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List of the best movies like Spotlight (2015): Nothing But the Truth, Shock and Awe, All the Money in the World, The Post, Official Secrets, The Imposter, Paterno, Lizzie, Manhattan Night, Trial by Fire.

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Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersCIA, Journalists, Lawyers, Judge, Reporters
PlotInvestigation
StyleAction, Smart, Tense, Makes me think, Serious

When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert Burnside argues her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersJournalists, Soldier, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Weapon, Political, Conspiracies
PlaceIraq, Party, USA, Office
StyleAction, Tense, For men, Disturbing

A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA, Italy, United Kingdom, China
Duration02:08
CharactersMafia, Police, Rich, Old man, Billionaires
PlotLove, Abduction, On real events, Money, Investigation
PlaceItaly, USA
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:31
CharactersMusicians, Journalists, Lawyers, Presidential
PlotWar, On real events, Money, Friendship, Death
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Jungle, Vietnam, Party
StyleExciting, Action, Makes me think, Disturbing

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg, China
Duration01:37
CharactersSpy, Lawyers, Judge, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political, Computers, Intrigue
PlaceCourt, England, London, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Tense, Disturbing

The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion—leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, documentary, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:39
CharactersFamily, FBI
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people, Lost memory
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think

It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersTeens, Journalists, Trainers, Celebrities, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Sports, Soccer, American Football, Investigation
StyleTense

After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Lawyers, Photographers, Sisters
PlotOn real events, Money, Investigation, Friendship, Death
PlacePrison, Trains, Court
Time19th century
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense

Massachusetts, 1892. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie lives a claustrophobic life under her father's cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan, a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a secret intimacy soon blossoms into a wicked plan.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersHorses, Blonde girls, Scammers, Journalists, Reporters
PlotInvestigation, Death, Mystery, Blackmail
PlaceParty, USA
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Porter Wren is a Manhattan tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy, and anything that passes for the truth. At home, he is a dedicated husband and father. But when Caroline, a seductive stranger asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail--one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, Lawyers, Maids, Pianists
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Justice, Test, Freedom
PlacePrison, Court, Italy, Texas, USA
Time19th century
StyleMakes me think, Serious

The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersFriends, Single mothers
PlotOn real events, Survival, Abduction, Cars, Friendship
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Depressive, Serious

A single mother becomes Ariel Castro's first kidnapping victim, and finds herself trapped in his home with two other women for 11 years.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersSnipers, Serial killers, Lawyers, Partners
PlotOn real events, Cars
PlacePrison, USA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:37
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Police, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Drug addict, Death, Pursuit
PlaceGhetto, USA, New York
TimeHoneymoon
StyleAction, Serious, Disturbing

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Killers, Lawyers, Judge, Fathers
PlotInvestigation, Computers, Mystery, Snow, Mystery
PlacePrison, School, Trains, Japan, Kitchen
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense

Shigemori is a lawyer tasked with defending Misumi in a murder trial. Misumi has previous convictions for murder and has confessed to the crime, but evidence in the case leads to Shigemori having doubts about what really happened.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Canada, China
Duration02:08
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Strong women, Scammers, FBI
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Gambling, Chess, Poker
PlaceCourt, Casino, New York

Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersCIA, Journalists, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political, Conspiracies
StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think, Disturbing

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:15
CharactersTerrorists, Jews, FBI
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Investigation, Political, Betrayal
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Smart, Tense, Disturbing

Nate Foster, a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy. Inspired by real events.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersSerial killers, Strong women, Single mothers, Nurses, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Abduction, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people
PlaceCourt, USA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Heartbreaking

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:22
CharactersManiacs, Police, Lawyers, Criminals, Celebrities
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Chase
PlaceCourt, Hospitals, USA, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Serious, For men

An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersPolice, Jews, Students, Partners
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Investigation, Friendship, Weapon
PlaceUSA, Office
StyleOscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think

Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, India, Belgium
Duration02:08
CharactersHackers, Spy, Journalists
PlotOn real events, Political, Internet, Conspiracies, Uprising
StyleAction, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Belgium, USA
CharactersJournalists, Reporters
PlotAbduction, Investigation, Chase, Missing people
PlaceFrance, Hotels
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

A gripping anthological relationship thriller series exploring the emotional fallout of a child's abduction not only on the family but on the wider community, told over two time frames.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers, Photographers, Judge, Sheriffs, Singers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Weapon, Computers, Justice
PlacePrison
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersPsychologists, Managers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, False accusations
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Makes me think

Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky, beginning a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience, prudence, legality and reason.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:33
CharactersFBI, Criminals, Old man, Widows, Grandparents
PlotLove, On real events, Robbery, Bank robbery, Prison Break
PlacePrison, Texas, USA
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Disturbing

The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Luxembourg
Duration01:47
CharactersStrong women, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Money, Investigation, Freedom, False accusations
PlacePrison, Court
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, Touching

When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice, Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor, meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother - and her quest for the truth - pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:36
CharactersHorses, Jews, Writers, FBI
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Friendship, Cancer, Political
PlacePrison, Party, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleTwisted plot, Inspirational, Tense, Touching

The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA, China, Hong Kong
Duration02:30
CharactersLawyers
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlaceCourt, USA

Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Judge, Investigators
PlotLove, On real events, Chase
PlacePrison, USA
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, For men

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.





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