My Top 10 Courtroom Dramas

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1.
The Winslow Boy (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In pre-WWI England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, and his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial. (117 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
2.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
3.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
4.
Scandal (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer. (104 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
5.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
6.
Inherit the Wind (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
7.
The Rack (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed. (100 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
8.
Trial (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism. (105 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
9.
An Act of Murder (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A hard-line judge is tempted toward mercy-killing by his wife's terminal cancer. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
10.
Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer. (111 mins.)
Director: John Ford