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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,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:usa,  courtroom,  elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute,  friend
Period:2010s
Story:bail hearing,  playing golf,  golf course,  black male judge,  lawyer client relationship,  defense lawyer,  rape accusation,  knife held to throat,  murder of a friend,  accused of murder,  murder confession,  false accusation of murder,  attorney client privilege,  reference to mickey cohen,  inglewood california,  san quentin penitentiary,  electronic tag,  criminal court,  case dismissed,  man shoots a woman,  playing with a dog,  joint custody,  killing in self defense,  hot shot,  door ajar,  ankle monitor,  testifying in court,  32 year old,  lincoln continental,  lincoln town car,  collie dog,  state flag,  woman shoots a man,  pierced tongue,  stolen gun,  reflection in a mirror,  confession of crime,  court room,  security footage,  plea bargain,  mopping a floor,  envelope full of money,  divorced couple,  drug rehab,  san francisco bay,  bailiff,  defense attorney,  parking ticket,  man punches a woman,  rich family,  vhs tape,  perjury,  woman wearing black lingerie,  breaking a bottle over someone's head,  surveillance footage,  bail,  arm sling,  courthouse,  golden gate bridge,  biker gang,  implied sex,  motorcycle gang,  video footage,  mugshot,  prison visit,  upper class,  scene of the crime,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  framed for murder,  dvd,  video surveillance,  hit with a baseball bat,  private investigator,  chauffeur,  lying,  lens flare,  plot twist,  whiskey,  death of friend,  homicide,  shot in the stomach,  golf,  witness,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  san francisco california,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  park,  strip club,  home invasion,  police detective,  trial,  judge,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  gay slur,  stripper,  jail,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  flashback,  murder

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:drunkenness
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:lawyer client relationship,  defense lawyer,  criminal court,  courthouse,  implied sex,  mugshot,  prison visit,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  witness,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  trial,  judge,  arrest,  investigation,  rape,  photograph

The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:false accusation of murder,  woman wearing black lingerie,  breaking a bottle over someone's head,  framed for murder,  death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  murder,  death

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:deception,  drunkenness
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Period:2010s
Story:framed for murder,  hit with a baseball bat,  private investigator,  lens flare,  death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  trial,  judge,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  flashback

Primal Fear (1996) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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:deception
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:defense attorney,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  whiskey,  trial,  judge,  jail,  punched in the face,  investigation,  beating,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  based on novel,  murder

Jack Reacher (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:defense attorney,  surveillance footage,  district attorney,  framed for murder,  hit with a baseball bat,  private investigator,  lens flare,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  police detective,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  death

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:drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute
Story:knife held to throat,  breaking a bottle over someone's head,  arm sling,  death of friend,  homicide,  witness,  product placement,  home invasion,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  rape,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

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)

Locations:courtroom,  elevator,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:courthouse,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  private investigator,  whiskey,  witness,  product placement,  trial,  judge,  jail,  arrest,  los angeles california,  investigation,  shot in the head,  surprise ending,  sex scene,  murder,  death

The Accused (1988) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  friend
Story:testifying in court,  plea bargain,  bail,  courthouse,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  jury,  witness,  trial,  judge,  gay slur,  arrest,  investigation,  rape,  photograph,  flashback

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)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:prosecutor,  district attorney,  dvd,  hit with a baseball bat,  death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  judge,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  surprise ending,  three word title,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  hospital
Story:court room,  courthouse,  private investigator,  lying,  lens flare,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  home invasion,  police detective,  trial,  judge,  gay slur,  stripper,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  beating,  pistol,  three word title,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  flashback,  murder

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute,  friend
Story:breaking a bottle over someone's head,  witness,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  gay slur,  stripper,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder,  death

Homefront (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:biker gang,  motorcycle gang,  mugshot,  prison visit,  hit with a baseball bat,  lens flare,  shot in the stomach,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  death,  flashback

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. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:friend
Story:surveillance footage,  mugshot,  framed for murder,  dvd,  lens flare,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback

Sabotage (2014)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sabotage (2014)

An elite DEA team raids the safe house of a drug cartel and hide $10 million in the plumbing. When they go back to retrieve the money it is not there. The team is under investigation for the missing $10 million. Then after a couple months the investigation is lifted. The team trains together again and then celebrates at a strip club. Then one of the team is murdered. He wakes up in his RV on railroad tracks. Then a second team member is nailed to the ceiling. The third team member is gunned down at his remote cabin. There is a female City of Atlanta investigator in charge of the murders. After investigating the cartel angle, the twisted truth comes to light. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:hit with a baseball bat,  lens flare,  death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stripper,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder

Kill List (2011)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Kill List (2011)

Story:lens flare,  death of friend,  shot in the stomach,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder

Fire With Fire (2012) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fire With Fire (2012)

After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store owner and his son, firefighter Jeremy Coleman barely escapes with his life. As he is forced to testify against the crime lord, Hagan, he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshals. When his new identity becomes compromised Jeremy is forced to take an unexpected course of action in order to get his life back and save the lives of those he loves. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Period:2010s
Story:arm sling,  district attorney,  hit with a baseball bat,  lens flare,  witness,  product placement,  police detective,  judge,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  three word title,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  flashback,  death,  murder

Conviction (2010)
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.

Themes:friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  friend
Story:false accusation of murder,  perjury,  courthouse,  scene of the crime,  district attorney,  jury,  trial,  judge,  stabbing,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  beating,  rape,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder

Run All Night (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:framed for murder,  lens flare,  whiskey,  death of friend,  shot in the stomach,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  stabbed to death,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  three word title,  knife,  photograph,  murder,  death,  flashback

Oldboy (2013)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldboy (2013)

An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

Themes:deception,  drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:framed for murder,  video surveillance,  hit with a baseball bat,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  flashback,  murder,  death

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  friend
Story:courthouse,  scene of the crime,  homicide,  witness,  police detective,  jail,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death

Ride Along (2014)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Ride Along (2014)

Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.

Themes:deception
Locations:hospital
Period:2010s
Story:biker gang,  motorcycle gang,  lens flare,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  home invasion,  police detective,  stripper,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  death,  murder

The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:courtroom,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:accused of murder,  defense attorney,  surveillance footage,  bail,  courthouse,  prison visit,  scene of the crime,  jury,  framed for murder,  video surveillance,  plot twist,  trial,  judge,  arrest,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  flashback

High Crimes (2002)
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)

Locations:courtroom,  elevator,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute
Story:lawyer client relationship,  defense lawyer,  murder confession,  confession of crime,  defense attorney,  implied sex,  san francisco california,  trial,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  beating,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:death of friend,  homicide,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  police detective,  gay slur,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  murder

Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:collie dog,  biker gang,  motorcycle gang,  mugshot,  prison visit,  death of friend,  home invasion,  police detective,  stabbed to death,  jail,  arrest,  shot in the head,  beating,  pistol,  three word title,  death,  murder

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:usa,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Period:2010s
Story:surveillance footage,  prosecutor,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  stabbed to death,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  murder

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".

Locations:courtroom,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:golden gate bridge,  jury,  framed for murder,  san francisco california,  trial,  judge,  arrest,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  murder

Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute,  friend
Story:man punches a woman,  death of friend,  shot in the stomach,  police detective,  trial,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  gay slur,  arrest,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  death

Police Story (1985)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Police Story (1985)

Kevin Chan (aka Jackie) is a Hong-Kong cop, who scores his first big hit by virtually single-handedly capturing and arresting a big drug- lord. Of course, the drug-lord isn't too happy about this, and frames Kevin with the murder of another cop (who happened to be on the take). Kevin has to clear his name, whilst keeping himself from getting killed or arrested, and keeping his girlfriend from leaving him. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:lawyer
Story:knife held to throat,  testifying in court,  framed for murder,  hit with a baseball bat,  witness,  product placement,  home invasion,  police detective,  trial,  judge,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:bar
Period:2010s
Story:man punches a woman,  biker gang,  motorcycle gang,  prison visit,  death of friend,  product placement,  home invasion,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  death

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:deception,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:framed for murder,  private investigator,  death of friend,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  police detective,  gay slur,  stripper,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  death

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punches a woman,  prison visit,  hit with a baseball bat,  lens flare,  death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  gay slur,  jail,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  death

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:man punches a woman,  breaking a bottle over someone's head,  lens flare,  shot in the stomach,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  police detective,  stabbing,  stripper,  jail,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:hospital
Story:hit with a baseball bat,  lens flare,  shot in the stomach,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  los angeles california,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Absolute Power (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Absolute Power (1997)

Based on the novel by David Baldacci, Absolute Power is about the ruthlessness of people in power. The President believes that everything he does is beyond reproach, including an affair or two. That leads to murder and everyone around him is involved. There is only one witness, a thief named Luther Whitney. They are sure he'll talk, but when? The Secret Service is determined to keep him quiet, but catching a thief isn't always easy. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:man punches a woman,  prosecutor,  framed for murder,  witness,  home invasion,  police detective,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  rape,  pistol,  knife,  photograph,  based on novel,  murder,  death

Taken 3 (2014) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Thriller

Taken 3 (2014)

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his "particular set of skills," to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now - his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator
Story:golf course,  framed for murder,  lens flare,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  product placement,  police detective,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  murder,  death,  flashback

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Action

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:arm sling,  courthouse,  prosecutor,  district attorney,  private investigator,  witness,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  gay slur,  stripper,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  murder

Takers (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:bar,  hospital
Story:surveillance footage,  mugshot,  hit with a baseball bat,  death of friend,  shot in the stomach,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

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:deception,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute,  friend
Story:death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  trial,  judge,  stabbed in the chest,  gay slur,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death

Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar,  hospital
Characters:prostitute
Period:2010s
Story:surveillance footage,  lens flare,  death of friend,  strip club,  police detective,  stripper,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

London Boulevard (2010)
Crime, Drama

London Boulevard (2010)

Fresh out of prison, Mitchel wants nothing to do with crime but accepts a kip from Billy, a marginal grafter, and accompanies Billy on rent collection trips. He's also old school, wanting revenge on two youths for assaulting a mendicant he's befriended. He's got a strung-out sister to protect, and he's offered a job protecting a famous actress from paparazzi. The plot lines join when Michael finds himself attracted to the actress and Billy's Mob boss, Gant, finds ways to force Michael work for him. He also warns Michael off revenge against the assailants of his friend. What are Michael's options: is there any way to avoid Gant, protect his sister, and find a path to love? (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:death of friend,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  strip club,  police detective,  stabbed to death,  stripper,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  death

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute,  friend
Story:breaking a bottle over someone's head,  lying,  gay slur,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  photograph,  murder,  death

8mm (1999)
Mystery, Thriller

8mm (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:bar,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute
Story:private investigator,  homicide,  strip club,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  gay slur,  stripper,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Gangster Squad (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gangster Squad (2013)

It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute
Story:lens flare,  death of friend,  shot in the stomach,  witness,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  police detective,  judge,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  knife,  bare chested male,  murder,  death

Derailed (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Derailed (2005)

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute
Story:lying,  police detective,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  flashback,  death,  murder

Appaloosa (2008)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Western

Appaloosa (2008)

1882, New Mexico Territory. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen, hired by desperate towns as marshal and deputy. The city fathers of Appaloosa hire them after Randall Bragg, a newly-arrived rancher with money and a gang of thugs, disrupts commerce and kills three local lawmen. Cole and Hitch contrive to arrest Bragg and bring him to trial, but hanging him proves difficult. Meanwhile, a widow has arrived in town, Allison French, pretty, refined, and good-natured. Virgil falls hard, and it seems mutual, but there may be more to Allie than meets the eye. Can friendship and skill with a gun overcome a pernicious villain and green-eyed jealousy? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  prostitute,  friend
Story:witness,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  trial,  judge,  jail,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  rape,  pistol,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  death

The Purge (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge (2013)

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:upper class,  hit with a baseball bat,  lens flare,  death of friend,  shot in the stomach,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  knife,  mother son relationship,  murder,  death

The November Man (2014) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The November Man (2014)

Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:friend
Period:2010s
Story:strip club,  home invasion,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stripper,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  photograph,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  sex scene,  murder,  death,  flashback

The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness
Locations:usa,  elevator,  hospital
Story:mugshot,  scene of the crime,  framed for murder,  home invasion,  police detective,  judge,  jail,  arrest,  punched in the face,  investigation,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  surprise ending,  photograph,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  flashback

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