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 realistic, serious, suspense, interesting, dramatic and tense films and TV shows about / with legal action, legal, courtroom, lawyer, courtroom drama, culture clash, mentor, catastrophe, runaway and justice plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as legal action: A Time to Kill (1996), The Trial (1993), Red Corner (1997), Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981), The Good Father (1985), 12 Angry Men (1997), The Social Network (2010), Puncture (2011), Unbowed (2011), Thinner (1996).

List of legal action movies

 7.4
 118K
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: suspense, serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, rape, small town, legal action, court, lawyer, trial, injustice, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, 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: suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, serious, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, paranoia, criminal, arrest, legal action, fighting the system, prison, police investigation, murder, courtroom, bank, legal ...
Time: turn of the century
Place: czech republic, europe, prague
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 6.3
 15K
Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, serious, talky, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, death penalty, justice, false accusation, fighting the system, political corruption, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist, murder investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
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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, tense, scary, serious
Plot: scarecrow, vengeance, murder, small town, farmer, lynch mob, mystery, false accusation, injustice, legal action, righting the wronged, mentally challenged ...
Time: 80s
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The Good Father (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bill Hooper -- bitter after a messy divorce -- tries to help a friend gain custody of his child any way he can.
Style: emotional, serious, suspenseful, realistic, touching ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, custody, feminism, legal action, breakup, family problems, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, courtroom drama, rivalry, dysfunctional marriage, lesbian mother ...
Time: 80s
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 7.9
 12K
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: tense, talky, thought provoking, clever, serious ...
Plot: jury, legal action, courtroom drama, argument, trial, revelation, lawyer, evidence, murder, legal, uncover truth, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
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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, based on true events, realistic, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: computers and web, rise to the top, ambition, programmer, inventions and discoveries, social relations, ego clash, computer genius, creator, college, social network, facebook ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: usa, california, harvard university, massachusetts, new york
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 6.9
 21K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, courtroom, law firm, lawsuit, legal action, dedicated lawyer, righting the wronged, fighting the system, against the odds, public health, aids ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
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 6.8
 498
Unbowed (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Kim Kyung-ho, a math professor who was arrested for shooting a crossbow at the presiding judge of his appeal against unfair dismissal.
Style: rough, serious, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, legal investigation, courtroom drama, legal action, dedicated lawyer, mathematics, life is a bitch, injustice, courtroom, uncover truth, rivalry, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
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 5.7
 25K
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, tense, macabre, suspense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: curse, vengeance, supernatural, legal action, weight loss, weakness, death, justice, husband wife relationship, cover up, manslaughter, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, dark humor, witty ...
Plot: journalist, courtroom, politics, society, interracial relations, legal action, media, crimes, redemption, hit and run, yuppie, coma ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, based on true events
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: anthology, courtroom drama, murder, racism, crime investigation, police, criminal, crimes, society, legal action, legal investigation, murder trial ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa, europe, beverly hills, california, los angeles
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 7.1
 31K
Find Me Guilty (2006)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history.
Style: witty, realistic, captivating, semi serious, tense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, mafia, crime, lawyer, legal action, court case, gangsters, criminal heroes, outsmarting, crime gone awry, lone hero ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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To Kill a Priest (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: priest, secret police, clergy, legal action, human spirit, against the odds, working class, state affairs, injustice, life is a bitch, politics, political activist ...
Time: 80s
Place: poland, europe, holland
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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child illness, terminal illness, moral dilemma, family drama, mother daughter relationship, cancer, childhood, lawyer, parenthood, relationships, hospital, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
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 7.1
 55K
The Rainmaker (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy ...
Style: clever, thought provoking, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, self defense, courtroom, legal investigation, leukemia, domestic violence, lawsuit, dedicated lawyer, justice, hopes, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey
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Trial by Jury (1994)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, legal investigation, who done it, crime, mob boss, organized crime, false accusation, law enforcement, legal, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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 4.9
 2K
Kings (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium, China, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.
Style: based on true events, bleak, serious, social, suspense
Plot: police, blood, shoplifting, neighbor, death, chaos and mayhem, legal action, revolt, racism, children, foster child, single mother ...
Time: 1990s, year 1991
Place: los angeles
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It Could Happen to You (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Charlie Lang is a simple, kindhearted New York City cop. When he realizes he has no money to tip waitress Yvonne Biasi, Lang offers her half the winnings of his lottery ticket. Amazingly, the ticket happens to be a winner, in the sum of $4 million. ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, sweet, light, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: lottery ticket, love triangle, romance, rise to the top, hopes, love and romance, greed, generosity, kindness, price of fame, love, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 157K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, touching, uplifting, factual, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: against the odds, justice, lawyer, righting the wronged, single mother, relationship vs career, contamination, fighting the system, uncover truth, environmental, court, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: 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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, prison, injustice, fighting the system, convict, lawyer, legal action, christmas, money, investigation, testimony ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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The Whole Truth (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.
Style: exciting, captivating, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: lawyer, murder, defense attorney, death of father, lie, teenager, widow, mother son relationship, cheating wife, family relations, legal action, patricide ...
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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: iranian, house, depression, small town, legal action, immigrants, eviction, american dream, debt, loss of son, suicide attempt, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
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 7.7
 204K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, gay, lawyer, lawsuit, judiciary, prejudice, terminal illness, court, discrimination, human spirit, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 6.3
 162K
Legally Blonde (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: rivalry, beauty salon, self discovery, girl power, university, intern, blonde, law school, fish out of water, trial, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, feminism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, massachusetts, california
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Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, ohio
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Raising the Bar (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: The lives and cases of young lawyers who work on opposite sides - the public defender's office and the district attorney's office - as well as those who sit in judgment on their cases.
Style: clever, serious, stylized, realistic, tense
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, district attorney, legal action, lawyer, legal, workplace, friends, dedicated lawyer, idealism, friendship, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, holocaust, judge, courtroom, against humanity, concentration camp, trial, genocide, war crime, cold war, legal action, german ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, year 1946, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Genre: Documentary, Crime
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: sexual abuse, media, paparazzi, deportation, negotiation, psychologist, district attorney, media circus, judge, legal action, celebrity culture, legal ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, california, los angeles, poland ...
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 7.9
 1K
Janet King (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Senior Prosecutor Janet King returns from maternity leave to confront a high-profile murder, and a conspiracy which will have shocking ramifications throughout the judicial system.
Style: captivating, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: courtroom drama, legal action, courtroom, legal investigation, political thriller, government corruption, ambition, legal, workplace, dedicated lawyer, boss and employee, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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