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Courtroom dramas always seem to fascinate movie goers and long time couch potatoes too.

 

Many movies and tV shows have found success either focusing entirely on, or including courtroom scenes.

 

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET really isn't a "courtroom drama" per se, but in spite of whatever else happens in the movie, that courtroom sequence is loved by all.

 

There's no doubt there've been MUCH more courtroom drama movies made than I ever saw, and this thread isn't about what anyone THINKS is the "best" one made, but  rather which ones you liked the best. 

 

The WHY isn't really important, but if you wish to go on about it, feel free.   I'm just going to list the ones, out of the all the courtroom dramas I happened to catch over the years, that I like.  Which one I like the BEST is, however,  might be fathomable due to my listing them in order of favor---

 

ANATOMY OF A MURDER

 

JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBURG

 

THE STORY ON PAGE ONE

 

INHERIT THE WIND

 

ADAM'S RIB

 

COMPULSION

 

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

 

THE LETTER

 

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Any not on the list is probably due to my not seeing it, or not being that impressed with it.

 

 

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You probably overlooked To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not a drama, but My Cousin Vinny (1992)is pretty good.

The Verdict (1982)

A Time To Kill (1996)

Runaway Jury (2003)

The Rainmaker (1997)

A Soldier's Story (1984)

The Young Philadelphians (1959)

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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You probably overlooked To Kill a Mockingbird.

 

You're right, and I thank you.  And in that one, it's hard for me to say I like one part over the other.

 

But,  on my list, I'd place it between NUREMBURG and PAGE ONE  :)

 

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If you're really into courtroom dramas Sepia, then here's a couple starring Gene Hackman that I think you'll enjoy if you haven't already seen them...

 

CLASS ACTION (1991)

 

...and Hackman's penultimate movie role in...

 

RUNAWAY JURY (2003)

 

(...I liked them both...but then again Hackman has always been near the top of my list of favorite actors)

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Witness for the Prosecution is Agatha Christie and Billy Wilder at their best.

 

Plus it's one of the most impressive performances you'll ever see Tyrone Power give. Indeed, it was his last completed cinematic performance.

 

Rounding out the stellar cast are: Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, Norma Varden, Una O'Connor, Henry Daniell and heading the whole thing up Charles Laughton.

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Some that I like that haven't yet been named are:

 

The Accused (1988)

Amistad (1998)

...And Justice for All (1979)

A Civil Action  (1998)

The Client  (1994)

Ghosts of Mississippi  (1996)

Music Box  (1989)

Primal Fear  (1996)

Sleepers  (1996)

Suspect (1987)

True Believer  (1989)

 

All of these are relatively newer. The 90's were a big decade for legal dramas/thrillers, thanks to the literary success of Turow and Grisham.

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Many may feel that it is not appropriate but I feel that: Guilty Conscience (1985) qualifies in spirit as courtroom drama. Anthony Hopkins is a high-profile criminal attorney who uses cross-examination by his alter ego to reveal faults in his plans. 

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Some that I like that haven't yet been named are:

 

The Accused (1988)

Amistad (1998)

...And Justice for All (1979)

A Civil Action  (1998)

The Client  (1994)

Ghosts of Mississippi  (1996)

Music Box  (1989)

Primal Fear  (1996)

Sleepers  (1996)

Suspect (1987)

True Believer  (1989)

 

All of these are relatively newer. The 90's were a big decade for legal dramas/thrillers, thanks to the literary success of Turow and Grisham.

Yeah, but as I PMed another member;  As this is a message board on the TURNER "CLASSIC" MOVIES website, I was headed in another direction.  And although I also mentioned that otherwise I'd have made other entries to my OP list, I still  overlooked,

 

A FEW GOOD MEN :mellow:

 

 

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I like "Philadelphia" with Tom Hanks (in his first Oscar-winning performance) and Denzel Washington, who could've been nominated for Best Actor, too.

 

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Also, "The Caine Mutiny," with great performances by Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson and Tom Tully.

 

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While the courtroom scenes are not very long they are memorable in A Free Soul (some say Barrymore won best actor because of the courtroom scene) and Illegal  (where some say they tried to copy the A Free Soul scene).

 

Also,  three is the film TCM is showing right now; Boomerang.

 

 

 

 

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I also like the courtroom scenes from "A Passage to India" (1984), the last film by Sir David Lean. Has Judy Davis won an Oscar yet?

 

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Then there's "Jagged Edge" (1985), in which a high-powered attorney (Glenn Close) makes the mistake of getting involved with the murder suspect (Jeff Bridges) she successfully defended. The final lines by Robert Loggia, who plays her investigator, are unforgettable.

 

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ODOR IN THE COURT  Clark & McCullough

 

GOING BYE BYE  Laurel & Hardy

 

DISORDER IN THE COURT  Howard, Fine & Howard

 

CRAZY HOUSE  Olsen & Johnson

  Judge Edgar Kennedy: "Anything you say will be held against you!"

  Chic: "Marlene Dietrich!"

  Ole: "Maria Montez!"

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I add:

 

Knock on Any Door - Bogart courtroom drama with John Derek

 

There is also Leave Her to Heaven,  but that movie would have been better without the courtroom ending.

 

Oh c'mon James! How can you say that???

 

(...doncha like watchin' Vinnie Price chewin' the ol' scenery in that courtroom or somethin'?!) ;)

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Many may feel that it is not appropriate but I feel that: Guilty Conscience (1985) qualifies in spirit as courtroom drama. Anthony Hopkins is a high-profile criminal attorney who uses cross-examination by his alter ego to reveal faults in his plans. 

 

And speaking of Anthony Hopkins and courtrooms...

 

While the following wasn't either a big screen presentation nor made during the studio era(and so I apologize in advance here, Sepia), but Hopkins is absolutely great in the very well done 1974 television miniseries "QB VII", and as a doctor who in a British court sues for libel against a writer for publishing statements which imply the doctor was implicit of Nazi war crimes.

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A couple of unearthly courtroom tales:

 

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In the 1946 Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger fantasy "A Matter of Life of Death," an RAF pilot (David Niven) escapes death, but is summoned by a celestial court to determine if he should stay on Earth. The prosecutor (Raymond Massey) is an Anglophobic American from the Revolutionary War era.

 

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In "Defending Your Life" (1991), Albert Brooks discovers that he can't get into Heaven without a court trial. Meryl Streep co-stars as a woman in the same boat.
 

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I for the first time last night saw BOOMERANG.  Good courtroom drama, probably more than most more honest than many others with the implied political manipulation involved.

 

But two things stuck out for me---

 

Until last night, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE was the OLDEST movie I ever saw KARL MALDEN in.

 

And my favorite scene was early on that showed a guy, sitting on the fender of his car, smoking a cigarette next to a GAS PUMP!  :D

 

 

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