film The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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List Rules 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 Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman Lee J. Cobb

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A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore Jack Nicholson

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck William Windom

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington Julius Erving

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The Verdict Bruce Willis, Paul Newman Charlotte Rampling

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Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere Laura Linney

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A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey Kevin Spacey

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Witness for the Prosecution Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton Tyrone Power

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Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott Lee Remick

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The Accused Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis Garry Chalk

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The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman Gary Busey

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Runaway Jury Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman Gene Hackman

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My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci Ralph Macchio

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...And Justice for All Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson Jeffrey Tambor

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger Aaron Eckhart

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Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner Marlene Dietrich

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Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman JoBeth Williams

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In Cold Blood Robert Blake, John Forsythe Will Geer

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The Lincoln Lawyer Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei Bryan Cranston

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Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy Raúl Juliá

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Murder in the First Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon William H. Macy

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The Client Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones Mary-Louise Parker

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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino Keanu Reeves

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Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro Dustin Hoffman

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Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen Danny Glover

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Ghosts of Mississippi Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg James Woods

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall Kathy Bates

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Michael Clayton George Clooney, Tilda Swinton Tom Wilkinson

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The Rainmaker Matt Damon, Claire Danes Mickey Rourke

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The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber Rod Steiger

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The Judge Ingrid Thulin, Georg Rydeberg Gunnar Hellström

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Paths of Glory Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou Richard Anderson

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Inherit the Wind Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly Harry Morgan

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Absence of Malice Paul Newman, Sally Field Bob Balaban

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A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle David Alan Grier

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12 Angry Men Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini Tony Danza

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Fracture Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins Rosamund Pike

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey Anna Paquin

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Brokedown Palace Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes Paul Walker

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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin José Ferrer

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Reversal of Fortune Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons Felicity Huffman

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Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara Thelma Ritter

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Legal Eagles Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah Terence Stamp

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The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington John Lithgow

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Jagged Edge Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close Lance Henriksen

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Suspect Cher, Liam Neeson Dennis Quaid

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A Man for All Seasons John Hurt, Orson Welles Vanessa Redgrave

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I Am Sam Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn Dakota Fanning

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The People vs. Larry Flynt Courtney Love, Edward Norton Woody Harrelson

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Class Action Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio