Once it was cops who solved crimes. Then private eyes. In the Grisham era, it has been lawyers. “Primal Fear”, based on a novel by William Diehl, stars Richard Gere as a flamboyant Chicago defense attorney who chases defendants instead of ambulances and volunteers his services when a teenager(Edward Norton) from Kentucky is charged with murdering an archbishop.
Norton’s acting is surreal which makes us fall in love with his character’s definition. Many critics regard this performance as one of the finest of his career.The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters. Gere is given several quiet scenes, including a half-drunken conversation with a journalist, to develop the complexities of his character. The film encompasses a variety of emotions which makes viewers to withstand the thunderous twist the film ends with. Here is the list of films similar to ‘Primal Fear’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Primal Fear on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Gone Girl
Gone Girl follows Nick Dunne when he reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful and happy marriage begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? If you love thrilling movies that play with your mind, you’ll love this one.
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Based on James Ellroy’s novel of the same name, the film stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito. After a mysterious massacre at a diner, infamous as the “Nightingale Murders”, three detectives in 1950s Los Angeles with vastly different personas must put aside their differences to find out what truly happened. The standout of the film is its harsh depiction of 1950s cop life- the violence, the glamour and of course the shady stuff. The few books to film adaptations which might be as good if not better than the actual book itself. The film does a brilliant job of building up the tension and suspense to keep the viewers engrossed until the end.