Courtroom drama movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant courtroom drama movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic, interesting, suspense and intense films and TV shows about / with legal, courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, court, mentor, dialogue, runaway, justice and trial plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as courtroom drama: A Few Good Men (1992), A Time to Kill (1996), Philadelphia (1993), The Verdict (1982), Broadchurch (2013), North Country (2005), Fracture (2007), Suspect (1987), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961).

List of courtroom drama movies

 7.7
 212K
A Few Good Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, military, suicide, navy, lawyer, murder, sexism, army investigation, marines, u.s. navy, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: cuba, washington d.c.
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 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, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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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, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, lawyer, gay, lawsuit, prejudice, judiciary, terminal illness, trial, human spirit, court, discrimination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.8
 32K
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: tense, touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, workplace situations, dishonesty, introspection, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
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 8.3
 72K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: crime, police investigation, courtroom drama, multiple suspects, uncover truth, parents and children, social relations, partners, small town, loss of son, murder, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 7.3
 37K
North Country (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, rough, sincere, factual ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, fighting the system, sexism, against the odds, labor union, financial problem, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
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 7.2
 167K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: psychological, suspense, enigmatic, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, obsession, lawyer, manipulation, courtroom drama, perfect crime, legal investigation, attempted murder, rivalry, hotshot lawyer, adultery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.6
 8K
Suspect (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, talky, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, legal investigation, murder, false accusation, mystery, lawyer, dedicated lawyer, political conspiracy, power relations, dishonesty, mute or deaf, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
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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, disturbing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, trial, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, poverty, legal, morality, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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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: emotional, suspenseful, disturbing, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, judge, holocaust, cold war, war crime, trial, genocide, redemption, war, german, society, nazism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, year 1946, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
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 7.1
 85K
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, tense, cynical, suspense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jury, lawyer, trial, courtroom drama, corruption, courtroom, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, dishonesty, judge, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cincinnati ohio, indiana, ohio, new orleans, san francisco
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 6.4
 6K
Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, touching, realistic, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, lawyer, father daughter conflict, hopes, parents and children, uncover truth, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, legal investigation, dedicated lawyer, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
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 7.7
 161K
Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, tense, twists and turns, psychological, rough ...
Plot: split personality, mental illness, legal investigation, courtroom drama, corruption, crime, psychopath, murder, lawyer, bishop, hotshot lawyer, trial ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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The Conspirator (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Style: serious, thought provoking, captivating, factual, emotional ...
Plot: courtroom drama, historical character, civil war, assassination, lawyer, president, conspiracy, boarding house, trial, death sentence, legal, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., england, california
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 7.6
 174K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sadistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, crime, torture, lawyer, haunted by the past, friendship, court, rape, urban ghetto ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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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, tense, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, lawsuit, domestic violence, leukemia, hopes, life changing experience, selflessness, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Remake of a 1956 Fritz Lang film in which a novelist's investigation of a dirty district attorney leads to a setup within the courtroom.
Style: realistic, tense, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, courtroom, crimes, who done it, uncover truth, fighting the system, legal, danger, injustice, dedicated lawyer, frame up ...
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 7.3
 6K
Music Box (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, sincere, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, war crime, anti semitism, parents and children, court, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, racism, family relations, power relations, court case, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, budapest hungary, chicago illinois, hungary, germany ...
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 8.4
 40K
Boston Legal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, 2008. Boston Legal is a spin-off of long-running Kelley ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, clever, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, law firm, lawyer, ethics, legal, buddies, hotshot lawyer, rivals, partners, civil action, ex spouse, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, witty, factual, sexual ...
Plot: pornography, courtroom drama, millionaire, against the rules, aids, civil rights, lawsuit, fighting the system, rebellion, rise to the top, friendship, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, cincinnati ohio, ohio
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 7.7
 13K
12 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A loose remake of “12 Angry Men”, “12” is set in contemporary Moscow where 12 very different men must unanimously decide the fate of a young Chechen accused of murdering his step-father, a Russian army officer. Consigned to a makeshift jury ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, inter cultural, suspense ...
Plot: jury, racism, courtroom drama, legal, murder, russian, court case, life is a bitch, teenage life, heroes, family relations, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, chechnya, caucasus
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 8.2
 292
The Defenders (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961–1965. It starred E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son defense attorneys who specialized in legally complex cases, with defendants such as neo-Nazis, ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, talky, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, lawyers and clients, workplace situations, parents and children, workplace, defense attorney, family relations, legal, society, parent child relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, lawyers and clients, dedicated lawyer, legal, power relations, lawsuit, law firm, reluctant partners, workplace situations, single mother, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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Presumed Innocent (1990)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Life takes a nasty twist for D.A. Rusty Sabich when the woman he has been romantically involved with is murdered. He is assigned to investigate the case, but is soon charged with the murder.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer, mistress, infidelity, legal investigation, investigation, mystery, crime, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: detroit
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 6.6
 26K
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: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: lawyer, trial, courtroom drama, small town, law firm, lawsuit, leukemia, uncover truth, legal investigation, reach out, righting the wronged, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., massachusetts, boston, new jersey
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Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, forbidden love, jury, japanese american, fisherman, culture clash, crimes, life is a bitch, who done it, romance, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: washington state, pearl harbor, seattle washington
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Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: cia, journalism, journalist, courtroom drama, lawyer, reporter, assassination attempt, corruption, price of justice, state affairs, media, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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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: boys' night, chick flick
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, beverly hills, california, los angeles
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, haunted by the past, deadly, law enforcement, confined, law enforcer killer, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, injustice, false accusation, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, legal, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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