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12 Angry Men (1957)
Crime, Drama

12 Angry Men (1957)

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  prejudice,  racism
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:guilty,  doubt,  trial,  not guilty,  judicial system,  jury room,  jury duty,  vote,  jury,  miscarriage of justice,  sports ticket,  based on tv movie,  dialogue driven storyline,  perspiration,  watchmaker,  bank clerk,  legality,  single location,  no music,  influence,  heat wave,  single set production,  advertising executive,  judicial,  judiciary,  stockbroker,  sitting,  real time,  dialogue driven,  father son estrangement,  conversation,  restroom,  all male cast,  one day,  rainstorm,  salesman,  evidence,  ensemble cast,  death threat,  discussion,  attorney,  switchblade,  homicide,  architect,  race relations,  law,  revelation,  eyeglasses,  coach,  power,  directorial debut,  manager,  witness,  argument,  man with glasses,  immigrant,  remake,  three word title,  new york city,  photograph,  murder,  number in title

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  jury room,  jury duty,  jury,  miscarriage of justice,  judicial,  judiciary,  stockbroker,  attorney,  law,  revelation,  manager,  trial,  photograph,  murder

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...and Justice For All. (1979)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

...and Justice For All. (1979)

When a judge is charged with rape, Arthur Kirkland is forced to defend him. Kirkland has had problems with the judge in the past, including one incident when the judge wrongly sentenced his client Jeff McCullaugh because of a technicality. Kirkland faces a moral and legal dilemma.

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:guilty,  judicial system,  attorney,  law,  legality,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  evidence,  witness,  trial,  photograph

The Rainmaker (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woman. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  law,  judiciary,  judicial,  jury,  rainstorm,  evidence,  attorney,  photograph,  murder

The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:law,  judicial system,  attorney,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  evidence,  homicide,  power,  witness,  trial,  three word title,  new york city,  photograph,  murder

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Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
Drama, War

Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)

It has been three years since the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried. This trial is about 4 judges who used their offices to conduct Nazi sterilization and cleansing policies. Retired American judge, Dan Haywood has a daunting task ahead of him. The Cold War is heating up and no one wants any more trials as Germany, and Allied governments, want to forget the past. But is that the right thing to do is the question that the tribunal must decide. This is why Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Story:judicial system,  trial,  based on tv movie,  guilty,  judiciary,  judicial,  evidence,  attorney,  law,  witness

Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara), a lieutenant in the army, is arrested for the murder of a bartender, Barney Quill. He claims, in his defense, that the victim had raped and beaten up his wife Laura (Lee Remick). Although Laura supports her husband's story, the police surgeon can find no evidence that she has been raped. Manion is defended by Paul Biegler (James Stewart), a rather humble small-town lawyer. During the course of interviews, Biegler discovers that Manion is violently possessive and jealous, and also that his wife has a reputation for giving her favors to other men. Biegler realizes that the prosecution will try to make the court believe that Laura was the lover of the bartender and than Manion killed him and beat her up when he discovered them together. Manion pleads "not guilty" and Biegler, who knows that his case is weak, sets his assistants to try to find a witness who will save Manion. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:evidence,  attorney,  guilty,  judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  law,  witness,  trial,  murder

Primal Fear (1996)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  attorney,  guilty,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  evidence,  power,  directorial debut,  trial,  photograph,  murder

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The Accused (1988) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Drama

The Accused (1988)

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  attorney,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  law,  witness,  trial,  photograph

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Comedy, Crime

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Bill Gambini and Stanley Rothenstein are two friends from New York University who just received scholarships to UCLA. They decide to drive through the South. Once they arrive in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks. But, no sooner than they leave the store, they are arrested. They had thought that they were arrested for shoplifting, but they were arrested for murder and robbery. Worse, they are facing execution for this crime. Bill and Stan do not have enough money for a lawyer, so the good news is that Bill has a lawyer in his family, his cousin, Vincent Laguardia Gambini. The bad news is that Vinny is an inexperienced lawyer who has not been at a trial. So, Vinny has to defend his clients and battle an uncompromising judge, some tough locals, and even his fiancee, Mona Lisa Vito, who just does not know when to shut up, to prove his clients' innocence. But he will soon realize that he is going to need help. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  attorney,  trial,  judiciary,  judicial,  law,  murder

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his. This is why The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:jury,  evidence,  homicide,  witness,  trial,  three word title,  photograph,  murder

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Making A Murderer (2015)
Crime, Documentary

Making A Murderer (2015)

Filmed over a 10-year period, 'Steven Avery' (qv), a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Viewers are taken inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Story:judicial system,  miscarriage of justice,  jury,  homicide,  law,  trial,  murder

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:miscarriage of justice,  law,  jury,  evidence,  attorney,  trial,  photograph,  murder

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  law,  judiciary,  judicial,  jury,  attorney,  trial,  photograph

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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:evidence,  death threat,  attorney,  law,  man with glasses,  three word title,  murder

Rules Of Engagement (2000)
Drama, Thriller, War

Rules Of Engagement (2000)

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. This is why Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  doubt,  evidence,  attorney,  witness,  trial

The Next Three Days (2010) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Next Three Days (2010)

Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Characters:lawyer
Story:evidence,  miscarriage of justice,  argument,  attorney,  witness,  murder,  number in title

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El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  bank clerk,  judicial,  judiciary,  evidence,  homicide,  revelation,  eyeglasses,  man with glasses,  photograph,  murder

A Time To Kill (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Time To Kill (1996)

In Canton, Mississippi, 10-year-old Tonya Hailey is viciously brutalized by two white racist rednecks -- James Louis "Pete" Willard and Billy Ray Cobb. Almost immediately after Tonya is found and rushed to a hospital, Pete and Billy Ray are found at a roadside bar, where they had been bragging about what they did to Tonya. Tonya's understandably distraught and enraged father, Carl Lee Hailey, remembers a case from a year ago, when four white men raped an African-American girl in a nearby town, and got acquitted. Carl is determined to not let that happen in this case. While deputy Dwayne Powell Looney is escorting Pete and Billy Ray up a flight of stairs to a court room, Carl emerges from the building's basement with an assault rifle, and he kills Pete and Billy Ray for what they did to Tonya. Carl is later arrested at his house by African-American sheriff Ozzie Walls, and Carl is scheduled to be placed on trial. Despite the efforts of the NAACP and local African-American leaders to persuade Carl to choose some of their high-powered attorneys, Carl wants to be represented by his friend Jake Tyler Brigance, who has a wife named Carla and a daughter named Hannah. Presiding over the trial is white judge Omar Noose, and the prosecution attorney is Rufus Buckley, who would like nothing more than to win the case and swim in the publicity that a win would generate, because Rufus realizes that a murder conviction could help him gain higher office. Helping Jake on the case are his former law professor Lucien Wilbanks, fellow attorney Harry Rex Vonner, and law student Ellen Roark. Ellen has had experience with death penalty cases, and that's exactly what Rufus may be seeking. To start things off, Noose denies bail and denies Jake's petition for a change of venue. Carl has also been fired from his job. Billy Ray Cobb's brother Freddie Lee Cobb wants revenge on Carl, so Freddy gets the help of the Mississippi branch of the KKK, led by Mississippi grand dragon Stump Sisson. Carl's wife Gwen tells Carl that a doctor has said that because of Pete and Billy Ray, Tonya's reproductive organs are damaged enough to where she won't be able to have kids when she grows up. That night, a KKK member is found trying to plant a bomb under Jake's porch. Jake's secretary Ethel Twitty and her husband Bud are also attacked by the KKK. Still, Jake, Harry, Lucien, and Ellen continue to help Carl. On the day the trial begins, there is a riot outside the court building between the KKK and the area's African-American residents, and Stump Sisson is killed by a molotov cocktail that was dropped from a roof by one of Carl's sons, who was not seen dropping it. Freddy and the KKK start burning crosses throughout Canton, and one of the crosses burns Jake's house down while Jake and his family are not home. As a result, the National Guard is called to Canton to keep the peace during the trial. But Freddy is not about to let that stop him. While Freddy continues his efforts to get revenge on Carl for Billy Ray's death, Carl's attorneys put everything they've got into Carl's defense. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  racism
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:attorney,  judicial system,  law,  trial,  guilty,  judicial,  judiciary,  race relations,  man with glasses,  murder

Philadelphia (1993)
Drama

Philadelphia (1993)

Andrew Beckett, a gay, HIV positive lawyer, is fired from his law firm in fear that they might contract HIV from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  law,  trial

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Carnage (2011) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Comedy, Drama

Carnage (2011)

In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times. Although the meeting starts off civilized enough, it quickly degenerates after an unfortunate incident by Nancy. The degeneration of their meeting not only has to do with their boys' fight, but also the other couple's fitness as parents, the state of their respective marriages and their place in a crazy world. This is why Carnage (2011) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Themes:justice
Characters:lawyer
Story:single set production,  real time,  dialogue driven,  salesman,  discussion,  attorney,  argument,  new york city

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Story:conversation,  restroom,  one day,  discussion,  homicide,  argument,  man with glasses,  photograph,  murder

Amistad (1997)
Drama, History

Amistad (1997)

Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don't speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  race relations,  trial,  murder

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In The Name Of The Father (1993)
Biography, Drama

In The Name Of The Father (1993)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  prejudice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judiciary,  judicial,  death threat,  attorney,  trial

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:justice
Characters:lawyer
Story:death threat,  switchblade,  homicide,  witness,  immigrant,  new york city,  photograph,  number in title,  murder

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. This is why The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism
Characters:lawyer
Story:attorney,  switchblade,  race relations,  coach,  witness,  three word title,  new york city

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The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:law,  trial,  legality,  new york city,  photograph,  murder

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
Drama

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy. When he has learned to adjust his life to these new responsibilities, Joanna resurfaces and wants Billy back. Ted, however, refuses to give him up, so they go to court to fight for the custody of their son. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:advertising executive,  judicial system,  legality,  judiciary,  judicial,  trial,  three word title,  new york city

The Verdict (1982) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Drama

The Verdict (1982)

Frank Galvin was once a promising Boston lawyer with a bright future ahead. An incident early in his career in which he was trying to do the right thing led to him being fired from the prestigious law firm with which he was working, almost being disbarred, and his wife leaving him. Continually drowning his sorrows in booze, he is now an ambulance chasing lawyer, preying on the weak and vulnerable, and bending the truth whenever necessary to make what few dollars he has, as he has only had a few cases in the last few years, losing the last four. His only friend in the profession is his now retired ex-partner, Mickey Morrissey, who gets Frank a case, his fee solely a percentage of what his clients are awarded. The case should net Frank tens of thousands of dollars by settling out of court, that money which would at least get him back on his feet. It is a negligence suit brought on behalf of Deborah Ann Kaye by her sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Kevin Doneghy, against St. Catherine Laboure Hospital, operated by the Archdiocese of Boston, and Drs. Towler and Marks. Kaye was admitted to the hospital for what should have been a routine delivery, but something that happened while Kaye was on the operating room table led to her brain being deprived of oxygen, resulting in permanent brain damage, and Kaye now being in a totally vegetative state requiring hospitalization for the rest of her life. Frank eventually learns that the cause seems to be that Dr. Towler, the anesthesiologist and an expert in the field, used the incorrect anesthetic for the situation. However, all but one person that was in the operating room that day has provided depositions that nothing improper occurred in the operating room. The one holdout is the operating room head nurse, Maureen Rooney, who is not talking, period, to Frank or the other side. Upon seeing the state Kaye is in, Frank unilaterally decides to do what he believes is the right thing by declining the lucrative out of court settlement offered by the Archdiocese and take the case to court. In doing so, he hopes the truth that the hospital and the doctors truly were negligent comes to light. Feeling that this case may be a turning point in his life, Frank has a new spring in his step, enough that he attracts the attention of Laura Fischer, the two who begin a relationship. Despite having whatever the truth is on his side, that truth which he does not know, and having an expert witness of his own, Frank has an uphill battle in that the Archdiocese has retained the services of Ed Concannon, a high priced lawyer who has a large team of associates whose task is to help Concannon and the Archdiocese win at any cost. Concannon's task seems even easier as Judge Hoyle, the presiding judge, is already biased against Frank for taking the case to court. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  guilty,  judiciary,  judicial,  law,  witness,  trial

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The Hurricane (1999)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The Hurricane (1999)

This film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged. This changes when an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence enough to work for his exoneration. However, what Hurricane and his friends learn is that this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from this travesty and have no intention of seeing it reversed. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:courtroom
Story:miscarriage of justice,  attorney,  law,  witness,  murder

Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Themes:justice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  jury,  attorney,  witness,  man with glasses,  trial,  new york city,  photograph,  murder

Contratiempo (2016)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Contratiempo (2016)

Adrian Doria, a wealthy businessman named Man of the Year due to his high-tech company and his trade agreements with the Asian market, meets Virginia Goodman, a veteran lawyer expert in witness preparation and judicial declaration, recommended by Adrian's lawyer Felix Leiva in order to create a credible defense. Arrested by the police in a mountain hotel room with the corpse of his lover at his side, photographer Laura Vidal, Adrian talks Virginia about the crime and his relationship with Laura, revealing that both suffered a car crash where a man called Daniel Garrido died, and how Laura manipulated Adrian to avoid the jail by Daniel's death. At the same time that Felix is looking for a clue that it could change the course of the events, Virginia and Adrian keep talking about the case but her, unconvinced of the Adrian's testimony, forces him to clear the dark points of his history, in a puzzle where the truth and the lie are easily exchangeable. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:witness,  guilty,  judicial,  conversation,  evidence,  trial,  photograph,  murder

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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Biography, Drama

The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  attorney,  law,  trial,  photograph,  murder

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Crime, Drama

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Small-town Alabama, 1932. Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbours, the Radleys, and the mysterious, seldom-seen Boo Radley in particular. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  prejudice,  racism
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  trial,  guilty,  jury,  race relations,  murder

Judge Dredd (1995)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Judge Dredd (1995)

In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. (Read More)

Themes:justice
Characters:lawyer
Story:jury,  law,  power,  trial,  photograph,  murder

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Broken City (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. This is why Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:guilty,  evidence,  revelation,  manager,  trial,  new york city,  murder

The Firm (1993) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Firm (1993)

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... (Read More)

Themes:justice
Characters:lawyer
Story:law,  judicial system,  judiciary,  judicial,  attorney,  homicide,  photograph,  murder

The Believer (2001)
Drama

The Believer (2001)

"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:father son estrangement,  race relations,  law,  eyeglasses,  new york city,  murder

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The Client (1994)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Client (1994)

Mark Sway is an 11 year old boy who lives with his mother and brother in a trailer. One day he and his brother are hanging out when a car pulls over beside them. The driver then sticks a hose in his exhaust and puts the other end into the car. Mark pulls it out. But the man sees him and grabs him and takes inside the car. The man talks to Mark then later shoots himself. The shock sends Mark's brother into a catatonic state. The police question him and slips out some stuff that makes them think he's saying more than he knows. Roy Foltrigg, a prosecutor with political ambitions tells Mark he wants to talk to him tomorrow. Mark feeling that he needs a lawyer, sees Reggie Love. Mark tells her about the man who killed himself. Reggie tells him he's a mob lawyer. And one of his clients is a member of a mob family who is suspected of killing a Senator who was trying to take down his family. But because the Senator's body is missing, they can't prosecute him. Reggie thinks Foltrigg thinks the lawyer told Mark where the body is which is why he wants to speak to him. Mark goes to meet Roy and when he threatens him, Mark steps out then Reggie comes in with a recording of his conversation with Mark telling him that made several violations. In the meantime, the mobster is told by the head of the family to take care of Mark. So he threatens Mark. Mark doesn't know what to do and learns that Reggie has some secrets of her own and is uncertain if he can trust her. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judiciary,  judicial,  conversation,  death threat,  law,  witness,  photograph,  murder

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:evidence,  attorney,  eyeglasses,  witness,  man with glasses,  trial,  immigrant,  new york city,  photograph

A Man For All Seasons (1966) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Biography, Drama, History

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

The story takes place in 16th century England. But men like Sir Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fiber to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of English chancellor's life, the struggle between More and his King, Henry VIII, hinges on Henry's determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More's inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course. This is why A Man For All Seasons (1966) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  power,  guilty,  influence,  judiciary,  judicial,  law,  trial

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The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:jury,  homicide,  witness,  trial,  photograph,  murder

Crash (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism
Story:attorney,  one day,  evidence,  race relations,  witness,  immigrant,  murder

88 Minutes (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Minutes (2007)

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:death threat,  witness,  real time,  jury,  one day,  evidence,  trial,  number in title,  murder

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Bridge Of Spies (2015) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  prejudice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:guilty,  evidence,  law,  trial,  three word title,  new york city,  photograph

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? This is why The Pelican Brief (1993) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957). (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judiciary,  judicial,  law,  witness,  trial,  three word title,  new york city,  murder

Witness For The Prosecution (1957)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

It's Britain, 1953. Upon his return to work following a heart attack, irrepressible barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts, known as a barrister for the hopeless, takes on a murder case, much to the exasperation of his medical team, led by his overly regulated private nurse, Miss Plimsoll, who tries her hardest to ensure that he not return to his hard living ways - including excessive cigar smoking and drinking - while he takes his medication and gets his much needed rest. That case is defending American war veteran Leonard Vole, a poor, out of work, struggling inventor who is accused of murdering his fifty-six year old lonely and wealthy widowed acquaintance, Emily French. The initial evidence is circumstantial but points to Leonard as the murderer. Despite being happily married to East German former beer hall performer Christine Vole, he fostered that friendship with Mrs. French in the hopes that she would finance one of his many inventions to the tune of a few hundred pounds. It thus does not help his case when it is learned that Mrs. French changed her will prior to her murder with Leonard being the primary beneficiary of a GBP80,000 estate. Leonard states that he knew nothing about the will. Christine is apparently the only alibi Leonard has to his whereabouts at the time of the murder. The usual methods Sir Wilfrid uses to test his clients' guilt or innocence leads to him believing that Leonard is indeed innocent. As the trial progresses, the prosecution calls a surprise witness, one that could place a nail in the coffin of Sir Wilfrid's planned line of defense. As Sir Wilfrid gets deeper and deeper into the case, something doesn't quite sit right with him, although he doesn't know what it is. The primary questions become how far Sir Wilfrid will go to obtain evidence to acquit Leonard, and if he will ever discover why he feels that there is something odd about the case. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:witness,  trial,  judiciary,  jury,  evidence,  murder

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Find Me Guilty (2006)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Find Me Guilty (2006)

The mobster Jackie DiNorscio is shot by his own cousin at home while in probation but survives. Later he is arrested dealing drugs and sentenced to thirty years in prison. The prosecutor Sean Kierney proposes a deal to Jackie, immediately releasing him if he testifies against the Lucchese family and other mafia families but Jackie does not accept to rat his friends that he loves. When the trial begins, he asks the judge Finestein to defend himself without the assistance of a lawyer. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:trial,  guilty,  jury

Fracture (2007) is one of the best movies like 12 Angry Men (1957)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Fracture (2007)

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:law,  trial,  guilty,  evidence,  attorney,  witness,  murder

Daredevil (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daredevil (2003)

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. (Read More)

Themes:justice,  prejudice
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:attorney,  guilty,  rainstorm,  trial,  new york city,  murder

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