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, suspenseful, tense and dramatic films and TV shows about / with legal action, legal, courtroom, lawyer, courtroom drama, murder, court, mentor, rivalry and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as legal action: A Time to Kill (1996), Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981), The Trial (1993), The Social Network (2010), Law & Order: LA (2010), Judgement in Berlin (1988), The Good Father (1985), The Juror (1996), The Chamber (1996), Damages (2007).

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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, murder, small town, rape, legal action, court, injustice, trial, punishment, lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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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
Plot: vengeance, scarecrow, murder, false accusation, injustice, small town, farmer, lynch mob, mystery, legal action, mentally challenged, righting the wronged ...
Time: 80s
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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, bank, legal ...
Time: turn of the century
Place: czech republic, prague, europe
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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, realistic, based on true events, serious, intellectual ...
Plot: computers and web, ambition, rise to the top, programmer, computer genius, social relations, inventions and discoveries, creator, ego clash, hacker, betrayal, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york
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Law & Order: LA (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and developed by Blake Masters, it ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: law and order, murder, legal, police investigation, legal action, power relations, partners against crime, legal investigation, fighting crime, law enforcement, district attorney, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Judgement in Berlin (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, sincere, touching
Plot: politics, hijacking, terrorism, legal action, courtroom drama, legal, culture clash, danger, deadly, fighting the system, save the day, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: germany, europe, east germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin east germany ...
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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, family relations, legal action, family problems, breakup, courtroom drama, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, lesbian mother, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: 80s
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 5.6
 16K
The Juror (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: With his gangster boss on trial for murder, a mob thug known as "the Teacher" tells Annie Laird she must talk her fellow jurors into a not-guilty verdict, implying that he'll kill her son Oliver if she fails. She manages to do this, ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: hitman, danger, obsession, trial, single parent, courtroom drama, legal action, blackmail, court case, legal, witnessing a crime, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: guatemala
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 6.0
 12K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, haunted by the past, anti semitism, politics, crimes, legal action, power relations, legal ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: usa, mississippi
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 8.1
 26K
Damages (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes and her protégée, ...
Style: rough, clever, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: lawyer, legal investigation, powerful corporation, hotshot lawyer, trial, dishonesty, power relations, corporate crimes, legal action, manipulations, workplace, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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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, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, righting the wronged, public health, fighting the system, legal action, against the odds, corporate crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
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 6.7
 54K
The Client (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: witnessing a crime, suicide, lawyer, danger, witness protection, surveillance, investigation, fighting the system, lawyers and clients, legal action, gain trust, unlikely relationship ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
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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: mafia, courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, crime, legal action, outsmarting, criminal heroes, gangsters, court case, jury, judge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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 4.1
 7K
Jury Duty (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does everything he can to prolong the trial and deliberations and make ...
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, funny, light ...
Plot: courtroom, unemployment, jury, legal action, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, legal, fish out of water, misfit, cons and scams, disorder, hotel ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, las vegas
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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain: During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claims she witnessed a dingo taking her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body is never found. After investigations ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, injustice, false accusation, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, legal, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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 7.1
 5K
Matlock (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions and Paramount ...
Style: witty, suspenseful, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, uncover truth, courtroom drama, legal, hotshot lawyer, mystery, legal action, elderly, who done it, power relations, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
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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, thought provoking, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, frame up, fighting the system, legal action, false accusation, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, murder investigation, male protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
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 7.3
 339
Philly (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Philly is an American television series created by Steven Bochco that focused on criminal defense attorney Kathleen Maguire. It lasted a full season and was canceled due to low ratings. The final episode was advertised heavily as the series finale, ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic, sentimental
Plot: courtroom drama, legal action, dedicated lawyer, lawyers and clients, lawsuit, power relations, legal, law firm, workplace situations, reluctant partners, single mother, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
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Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: adoption, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, legal, life is a bitch, family relations, custody, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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 5.8
 4K
Last Dance (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep ...
Style: emotional, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: murder, prison, lethal injection, lawyer, death row, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, legal action, prison life, deadly, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: taj mahal, india, australia, texas, new jersey ...
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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, realistic, serious, based on true events
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, anthology, racism, crimes, criminal, police, crime investigation, society, legal action, legal investigation, district attorney ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa, europe, los angeles, beverly hills, california
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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: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, legal action, who done it, legal investigation, crime, mob boss, organized crime, law enforcement, society, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
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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: thought provoking, tense, talky, clever, psychological ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, legal action, murder, argument, evidence, revelation, trial, lawyer, uncover truth, legal, false accusation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
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 6.8
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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, thought provoking, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, mathematics, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, life is a bitch, courtroom drama, injustice, legal action, uncover truth, courtroom, rivalry, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
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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, state affairs, human spirit, clergy, against the odds, politics, legal action, life is a bitch, working class, injustice, political activist ...
Time: 80s
Place: poland, holland, europe
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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, weakness, legal action, weight loss, death, justice, husband wife relationship, cover up, manslaughter, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
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 6.2
 12K
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, murder, obsession, psychopath, haunted by the past, vengeance, support group, vigilantism, justice, vigilante, legal action, loss of daughter ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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Trial and Error (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, talky, light ...
Plot: courtroom, small town, lawyer, fish out of water, legal, mistaken identity, nothing goes right, cons and scams, legal action, goofy hero, comedy of errors, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, new jersey
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 6.8
 27K
Ally McBeal (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in the title role as a young lawyer working in the ...
Style: talky, sentimental, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: law firm, lawyer, seduction, workplace, roommate, friendship, workplace situations, workplace romance, looking for love, legal, legal action, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 2000s ...
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, dishonesty, society, law enforcement, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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