Movies like The Burning Bed

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

Most similar movies to The Burning Bed

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, legal, life is a bitch, crime and courtroom drama mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Burning Bed: Open Doors (1990), Small Sacrifices (1989), Murder Ordained (1987), Night of the Wilding (1990), Heavens Fall (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: courtroom, murder, false accusation, frame up, prison, crime, dedicated lawyer, mystery, legal action, legal investigation, courtroom drama, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
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95%
 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: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, strong sexual content, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, legal action, legal investigation, death row, false accusation, murder, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s, year 1937
Place: italy, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: disturbing, talky, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, protagonist as suspect, hospital, manipulations, parents and children, courtroom drama, deadly, dishonesty, family problems, family relations, legal action, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: church, small town, murder, protagonist as suspect, crime, betrayal, crumbling marriage, investigation, legal investigation, manipulations, uncover truth, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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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, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: gang, dedicated lawyer, crime, legal action, courtroom drama, urban, crimes, courtroom, deadly, legal, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 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: serious, sincere, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, legal action, courtroom, crime, legal investigation, human spirit, interracial relations, courtroom drama, discrimination, false accusation, racism, injustice ...
Time: 30s
Place: alabama, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 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: talky, serious, gloomy, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: prison, murder, death row, racism, terrorism, anti semitism, haunted by the past, politics, courtroom drama, death sentence, dedicated lawyer, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: legal investigation, dedicated lawyer, crime, courtroom, uncover truth, courtroom drama, false accusation, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal, rehabilitation, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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 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: suspense, serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, rape, small town, legal action, court, lawyer, trial, injustice, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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: serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: arranged marriage, domestic violence, prison, murder, hotshot lawyer, couple relations, indian lead, abuse, parents and children, courtroom drama, price of justice, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, mind bending
Plot: courtroom, murder, dedicated lawyer, crime, mystery, protagonist as suspect, crime gone awry, uncover truth, couple relations, cons and scams, false accusation, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 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: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, false accusation, racism, legal action, vengeance, vigilantism, interracial relations, courtroom drama, discrimination, police corruption, small town life, social decay ...
Time: 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, crime, racism, courtroom drama, dishonesty, law enforcement, courtroom, legal action, legal investigation, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, lawyer, prison, courtroom drama, polish, death sentence, drifter, execution, dedicated lawyer, crime, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s, year 1987
Place: poland, warsaw poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: church, racism, dedicated lawyer, crime, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, crimes, society, investigation, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: courtroom drama, kidnapping, crime, dedicated lawyer, prison, legal action, legal investigation, uncover truth, false accusation, missing person, murder, prison life ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 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: hotshot lawyer, socialite, lawyer, murder, dedicated lawyer, crime, protagonist as suspect, legal action, mystery, legal investigation, courtroom drama, false accusation ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Perry Mason Returns (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When his former secretary (Barbara Hale) is accused of a murder, Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) gives up a judgeship to defend her.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, mind bending
Plot: private detective, courtroom, false accusation, dedicated lawyer, mystery, legal action, crime, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, legal, boss and employee ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: serious, suspenseful, talky, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: murder, courtroom, legal investigation, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, mystery, court, couple relations, infidelity, love triangle, false accusation ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 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: 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 ⇓
77%
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: serious, suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, murder, crime, hotshot lawyer, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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: tense, talky, thought provoking, clever, serious ...
Plot: jury, legal action, courtroom drama, argument, trial, revelation, lawyer, evidence, murder, legal, uncover truth, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
A Killing Affair (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Peter Weller (Robocop) stars as Baton Morris, a drifter suspected of murder, in this crime drama. A widow (Kathy Baker) living in West Virginia takes in the man (Weller) whom she believes murdered her husband. As she spends more time with him, she ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: crimes, intrigue, small town, underdog, crime, hostages, mind game, vengeance, haunted by the past, isolation, woman in danger, fall in love ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: serious, rough, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, police station, false accusation, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, legal action, courtroom drama, fighting the system, police ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense
Plot: crime, dedicated lawyer, femme fatale, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, manipulations, mind game, dangerous attraction, infidelity, frame up, police corruption, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, investigation, small town, small town life, crimes, deadly, social relations, marital rape, trial, domestic violence, preacher
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.1
 28K
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: realistic, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, rape, lawyer, bar, injustice, testimony, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: serious, tense, realistic
Plot: high school, murder, friendship, buddies, gang, crime, juvenile delinquency, small town, small town life, teenage life, kids in trouble, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.7
 36K
Enough (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Working-class waitress Slim thought she was entering a life of domestic bliss when she married Mitch, the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers Mitch's hidden ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, tense, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: stalking, self defense, crumbling marriage, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, on the run, domestic violence, couples, infidelity, dishonesty, deadly, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Carolina Skeletons (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a long time in the army, an Afro-American soldier returns to his hometown, where, years ago, his brother was executed for the rape and murder of two white girls. The commando believes his brother to have been innocent and seeks a proof for ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, injustice, racism, electric chair, crime, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, small town, death row, mystery, crimes ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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