Capital punishment movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant capital punishment movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, tense and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with death sentence, murder, prison, crimes, deadly, execution, death row, legal, death and courtroom plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as capital punishment: The Executioner's Song (1982), The Green Mile (1999), The Trial (2010), Shot in the Heart (2001), Love Comes to the Executioner (2006), Day Break (2005), Death and Texas (2004), Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005), Evidence of Blood (1998), The Quare Fellow (1962).

List of capital punishment movies

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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, death row, prison, courtroom drama, price of justice, confined, journalism, legal, going straight, crimes, true crime ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
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 8.6
 1.3M
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: prison, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, death row, prison life, confined, healing power, justice, death sentence, electric chair ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 5.6
 2K
The Trial (2010)
Genre: Crime, 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: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, legal investigation, legal, haunted by the past, introspection, dealing with death, crimes, dedicated lawyer, death sentence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia, north carolina
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Shot in the Heart (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: AND YOU'RE TO BLAME! Honey, you give love a bad name. (The story of a man coming to terms with the sins and secrets of his notorious brother and, in the process, exploring the legacy of violence in his own family.)
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, suspenseful, talky ...
Plot: murder, death row, courtroom drama, dysfunctional family, prison, prison life, tragic hero, parents and children, mormon, redemption, haunted by the past, price of justice ...
Time: 70s
Place: utah, usa
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Love Comes to the Executioner (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young man is hired as the executioner at a prison where his brother sits on death row. Things get more surreal when he falls in love with his brother's ex-girlfriend -- who's imprisoned herself.
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, realistic, absurd
Plot: fall in love, dark humor, prison, death row, prison life, family relations, couples, love and romance, crimes, romance, confined, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: montana
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 6.9
 300
Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, prison life, confined, pardon, society, legal, life is a bitch, injustice, legal action, law enforcement, compassion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
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Death and Texas (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Barefoot Bobby Briggs, the legendary running back for the Austin Steers was today sentenced to die for his role in the armed robbery/murder at a downtown Stop 'n Go convenience store... It's five years later, and Bobby's appeals have ...
Style: realistic, humorous, witty, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: satire, murder, rivalry, confined, athlete's life, prison life, legal, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, courtroom drama, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 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, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: executioner, death sentence, hanging, introspection, politics, punishment, criminal, war crime, execution, obsessive quest, post war, holocaust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1940s, 50s
Place: england, europe, london, germany
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Evidence of Blood (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When a brilliant crime writer investigates a 40-year-old murder, he confronts a small town's worst fears
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: electric chair, murder, small town, writers, death sentence, conspiracy, who done it, wrongfully committed, crimes, life is a bitch, investigation, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: georgia
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The Quare Fellow (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Thomas Crimmins is a new warder, or guard, in an Irish prison. He is young, naive, and idealistic, determined to serve his country by his part in meting out justice to criminals. His superior, Regan, however, realizes that even prisoners are human ...
Plot: infidelity, death sentence, prison, pub, passion, jealousy, ethics, prison life, hypocrisy, convict
Place: ireland
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 6.2
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: courtroom, death sentence, courtroom drama, legal action, crimes, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, law enforcement, rivalry, mind game, chase, serial killer ...
Time: 80s
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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, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, police officer killed, crimes, police investigation, murder, kidnapping, confined, legal, law enforcement, law enforcer killer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
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Let Him Have It (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, vandalism, injustice, jury, hanging, friendship, murder, juvenile delinquency, death sentence, friends, disorder, law enforcer killer ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: london, europe, england
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Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).
Style: disturbing, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, obsession, death sentence, nudity (full frontal - brief), female criminal, true crime, single mother, nightclub, crimes, graphic violence, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe, london, tokyo, california
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Bloody Mistress (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: 18th century, The Russian Empire. The series tells the life story of Darya Saltykova, who was called Saltychikha by serfs. The landowner brutally tortured about one and half hundreds peasants, for which "Russian Elizabeth Bathory" was ...
Style: artsy, twists and turns, exciting, atmospheric, sadistic ...
Plot: peasant, mystery, torture, life sentence, death of husband, loveless marriage, convent, death sentence, crime investigation, adultery, pardon, forced marriage ...
Time: 18th century
Place: moscow russia
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 8.2
 9K
Bol (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A female convict on death row, her last wish is to tell her story to the media.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, psychological, saga ...
Plot: social issues, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, family values, strong female presence, feminism, murder, society, death sentence, friendship, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pakistan, middle east
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 6.7
 465
Coup d'Etat (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936.
Plot: coup d'etat, death sentence, spy, imperialism, parliament, female nudity, militarism, imperial japan, university professor, assassination, firing squad, patriotism ...
Time: year 1936
Place: japan
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Mizhikal Sakshi (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A mother finds it hard to believe that her son is convicted as a terrorist and is sent to gallows. Eventually, she loses her mental balance.
Plot: death sentence, muslim, temple, hindu, delusion, wrongful conviction, loss of son, miscarriage of justice, death of son, injustice, false accusation, old lady ...
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 5.4
 16K
Shocker (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.
Style: slasher, sadistic, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, electric chair, supernatural, maniac, evil, psychopath, reincarnation, police investigation, vengeance, serial killer, chase, violence ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: california
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 4.2
 340
Dragonard (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1747, a handsome but rebellious Scotsman named Richard Abdee is auctioned off as a slave on a Caribbean island controlled by French and British sugar-planters. When caught having sex with his owner's wife, Abdee is given 100 lashes with the ...
Plot: corporal punishment, slavery, punishment, adultery, brother sister incest, sugarcane, beefcake, sexploitation, caribbean sea, death sentence, slave auction, female nudity ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south africa, jamaica, caribbean
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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: nazism, historical character, resistance, nazi germany, death sentence, german, politics, human spirit, fighting the system, rebellion, gestapo, court ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: munich germany, germany, europe, east germany, poland ...
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The Third Murder (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Shigemori is a lawyer tasked with defending Misumi in a murder trial. Misumi has previous convictions for murder and has confessed to the crime, but evidence in the case leads to Shigemori having doubts about what really happened.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: lawyer, murder, courtroom, puzzle, school, courtroom drama, secret, justice, lie, judge, police, witness ...
Place: japan, hokkaido
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King & Country (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: During World War I a British soldier, charged with desertion, is defended by an officer who at first despises his actions and then grows to feel sympathy for him.
Style: bleak, psychological, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: world war one, military, soldier, courtroom, desertion, court martial, society, life is a bitch, legal investigation, legal, army investigation, war ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: england, belgium
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The Seventh Sign (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Abby is a pregnant woman with a curious new boarder in the apartment over her garage. Turns out he's heaven-sent and is speeding along the Apocalypse by bloodying rivers, egging on plagues and following scripture word for word.
Style: scary, bleak, serious, biblical, psychological ...
Plot: apocalypse, christianity, supernatural, pregnancy, prophecy, sacrifice, destiny, religions or cults, worldwide chaos, clergy, woman in danger, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: haiti, nicaragua, california, vatican, venice california ...
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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Style: suspense, tense, twists and turns, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, rape, investigator, murder, haunted by the past, police, evidence, lawyer, justice, suspect, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 2000s, year 1974
Place: argentina, latin america, harvard university, buenos aires argentina, south america
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 3.1
 7K
Seed (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After surviving the electric chair, convicted serial killer Max Seed is buried alive. He digs himself out of the grave and goes on a killing spree. Taking revenge on the men who put him there and random unfortunates alike.
Style: slasher, serious, disturbing, rough, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: electric chair, serial killer, revenge, death row, sadistic horror, psychopath, murder, violence spree, false accusation, criminal's revenge, mind game, master criminal ...
Time: 70s, year 1979
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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, confined, redemption, prison life, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, legal, dishonesty, death row ...
Place: texas
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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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, death sentence, hanging, smuggling, tourist, moral dilemma, legal, journalism, dishonesty, crime and punishment, injustice, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, southeast asia ...
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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On an obscure Pacific Island just north of Australia, the Japanese Empire has operated a prisoner of war camp for Australian soldiers. At the close of World War II, the liberated POWs tell a gruesome tale of mass executions of over eight hundred ...
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, courtroom, island, murder, war crime, courtroom drama, military hospital, captivity, prison, uncover truth, military life, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: australia, indonesia, asia, japan
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 7.1
 17K
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: serious, tense, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, obsession, writer's life, friendship, investigation, crimes, human nature, fame, gossip and rumors, journalism, obsessive quest ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: kansas, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, mexico ...
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