The Best Trial and Courtroom films

One of my favorite subjects for dramatic films are courtroom trials: Pitting whip-smart lawyers against each other and setting up a tense conflict between the prosecution and the defendant.

Col. Jessep [from the witness stand]: You want answers?
Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to.
Col. Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Col. Jessep: You can't handle the truth!

A Few Good Men (1992)

List Update: Now part of the latest Letterboxd Showdown, Courtroom Drama.

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • M
  • Fury
  • Young Mr. Lincoln
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • The Paradine Case
  • The Caine Mutiny
  • The Wrong Man
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Paths of Glory
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • Compulsion
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Inherit the Wind
  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Trial
  • A Man for All Seasons
  • In Cold Blood
  • ...And Justice for All
  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Breaker Morant
  • The Verdict
  • Jagged Edge
  • The Accused
  • A Cry in the Dark
  • Presumed Innocent
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • JFK
  • A Few Good Men
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • In the Name of the Father
  • Philadelphia
  • The Client
  • A Time to Kill
  • Primal Fear
  • Amistad
  • A Civil Action
  • Chicago
  • Runaway Jury
  • Find Me Guilty
  • Michael Clayton
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Flight
  • Devil's Knot
  • A War
  • Terror - Ihr Urteil
  • Denial
  • Miss Sloane
  • In the Fade