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

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    12 Angry Men 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


    A Few Good Men 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


    Philadelphia 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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    The Accused is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk

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    The Firm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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

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    Runaway Jury Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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    Witness for the Prosecution is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Witness for the Prosecution Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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

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    ...And Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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

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    Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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    Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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    My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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    In Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    In Cold Blood Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Will Geer

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    Murder in the First is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    The Lincoln Lawyer Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


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

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    Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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


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

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    Witness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

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    Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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

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    Michael Clayton George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

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    Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Paths of Glory Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

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    A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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    A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    Absence of Malice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Absence of Malice Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban

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


    The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Brokedown Palace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker

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

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    Inherit the Wind Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan

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    Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Huffman

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

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    The Judge Ingrid Thulin, Georg Rydeberg, Gunnar Hellström

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


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

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    Legal Eagles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Terence Stamp

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    Fracture is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Fracture Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins, Rosamund Pike

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    Class Action is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


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

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


    Cher, Liam Neeson, Dennis Quaid

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    12 Angry Men Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza

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


    Bee Movie Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

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    Jagged Edge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies

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    Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen

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    Guilty by Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Guilty by Suspicion Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, Martin Scorsese

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    Hart's War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Courtroom Drama Movies


    Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard

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