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1. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 110,785

2. Burden of Truth (2018– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.2
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Big city lawyer Joanna Hanley returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls suffering from a mysterious illness.

Stars: Peter Mooney, Kristin Kreuk, Star Slade, Meegwun Fairbrother

Votes: 2,118

3. Fracture (2007)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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68 Metascore

An attorney intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike

Votes: 175,475 | Gross: $39.02M

4. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 259,437 | Gross: $73.34M

5. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 179,098 | Gross: $6.39M

6. The Accused (1988)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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65 Metascore

After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

Votes: 29,825 | Gross: $32.07M

7. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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74 Metascore

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 87,945 | Gross: $50.67M

8. Franklin & Bash (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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Lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are recruited by a large firm's major partner after winning a high-profile case.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 12,884

9. Runaway Jury (2003)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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61 Metascore

A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 87,279 | Gross: $49.44M

10. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.6
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82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 30,571

11. Shark (2006–2008)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Sebastian Stark is a Los Angeles hot-shot lawyer, who leaves his lucrative career as a defender of rich criminals to try public prosecution under the District Attorney. He forms a trial ... See full summary »

Stars: James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown, Sarah Carter

Votes: 10,887

12. Advocate (2019)

114 min | Documentary

7.2
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77 Metascore

A look at the life and work of Jewish-Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel who has represented political prisoners for nearly 50 years.

Directors: Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones | Stars: Hanan Ashrawi, Tareq Barghout, Avigdor Feldman, Benjamin Netanyahu

Votes: 113

13. A Civil Action (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

6.6
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68 Metascore

A tenacious lawyer takes on a case involving a major company responsible for causing several people to be diagnosed with leukemia due to the town's water supply being contaminated, at the risk of bankrupting his firm and career.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathleen Quinlan, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 26,405 | Gross: $56.70M

14. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

8.2
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88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 21,066

15. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

Stars: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Votes: 1,023

16. The Face of an Angel (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

4.6
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37 Metascore

Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ava Acres, Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Anjella Mackintosh

Votes: 4,355

17. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Ray Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 20,406 | Gross: $1.21M

18. The Escape Artist (2013)

180 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A junior barrister celebrated for spiriting people out of tight legal corners represents an accused murderer.

Stars: David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 4,973

19. The Fear of 13 (2015)

96 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Herbert A. Fuchs, Sammy Silverwatch, Nick Yarris

Votes: 6,248

20. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

180 min | Crime, Drama

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The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.

Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

Votes: 2,221

21. Canal Street (2018)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

4.1
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After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man's father fights in court for his son's vindication. Against all odds, they embrace their undying trust in each other and find faith in God.

Director: Rhyan LaMarr | Stars: Lance Reddick, Michael Beach, Jon Seda, Will Yun Lee

Votes: 211 | Gross: $0.25M

22. Any Day Now (I) (2012)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.

Director: Travis Fine | Stars: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

Votes: 5,597 | Gross: $0.20M

23. Garrow's Law (2009–2011)

Biography, Drama

8.3
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Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 998

24. Guilt by Association (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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Life is good for Susan, her two children and new boyfriend Russell. But life abruptly changes when she discovers her perfect boyfriend is a drug dealer. Realising the danger this could ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Campbell | Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, Alberta Watson, Alex Carter, Karen Glave

Votes: 368

25. I am Jane Doe (I) (2017)

98 min | Documentary

6.8
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69 Metascore

This intense documentary follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads in a newspaper's online classified section.

Director: Mary Mazzio | Stars: Jason Amala, Wayne Barrett, Ludwik Bartkiewicz, Erik Bauer

Votes: 1,345

26. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,586 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Gideon's Trumpet (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy.

Director: Robert L. Collins | Stars: Henry Fonda, José Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray

Votes: 933

28. Run for Your Life (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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A journalist must make a decision to flee with her two children from her abusive ex-husband or kill him before he kills her.

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Amy Smart, Mark Humphrey, Aislyn Watson, Genea Charpentier

Votes: 301

29. Black and White (2002)

99 min | Drama

6.6
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Recreation of the landmark 1958 South Australian Court trial of young aboriginal Max Stuart.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra

Votes: 674

30. The Court (2002– )

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Tim Bagley, Robin Thomas, Alfred Dennis, Harry Northup

Votes: 35

31. Scared Silent (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 120 min | Crime, Drama

5.6
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In Minnesota, the newlywed Kathy Clifson is happily married with Chief of Police Doug Clifson that wants to adopt her son Brian from her first marriage. When she sees Officer John McCrane ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Robe | Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Reed Diamond, Liisa Repo-Martell, Andrew Jackson

Votes: 199

32. Baby Girl Scott (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

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The story of the Scotts, a young couple whose first child is born dangerously early, weighing less than a pound and a half. As they endure the anguish and struggle to help keep their baby ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty | Stars: John Lithgow, Mary Beth Hurt, Linda Kelsey, Ronny Cox

Votes: 70

33. To Kill a Man (2014)

TV-14 | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A working class man who, tired of being the victim of criminals, decides to take justice in his own hands.

Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras | Stars: Daniel Candia, Alejandra Yañez, Daniel Antivilo, Ariel Mateluna

Votes: 1,389

34. Gideon's Army (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

7.7
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87 Metascore

Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.

Director: Dawn Porter

Votes: 756

35. Copwatch (2017)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

5.3
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Shows "Cop watchers" dedicated to bringing awareness to their community and exposing police brutality/harassment. They are legally recording/documenting each arrest but often find themselves to be the victims of chaos.

Director: Camilla Hall | Stars: Jacob Crawford, Kevin Moore, Ramsey Orta, David Whitt

Votes: 229

36. Rameshan Oru Peralla (2019)

120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Rameshan is a kind man who never backs out when a fellow human being is in need of help. On the day he begins his new career as a taxi driver, a group of college students board his cab, leading to unexpected consequences, in his life.

Director: Sujith Vigneshwar | Stars: Manikandan, Divyadarshan, Rajesh Sharma, Shailaja Ambu

Votes: 22

37. Innocent (2008– )

Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Stars: Alexandra Neldel, Clemens Schick, Erhan Emre, Pier Niemann

Votes: 65

38. Liberdade 21 (2008– )

55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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In each episode, an apparently lost cause goes to court. However, the various stages of the case show us that not everything is as it seems and that no case is solved until the sentence is read.

Stars: Rúben Gomes, Albano Jerónimo, Rita Lello, Ana Nave

Votes: 123

39. Burzynski (2010)

TV-G | 108 min | Documentary

7.4
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24 Metascore

Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S. history. Dr. Burzynski and his patients endured a treacherous ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Merola | Stars: Joe Barton, Stanislaw Burzynski, Richard Jaffe, David A. Kessler

Votes: 824

40. Reckless Indifference (2000)

94 min | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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Reckless Indifference examines the tragic chain of events that led to the murder of a Los Angeles teenager who was also the son of an LAPD officer. At the end of an heated and emotional ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: Robert Derham, Alan M. Dershowitz, Dick Detrich, Jim Farris Sr.

Votes: 125

41. The Advocates (1969–1984)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Before Roger Fisher founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he was nationally recognized for having created an award-winning public affairs television show, The Advocates,... See full summary »

Stars: Bella Abzug, Eqbal Ahmad, Khandakar Mushtaq Ahmed, Fouad Ajami

42. Neshoba (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.6
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71 Metascore

NESHOBA tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ... See full summary »

Directors: Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano

Votes: 86 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial (2018)

70 min | Documentary

4.6
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A documentary following activist Mandi Gray as she navigates the legal system after a sexual assault. The film examines what it is like to report rape and different options for survivors.

Director: Kelly Showker | Stars: Karen P. Brown, Jane Doe, Mandi Gray, Curt Jaimungal

Votes: 11

44. Beyond the Law (1987)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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On her way home from an evening shift at a men's clothing store, Saara Nevanen is raped by a man whom she recognizes as her regular but eccentric customer, Antti Kaironen. The doctor and ... See full summary »

Director: Ville Mäkelä | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Kari Heiskanen, Pirjo Luoma-aho, Antti Litja

Votes: 138

45. Edinstveniyat svidetel (1990)

Drama

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Director: Mihail Pandoursky | Stars: Oleg Borisov, Kiril Variyski, Lyuben Chatalov, Iren Krivoshieva

Votes: 13

46. O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes (2015 TV Special)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Crime

7.1
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Provides unique access inside Simpson's civil trial and his rare deposition tapes. Fred Goldman and members of the civil trial legal team, including Daniel Petrocelli, are interviewed exclusively for the special.

Stars: O.J. Simpson, Daniel Petrocelli, Fred Goldman, Kim Goldman

Votes: 67

47. Girls Behind Bars (1949)

84 min | Drama

6.3
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Due to complicity in a robbery raid the young Ursula comes to a detention center, in which the education is hard since she is considered a serious offender. In a joint outbreak, she gains the respect of the other girls.

Director: Alfred Braun | Stars: Petra Peters, Richard Häussler, Edelweiß Malchin, Susi Deitz

Votes: 7

48. Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair (1984)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

5.6
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The story of Dr. Henry Morgentaler's fight to provide safe abortions in Canada and the right to challenge a law's validity in Canada.

Director: Paul Cowan | Stars: Lois Dellar, Gabriel Gascon, William Hunt, Michael Rudder

Votes: 5

49. A Brush Soaked in Carmine (2016)

61 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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A documentary exploring both the events and the personalities involved in a tragic incident that resulted in the death of a young man and the imprisonment of the artist (Jordan Opitz) that killed him.

Director: Teodor Todorov | Stars: Jordan Opitz, Marin Markovski, Elijah Tsotsin, Vladimir Mindov

Votes: 11

50. Willaberta Jack (2007)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Director: David Tranter | Stars: Paul Henness, Lyle Jagamarra Gibson, Sabrina Nungarrayi Gibson, Alec Pitjara Peterson



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