Top 25 Courtroom Drama Movies

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1. 12 Angry Men(1957)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Martin Balsam , John Fiedler , Lee J. Cobb , E.G. Marshall
Tags: National Film Registry Courtroom Dialogue Driven Racism
8.90    100%    97%  

2. To Kill a Mockingbird(1962)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.
Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Gregory Peck , John Megna , Frank Overton , Rosemary Murphy
Tags: National Film Registry Courtroom Great Depression Based On Novel Courtroom Drama Racism Social Injustice Afi Friendship Childhood
8.30    91%    92%  

3. Bridge of Spies(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| Germany| India Languages:English | German | Russian Rating:PG-13
Description:During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Mark Rylance , Domenick Lombardozzi , Victor Verhaeghe , Mark Fichera
Tags: Black Comedy Based On Book Courtroom Based On True Story Family Relationships Politics
7.60    91%    87%  

4. The Reader(2008)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance Release Date:
Countries: USA| Germany Languages:English | German | Greek | Latin Rating:R
Description: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.
Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Ralph Fiennes , Jeanette Hain , David Kross , Kate Winslet
Tags: Concentration Camp Coming Of Age Crime Against Humanity War Crime Courtroom World War Two Nonlinear Timeline Based On Novel High School Family Relationships Holocaust Friendship Voice Over Narration
7.60    62%    79%  

5. A Few Good Men(1992)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Tom Cruise , Jack Nicholson , Demi Moore , Kevin Bacon
Tags: Court Martial Based On Play
7.70    82%    89%  

6. Philadelphia(1993)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Tom Hanks , Denzel Washington , Roberta Maxwell , Buzz Kilman
Tags: Tough Guy Cult Film Courtroom Drama Blockbuster
7.70    79%    89%  

7. The Lincoln Lawyer(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Director: Brad Furman
Stars: Matthew McConaughey , Marisa Tomei , Ryan Phillippe , William H. Macy
Tags: Plot Twist Courtroom Investigation Based On Novel Friendship
7.30    83%    81%  

8. Sleepers(1996)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes. A moving drama from director Barry Levinson.
Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Kevin Bacon , Billy Crudup , Robert De Niro , Ron Eldard
Tags: Based On Book Violence Courtroom Gangster Neo Noir Family Relationships Revenge Hitman Betrayal Friendship Politics Voice Over Narration Childhood Innocence
7.60    73%    85%  

9. Primal Fear(1996)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Spanish Rating:R
Description:An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Stars: Richard Gere , Laura Linney , John Mahoney , Alfre Woodard
Tags: Courtroom Tough Guy Investigation Neo Noir Based On Novel Detective Revenge Tough Girl
7.70    74%    89%  

10. Paths of Glory(1957)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German | Latin Rating:AP
Description:After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Kirk Douglas , Ralph Meeker , Adolphe Menjou , George Macready
Tags: World War One Court Martial
8.40    95%    95%  

11. In the Name of the Father(1993)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: Ireland| UK| USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Alison Crosbie , Daniel Day-Lewis , Philip King , Emma Thompson
Tags: Based On Book Violence Courtroom Gangster Based On True Story Nonlinear Timeline Police Brutality Family Relationships Tragedy Friendship Politics Voice Over Narration
8.10    94%    95%  

12. I Am Sam(2001)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
Director: Jessie Nelson
Stars: Sean Penn , Michelle Pfeiffer , Dakota Fanning , Dianne Wiest
Tags: Courtroom Friendship F Rated Compassion
7.60    35%    86%  

13. A Time to Kill(1996)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Matthew McConaughey , Sandra Bullock , Samuel L. Jackson , Kevin Spacey
Tags: Based On Book Violence Courtroom Police Brutality Racism Social Injustice Tragedy Revenge Blockbuster
7.40    65%    85%  

14. My Cousin Vinny(1992)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Comedy|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description: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.
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Joe Pesci , Ralph Macchio , Marisa Tomei , Mitchell Whitfield
Tags: Courtroom Cult Film Courtroom Drama
7.50    85%    87%  

15. Dancer in the Dark(2000)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Music|Musical|Crime Release Date:
Countries: Denmark| Spain| Germany| Netherlands| Italy| USA| UK| France| Sweden| Finland| Iceland| Norway Language:English Rating:R
Description:An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Björk , Catherine Deneuve , David Morse , Peter Stormare
Tags: Courtroom Female Protagonist Tragedy Betrayal F Rated
8.00    68%    91%  

16. Witness for the Prosecution(1957)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German Rating:AP
Description:A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Tyrone Power , Marlene Dietrich , Charles Laughton , Elsa Lanchester
Tags: Courtroom Investigation Courtroom Drama Prosecution
8.40    100%    95%  

17. The People vs. Larry Flynt(1996)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.
Director: Milos Forman
Stars: Woody Harrelson , Courtney Love , Edward Norton , Brett Harrelson
Tags: Black Comedy Violence Courtroom Samurai Based On True Story Courtroom Drama Family Relationships Organized Crime Drug Addiction
7.30    87%    80%  

18. Amistad(1997)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|History Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Mende | Spanish | Portuguese Rating:R
Description:About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Morgan Freeman , Nigel Hawthorne , Anthony Hopkins , Djimon Hounsou
Tags: Violence Courtroom Based On True Story Slavery Racism Social Injustice Politics
7.30    77%    79%  

19. Judgment at Nuremberg(1961)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German Rating:NR
Description:Judgment at Nuremberg is an American film based on the trials of 4 Nazi judges in Nuremberg Germany in 1948 by an American court.
Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Spencer Tracy , Burt Lancaster , Richard Widmark , Marlene Dietrich
Tags: National Film Registry Crime Against Humanity War Crime Courtroom World War Two Courtroom Drama Holocaust Afi
8.20    90%    93%  

20. Anatomy of a Murder(1959)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:UR
Description: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?
Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: James Stewart , Lee Remick , Ben Gazzara , Arthur O'Connell
Tags: National Film Registry Courtroom Based On True Story U.S. Military Based On Novel True Crime Afi Innocence
8.10    100%    90%  

21. Woman in Gold(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | German Rating:PG-13
Description:Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Helen Mirren , Ryan Reynolds , Daniel Brühl , Katie Holmes
Tags: Courtroom World War Two Based On True Story Nonlinear Timeline Holocaust
7.30    55%    79%  

22. Veer-Zaara(2004)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|Musical Release Date:
Country: India Languages:Hindi | Panjabi | Urdu Rating:NA
Description:The story of the love between Veer Pratap Singh, an Indian, and Zaara Hayaat Khan, a Pakistani...a love so great it knows no boundaries...
Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan , Preity Zinta , Rani Mukerji , Kiron Kher
Tags: Courtroom Nonlinear Timeline Innocence
7.90    91%    88%  

23. The Verdict(1982)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Paul Newman , Charlotte Rampling , Jack Warden , James Mason
Tags: Courtroom Based On Novel Courtroom Drama Social Injustice Afi Betrayal
7.80    96%    88%  

24. Pink(2016)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller Release Date:
Country: India Language:Hindi Rating:NR
Description:Deepak is a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings. One night, Rajveer and his friends get drunk and try to molest Miss Arora and her two roommates leading to an accident. The film revolves around how Deepak fights the girls' case against these influential boys.
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Stars: Tapsee Pannu , Kirti Kulhari , Andrea Tariang , Amitabh Bachchan
Tags: Courtroom Courtroom Drama
8.20    100%    88%  

25. A Man for All Seasons(1966)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | Latin | Spanish | French Rating:AP
Description:The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Paul Scofield , Wendy Hiller , Leo McKern , Robert Shaw
Tags: Courtroom Courtroom Drama Based On Play Friendship Politics Period Piece
7.90    82%    87%  

26. ...and justice for all.(1979)

Original Title: ...And Justice for All.
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description: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.
Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Al Pacino , Jack Warden , John Forsythe , Lee Strasberg
Tags: Courtroom Investigation Satire Innocence
7.40    81%    80%  

27. Inherit the Wind(1960)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:AP
Description:This gripping adaptation of the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee play examines an issue that still causes great controversy: the role religion should play in the schools.
Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Spencer Tracy , Fredric March , Gene Kelly , Dick York
Tags: Courtroom High School Courtroom Drama Based On Play
8.20    92%    91%  

28. The Caine Mutiny(1954)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:AP
Description:When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Humphrey Bogart , José Ferrer , Van Johnson , Fred MacMurray
Tags: Courtroom World War Two U.S. Military Based On Novel Court Martial Blockbuster
7.80    92%    87%  

29. Adam's Rib(1949)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|Comedy Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PA
Description:Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.
Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy , Katharine Hepburn , Judy Holliday , Tom Ewell
7.60    100%    86%  

30. The Trial(1962)

Original Title: Le procès
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Countries: France| West Germany| Italy Language:English Rating:NA
Description:An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Anthony Perkins , Arnoldo Foà , Jess Hahn , Billy Kearns
Tags: Courtroom Based On Novel Dystopia Satire
7.80    90%    87%  

31. The Awful Truth(1937)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|Comedy Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Italian | French Rating:NR
Description:Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.
Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Irene Dunne , Cary Grant , Ralph Bellamy , Alexander D'Arcy
Tags: National Film Registry Courtroom Based On Play
7.90    92%    87%  

32. Shahid(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: India Language:Hindi Rating:NA
Description:This compelling drama tells the remarkable true story of slain human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who became a powerful voice against the intercommunal violence that has engulfed Mumbai since the early 1990s.
Director: Hansal Mehta
Stars: Rajkummar Rao , Prabhleen Sandhu , Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub , Baljinder Kaur
Tags: Violence Courtroom Based On True Story Family Relationships
8.30    NA    94%  

33. Close-Up(1990)

Original Title: Nema-ye Nazdik
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: Iran Languages:Azerbaijani | Persian Rating:NR
Description:Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ...
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Hossain Sabzian , Mohsen Makhmalbaf , Abolfazl Ahankhah , Mehrdad Ahankhah
8.30    88%    88%  

34. Breaker Morant(1980)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: Australia Languages:English | Afrikaans Rating:PG
Description:Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.
Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Edward Woodward , Jack Thompson , John Waters , Bryan Brown
Tags: Courtroom Based On True Story Based On Novel Court Martial Racism Based On Play Tragedy Horrors Of War
7.90    100%    91%  

35. Fury(1936)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|Film-Noir|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:When a prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to frame the mob for his murder.
Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Sylvia Sidney , Spencer Tracy , Walter Abel , Bruce Cabot
Tags: National Film Registry Violence Courtroom Mafia Social Injustice Revenge Politics Innocence
7.90    100%    89%  

36. Compulsion(1959)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:AP
Description:Two close friends, arrogantly and without remorse, kidnap and murder a young boy. They are caught and put to trial where their larger-than-life defense lawyer blames the Establishment for their actions.
Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Orson Welles , Diane Varsi , Dean Stockwell , Bradford Dillman
7.50    100%    85%  

37. I Want to Live!(1958)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:AP
Description:A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.
Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Susan Hayward , Simon Oakland , Virginia Vincent , Theodore Bikel
7.50    92%    83%  

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