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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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. J. Edgar (2011)

R | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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59 Metascore

J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Writer: Dustin Lance Black | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton

6. 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.

Writers: William Diehl, Steve Shagan, Ann Biderman | Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

7. Fracture (2007)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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68 Metascore

An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.

Writers: Daniel Pyne, Glenn Gers | Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike

8. Bernie (2011)

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

6.8
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75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Writers: Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater | Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

9. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Writers: Lorenzo Carcaterra, Barry Levinson | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

10. Double Jeopardy (1999)

R | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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40 Metascore

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Writers: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook | Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Benjamin Weir

11. 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

12. 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

13. 88 Minutes (2007)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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17 Metascore

On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.

Writer: Gary Scott Thompson | Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski

14. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2009)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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60 Metascore

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Writers: Stieg Larsson, Ulf Ryberg | Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin

15. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

46 min | Drama

7.0
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michael Tucker

16. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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The true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother.

Writer: Stephen Kay | Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Gregg Henry, Stephen McHattie

17. Peyton Place (1957)

Approved | 157 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

Writers: John Michael Hayes, Grace Metalious | Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy

18. Perfect Stranger (2007)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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31 Metascore

A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

Writers: Todd Komarnicki, Jon Bokenkamp | Director: James Foley | Stars: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow

19. Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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54 Metascore

The big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene.

Writer: Tyler Perry | Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba

20. 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

21. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.

Writer: John Waters | Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

22. Crazy in Alabama (1999)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.

Writer: Mark Childress | Director: Antonio Banderas | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty

23. 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

24. Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | Drama, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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67 Metascore

A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

Writers: Alexander Trocchi, David Mackenzie | Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer

25. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary

7.9
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80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Writers: Amy Berg, Billy McMillin | Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

26. Spellbound (1945)

Unrated | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

7.7
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Writers: Ben Hecht, Frances Beeding, Angus MacPhail | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

27. The Weight of Water (2000)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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45 Metascore

A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of ... See full summary »

Writers: Anita Shreve, Alice Arlen, Christopher Kyle | Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Elizabeth Hurley

28. Edison (2005)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.

Writer: David J. Burke | Director: David J. Burke | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J

29. The Laramie Project (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama, Crime

7.3
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The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Writers: Moisés Kaufman, Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Greg Pierotti, Kelli Simpkins, Jeffrey LaHoste, John McAdams, Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh | Director: Moisés Kaufman | Stars: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney

30. Body of Evidence (1993)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

4.3
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A woman is accused of killing a man to inherit his millions by having sex with him.

Writer: Brad Mirman | Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer

31. 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

32. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.0
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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Writers: Frank Wedekind, Ladislaus Vajda | Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

33. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

TV-14 | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.7
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A writer meets a young socialite on board a train. The two fall in love and are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them.

Writers: Jo Swerling, Ben Ames Williams | Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

34. A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

7.6
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The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young transgendered woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Writer: Shelley Evans | Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, JD Pardo, Lupe Ontiveros, Henry Darrow

35. In the Name of My Daughter (2014)

116 min | Drama

6.1
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Nice, 1976. Agnès Le Roux, daughter of the owner of the Palais de la Méditerranée, falls in love with a beautiful lawyer ten years his senior Maurice Agnelet. It has other links, she loves ... See full summary »

Writers: Cédric Anger, Jean-Charles Le Roux, Renée Le Roux, André Téchiné | Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adèle Haenel, Judith Chemla

36. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.

Writers: Georges de La Fouchardière, André Mouézy-Éon, Dudley Nichols | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

37. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary

8.1
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85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

38. The Paradine Case (1947)

Approved | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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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

39. Jury Duty (1995)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy

3.9
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When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does ... See full summary »

Writers: Barbara Williams, Samantha Adams, Neil Tolkin | Director: John Fortenberry | Stars: Pauly Shore, Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci, Brian Doyle-Murray

40. Impact (1949)

Unrated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Writers: Dorothy Davenport, Jay Dratler | Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

41. Death on the Staircase (2004 TV Mini-Series)

360 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Guerette, David Saacks, Michael Peterson, David Rudolf

42. The Young Savages (1961)

103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. He begins to discover that the facts in the case aren't ... See full summary »

Writers: Edward Anhalt, J.P. Miller, Evan Hunter | Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan

43. A Killing in a Small Town (1990 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.8
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The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?

Writers: John Bloom, James Atkinson, Cynthia Cidre | Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Brian Dennehy, John Terry, Richard Gilliland

44. 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

45. Canyon Passage (1946)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Romance, Western

7.1
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Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Writers: Ernest Haycox, Ernest Pascal | Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc

46. The Trial (2010)

PG-13 | Drama, Mystery

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After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that ... See full summary »

Writers: Mark Freiburger, Gary Wheeler, Robert Whitlow | Director: Gary Wheeler | Stars: Matthew Modine, Nikki Deloach, Robert Forster, Bob Gunton

47. The Girl Cut in Two (2007)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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73 Metascore

A black comedy centered around a TV weather girl and the two very different men who pursue her.

Writers: Cécile Maistre, Claude Chabrol | Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Benoît Magimel, François Berléand, Mathilda May

48. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama

7.0
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A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Writer: Douglas Morrow | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz

49. From the Hip (1987)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must reexamine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now ... See full summary »

Writers: Bob Clark, David E. Kelley | Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, John Hurt, Darren McGavin

50. Physical Evidence (1989)

R | 99 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

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A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.

Writers: Steve Ransohoff, Bill Phillips | Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Theresa Russell, Ned Beatty, Kay Lenz