In 1948, a U.S. court in occupied Germany found four Nazis convicted of war crimes. Based on the case of Azaria Chamberlain in 1980 – a nine-week-old baby who was abducted and killed by a dingo during a camping trip with her family to Ayers Rock, Australia – Meryl Streep and Sam Neill play their parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, accused of murdering azaria. The film reflects the real-life trial and frighteningly depicts Lindy`s “media trial” — in which various media outlets made sensational claims, such as the Chamberlains, while Seventh-day Adventists believed in child sacrifices — and the lynching mentality that followed and led to their conviction. Although she was unjustly imprisoned for three years for the murder of her daughter, the real Lindy was finally exonerated in 1987. George Clooney made a career as the Grey Knights, and his work as the lead character in this icy New York thriller could be the culmination of his work. Clayton is a super cynical, debt-ridden “repairer,” stuck in damages control amid a massive class action lawsuit. (Think of Olivia Pope from Scandal, but somehow more intense.) He also plays poker, drives exploding cars and makes his best impression of Shiva, the god of death. Tony Gilroy`s legal drama, which has received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, is fun in this way how complex conspiracy threads can be, and it has a handful of memorable exchanges — wait until you see the final confrontation with Tilda Swinton. Jurors at a murder trial in New York are frustrated by a single member whose skeptical prudence forces them to examine the evidence more carefully before rushing to an early verdict. With that in mind, this list will cover the best courtroom movies of all time, ranked by their IMDb rankings. These movies include well-known classics and other foreign titles that have gone under the radar and are all worth a look.
Cinema has produced many remarkable war films, but some of the film`s most compelling battles have nothing to do with battlefields. Under the guidance of the right actors and crew, there is nothing more captivating or exciting than a great legal drama. Instead of bullets and mortars, lawyers` legal dramas wage war on facts, intellect and sharp questions. Often it is a matter of life and death, as in real war fields, except that it is usually not the lawyers, but their clients who have everything at stake. The legal drama over the court martial of two U.S. Marines accused of murdering a colleague and the difficulties of their lawyers as they attack the military establishment. In 1994, John Grisham was king. After the box office success of the film adaptations of his novels The Firm and The Pelican Brief in 1993 as well as his place on the bestseller list, the right-wing thriller author seemed untouchable. His string of successes continued with The Client, which tells the rather simple story of a brave young boy (Brad Renfro) who commits suicide, and the resourceful lawyer (Susan Sarandon) who helps him take control of the system. (Tommy Lee Jones, a bit of his game here, has less to do than the ego-motivated district attorney.) As in The Firm, The Client`s mafia elements are ridiculous, filled with cartoon villains and mind-blowing legal maneuvers, and the suspense sequences towards the end flirt with total boredom, but director Joel Schumacher, who also directed the 1996 adaptation of Grisham`s A Time to Kill, plunges the film into an exaggerated swampy atmosphere. The dynamic between Renfro and Sarandon makes it one of the most touching entries of its kind. Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized re-enactment of the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, is the story of Bertram Cates – a school teacher in a small southern town who is on trial for violating state law in his doctrine of the theory of evolution as opposed to creationism – and Henry Drummond (played by Spencer Tracy) as a lawyer, who defends it.
Directed by Stanley Kramer, who also directed Judgment at Nuremberg, the film was based on the 1955 play of the same name by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, who wanted to use the Scopes Monkey trial as an allegory of the McCarthy trials then underway. Two wealthy law students are on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold Loeb case. A Few Good Men has a large cast of well-known actors such as Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon and takes place primarily in the courtroom when Cruise`s military attorney defends two Marines accused of killing another Marine at their Guantanamo Bay base. John Grisham`s series of adaptations in the 90s includes many of the greatest legal thrillers, but there have been a variety of great films with lawyers in the history of cinema. Here are the eleven greatest legal dramas of all time, ranked. During the First World War, Private Arthur James Hamp was accused of desertion during the battle. The officer who is supposed to defend him before his court martial, Captain Hargreaves, discovers that there is more to the case than it seems. It is one of the first surviving legal dramas and, in a fascinating way, it shows that cinema as a technology has been associated with ideas of truth and reality since its beginnings. A scientist shows friends his movie camera in his lab. They`re going to leave, but when you walk into the room, the scientist is dead.