Love A Good Thriller? These 10 Courtroom Dramas Should Definitely Be On Your Watchlist

There is a certain charm in watching a great courtroom drama or thriller. If everything in the movie goes well, the payoff is a brilliant movie that hits all the right notes. Sadly there aren’t many that make it work.

These courtroom dramas, however, have made a mark with its plot, storyline and great performances.

#1. Primal Fear (1996)

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A clergyman, Archbishop Rushman, is murdered brutally and a young altar boy is accused. The drama questions whether is he the actual killer or not.

#2. Philadelphia (1993)


A gay man gets fired by the law firm when they discover that he has HIV. His only chance for a respectable exit is fighting the case against the company. There is one hitch though – his lawyer is a homophobe.

#3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Everyone knows that the spotlight in the film is on Atticus Finch. Set in the south in the Depression era in America, the movie is a courtroom drama that deals with the themes of racism and justice.

#4. In The Bedroom (2001)

In the Bedroom

One of the more underrated films based around a courtroom case, this one was nominated for 5 Oscars. Trouble begins when a young Fowler starts dating a mother of two older than his age.

#5. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

My Cousin Vinny

Less drama, more of a comedy, but this witty little film should be on your list if you love watching lawyers fighting it out onscreen.

#6. Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton

A multi-billion dollar class action suit that could put a chemical company’s reputation on the line and a lawyer is hired to ‘fix’ the mess. A legal case with high stakes is just the kind you want represented in a courtroom thriller.

#7. The Accused (1988)

The Accused

This is one classic courtroom drama that is a must watch. It depicts a lawyer’s plight to bring justice to the victim of a gang rape. The movie is hard-hitting.

#8. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer

What happens when you think your client is guilty of horrible crimes? Matthew McConaughey plays the lawyer who is in dire straits.

#9. Absence of Malice (1981)

Absence of Malice

This movie is quoted as an example in many legal books across the US. There is a reason for it. The movie deals with a prosecutor who leaks a false story of the man in the newspaper accused of murder to bait him. It investigates the legal trappings of such an action.

#10. Sleepers (1996)


A group of young boys end up in a reformatory due to a horrible prank. But the punishment they receive is something that they will have to deal the rest of their lives. The movie talks about themes like vengeance and revenge. Do not miss Sleepers.

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