The Best PG-13 Legal Thrillers Or Courtroom Dramas

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List of PG-13 courtroom dramas, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG-13 courtroom dramas and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 Courtroom Drama movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 courtroom dramas includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG-13 Courtroom Drama movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 Courtroom Drama films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 Courtroom Drama film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Examples of movies on this list include Philadelphia and The Rainmaker.

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Robert Redford and Francis Ford Coppola are among the directors that have worked on a PG-13 Courtroom Drama film.

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  • Runaway Jury
    1
    John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman
    12 votes
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Gary Fleder

    As a gripping and suspenseful adaptation of John Grisham's 1996 novel, this film delves into the high-stakes world of jury manipulation and corruption. The plot follows a young widow who files a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer, claiming their negligence led to her husband's death, while a mysterious duo tries to buy off the jury for their own reasons. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes maneuvering and clever twists keep the audience guessing until the satisfying conclusion.

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  • Philadelphia
    2
    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards
    16 votes
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Jonathan Demme

    This groundbreaking and powerful drama tackles the then-taboo subject of AIDS and discrimination, featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Tom Hanks as a talented attorney fired from his law firm after he becomes afflicted with the illness. Denzel Washington portrays the initially reluctant lawyer who ultimately stands up for justice and represents Hanks' character in a landmark trial. The incredible performances and heartfelt storytelling make this one a must-watch for courtroom drama enthusiasts.

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  • The Pelican Brief
    3
    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard
    9 votes
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

    Adapted from another one of John Grisham's best-selling novels, this intense thriller follows a law student, played by Julia Roberts, who finds herself entangled in a web of assassination, murder, and government conspiracy when she writes a speculative brief about the connection between two slain Supreme Court justices. Teaming up with an investigative reporter, played by Denzel Washington, she dives headfirst into a dangerous world of political intrigue and corruption. The high-stakes plot, gripping performances, and thrilling twists will have viewers glued to their seats.

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  • Ghosts of Mississippi
    4
    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods
    9 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner

    Based on the true story of the 1963 assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the three decades-long fight for justice that followed, this compelling drama chronicles the efforts of an assistant DA, played by Alec Baldwin, who reopens the case and brings the murderer, played by James Woods, to trial. With the support of Evers' widow, portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg, the film depicts the struggle to overcome racial prejudice and bring closure to a community still haunted by its past. The strong performances and poignant storytelling make this a memorable and emotional experience.

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  • The Rainmaker
    5
    Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke
    8 votes
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

    In yet another adaptation of a John Grisham novel, this captivating courtroom drama follows an idealistic young attorney, played by Matt Damon, who takes on a powerful insurance company in a medical malpractice case. Alongside his partner, portrayed by Danny DeVito, they fight against all odds to expose the greed and corruption at the heart of the industry. With memorable supporting roles from Jon Voight and Claire Danes, this film is an engaging examination of the legal system and the pursuit of justice.

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  • A Civil Action
    6
    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub
    10 votes
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Steven Zaillian

    Based on the true story of a massive environmental lawsuit, this engrossing film follows attorney Jan Schlichtmann, played by John Travolta, who risks his career and personal life to take on corporate giants accused of polluting a small town's water supply. With strong performances from a stellar ensemble cast, including Robert Duvall and William H. Macy, the film expertly dives into the complexities of the legal world, while showcasing Schlichtmann's passion for justice and his internal struggles. It's a compelling and thought-provoking story that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.

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