Death sentence movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant death sentence movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, intense, suspense and emotional films and TV shows about / with death sentence, prison, death penalty, death, death row, murder, capital punishment, crimes, mentor and execution plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as death sentence: The Life of David Gale (2003), The Green Mile (1999), Monster (2003), True Crime (1999), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), The Lazarus Project (2008), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), The Executioner's Song (1982), Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005), Dancer in the Dark (2000).

List of death sentence movies

The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, serious, suspense, rough ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, false accusation, professor, death, reporter, death row, who done it, investigation, suicide, murder, activist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, spain, houston texas, italy ...
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 8.6
 1.2M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, prison, life philosophy, death row, supernatural, prison life, human nature, stephen king, convict, supernatural ability, death sentence, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 90s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 7.3
 139K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, rape, misanthrope, death sentence, destructive relationship, tragic love, lesbian love, homeless, murder, death penalty ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
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 6.6
 33K
True Crime (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, psychological, tense ...
Plot: death row, death sentence, race against time, investigation, false accusation, journalism, death penalty, crime, crimes, uncover truth, lethal injection, journal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, oakland california, san francisco
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, tense, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, prison, perfect crime, mind game, injustice, crime, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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The Lazarus Project (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After Ben Garvey foolishly turned back to crime, he thought his life was over when he was sentenced to death by lethal injection. But his death sentence isn't quite what it seems, as Ben regains consciousness near an eerie psychiatric ward, ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, tense, scary ...
Plot: lethal injection, death sentence, mental institution, death penalty, chainsaw, uncover truth, mysterious character, rehabilitation, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, dallas texas, oregon, texas
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: True story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed ...
Style: touching, tense, disturbing, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: resistance, nazism, german, politics, death sentence, human spirit, historical character, fighting the system, rebellion, tragic hero, against the rules, gestapo ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: munich germany, germany, europe, east germany, poland ...
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The Executioner's Song (1982)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In this fact-based film, Gary Gilmore, an Indiana man who just finished serving a lengthy stay in prison, tries to start anew by moving to Utah. Before long, Gary begins an ill-advised romance with the troubled Nicole Baker, a teenage single mother. ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, death row, capital punishment, prison, price of justice, courtroom drama, journalism, legal, going straight, confined, crimes ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Following in his father's footsteps, Albert Pierrepoint becomes one of Britain's most prolific executioners, hiding his identity as a grocery deliveryman. But when his ambition to be the best inadvertently exposes his gruesome secret, he ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: executioner, death sentence, hanging, introspection, politics, punishment, war crime, criminal, execution, capital punishment, obsessive quest, post war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1950s, 1940s, 50s
Place: england, europe, germany, london
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, surreal, heartbreaking ...
Plot: factory worker, life is a bitch, secret, blind character, death sentence, human spirit, police officer, tragic hero, murder, hanging, destiny, fighting illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, police officer killed, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, confined, law enforcement, legal, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
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Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, court, lethal injection, death sentence, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: southern usa, louisiana
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 7.8
 272K
The Fugitive (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard, a determined detective who will not rest until ...
Style: suspenseful, neo noir, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: frame up, manhunt, escape, uncover truth, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, on the run, fugitives, framed for murder, death sentence, convict, doctor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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 6.7
 143K
The Running Man (1987)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight ...
Style: serious, rough, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, chase, chases and races, dystopic future, future dystopia, danger, deadly, resistance, gadget, dishonesty, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: future, 80s, 21st century, year 2019, year 2017 ...
Place: los angeles, california
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The Limehouse Golem (2016)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical Golem – must be responsible.
Style: gothic, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, murder trial, serial killer, police inspector, death sentence, confession, hanging, trial, courtroom, playwright, actress ...
Time: 1870s, 1880s, victorian era, 19th century
Place: scotland yard, london
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Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: death sentence, electric chair, immigrants, courtroom drama, politics, anarchism, true crime, miscarriage of justice, anarchist, italian immigrant, political persecution, deadly ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: usa, massachusetts
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 6.2
 7K
Control (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Aruba, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lee Ray Oliver, a death row inmate, is given a second chance at life if he agrees to undergo a new chemical treatment used to modify behavior.
Style: psychological, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: death sentence, prison, experiment, lethal injection, haunted by the past, starting over, criminal heroes, crime, deadly, race against time, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
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The Executioner (1963)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.
Style: biting, tense, suspense, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: mortician, death sentence, death, death penalty, retirement, executioner, couples, retiring, family relations, dark humor, social misfits, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 20s, 1920s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, mallorca, madrid
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The Sleeping Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pepita travels to Madrid to be near her sister Hortensia who is pregnant and in prison. Hortensia is sentenced to death. The execution will not be carried out until after the baby is delivered. Pepita tries everything to stay the execution, but when ...
Style: captivating, emotional, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: wartime life, death sentence, life is a bitch, political unrest, woman in danger, fall in love, dishonesty, civil war, family relations, false accusation, society, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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Return to Paradise (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, death sentence, moral dilemma, journalism, legal, tourist, smuggling, hanging, dishonesty, prison life, buddies, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, macau ...
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Anna and the King (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just ...
Style: romantic, serious, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, interracial relations, royal family, culture clash, opposites attract, forbidden love, love and romance, social differences, palace, politics, death sentence, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia, burma, england
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 7.0
 16K
Infamous (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: sincere, tense, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, obsession, writer's life, friendship, investigation, crimes, human nature, fame, gossip and rumors, obsessive quest, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, mexico ...
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 6.0
 13K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: death sentence, murder, racism, courtroom drama, prison, politics, legal, anti semitism, haunted by the past, crimes, legal action, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: mississippi, usa
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The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1850, on the isolated French island of Saint-Pierre, a murder shocks the natives. Two fishermen are arrested. One of them, Louis Ollivier, dies in custody. The other, Neel Auguste, is sentenced to death by the guillotine. The island is so small ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, compassionate, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, redemption, prison, death sentence, tragic love, island, death row, introspection, romance, isolation, destiny, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 50s, 1950s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Beautiful City (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried ...
Style: emotional, psychological, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: death sentence, redemption, prison, confined, love and romance, crime and punishment, legal action, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, arranged marriage, matchmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran
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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the ...
Style: sexy, stylized, sexual, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: queen, king, royal court, siblings relations, seduction, royal family, love triangle, intrigue, british history, mistress, betrayal, family relations ...
Time: 16th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, france, london, rome italy
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 6.5
 2K
Apprentice (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. Aiman lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a ...
Plot: prison, death sentence, death penalty, executioner, maximum security prison, secret, brother sister relationship, mentor, car accident, haunted by the past, ex soldier, job promotion ...
Place: singapore
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 6.1
 4K
Oxygen (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, rough, scary ...
Plot: masochist, kidnapping, chase, ransom, buried alive, psychopath, police investigation, police station, death penalty, death sentence, excavation, digging ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, miami, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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 8.3
 5K
Virumandi (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A reporter researching the death penalty in India is recounted the story of a farm owner Virumandi whose role in a clan feud between Naicker and Kothalla Devar leads him to death row. As the story unfolds, there is a riot in the jail, and the only ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: frame up, rivalry, prison riot, false accusation, village, death row, prison, death sentence, corporal punishment, deadly, crimes, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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Return to Sender (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: While fighting for a woman who sits on death row, a lawyer happens upon new information which brings into question the motives of a man associated with her client
Style: psychological, suspenseful, sincere, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, false accusation, death sentence, deadly, confined, redemption, prison life, courtroom drama, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Place: texas
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