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Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
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Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
Original name: Making a Case for Murder
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
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: tense, thought provoking, serious, realistic, controversial, disturbing
Plot: racism, crimes, courtroom, legal, murder, society, working class, americana, courtroom drama, social decay, criminal, african american, justice, prosecutor, yuppie, lynching, gang violence, racial violence, rich father, true crime, beaten to death, italian american, hit and run
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, disturbing and thought provoking films with plots about crimes, murder, life is a bitch, society, deadly, courtroom and legal mostly in Drama, Crime and History genres. Some movies like Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976), Blood Done Sign My Name (2010), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), Common (2014), Show Me a Hero (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, missing child, crimes, death in the family, courtroom drama, legal, life is a bitch, injustice, folk hero, crime, deadly ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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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: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, crimes, injustice, social decay, introspection, discrimination, society, life is a bitch, small town, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, serious, sincere, political thriller ...
Plot: courtroom, racism, courtroom drama, legal investigation, civil rights, legal, activist, widow, justice, injustice, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
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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, serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: murder, crimes, courtroom drama, courtroom, legal, false accusation, family relations, injustice, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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Show Me a Hero (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
Style: rough, thought provoking, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, racism, state affairs, crimes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, lawsuit, mayor, urban, murder, city council ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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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: tense, rough, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, legal action, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
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Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Heat Wave (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rookie black journalist investigates the tensions of the Watts section of Los Angeles in the bloody summer of 1965.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense, rough ...
Plot: racism, urban setting, heat wave, society, life is a bitch, media, journalism, social decay, interracial relations, political unrest, police chase, ghetto ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
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American Crime (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology drama focusing on all aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system dealing with crimes committed in America.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: crimes, courtroom, family relations, interracial relations, society, murder, parents and children, racism, legal, tragedy, courtroom drama, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Untouched (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Untouched is the story of a reluctant attorney's struggle with inner demons while defending a teenage girl accused of murdering her newborn. When the "Hostess City of the South" is rocked by the horrific crime, Mitchell Thomas III ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, courtroom drama, uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, legal, life is a bitch, crimes, courtroom, murder, teenage girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
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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, disturbing, sincere, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: false accusation, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, dishonesty, racism, politics, journalism, power relations, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, legal action ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, new york, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, injustice, parents and children, crimes, society, legal, rebellion, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama
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Adam: His Song Continues (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Follows the true story of John and Reve Walsh who, after their child was murdered, fought to raise national awareness of the problem of missing children.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: missing child, missing person, kidnapping, haunted by the past, death in the family, child in peril, family problems, crime, obsessive quest, crimes, dealing with death, society
Time: 80s
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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, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
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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: realistic, serious, disturbing, sincere
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The Conspirator (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
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Audience: girls' night
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Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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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 ...
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Time: 80s
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The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 251 min.
TV show
Story: The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1987 two-part TV miniseries made by Orion Pictures Corporation and distributed by National Broadcasting Company (NBC), is a dramatization of the story of Leo Frank, a factory manager charged and convicted with murdering ...
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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: disturbing, thought provoking, emotional, controversial, realistic ...
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Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 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: bleak, realistic, serious
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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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, bleak, disturbing, sincere, captivating ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 90s, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
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Scared Silent (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When the newlywed wife of a Minnesota police chief accuses a new officer on his force of raping her several years earlier, it sets the stage for a tense confrontation in this riveting story. Penelope Ann Miller and Reed Diamond star as Kathy and ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Death of a Prophet (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After breaking ties with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a man marked for death...and it was just a matter of time before his enemies closed in. Despite death threats and intimidation, Malcolm marched on - continuing to spread the word of ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, controversial, sincere
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Time: 60s, 1960s
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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, rough, realistic, serious
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Time: 80s
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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: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating, tense
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, realistic ...
Plot: legal, mystery, murder, crimes, courtroom drama, dishonesty, lawyer, legal investigation, father son relationship, uncover truth, couple relations, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Nattbuss 807 (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Kalle, en kille i 18-års åldern har hamnat lite snett i livet. Han umgås mest med främlingsfientliga personer. Carlos är en kille i 16-års åldern, han har bott i Sverige större delen av sitt liv med sin mor och hennes äldre bror. Hans pappa ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: immigrants, murder, racism, city life, urban, crime, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, society, deadly, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe
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43%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An actor rigs a fake shooting on TV with the connivance of his friend, the show's host, but the practical joke goes wrong when the gun turns out to contain a live round.
Style: suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious
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Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, psychological, captivating ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
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