Legal system movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant legal system movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking and tense films and TV shows about / with legal system, legal, courtroom, lawyer, crimes, justice, courtroom drama, murder, judge and trial plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as legal system: Afterimage (2016), Injustice (2011), The Escape Artist (2013), Garrow's Law (2009), Scared Silent (2002), Run for Your Life (2014), Guilt by Association (2002), I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989), To Kill a Man (2014), Shark (2006).

List of legal system movies

 7.0
 3K
Afterimage (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he's eventually erased from the ...
Style: avant garde, twist ending, educational film, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: art, painting, artist, legal system, censorship, father daughter relationship, loss of mother, professor, one legged man, sculpture, teacher student relationship, communism ...
Time: year 1948, year 1950, 1940s, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: poland
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 7.3
 2K
Injustice (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: On the surface William Travers is a picture of success. An accomplished criminal barrister happily living with his wife in rural Suffolk. However, Travers is still recovering from a traumatic series of events that have shaken his belief in the legal ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: courtroom drama, conspiracy, police investigation, lawsuit, murder, courtroom, legal, police brutality, vicious, law enforcement, haunted by the past, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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The Escape Artist (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: A chilling and bloody legal thriller that explores the line between law and justice. Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm, specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand ...
Style: intellectual, serious, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: legal, lawyer, courtroom drama, law firm, lawyers and clients, murder, revenge, hotshot lawyer, deadly, crimes, danger, lawsuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, scotland
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 8.3
 1K
Garrow's Law (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: The true tale of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: legal, judge, idealism, uncover truth, rivalry, lawyer, injustice, social problems, treason, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
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 5.6
 201
Scared Silent (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When the newlywed wife of a Minnesota police chief accuses a new officer on his force of raping her several years earlier, it sets the stage for a tense confrontation in this riveting story. Penelope Ann Miller and Reed Diamond star as Kathy and ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense
Plot: rape, injustice, sexual abuse, law enforcement, crimes, society, life is a bitch, strong female presence, violence against women, husband wife relationship, justice, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, minnesota
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Run for Your Life (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A journalist must make a decision to flee with her two children from her abusive ex-husband or kill him before he kills her.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious
Plot: intrigue, false identity, starting over, violence against women, trial, abusive husband, legal system, domestic violence, beating, emotional abuse, hitman, journalist ...
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Guilt by Association (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life is good for Susan, her two children and new boyfriend Russell. But life abruptly changes when she discovers her perfect boyfriend is a drug dealer. Realising the danger this could bring to her family she tells him to leave. Suddenly her house ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, injustice, drug dealing, legal, prison, fighting the system, righting the wronged, dishonesty, society, protagonist as suspect, wrong place wrong time, life is a bitch ...
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I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: 7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, based on true events ...
Plot: missing child, pedophile, kidnapping, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, starting over, danger, life is a bitch, captivity, parents and children, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1974, year 1980, year 1972, 70s
Place: northern california
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To Kill a Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: How far will you go to protect your family? Jorge is a peaceful hard-working man who seeks a simple, quiet life for himself and his family. One day, he is mugged and humiliated by a gang of thugs led by Kalule, a delinquent from his neighborhood. ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: revenge, family in danger, couple relations, rivalry, danger, deadly, crimes, couples, legal system, justice, vigilante, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile
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 7.1
 11K
Shark (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Notorious Los Angeles defense attorney Sebastian Stark becomes disillusioned with his career after his successful defense of a wife-abuser results in the wife's death. After more than a month trying to come to grips with his situation, he is ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense, suspense
Plot: hotshot lawyer, murder, trial, lawyer, false accusation, prosecutor, evidence, crimes, uncover truth, testimony, team, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, vigilantism, justice, fighting the system, murder, prison, perfect crime, mind game, injustice, intelligence, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 7.6
 3K
For Life (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
TV show
Story: A prisoner becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing, twists and turns
Plot: confined, prisoner, lawyer, mind game, prison, wrongful conviction, vengeance, justice, legal system, danger, fighting the system, corruption ...
Time: contemporary
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How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: murder, hotshot lawyer, teachers and students, murder mystery, legal, crimes, court case, lawyer, defense attorney, manipulations, law student, courtroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 5.9
 284
Roe vs. Wade (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Holly Hunter plays a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child. To avoid giving up the child, she seeks an abortion. Denied an abortion in Texas the young woman hires a novice lawyer to plead ...
Style: based on true events
Plot: courtroom, abortion, supreme court, legal system, judiciary, court, legal
Place: texas
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Burden of Truth (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A big city lawyer returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls suffering from a mysterious illness.
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, talky
Plot: legal investigation, female lawyer, getting home, small town, crimes, illness, legal action, court case, canadian, female protagonist, legal system, attorney
Place: canada
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 4.5
 258
Canal Street (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chicago lawyer embraces his undying faith when his teenage son is accused of murdering a classmate.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, exciting, suspense, rough
Plot: father son relationship, society, murder, rivalry, crimes, death, parents and children, hopes, violence, vengeance, friendship, heroes ...
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The Face of an Angel (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Italy, Spain, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, based on true events ...
Plot: suspect, murder, murder investigation, journalism, crimes, filmmaking, innocence, delusion, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, justice, forensics, interview ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, london, rome italy
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 6.8
 174
Beyond the Law (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Finland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: On her way home from an evening shift at a men's clothing store, Saara Nevanen is raped by a man whom she recognizes as her regular but eccentric customer, Antti Kaironen. The doctor and policemen question Saara in an insensitive manner,and she ...
Plot: vigilante, rape, revenge, rape and revenge, psychopath, perjury, judge, stalker, jail, guilt, teacher, police officer ...
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Black and White (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Australia, 1958. When a nine year old white girl is found murdered, police are quick to arrest illiterate Aborigine, Max Stuart. Under interrogation Max admits to the killing and signs a statement that will send him to the gallows. With no Court of ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: crimes, hotshot lawyer, racism, illiteracy, fighting the system, legal investigation, injustice, social differences, false accusation, price of justice, courtroom drama, confined ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: australia, adelaide south australia
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 6.5
 65
Innocent (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
TV show
Plot: miscarriage of justice, lawyer client relationship, wrongful conviction, woman, legal system, legal, female lawyer
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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Style: suspense, tense, twists and turns, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, investigator, murder, rape, secret, haunted by the past, search, police, evidence, justice, suspect, uncover truth ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century, year 1974, 2000s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, south america, harvard university
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 7.1
 92K
Runaway Jury (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Style: captivating, stylized, tense, cynical, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, jury, court, courtroom, trial, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, justice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, cincinnati ohio, indiana, ohio, san francisco
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 7.6
 92K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, boxing, prison life, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Style: sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, legal, courtroom, false accusation, life is a bitch, society, legal action, fighting the system, prison life, rebellion, dedicated lawyer, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, florida
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 7.2
 188K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, adultery, perfect crime, guilt, cheating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.6
 28K
A Civil Action (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to "get rid of" a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything - including his career and ...
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, law firm, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, legal, dedicated lawyer, reach out, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, new york, washington d.c., new jersey
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 7.1
 32K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, tense, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, injustice, courtroom drama, violence against women, sexual abuse, rape victim, gang rape, lawyer, testimony, district attorney, sexual assault, legal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, boston, washington state, massachusetts
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 7.5
 6K
Any Day Now (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he's never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight the legal ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay adoption, adoption, gay relationship, district attorney, gay, gay slur, gay parent, fighting the system, courtroom drama, rivalry, couples, social problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Franklin & Bash (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When they're not hanging out at their favorite hot dog stand pontificating on what they'd go through to enjoy a night with their favorite female celebrities, Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are chasing down their latest clients...sometimes ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: law firm, lawyer, dedicated lawyer, courtroom, workplace situations, courtroom drama, trial, friends, young man, power relations, ambitious, defense attorney ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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Rumpole of the Bailey (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Rumpole of the Bailey is a British television series created and written by the British writer and barrister John Mortimer. It stars Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an aging London barrister who defends any and all clients, and has been spun off into ...
Style: clever, witty, serious, realistic
Plot: drowning, jury, courtroom, legal, dentist, shrewd, couples, power relations, uncover truth, courtroom drama, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: london, europe, england
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