It’s not very often that a film can entirely capture your attention and have you totally invested in what’s happening on screen. The 1900s did give us a lot of riveting plots, but what really stands out amongst them are the intense courtroom battles that had us hooked from the beginning of the trail to its end. From injustices and corrupt systems to major plot twists, here are some of the most memorable courtroom drama movies:
12 Angry Men (1957)
Often considered the greatest courtroom drama of all time, this captivating and claustrophobic drama takes place almost entirely inside the jury room as it gives us s gripping look at the tense jury deliberation process.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Based on a novel by Robert Traver (the pseudonym of Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker) and featuring real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch as Judge Weaver, this is an intense true-to-life legal battle.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Based on Harper Lee’s American literature classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film went on to win three Oscars (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction in Black and White, and Best Actor) and widespread critical acclaim.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
This tumultuous custody battle bagged five Oscar awards including the Best Picture. Accompanied by co-star Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep stole the show with her character’s courtroom testimony that she rewrote completely by herself.
A Few Good Men (1992)
Starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson in prominent roles, this Rob Reiner directorial has one of the best exchanges between a lawyer and a witness. Cruise’s character righteously exclaims “I want the truth!” In return Jack Nicholson’s Colonel Jessup responds, “You can’t handle the truth!”