Movies Like the Pursuit of Happiness (1971)

Movies similar to The Pursuit of Happiness (1971).

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Penitentiary (1979)

Starring: Leon Isaac Kennedy, Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White, Thomas M. Pollard, Hazel Spears
Duration: 1h 39mins
Genres: Crime, Drama, Sport

Martel Gordone had been wandering aimlessly through the desert when he is finally picked up by an African-American woman driving a van dubbed the "Shaggin’ Wagon".
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Crime of the Century (1996)

Starring: Stephen Rea, Isabella Rossellini, J.T. Walsh, Michael Moriarty
Duration: 1h 54mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

The film presents the Lindbergh kidnapping with the idea that Bruno Hauptman was not guilty.
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The French Detective (1975)

Starring: Lino Ventura, Patrick Dewaere, Victor Lanoux, Julien Guiomar
Duration: 1h 31mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

Despite the English title, in truth there are two French detectives, based in Rouen.
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Jailbait (2004)

Starring: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Michael Pitt, Laila Robins, David Zayas
Duration: 1h 30mins
Genres: Drama

Randy (Pitt), a 20-year-old convict, is taken to his cell by a Correctional Officer (David Zayas).
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The Andersonville Trial (1970)

Genres: Drama

The Andersonville Trial is a television adaptation of a 1959 hit Broadway play by Saul Levitt, presented as an episode of PBS's on May 17, 1970 as part of the anthology series Hollywood Television Theatre.
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Common (2014)

Starring: Nico Mirallegro, Philip Hill-Pearson, Andrew Ellis, Jack McMullen
Duration: 1h 30mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

Johnjo O'Shea is an ordinary 17-year-old except that he is a haemophiliac.
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Perfect Witness (1989)

Starring: Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing, Laura Harrington
Duration: 1h 43mins
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.
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Black and White (2002)

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, Colin Friels
Duration: 1h 39mins
Genres: Drama

Based on real events, it tells the story of Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), a young aboriginal man who was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of a nine-year-old girl on what was considered questionable evidence.
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Heavens Fall (2006)

Starring: Timothy Hutton, David Strathairn, Leelee Sobieski, Anthony Mackie
Duration: 1h 45mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

In the film, two young white women (portrayed by Leelee Sobieski and Azura Skye) accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South.
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Eddie Macon's Run (1983)

Starring: Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Lee Purcell, Lisa Dunsheath
Duration: 1h 35mins
Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime

The movie opens with Eddie Macon (Schneider) escaping from prison. The first half of the film then relates the backstory through a series of flashbacks.
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The Exonerated (2005)

Starring: Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, Aidan Quinn
Duration: 1h 35mins
Genres: Drama

The Exonerated is a made-for-cable television film that dramatizes the true stories of six people who have been wrongfully convicted of murder and other offenses, placed on death row, and later exonerated and freed after serving varying years in prison.
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Red Letters (2000)

Starring: Peter Coyote, Nastassja Kinski, Fairuza Balk, Jeremy Piven
Duration: 1h 43mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

After a sexual harassment incident, Dennis Burke, a Nathaniel Hawthorne scholar, goes to work at a California college.
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Perry Mason: the Case of the Avenging Ace (1988)

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Katt, Erin Gray
Duration: 1h 31mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

Air Force Lt. Col.
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Jackson County Jail (1976)

Starring: Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones, Lisa Copeland, Cliff Emmich
Duration: 1h 24mins
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama

Dinah Hunter (Yvette Mimieux) is an advertising executive living in Los Angeles who quits her job after arguing with a client and comes home to find her boyfriend in the swimming pool with another woman.
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Straight Time (1978)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton
Duration: 1h 54mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

Max Dembo, a lifelong thief in Los Angeles, is released from a six-year stint in prison and forced to report to a boorish and condescending parole officer, Earl Frank.
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Civil Brand (2002)

Starring: LisaRaye McCoy, N'Bushe Wright, Yasiin Bey, Monica Calhoun
Duration: 1h 35mins
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sabrina Downs (Da Brat) narrates an experience that she had while serving time as a convict in the Whitehead Correctional Institute.
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The Glass Shield (1994)

Starring: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson
Duration: 1h 49mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

John "J. J. " Johnson is a rookie deputy sheriff in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
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Guilt by Association (2002)

Starring: Mercedes Ruehl, Alberta Watson, Alex Carter, Karen Glave
Duration: 1h 40mins
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Guilt by Association may refer to: Association fallacy, sometimes called guilt by association Felony murder rule Guilty by Association (album), the debut album by State of Shock Guilt by Association, an album by Creaming Jesus Guilt by Association Vol.
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Perry Mason: the Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)

Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Ian Bannen
Duration: 1h 30mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

American marine David Berman manages to get himself transferred to Paris to search for a hidden Nazi, Krugman, that had killed his grandparents and crippled his mother.
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12 Angry Men (1997)

Starring: Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Hume Cronyn, Ossie Davis
Duration: 1h 57mins
Genres: Crime, Drama

In the murder trial of a teenaged boy from a city slum, accused of murdering his father, the judge gives her instructions to the jury: a non-unanimous verdict will force a mistrial, and a guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence.
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