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1. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 285,504 | Gross: $171.24M

2. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

7.7
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66 Metascore

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

Votes: 207,414 | Gross: $77.32M

3. Bull (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Brilliant, brash, and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

Stars: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodríguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner

Votes: 11,983

4. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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68 Metascore

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, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

Votes: 97,084 | Gross: $52.93M

5. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 274,162

6. 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.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

Votes: 159,528 | Gross: $125.60M

7. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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

Votes: 93,801 | Gross: $8.18M

8. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 82,668 | Gross: $20.19M

9. Runaway Jury (2003)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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61 Metascore

A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 85,887 | Gross: $49.44M

10. The Rainmaker (1997)

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

7.1
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72 Metascore

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

Votes: 55,606 | Gross: $45.86M

11. The Verdict (1982)

R | 129 min | Drama

7.8
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77 Metascore

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

Votes: 32,532 | Gross: $54.00M

12. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

8.2
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60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.

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

Votes: 62,258

13. Pink (III) (2016)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Thriller

8.2
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When three young women are implicated in a crime, a retired lawyer steps forward to help them clear their names.

Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury | Stars: Taapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang

Votes: 32,667 | Gross: $1.24M

14. 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: 18,815

15. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 28,378 | Gross: $28.35M

16. Reversal of Fortune (1990)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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93 Metascore

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 13,326 | Gross: $15.45M

17. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 24,765

18. The Insult (2017)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud

Votes: 11,378 | Gross: $1.00M

19. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

PG | 120 min | Drama

4.5
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22 Metascore

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Hayley Orrantia

Votes: 10,391 | Gross: $20.77M

20. The Escape Artist (2013)

180 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A junior barrister celebrated for spiriting people out of tight legal corners represents an accused murderer.

Stars: David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 4,789

21. A Soldier's Story (1984)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,114 | Gross: $21.82M

22. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,259

23. Nuts (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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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: 5,480 | Gross: $30.95M

24. The Other Side of Midnight (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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A Greek tycoon's mistress tries to track down and find her ex-World War II lover.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Raf Vallone

Votes: 1,446 | Gross: $24.65M

25. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

PG-13 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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35 Metascore

Remake of the 1956 film noir film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" in which a writer's plan to expose a corrupt district attorney takes an unexpected turn.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Douglas, Joel David Moore

Votes: 11,764 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Class Action (1991)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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58 Metascore

An attorney representing a traumatized accident victim finds that his opponent is a very familiar defense attorney - his own daughter.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels, Joanna Merlin

Votes: 6,193 | Gross: $24.28M

27. The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.8
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In Massachusetts in 1893, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 1,260

28. Custody (I) (2016)

TV-14 | 104 min | Drama

6.5
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The lives of three women are unexpectedly changed when they cross paths at a New York Family Court.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 894

29. Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | 119 min | Drama

7.3
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Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he ... See full summary »

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti, Bob Balaban

Votes: 2,467 | Gross: $8.21M

30. The Glass Shield (1994)

PG-13 | 109 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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Two cops become compelled to act against corruption and discrimination within their police precinct.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson

Votes: 3,135 | Gross: $3.31M

31. The Affair (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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A love story, set amongst the beginnings of the integration of Negro soldiers from America to England during World War II. A tragic tale of war, love, desire and injustice.

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Kerry Fox, Leland Gantt, Ned Beatty

Votes: 370

32. Illegal (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

Votes: 1,428

33. Jump! (II) (2007)

105 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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Police in 1928 Austria arrest Phillippe Halsman, of Jewish origin, for patricide and allege that he killed his father, Morduch, while on a hiking trip. Phillippe is defended by a Jewish ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Sinclair | Stars: Ben Silverstone, Patrick Swayze, Martine McCutcheon, Heinz Hoenig

Votes: 541

34. Twilight of Honor (1963)

Approved | 104 min | Drama

6.3
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A murder case that can't be won is assigned to a young defense attorney. He asks his old ailing friend, a legend among attorneys, for help on the case as his consultant.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Nick Adams, Claude Rains, Joan Blackman

Votes: 498

35. The Man from Galveston (1963)

57 min | Western

6.3
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In 1800s Texas, during the early days of circuit-courts, lawyers had to be handy with their guns as well as with their law books when facing lynch mobs bent on administering frontier justice.

Director: William Conrad | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Preston Foster, James Coburn, Joanna Moore

Votes: 83

36. Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.7
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A charming but devious college student is accused of killing his wealthy father and attempting to murder his mother in their home while they slept.

Director: Norma Bailey | Stars: Eric McCormack, Matt Barr, Lolita Davidovich, Kendra Anderson

Votes: 402

37. Miss Hammurabi (2018– )

80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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The series tells the story of the life of judges and the various disputes that they have to settle.

Stars: Ara Go, Myung-Soo Kim, Dong-il Sung, Deok-Hwan Ryu

Votes: 234

38. Libel (1959)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A shell-shocked World War II veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie, Robert Morley

Votes: 900

39. What Makes a Family (2001 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.7
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A women, artificially inseminated, gives birth, then dies, and her partner must fight to regain custody of their child.

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Brooke Shields, Cherry Jones, Anne Meara, Al Waxman

Votes: 641

40. The Chatterley Affair (2006 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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The trial, under The Obscene Publications Act, of the publishers of D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'in 1960 was a sensation that consumed the nation. The movie follows two ... See full summary »

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Rafe Spall, Louise Delamere, Mary Healey, Gerard Horan

Votes: 407

41. Damini (1993)

Not Rated | 175 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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After witnessing a rape in her own household, Damini fights for justice for the deceased victim. However, she faces a bunch of challenges until she meets a disgraced lawyer who decides to fight the case and bring the culprits to justice.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Meenakshi Sheshadri, Rishi Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri

Votes: 2,612

42. The Disappearance of Aimee (1976 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

8.5
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In 1926, famous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared for six weeks. When she surfaced, she claimed that she had been kidnapped and held prisoner in Mexico. Others claimed that she ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Bette Davis, James Sloyan, James Woods

Votes: 481

43. The Incident (1990 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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Small town lawyer, Harmon Cobb, defends a Nazi prisoner of war against murder charges. Set during World War II, Cobb has to contend with the difficulties of defending the devil when the ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Susan Blakely, Robert Carradine, Peter Firth

Votes: 435

44. Suing the Devil (2011)

TV-PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy

4.7
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A down-and-out law student sues Satan for $8 trillion dollars. Satan appears to defend himself and the trial of the century and pleads the fifth. He readily admits that he cannot take on the flesh. Genesis 3:14 confirms this as he is only allowed to eat dust!

Director: Timothy A. Chey | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Shannen Fields, Corbin Bernsen, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 3,675

45. Deiva Thirumagal (2011)

166 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.2
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A man with disabilities fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his opponent lawyer the value of love and family.

Directors: Vijay, A.L. Vijay | Stars: Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul, Nassar

Votes: 4,557

46. Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)

PG-13 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

3.9
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The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution.

Director: Boris Petroff | Stars: Ronnie Burns, Pamela Lincoln, Darrell Howe, Judy Howard

Votes: 392

47. Open Doors (1990)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Ennio Fantastichini, Renato Carpentieri, Tuccio Musumeci

Votes: 701 | Gross: $0.12M

48. Good Day for a Hanging (1959)

Passed | 85 min | Western

6.3
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After claiming his daughter's childhood-sweetheart killed the marshal, one man finds himself in conflict with his daughter, his fiancée and many of the townsfolk.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Margaret Hayes, Robert Vaughn, Joan Blackman

Votes: 621

49. The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

Drama | Pre-production

A psychiatrist discovers that a medication for the treatment of acne is causing teenagers to kill themselves, and the pharmaceutical company sets out on a campaign to destroy the source of the threat to their billion dollar a year drug.

Director: Doug Bremner | Stars: Cynthia Watros, Arye Gross, Clayton Rohner, Hannah Fierman

50. None Shall Escape (1944)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, War

7.0
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The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry Travers, Erik Rolf

Votes: 575



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