Best Courtroom Dramas

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1.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
2.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
3.
Adam's Rib (1949)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. (101 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
4.
Inherit the Wind (1960)
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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
 
5.
Liar Liar (1997)
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A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
6.
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
7.
A Civil Action (1998)
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The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyers. (115 mins.)
Director: Steven Zaillian
 
8.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
9.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
10.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
11.
The Verdict (1982)
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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
 
12.
American Tragedy (2000 TV Movie)
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Johnnie Cochran defends O.J. Simpson who is on trial for his wife's murder. (170 mins.)
 
13.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
14.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
15.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
16.
...and justice for all. (1979)
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A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent. (119 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
17.
Amistad (1997)
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In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
 
18.
Separate But Equal (1991 Mini-Series)
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A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. (190 mins.)
 
19.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
20.
Primal Fear (1996)
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An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
21.
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
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In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. (108 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
 
22.
Dirty Pictures (2000 TV Movie)
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A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe. (104 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
23.
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader. (130 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
24.
A Time to Kill (1996)
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In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan. (149 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
25.
Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995 TV Movie)
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Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged... (131 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
26.
True Believer (1989)
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A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case. (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
27.
The Rainmaker (1997)
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An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent Insurance company. (135 mins.)
 
28.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
29.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
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A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends. (155 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
30.
JFK (1991)
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New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
31.
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
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Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal. (111 mins.)
 
32.
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)
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The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual. (91 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
 
33.
Legally Blonde (2001)
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Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
34.
The Client (1994)
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A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family. (119 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
35.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
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A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
36.
Lenny (1974)
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The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
37.
Recount (2008 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida. (116 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
38.
Steel Toes (2007)
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Rage and intolerance collide with compassion Academy-Award nominated David Strathairn portrays Danny Dunkleman... (87 mins.)
Director: Mark Adam, David Gow
 
39.
Steal This Movie (2000)
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Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence... (107 mins.)
 
40.
Gideon's Trumpet (1980 TV Movie)
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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Collins
 
41.
Heavens Fall (2006)
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Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South. (105 mins.)
Director: Terry Green
 
42.
The Firm (1993)
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A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (154 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
43.
Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
 
44.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
 
45.
QB VII (1974 Mini-Series)
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A physician sues a novelist for publishing statements implicating the doctor in Nazi war crimes. (390 mins.)
 
46.
Puncture (2011)
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A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons. (100 mins.)
 
47.
Any Day Now (2012)
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In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof. (98 mins.)
Director: Travis Fine
 
48.
In Cold Blood (1967)
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After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity. (134 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
49.
Skokie (1981 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie. (125 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
 
50.
Nuremberg (2000 Mini-Series)
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The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. (180 mins.)