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1. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Active

8.2
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Creator: Peter Nowalk | Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Writers: Stephen King, Frank Darabont | Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

3. The Judge (2014)

R | 141 min | Drama

7.6
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48 Metascore

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Writers: Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, David Dobkin | Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton

4. The Good Wife (2009– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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.

Creator: Michelle King | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Active

8.1
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This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

6. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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66 Metascore

Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Priest | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

7. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Writers: Bob Kane, David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

8. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.2
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70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

9. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

Writers: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

10. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure

7.8
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81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan | Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

11. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

8.9
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A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

Writer: Reginald Rose | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

12. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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68 Metascore

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder | Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Craig Van Hook

13. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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76 Metascore

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Frank Abagnale Jr., Stan Redding | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

14. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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45 Metascore

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Pete Collins | Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

15. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

16. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Writers: Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana | Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

17. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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73 Metascore

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Writers: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Jorgen Klubien, Dan Fogelman, Kiel Murray, Phil Lorin, Bonnie Hunt, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Don Lake, Steve Purcell, Dan Scanlon | Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

18. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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88 Metascore

To avoid being taken away to a nursing home, an old widower tries to fly his home to Paradise Falls, South America, along with a boy scout who accidently lifted off with him.

Writers: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Thomas McCarthy | Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

19. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

6.8
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68 Metascore

A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.

Writers: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur | Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes

20. Step Up (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.5
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48 Metascore

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

Writers: Duane Adler, Melissa Rosenberg | Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington

21. Starship Troopers (1997)

R | 129 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.2
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51 Metascore

Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.

Writers: Edward Neumeier, Robert A. Heinlein | Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey

22. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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62 Metascore

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Writers: Robert Gordon, Daniel Handler | Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken

23. The Boondock Saints (1999)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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44 Metascore

Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.

Writer: Troy Duffy | Director: Troy Duffy | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco

24. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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52 Metascore

The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.

Writers: Bruce Porter, David McKenna, Nick Cassavetes | Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

25. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Writer: Terrence Malick | Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

26. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

8.4
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

Writers: Harper Lee, Horton Foote | Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

27. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Writer: Patty Jenkins | Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

28. Side Effects (I) (2013)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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75 Metascore

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Writer: Scott Z. Burns | Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones

29. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

Writers: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson | Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

30. Devil's Advocate (1997)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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60 Metascore

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

Writers: Andrew Neiderman, Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

31. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Drama

8.0
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99 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Dmitri is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Dmitri and his family.

Writers: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev | Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov

32. The Bling Ring (2013)

R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.6
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66 Metascore

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

Writers: Sofia Coppola, Nancy Jo Sales | Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien

33. Erin Brockovich (2000)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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73 Metascore

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.

Writer: Susannah Grant | Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

34. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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54 Metascore

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K.

Writers: John Grisham, Akiva Goldsman | Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

35. Casino (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.2
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73 Metascore

Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two mobster best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire.

Writers: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

36. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Writers: Budd Schulberg, Malcolm Johnson | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

37. Devil's Knot (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.9
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42 Metascore

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Writers: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt | Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick

38. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.0
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A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son whom were murdered by a motorcycle gang in retaliation for the death of their leader.

Writers: James McCausland, George Miller | Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

39. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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63 Metascore

A defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.

Writers: John Romano, Michael Connelly | Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

40. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Writers: David Hare, Bernhard Schlink | Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

41. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.5
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Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Writers: Lionel Bart, Vernon Harris, Charles Dickens | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

42. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Writers: Peter Morgan, Philippa Gregory | Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

43. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Writer: Louis Sachar | Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

44. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.1
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56 Metascore

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander | Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

45. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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76 Metascore

A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker.

Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg, Stieg Larsson | Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

46. Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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59 Metascore

When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

Writers: Amanda Brown, Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith | Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis

47. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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79 Metascore

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Writers: Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness, David Mamet | Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

48. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Writer: Dale Launer | Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

49. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Writer: Gary Ross | Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Reese Witherspoon

50. Boston Legal (2004–2008)

44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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This Spinoff of The Practice will focus on Civil Law.

Stars: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois