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An Affirmative Act (2010)
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An Affirmative Act (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: "An Affirmative Act" is pro-gay marriage film, starring Charles Durning, Eric Etebari, Costas Mandylor, Rachael Robbins, and Blanche Baker, about a lesbian couple where one pretends to be a man in order for the two to get married and equal benefits. A slice of life of a young, professional married couple with their darling baby turns a sharp, dark corner when the pair are arrested and charged with several counts of fraud. The reason: Terry and Samantha Succi aren't the man and woman that they purported to be... Terry and Samantha married under false pretenses, ignoring state law that discriminates against homosexual partners and prohibits them from receiving the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, psychological, captivating, serious
Plot: courtroom, legal action, fighting the system, discrimination, courtroom drama, society, gender, legislation, family relations, injustice, adoption, legal, dishonesty, hidden identity, dedicated lawyer, righting the wronged, gay marriage, governor, protest, romance, life is a bitch, rebellion, physical appearance, couples, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and suspenseful films with plots about legal, courtroom drama, society, legal action, life is a bitch, courtroom and rivalry mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like An Affirmative Act: Heavens Fall (2006), Alleged (2010), Unbowed (2011), Come What May (2009), Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, disturbing, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: false accusation, interracial relations, dishonesty, discrimination, injustice, racism, politics, jury, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, new york, alabama
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Alleged (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alleged is a romantic drama based on events occurring behind the scenes and outside the courtroom of the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson, a talented young reporter, feels trapped working for his deceased ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: idealism, moral dilemma, ambition, fighting the system, rivalry, injustice, columnist, couples, righting the wronged, hopes, legal, against the odds ...
Place: tennessee
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80%
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Unbowed (2011)
Genre: Crime, 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, thought provoking, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: legal, mathematics, life is a bitch, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, legal action, injustice, society, judge, rivalry, courtroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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63%
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Come What May (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Story: Caleb and Rachel team up to lead the Patrick Henry College team in the intense world of collegiate moot court competition. Caleb looks to date Rachel, but she's waiting for courtship. Meanwhile, Caleb becomes caught in a moral tug-of-war ...
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: family relations, college, legal, rivalry, moral dilemma, courtroom, contests and competitions, gender, youth, redemption, fall in love, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, virginia
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63%
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Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have to wage a courageous battle to find their place in America ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: wedding, fighting the system, racism, interracial relations, marriage, interracial marriage, miscegenation, interracial love, hopes, dedicated lawyer, legal action, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c., southern usa
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60%
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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, serious, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, black market, social decay, fighting the system, kids in trouble, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, babies and infants, dishonesty, society, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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54%
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 160
The Advocate (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A grieving defense attorney gets caught in a twisted game of who-done-it when he takes on the case of a beautiful socialite who is accused of murder.
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, serious, complex ...
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, false accusation, hotshot lawyer, protagonist as suspect, deadly, legal, rivalry, dishonesty, law enforcement, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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51%
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Innocent (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Torchwood) stars as Rusty Sabich, a judge charged with the murder of his wife, a situation that comes 20 years after he was cleared in the death of his mistress. During this latest trial, a secret affair from ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, murder, mystery, courtroom drama, crimes, dishonesty, lawyer, legal investigation, uncover truth, father son relationship, deadly, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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50%
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Court (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, social differences, court, human nature, injustice, power relations, society, legal, discrimination, suicide, trial ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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49%
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, tense, suspenseful, captivating, rough ...
Plot: legal investigation, rehabilitation, courtroom, family problems, injustice, legal, law enforcement, dishonesty, police corruption, courtroom drama, false accusation, estrangement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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48%
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Common (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. Jimmy McGovern's gritty drama stars Nico Mirallegro as guileless 17 year old Johnjo O'Shea, who goes from innocent ...
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: legal, murder, courtroom drama, crimes, courtroom, injustice, family relations, false accusation, parents and children, life is a bitch, crime, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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45%
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, mind bending
Plot: courtroom, false accusation, private detective, law enforcement, boss and employee, crime, crimes, deadly, courtroom drama, legal action, legal, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
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44%
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: disturbing, suspenseful, thought provoking, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: murder, fighting the system, crimes, rebellion, gays and lesbians, society, legal investigation, assassination, army investigation, against the rules, dishonesty, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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42%
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Conviction (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: A fast-paced character-oriented story, focuses on the lives and loves of the young assistant district attorneys in New York, following their career paths as these passionate but naive ADAs are confronted with tough, emotional cases that challenge ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: lawyer, law enforcement, fighting the system, police detective, courtroom drama, society, workplace, legal, rivalry, fighting crime, sexual abuse, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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42%
Three Blind Mice (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A lawyer defends a man he's known since serving together in Vietnam, who has been accused of murdering three Vietnamese immigrants. Now he'll have to fight against a tenacious District Attorney, and evidence connected to the man's ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, frame up, murder, vietnam veteran, legal investigation, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, mystery, life is a bitch, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Pride & Loyalty (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jake DeMitro cannot maintain his relationship with his girlfriend Kelly Francini or concentrate on his prestigious position with the Prosecutor's Office. He suffers from an obsessive-compulsive personality and fights on a regular basis with his ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, moral dilemma, introspection, crimes, obsession, injustice, life is a bitch, drug dealing, rivalry, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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40%
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Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, uplifting, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, aids, lawyer, terminal illness, hiv, homosexual, lawsuit, prejudice, gay, judiciary, lgbt, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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40%
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: fighting the system, rebellion, rivalry, injustice, religions or cults, corporate crimes, courtroom drama, society, legal, dishonesty, life is a bitch, campaign ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
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40%
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From the Hip (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must reexamine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now defend a college professor who is appearantly guilty of ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, psychological, satirical ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, murder, courtroom drama, power relations, law firm, righting the wronged, bittersweet, workplace, hopes, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, california
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39%
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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, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, legal, murder, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, judge, courtroom, obsession, legal action, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: italy, palermo italy
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39%
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, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, confined, fighting the system, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, dishonesty, society, legal, law enforcement, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
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38%
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Open (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: OPEN is a hallucinogenic journey through gender, identity, the body, love and how those can be shared by two people. The film consists of interlocking stories lines- the first about two transwomen in a pandrogynous relationship in which they ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: transsexual, gender, love affair, self discovery, introspection, human nature, couples, gender bending, society, lgbt, misfit, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
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38%
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: intense, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cia, journalism, journalist, courtroom drama, lawyer, fighting the system, reporter, assassination attempt, corruption, dishonesty, media, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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37%
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Deadlocked (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Portugal, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young man is accused of rape and murder and placed on trial. His father doesn't believe that he is guilty, so in act of desperation he grabs the bailiff's guns and takes the whole jury hostage and insists that the prosecuting attorney ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
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Time: 90s
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37%
Portrait of a Beauty (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Born to a family of established court painters, a woman is forced to carry on her family name and take over her brother's life after he commits suicide.
Style: realistic, psychological, emotional, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: romance, hidden identity, couples, injustice, prodigy, gender, society, unfulfillment, fall in love, family relations, love, strong sexual content ...
Time: 18th century
Place: korea
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37%
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: emotional, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, investigation, moral dilemma, introspection, haunted by the past, parents and children, injustice, legal, society, crimes, rebellion, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama
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37%
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The Practice (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Practice is an American legal drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to 2004, the show won the Emmy in 1998 and 1999 for Best Drama Series, and ...
Style: tense, clever, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: law firm, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, courtroom, legal, lawyer, moral dilemma, social problems, dedicated lawyer, workplace, lawyers and clients, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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37%
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The trial story of Viviane Amsalem's five year fight to obtain her divorce in front of the only legal authority competent for divorce cases in Israel, the Rabbinical Court.
Style: touching, sincere, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: divorce, judge, fighting the system, rebellion, courtroom drama, legal, legal action, society, unsupportive spouse, life is a bitch, rivalry, working the system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
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36%
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The Trial (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, sincere, realistic
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, legal investigation, legal, dealing with death, dedicated lawyer, crimes, introspection, haunted by the past, death sentence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, legal action, murder, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, legal, trial, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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33%