Legal action movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant legal action movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking, interesting, suspenseful and intense films and TV shows about / with legal action, legal, lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, crimes, judge, dishonesty, justice and murder plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as legal action: Conviction (2010), A Time to Kill (1996), L.A. Law (1986), 12 Angry Men (1997), Broken Trust (2012), Closed Circuit (2013), The Whole Truth (2010), An Affirmative Act (2010), Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), True Colors (1991).

List of legal action movies

 7.2
 42K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, based on true events, disturbing ...
Plot: false accusation, legal action, injustice, legal, fighting the system, lawyer, hopes, convict, prison, investigation, trial, law school ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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 7.5
 130K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, legal action, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, revenge, legal, trial ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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 7.0
 4K
L.A. Law (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986, to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including a ...
Style: realistic, stylized, clever, serious
Plot: legal action, law firm, courtroom drama, lawsuit, legal, lawyer, workplace situations, office, hypocrisy, dedicated lawyer, womanizer, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.9
 13K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, argument, murder, legal action, uncover truth, trial, legal, injustice, hopes, society, judiciary ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 5.0
 293
Broken Trust (2012)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Sophie Anderson is the lead attorney on an intellectual property case against a corrupt pharmaceutical company. When her mentor and boss is kidnapped, she becomes a pawn in an elaborate scheme that jeopardizes her case and more.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: legal action, righting the wronged, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, race against time, legal, hotshot lawyer, law enforcement, corporate crimes, woman in danger, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco
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 6.2
 21K
Closed Circuit (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). The attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) as special advocate on Erdogan's legal team. On the eve of the trial, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terrorism, terrorist, legal action, lawyers and clients, legal investigation, law enforcement, dishonesty, state affairs, danger, power relations, mistrust, courtroom drama ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, usa, boston
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The Whole Truth (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: As District Attorney Kathryn Peale and defense attorney Jimmy Nolan rally their teams around their arguments and prepare to go head-to-head in the the courtroom, they make frantic moves and countermoves of complex legal wrangling to tilt justice in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: district attorney, legal action, lawyer, lawyers and clients, rivalry, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, courtroom, legal, ego clash, jury, buried truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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An Affirmative Act (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: "An Affirmative Act" is pro-gay marriage film, starring Charles Durning, Eric Etebari, Costas Mandylor, Rachael Robbins, and Blanche Baker, about a lesbian couple where one pretends to be a man in order for the two to get married and equal ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, legal action, fighting the system, discrimination, courtroom drama, legislation, gender, society, injustice, righting the wronged, family relations, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, suspenseful ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, snitch, jury, police, police investigation, crime, crimes, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 5K
True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey, california
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 5.8
 28K
Thinner (1996)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A fat Lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate ...
Style: suspenseful, macabre, tense, suspense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: curse, legal action, vengeance, death, supernatural, gangsters, justice, paranoia, guilt, redemption, husband wife relationship, corruption ...
Time: 90s
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 7.7
 35K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, redemption, character study, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, dishonesty, introspection, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
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A Life Interrupted (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After Debbie Smith was raped, she didn't take the law into her own hands. She wrote the law... Based on a true story. In 1989, Debbie Smith was living a quiet life as a housewife with her police officer husband, Rob and their two kids, but one ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: rapist, legislation, rape, legal action, courtroom drama, injustice, dehumanization, crimes, society, legal, rivalry, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Flash of Genius (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, nervous breakdown, inventions and discoveries, powerful corporation, legal action, underdog, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, fighting the system, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 60s
Place: usa, michigan, detroit, california
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 7.6
 50K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: factual, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, lawyer, legal investigation, corporate crime, price of justice, courtroom drama, fighting the system, uncover truth, legal action, corporate crimes, environmental ...
Time: 2000s, year 1999, 2010s, year 1998, year 2012 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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The Wrong Woman (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this fresh take on Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Wrong Man,” Ellen Plainview, a sweet, caring, working wife and mother, answers the door one afternoon to learn that she is under arrest for attempted murder.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, legal action, law enforcement, love affair, couples, couple relations, crimes, court case, society, female protagonist, deadly, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bubba, an intellectually disabled man, is falsely accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot by four vigilante men. After they are acquitted due to lack of evidence, the men ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, serious, cult film
Plot: scarecrow, mentally challenged, murder, injustice, false accusation, small town, lynch mob, vengeance, mystery, legal action, righting the wronged, farmer ...
Time: 80s
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What Color Is Love? (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A white woman has an affair with a married African-American basketball star and challenges him for custody of their mixed-race son. Based on a true story.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: infidelity, legal action, love affair, couples, love and romance, remarry, adultery, trial, medical examination, paternity revealed, hotel, animal life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 6.6
 3K
Ace Attorney (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Based primarily on the first game in the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the film focuses on rookie defense attorney Ryūichi Naruhodō, as he strives to protect his clients in various murder trials, including the death of his mentor, Chihiro ...
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, tense, light ...
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, murder, legal, legal action, false accusation, supernatural, rivalry, danger, ghost, jury, multiple suspects ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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 7.3
 53K
Woman in Gold (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes rightfully belongs to her family. She did so not just to regain ...
Style: captivating, realistic, based on true events, intense, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, stolen painting, legal action, injustice, justice, art, old woman, famous painting, adventure, courtroom drama, art theft, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 1930s
Place: austria, vienna, los angeles, california, usa ...
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 6.8
 35K
The Crucible (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The movie is centered around the Salem Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. The movie is based on the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. He also wrote the screen play adaptation.
Style: talky, rough, disturbing, twists and turns, factual ...
Plot: politics, witch, confession, curse, legal action, vengeance, witch hunt, courtroom drama, danger, legal, society, senator ...
Time: 17th century, 90s, 1600s, 50s, 1950s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new england, california
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 7.4
 17K
The Request (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ethan, a magician rendered paralyzed in an accident, sets off a furor when he makes a petition to the court to end his own life.
Style: contemplative, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: legal action, human spirit, love affair, disability, life is a bitch, protest, media, legal, love, magician, radio show, moral dilemma ...
Place: india, asia
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100 Centre Street (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: 100 Centre Street is an American legal drama created by Sidney Lumet and starring Alan Arkin, Val Avery, Bobby Cannavale, Joel de la Fuente and Paula Devicq.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: courtroom, legal action, law enforcement, legal, dedicated lawyer, workplace, crimes, workplace situations, lawsuit, jury, cop witness relations, high priced lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 6.0
 2K
The Trial (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Joseph K. awakes one morning, to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested. Joseph is not told what he is charged with, and despite being "arrested," is allowed to remain free and go to work. But despite the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, paranoia, criminal, arrest, legal action, prison, fighting the system, courtroom, police investigation, murder, world war one, prison life ...
Time: turn of the century
Place: czech republic, europe, prague
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The Social Network (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among ...
Style: clever, intellectual, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: rise to the top, programmer, computers and web, computer genius, hacker, ambition, creator, businessman, social relations, ego clash, student life, social network ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york ...
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 6.0
 326
Deadlocked (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Portugal, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young man is accused of rape and murder and placed on trial. His father doesn't believe that he is guilty, so in act of desperation he grabs the bailiff's guns and takes the whole jury hostage and insists that the prosecuting attorney ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: hostage, courtroom, legal, rebellion, uncover truth, false accusation, hostages, legal investigation, legal action, injustice, price of justice, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
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 6.5
 799
Family Sins (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the Burt family who seemed normal, upstanding members of the community but were actually deeply embedded in crime. The matriarch took in foster children who were subsequently molested and abused by her husband and children ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak
Plot: sexual abuse, unlikely criminals, courtroom drama, legal action, crimes, family problems, dishonesty, legal, under the surface, criminal heroes, eccentric family, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rhode island
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 7.6
 105K
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested, and charged with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a cousin who's a lawyer - Vincent Gambini, a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, cult film, funny ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, court, false accusation, legal action, dedicated lawyer, small town, legal, trial, profanity, fish out of water ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: alabama, southern usa, usa, new york, new jersey
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, earnest, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, poverty, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, legal, trial, interracial relations, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.3
 6K
Harry's Law (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Harriet, Matthew and Malcolm couldn't be any more different, but when they cross paths, they realize they're all looking for a fresh start. The most unlikely of people are starting a law practice in the most unlikely of places -- a rundown ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: law firm, lawyer, courtroom, starting over, courtroom drama, workplace, partners, legal action, legal, dedicated lawyer, trial, lawyers and clients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cincinnati ohio
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