ...
Time: 30s
Place: new york, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Night of the Wilding (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Joseph Gainer is a high priced attorney, notorious for getting guilty criminals off the hook. But Gainer is forced to take another look at the price you pay for defending the guilty when he takes on a case of three young men accused of a heinous ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: gang, dedicated lawyer, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, city life, dishonesty, deadly, teenage life, legal, courtroom, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Perry investigates the murder of a former madam and uncovers a multimillion dollar banking fraud in the process.
Style: rough, mind bending, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: courtroom, murder, friendship, crime gone awry, power relations, false accusation, legal, dishonesty, deadly, mind game, amateur detective, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, law enforcement, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, crime, politics, legal, courtroom, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.1
 1K
The Klansman (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small southern town has just been rocked by a tragedy: a young woman has been violently raped. The white town fathers immediately declare that the attacker had to be black, and place the blame on Garth, a young black man. Assuming that the men in ...
Style: realistic, tense, rough, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: small town, racism, false accusation, teenage life, deadly, small town life, social decay, dishonesty, social relations, discrimination, injustice, rally ...
Time: 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
 180
The Lawyer (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Wilma Harrison had it all. A wealthy doctor for a husband. A big playboy for a lover. A beautiful home. And a horrible death.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, hotshot lawyer, socialite, lawyer, crime, life is a bitch, mystery, hotshot hero, lone wolves, who done it, legal investigation, crimes ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Crime of the Century (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, courtroom drama, who done it, life is a bitch, missing person, prison, murder, false accusation, legal, deadly, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Sins of the Father (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1965 a bomb was planted in a Church in Alabama, killing four black girls. Thirty years later, Tom Cherry breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night in question.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: church, racism, interracial relations, crimes, crime, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, dedicated lawyer, haunted by the past, investigation, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sir Wilfred Robarts, a famed barrister is released from the hospital, where he stayed for two months following his heart attack. Returning to the practise of his lawyer skills, he takes the case of Leonard Vole, an unemployed man who is accused of ...
Style: mind bending, realistic, tense, talky, witty ...
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, love triangle, unemployment, power relations, aging, femme fatale, price of justice, false accusation, infidelity ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
Style: bleak, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, lawyer, prison, drifter, death sentence, polish, execution, courtroom drama, fighting the system, rebellion, hanging ...
Time: 80s, year 1987
Place: poland, warsaw poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.1
 89
Trapped (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The suicide was easy, getting away with everything else could be murder.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, tense
Plot: crime, dangerous attraction, dedicated lawyer, crimes, legal investigation, deadly, couples, dishonesty, danger, mind game, femme fatale, frame up ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Pastor's Wife (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Matthew Winkler, a beloved minister who, in 2006, was found shot and killed in his Selmer, Tennessee home, his wife and young daughters missing. Authorities soon zeroed in on Matthew's wife, Mary, as the prime suspect ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, small town, deadly, small town life, crimes, investigation, social relations, preacher, marital rape, domestic violence, trial
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 1K
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: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, racism, murder, domestic disturbance, crimes, family relations, courtroom drama, society, legal, dishonesty, deadly, small town life ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Blue Ridge Fall (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a boy kills his father he must turn to his frinds to cover his tracks with tests their loyality and friendship.
Style: realistic, tense, serious
Plot: high school, friendship, murder, small town, social relations, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, society, high school life, best friends, gang, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.9
 12K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, talky, clever, psychological ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, legal action, murder, argument, evidence, revelation, trial, lawyer, uncover truth, legal, false accusation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, dishonesty, society, law enforcement, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Perry Mason ventures to Paris to defend a U.S. Marine Corps Captain accused of murdering a man suspected of being a Nazi SS Officer.
Style: rough, mind bending, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, investigation, legal, false accusation, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, obsessive quest, deadly, private detective, law enforcement, courtroom drama ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Guilty Conscience (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Amid acrimonious divorce proceedings, Louise (Blythe Danner) unwittingly puts her life in danger when she contests the prenuptial agreement she signed before marrying attorney Arthur Jamison (Anthony Hopkins). He plans to kill her to resolve the ...
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind game, infidelity, betrayal, murder, dishonesty, woman in danger, danger, dangerous attraction, mystery, legal investigation, family problems, couples ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
A Killing in a Small Town (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, self defense, investigation, law enforcement, protagonist as suspect, manipulations, dangerous attraction, crimes, who done it, life is a bitch, crime, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Damini - Lightning (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The theme revolves around the character Damini who represents truth and innocence. After her marriage in renowned wealthy family, Damini happens to see a cruel act done by her brother-in-law. She wants the victim to get justice, but the family ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: courtroom drama, mental institution, rape, sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, mentally unstable, isolation, testimony, redemption, family relations, master and servant, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%