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1. 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: 6,778

2. 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.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike

Votes: 138,675 | Gross: $39.00M

3. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 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

Votes: 4,821

4. Devil's Knot (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.1
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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.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick

Votes: 13,781

5. Hero (I) (1992)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Joan Cusack

Votes: 17,637 | Gross: $19.49M

6. Low Down (2014)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.1
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58 Metascore

A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene.

Director: Jeff Preiss | Stars: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage

Votes: 1,211 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Cattle Call (2006)

R | 83 min | Comedy

3.8
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A guy starts a fake casting agency in hopes that he will meet his soul mate.

Director: Martin Guigui | Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jenny Mollen, Nicole Eggert, Diedrich Bader

Votes: 934

8. .45 (2006)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A story of how obsession, addiction and abuse cause a young woman to execute an elaborate plan of revenge.

Director: Gary Lennon | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Angus Macfadyen, Stephen Dorff, Aisha Tyler

Votes: 7,299

9. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.1
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74 Metascore

In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.

Director: Jill Sprecher | Stars: Alan Arkin, John Turturro, Matthew McConaughey, David Connolly

Votes: 8,600 | Gross: $3.29M

10. Raising the Bar (2008–2009)

Drama

7.5
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Former law school classmates reunite in court when they take on rival clients.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben, Currie Graham, Melissa Sagemiller

Votes: 1,572

11. Nuts (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton, Karl Malden

Votes: 4,657 | Gross: $8.15M

12. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 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

Votes: 3,239

13. The Hammer (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.3
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57 Metascore

Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Heather Juergensen, Harold House Moore

Votes: 5,482 | Gross: $0.44M

14. The Trial (2010)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery

5.5
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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 »

Director: Gary Wheeler | Stars: Matthew Modine, Robert Forster, Bob Gunton, Clare Carey

Votes: 986 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Physical Evidence (1989)

R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.0
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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.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Theresa Russell, Ned Beatty, Kay Lenz

Votes: 1,132 | Gross: $3.56M

16. Family of Cops (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Thriller, Action

5.6
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A police detective's oversexed daughter is charged with murder when someone kills the wealthy married man she slept with.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Charles Bronson, Angela Featherstone, Sebastian Spence, Kate Trotter

Votes: 671

17. Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes, Wendy Makkena

Votes: 854

18. Gideon's Army (2013)

96 min | Documentary

7.7
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87 Metascore

Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.

Director: Dawn Porter

Votes: 650

19. Sweet Revenge (1976)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.2
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A young woman with a long rap sheet who steals cars for a living is befriended by a public defender who tries to steer her straight. But her goal is to steal and subsequently sell enough ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Franklyn Ajaye, Richard Daughty

Votes: 112

20. The Great O'Malley (1937)

Approved | 71 min | Drama

6.8
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A by-the-book patrolman who cares more about the letter of the law than justice feels guilty when his inflexibility sends a family man to prison.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Sybil Jason, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 430

21. Dark Alibi (1946)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong

Votes: 813

22. Redheads (1994)

R | 107 min | Thriller

5.9
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A prominent lawyer has an affair with a girl from juvie who wants a way out. She's taping their tryst when someone enters and kills the lawyer. Now he's after her and the tape. Her only chance is a stand up female public defender.

Director: Danny Vendramini | Stars: Claudia Karvan, Catherine McClements, Alexander Petersons, Mark Hembrow

Votes: 62

23. Hunt the Man Down (1950)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.6
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The suspect in a 12-year-old murder case is finally caught and tried, but the witnesses are a bit hard to track down...

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Gig Young, Lynne Roberts, Mary Anderson, Willard Parker

Votes: 307

24. The Town Went Wild (1944)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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Feuding fathers deal with the shocking news that their sons were switched at birth, meaning that one of their daughters is about to marry her own brother.

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon, Edward Everett Horton, Tom Tully

Votes: 63

25. Better Living (1998)

95 min | Comedy

4.6
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21 Metascore

Three grown daughters try to find their own personal ways to deal with their dysfunctional parents. The mother is an unorthodox woman with out-of-the-ordinary ideas, including one where she... See full summary »

Director: Max Mayer | Stars: Scott Cohen, Olympia Dukakis, Jamie Gonzalez, Roy Scheider

Votes: 90 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Defending Gideon (2013)

Documentary, Short

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Fifty years ago, Clarence Earl Gideon was charged with breaking into a pool hall. He could not afford a lawyer to defend him in court, and after a hasty trial, he was convicted. Had Gideon ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen | Stars: Thomas Boyd, Clarence Earl Gideon, Bruce Jacob, Robert Johnson

27. Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders (2002)

116 min | Documentary

7.4
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63 Metascore

Three Years of Trench Warfare in the Jails, Holding Cells and Courts of San Francisco As Public Defenders Seek Justice for Their Clients Go behind the scenes and enter the inner sanctum of ... See full summary »

Director: Pamela Yates | Stars: Jeff Adachi, Michele Forrar, Will Maas, Nigel Phillips

Votes: 13

28. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin (2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

9.1
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Fiona goes on trial for her felony charge. An angry Lip tries to keep the family from falling apart. Sammy uses extreme methods to soothe Frank's pain. V and Kevin get big news.

Director: Gary B. Goldman | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 625

29. Better Call Saul (2015– )
Episode: Alpine Shepherd Boy (2015)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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After a strange encounter with the police, Chuck ends up in the hospital. Jimmy meets up with a series of unruly clients.

Director: Nicole Kassell | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 4,896

30. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: And Justice for Some (2013)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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Fifty years after a landmark decision to give the poor their day in court, they still can't afford justice.

Stars: Martin Clancy, Michael Dukakis, Bill Moyers, Tim O'Brien

31. Night Court (1984–1992)
Episode: Another Day in the Life (1988)

24 min | Comedy

9.0
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In another "day in the life" episode, the court staff has to finish 207 cases by midnight. If they do, the 207th defendant, a Texas millionaire with a gambling compulsion, will pay the money to save an orphanage from foreclosure.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Harry Anderson, Markie Post, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson

Votes: 27

32. Public Defender (1954– )
Episode: Cornered (1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Director: Harve Foster | Stars: Reed Hadley, Charles Bronson, Kenneth Tobey, Thomas E. Jackson

33. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
Episode: Hill Street Station (1981)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.4
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"Hill Street Station" introduces us to the many stories on the street, in the squad room, and in the homes of both the uniform and plainclothes officers at Hill Street. After Sergeant Phil ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

Votes: 101

34. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Iron City (2014)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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An accident lands Fiona in county jail. Frank gets some sobering news.

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 614

35. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)
Episode: Let's Pretend We're Strangers (1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Robbins falls for a public defender representing a psycho, who is trying to eliminate witnesses to a murder.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Karl Malden, Richard Hatch, Linda Kelsey, Mark Wheeler

Votes: 25

36. Better Call Saul (2015– )
Episode: Nacho (2015)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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Jimmy must prove that Nacho is innocent when he is wrongly suspected of kidnapping.

Director: Terry McDonough | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,429

37. L.A. Law (1986–1994)
Episode: Oy Vey! Wilderness! (1987)

TV-PG | 48 min | Drama

5.8
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Kelsey takes Markowitz on a camping trip in the hills which turns disastrous. Meanwhile, Kuzak tries to help Ron Messer, a fisherman who lost his boat when the IRS confiscated it in a tax ... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

Votes: 9

38. L.A. Law (1986–1994)
Episode: Pilot (1986)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama

7.6
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Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Harry Hamlin, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

Votes: 221

39. Raising the Bar (2008–2009)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama

7.1
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Passionate and idealistic Public Defender Jerry Kellerman is convinced his client is not guilty, but when a technicality in the law threatens his client's freedom, will Jerry push Judge Kessler too far?

Director: Jesse Bochco | Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben, Currie Graham, Melissa Sagemiller

Votes: 38

40. Night Court (1984–1992)
Episode: Prince of a Guy (1986)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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A woman arrested for swimming naked in Central Park claims to be a princess from a tropical island; Harry is convinced to help her escape her arrogant brother, the Prince, and her arranged ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Steele | Stars: Harry Anderson, Markie Post, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson

Votes: 28

41. Daredevil (2015– )
Episode: Regrets Only (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.8
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A lethal foe returns with a vengeance, Foggy and Murdock risk the firm to ensure justice, and Karen sees a different side of the Punisher.

Director: Andy Goddard | Stars: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 3,207

42. Johnny Ringo (1959–1960)
Episode: The Accused (1959)

30 min | Western

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Virgil Kincaid, the owner of a hardscrabble ranch, is accused of murdering Lorna Parrott. Her six-year-old son identifies Kincaid as the killer but, during Kincaid's subsequent trial, ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Don Durant, Mark Goddard, Robert Gist, Bartlett Robinson

43. L.A. Law (1986–1994)
Episode: The Gods Must Be Lawyers (1991)

Drama

8.5
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Victor asks Grace to have dinner with him and his family, but the evening ends in tragedy when his brother is put in a coma of as a result of a car accident, in which Victor pushes the ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Moore | Stars: Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

Votes: 6

44. Close to Home (2005–2007)
Episode: The Rapist Next Door (2006)

TV-14 | Drama

8.7
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Director: Martha Mitchell | Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Kimberly Elise, John Carroll Lynch, Christian Kane

Votes: 78

45. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)
Episode: Tomorrow (2002)

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

8.4
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The murder of a wealthy man's two children and their friend has Goren and Eames looking at his ex-wife, but a closer look at the evidence reveals a different connection and sisters with an unusual attachment.

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 142

46. Better Call Saul (2015– )
Episode: Uno (2015)

TV-14 | 54 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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Jimmy tries an unconventional method for pursuing potential clients after inspiration strikes.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 8,730

47. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)
Episode: Weeping Willows (2005)

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

8.1
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After an exhaustive day, Catherine stops by a bar where she has a fling with another customer. As she is leaving, he gives her his number on the bar's match box. Later on that night, ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Fink | Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads

Votes: 462

48. Party of Five (1994–2000)
Episode: Where There's Smoke (1995)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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Bailey cheerfully gives his blessing to Will dating his latest ex Sarah, but that feels all wrong even when they go out together. Salinger's is struck by disaster -a fire- and theft from ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert

Votes: 23