drama The Best Courtroom Drama Movies  

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List Rules 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 Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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The Verdict Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

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A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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

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

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The Accused Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk

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The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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Runaway Jury Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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v.fizero.0 added The Lincoln Lawyer Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

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

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

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wiabux added Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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

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

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Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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Murder in the First Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy

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In Cold Blood Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Will Geer

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The Rainmaker Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

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willyboymcoy added A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

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Ghosts of Mississippi Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

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Michael Clayton George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

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Paths of Glory Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

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Inherit the Wind Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan

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The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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Absence of Malice Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban

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v.fizero.0 added The Judge Ingrid Thulin, Georg Rydeberg, Gunnar Hellström

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wiabux added Fracture Ryan Gosling, Anthony Hopkins, Rosamund Pike

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_denny-wright added The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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_denny-wright added 12 Angry Men Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza

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_denny-wright added Jagged Edge Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen

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Brokedown Palace Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker

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

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wiabux added Rules of Engagement Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley

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_denny-wright added Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe

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Reversal of Fortune Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Huffman

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Legal Eagles Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Terence Stamp

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

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Suspect Cher, Liam Neeson, Dennis Quaid

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_denny-wright added I Am Sam Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

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Class Action Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio