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1. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie | Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.3
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57 Metascore

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Writers: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick | Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

6. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Writers: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland | Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

7. 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

8. 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

9. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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33 Metascore

In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

Writer: Kurt Wimmer | Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

10. 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

11. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Writers: John Grisham, David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

12. 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

13. Big Daddy (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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41 Metascore

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Writers: Steve Franks, Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler | Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Cole Sprouse

14. 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

15. 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

16. I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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59 Metascore

In 2035 a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Writers: Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, Isaac Asimov | Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk

17. A Few Good Men (1992)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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62 Metascore

Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders.

Writer: Aaron Sorkin | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

18. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Writers: Tony Kushner, Eric Roth, George Jonas | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

19. Ally McBeal (1997–2002)

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy to Harvard law school despite having no interest in law. But when Billy chose to pursue ... See full summary »

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Vonda Shepard

20. Damages (2007–2012)

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

8.1
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A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator.

Creators: Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman | Stars: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Zachary Booth

21. Evan Almighty (2007)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.4
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37 Metascore

God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

Writers: Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe | Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, Johnny Simmons

22. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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67 Metascore

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Writer: James Dearden | Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Hamilton Latzen

23. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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84 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Writer: Dustin Lance Black | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

24. Enemy of the State (1998)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.3
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67 Metascore

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Writer: David Marconi | Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet

25. Night Court (1984–1992)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Creator: Reinhold Weege | Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson

26. K-PAX (2001)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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49 Metascore

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Writers: Gene Brewer, Charles Leavitt | Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard

27. The Company You Keep (2012)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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57 Metascore

A former Weather Underground activist goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.

Writers: Lem Dobbs, Neil Gordon | Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte

28. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members... See full summary »

Writers: Ross Thomas, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

29. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Writers: Marie Brenner, Eric Roth, Michael Mann | Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

30. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

Writer: Tony Gilroy | Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

31. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Writers: Jason Reitman, Christopher Buckley | Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

32. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

6.4
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45 Metascore

A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal | Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal

33. Young Guns (1988)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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50 Metascore

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Writer: John Fusco | Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen

34. Murder in the First (2014– )

42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A single murder case is dissected from the committing of the crime through to the investigation, arrest and trial.

Stars: Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson, Richard Schiff, Ian Anthony Dale

35. The Practice (1997–2004)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Steve Harris

36. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Writers: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Alberto Granado, Jose Rivera | Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

37. The Rainmaker (1997)

PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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72 Metascore

An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.

Writers: John Grisham, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

38. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Thriller

7.4
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78 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan | Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

39. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski | Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

40. Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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There could hardly be an odder match, but love knows no reason- assistant DA Greg Montgomery, the golden spoon son of successful businessman Edward Montgomery and his bossy spouse Kitty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray, Mimi Kennedy

41. True Grit (1969)

M | 128 min | Adventure, Western, Drama

7.4
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A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Writers: Charles Portis, Marguerite Roberts | Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

42. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

7.6
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61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Writers: David Benioff, Khaled Hosseini | Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

43. Ed (2000–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (she slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when ... See full summary »

Creators: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Josh Randall, Jana Marie Hupp

44. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Writers: John Berendt, John Lee Hancock | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

45. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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

Writers: Billy Hayes, William Hoffer, Oliver Stone | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

46. First Knight (1995)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.9
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Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Writers: Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, William Nicholson | Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross

47. Judge Dredd (1995)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.4
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In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.

Writers: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Michael De Luca, William Wisher Jr., Steven E. de Souza | Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jürgen Prochnow

48. John Adams (2008 TV Mini-Series)

TV-14 | 501 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

49. Conviction (II) (2010)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Writer: Pamela Gray | Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard

50. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

TV-14 | 186 min | Drama, History, War

8.3
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

Writer: Abby Mann | Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich