Great Courtroom Films!
A rape victim, enraged at the light sentence her attackers received because she was of "questionable character," goads a female prosecutor to charge the men who literally cheered the attack on. Starring Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster.
A woman accused of murdering her husband is defended in court by the wife of the prosecutor.
Anthony Hopkins plays John Quincy Adams in a great drama about slavery.
Anatomy of a Murder
James Stewart, a Michigan attorney, and his colleague defend an Army officer for murdering his wife's rapist. Directed by Otto Preminger.
A Few Good Men
Two young Marines stand accused of murder. Cast: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon. Directed by Rob Reiner.
Inherit The Wind
Based on the famous "Monkey Trial." Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March. Directed by Stanley Kramer.
Judgment at Nuremberg
Director Stanley Kramer's socially conscious 1961 film tackles the subject of the war crime trials arising out of World War II in an earnest and straightforward fashion, exploring the consciousness of two nations as they struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of the Holocaust. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Marlene Dietrich, a young William Shatner, and Maximillian Schell.
Jessica Lange stars as a Chicago criminal attorney whose beloved immigrant father (Armin Mueller-Stahl, in his American film debut) is accused of once having been a monstrous SS officer for Hitler.
The Paradine Case
This 1948 film by Alfred Hitchcock beats a familiar Hitchcockian drum: an attorney (Gregory Peck), in love with the client (Alida Valli) he is defending on a murder charge, implicates himself in her guilt by trying to put the blame on another man.
When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. Starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
Reversal of Fortune
One of the most intriguing criminal trials of the 1980s involved Claus von Bülow, who was accused of sending his rich wife Sunny into a permanent coma with an overdose of insulin. With Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge. Starring Gregory Peck.
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. Starring Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling. Director: Sidney Lumet.
Witness for the Prosecution
Billy Wilder cowrote and directed this brilliant 1957 mystery based on Agatha Christie's celebrated play about an aging London barrister (Charles Laughton) who's preparing to retire when he takes the defense in the most vexing murder case of his distinguished career. Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester.
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