My Collection: Legal, Courtroom & Crime

This is a collection of my favourite legal, courtroom, crime and law enforcement dramas and TV shows. It will be updated as I add to my collection
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1.
A Few Good Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
2.
Alpha Dog (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. (118 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
3.
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper. (99 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
4.
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
5.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A docu-drama covering one of the most famous murder cases in New Zealand history. Did Arthur Thomas... (129 mins.)
Director: John Laing
 
6.
Black Rain (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
7.
Body Double (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
8.
Brubaker (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate. (131 mins.)
 
9.
Charley Varrick (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
10.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database. (106 mins.)
Director: McG
 
11.
Class Action (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Jed Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a... (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
12.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform. (126 mins.)
 
13.
CSI: Miami (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit. (43 mins.)
 
14.
Damages (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator. (60 mins.)
 
15.
Edge of Darkness (1985 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force... (307 mins.)
 
16.
Extreme Measures (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts... (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
17.
Eye for an Eye (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice. (101 mins.)
 
18.
Falling Down (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
19.
Family Business (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else... (110 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
20.
Fear City (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and maimed by a psycho-killer. A conflicted ex-boxer-turned-talent-manager and his business partner and friend, who represent some of the girls, set out to find him before he strikes again. (95 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
21.
Firewall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom. (105 mins.)
 
22.
First Monday in October (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate. (98 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
23.
Falling Down (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
24.
Flawless (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door. (112 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
25.
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost. (125 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
26.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
27.
French Connection II (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York. (119 mins.)
 
28.
Hell Drivers (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's rackets. (108 mins.)
 
29.
High Crimes (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who has been living under a false name, is arrested by military police and placed on trial for the murder of villagers while he was in the Marines. (115 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
30.
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group. (116 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
31.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
32.
Just Cause (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child. (102 mins.)
Director: Arne Glimcher
 
33.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
34.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. (45 mins.)
 
35.
Legal Eagles (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit. (116 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
36.
Magnum Force (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
37.
Married Life (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce. (91 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
 
38.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce A. Evans
 
39.
Murderers' Row (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Handsome top-secret American agent Matt Helm must recover a laser-weapons inventor who has been kidnapped by arch-villain Julian Wall. (105 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
40.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
41.
Night Moves (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling. (100 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
42.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
 
43.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
44.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
 
45.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
46.
The Presidio (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
47.
Presumed Innocent (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else. (127 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
48.
Prime Suspect (1991 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. (207 mins.)
 
49.
Rising Sun (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When an escort girl is found dead in the offices of a Japanese company in Los Angeles, detectives Web Smith and John Connor act as liaison between the company's executives and the investigating cop Tom Graham. (125 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
50.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
51.
Runaway Jury (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer. (127 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
52.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
53.
Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A brave longshoreman lingers on after being gunned down by 3 racketeers, as a determined assistant D.A. searches hard for fearful witnesses against the men. (103 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
54.
Snake Eyes (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
55.
Stormy Monday (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
56.
A Stranger Among Us (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder... (110 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
57.
Striptease (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A stripper and single mother gets dragged into a dangerous situation after a congressman takes a fancy to her. (115 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bergman
 
58.
Sudden Impact (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case. (117 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
59.
The Avengers (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Two British agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine. (89 mins.)
 
60.
The Chase (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town. (135 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
61.
The Dead Pool (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target. (91 mins.)
Director: Buddy Van Horn
 
62.
The Devil's Own (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding. (111 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
63.
The Enforcer (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Dirty Harry must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with a rookie female partner that he's not too excited to be working with. (96 mins.)
Director: James Fargo
 
64.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
65.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
 
66.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing. (162 mins.)
 
67.
The Good Wife (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm. (43 mins.)
 
68.
The Juror (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When Annie Laird is selected as a juror in a big Mafia trial, she is forced by someone known as "The... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
69.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places... (114 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
70.
The Package (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him. (108 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
71.
The Paper Chase (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor. (113 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
72.
The Pelican Brief (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. (141 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
73.
The Rock (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
74.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
75.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
76.
The Verdict (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
77.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective. (113 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
78.
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
 
79.
Under Suspicion (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder... (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
80.
Witness (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
81.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime. (118 mins.)
Director: Brad Furman
 
82.
JAG (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy fighter pilot, and his fellow lawyers of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office. (60 mins.)
 
83.
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