The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for your personal favorite Courtroom drama films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

This list of courtroom drama films includes only the best movies about the legal system. If it features a trial, judge, and jury, then it should be on this list.  This courtroom drama movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. Including films such as Degree of Guilt and The Gift, this list includes some of the best courtroom movie dramas made. A classic court movie like 12 Angry Men is a quintessential example of the genre, but is it one of the best courtroom movies ever? Gregory Peck may have delivered an iconic performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, but how does that legal drama stack up against the rest? 

Which is your favorite courtroom drama movie? Whether you like the classic old school courtroom movies or the more modern ones starring familiar faces like Al Pacino, this list is sure to have what you love. And if it's not on the list, add it yourself at the bottom!  

The films on this list cover the most famous courtroom drama movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about courtroom drama movie lists. Vote up the ones you think are best and vote down any dramas that are guilty of not being very good. 

Courtroom Drama movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Rob Reiner and John Ford.

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    12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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    A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    The Verdict is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Witness for the Prosecution is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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    The Accused is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk

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    The Firm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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    Runaway Jury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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    Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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    ...And Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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    My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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    Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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    In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Will Geer

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    Murder in the First is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy

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    The Lincoln Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

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    The Client is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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    Witness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

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    Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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    A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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    Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    Michael Clayton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

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    The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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    Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

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    Inherit the Wind is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan

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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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    The Judge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Ingrid Thulin, Georg Rydeberg, Gunnar Hellström

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    Absence of Malice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban

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    A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza

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    Brokedown Palace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker

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    Fracture is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins, Rosamund Pike

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    The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Huffman

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    Legal Eagles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Terence Stamp

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    Jagged Edge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen

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    A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave

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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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    Suspect is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Cher, Liam Neeson, Dennis Quaid

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    I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

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    Class Action is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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