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1. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 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.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 49,128

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

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee

Votes: 59,244

3. Jack Reacher (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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50 Metascore

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog

Votes: 225,768 | Gross: $80.03M

4. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 131,192 | Gross: $56.06M

5. 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.

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

Votes: 105,257 | Gross: $34.47M

6. Boston Legal (2004–2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running Kelley series The Practice, following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

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

Votes: 34,644

7. Night Court (1984–1992)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson

Votes: 6,771

8. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 53,707 | Gross: $35.00M

9. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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63 Metascore

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

Votes: 173,414 | Gross: $57.98M

10. Matlock (1986–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 4,283

11. High Crimes (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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48 Metascore

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a... See full summary »

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Adam Scott

Votes: 29,982 | Gross: $41.54M

12. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Approved | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 62,827

13. Franklin & Bash (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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Lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are recruited by a large firm's major partner after winning a high-profile case.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 11,858

14. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 89,364 | Gross: $59.59M

15. Brokedown Palace (1999)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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44 Metascore

Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim

Votes: 18,669 | Gross: $10.11M

16. Just Cause (1995)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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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.

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood

Votes: 19,505 | Gross: $36.85M

17. ...and justice for all. (1979)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

Votes: 22,928

18. You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)

134 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Deirdre O'Connell

Votes: 21,913

19. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 18,987 | Gross: $3.12M

20. Harry's Law (2011– )

43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A group of misfit lawyers form an unconventional firm.

Stars: Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Christopher McDonald, Karen Olivo

Votes: 5,209

21. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A LAPD detective is on the trail of a very handsome young man who had been seducing and slashing many young women to death.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 4,334

22. The Ten (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

5.1
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50 Metascore

Ten stories, each inspired by one of the ten commandments.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody

Votes: 15,295 | Gross: $0.77M

23. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000–2007)

TV-14 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Third-rate superhero Harvey Birdman gets a new lease on life when he becomes a lawyer.

Stars: Gary Cole, Stephen Colbert, Thomas Allen, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 8,284

24. Phil Spector (2013 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 5,040

25. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 19,155 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Suspect (1987)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney

Votes: 6,927 | Gross: $18.78M

27. Submarino (2010)

105 min | Drama

7.6
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Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Votes: 7,243

28. Criminal Law (1988)

R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller

5.8
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Oldman plays a lawyer who defends a killer, but, soon after he wins he finds out that the killer is guilty.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young

Votes: 2,602 | Gross: $9.97M

29. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Votes: 5,149

30. A Case of Rape (1974 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.9
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When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse, was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system, when she reported it, ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, William Daniels, Cliff Potts, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 240

31. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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58 Metascore

A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm

Votes: 5,081 | Gross: $9.88M

32. Zoot Suit (1981)

R | 103 min | Drama, Musical

6.8
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A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly

Votes: 825

33. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 3,771

34. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 TV Movie)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary

7.7
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The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon, Tim Sullivan

Votes: 5,306

35. The Talk of the Town (1942)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 5,298

36. The Confession (1999)

R | 114 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving, Ryan Marsini, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 1,735

37. Not With My Daughter (2014 TV Movie)

90 min | Thriller

5.4
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High-profile defense attorney Melissa Eco is determined to change her image from the "lawyer to go to when you're rich and guilty and want to beat the system." So she takes on the charity ... See full summary »

Director: Penelope Buitenhuis | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Rhys Ward, Annie Clark, Erik Knudsen

Votes: 82

38. The Client (1995–1996)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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This series was based on the book by John Grisham about Reggie Love, a lawyer, who just started her practice and is also a recovering alcoholic which was made into a movie starring Susan ... See full summary »

Stars: JoBeth Williams, John Heard, Polly Holliday, David Barry Gray

Votes: 157

39. Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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In this sequel, a couple must use a portal through time to defeat evil.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 3,008

40. Raw Deal (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland

Votes: 2,568

41. Cherish (2002)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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51 Metascore

After a martini-induced rampage, a fantasy-prone young woman is placed under house arrest.

Director: Finn Taylor | Stars: Robin Tunney, Tim Blake Nelson, Brad Hunt, Liz Phair

Votes: 2,342 | Gross: $0.16M

42. The Naked Edge (1961)

Approved | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Eric Portman, Diane Cilento

Votes: 612

43. The Near Room (1995)

90 min | Thriller, Drama

5.2
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Charlie Colquhoun is a journalist whose career is floundering. As a teenager, he fathered a daughter, Tommy, who was committed to foster care as an infant. Seventeen years later, Charlie, ... See full summary »

Director: David Hayman | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, David O'Hara, David Hayman, Julie Graham

Votes: 136

44. Walking Tall: Lone Justice (2007 Video)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.0
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In Dallas, when the two prime witnesses against the drug-lord Octavio Perez are murdered by his gangsters in a safe-house, the testimony of the FBI agent Kate Jensen and three other agents ... See full summary »

Director: Tripp Reed | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Yvette Nipar, Haley Ramm, Elizabeth Barondes

Votes: 1,256

45. Illegal (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

Votes: 1,043

46. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,176 | Gross: $0.06M

47. Remember: War of the Son (2015– )

Drama, Thriller

7.9
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A son's innocent father accused of a crime he didn't commit.

Stars: Seung-ho Yoo, Min-Young Park, Si-eon Lee, Gung-Min Nam

Votes: 136

48. A Free Soul (1931)

Passed | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable

Votes: 1,549

49. The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is whispered and gossiped as a romantic ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 559

50. The Rack (1956)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, War

6.8
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A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Paul Newman, Wendell Corey, Walter Pidgeon, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 797