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, twists and turns, tense and captivating films and TV shows about / with legal action, lawyer, legal, courtroom, courtroom drama, murder, rivalry, justice, crimes and judge 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 action: A Time to Kill (1996), L.A. Law (1986), Conviction (2010), 12 Angry Men (1997), The Whole Truth (2010), The Verdict (1982), Woman in Gold (2015), Broken Trust (2012), Closed Circuit (2013), The Advocate (1993).

List of legal action movies

 7.4
 155K
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, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, legal action, justice, lawyer, injustice, small town, rape, court, legal, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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 7.1
 5K
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, serious, clever
Plot: legal action, law firm, courtroom drama, lawsuit, legal, lawyer, hypocrisy, workplace situations, office, lawyers and clients, high priced lawyer, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.2
 44K
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, disturbing, intense ...
Plot: false accusation, lawyer, injustice, legal action, fighting the system, court, legal, courtroom drama, hopes, convict, prison, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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 7.8
 15K
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, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, legal action, argument, murder, court, uncover truth, legal, hopes, society, injustice, revelation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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, serious ...
Plot: legal action, district attorney, lawyer, rivalry, lawyers and clients, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, courtroom, hidden truth, legal, jury, ego clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 7.7
 40K
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, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, courtroom, character study, legal action, fighting the system, self esteem, injustice, coma, introspection, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa, new york
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 7.3
 58K
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, sincere, uplifting, intense ...
Plot: holocaust, injustice, art theft, legal action, art, justice, nazi, lawyer, stolen painting, courtroom drama, legal, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1930s
Place: austria, vienna, los angeles, california, usa ...
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 4.8
 328
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: legal action, righting the wronged, corporate crime, corporate crimes, hotshot lawyer, crimes, rivalry, race against time, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco
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 6.2
 22K
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, dishonesty, state affairs, legal investigation, law enforcement, mistrust, power relations, partners, reluctant partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, usa, boston
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 6.6
 2K
The Advocate (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: France, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bizarre black comedy about 15th-century Paris lawyer Richard Courtois (Firth) who decides to ply his trade in the country, only to find things stranger than he can imagine. His first case turns out to be defending a pig that's accused of ...
Style: tense, realistic, enigmatic, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, investigation, french countryside, legal action, disorder, society, legal, crimes, pig, prejudice, medieval ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, london, england
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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: realistic, thought provoking, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: legal action, courtroom, fighting the system, discrimination, courtroom drama, gender, society, legislation, legal, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, hidden identity ...
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, tense ...
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, jury, snitch, justice, police, police investigation, crimes, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
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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, campaign, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey, california
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 5.7
 30K
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, death, legal action, redemption, vengeance, supernatural, weight loss, paranoia, guilt, husband wife relationship, gangsters, corruption ...
Time: 90s
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 7.1
 35K
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: rough, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, poignant ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, injustice, courtroom drama, violence against women, sexual abuse, rape victim, gang rape, lawyer, testimony, legal action, justice, district attorney ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., boston, massachusetts, washington state
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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: realistic, rough, emotional, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: legislation, rapist, legal action, courtroom drama, rape, dehumanization, injustice, life is a bitch, crimes, society, legal, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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American Crime Story (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, anthology, controversial
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: crime investigation, crimes, murder, criminal, courtroom drama, racism, legal action, police, society, legal investigation, murder trial, district attorney ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, beverly hills, california
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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, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, underdog, nervous breakdown, justice, business, inventions and discoveries, legal action, powerful corporation, rivalry, hopes, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
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 7.6
 84K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, realistic, thought provoking, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, corporate crime, legal investigation, fighting the system, lawyer, price of justice, investigation, courtroom drama, environmental, uncover truth, contaminated water ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 80s, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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 6.4
 210K
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, light, ridiculous, funny, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: blonde, rivalry, sorority, girl power, college student, court, beauty salon, self discovery, university, intern, lawyer, fashion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, massachusetts, usa, california, boston
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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, couples, love affair, couple relations, crimes, court case, female protagonist, society, prostitute, internet ...
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: tense, scary, suspenseful, serious, slasher ...
Plot: scarecrow, mentally challenged, murder, injustice, small town, false accusation, lynch mob, vengeance, farmer, legal action, mystery, righting the wronged ...
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, court, adultery, medical examination, paternity revealed, animal life, hotel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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 6.5
 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, supernatural, rivalry, false accusation, jury, multiple suspects, ghost, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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 7.6
 53K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, meditative, suspense ...
Plot: small town, adultery, unhappy wife, injustice, alcohol abuse, mayor, russian, justice, legal action, life is a bitch, social relations, political corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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 7.4
 18K
The Request (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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: uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: legal action, human spirit, life is a bitch, disability, love affair, media, legal, protest, quadriplegic, love, nurse, lawyer ...
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, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: courtroom, legal action, lawsuit, dedicated lawyer, crimes, workplace, legal, law enforcement, workplace situations, jury, cop witness relations, judge ...
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, paranoia, criminal, arrest, legal action, fighting the system, prison, courtroom, police investigation, murder, world war one, rebellion ...
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: programmer, computers and web, rise to the top, computer genius, hacker, ambition, success, social relations, inventions and discoveries, facebook, geek, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york ...
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 5.9
 361
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: legal, hostage, courtroom, uncover truth, rebellion, legal action, legal investigation, false accusation, injustice, hotshot lawyer, society, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
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