The Best Courtroom Drama Movies Films

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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    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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    - 26
    To Kill a Mockingbird


    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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  4. 4
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    Philadelphia


    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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  5. 5
    + 83
    - 17
    The Verdict

    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

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    - 8
    The Accused


    Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk

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    The Firm


    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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  8. 8
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    - 10
    Primal Fear

    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    - 11
    A Time to Kill

    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Runaway Jury

    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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    - 9
    Witness for the Prosecution

    added by wiabux
    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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    - 14
    Judgment at Nuremberg


    Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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  13. 13
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    added by HumbertoIbarra
    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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  14. 14
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    ...And Justice for All

    added by wiabux
    Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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  15. 15
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    Presumed Innocent

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    Erin Brockovich


    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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    In Cold Blood


    Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Will Geer

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    Kramer vs. Kramer


    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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    Ghosts of Mississippi


    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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    Murder in the First


    Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy

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    The Devil's Advocate


    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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    - 5
    My Cousin Vinny

    ranked low on reranks
    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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    - 3
    The Lincoln Lawyer

    ranked low on reranks & added by v.fizero.0
    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

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    - 9
    Witness


    Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

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    Sleepers


    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    The Client


    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

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    - 16
    Michael Clayton

    added by HumbertoIbarra
    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

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    Paths of Glory


    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

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    The Rainmaker

    ranked low on reranks
    Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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    + 21
    - 8
    A Civil Action

    added by willyboymcoy
    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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    + 21
    - 9
    A Soldier's Story


    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    + 22
    - 10
    Absence of Malice


    Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban

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    - 13
    Amistad


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    + 20
    - 12
    The Hurricane


    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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    + 15
    - 8
    Brokedown Palace


    Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker

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    + 10
    - 6
    Reversal of Fortune


    Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Huffman

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    + 33
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    Inherit the Wind

    ranked low on reranks & added by HumbertoIbarra
    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan

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    - 6
    Miracle on 34th Street


    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    - 2
    The Judge

    ranked low on reranks & added by v.fizero.0
    Ingrid Thulin, Georg Rydeberg, Gunnar Hellström

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    + 16
    - 9
    Legal Eagles


    Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Terence Stamp

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    - 8
    Class Action


    Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Suspect


    Cher, Liam Neeson, Dennis Quaid

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    - 7
    Miracle on 34th Street


    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    + 21
    - 9
    Fracture

    added by wiabux
    Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins, Rosamund Pike

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    The People vs. Larry Flynt


    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    + 7
    - 6
    Bee Movie


    Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

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    + 5
    - 5
    Guilty by Suspicion


    Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, Martin Scorsese

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    + 10
    - 2
    Jagged Edge

    added by _denny-wright
    Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen

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    - 10
    Hart's War


    Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard

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    - 1
    A Man for All Seasons

    added by _denny-wright
    John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave

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