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The Best PG-13 Courtroom Drama Movies 

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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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Use this list if you're looking for some new courtroom dramas that are rated PG-13. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great courtroom dramas rated PG-13, so get out there and start watching.

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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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Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman
Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The ...more

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Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods
Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of ...more

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Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby ...more

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Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke
The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by John Grisham. Danny DeVito, Danny ...more

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Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura ...more

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John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates
A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more
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Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer
I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and in the process teaches ...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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Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline
The Conspirator is a 2010 historical drama film directed by Robert Redford based on an original screenplay by James D. Solomon. It is the debut film of the American Film Company. The film tells ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker
Brokedown Palace is a 1999 American drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan, and starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman and Lim Kay Tong. It deals with two American friends ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker
The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham. A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney ...more

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Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance
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Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Amanda Peet
This film is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Carl Franklin and starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, reunited from the 1997 film Kiss the Girls. The screenplay by Yuri Zeltser and ...more
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Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, James Cromwell
Snow Falling on Cedars is a film directed by Scott Hicks. It is based on David Guterson's award-winning novel of the same title. It was released in 1999 and was nominated for an Academy Award ...more

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Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, Martin Scorsese
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Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong
Before and After is a 1996 film based on the 1992 novel of the same title by American writer Rosellen Brown. The movie was directed by Barbet Schroeder and starred Meryl Streep as Dr. Carolyn ...more

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Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe
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Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tatiana Maslany
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Mr. T, Corbin Bernsen, Jessica Steen
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Melanie Griffith, Meat Loaf, Dakota Johnson
Crazy in Alabama is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Antonio Banderas, written by Mark Childress, and starring Melanie Griffith as an abused wife who heads to California to become a movie ...more

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Nicole Beharie, Alfre Woodard, Xzibit
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Eli Wallach, Carl Reiner, Brian Dennehy
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James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Charles S. Dutton
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Sam Waterston, Robert Davi