The Top 100 Courtroom Dramas of All Time

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1

12 Angry Men

1957    Sidney Lumet    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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To Kill a Mockingbird

1962    Robert Mulligan    Not Rated

Childhood Drama    Courtroom Drama    Crime

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3

Anatomy of a Murder

1959    Otto Preminger    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama

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4

Witness for the Prosecution

1957    Billy Wilder    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Mystery

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5

The Verdict

1982    Sidney Lumet    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Drama

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6

Judgment at Nuremberg

1961    Stanley Kramer    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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Inherit the Wind

1960    Stanley Kramer    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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8

A Few Good Men

1992    Rob Reiner    Rated R

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Crime

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Kramer vs. Kramer

1979    Robert Benton    Rated PG

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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11

A Man for All Seasons

1966    Fred Zinnemann    Rated G

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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12

Philadelphia

1993    Jonathan Demme    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Gay and Lesbian Film

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13

... And Justice for All

1979    Norman Jewison    Rated R

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Courtroom Drama

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14

The Caine Mutiny

1954    Edward Dmytryk    Not Rated

Adventure    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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15

Breaker Morant

1980    Bruce Beresford    Rated PG

Anti-War Film    Australian New Wave    Courtroom Drama

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16

Young Mr. Lincoln

1939    John Ford    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Courtroom Drama

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17

Primal Fear

1996    Gregory Hoblit    Rated R

Thriller    Mystery    Psychological Thriller

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18

Fury

1936    Fritz Lang    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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19

The People vs. Larry Flynt

1996    Milos Forman    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Comedy Drama

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21

Sleepers

1996    Barry Levinson    Rated R

Buddy Film    Courtroom Drama    Crime

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22

A Time to Kill

1996    Joel Schumacher    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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23

Presumed Innocent

1990    Alan J. Pakula    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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24

The Accused

1988    Jonathan Kaplan    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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25

The Rainmaker

1997    Francis Ford Coppola    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Drama

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Close-Up

1990    Abbas Kiarostami    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Docudrama

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27

A Passage to India

1984    David Lean    Rated PG

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Period Film

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28

Amistad

1997    Steven Spielberg    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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29

The Hurricane

1999    Norman Jewison    Rated R

Biopic    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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30

Side Effects

2013    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Drama

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31

The Children's Hour

1961    William Wyler    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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32

The Lincoln Lawyer

2011    Brad Furman    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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33

Advise and Consent

1962    Otto Preminger    Not Rated

Drama    Political Drama    Courtroom Drama

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34

Absence of Malice

1981    Sydney Pollack    Rated PG

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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35

The Client

1994    Joel Schumacher    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Mystery

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36

Erin Brockovich

2000    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Comedy Drama

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37

12 Angry Men

1997    William Friedkin    Rated PG13

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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38

The Crucible

1996    Nicholas Hytner    Rated PG13

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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39

A Soldier's Story

1984    Norman Jewison    Rated PG

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Ensemble Film

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40

I Am Sam

2001    Jessie Nelson    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Melodrama

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41

Runaway Jury

2003    Gary Fleder    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Social Problem Film

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42

Jagged Edge

1985    Richard Marquand    Rated R

Thriller    Psychological Thriller    Courtroom Drama

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43

Disclosure

1994    Barry Levinson    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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44

A Civil Action

1998    Steven Zaillian    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Docudrama    Drama

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46

A Cry in the Dark

1988    Fred Schepisi    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Docudrama

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47

I Want to Live!

1958    Robert Wise    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Courtroom Drama

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48

Fracture

2007    Gregory Hoblit    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Psychological Thriller

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49

Compulsion

1959    Richard Fleischer    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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50

Rules of Engagement

2000    William Friedkin    Rated R

Drama    War    Courtroom Drama

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51

The Paradine Case

1947    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Drama

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52

North Country

2005    Niki Caro    Rated R

Drama    Social Problem Film    Courtroom Drama

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53

True Believer

1989    Joseph Ruben    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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54

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2005    Scott Derrickson    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Horror

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55

Suspect

1987    Peter Yates    Rated R

Mystery    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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56

Snow Falling on Cedars

1999    Scott Hicks    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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57

Hart's War

2002    Gregory Hoblit    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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58

High Crimes

2002    Carl Franklin    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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59

Conviction

2010    Tony Goldwyn    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Docudrama    Drama

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60

Class Action

1991    Michael Apted    Rated R

Drama    Courtroom Drama    Family Drama

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61

Helter Skelter

1976    Tom Gries    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Crime

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62

The Music Box

1989    Costa-Gavras    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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63

Johnny Belinda

1948    Jean Negulesco    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Psychological Drama

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64

The Conspirator

2010    Robert Redford    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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65

The Winslow Boy

1999    David Mamet    Rated G

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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66

An American Crime

2007    Tommy O'Haver    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Crime

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67

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

1956    Fritz Lang    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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68

Night Falls on Manhattan

1997    Sidney Lumet    Rated R

Drama    Police Drama    Courtroom Drama

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69

The Juror

1996    Brian Gibson    Rated R

Thriller    Psychological Thriller    Courtroom Drama

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70

The Gingerbread Man

1998    Robert Altman    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Post-Noir

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71

Before and After

1996    Barbet Schroeder    Rated PG13

Drama    Mystery    Family Drama

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72

My Sister's Keeper

2009    Nick Cassavetes    Rated PG13

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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73

Red Corner

1997    Jon Avnet    Rated R

Drama    Political Drama    Courtroom Drama

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74

Nuts

1987    Martin Ritt    Rated R

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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75

A Dry White Season

1989    Euzhan Palcy    Rated R

Drama    Political Drama    Courtroom Drama

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76

The Chamber

1996    James Foley    Rated R

Drama    Crime    Courtroom Drama

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77

Knock on Any Door

1949    Nicholas Ray    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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78

They Won't Forget

1937    Mervyn LeRoy    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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79

Sergeant Rutledge

1960    John Ford    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Social Problem Film

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80

From the Hip

1987    Bob Clark    Rated PG

Comedy Drama    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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81

Madame X

1966    David Lowell Rich    Not Rated

Drama    Crime    Melodrama

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82

The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

1989    Bill Bixby    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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83

Shakedown

1988    James Glickenhaus    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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84

The Truth

1960    Henri-Georges Clouzot    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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85

Madame X

1929    Lionel Barrymore    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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86

The Kiss

1929    Jacques Feyder    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Melodrama

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87

Town Without Pity

1961    Gottfried Reinhardt    Not Rated

Drama    Courtroom Drama    Psychological Drama

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88

The Good Mother

1988    Leonard Nimoy    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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89

Swoon

1992    Tom Kalin    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Crime

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90

Bellamy Trial

1929    Monta Bell    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Thriller

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91

Madeleine

1950    David Lean    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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92

The Burning Bed

1984    Robert Greenwald    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Docudrama

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93

Intruder in the Dust

1949    Clarence Brown    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Message Movie

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94

Time Limit

1957    Karl Malden    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Mystery

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95

Housewife

1934    Alfred E. Green    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Pre-Code Hollywood

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96

Eureka

1983    Nicolas Roeg    Rated R

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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97

The Tattered Dress

1957    Jack Arnold    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Detective Film    Drama

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98

The Case of the Howling Dog

1934    Alan Crosland    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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99

Madame X

1937    Sam Wood    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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A Map of the World

1999    Scott Elliott    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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