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1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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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.

Writers: George Seaton, Valentine Davies | Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

6.4
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A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" ... See full summary »

Writers: Valentine Davies, George Seaton, John Hughes | Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

3. Jack Reacher (2012)

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

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.

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

4. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Writers: Bill Condon, Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, Maurine Dallas Watkins | Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

5. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Creator: Erle Stanley Gardner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

6. The Life of David Gale (2003)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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31 Metascore

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Writer: Charles Randolph | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King

7. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

8. Bullitt (1968)

PG | 114 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Writers: Alan Trustman, Harry Kleiner, Robert L. Fish | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

9. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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73 Metascore

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini

10. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Writers: Helen Prejean, Tim Robbins | Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

11. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Unrated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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?

Writers: Wendell Mayes, John D. Voelker | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

12. King of New York (1990)

X | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

7.0
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A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Writer: Nicholas St. John | Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo

13. 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.

Writers: Adam Fields, David Arata | Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim

14. 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 »

Writers: Joseph Finder, Yuri Zeltser, Grace Cary Bickley | Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Adam Scott

15. Shark (2006–2008)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Title character Sebastian Stark is an L.A. hot-shot lawyer, who leaves his lucrative career as defender of rich criminals to join the public prosecution under the District Attorney (D.A.), ... See full summary »

Creator: Ian Biederman | Stars: James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown, Sarah Carter

16. ...And Justice for All. (1979)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

7.4
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An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.

Writers: Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson | Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

17. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

6.9
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A mother, whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in outback Northern Territory, Australia, fights to prove her innocence.

Writers: John Bryson, Robert Caswell, Fred Schepisi | Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, David Hoflin

18. 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.

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

19. Before and After (1996)

PG-13 | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Writers: Rosellen Brown, Ted Tally | Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong, Julia Weldon

20. Defending Your Life (1991)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.

Writer: Albert Brooks | Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Michael Durrell

21. Outrageous Fortune (2005– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | Active

8.6
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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

Creators: Rachel Lang, James Griffin | Stars: Robyn Malcolm, Antony Starr, Siobhan Marshall, Antonia Prebble

22. Jagged Edge (1985)

R | 108 min | Crime, Thriller, Mystery

6.5
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San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »

Writer: Joe Eszterhas | Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia

23. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

111 min | Crime, Documentary

8.1
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

24. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Drama, Crime

5.9
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Writers: David Hill, George Rubino | Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

25. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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.

Writers: Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet, Robert Daley | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

26. True Believer (1989)

R | 108 min | Drama, Crime

6.7
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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.

Writer: Wesley Strick | Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto

27. Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

4.0
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Defense attorney Jennifer Garrick acquires a Pinocchio puppet from a condemned serial killer. Her pre-teen daughter, Zoe, mistakes the puppet as a birthday present and grows really attached... See full summary »

Writer: Kevin Tenney | Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Candace McKenzie, Lewis Van Bergen, Ivan Gueron, Thomas Wagner

28. Forbidden Sins (1999)

R | 93 min | Crime, Thriller

4.1
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Shannon Tweed stars as the divorced defense attorney who gets caught in a passionate love affair with an accused murderer.

Writers: Daryl Haney, Hel Styverson | Director: Robert Angelo | Stars: Michael A. Licata, Kirstin Pierce, Corbin Timbrook, Myles O'Brien

29. Justice (2006– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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A powerful Los Angeles law firm handles high-profile, media-circus cases.

Creators: Tyler Bensinger, David McNally | Stars: Victor Garber, Kerr Smith, Rebecca Mader, Eamonn Walker

30. Petrocelli (1974–1976)

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.3
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Tony Petrocelli is an Italian-American Harvard-educated lawyer who gave up the big money and frenetic pace of major-metropolitan life to practice in a sleepy city in the American Southwest.... See full summary »

Creators: Harold Buchman, Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barry Newman, Susan Howard, Albert Salmi, Fred Stromsoe

31. The Paradine Case (1947)

Approved | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending.

Writers: Robert Hichens, Alma Reville, David O. Selznick | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn

32. The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract.

Writers: Stephen Vincent Benet, Dan Totheroh | Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon

33. In Justice (2006– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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David Swain is a successful lawyer with political aspirations and he decides to form an organization called the National Justice Project that sets out to help those who were wrongfully ... See full summary »

Creators: Michelle King, Robert King | Stars: Jason O'Mara, Kyle MacLachlan, Constance Zimmer, Daniel Cosgrove

34. 9-Month Stretch (2013)

82 min | Comedy

6.6
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Ariane Felder, a judge of strict morals discovers she's pregnant by Bob Nolan, a criminal wanted for murder.

Writers: Héctor Cabello Reyes, Olivier Demangel, Albert Dupontel | Director: Albert Dupontel | Stars: Albert Dupontel, Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicolas Marié, Philippe Uchan

35. The Last Wave (1977)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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85 Metascore

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself.

Writers: Peter Weir, Tony Morphett, Petru Popescu | Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow

36. The Guilty (2000)

R | 108 min | Crime, Thriller

6.2
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A young person gets hired to kill someone completely unknown, by someone equally unknown. Or is that true? Nothing is what it seems.

Writers: Simon Burke, William Davies | Director: Anthony Waller | Stars: Bill Pullman, Devon Sawa, Gabrielle Anwar, Angela Featherstone

37. Fault (2001)

Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.0
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Shekar Saxena is arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Priti Saxena. Shekar strongly contends that he is innocent, and that the murder was committed by someone else. His lawyer,... See full summary »

Writers: Mahesh Bhatt, Girish Dhamija | Director: Vikram Bhatt | Stars: Divya Dutta, Sucheta Paushe, Apoorva Agnihotri, Aftab Shivdasani

38. The Truth (1960)

127 min | Drama

7.6
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Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ... See full summary »

Writers: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Simone Drieu, Michèle Perrein, Jérôme Géronimi, Christiane Rochefort, Véra Clouzot | Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Sami Frey

39. The Last Innocent Man (1987 TV Movie)

Unrated | 109 min | Thriller

6.4
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A criminal defense attorney is seduced by a beautiful woman and reluctantly takes on the defense of her estranged husband who is charged with murder, but finds his career threatened because... See full summary »

Writers: Dan Bronson, Phillip M. Margolin | Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Ed Harris, Roxanne Hart, David Suchet, Bruce McGill

40. Black and White (2002)

99 min | Drama

6.7
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Recreation of the landmark 1958 South Australian Court trial of young aboriginal Max Stuart.

Writer: Louis Nowra | Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra

41. Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Approved | 111 min | Western, Crime

7.5
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Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Writers: James Warner Bellah, Willis Goldbeck | Director: John Ford | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke

42. The Fixer (1968)

M | 132 min | Drama

7.1
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In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bog, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Writers: Bernard Malamud, Dalton Trumbo | Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith

43. The Staircase Murders (2007 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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After he calls 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician Michael Peterson (Williams) becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.

Writers: Donald Martin, Aphrodite Jones | Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Treat Williams, Kevin Pollak, Samaire Armstrong, Brandon Ray Olive

44. The Client (1995–1996)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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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

45. Terror's Advocate (2007)

Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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75 Metascore

A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jacques Vergès, Klaus Barbie, Barbet Schroeder, Bassam Abu Sharif

46. A Case for Two (1981– )

60 min | Crime, Thriller

6.7
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Stars: Claus Theo Gärtner, Renate Kohn, Paul Frielinghaus, Rainer Hunold

47. The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

70 min | Drama

7.2
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A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Writers: Oliver H.P. Garrett, William Faulkner | Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge

48. Rolling Vengeance (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

5.5
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A truck driver builds a special, eight-ton truck to help get revenge against the rednecks who killed his family and raped his girlfriend.

Writer: Michael Thomas Montgomery | Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Don Michael Paul, Lawrence Dane, Ned Beatty, Lisa Howard

49. Love Is My Profession (1958)

105 min | Drama, Crime, Romance

6.9
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Married French lawyer Andre defends succesfully the case of Yvette, who committed a robbery. He falls in love with her, but she isn't true to him.

Writers: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Georges Simenon | Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Edwige Feuillère, Nicole Berger

50. They Won't Forget (1937)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.4
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A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student.

Writers: Ward Greene, Robert Rossen, Aben Kandel | Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson, Edward Norris, Otto Kruger