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1. JAG (1995–2005)

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

6.5
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The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy fighter pilot, and his fellow lawyers of the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office.

Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 15,399

2. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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79 Metascore

During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 259,245 | Gross: $76.27M

3. 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.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 167,057 | Gross: $56.12M

4. Fracture (2007)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

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: 171,695 | Gross: $39.02M

5. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019– )

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.8
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A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 16,179

6. The Last Days of Disco (1998)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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76 Metascore

Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin

Votes: 11,465 | Gross: $2.99M

7. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988–2013)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.2
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True crimes are dramatized in hopes that viewers can give information leading to the capture of the criminals.

Stars: John Walsh, Daniel David Sim, Don LaFontaine, Jon Leiberman

Votes: 1,663

8. Amanda Knox (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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Based on the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Marcia Gay Harden, Vincent Riotta, Paolo Romio

Votes: 1,932

9. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,045 | Gross: $0.21M

10. Deep Undercover (II) (2016– )

Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Deep Undercover is a true crimes series from writer and producer Joe Pistone, the real "Donnie Brasco." Each episode tells the story of a different undercover operation from the POV of the undercover officers involved.

Stars: Dave B. Mitchell, Damon O'Daniel, Judy Ho, Michael Fleeman

Votes: 73

11. Suzanne (I) (2013)

G | 94 min | Drama

6.7
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75 Metascore

The story of a family and a love affair told through the journey of a young woman called Suzanne.

Director: Katell Quillévéré | Stars: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel, Paul Hamy

Votes: 1,429

12. Gideon's Trumpet (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.

Director: Robert L. Collins | Stars: Henry Fonda, José Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray

Votes: 920

13. First Monday in October (1981)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Barnard Hughes, Jan Sterling

Votes: 1,275

14. Grandmother (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.3
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Two elderly women bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio, Tanya Gomez, Jhong Hilario

Votes: 782

15. The Last Word (IV) (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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This documentary takes the "Innocent Man on Texas Death Row" tale to a dark corner feared by all - - proving that an innocent man has been executed by the State. A clash between good and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Quackenbush | Star: Katie Quackenbush

Votes: 127

16. Gideon's Army (2013)

Not Rated | 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: 744

17. The Great Mint Swindle (2012 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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It's the beginning of the 1980s boom in Western Australia. Larrikin brothers Ray, Brian and Peter Mickelberg spend their days abalone fishing, flying planes, looking for adventure and ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Bennett | Stars: Grant Bowler, Todd Lasance, Josh Quong Tart, Shane Bourne

Votes: 180

18. Milwaukee 53206 (2016)

55 min | Documentary

7.4
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An intimate documentary that chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated ZIP code.

Director: Keith McQuirter | Stars: Beverly Walker, Dennis Walton, Chad Wilson, Muhibb Dyer

Votes: 37

19. The Blood Is at the Doorstep (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.6
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After Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform.

Director: Erik Ljung | Star: Wes Tank

Votes: 120

20. American Jail (2018 TV Movie)

Documentary

6.3
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In this deeply personal film, director Roger Ross Williams sets out on a journey to understand the complex forces of racism and greed currently at work in America's prison system.

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Votes: 45

21. Defending Gideon (2013)

30 min | 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

22. Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary

6.0
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This film tells the story of three former members of the Black Panther Party incarcerated at Angola Louisiana State Prison in solitary confinement longer than anyone in modern US history and collectively known as the Angola 3.

Director: Jimmy O'Halligan | Stars: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rod Coronado, Geronimo Ji Jaga, Robert King

Votes: 5

23. Apology (2016)

Documentary, Short

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Former Louisiana prosecutor Marty Stroud apologizes for putting an innocent man on death row -- for three decades.

Director: Gena Konstantinakos

24. Fighting for Life in the Death-Belt (2005)

52 min | Documentary, Crime

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This film follows legendary anti-death penalty attorney Stephen Bright through the final hours as he tries to prevent two clients from being executed. Narrated by Ani DiFranco

Directors: Adam Elend, Jeff Marks | Stars: Stephen Bright, Ani Difranco, Wallace Fugate, Charles Ogletree

25. The Fear Factory (2010)

59 min | Documentary

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20 years of politicians playing the law and order 'arms race' have brought a criminal justice crisis to the UK - especially when it comes to our young - where we're ultimately creating more of the very thing we fear - criminals.

Directors: Joanna Natasegara, Richard Symons | Stars: Cherie Blair, Paul Cavadino, Maria Eagle, Dominic Grieve

26. Raw Opium (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.6
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Raw Opium is a feature length documentary (and two-part TV series) about a commodity that has tremendous power - both to ease pain and to destroy lives. The opium poppy is the raw material ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Findlay | Star: John Ralston

Votes: 26

27. The Wannabe (2006)

24 min | Short, Drama

8.7
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1990. The Bronx. A young man dares to cross the line between reality and fantasy. What price should he pay? Based on a true story connected to a shooting at the legendary Palladium nightclub.

Director: Althea Wasow | Stars: Ramon Rodriguez, Suzette Gunn, Annabelle Paez, Mara Sanchez

Votes: 21

28. Reward Hunt (2010 TV Short)

22 min | Short, Comedy

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Reward Hunt provides information on the thousands of rewards available to the general public and provides up-to-date information on most wanted criminals, suspected criminals, ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Francis Colon | Stars: Bill Bean, Skye Bernard, Yva Brighton, Anita Nicole Brown

29. Defender (2017)

80 min | Documentary, Crime

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Adachi represents a young African American man who is charged with assaulting police officers after being falsely accused of a crime in a case with racial overtones. In this era of mass ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Adachi, Jim Choi | Stars: Jeff Adachi, Michael Smith

30. Rattling the Bars (2015– )

Not Rated | Talk-Show

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Stars: Eddie Conway, Mark-Antony Johnson, Jasmine Heiss, Diana Zuniga

31. It's More Expensive to Do Nothing (2010)

60 min | Documentary, Crime, News

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It's More Expensive To Do Nothing brings us into the dark and often forgotten world of criminal justice. Those who suffer the cycles of institutionalization, the complexities of ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Swyer | Stars: Steve Binder, Sandy Borum, Jody Boyle, Kurt Christopher

32. Freeing Bernie Baran (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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The heroic battle to free an innocent man. A family waiting 20 years for his return. A small town's dirty little secret.

Director: Daniel Alexander | Stars: Bernard Baran, John G. Swomley, Harvey A. Silverglate, Catherine Smitko

Votes: 6

33. Life Beyond a Sentence (2020)

Short | Pre-production

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Director: Vishal Solanki

34. Real Time (2002)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

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Going inside the hearts and minds of California's most dangerous youth felons, "Real Time" explores the reality of adolescent life in prison. This documentary is about minors in ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Miller

35. Thanatos Rx: The Death Penalty Debate in America (2001)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

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This fast-paced documentary features a balanced discussion and history of one of the most complex issues in American politics. This even-handed, nonpartisan examination of the many facets ... See full summary »

Director: Maryanne Galvin | Stars: David Paul Hammer, Ralph Martin, Michael Sullivan

36. From Incarceration to Education (2017)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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A documentary film following the lives of four formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley and their empowerment through higher education.

Directors: Christian Collins, Skylar Economy

37. The Whole Truth (2000 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

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Tessa Mayes, investigative reporter, discovers how the new criminal justice law continues to harm justice for people accused of serious crimes.

Director: Rabinder Minhas | Star: Tessa Mayes

38. The Restorers (2015)

14 min | Short

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THE RESTORERS explores alternatives to the criminal justice system and profiles three restorative justice practitioners in Greater Boston: Frank Lovell, Rev. Susan Chorley, and Lisa Fitzgerald.

Director: Rina Thomas

39. En contraste (1995–1999)

30 min | Documentary

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40. High Risk Offender (1998)

57 min | Documentary

8.6
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An unflinching look at ex-convicts, their parole officers and therapists, and the process that eases ex-cons back into society. For ten months, this cinema verite documentary followed the ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Greenwald

Votes: 17

41. Life Sentence (2008)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Life Sentence is a personal look at the impact of long-term imprisonment and the adjustment back into society. While providing positive opportunities for other formerly incarcerated people,... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Gray | Star: Anthony Papa

42. Down with the Kings (2008)

17 min | Short

8.3
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Three friends meet and live-it-up like they did in the younger days; an incident occurs based around one of the friends; the two other friends are shown pondering their friendship.

Director: Dannycans | Stars: Rob Matos, Tanvir Raquib

Votes: 13

43. Regressive News (2016– )
Episode: #RegressiveNews: 3rd of October 2017 (2017)

14 min | Talk-Show

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A MAGA hat thief complains of genocide. A political science professor exposes his wrongthink on feminism and transgender rights. An SJW course instructor encourages criminal justice students to take on same-sex partners.

Stars: Dave Cullen, Edith Macias, Matthew Vitale

44. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A Girl's Best Friend (2004)

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

7.7
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The stone in Meredith's engagement ring leads to an underworld industry, an inside man at the Naval Research Lab, an arrest, a conviction, and more investigations. Harm takes custody of Mattie, and the admiral makes a shattering discovery.

Director: James Keach | Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 55

45. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A Merry Little Christmas (2003)

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

8.4
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Harm's petition for a guardianship meets ups and downs; Mac tries hard to help. The admiral has trouble with a gift for Meredith, and Coates lends a hand. Sturgis stews, and he meets a new friend; his father preaches a Christmas sermon.

Director: Bradford May | Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 73

46. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A New Life: Part 1 (1995)

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

8.0
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A woman radar-intercept officer (RIO) disappears at night from an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic Sea. Two JAG lawyers, Lt. Harm Rabb and Lt. Caitlin Pike, investigate and solve. Harm, a former Naval aviator, unexpectedly becomes a hero.

Director: Donald P. Bellisario | Stars: David James Elliott, Andrea Parker, Terry O'Quinn, Kevin Dunn

Votes: 488

47. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A New Life: Part 2 (1995)

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

8.0
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The investigation continues into the aviator's death. Harm's past as a naval aviator is a source of friction to some of those on board the ship.

Director: Donald P. Bellisario | Stars: David James Elliott, Andrea Parker, Terry O'Quinn, Kevin Dunn

Votes: 160

48. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A Separate Peace: Part 1 (2000)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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RAdm. Boone has become nominated to serve as ComSixthFleet and to get his third star. Days before the Senate confirmation hearing, SecNav receives an anonymous hotline tip alleging war crimes in Vietnam by Boone; Harm and Mac investigate.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 77

49. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A Separate Peace: Part 2 (2000)

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

8.1
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RAdm. Boone goes on trial for murder of civilians in a village in South Vietnam. Mac and Bud prosecute, and Harm and Loren defend. Webb produces a surprise witness with surprising testimony. Meanwhile RAdm. Chegwidden gets back his SUV.

Director: Terrence O'Hara | Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 75

50. JAG (1995–2005)
Episode: A Tangled Webb: Part 2 (2003)

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

8.0
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Gunny takes Webb to a hospital, Harm and Mac survive a "hard landing", and they all rejoin in the city. Harm and Mac chase the Islamic drugs-and-arms dealer but fail to catch him; the two continue to examine and discuss their relationship.

Director: Bradford May | Stars: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, John M. Jackson

Votes: 74



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