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Top Ten Courtroom Drama Movies Presented by AFI

To Kill A Mockingbird

#1 To Kill a Mockingbird

In 1932 Alabama, a widowed lawyer with two small children defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.

12 Angry Men

#2 12 Angry Men

In what seems to be an open and shut murder case, twelve jurors slowly begin to take serious interpretation of the "beyond a reasonable doubt" clause.

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in Kramer VS Kramer

#3 Kramer vs. Kramer

Returning home late from work one night, a career-obsessed Ted Kramer is told by his wife, Joanna, that she is leaving him.

Paul Newman in The Verdict

#4 The Verdict

Frank Galvin, an alcoholic lawyer tries to redeem his reputation by taking on a difficult medical malpractice case.

A Few Good Men

#5 A Few Good Men

Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson, who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


#6 Witness for the Prosecution

Following a lengthy hospital stay for a near-fatal heart attack, famed London barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts returns to his combined office and lodgings near The Old Bailey.

Anatomy Of A Murder

#7 Anatomy of a Murder

Ever since losing his bid for reelection as the district attorney of Iron City, Michigan, attorney Paul "Polly" Biegler has sought solace in his two favorite hobbies, playing jazz on the piano and fishing.

In Cold Blood

#8 In Cold Blood

In the farming town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Herbert Clutter family are roused from their sleep, bound and gagged, and then brutally murdered.

A Cry In The Dark

#9 A Cry in the Dark

While visiting the Ayers rock monument in the Outback with her husband Michael, Lindy notices a dingo creeping into the tent where her baby lies sleeping.

Judgment at Nuremberg

#10 Judgment at Nuremberg

In 1948 Dan Haywood, an American judge recently defeated for reelection in Maine, arrives in Nuremberg to preside over the trial of several German judges.

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