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Spotlight (2015)
Crime, Drama, History

Spotlight (2015)

When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  conspiracy
Characters:catholic,  jew,  lawyer,  boy,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  newspaper reporter,  investigative journalism,  sexual abuse,  child molestation,  investigation,  newspaper editor,  investigative reporter,  child abuse,  telephone call,  portuguese american,  hockey coach,  archdiocese,  complicity,  megalomania,  broken family,  newsroom,  pulitzer prize source,  sex offender,  year 1976,  year 2002,  cardinal the priest,  multiple time frames,  year 2001,  expose,  dialogue driven,  anguish,  distrust,  baseball game,  catholicism,  hot dog,  pedophilia,  marital separation,  ensemble cast,  pedophile,  boston massachusetts,  innocence,  journalism,  victim,  ice cream,  scandal,  trust,  cover up,  prologue,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  child,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  secret,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  interview

The Company You Keep (2012)
Drama, Thriller

The Company You Keep (2012)

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:lawyer
Story:newspaper reporter,  newspaper editor,  investigative reporter,  telephone call,  innocence,  trust,  prologue,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  secret,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview

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State Of Play (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

State Of Play (2009)

A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:newspaper reporter,  investigative journalism,  newspaper editor,  investigative reporter,  journalist,  newspaper,  newsroom,  journalism,  scandal,  no opening credits,  reporter,  husband wife relationship

Perfect Stranger (2007)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:lawyer,  homosexual
Story:child molestation,  newspaper editor,  investigative reporter,  child abuse,  reporter,  telephone call,  cover up,  newspaper,  secret,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview

Zodiac (2007) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:child abuse,  telephone call,  sex offender,  pedophilia,  marital separation,  pedophile,  prologue,  flash forward,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  investigation,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  interview

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Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. This is why Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Characters:jew,  lawyer,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  expose,  journalism,  cover up,  no opening credits,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  secret,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  interview

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  conspiracy
Characters:jew,  lawyer,  boy,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  distrust,  ensemble cast,  trust,  prologue,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  secret,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:telephone call,  expose,  marital separation,  innocence,  scandal,  cover up,  flash forward,  child,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  secret,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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Happiness (1998) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:child molestation,  child abuse,  telephone call,  pedophilia,  ensemble cast,  pedophile,  ice cream,  sexual abuse,  child,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:catholic,  boy,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  telephone call,  pulitzer prize source,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  innocence,  trust,  cover up,  prologue,  child,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

Seeking Justice (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. This is why Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:newspaper reporter,  investigative reporter,  pedophile,  innocence,  victim,  cover up,  flash forward,  journalist,  reporter,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:child abuse,  telephone call,  expose,  innocence,  sexual abuse,  prologue,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  secret,  based on true story

Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:guilt
Characters:jew,  lawyer
Story:investigative reporter,  telephone call,  trust,  cover up,  flash forward,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  based on true story,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Characters:catholic
Story:telephone call,  year 2002,  trust,  flash forward,  f word,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  interview

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Story:child abuse,  telephone call,  pedophilia,  marital separation,  pedophile,  ensemble cast,  prologue,  f word,  telephone,  reference to god,  secret,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. This is why Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:child molestation,  child abuse,  telephone call,  distrust,  innocence,  trust,  prologue,  flash forward,  newspaper,  f word,  telephone,  reference to god,  secret,  investigation,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Philomena (2013) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Biography, Drama

Philomena (2013)

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:catholic,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  journalist,  telephone call,  journalism,  cover up,  prologue,  flash forward,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  reference to god,  secret,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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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:guilt,  conspiracy
Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:reporter,  telephone call,  marital separation,  innocence,  journalist,  cafe,  husband wife relationship,  interview

The Fifth Estate (2013)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Characters:lawyer
Story:investigative journalism,  telephone call,  expose,  journalism,  cover up,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  secret,  title spoken by character

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:child molestation,  child abuse,  telephone call,  pedophilia,  ice cream,  trust,  flash forward,  cafe,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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Kill The Messenger (2014) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Kill The Messenger (2014)

Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras' rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life. This is why Kill The Messenger (2014) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Story:investigative journalism,  investigative reporter,  journalist,  cover up,  newspaper,  reporter,  investigation,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

All The President's Men (1976)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

All The President's Men (1976)

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter 'Bob Woodward (I)' (qv) covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and 'Carl Bernstein (I)' (qv) to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:investigative journalism,  reporter,  telephone call,  newsroom,  pulitzer prize source,  journalism,  scandal,  cover up,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  telephone,  secret,  investigation,  based on true story

Sleepers (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)

Characters:catholic,  lawyer,  boy
Story:catholic church,  child abuse,  telephone call,  hot dog,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  innocence,  sexual abuse,  flash forward,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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Mystic River (2003)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mystic River (2003)

In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, 3 kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy and Sean, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie, is found dead and Dave becomes the number one suspect. Sean is a homicide detective, investigating Katie's murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie's murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted? (Read More)

Characters:catholic
Story:sexual abuse,  child molestation,  catholic church,  child abuse,  pedophilia,  marital separation,  boston massachusetts,  victim,  prologue,  flash forward,  investigation,  father daughter relationship

The Pelican Brief (1993) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Characters:lawyer,  homosexual
Story:newspaper editor,  investigative reporter,  journalism,  cover up,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  telephone,  investigation,  title spoken by character

Shattered Glass (2003)
Drama, History

Shattered Glass (2003)

This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... This is why Shattered Glass (2003) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Characters:boy,  homosexual
Story:investigative journalism,  newspaper editor,  investigative reporter,  telephone call,  newsroom,  expose,  journalism,  scandal,  journalist,  reporter,  investigation,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

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Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:telephone call,  year 2002,  ice cream,  flash forward,  child,  f word,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

The Rum Diary (2011)
Comedy, Drama

The Rum Diary (2011)

Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? (Read More)

Story:newspaper reporter,  newspaper editor,  journalist,  newspaper,  newsroom,  f word,  reporter

Dolores Claiborne (1995) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Dolores Claiborne works as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman's murder, Dolores' daughter Selena returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selena's troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family's domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cool blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers.... (Read More)

Story:child molestation,  child abuse,  pedophile,  sexual abuse,  reporter,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Characters:catholic,  boy,  homosexual
Story:catholic church,  telephone call,  flash forward,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Frost/nixon (2008)
Biography, Drama

Frost/nixon (2008)

Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. This is why Frost/nixon (2008) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:lawyer
Story:scandal,  telephone call,  cover up,  flash forward,  journalist,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  investigation,  interview,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer,  catholic
Story:telephone call,  archdiocese,  catholicism,  scandal,  cafe,  investigation,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

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Superman (1978) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Superman (1978)

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Read More)

Story:reporter,  newspaper reporter,  newspaper editor,  innocence,  journalism,  prologue,  child,  newspaper,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  interview

The Sessions (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:catholic,  jew,  boy
Story:catholic church,  telephone call,  catholicism,  flash forward,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:guilt
Characters:boy,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  boston massachusetts,  journalism,  prologue,  journalist,  f word,  telephone,  secret,  based on true story,  interview

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Black Mass (2015)
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. This is why Black Mass (2015) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Characters:catholic,  lawyer
Story:complicity,  ensemble cast,  boston massachusetts,  cover up,  no opening credits,  journalist,  newspaper,  f word,  reporter,  secret,  investigation,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship

Leatherheads (2008) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Leatherheads (2008)

A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton aims to prove that's the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter's war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals for her fickle affections. As the new game of pro-football becomes less like the freewheeling sport he knew and loved, Dodge must both fight to keep his guys together and to get the girl of his dreams. Finding that love and football have a surprisingly similar playbook, however, he has one maneuver he will save just for the fourth quarter... (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:newspaper editor,  telephone call,  newsroom,  prologue,  flash forward,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  telephone,  cafe,  one word title,  interview

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)

Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:journalist,  investigative journalism,  child abuse,  telephone call,  year 2002,  scandal,  trust,  newspaper,  reporter,  secret,  investigation,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship

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Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:boy,  homosexual
Story:child abuse,  telephone call,  distrust,  marital separation,  ice cream,  trust,  prologue,  telephone,  cafe,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:catholic,  boy,  homosexual
Story:child molestation,  catholic church,  child abuse,  telephone call,  innocence,  ice cream,  sexual abuse,  trust,  flash forward,  f word,  telephone,  cafe,  reference to god,  secret,  husband wife relationship

Calvary (2014) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Drama

Calvary (2014)

Father James is a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossible as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. This is why Calvary (2014) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Characters:catholic
Story:child molestation,  catholic church,  child abuse,  innocence,  sexual abuse,  child,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

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Fair Game (2010)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game (2010)

Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Story:telephone call,  year 2002,  year 2001,  scandal,  trust,  prologue,  newspaper,  reporter,  secret,  investigation,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:jew,  lawyer,  homosexual
Story:telephone call,  prologue,  flash forward,  f word,  reporter,  telephone,  reference to god,  secret,  title spoken by character

The Insider (1999)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

The Insider (1999)

Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. "60 Minutes" and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand is hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Will the truth come out? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Characters:lawyer
Story:telephone call,  expose,  marital separation,  journalism,  cover up,  prologue,  journalist,  reporter,  reference to god,  investigation,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  interview

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Little Children (2006) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
Drama, Romance

Little Children (2006)

Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead? (Read More)

Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:child molestation,  child abuse,  sex offender,  pedophilia,  marital separation,  pedophile,  sexual abuse,  child,  cafe,  secret,  husband wife relationship

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:homosexual
Story:distrust,  innocence,  scandal,  trust,  cover up,  prologue,  no opening credits,  newspaper,  f word,  reference to god,  investigation,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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)

Characters:lawyer,  boy
Story:telephone call,  journalism,  victim,  journalist,  f word,  reporter,  cafe,  investigation,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  interview

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Citizen Kane (1941)
Drama, Mystery

Citizen Kane (1941)

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. (Read More)

Story:newspaper,  newspaper reporter,  reporter,  newspaper editor,  journalism,  scandal,  trust,  no opening credits,  child,  journalist,  investigation,  husband wife relationship

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like Spotlight (2015)
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:conspiracy
Characters:boy,  lawyer
Story:telephone,  telephone call,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  no opening credits,  child,  newspaper,  reporter,  cafe,  investigation,  based on true story,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:boy,  homosexual
Story:child molestation,  child abuse,  telephone call,  pedophilia,  pedophile,  ice cream,  sexual abuse,  child,  investigation

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