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The Best PG-13 Courtroom Drama Movies 

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Updated September 30, 2019 219 votes 35 voters 5.6k views 30 items

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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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

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Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jessie Nelson

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

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

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Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Redford

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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

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Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Nicole Beharie, Alfre Woodard, Xzibit

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tim Disney

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Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance

Released: 1988

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

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Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Amanda Peet

Released: 2002

Directed by: Carl Franklin

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Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, James Cromwell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Scott Hicks

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Eli Wallach, Carl Reiner, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1981

Directed by: Herbert Wise

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James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1995

Directed by: Darrell Roodt

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Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1991

Directed by: Irwin Winkler

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Sam Waterston, Robert Davi

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jeff Bleckner

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Victoria Principal, Dakin Matthews, William Lucking

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard A. Colla

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Leelee Sobieski, David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton

Released: 2006

Directed by: Terry Green

This gripping true story depicts the spring of 1931 in segregation-era Alabama, when nine black men were accused of raping two white women. Having been tried and sentenced to the electric chair, ...more
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Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergei Garmash, Mikhail Yefremov

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nikita Mikhalkov

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brad Silberling

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Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong

Released: 1996

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

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