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Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Themes:amnesia,  justice,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  apartment,  nightclub,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  catholic,  psychiatrist,  priest,  photographer,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:altar boy,  judicial system,  federal prosecutor,  evidence tampering,  boys' choir,  justice system,  criminal justice,  murder trial,  jail cell,  police investigation,  video camera,  foot chase,  reference to nathaniel hawthorne,  cover story,  contempt of court,  piercing ripped out,  eyes gouged,  pro bono,  dissociative identity disorder,  faking illness,  former lover,  law office,  bad guy wins,  reference to thomas jefferson,  sexual exploitation,  fugue,  fine,  pornographic video,  shackled,  opportunism,  placard,  choke hold,  soccer game,  music conductor,  defense attorney,  child pornography,  housing project,  compact disc,  judiciary,  judicial,  multiple personality,  video cassette,  protestor,  news footage,  corrupt official,  stuttering,  mailman,  finger cut off,  prosecutor,  bishop,  chinese restaurant,  press,  district attorney,  jury,  playing pool,  testimony,  police arrest,  southern accent,  sermon,  mob boss,  police inspector,  public humiliation,  siren,  prison cell,  castration,  deceit,  choir,  evidence,  severed finger,  remote control,  crime scene,  whiskey,  audience,  buttocks,  mutilation,  sociopath,  applause,  scandal,  newspaper headline,  power,  directorial debut,  speech,  manipulation,  cover up,  microphone,  confession,  chicago illinois,  latex gloves,  bartender,  coffee,  news report,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  child abuse,  police car,  police station,  f word,  reporter,  revolver,  jail,  psychopath,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  two word title,  nudity,  blood,  interview

Double Jeopardy (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Themes:revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:murder trial,  jail cell,  foot chase,  jury,  testimony,  police arrest,  evidence,  remote control,  buttocks,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  bartender,  coffee,  news report,  trial,  judge,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  investigation,  police officer,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  murder,  blood,  nudity

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Chugyeogja (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Themes:anger,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Characters:photographer,  detective
Story:police investigation,  video camera,  foot chase,  prosecutor,  press,  siren,  buttocks,  news report,  police car,  police station,  reporter,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  nudity,  blood,  murder

The Rainmaker (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  apartment,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Period:1990s
Story:law office,  judicial system,  jail cell,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  southern accent,  evidence,  newspaper headline,  bartender,  news report,  judge,  police car,  police station,  revolver,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

The Accused (1988) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  testimony,  crime scene,  applause,  bartender,  news report,  trial,  judge,  police car,  reporter,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  interview

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The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. This is why The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  anger
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  apartment,  nightclub,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  catholic,  priest,  photographer
Period:1990s
Story:judicial system,  video camera,  judiciary,  judicial,  press,  jury,  testimony,  evidence,  remote control,  audience,  newspaper headline,  power,  microphone,  bartender,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  reporter,  watching tv,  computer,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

...and Justice For All. (1979)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

...and Justice For All. (1979)

When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma.

Themes:justice,  corruption,  anger
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judge,  defense attorney,  judicial system,  video camera,  contempt of court,  judicial,  judiciary,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  testimony,  siren,  evidence,  applause,  trial,  mental illness,  police car,  police station,  reporter,  jail,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  photograph,  blood

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:apartment
Characters:psychiatrist,  photographer,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:police investigation,  foot chase,  faking illness,  siren,  crime scene,  sociopath,  manipulation,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

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Runaway Jury (2003) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  apartment,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:judicial system,  jury,  foot chase,  judicial,  judiciary,  protestor,  southern accent,  manipulation,  news report,  trial,  judge,  psychopath,  camera,  computer,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

The Client (1994)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Client (1994)

Mark Sway is an 11 year old boy who lives with his mother and brother in a trailer. One day he and his brother are hanging out when a car pulls over beside them. The driver then sticks a hose in his exhaust and puts the other end into the car. Mark pulls it out. But the man sees him and grabs him and takes inside the car. The man talks to Mark then later shoots himself. The shock sends Mark's brother into a catatonic state. The police question him and slips out some stuff that makes them think he's saying more than he knows. Roy Foltrigg, a prosecutor with political ambitions tells Mark he wants to talk to him tomorrow. Mark feeling that he needs a lawyer, sees Reggie Love. Mark tells her about the man who killed himself. Reggie tells him he's a mob lawyer. And one of his clients is a member of a mob family who is suspected of killing a Senator who was trying to take down his family. But because the Senator's body is missing, they can't prosecute him. Reggie thinks Foltrigg thinks the lawyer told Mark where the body is which is why he wants to speak to him. Mark goes to meet Roy and when he threatens him, Mark steps out then Reggie comes in with a recording of his conversation with Mark telling him that made several violations. In the meantime, the mobster is told by the head of the family to take care of Mark. So he threatens Mark. Mark doesn't know what to do and learns that Reggie has some secrets of her own and is uncertain if he can trust her. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:judicial system,  jail cell,  foot chase,  judicial,  judiciary,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  southern accent,  mob boss,  crime scene,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  confession,  coffee,  news report,  judge,  police car,  police station,  revolver,  jail,  watching tv,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  murder

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:detective
Story:police investigation,  foot chase,  housing project,  southern accent,  mob boss,  evidence,  crime scene,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  manipulation,  cover up,  news report,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  murder,  blood

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Fracture (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Fracture (2007)

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:confession,  prosecutor,  evidence tampering,  criminal justice,  murder trial,  trial,  district attorney,  testimony,  southern accent,  public humiliation,  evidence,  crime scene,  whiskey,  manipulation,  coffee,  judge,  police car,  police station,  jail,  psychopath,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  singing,  murder,  blood

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  anger,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:judicial system,  jail cell,  police investigation,  foot chase,  soccer game,  judiciary,  judicial,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  police inspector,  evidence,  crime scene,  whiskey,  confession,  coffee,  judge,  jail,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  based on novel

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest,  photographer,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:playing pool,  sermon,  police inspector,  severed finger,  crime scene,  directorial debut,  confession,  latex gloves,  bartender,  coffee,  trial,  police station,  f word,  reporter,  jail,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  surprise ending,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  nudity,  interview

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Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  deception
Locations:courtroom,  apartment,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:corrupt official,  evidence,  crime scene,  newspaper headline,  manipulation,  cover up,  news report,  trial,  judge,  police car,  f word,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  train,  surprise ending,  knife,  two word title,  murder

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:video camera,  foot chase,  pornographic video,  compact disc,  siren,  remote control,  buttocks,  sociopath,  confession,  bartender,  mental illness,  police car,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  camera,  watching tv,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

Taking Lives (2004) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:detective
Story:police investigation,  foot chase,  police inspector,  severed finger,  crime scene,  mutilation,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  bartender,  coffee,  news report,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  blood,  murder

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:anger,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Story:video cassette,  police arrest,  southern accent,  siren,  deceit,  buttocks,  directorial debut,  coffee,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  punched in the face,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  interview,  murder

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:defense attorney,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  evidence,  whiskey,  trial,  judge,  jail,  punched in the face,  investigation,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  based on novel,  murder

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:justice,  revenge
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:psychiatrist,  lawyer,  detective
Story:video camera,  foot chase,  sociopath,  news report,  police station,  f word,  reporter,  psychopath,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  interview,  blood

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Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction. This is why Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:district attorney,  jury,  testimony,  evidence,  remote control,  bartender,  trial,  judge,  police car,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  nudity

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  priest,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:police investigation,  stuttering,  mob boss,  sociopath,  power,  manipulation,  cover up,  trial,  judge,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  murder,  blood

The Pink Panther (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

The Pink Panther (2006)

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Clouseau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery. (Read More)

Characters:photographer
Story:foot chase,  soccer game,  press,  police inspector,  siren,  remote control,  applause,  newspaper headline,  microphone,  police car,  reporter,  revolver,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  chase,  knife,  singing,  interview,  murder

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The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:corruption,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:detective,  photographer
Period:1990s
Story:southern accent,  crime scene,  manipulation,  cover up,  bartender,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  interview,  blood,  murder

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  justice,  deception
Locations:courtroom,  church
Characters:lawyer,  photographer,  detective
Story:jail cell,  press,  jury,  testimony,  sermon,  deceit,  evidence,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  power,  microphone,  confession,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  police car,  reporter,  psychopath,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  train,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood

Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. This is why Cop Land (1997) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption
Mood:gore
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer,  priest,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:jail cell,  investigation,  foot chase,  testimony,  mob boss,  crime scene,  newspaper headline,  directorial debut,  manipulation,  cover up,  bartender,  news report,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  punched in the face,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  blood,  murder,  interview

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Presumed Innocent (1990)
Mystery, Thriller

Presumed Innocent (1990)

Rozat Sabich - Rusty to most that know him, even in formal circumstances - is the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Kindle County, Illinois. His wife, Barbara Sabich, has been struggling with focus on completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Mathemetics - a thus far ten year process - she who nonetheless is applying for a college teaching position. They are generally in a loving, supportive marriage, Barbara who seems to have gotten over Rusty's infidelity with his colleague Carolyn Polhemus, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Carolyn is ambitious, she who, in part, used Rusty to try and climb up the ladder. Barbara will still throw the issue of Carolyn in his face whenever there are problems between the two. Rusty and Carolyn's affair is unknown to others in their personal and professional circles. Rusty is handed the most personal case of his career when his boss and mentor, Chief Prosecuting Attorney Raymond Horgan, assigns him the case to discover who killed Carolyn, her dead body found in her apartment in what looks initially to be a violent rape, with Carolyn eventually strangled and no sign of forced entry, leading to the belief her killer was whoever her lover or possibly someone she prosecuted. Raymond, who is in a difficult reelection campaign, wants a quick resolution to the investigation, as "finding the killer" will greatly increase his chances of getting reelected. Rusty tries to dissuade Raymond from giving him the case because of the affair of which Raymond is unaware, with Rusty eventually having no choice but to accept barring disclosure of the affair. As Rusty proceeds with the investigation, he takes steps to hide the affair largely to protect Barbara and their adolescent son, Nat Sabich. Those measures come back to bite him when they and other evidence collected by the police lead to him being charged for Carolyn's murder. Rusty hires Sandy Stern, one of his toughest adversaries in a number of previous cases. During the court proceedings, many involved do whatever they can protect their own interest regardless of the truth. Beyond Rusty being convicted or acquitted, a question thus becomes if the truth matters or if the murderer will ever be discovered. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:courtroom,  apartment
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  evidence tampering,  evidence,  justice system,  investigation,  opportunism,  defense attorney,  housing project,  judicial,  judiciary,  corrupt official,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  crime scene,  whiskey,  cover up,  news report,  trial,  judge,  child abuse,  computer,  corpse,  surprise ending,  murder,  based on novel,  two word title,  nudity

Dead Man Walking (1995)
Crime, Drama

Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  anger
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  lawyer,  priest
Story:placard,  protestor,  bishop,  jury,  testimony,  siren,  prison cell,  evidence,  audience,  microphone,  confession,  latex gloves,  news report,  police car,  reporter,  jail,  watching tv,  police officer,  corpse,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  murder

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  lawyer,  priest
Story:judicial system,  murder trial,  altar boy,  judicial,  judiciary,  district attorney,  jury,  testimony,  mob boss,  deceit,  confession,  trial,  judge,  child abuse,  reporter,  watching tv,  beating,  train,  chase,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:deception
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:detective
Story:foot chase,  mob boss,  public humiliation,  crime scene,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  manipulation,  coffee,  news report,  police car,  revolver,  psychopath,  camera,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. This is why The Bone Collector (1999) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:press,  severed finger,  crime scene,  mutilation,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  camera,  computer,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:investigation,  police investigation,  video camera,  police arrest,  southern accent,  evidence,  audience,  sociopath,  manipulation,  confession,  bartender,  news report,  police car,  police station,  reporter,  psychopath,  camera,  watching tv,  police officer,  corpse,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  two word title,  blood,  murder,  interview

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Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:nightclub,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  lawyer
Story:prosecutor,  district attorney,  mob boss,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  power,  manipulation,  cover up,  news report,  police station,  f word,  reporter,  revolver,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  murder,  blood

The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  church
Characters:priest,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:choir,  crime scene,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  manipulation,  cover up,  police car,  police station,  revolver,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  murder

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  corruption,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:apartment,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:district attorney,  fine,  jail cell,  mob boss,  crime scene,  mutilation,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  manipulation,  cover up,  bartender,  news report,  trial,  judge,  police station,  reporter,  revolver,  jail,  psychopath,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  blood,  interview,  murder

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The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. This is why The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom,  church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  priest,  catholic
Story:jail cell,  prosecutor,  jury,  testimony,  scandal,  trial,  mental illness,  judge,  watching tv,  investigation,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  murder

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:jail cell,  video camera,  foot chase,  protestor,  public humiliation,  prison cell,  newspaper headline,  microphone,  confession,  trial,  judge,  police car,  jail,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  helicopter,  beating,  train,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  interview

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Themes:justice,  deception
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:justice system,  reporter,  video camera,  contempt of court,  crime scene,  bartender,  jail,  camera,  watching tv,  computer,  helicopter,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  photograph,  murder,  cigarette smoking,  interview,  nudity

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Bandidas (2006)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:priest,  photographer,  detective
Story:foot chase,  southern accent,  police inspector,  newspaper headline,  directorial debut,  manipulation,  police station,  revolver,  camera,  punched in the face,  corpse,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  murder

Fallen (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Fallen (1998)

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. (Read More)

Themes:amnesia,  justice,  deception,  revenge
Locations:apartment,  church,  bar
Characters:detective,  catholic
Period:1990s
Story:jail cell,  foot chase,  crime scene,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  bartender,  news report,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood

Morgan (2016) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:anger,  deception,  revenge
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:foot chase,  southern accent,  directorial debut,  cover up,  latex gloves,  f word,  camera,  computer,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  murder,  blood,  interview

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  anger,  deception,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:foot chase,  southern accent,  prison cell,  whiskey,  bartender,  police car,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  beating,  train,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  murder

Scream 3 (2000)
Horror, Mystery

Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Themes:deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:detective
Period:1990s
Story:foot chase,  crime scene,  sociopath,  cover up,  news report,  police car,  police station,  f word,  reporter,  revolver,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:computer,  video camera,  fine,  public humiliation,  mutilation,  sociopath,  scandal,  newspaper headline,  microphone,  coffee,  trial,  child abuse,  police car,  reporter,  jail,  psychopath,  camera,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  beating,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  based on novel,  blood

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High Crimes (2002) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

High Crimes (2002)

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she'll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire's sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer. And most of the eyewitnesses have rather too conveniently died. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:justice system,  murder trial,  shackled,  defense attorney,  playing pool,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  cover up,  news report,  trial,  psychopath,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  beating,  based on novel,  two word title,  murder

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. This is why Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996). (Read More)

Themes:justice,  deception,  revenge
Mood:gore
Locations:apartment
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Story:police inspector,  evidence,  crime scene,  sociopath,  directorial debut,  cover up,  bartender,  trial,  police station,  f word,  revolver,  psychopath,  investigation,  police officer,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  interview,  murder,  blood

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  deception
Locations:apartment,  church,  bar
Characters:detective
Story:crime scene,  sociopath,  newspaper headline,  news report,  police car,  police station,  f word,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  investigation,  police officer,  helicopter,  corpse,  beating,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  blood,  murder

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Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Locations:apartment
Characters:detective
Story:foot chase,  compact disc,  corrupt official,  police inspector,  crime scene,  sociopath,  cover up,  news report,  f word,  revolver,  punched in the face,  helicopter,  corpse,  surprise ending,  chase,  knife,  photograph,  murder

Rising Sun (1993) is one of the best movies like Primal Fear (1996)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rising Sun (1993)

At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Locations:apartment,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  detective
Period:1990s
Story:foot chase,  compact disc,  crime scene,  latex gloves,  news report,  police station,  revolver,  punched in the face,  investigation,  corpse,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  two word title,  murder

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  anger,  revenge
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:justice system,  contempt of court,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  prison cell,  castration,  evidence,  confession,  judge,  f word,  punched in the face,  investigation,  beating,  surprise ending,  murder,  blood

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