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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

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

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

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

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

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 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (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

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, death, murder

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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

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

Ride Along (2014) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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

The Accused (1988)
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

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, death

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

...and Justice For All. (1979) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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:judge, defense attorney, 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, jail, rape, arrest, investigation, photograph

Menace II Society (1993)
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, death

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, murder, flashback

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
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. This is why Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (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

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

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, prostitute, 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, murder

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:investigation, 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, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, pistol, surprise ending, knife, photograph, bare chested male, murder

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

Jack Reacher (2012) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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. This is why Jack Reacher (2012) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer, prostitute
Story:defense attorney, surveillance footage, prosecutor, 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, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife

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, death

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:bar
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punches a woman, whiskey, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, 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, photograph, sex scene

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer, prostitute
Story:breaking a bottle over someone's head, mugshot, whiskey, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, pistol, knife, bare chested male, death, murder, flashback

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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

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? This is why London Boulevard (2010) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (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, death, murder

Old Boy (2013)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Old Boy (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
Characters:friend
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, death

16 Blocks (2006)
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, murder, flashback, death

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

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:lens flare, product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, police detective, 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, pistol, knife, photograph, bare chested male, murder, death

The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness
Locations:usa
Characters:prostitute
Story:courthouse, district attorney, framed for murder, homicide, character repeating someone else's dialogue, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, knife, mother son relationship, bare chested male, based on novel, sex scene, murder, flashback

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu. This is why Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:prostitute, friend
Story:lens flare, whiskey, shot in the stomach, character repeating someone else's dialogue, park, gay slur, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, pistol, flashback, death, murder

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, death, murder

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:bar, hospital
Story:district attorney, shot in the stomach, police detective, gay slur, los angeles california, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife, photograph, bare chested male, sex scene, murder, death, flashback

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

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:deception, friendship
Locations:elevator, bar, hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:man punches a woman, implied sex, framed for murder, shot in the stomach, home invasion, police detective, gay slur, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, beating, rape, pistol, surprise ending, knife, photograph, bare chested male, death

A Man Apart (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Man Apart (2003)

Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge... This is why A Man Apart (2003) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:usa, hospital
Story:lens flare, shot in the stomach, character repeating someone else's dialogue, strip club, stabbed to death, gay slur, stripper, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife, murder

8mm (1999) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
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

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:defense attorney, judge, accused of murder, surveillance footage, bail, courthouse, prison visit, scene of the crime, prosecutor, jury, framed for murder, video surveillance, plot twist, trial, arrest, photograph, mother son relationship, bare chested male, death, murder

Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness
Locations:bar
Story:golf course, biker gang, motorcycle gang, death of friend, golf, product placement, park, home invasion, stripper, punched in the face, shot in the head, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, knife, bare chested male, murder, death

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

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

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:courtroom, elevator, bar
Characters:lawyer, friend
Story:criminal court, courthouse, upper class, prosecutor, district attorney, whiskey, death of friend, homicide, judge, jail, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, beating, rape, surprise ending, photograph, murder, mother son relationship, based on novel

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

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:deception, drunkenness
Characters:prostitute
Story:death of friend, ex husband ex wife relationship, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife, photograph, bare chested male, death, murder, flashback

Middle Men (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:lawyer
Story:inglewood california, vhs tape, district attorney, character repeating someone else's dialogue, strip club, home invasion, stripper, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, photograph, bare chested male, sex scene, murder, flashback

Jcvd (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jcvd (2008)

Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! In JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:character repeating someone else's dialogue, trial, gay slur, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, photograph, mother son relationship, bare chested male, murder, death

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)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:courtroom, bar, hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:prosecutor, jury, homicide, witness, trial, judge, stabbing, investigation, surprise ending, knife, photograph, death, mother son relationship, flashback, murder

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that Damian and Manute torture her and soon she will be killed. Once again Manute takes Ava with him and hits Dwight that invites Marv to help him to rescue Ava. Damian denies the accusation but Dwight beats him to death while Marv tear Manute's eye out. But soon Dwight finds that he was lured by Ava that shoots him. Marv rescues Dwight and takes him to the Old Town where Dwight finds his former lover Gail that helps him to recover while Dwight plots revenge against Ava. (Read More)

Themes:deception, drunkenness
Locations:bar, hospital
Characters:prostitute
Story:biker gang, motorcycle gang, chauffeur, character repeating someone else's dialogue, strip club, home invasion, police detective, 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, knife, photograph, bare chested male, based on novel

Snitch (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. This is why Snitch (2013) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:lawyer
Period:2010s
Story:prison visit, hit with a baseball bat, lens flare, ex husband ex wife relationship, character repeating someone else's dialogue, trial, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, mother son relationship, murder, death

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator, bar
Story:product placement, character repeating someone else's dialogue, police detective, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, stabbing, arrest, los angeles california, investigation, shot in the head, shot in the chest, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife, bare chested male, based on novel, death, murder, flashback

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

Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

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

Themes:deception, friendship
Locations:elevator
Story:mugshot, death of friend, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, police detective, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, arrest, punched in the face, investigation, shot in the chest, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife, photograph, based on novel, death, murder

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator
Period:2010s
Story:mugshot, hit with a baseball bat, home invasion, police detective, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the head, beating, pistol, surprise ending, knife, photograph, bare chested male, death, murder, flashback

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