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The Best Capital Punishment Movies  

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A list of the best capital punishment movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This death penalty movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about capital punishment are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about capital punishment you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous capital punishment movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these capital punishment movie titles for more information about the films.The list you're viewing is made up of different items like Dance with a Stranger and 10 Rillington Place.This list answers the questions, "What are the best capital punishment movies?" and "What is the greatest capital punishment movie of all time?" Various bits of information are included with these popular capital punishment movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these capital punishment movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good capital punishment movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell
The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more
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Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black
This film is a 1995 American drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern
Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more
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Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger
Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. The film tells the story of a poor ...more
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Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more
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Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Bo Jackson
The Chamber is a 1996 thriller film based on John Grisham's novel of the same name. The film was directed by James Foley and stars Gene Hackman and Chris O'Donnell.
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Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Also featured are Tony ...more
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Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy
The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international ...more
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Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland
This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. The screenplay and the successful stage play ...more
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Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey
This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more
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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more
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Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones
The Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same name. It was directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, Winona Ryder as ...more
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Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse
Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery, Ed Harris
Just Cause is a 1995 suspense thriller film directed by Arne Glimcher and starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne. It is based on John Katzenbach's novel of the same name.
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Timothy Spall, Eddie Marsan, Juliet Stevenson
Pierrepoint, is a 2005 British film directed by Adrian Shergold about the life of British executioner Albert Pierrepoint. The film premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Lucy Liu, James Woods
True Crime is a 1999 American mystery drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and based on Andrew Klavan's 1995 novel of the same name. Eastwood also stars in the film as a journalist covering ...more
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Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Tom Courtenay
Let Him Have It is a 1991 British film, which was based on the true story of the case against Derek Bentley, who was hanged for murder under controversial circumstances on 28 January 1953. While ...more
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Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, James Earl Jones
Sommersby is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman and James Earl Jones. The story is adapted from the historical account of 16th ...more
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John Hurt, Richard Attenborough, Robert Hardy
10 Rillington Place is a 1971 British crime drama film, directed by Richard Fleischer. It stars Richard Attenborough, John Hurt and Judy Geeson and was adapted by Clive Exton from the book Ten ...more
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Stefania Rocca, Ulrich Tukur, Sebastian Koch
Stauffenberg is a Germano–Austrian TV film released in 2004 by Das Erste, about Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and the 20 July 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The film was awarded ...more
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Sharon Stone, Randy Quaid, Charles S. Dutton
Last Dance is a 1996 film starring Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid and Peter Gallagher.
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Mircea Monroe, Katie Lowes, Robert Pine
No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker is a 2008 American horror film about a sheriff and his son who are tracking down a group of bank robbers on their way to Mexico, only to discover that they are ...more
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William Forsythe, Emma Lahana, Richard Harmon
Dear Mr. Gacy is a 2010 drama film directed by Svetozar Ristovski.
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Ian Holm, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson
Dance with a Stranger is a 1985 British drama film, directed by Mike Newell. Telling the story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain in the 1950s, this moving biographical ...more
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Juliette Binoche, Emir Kusturica, Daniel Auteuil
The Widow of Saint-Pierre is a 2000 film by Patrice Leconte with Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil and Emir Kusturica. The film made its North American debut at the 2000 Toronto International ...more